I need a new refrigerator. Okay, I know I often toss the word need around carelessly, but in this case there is a need. The large beach towel that resides in the place where the vegetable crisper once lived is an indicator of that need. Today I found that unless you lean into the freezer door, and I mean L.E.A.N., it won’t seal. Seals are important to freezers. I know of what I speak.
I do need a new refrigerator. I’ve put off this purchase because I have an option that is no longer offered — a beverage tender. This door opens down to reveal a small area perfect for milk, juices, sodas, and when it opened it creates a shelf for pouring glasses. Wonderful. Love it. It’s no longer around.
I found the PERFECT replacement for my obsolete dinosaur of a frig. It’s the FRENCH DOOR refrigerator and in the words of Don, the appliance man, no one does it better than SAMSUNG! I fell for her. She didn’t sport the beverage tender, but she has so much more. No longer would I need to stand on my head to find the lost lemon or get stuck in a deep kneebend squat cleaning out the bottom shelf.
As beautiful as she is, she just didn’t fit into our I-just-lost-half-my-salary budget. I could have gotten a lesser refrigerator, but my heart belongs to this Samsung dream. I held out.
And today I learn that TwitterMoms and Samsung are hosting a blogging sweepstakes! I could almost hear the angels singing the Hallelujah chorus. All I need to do is offer three tips for getting dinner ready in a flash. Well, I can do that! And then I need to put in a link to the sweepstakes so each of you can enter too! But if you don’t want to, that’s okay by me. Just go buy you a Samsung French Door Refrigerator. (Remember, I’m earning at half capacity — not that I’m trying to play the sympathy card or anything.)
Three Tips to Getting Dinner Ready in a Flash
1.Plan and prepare ahead. Now, this isn’t something that I excel at but on the rare occasion that I do plan ahead, it makes things so much easier. Pre-cook and freeze your hamburger meat for spaghetti, vegetable soup, lasagna, chili, etc. When you need a fast dinner, just pull together your ingredients and add the meat. You can have a pot of spaghetti in 20 minutes from start to serving.
2. Have some FAST meals to fall back on. Have a few fast dinner options in your recipe bag o’ tricks. It can be as simple as cooking eggs & bacon for dinner. Who says that eggs are only for breakfast.
3. Freezer meals. If you are a true planner, you may consider the once a month cooking. I have friends who spend two days a month cooking — two full days, but that’s it. They plan all their meals, prep them and put them in the freezer. I love this idea, but I never moved from the loving the concept to the making it an actuality in my life. Still love the concept!
I really have more tips, but I will stop here I don’t want to overwhelm anyone and not everyone buys my ‘cereal is a great dinner option’ idea.
I will keep you posted on the Samsung French Door Refrigerator Sweepstakes — it just feels like it’s meant to be.