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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eat Those Leftovers!

Every time I clean out the refrigerator and see the food containers that have become makeshift petrie dishes, I resolve anew to eat leftovers and leave the science experiments to the experts. And then things get pushed to the back, I forget about them, and it starts all over again.

So today I made a couple of refrigerator magnets to remind us of those leftovers.

I used a couple of those thin, advertising magnets that often come in the mail. I happened to have two from the same company, and they were the same size. Otherwise, I would have cut one of them.

Then I printed two messages on a sheet of scrapbook paper. It's thicker paper so covered the advertising better than regular printer paper.

I cut them apart and glued them to the front of the magnets using ordinary school glue which I spread evenly across the surface. To center the print, I just held it against the light. Then stacked books on top until dry and trimmed the paper to the edges of the magnets. (They weren't quite dry when I took the picture so I snapped the pictures and put them back under the books, and I also printed them on yellow paper so they would show up on the fridge better.)

Then I cleared the refrigerator and put them front and center. What is nice about these thin magnets is that they can be stacked on top of each other.

And that's what I did here. When there are leftovers in the fridge, this one is on top and the "No Leftovers" is under it. When there are no leftovers, I'll switch them.

I could have made them more permanent by using Mod Podge, with a protective layer over the top to keep them clean, but knowing me, I'll want to redo it, and this way I can.


  1. what a great idea. Let us know if your reminded enough. I could miss a freight train in my living room in the right mood or if it's there every day.
    anyway better than a string on your finger.

  2. I don't need reminders...no leftover goes unseen in this household. Unless it was something I didn't like in the first place, then it gets chucked out right away. But that rarely happens.

  3. I got so tired of throwing out leftovers that, like yours, looked like petri dishes. What I really wanted to do with them was to put the whole thing in the trash.

    Back to topic: I bought a dry erase board and stuck it to the refrigerator door. I put the item there and the date we first ate it. Working better than before.

  4. I've done that before, but I get busy and forget to change it. Actually, I just wrote on the refrigerator with a Vis a Vis marker.

  5. Great idea Marti!


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