Saturday is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day and have I got an idea for you!
Cleaning your refrigerator might not normally conjure up feelings of warmth or excitement, especially if you're looking at a container of sour cream dating back to June, zucchini so soft it's hard to pick up, and chocolate syrup caked on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator (left over from one too many sundaes on Ice Cream Sundays).
Put on the rubber gloves, grab a bucket of bleach, hot water, and some durable rags, but don't stop there. Once done with the refrigerator head over to that catch-all junk closet of yours.
You know the one I'm talking about. The closet where you storing left over plates from last month's Halloween gathering, the extra plastic table cloth and cutlery you bought to host a birthday party, the three extra party favor bags you didn't end up using at Valentine's Day, the Easter eggs it seemed wasteful to throw away, and the New Year's horn you saved for this New Year's.
Yeh, that's the closet I talking about.
Head right over there and clean it out too. Free yourself of all the junk you've been accumulating... in the off chance you re-celebrate your son's first birthday or, one year later, you actually remember the three party bags saved before buying a new set. Free yourself of all the junk and revel in that streamlined feeling we love so much.
Observing National Clean Our Your Refrigerator Day and committing to purge yourself of any left over paper plates, cutlery, tablecloths, napkins, pinatas, treat bags, streamers, balloons, and insidious chatchka, will make for a fun, fun, fun...
POT LUCK DINNER!
Invite neighbors. Guests bring a dish, inspired by the safe, but dated, ingredients in their refrigerators and no two people eat off the same type of plate. I enjoy a St. Patrick's Day plate and a Hanukkah cup while you use an Easter plate and a Winnie the Pooh cup. For dessert, serve up some July Fourth fire works and Halloween candy.
Send everyone home with miscellaneous party favor bags chock, full of toys from Happy Meals and other as sundry places handing it out by the fist fulls.
How about? What will you be cooking up Saturday, in honor of National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? And, what plates, cups, and cutlery will you be eating with? Fess up.
Signing off until tomorrow...