Lately, I have been cleaning and organizing like crazy. I find that there are three kinds of people in the world. There are the ones that clean all of the time, those that never clean, and people like me that let the mess go until I go on a wild cleaning spree that ends with me purging half of everything I own. It’s the best. It feels so good just to let that stuff go. Usually, I donate to Goodwill charities. Some people have garage sales but I usually just drop my excesses and unwanted stuff of at a local drop off station and they put it to good use helping other people.
However, yesterday I took four giant black trash bags of clothes to a resale store by my house. They said that they were buying clothes and that I should just bring my clothes in so that they could look at them. I cheerfully agreed thinking I might get a little extra money that I might put towards something useful. After dragging 50 pounds of clothes into the store (in 97 degree heat) and leaving them there for an hour and a half, I received a text that my offer was ready.
Excitedly, I drove to the store and awaited my prize. With downcast eyes, the clerk said that they were trying to get away from “some brands” and fashions that were older than two years old. Without making eye contact, she said they could offer me $15.10.
As I wrapped my mind around the fact that I wasn’t going to make my first million today, I thought wow, I just got some money for something that I was going to give away anyway. Better yet, she said that they could donate the clothes that they were not going to use for their shop to a charity.
It wasn’t much money but I like to look on the bright side of things. I think the store associate didn’t make eye contact because she thought that she would offend me. No way! I really appreciated their service. It’s not everyday that I get paid for some stuff that I don’t want. They also had the best customer service and I now have a cleaner closet. That counts as a win in my book.
This win encouraged me to clean the refrigerator and I ended up finding some gorgeous Yukon gold potatoes that I had just purchased that had been buried under some onions. I always “lose” things that I have just bought. Does that ever happen to you?
The potatoes were put to good use in these delightful cheddar potato fritters. They even have their own garlic dill sauce! Delicious! It was fun way to use the ingredients that was new to my family. If a clean plate says anything, I feel like the whole day was a success. When I sum it up, I have a tidier closet and refrigerator, $15.10 that I didn’t have before, my donations helped others, and I have happy loved ones with full tummies. Woo hoo!
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 medium Yukon gold potatoes cooked and mashed (about 4 cups)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup all purpose flour
Garlic Dill Sauce:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1. In a small bowl, add ingredients for sauce. Stir until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cheese, and flour. Stir until combined.
3. Use you hands to create 3 inch patties with mixture.
4. In a large frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop, heat olive oil.
5. Fry potato patties for approximately 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
6. Serve fritters with sauce. Enjoy!