Laundry and Snacks

Here’s a recap of the big small-laundry re-do . . . 

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It’s a small laundry room and also the entrance from the garage. It’s OK, but our next house will have a large mud/laundry/throw-your-stuff-down room. Because of the dryer vent hose location, we can’t push the washer and dryer as far back as we would like. Damn idiot builders!


Once we got to this point and were about to reinstall the old laundry tub, we decided to upgrade that as well. $200 got us a cabinet, tub, faucet, all the hoses and pipes.


I added the plexiglass . . . something I did in our other homes as well. It keeps stray droplets from ruining the wall.


Why is this called ‘Laundry and Snacks’?

I’ve had a few posts about the kind of stuff I eat and realized snacks deserve a special mention. 

Snacks are an important part of my day. They bridge the three hours between breakfast and lunch and the four hours between lunch and dinner and the five hours between dinner and bedtime.

I happen to have a fantastic wife who can whip stuff up at a moments notice. Some might recall these . . . 

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. . . but she can also throw together other stuff . . . 


That’s either rhubarb or strawberries or both . . . my memory fails me and the snack has long since . . . eh, passed from my life. 

These next beauties are mostly for me as she does not like chocolate chips (and walnuts) cookies.


The white balance on those is slightly off, they should be very dark . . . like the picture on the box of the mix.


Some might remember she also bakes . . . 

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For a quick snack, she sometimes whips this up . . . 


Mandarin slices, pineapple pieces, whipped cream, walnuts and coconuts bits . . . this stuff does not have a long shelf life. 

Well, I don’t really know that for a fact; it never lasts long enough to figure out if it has a shelf life.

This next thing is one of our recent kicks . . . 


That’s bread dough from Trader Joe’s half topped with pepper jack cheese and the other half with mozzarella cheese; no sauce. 

That also has an unknown shelf life.

People might get the idea I don’t eat healthy snacks. Not so . . . 

. . . I have fruit (usually bananas and apples) . . . 

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. . . and even celery with laughing cow light creamy swiss cheese.


But, truthfully, my preference leans toward . . . 

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When I have some, not all that often, I might indulge in a polenta and Spam snack.


I know what you’re all thinking . . . this guy eats too healthy!

Well, hold on; that’s the case when I feel like making stuff or feel like asking Melisa to make stuff. 

But, for when I don’t, there are cookies. Everyone knows graham crackers and Milano cookies, but these are probably not something most people are familiar with . . . 

(excuse the poor quality of the photo - I was eating at the time)

(excuse the poor quality of the photo – I was eating at the time)

. . . there are other cookies too, some from Costco and some from Trader Joe’s, depending what I feel like.

. . . and candy. We usually have THESE around. We always have THESE.

Other quick candy hits might include jawbreakers, mints, or licorice. Not that crappy soft stuff that is fed to unsuspecting and unsophisticated kids.


We don’t usually have chips around, but when we do it’s these:


Those are all fine and good, but what is one to eat in-between snacks?

Usually, bread; French, Italian, or sourdough. Often plain, but just as likely to be adorned with appropriate toppings. I’ll even eat a toasted slice or two of 12-grain bread with a generous helping of honey. 

Today, on a lark I decided to prepare all my snacks ahead of time. Of course, it was after breakfast . . . which was after a banana and a piece of bread.

Here are my in-between meals snacks for the day . . . all gone now, and I’m a bit hungry, but I’ll try to hold off for a few hours until I go to bed.


OK, clockwise from the top left . . . a Kirkland grapefruit cup, a small Nutella sandwich and four small cookies (two different kinds), an apple, five crackers topped with pieces of pecorino cheese and a small sandwich of torta bread and pecorino cheese, and finally one slice of 12-grain bread cut in two for a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich plus two cookies. 

. . . I might sneak something before going to bed . . . probably a piece of bread. 

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