Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Short List of Things I Do Not Need To Purchase Again Until At Least 2038

I've been doing some exhaustive cleaning-out/purging/consolidating and man, does it feel good. My reorganizing, however, has uncovered an astounding number of multiples of the following items:
  • Green florist tape
  • Mint dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Fishing line
  • Cumin
Sweet Mother of Mercy, the cumin! All the Rachael Rays in all the world cooking every day for the rest of time couldn't use up all the cumin in my cupboard. (Has anyone else noticed that woman's obsession with cumin? "It's that smoky kinda thing in the background that makes you say, Hmmmm, what is THAT?" Always with the cumin, Rach.)

Apparently, when I'm at the grocery store and I've forgotten my list and am trying to remember what I needed from the baking aisle, my brain's default answer is "cumin." Always the cumin. More cumin.

So, in summation: should a major disaster or the End Times befall us, rest assured that you can come over to my house, groom yourself, make a few bouquets, and then tuck into some tacos. Because I am set, people.



33 comments:

Someone Being Me said...

Yum. I love cumin. I add it to all my mexican dishes and chili. Although I think I have 3-4 of them stashed in the spice cabinet as well. One never knows when you might need to feed enchiladas to an army.

JMC said...

I have plenty of WD-40. I'll bring it along in case you have a squeaky hinge or something.

Digits said...

Me? I overstock on coriander! And lots of rosemary which makes perfect sense cause the boyfriend won't eat it, Right?
(Fan of Bossy *Ariel* :)

smalltownmom said...

A definite yes on the cumin. And pencil erasers. I always hear, "But mom, I'm out of erasers!" when there is a bag of about 20 in the cupboard.

ChezWhat said...

This has been a big project in my household this year. We have an insane amount of soap and lotion. Not the fancy types that you receive as gifts, just regular types that we apparently keep on buying just in case Armageddon involves some serious skin issues.

As for the cumin, try this Martha Stewart shrimp salad recipe, but use an avocado instead of the cucumber.

Veronica Mitchell said...

Now see, cumin is the ingredient I always forget to buy because I think I must have it at home. And I never do.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I stock up on really practical spices, like cream of tartar.

I could make 100 lemon meringue pies and still have extra.

By the way, I have an amazing chili recipe that uses cumin by the tablespoon-ful. I call if Man Chili, because it has copious amounts of meat. Let me know if you want it.

Of course, if you're like me, all soups and chilis are hereby verboten until next October. I'm ready for some grillin'! So maybe not.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Cumin is definitley on my top 5 list of favorite spices. And yet, I find one bottle does last me a while.

Now dental floss? I believe me may have a drawer or two full around here.

stu said...

How come when people are doing the super cleaning, nobody ever says "dammit, I've got too much vodka in the house."

I did buy a bunch of wine one time when we had a bunch at home. Not to worry, we got past that issue.

-Stu

Mike Golch said...

thats why I don't do the shopping.we would have tons of pop tarts.

MamaBird said...

Kelly @ love well - make play dough with your critical ingredient

Melanie - you can make your own yellow Easter egg dye with that cumin (it is supposed to work, all the other colors we tried failed miserably but I am going to trust that you have enough to make it happen)

I made my DH drag a roll of mylar weighing perhaps 35 lbs (you know, the shiny stuff they make balloons out of) from California to DC *just in case* I needed it for art projects in my classroom. I have every baby food jar my children et out of, washed and saved. Enough kitchen trash bags that when I finally organized under my sink 8 months ago I stopped buying them and still there is no shortage in sight.

Funny story: when my 96 year old grandmother and her roommate went shopping, often solo, they would always thoughtfully pick up a head of lettuce (they had salads every day for lunch, hence the longevity) and a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. I was living with them at the time - one night my brother came for dinner, opened the fridge, and almost wept with laughter at the 11 or 12 tubs of oleo and 7 heads of lettuce in the crisper. Said he: "I think I should run to the store. I can't believe you don't have any I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Or lettuce!" Before he could stop her, my gma's 75 year old roommate had shot out the door, purse under her arm, striding for the store....

