Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mad Dash for the Stash...

I'm sure by now, you all are getting tired of stories about my kids! But they are some funny young'uns, and I never know what new adventure lies ahead with them. Of course, I'm biased, ....Please humor me as I share yet another tale. LOL!

Yesterday, David and Josh went to help Uncle Larry and Aunt Janet move some furniture out of a storage unit. As they were pulling up, a "National Potato Chip" truck was driving away from the dumpster inside the storage facility. I bet you know where this story is heading...LOL!

Yep, they went dumpster diving for chips! The potato chip company evidently rents a storage unit there too, and was discarding their old inventory. Which actually some were not out of date yet, and those that were, were just a few days old. Check out their stash they rescued from the dumpster below. Kevin and I were in town, and they were so excited, they took a picture of their loot on Josh's cell phone and sent it us. David climbed inside the dumpster and had to walk over, "tons and tons of cardboard!" Oh, the sacrifices we make for a good deal! LOL!

They brought all the chips back to my house and divied them up. Uncle Larry took the "hot" flavored chips, and this is what was left. Last night, David said that he was keeping one big bag of Doritos, and setting up a stand outside to sell the rest. But by morning, he had decided that "He loves his life right now!" ...and is eating chips as hard as he can before they expire!

David even got a huge bag of Funyuns onion rings just for me!

Now how's this for Dumpster Diving...

They probably didn't read the posted sign either! :)

(Pictures other than mine were borrowed from Google Images)

I went yard saling and to the flea market this morning... which was a real "dive" today! LOL!

I did get the two medium size urns for $5. The lady was asking $10 for the set. I was tickled for that one good find. I hit the farmer's market after, and bought peanuts to boil, fresh okra, and pears to make a sauce with!

I'm off to start cooking! Boiled Peanuts are calling my first for this year!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far! ~Rhonda :)


Amelia said...

I have heard of boiled peanuts...that must be a regional way of eating them...How long are they cooked and then (if anything) is added.

I bet the boys were excited about dumpster diving for the chips...too bad the chips were not taken to a shelter or food bank instead of just trashing them. I just hate to see food wasted like that.

Have a glorious Sunday.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhonda,
Cute story about the chips! And I really like the urns that you got at the yard sale!

duchess said...

My son would have loved to stumble upon such a find. He's a Doritos fanatic.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

So glad the boys found those chips - how exciting!

I've seen a bread truck dumping lots of bagged breads in the trash before. Most of these companies have decided not to donate expired foods because of possible lawsuits from people claiming to get sick from them.

Boiled peanuts? Never heard of it - you'll have to tell those of us who don't know what it's like.

nikkicrumpet said...

Good thing it was chips instead of candy...they would have had a sugar high for a month! I'll take a bag of doritos please!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Dumpster divin for that's a new one! I saw on tv where some rich guy went to a certain dumpster every week for bread! He said he couldn't stand to see it go to'd think that stuff could go to shelters.
This is the second time I've heard about boiled peanuts...what do they taste like?
I'm so glad your package arrived intact!

Hugs, DebraK

Anonymous said...

How sad to think that food companies throw away perfectly good food like that but how great for your kids. I love the urns, what do you think you are going to do with them?


Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I would have jumped right in there with them...I think. :) You go, mom. Start them off right!! Such a great story!

Jenny said...

My Grandpa used to be the King of Dumpster Diving. It got to be the running joke when we went to visit them that, before we would eat anything we would ask "Where did you get this Grandpa?" Actually he did used to find alot of fruits and veggies that were starting to get too ripe so my grandma would can or make pies ar something out of it. We just didn't want to know where it came from ;-)

justabeachkat said...

Boiled 'em!

Dumpster diving for chips....well that's a first. LOL


Charlotte said...

Boy that okra looks good. I love okra especially fried.

onlymehere said...

You have to explain to me about the boiled peanuts!!! What do you do with them? Do you preserve them? I think this is awesome! As for the dumpster diving....that's too darn funny for words. My husband's work actually has a lock on their dumpster so no one can get in an eat the things they throw out! Liability you know if someone got sick from it. Hope you have a great weekend!


Hi Rhonda,
That was so funny....I've thought about dumpster diving when I've seen good stuff, but the husband hasn't stopped...too funny.At one of my retail jobs, we also had to throw "food/chip/pop in the dumpster. Kinda a waste if you ask me.
Warmly, Deb :)

Elizabeth said...

