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Rrrrandom & Condiment Expiration Dates

Random #1: Mini Thanksgiving
…For dinner last night.

Turkey tenderloin, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and steamed broccoli. Enough said.

Random #2: My friends know me so well
My friend Melissa sent this to me yesterday and said it made her think of me because it was definitely something we would do.

Random #3: There’s a first for everything
This week I actually only repeated a breakfast once. Rather than having my normal same thing every morning.

I had an almond butter/banana sandwich twice. Other than that I also had an egg and jelly sandwich, egg and cheese sandwich, oatmeal, and today I had a waffle and yogurt.

Random #4: Apartment living
I honestly have come to like apartment living. Obviously owning our own house would be ideal, but we are still a few years away from that; so renting will be in our future for a little while. Though we will probably move to renting a house within the next 2 years, I have to admit I dont mind our one bedroom apartment at all.

I think what makes apartment living ok [at least in our case] is the amenities. A nice pool that we dont have to clean, a gated community, a mini dog park and some trails on the premises. Plus if anything goes wrong we call them and they fix it. Plus, only having a one bedroom apartment makes for a little less cleaning (about 950 square feet worth).

Random #5: Condiments
I am super weird about expired food. I know that the expiration dates arent necessarily a big deal. But it had me thinking the other day while I was cleaning out my fridge… how long is it ok to keep some open condiments? In most cases, I honestly dont even know how long some of the condiments in my fridge have been in there (luckily I know that it has not more than 6 months at least since that is when we moved here).

So I turned to Google (duh) and found this little article.

  • Ketchup: 6 months
  • BBQ Sauce: 4 months
  • Pure Maple Syrup: 12 months
  • Salsa: 3 days (fresh), 1 month (commercially produced, jarred)
  • Olives: 2 weeks (canned and jarred, airtight, covered in brine), 1-2 months (from the deli)
  • Mustard: 12 months
  • Pickles: 1-2 weeks (homemade or barrel), 2 months (commercially produced)
  • Jam and Jelly: 6 months
  • Mayonnaise: 2 months

I think I am guilty of the ketchup. I dont use a lot of ketchup and I think in the past I can recall having ketchup in my fridge for over a year!

Random #6: Happy birthday J Bieb
In celebration of him turning 18 (and legal!) I sported this all day…

Ha kidding! I’m not really a fan of the Biebs. In all seriousness, a more important happy birthday for yesterday is due to the lovely and hilarious Lindsey! Happy birthday!

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I’m cuttin’ out early because I have a busy day ahead!

Have a fabulous Friday (I actually woke up thinking it was Saturday this morning – total bummer!)

  • Are you guilty of keeping any condiments forever? Do you pay attention to expiration dates?
  • If you are a renter, what is something you absolutely have to have? (pool, carpet, etc)
    Must allow pets, and I need a washer and dryer, hookups, or at least some on the premises.
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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. I swear you might be my twin…

    #1 I made a Thanksgiving dinner last month for my family
    #2 I have that someecard printed out and facing me on my desk (away from the customers, obviously!

    Have a fun weekend! 🙂

    March 2, 2012
  2. hahaha i love that someeecard!

    i keep condiments FOREVER. especially salsa. as long as it smells ok, i’m down with it..lol. ketchup doesnt last long in my place though, i’m a ketchupaholic!

    I really dont mind renting either. we technically have a three bedroom apartment but its still small..we converted one of the bedrooms into our dining room and keep the other room as a spare..the actual living space is tiny so its not bad to clean. i cant WAIT to own a house though..hopefully in the next few years 🙂 i do like that our landlord can fix everything and has to shovel when it snows..lol. i absolutely need them to allow pets, washer/dryer as well…we dont live in a development or anything so your place sounds a little nicer, ha!

    March 2, 2012
    • I have defintiely rented some less-nice places haha. the last one we rented in Alaska was just a private owned duplex but was older and had a few issues. it had everything we wanted though and was huge (but expensive!)

      March 2, 2012
  3. Last year I became a first time renter and I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed the experience. My landlord is a drunk who constantly forgets and doesn’t keep promises. I’ve had a lot of problems with the place not to mention the problems I’ve had with her. If I move I think the only thing I that will be a must for the next place is a lease agreement that really spells out every thing and I think I’d like my own references to check. If they can call and check mine, it’s only fair I should call and check theirs. If I had I could have found out this lady was crazy and saved myself a lot of hassle! Have you ever had a bad experience renting?

    March 2, 2012
    • Oh my gosh! that is such a good point! “let me see YOUR references too” i mean your right! why not?
      Luckily i havent had a bad experience renting really. The first place i rented was a family friend and he was the best landlord ever because of that. he even let me park in his garage when my car had some problems.
      the last place i rented before we left alaska was older and had some ugly interior features (PEACH cupboards) but big. other than it being really expensive it was pretty good and the landlords were great. taht was actually a 3 bedroom and torr and i had a roommate that was HORRIBLE so that was the only thing that was a bad experience and i had to kick him out and replace him haha.
      I know TONS of ppl that have had issues though 😦 Hopefully you can find something better soon!

      March 2, 2012
  4. Oh. I DEFINITELY agree about the pets & washer/dryer. I also need a gym. I like to have at least a small one so I can use it as backup! I’m pretty good about my condiments. I’m pretty picky about them, and the ones I DO like I use like crazy so I don’t have that problem.

    March 2, 2012
    • so true! Sometimes i buy the bottles marinades and only use half and then let the other half of the bottle and let it sit in there for who knows how long. oops.

      March 2, 2012
  5. I’m sure I’m guilty of keeping some condiments longer than I should … but my husband definitely keeps an eye on expiration dates, so he’s quick to tell me if I need to throw something out!

    March 2, 2012
  6. I love that ecard – it makes me laugh every time!

    Daniel and I bought our house (that we were renting) about a year after we got married. We were so pumped to own our house, and now we both said we would go back to my old apartment ha. Not necessarily just to rent, but just to downsize. We have WAY too much room for just the two of us! I miss having the free pool, no yard to mow or weed, and seriously quick cleaning times!

    I’m totally guilty of keeping condiments forever!

    March 2, 2012
  7. When I lived in an apartment, I loved the pool and the workout room. So few people used the workout equipment and I never felt overwhelmed by the busy-ness of a big gym. I definitely need to check out the dates on my condiments. Eeks!

    March 4, 2012

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