Anonymous said...

Things I don't need to buy: coffee filters, baking powder (4 containers), and cornstarch.

richgold said...

Does cumin ward of squirrels? Might be a good garden recipe ...

And thank you for your post and the responses. It gave me a good laugh that I much needed.

If I may add to the list:

Dried up markers and pens
Decks of cards - I guess I'm looking to play Crazy Eights on mass

and loose leaf - I think I've got about a foot and a half worth (I love paper

And tooth brushes - I've got a lot in the bathroom. I think I have twice as many as people in the house. (I've got five "room mates".) For Christmas a girl friend gave me a dozen tooth brushes (we were going through the phase where the youngest was cleaning the brushes in the lowest accessible water source).

As for the dental floss - I *know* I'm buying it ... can't find it. It disappears, same thing with "pit sticks". (My eldest is entering the adolescent stage (really needs it, doesn't use it) and the bars are disappearing into??? I'm beginning to wonder if there's a loose floor board or a whole in the wall some where where I'll find a pile of dental floss, tooth brushes and deodorant.)

stephanie said...

I just like to say "cooo-min." But if you need anything at the grocery store, I'm on it...

stephanie said...

Oh, and I'm giving you a Girl Power award. Because you're cool, and a girl, who has power. :)

Nora Bee said...

Cumin? I'm fresh out at my house, for real. Feel free to send some my way....

Did you meet Bossy???

All Adither said...

As long as you've got the cinnamon. That's all that really matters.

Geekgrl64 said...

You know, I have multiple bottles of cumin. What is that about? I know you can't answer as you are similarly plagued. So, I can bring additional tacos and seasoning at the end of the world party. :)

princessofsomething said...

man. I just cleaned out my cupboards yesterday and I don't think I have even one whosamacally of cumin. Cumin hog.

Not Always Pretty said...

Rachael does that with Nutmeg too!! I thought it was just me.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Shredded carrots, cayenne pepper, cumin, lots and lots of olive oil, fry until brown like hashbrowns. Add lemon juice if desired, and s & P to taste. It keeps our cumin supply under control, for sure. Also our ground coriander, but that's another story.

Magpie said...

I think the dental floss breeds.

Or maybe it's just that the dentist always hands it out and I don't use it.

Lisa Milton said...

Ms. Pretty beat me to the Nutmeg comment - Rach is a big fan of nutmeg it seems too.

(I also bestowed some blog love on you today. Because you rock. And I am 12.)

Anonymous said...

Dried thyme - I have 5 small jars - I only use dried in the winter when the garden is frozen solid and under 10 inches of snow. We could put all this stuff together and start a small grocery/5cent&10cent store.
(Just noticed: where is the "cent" symbol on my keyboard? It really is gone!! Probably in favor of @)

Bonzize

Lisa said...

I think this might be just the cutest little blog I have ran acrossed in a long time. nice, very nice.
Thank you-
Lisa
coastal nest
via bossy

planetnomad said...

Cumin is very practical. You use it for Indian cooking too. You really can't have too much, IMO.

tj said...

...Yes, I am a cumin addict.

...Blessings... :o)

I AM VERY MARY said...

I seem to lack cumin. And time. har har har.

Sweet Pepita said...

Could I trade you some q-tips or cotton balls for cumin?

Sweet Pepita said...

P.S. Total CUTENESS! Nose picking and all!

foolery said...

Cumin and ketchup are all-or-nothing items in my house. We either have three open containers going or we are plumb OUT.

Holy frijoles, madam, your commenters are as funny as you are!

bensrib said...

Hey, you can never have enough dental floss. Many years ago my husband hot-wired our van when the ignition switch wouldn't work. He used dental floss. I've carried it in my purse ever since.

Claire B. said...

And I won't buy anything unless I'm ABSOLUTELY SURE that we're out of it. And then I get to the spice aisle and go "What WAS that we ran out of?" Which is why we are currently out of chili powder. So I mix up my own with CUMIN and cinnamon and cocoa and stuff. It's good. No idea where this comment is going.