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Lowcountry porch sitter. Appalachian Mountain lover. Finger Lakes dreamer.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Devoted to a Box of Shredded Wheat

When an elder parent lives with or spends a good portion of time in your household there are some grocery items one must stock in the pantry despite the fact one may never personally consume these products.

In my case that's a bottle of prune juice, a box of Zesta Originals (never a knock off version of saltines) and a big box of Post Shredded Wheat Bicuits (not Wheaties).  And when the visitation is over there's the "remainder effect"~the product either takes up space and goes out of date in the pantry or refrigerator. I've spent a good portion of the last three years re-configuring these three products (prune juice, saltines, and biscuits) using recipes found on the internet or via Pinterest.  The saltines are a staple I allow to linger in the sundry cabinet as they possess a great many redeeming attributes for conversion into other recipes.  The prune juice usually becomes a spiked alcoholic beverage for inclusion in other concoctions or used Polly Anna style to sweeten smoothies or made into plumy ice cubes for future use. The  biscuits, however, are a wholly different scenario.   I'm not a cereal eater at any hour of the day...breakfast, lunch or dinner. Conversion is the only option.

For the conversion I utilize a recipe from Nigella Lawson for a Lazy Loaf that I featured on this blog in 2011, replace the muesli that is called for in this recipe with two shredded wheat biscuits crumbled and add four tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce.  I've also converted the biscuits using the Kansas Wheat Commission's version of Shredded Wheat Bread that adds an egg and brown sugar.  Either loaf is worth a slice.

Favorite foods, we stock them, prepare them, drive out of our way for them and shower our loved ones with them. Devoted from start (stocking) to finish (reconfiguring).
Life Enrichment is like a travel and learn program...offering infusions that make every day life thereafter far more interesting! ~ Ann-Marie Adams, Reflections on a Meaningful Life