by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
During "this time of crisis" (aren't you sick of that phrase?), most of us have hunkered down to stop the spread of this terrible, deadly virus. We're doing stuff you haven't done much before if not ever.
But there are other things, too. And some are pretty trivial .... like ice cubes.
We don't have an ice maker in our fridge. This was a conscious decision because they take up a lot of space in the freezer compartment. (When you stuff your freezer as full as I do, it's a LOT of space.) So we buy a couple of 7 lb bags of ice every so often and put them in the BIG freezer.
Well, we're not going to the grocery store several times a week like we used to do. And curbside service doesn't offer ice. And guess what? Last fall, I gave ALL our ice cube trays (that had been sitting around gathering dust for years) to Goodwill. *Sigh* they were such a pretty shade of blue....
So, when that last bag of ice was nearing the bottom, drastic measures had to be taken. What the heck could I use to make ice cubes with? I searched the kitchen high and low. The laundry room, too, just in case I'd missed an ice cube tray. Nope. They were all gone. But down in the basement, behind the stand mixer (I have a small kitchen, nowhere else to keep it and it doesn't get used all that much--except for that cake I baked for Mr. L's birthday last month), I found a mini-muffin tin. I must have gotten it at a yard sale. I know I'd only used it once before, when I tested mini-quiches for my third Booktown Mystery, Bookplate Special (which was nominated for an Agatha Award for best novel--find the recipe here).
So, how are you making do during "this time of crisis?"