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A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Six

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I used all the cabbage! I used all the cabbage!

It was a happy day this morning when I chopped up the last of the cabbage and added it to the hash browns for breakfast. My kids are sick of cabbage now, but I will admit – fried in butter it tastes pretty good. Although what *doesn’t* taste pretty good fried in butter? Which leads me to the fact that I GAINED TWO POUNDS THIS WEEK!!!!
I’m not sure if it’s actual weight (although it probably is because I’ve been eating more calorie-rich food than I normally do) or water weight by the added sodium in my diet. It was absolutely not an expected outcome of eating off an emergency food hamper for the week.

This weekend was tough. WAY tougher than the weekdays. So many social events have food or drink associated with them. We went golfing today and it was kind of sad to smile and shake my head no to the lovely drink cart lady. And by not eating and drinking at our various activities made me realize that if we had financial troubles – we wouldn’t even be participating in some of those activities! No poker night, no fundraisers at pubs and no golf. Not having adequate food is only one part of a very large picture.

I was surprised to learn when I went to the food bank that the largest number of clients are what is considered the “working poor”. People with one or two or even three jobs just trying to make ends meet. People who work HARD and yet still need help. I know a lot of times we feel like we work hard and deserve the things we have. But there are a LOT of people that work hard in this city and it doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve nice or fun things. It means that WE are incredibly fortunate to be in the situation we are in. It doesn’t mean that we need to feel guilty about it either, but empathy and compassion are definitely things that should be a part of who we are. Not to mention a realization that EVERYONE needs help at some point, whether it be financial, emotional, etc.

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This morning was interesting for me, as I made breakfast AND dinner at the same time. I made hashbrowns and cabbage (of course!) and then scrambled eggs and cheese. Dinner was crockpot chili – I threw some beans, canned tomatoes and added chili powder (the only extra spice we used this whole week), and macaroni noodles, set the crockpot to low and let it simmer all day.

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I’ll be honest. No one liked it. LOL. I made it too spicy, it was too dry and the macaroni was too mushy. To quote Dave:

“I like it. I just don’t want to eat very much of it.”

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  • Danna - haha Dave’s comment cracks me up!

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