Have you ever watched the show Hoarders? During the commercial break have you given it some thought and begun to realize with a teensy bit of horror that you might kinda sorta be a hoarder?
What – No – Me neither…!
Except I’m totally a hoarder.
My daughter is 3 and a half and I have her playpen, walker, car carrier(s), swing, 2 strollers and all her baby clothes in the basement.
The kid hasn’t slept in her crib since she pulled an Evil Knieval and lunged (lunged!) out at 10 months of age, yet I still have it. Sitting there…
As a reminder…
I store large cardboard boxes in our basement too. Am I planning to pack the little one and ship her to China? No… Well, maybe – I dunno. Maybe at some point I had the grand idea of building myself a fort.
I admit to nothing.
Oh – And my cooking magazines? Gosh, every one since 2006.
I always say I just haven’t gotten around to throwing things away – Or I’m totally going to make those recipes; But isn’t that what a typical hoarder would say?
Am I a hoarder?
Oh gosh – I need an intervention…
I’m a hoarder!
Intervent isn’t even a word – But do it!
Quick – Before the cameras come!
I’m starting to hyperventilate.
I need a salad.
Yes, a salad. It’s so healthy. Healthy behavior, that’s what I need. I found it here. It will clear my mind and offset my hoarder behavior. Don’t question it – Just roll with me…
This salad has chickpeas, so there’s fiber in it. It’s gonna make us regular.
You’re starting to forget I’m a hoarder, aren’t you?
Crap – I just reminded you…
Quick – focus on this baby spinach!
Yes, this salad has spinach too. AND red onions. The spinach gets processed into teeny little bits; then it’s all tossed together.
Have you completely forgotten I’ve been hoarding cooking magazines since 2006?
What – No?
Let me distract you with a dressing.
This dressing has cilantro.
And LIMES! AND CHILI Powder!
It’s rounded out with a bit ‘o sugar, mustard, chili powder – And you’re not going to believe this – Finely grated garlic.
It’s blowing your mind… Oh, I know…
You pour the dressing over the chickpeas, onions, and spinach.
Toss it a bit.
Let it sit for 20 minutes.
Then you eat it.
It’s a well-rounded healthy thang…
AND the dressing is so scrumptious that I made a few pints…
Pints currently hoarded in my fridge.
Old habits die hard…