Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Big Freeze

Today is a milestone day in our family's history. The volume of the freezer in our refrigerator can no longer contain the variety of meats, ice cream (home made, of course), popsicles, bagels, waffles, chicken fingers and fish sticks (notice these are not included as meats). We have invested in a basement freezer, which will be delivered and installed this afternoon between 3 and 7. (God bless the delivery man, who will first bring the freezer up 20 stairs to our front door, then down 12 while navigating a turn to get it into our basement).

The contents of your refrigerator mark the milestones of life. From the beer and left over pizza in a dorm size, you might add a quart of milk and restaurant leftovers in your first apartment. The contents of our refrigerator reflects our growing children and lifestyle -- and the mind boggling variety of the grocery store.

Our collection of dairy and beverage product could make you moo like a cow. You will find 3 gallons of milk: skim for Russell, Gretchen and me, 11/2% lowfat chocolate for Sydney that sometimes seems to be the bulk of her diet, and whole for Tyler. This does not include the cream or half and half we have for making ice cream. Orange juice, grape juice, lemonade, beer with the occasional bottled water or sports drink round out the beverages. We go our different directions on yogurt...Yoplait (woman yogurt) for Gretchen, Dannon (man yogurt) for me, some variety of kid yogurt, yogurt drink or squeezable yogurt (sometimes all 3) for the kids. On the cheese board you're likely to find mozarella, parmesan, feta, string cheese, cheddar cheese, 3 types of cream cheese (onion and chive, plain low-fat and cinnamon), an occasional "Laughing Cow" or gorgonzola, and velveeta for grilled cheese sandwiches. For those of you scoring at home, that's 3-4 different milks, 3-5 other drinks, 3-5 different yogurts, and 8-10 different types of cheese for 2 adults, and 3 kids age 4, 2 and 1.

I can't wait to stock the freezer.


At 8:46 AM, Blogger gsully said...

Good grief, if what the dairy people are trying to get us to believe about their products helping you lose weight is true, we should all be skinny minnies by now! Alas, that does not seem to be the case, at least for me, despite running 4 times per week. And we even stock the low-fat varieties.

Justin and I have often laughed at the marketing of yogurts, the Yoplait in the thin, shapely container, the Dannon in the thicker, sturdy, boldly-colored one. It is funny mostly because we seem to have bought into it!


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