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Electricity is my new BFF

Hello lovely readers!

First, I just want to tell you all that you are WONDERFUL! Thank you for all of your virtual support over the past few days. It was MUCH appreciated.

I am blowing GIANT kisses to each and every one of you!

Today has been a lovely day full of heat, light, and CLEANING!

I have never lost power so the whole “every single perishable thing in your fridge needs to be thrown out and will probably smell dreadful and will leave a spectacularly unpleasant smell in your fridge” situation. Consequently, this morning I faced the fridge and freezer.

Confession: I am literally the most unsentimental human ever. I have no problem giving away or throwing away items. Valentines, mementos, you name it, I will pitch it. (Unlike my husband, who still has the tissue from the first time he saw me cry. For. Real).  However, I hate throwing out condiments. I get ridiculously attached to them. I have no idea why?! For some reason, I think that I will be in a dire condiment situation where I will desperately need soy sauce and it will not be there. But today, I put on my big girl pants and threw out A) Anything that was perishable and B) Any condiment we have not used in the past 6 months.

Are you ready for the after shots?! Get pumped!

(By the way, this was after my grocery run. This is my CLEAN, but replenished fridge and freezer.)

The freezer:

Top shelf:  Ice, Steam in the Bag Broccoli, and Bread (frozen so it keeps until Chase returns)

Bottom shelf: Foil-packed bananas to use in my morning smoothies, chopped onions (I bought 6 onions for $1.69 today and chopped them all and froze half for future use…so much cheaper than buying pre-chopped onions).

The Door:

Tippy Top: Butter

Middle Top: Almond butter

Middle: Ketchup, Tomato juice (for soups), 8 million water bottles, necessary condiments: salsa, jam, lime juice, cherries (our little brother LOVES Shirley Temples so we keep maraschino cherries and grenadine).

Bottom: Mini Grape juice, hot sauce, mustard, water, BBQ sauce, Grenadine, caramel sauce (TOTAL necessity), soy sauce, and mini coffees.

The fridge:

Top Shelf: Caramelized onions (I made them today and they were SO easy and so yummy!), candied almonds, chopped strawberries ($2.99 for a lb which I immediately washed and chopped for easy snacking!)

Bottom Shelf: Apple juice, Iced Tea, Brita Water

Left Drawer: Washed and chopped Kale (seriously, I was a machine today!), carrots, and washed/chopped broccoli.

Right Drawer: Apples! Apples! Apples! (I am still 100% obsessed and averaging 3 per day).

It sparkles, right?  I actually keep opening it every time I pass it.

I also scrubbed the kitchen today since I was on a roll. I cleaned EVERYTHING. Basically I anything that could be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine was fair game.

You can actually eat off my counters. I promise! The only sad thing is that no one else is here to appreciate the sparkle.  Bloggy friends, you are more than welcome to come over for dinner (lots of kale chip and apples will be served).

I feel like my life now has ORDER! After having no control over basically anything for the past 3 days, it felt very nice to put everything in its place. I promise I am not OCD, I just enjoy a clean kitchen filled with electricity! 🙂

However, I must go check on the pumpkin roasting in the oven so that I can freeze some fresh pumpkin for pies later in the season. Yay! 🙂

Are you a sentimental person? Do you have trouble parting with things? Any other person with an inexplicable attachment to condiments?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

27 responses »

  1. I lost every. single. item. in my refridgerator and freezer a month or so back when it decided to stop working. It was a bummer throwing out sooooo much $$$$$$$$! OUCH!
    You look so orderly! Way to go! 🙂

    • I was so glad that we only had leftovers and eggs. Everything else that go trashed, probably needed to be thrown out just from old age! I am so glad I did not go grocery shopping last week–phew!

  2. I am not very sentimental, but I often pause when cleaning and think “But I might need this one day!” Pretty sure I won’t ever need a slinky or a ridiculous journal that I kept when I was four.

