If you have friended me on Facebook, you'll be familiar with this rant.
For some weird reason upstairs neighbor lady (i.e. "Vector Neighbors") has felt the need to pawn a crazy amount of groceries on us the past week.
She's always done this--a carton of ice cream in the summer here, half a watermelon there. Kinda weird, but only one thing every once in a while.
Until last week.
Last week--over a course of two or three days she gave us:
2 boxes of Trix cereal
1 box of Coco Puffs cereal
1 box of Golden Grahams cereal
1 box Honey Nut Cheerio cereal
1 gallon of milk
2 boxes of those Koolaid drinks in the pouches (20 pouches total)
3 lbs of animal crackers
12 cups of pudding
1 box Little Debbie Valentine brownies
2 cans of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs
Now, granted I'm still nursing a wicked resentment of the infestation they bestowed upon us this past spring and summer, so I'm sure that's tainting my view--but seriously?
What is she trying to say?
I've narrowed it down to three things:
1. I'm crazy;
2. I'm diabetic and I can't have all this sugar laden shit, so I will give it to your kids so they can enjoy a downward spiral into diabetes;
3. Bezzie, I don't think you know how to feed your kids.
Don't get me wrong--it's not like we eat uber-healthy free-range organic free trade nuts and berries all the time--my boys know their way around processed foodstuffs laden with sugar, chemicals and unpronounceable names; however, when pretty much ALL she gives them is this shit and LOTS of it, it's really really annoying.
And borderline weird because she'll come down later to grill Chunky on how he liked XYZ that she brought him.
I know I sound ungrateful, but, the whole thing is just really really weird to me.
What sucks about this is I hate to throw it away because there are starving kittens in Iraq. But on the other hand--is it really humane to donate this type of food to starving kittens in Iraq?
You always read reports on how low income Iraqi felines are prone to high obesity rates...would this food really do them any good? Is bad food better than no food?
But it's kind of moot because I can't find anywhere local that takes donated food during the off season (i.e. not Thanksgiving/Christmas) or only take donations during tiny windows of time that working people can't make (the closest church food pantry takes donations from 1:22 p.m. to 2:39 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month that falls on a full moon).
And most of these places would prefer cash donations anyway. Which makes sense.
So here's the final disposition of last week's "gifts":
2 boxes of Trix cereal -- Trash
1 box of Coco Puffs cereal -- boys will eat
1 box of Golden Grahams cereal -- keep reading
1 box Honey Nut Cheerio cereal -- boys will eat
1 gallon of milk -- I already had a bunch of milk to use up; Dr. Mad Scientist took this to his Friday night AA meeting. The recovering like to have milk in their coffee.
2 boxes of those Koolaid drinks in the pouches (20 pouches total) -- down the drain
3 lbs of animal crackers -- boys will eat
12 cups of pudding -- boys will eat
1 box Little Debbie Valentine brownies -- Trash
2 cans of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs -- these are languishing in the cupboard (probably until the May postal service food drive!)
I feel bad wasting that food...grrrr...but the boys just won't eat/drink it.
As for that lone box of Golden Grahams--
I paired it up with what you always pair up with graham crackers.
Marshmallows and chocolate.
Smores-y type krispie treats for the lunches this week.
Melt 1/2 cup butter w/2 cups of mini marshmallows, add 4 cups of Golden Grahams, press into a 9"x9" pan, let cool. Spread 1 1/2 cups melted chocolate chips over the top. Cool. Cut into bars.
Moral of the story: When crazy neighbors hand you tons of sugary cereals, make krispie treats.
Labels: NJ Apartment, Rants