Old School Blogging: The Fridge Edition aka ACK!

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What is it about revealing the contents of one’s refrigerator that makes one apprehensive? I’m happy to show you what’s in my purse, or share semi-unflattering photos of me as a child, or when hugely pregnant. 

But what’s in my fridge? It feels brave. However, I’m doing it for my friend Elaine. She wanted to see what’s on your fridge for Old School Blogging this month, and since the outside of my fridge is just magnet hell, I had to dive inside. Literally. 

Fridge door

What’s on there you ask? Magnets? WHAT MAGNETS? (I think there are actually more. Under the fridge. Ahem) We have coupons for our favorite pizza takeout place (Pizza Fridays, holla), a handy baking conversion magnet in the shape of a cupcake (of course), a vaccination chart, and a photo of my husband and I, pre-kids. I don’t know why it’s there but I looked skinny and I like that dress. 


So here it is, what’s in my fridge.

Inside fridge

 1. Lemon yogurt – a new find. So. In. Love.

2. Homemade hummus – my mother-in-law made this. Yum.

3. Toddler snacks. A must.

4. Homemade lemon curd in a bowl – a yummy addition to the lemon poppyseed muffins I made yesterday. Of course it negates (or balances?) the fact that the muffins are actually low-fat. 

5. Chocolate. What?

6. Two opened jars of sun-dried tomatoes. Why? Because when you don’t clean your fridge out regularly, you don’t realize you already have an opened jar of something, and you open another. Then you find the first one, and feel the need to put in them up front and center, so you DO NOT FORGET AGAIN.

7. Yeast! For all the bread I haven’t been making.

8. More chocolate. What?

9. Zyrtec – for the boy’s allergies.

10. Baking chocolate squares – for the chocolate cake I’ve been planning to make for weeks. 

As for the rest: an assortment of condiments, drinks, jars of pasta sauce, pesto, jam, sugar, flour, leftover rice, vegetables, more yogurt.

Thank goodness I cleaned the fridge last week.

Who wants to play? If you do, link up with Elaine and Katie (her co-host from Sluiter Nation) now, linky closes end of the week! Tweet with @elainea and @ksluiter, using this hashtag #OSBlog. 

Just for fun, I’m tagging Adrienne, Natalie, Tamara, and Tinne.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the worldโ€™s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Womenโ€™s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesnโ€™t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 14, 2013 Christy

    I love all the chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ And homemade lemon curd! I think I need to try that. It’s so fascinating to see the inside of other people’s fridges! In the same way that it’s so interesting to walk past neighbors’ houses repeatedly and then finally get the chance to see the interior ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      Yes, exactly!! It’s like a peek into someone’s everyday life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 14, 2013 Elaine A.

    I’m so glad you showed us the inside. I find it interesting that you keep all your chocolate in there. Mine goes in the pantry. And I WANT that homemade hummus. I be it’s delicious!!!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      If we leave the chocolate outside of the fridge, it melts. Tropical weather hazard!

  • August 14, 2013 Jeanne

    Chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚ My fridge has a lot of magnets too. The inside of your fridge is way cleaner then mine right now. I’ve been meaning to clean it out for the past 3 days.
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      I cleaned it last week because there was a spill. Ahem. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 14, 2013 Marta

    At first I was like, “what’s in your fridge? How is that exciting?” But it WAS in a weird voyeuristic way. I guess I’ve never been too ashamed at the contents of my fridge — should I be? But I loved reading all about what was in yours in the same way I like scoping out the contents of people’s shopping carts at the grocery store =)

    PS I would definitely hang a skinny photo cute dress picture of myself up on the fridge!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Yes, it’s a glimpse into ordinary life, which is what we don’t see often, since we always present the shiny, best side in social media. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 14, 2013 Kerstin

    No. 6? Ha! I’ve done the same thing with Jalapenos….
    Let me know when you start baking bread, that’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. We used to have a breadmaker in Germany we used all the time, but I’m reluctant to buy one here because they don’t sell the handy pre-mixed-just-add-water breaddough here (I know it defeats the purpose, but it was so good….).
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      I have been baking bread for a while now, started before #2 was born. I just haven’t done it as much this year, because baking bread takes a lot of time, with the proofing. It’s really easy, you don’t need any bread mix. Bread is just flour, yeast, water, salt and sugar. The way it turns out is all in how you knead and the proofing. I have quite a few bread recipes on my Bread board on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 14, 2013 sarah reinhart

    teehee. Lemon and chocolate. I’m sensing a trend ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh so organized!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      Just my favorites ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 14, 2013 Kimber

    Yes very brave! I’m intrigued by the lemon yogurt!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      It was actually lemon + ginger yogurt. So yummy.