    I can’t stand clutter and love when things are organized. Just the other day I put away decorations my mom had set out because they were making me freak out! I love a bare kitchen!!

    • Yeah, the whole “I might need this mentality” is hard to break. However, when I do relinquish it, I am a throw away/give away, consign away machine!

      Preach it about the bare kitchen–Nothing makes me more happy than a clean and clear kitchen. The chaotic state that it had been in was KILLING me.

  3. ahh it’s gorgeous! My fridge- shared with 2 roommates in my defense- looks like the polar opposite of this. Busting at the seems and so disorganized.
    If I came for dinner could we make it sauteed apples, kale, and bacon instead- favorite meal lately!

  4. Moving 5 times so far this year helped me NOT be sentimental. Total minimalist!! I love a clean/replenished fridge. SO inspiring, right? 🙂

    • Oh, I know what you mean. When we moved three times in 2009 I literally threw out half of my life. I cannot figure out if I am truly a minimalist by nature or simply by situation! What I do know that I LOVE lacking any and all clutter!

  5. Friend – I am exactly the same! I can throw out KEEP sakes (ha!), clothes, shoes til the cows come home – but just the thought of throwing away food is enough to induce a panic attack!! xx

  6. I hate throwing away food. I will eat leftovers from a dinner that wasn’t very good just so I don’t have to toss them.

    • I have been doing that too, lately. My usual plan is to pawn them off on Chase. This whole long-distance marriage is creating an abundance of leftovers–there are only so many more I can take!

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oh my gosh, girl– you put my fridge to SHAME! If only I could actually see what was in it without having to dig through haha

    • Don’t be too impressed. This is God-ordained cleaning. I never would have done this if my power hadn’t gone out. Basically, I have decided this was God’s way of telling me to GET TO WORK! 🙂

  8. I can’t imagine going so long without electricity! I love the feeling of getting everything clean & organized!

  9. Oh girl, I’m glad I found your blog cause I’m in the same situation! I still do not have power (5 days now) and have been staying at my parent’s house. I’m actually dreading going back home to deal with the fridge and freezer. While I’m not sentimental about throwing out stuff, it’s the $ that bothers me. We had just gone food shopping the night before the power went out and now all that food, plus tons more, has to be thrown out! Grr frustrating!

  10. I am pretty ruthless too…after an obligatory time period. I wouldn’t read a card my husband wrote me, and then promptly chuck it in the garbage! I DO however have a hard time throwing out anything that my nieces or nephews make me…even if it is an entire looseleaf package of paper with one scribble per page. Yikes.

    By the way, I am hosting a one week vegan challenge on my blog ( I am challenging everyone to participate by following a vegan lifestyle for one week (I will provide sample meal plans and recipes) and there will be a prize giveaway in the end. I don’t know a ton about Paleo, other than the basic principles, but it seems like this might be an easy transition if you wanted to take the challenge for a week!

  11. Oh my goodness I can’t believe how long you have been dealing without power! When our power went out, I brought all of my groceries outside! haha

  12. Nothing beat a kitchen that sparkles! Looks great!

    I’m definitely not a pack rat but I do try to hold onto certain things that I might be able to use in a scrapbook or something. I did notice last night that I have about 8 save the date magnets on our fridge from the past couple years and for some reason I’ve been hoarding them. I wonder if anyone else does this??

    • I can completely understand your Save The Date magnet collection. We have done that numerous times. My sister also still has half a dozen STDs from weddings that happened 2 years ago! You are not alone!

  13. Hi there! I am definitely not sentimental when it come to objects such as 5-year-old receipts… used textbooks ect. BUT I do get sentimental about some objects… mostly things that can be recycled or improved… such as tattered clothing… old cameras… or scraps of fabric. I guess it’s a healthy balance 🙂

  14. Sooo clean! I am totally jealous, and yes, I am a condiment whore. I have more salad dressings/hot sauces/etc than anybody that I know!!

  15. I am sooooo very jealous of your clean fridge and freezer! I think this will go on my list for the weekend 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!


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