Tackle It Tuesday — Tackling Leftovers

by Janice

My fridge was stuffed with leftovers today and I really wanted to clear some room and use up some of the food before it spoiled.

When Susan and I were talking on the phone just before dinner time, I suggested she and the kids come over for dinner. It would give our children a chance to play and me a chance to get rid of some of the extra food!


I took out the containers and took stock of what we had.


There was lots of barbecued chicken (and one piece of steak) left from dinner on Saturday night.


I fried up the potatoes… yum… garlic.


Then I added some more veggies to the fried brown rice and heated that up.

I served the kids the potatoes, rice, and drumsticks, with some fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados. I had to stop and take a photo of Livvie devouring her chicken though…



That girl is our carnivore!

I served Phil the steak and a bowl of fresh tomato, cucumber and avocado salad. But he dove in before I got a picture. ;)

And then it was time for Susan and my dinner.


I used the one piece of leftover white meat for us. (I prefer white.)


And made us salad wraps. If you are wondering how we possibly roll them up, we eat half of it with a fork and then roll up the remainder. (I used my Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar with Dijon salad dressing.)

And now my fridge has some room for the next load of groceries!

What did you tackle this week??? Link up and show us. :)

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? Submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Susan at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

The mcklinky.com site appears to be down tonight. So we are trying to go back to Mr. Linky tonight… Our apologies for the delay…

Happy tackling ladies…

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-Founder, Janice Croze.

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1 Angie September 1, 2009 at 12:52 am
2 Maddy September 1, 2009 at 1:11 am

We’re fairly small scale around here and with 8 voracious appetites I only wish that there were more leftovers.

we only have ‘leftovers’ night on Sunday evenings and it’s pretty small pickings believe you me.


3 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls September 1, 2009 at 2:07 am

We solved a storage space issue – at least somewhat. :)


I wish I cooked more – then we’d have leftovers to munch on. Yours looked delicious!


4 Heidi September 1, 2009 at 2:51 am

Mmm…sounds like a yummy tackle for sure!

I tackled my craft space…again! I’m trying to make MORE ROOM for me to be creative and crafty…and of course, organized!!

Check it out here: http://blueeyedblessings.blogspot.com/2009/08/tackle-it-tuesday-craft-challenge-time.html


5 Amanda (Garibay Soup) September 1, 2009 at 3:17 am

OH that is a yummy tackle!

I tackled a fun list of things… including my own blog remodel and I have a post for bloggers to read…



6 Diann September 1, 2009 at 4:22 am

Wow Janice, at first I thought you snuck into my kitchen and took a picture of my fridge! LOL I love to see what other people create with leftovers. I am always looking for inspiration. thanks for posting about it!

My Tackle it Tuesday is about the dreaded mountain of toys!


i hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday! :)


7 Susie's Homemade September 1, 2009 at 6:13 am

Now that’s a BEAUTIFUL tackle!!

I am playing along too! Check out my clean closets:



8 Andrea McMann September 1, 2009 at 7:01 am

The thing I love about leftovers is that they’re (usually) so much faster to prepare than the first time around!

I made beaded socks for my little girl: http://www.chocolatefingerprints.net/2009/09/tackle-it-tuesday-simple-beans-tutorial.html


9 Cindy September 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

I make curtains for my sliding glass door. They look so much better than the old vertical blinds. http://www.fencedinfamily.com/blog/?p=1500


10 Lisa September 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

We had leftover chicken and steak last night too. You did wonders with your leftovers!

I’m tackling an Usborne party over at Pockets of Time!


11 Carrie September 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

That kind of tackle always makes me the happiest. Nothing like a cleaned fridge!!


12 Organizing Mommy September 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

Yes, a clean fridge is a happy thing. I love the blueberry combo. I have a new craft bag that I made–all out of recycled things.


13 Bonnie September 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

That is a great tackle. The doggies ususally get our unwanted left overs. It seems like we have so much more leftovers now since it’s cooler out and we cook heartier meals.

Great job.


14 Toddler Crafts Onna September 1, 2009 at 11:44 am

That salad looks really delicious. I love salad, but especially when someone else makes it! It just tastes better!


15 Summur Braley September 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

way to save!


16 Jennifer September 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Great idea!

I wish I had more leftovers too! ha. Looks like fun and great idea!


17 Amber September 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Yummy looking! I actually just ate but still, that looks pretty dang good for leftovers! =)


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