Aren't boys awesome?! I can just see their proud, smiling faces!

Dawn said...

Isn't chips the equivalent of gold to a boy??? I can just feel his excitment over his find by reading what you wrote. Not only would Tim be in heaven his dad would too! Those boys of mine really love chips! I'm with you on the funyuns. I like those!!!

Nice yard sale find. I finally stopped at a yard sale yesterday and picked up a couple of things for Brittainy.

take care,

Marie said...

LOL! THAT is funny! But it has me thinking... lol. There is a potato chip warehouse around here. I may go check out their dumpster later. lol

Vintage Whimsy said...

Ahhh, boiled peanuts. I cannot wait to get back to SC in a couple of weeks and have my daddy cook some boiled peanuts for me. I'm also looking forward to the fried okra, the fried catfish, my daddy's fish stew and some good southern BBQ! I swear, the food alone is enough to make me want to move back down South!

Of course I'm enjoying the weather a little too much out here in Wyoming and getting back to SC and the 100% humidity with 99 degree weather is going to be a huge shock to my system!

Picket said...

Morning Scooter! Love the dumpster diving treasures! lol lol That pic of your son in the dumpster is priceless! lol lol Great yard sell finds...I preferr my peanuts roasted! lol Thanks for coming by and checking on me girl...I appreciate all the love and prayers! have a beautiful Sunday!

Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, Love the urns you bought, great deal. I like the chip story too, but I'll take peanuts;) Nancy

Pearl said...

Ohhhh My!

~wiping away the tears~

My sides ache from laughing so hard at your story about the boys going Dumpster Diving! LOVE the photo of David dangling from the dumpster! Just Hilarious!! You do know that he and Josh are going to want to go DD'ing on a regular basis now! They have found their "drug of choice" for their "high" ... it is just way too funny! I LOVE IT!

Those urns are wonderful and I am sure you'll find the perfect spot for them... you brought back some wonderful memories for me with the mention of boiled peanuts! My Daddy loved them more than I could say... Hmmmm... perhaps I will do a post to share the peanut story about him! ~makes a note to self~

I hope that you and everyone in your dear family are doing well... enjoy the rest of your day, Sweetie... God bless...

~hugs 'n love~


chelle said...

That is so funny and my 7 year old would have been right their with them..He is a Chip addict...I am serious too. I really have to limit them and can't keep them in the house or that's all he will eat until they are gone...crumbs and all. I'm not even going to tell him there are such dumpsters out scary for me:)

Great YS finds...nothing in our area...

Enjoy the boiled peanuts...I might have to boil some, I think I'll wait to Sat...Football starts and that would be a good snack:)

a day in the life of bella said...

I just said, "Boiled Peanuts?" to dh and he said, "What???" so yea, we have never heard of that, lol. You will have to blog about that !

I love those urns :)

PS My older son would have been all over those Doritoes!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Rhonda, that is too cute ! They will want to keep an eye on that dumpster from now on !
I love, love your urns .

The Berry's Patch said...

Wow what a treasure inside the dumpster. My kids would love that!

Shelia said...

Hi Rhonda! Oh, you're the funny girl today! Cute cute! Hope all is well in your world! I'm glad to be back and just missed you so much!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kathi said...

Rhonda, I love this post. The boys are so smart and funny.

I've never tried boiled peanuts. I do love peanutbutter. I eat it every morning for breakfast on toast.

Have a nice evening. Kathi

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Rhonda!
I LOVED the dumpster dive story!!It made me laugh out loud! What a haul! And I love the stories you tell about your kids. We never tire of it, that's part of your life right now, a delightful part.
Those urns are great! Love them!
Thanks for your prayers sweetie. I appreciate it sooo much!!!
Hugs, Sherry

Heather said...

That is hysterical!!! Diving for treats! What could be better!!! LOL!! I bet David had a ball. I love the urns you got! How pretty. I have been looking for some but with no luck so far. Hope you and your family are doing well!
Heather :)

Anonymous said...

Well, our dirty little secret is out now! We joked that David could take the chips to his grandpa to sell at his store! Of course, he wasn't about to part with them. What fun he had digging through the cardboard and pulling out the bags of chips. :-)
Aunt Janet

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