  • OMG, thank you for tagging me!!
    I love your fridge by the way, we are getting a new one in the fall. Since we leave at the end of the week the whole thing is eerily empty.
    And magnets… yeah… me too. But they keep my kids happy when I’m cooking dinner.
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      Yes, the magnets are a great distraction for the kids for sure.
      Ooh, new fridge, exciting!

  • August 14, 2013 vanita

    we have those letter magnets! i think my mom’s fridge did too when i was little. my fridge is due for a cleaning. all i need is $20 to pay one of the teens to clean it. ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      How convenient to have teenagers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 14, 2013 Nicole

    Lemon yogurt is the best! Yum! Your fridge is WAY more organized and orderly than mine – both inside and out! I may have to join old school fun this month simply for the motivation to get my butt in gear and clean up my fridge!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      I just happened to clean my fridge before I knew the linkup theme – thanks to a major beef broth spillage, ahem.

  • August 14, 2013 Kate

    I haven’t heard anyone talk about their fridge in SO long. I cleaned out mine yesterday because it was starting to grow a soul and *BAM* I wake up this morning to a whole link-up to showcase my now spotless fridge! YEEEEHAW! I’ll play!! (when I find time to do more than comment on all the interesting things I read) And I am chocolate lover too… but it’s hidden in chip form where the kids can’t find it ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      “Starting to grow a soul” – LOL!

  • No need to be embarrassed, your fridge is pretty clean and tame compared to others. But I will ask…how is it your magnets stay put? We can’t put any on our stainless fridge and that makes me a sad panda!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      I don’t know, they just stay! I’m guessing it’s not actually stainless steel, it’s just made to look that way?

  • August 14, 2013 melissa

    lol no one wants to look in my fridge…I reaaaallly need to clean it
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      When you reach the nesting stage of your pregnancy, trust me, you’ll clean the fridge ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I did)

  • August 14, 2013 Tamara

    I’m so embarrassed about my fridge, but pleased to be tagged. Maybe it will make me go to Trader Joe’s today and stock the fridge. Is that cheating? If I took a picture right now, you would think I was starving my kids and myself. It’s bad.
    Yours is making me hungry! Lemon yogurt?! Who knew?
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      In my first ever fridge reveal on the blog about 2 years ago, it really did look like we didn’t eat proper food at home. I didn’t cook or bake much then, we didn’t even have eggs. It was an assortment of chocolate (of course) and various beverages – so embarrassing! Yet, I showed the world my fridge. So this time is a huge improvement!

  • August 14, 2013 Kim

    We have letter magnets on our fridge, too! You know, we got a new fridge a few years ago and at that time I said “No more magnets!” I was feeling so protective of finish on the shiny white fridge door – I didn’t want any smudges or scratches. A few splashes and crashes later, and the magnets came back.
    Also, now I think I must make some hummus. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      The magnets are a great distraction for the kids, so I won’t say no. Fortunately, they haven’t left any marks!

  • August 14, 2013 Tracie

    Omgee! I think this must be fate or a sign that I really need to clean out my fridge. I’ve been saying I need to clean it out since last weekend. . .I want to do this (participate in old school blogging) but there is NO WAY I can show my fridge in it’s current state especially after seeing yours! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess I know how I’m spending my evening ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I’ll do a before and after shot!
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    • August 18, 2013 Alison

      Happy to help motivate someone clean their fridge ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 14, 2013 Lady Jennie

    This is actually rather non-cluttered compared to mine. What do you use the sun-dried tomatoes for? I don’t usually like them very much so it would have to be a good recipe.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I put the sun dried tomatoes in pasta! It’s a simple recipe: Boil pasta. Brown off some garlic in olive oil, remove from pan, put garlic oil aside. Brown chopped broccoli in the same pan, then toss sun dried tomatoes in with some 1/3 cup of water from the pasta (that should be done by then). Lastly, throw in some chopped black olives, then toss in the cooked pasta and garlic oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with optional parmesan.

