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I like what Iíve got. Itís what Iíve got!

July 6th, 2006 at 06:09 pm

I had what I call fish jerky today. That, and Ray teasing me about funky popsicles and soups, made me realize that I am a lemonade out of lemons kind of gal.

Fish jerky? Not frugal, you say. Salmon jerky is very pricy. Well, cod jerky is cheapÖespecially if made unintentionally by overcooking. Yes, I over baked fish into hard strips. And I called it fish jerky and ate it for lunch.

Donít get me wrong: If I didnít like the Freak Soup or fish jerky, I wouldnít have eaten them. I am not into frugality, pre Challenge or now, to punish myself and feel deprived and wring out every cent out of everything at the expense of my happiness. I like my odd concoctions, my spur of the moment ďwow! Itís soup!Ē creations. But Iím sure part of it is being willing to like them, trying them with a sense of curiosity and pleasant surprise.

If I tried over baked fish and expected it to taste incredible, to equal a $20 dollar take out dinner, I could be disappointed. But if I just am a little open-minded, maybe thereís something I like about that jerky.

We have so many opportunities to feel disappointed, but we donít need to take them. Every time we watch a regular network TV show, we donít have to compare it to a five star movie. When we are camping in a park, we donít have to think of how much more fun the beachÖin FloridaÖ.might have been. I have spent too much time wanting what I didnít have, and Iím done with that.

5 Responses to “I like what Iíve got. Itís what Iíve got!”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You hit the nail on the head in that last paragraph.

    DH and I occasionally go to RV lots and look at the fancy trailers and drool....but I have a nice paid for trailer that is big enough, comfortable enough, and works...it is not the biggest, shiniest, best, nor does it have lot of the bells and whistles...but it is ours.

    When we can appreciate what we have, we find a peace unlike any other.

  2. Bookie Says:

    Funny how a kitchen mishap can turn into culinary adventure. I'm not a very attentive cook, which offers frequent opportunities for creativity.

    Somewhere I read that one definition of "appreciate" is "to rightly value."

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I like fish jerky. Well, salmon jerky. Although I tend to make it in the dehydrator...

    ;o}

    By the way, that beet and zucchini blender soup idea you tossed out the other day, (I think it was you), I made that, but threw in a carrot as well. It was sooooooo good. Never would have thought it was possible, so thanks for the inspiration.

  4. lrjohnson Says:

    Lucky Robin, it was Ray who thought of the soup. It sounds good, and I still have beets...so I might just go there. By the way, the R in LR Johnson is for Robin.

    Ray-would you have believed your teasing could be a recipe idea? ;-)

  5. Dido Says:

    It's all about attitude, isn't it? I love the first sentence of your last paragraph.

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