Counting 7s Blog Tour: 7 Things That Should Always Be In Your Refrigerator

7 things that should always be in your refrigerator

1. Eggs.  Eggs stay fresh for about three weeks if kept at the right temperature and treated correctly.  But that I mean that eggs should not be stored in the door because it opens and closes and the shaking is not a good thing.  They should be on the middle shelf in the center where the temperature is consistent.

2.  Hard cheese.  Parmesan, Romano, Fontina. Asiago.  Hard cheese lasts longer than soft cheese and can be used for everything from garnish on pasta to making a great grill cheese sandwich.  Hard cheese can last 3 months past the printed life on the packaging.  Once open, cheese is best stored in aluminum foil, not plastic wrap.

3.  Milk.  If you have milk, you have the building block for everything from a bowl of cereal to a baked cup of custard.  Milk makes the world go round. Or at least my world.

4.  Carrots.  Yes, small carrots.  They last longer than you think.  They make a great snack.  They can be eaten without doing anything, or they can be added to all kinds of other foods, from salads to soups.  Dogs like them as treats.  So do I.

5.  Water.  In my opinion it tastes better cold.  It also tastes good with cucumbers or mint or slices of lemon.  A pitcher of ice water in the fridge is the way to go. 

6.  Chocolate.  In any form.  A candy bar.  A jar of chocolate syrup.  A bag of chocolate covered raisins.  You have chocolate in your house and you can sleep at night.  It's just that simple. 

7.  Leftovers.  From something you cooked to something you didn't finish when you were out. Many, many things taste better on day 2.  Don't throw it out.  Take a look at it the next day.

Counting by 7s Synopsis:

In the tradition of Out of My MindWonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

About Holly Goldberg Sloan:

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Washington, DC, and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I'll Be There was her debut novel (she earlier had written a middle reader book called Keeper).

Follow along the Counting by 7s blog tour to read all seven of Holly’s posts.