My sister and I have had many good laughs over the ways she also saves food. Small portions of leftovers are tucked away in Reynolds wrap in the freezer. For as long as I can remember, late Sunday visits during suppertime always resulted in her pulling out the leftovers from last weeks meals. "A little of this, a little of that." she'd say, as the table was filled with a wide range of food. Sometimes I wondered how we were all going to eat off what was before us, there was 6 in my family plus, Grandma and Papaw and sometimes other visiting relatives. Time and time again, I was always amazed that we never left the table hungry and sure enough, Grandma gathered up whatever was left and saved it for tomorrow.
She freezes everything from a cake won at the church picnic to milk and leftovers. One time she pulled out bread that was disgustingly freezer burnt and after seeing how far gone it was suggested we just toast it and that with a little butter it would be alright. I also remember eating salad with very brown lettuce. I would never have eaten salad in such a state with anyone else, but with Ranch dressing it didn't taste any different than fresh lettuce.
Grandma sent me a valentine on Monday. My mom went to visit her and Grandma had recently come across some sewing supplies she thought I might appreciate. Grandma has kinda gathered that I have an odd way of liking things that remind me of her, I think she even regards it strange of me. Mom said Grandma wanted to put the gifts in a basket and finally remembered she had one that would work, in the freezer of all places!
Everything in the basket just captures my grandma's way of saving. It's all very random, a little of this and a little of that. These pictures make me think of I Spy because there are some things that just don't belong. It made me smile as I went through it piece by piece.