  • August 14, 2013 Martine

    Chocolate is a must. I have lots of milk in mine: soy, almond, dairy, that Yakult stuff that my husband likes. We have the same berry juice brand, I see. I’ll join this if I have time to organize my fridge, haha! I love this kind of stuff!

    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      That is a lot of dairy products ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 Natalie

    Make me some chocolate friend! I am notorious for not checking my fridge and buying something else. Thanks for the tag ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to try to do this today. Oh if you are going to do all this baking I think you need more eggs!
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I had just enough eggs to make my birthday cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for playing along!

  • August 15, 2013 Allie

    You definitely need more chocolate! And homemade hummus? YUM! Thanks for sharing:-)
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Oh, you’re an enabler! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 Amy

    I love lemon Chobani. I don’t eat any other flavor other than vanilla greek yogurt. But for whatever reason the lemon is really good. I should go take a picture of mine -we just loaded up on veggies and fruit and I’ll look like a rockstar. Two days ago, not so much…
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I also love vanilla yogurt! We don’t get Chobani here, so disappointing. So I was really excited to see this brand (Rachel’s) with many flavors here in Malaysia.

  • August 15, 2013 Michelle

    I’m not always the best about cleaning out the fridge. Inevitably when I do it, I find 3 containers of sour cream and 2 opened jars of the same kind of salsa (because I am a creature of habit when it comes to salsa). Our fridge in the kitchen you can’t put magnets on which is a good thing, because we have another one in the pantry which is completely covered with junk! Some of it has been there years. I need to clean it off!
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Throw everything away! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 Sheri

    It’s so funny about the sun dried tomatoes – I do the same thing with salsa and pepperoncini!! I enjoyed your contents ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Glad to know I’m not the only (absent-minded) one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 Leah Davidson

    Love the chocolate! Mine would never survive being “out in the open” with my kids as they are older; must hide all chocolate! Lemon yogurt sounds yummy !
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      My oldest actually does know where the chocolate is, but he’s going through a no-chocolate phase right now (fortunately for me). The yogurt was yummy!

  • August 15, 2013 FitBritt

    Ohhhh I can’t play… I haven’t cleaned the fridge since before our one week vacation. Ouch. It’s bad.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      It’s usually never as bad as you *think* it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 laura

    this is a refrigerator to be proud of. Seriously. It’s so bright and organized!! Mine looks like that for about 18 hours. Not even a full day. I’ll clean it out and slowly throughout the day it morphs back into the original mess.

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ This was a fun post to read.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Laura! I’m pleased to share that the fridge is still more or less clean and neat. Thus far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 Leslie

    Iโ€™ve loved looking at this monthโ€™s Old School Blogging posts! (Unfortunately, I havenโ€™t had time to participate this monthโ€ฆmaybe in September?) Iโ€™m totally jealous of your chocolate stashโ€ฆthough thereโ€™s a reason chocolate doesnโ€™t last around our house! And, is it a universal rule that all parents must have the same primary color letter magnets on their fridge? (We have two setsโ€ฆyes two)

    Your fridge looks amazingly empty. If you opened ours youโ€™d see a shelf entirely devoted to the kidโ€™s lunches and snacks for school (who has time to make them each nightโ€ฆI make them all on Sunday and give up a shelf for the week).
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Yes, we have 2 sets of the magnets too. It doesn’t look that way because I think half of them are underneath the fridge!

      I don’t have to pack school lunches! (yet)

  • August 15, 2013 Katie

    Huh. I am deciding I don’t like the word “curd” to close to “turd”.

    And you have a pretty damn clean fridge, my friend.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Fortunately, it tastes better than it sounds.
      I cleaned the fridge only because there was a beef broth spill. Ahem.

