Alright, I promise…this is the last time I will talk about what I did on my winter vacation. I mean, I feel like I’m in elementary school and it’s the first week back to school and all anyone can think about is everything they did over the summer.
So, to close my winter (mis?)adventures* [and get back to posting recipes already] I present you with a list of things I learned over winter break.
*For now. They might strike again.
I’m not the only one who collects recipes written in random places and on random pieces of paper.
Persimmons (like pomegranates) last a REALLY long time.My mom saved me this one from THANKSGIVING. And it still wasn’t ripe when I arrived home on December 18th. You hopefully saw it’s demise into deliciousness in a previous post.
Our dog, Zelda, is old….but adorable.
Homemade Chex Mix makes me really feel like it is Christmas…
…so this year, I (re) made the Sweet & Savory version–upon Sister Smart’s request*–featuring Golden Grahams and substituting Multi-Bran Chex for the suggested Wheat ones. (And adding extra peanuts.)
PS- Multi-Bran Chex? Awesome.
That Sweet & Savory Chex Mix did not last long, proving that no matter what form is comes in…Chex Mix is the best crowd-pleasing snack ever.* [Even though I'll still make a case for hummus (among-us) at every party. ]
*Flashback to our family trip to Jamaica when my sister, sister-in-law, brother, and I consumed an ungodly amount of the Honey Nut Chex Mix while playing Scrabble. Three nights in a row.
Speaking of hummus……I think my taste buds have completely changed since moving to Texas. As I ate spoons of adobo sauce from the chipotle can while making my Holiday Hummus and realizing “I just didn’t think it was that spicy” I knew I finally could stand the heat, and would be allowed to stay in The (Texas) [Smart] Kitchen.If you run out of celery for Bloody Marys (because you used it all for roasting the turkey)……asparagus makes a nice stand-in.
Cracklin’ Oat Bran should just be called Crack.
My dad thinks I invented overnight oats. A direct quote from Papa Smart: “You know, you really need to copyright this or something. I mean, someone is going to steal your idea and put it on the internet.”*
*I’m just not even going to go there. I’ll let you think about what I might say to that.
Thus we found ourselves making them at 10:30 PM one evening because he really wanted to try them and needed a lesson. I, interestingly enough, realized I had not had overnight oats (or oatmeal for that matter) in probably three months*….and then almost forgot to put in a banana.
Hanson was on a random episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch when Sabrina was in college and Soleil Moon Frye was her roommate. