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Pantry and Fridge Frustrations. Has It Happened To You?

I have a large multi-cultural household. I try to keep up with their needs, but here is the problem, I look before I go shopping and later learn that three of the 5 cereal boxes are in fact empty. The two that they do not like are full. (plain cornflakes, and raisin brand) The big round quaker oats (sans oats) container looks good up on the shelf.

Not only that, but the two large jars of peanut butter have about a spoonful each left.

The 20 or so ramen noodles have all been stripped of their spice packets which have been used in not really creative ways. Mainly soups that I do not eat.

In the fridge I find the butter tub is empty and there is no cottage left in the tub of cheese.

How about you? Do you have family that puts back empty containers that fool you into thinking you have something you don't?

What are your pet peeves when it comes to the kitchen? I also hate it when deli meats are left open in the meat drawer. I always get the same answers to who did it.......not me. Each of my kids apparently have seen "not me" raiding not only the fridge, but the pantry as well. I tell them the next time they see not-me , they better explain the rules. Think they will?

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