  • August 15, 2013 Robin

    You cleaned that out. Right? Please tell me you cleaned that out before you took a picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I cleaned it out a few days before I took the picture, before I planned to do the linkup. Lucky coincidence. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 15, 2013 AlwaysARedhead

    I can’t get over how clean the inside of your fridge is, there is no way I would show mine.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I happened to have cleaned it a few days before ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 15, 2013 Brittany

    I’m an empty fridge girl but yes, I clean mine too. And if I had bet on what was in your fridge I would have said chocolate.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      You know me well!

  • August 15, 2013 Ilene

    Loving all of that chocolate! And home made hummus? Yes please!
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Only good stuff in my fridge!

  • August 16, 2013 Tonya

    Homemade humus? Yum!!

    And chocolate? ALWAYS!!

    I’m jealous of your letter magnets, or should I say Lucas is. My fridge is nonmagnetic. BOO! And the inside of my fridge is virtually empty right now as I’m headed out of town for the weekend. (: But usually, it’s typically full of fruit and veggies for smoothies on the brink of going bad.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      My kids do love the magnets!
      Hope you’re having (had?) a good trip.

  • August 16, 2013 Julia

    Yum, your fridge is full of so many delicious things. You need to post the recipe for the lemon curd, I’ve never made my own.
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  • August 16, 2013 Barbara

    Home made hummus and lemon curd, yummy. Your fridge is very neat and organized.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I try and keep it organized!

  • August 16, 2013 Tess

    I should keep my chocolate in the fridge too. lol. Im going to have to try lemon yogurt!
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I only do because they melt outside of the fridge – detriment of living in year-round tropical weather.

  • August 16, 2013 Sandra

    I don’t even know what’s in my fridge, and let’s keep it that way! lol I loved the “Chocolate. What?” You had me laughing out loud at those!
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Glad to make you laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 16, 2013 My Inner Chick

    how fun. Homemade hummus? recipe, ok?

    I’d be afraid to show you my fridge…cause it needs some cleaning!

    Send me your address, please, so I can send you B-Card, Alison Lee. Xxxx
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      I don’t have the recipe for the hummus, my mother-in-law made it ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll email you!

  • August 17, 2013 Bruna from Bees with Honey

    I love it that I got to see inside your fridge Alison! Clean, organized and yummy. Nice job! Chocolate huh? We’re so alike that way ๐Ÿ˜›
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      Chocolate lovers unite!

  • August 17, 2013 Adrienne

    Oh thank God! An open fridge. I have read a few so far (I know, notoriously late, I am.) and they all have pics of the front but I was starting to wonder. I’m loving the homemade hummus. Yum! I buy it store bought, but it’s probably so easy to make. And? How do you keep those little hand prints off this stainless steel?
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      It’s just a good fridge, doesn’t seem to ‘take to’ grimy children hands ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 18, 2013 Katie E

    So neat! And I wish I had a supply of chocolate in my fridge. And just curious – why do you keep your Zyrtec in the fridge? We never have (my girls took it for years), and I’m wondering if it’s something we should too. My boy will be starting on it soon. Also, I love those giant drawers.
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    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      We were advised by the pediatrician to keep the Zyrtec in the fridge to keep it ‘fresh’. But mind you, I live in year-round tropical weather, and it’s super warm here.

  • August 20, 2013 MomChalant

    I’ve gotta ask about the eggs… do you have an egg holder in your fridge or are they just sitting there?
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    • August 20, 2013 Alison

      They’re sitting there in the egg holders that come with the fridge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 20, 2013 keely

    You are the bravest. And the hilariousiest.
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    • August 20, 2013 Alison

      Bravest, maybe. Hilariousiest – not as much as you!

  • August 22, 2013 Greta

    I’ve never made anything with lemon curd, but I always assumed that it was just, like, concentrated lemon or something. Not so much? Your fridge is WAY neater than mine.
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    • August 22, 2013 Alison

      Lemon curd = freshly squeezed lemon juice, butter, sugar, eggs. So yummy and unhealthy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 26, 2013 Andrea

    I love that you have several chocolate storage areas in your fridge. Our chocolate is all over the kitchen; I really should consolidate like you have here. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 26, 2013 Alison

      We have to keep all the chocolate in the fridge – it’d melt outside of it! #tropicalweather

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