Yes, you read that right: rationing fruit. How sad is that? Sad, but completely necessary. See, my youngest, Megan, can wipe out a whole grocery run of fruit in two or three days. I'm talking five pounds of grapes, two or three pounds of strawberries and two or three pounds of apples. The girl likes her fruit. There's nothing wrong with that, except, well, the rest of us like fruit, too. We don't like going to the fridge to get some fruit and finding that it's all been eaten already.
So, last week, when I was lamenting the problem with my mom, she offered a suggestion that I jumped all over:
Individual fruit stashes! Last Friday, when I got home from the store, I immediately washed and separated all the fruit. Into bowls. With names on them. Once your fruit's gone, it's gone. Megan's was gone by Sunday. The rest of us, though, could still enjoy fruit on Tuesday. Do you want to know how mad I'd have been if I'd gone to make my deluxe grilled chicken salad and discovered that all my fruit was gone? Thanks to this brilliant idea from my mom, though, my fruit was safe.
I did have a little hidden in the back of the fridge, so last night I restocked everyone's fruit bowls and all is well with the world...for a day or so.
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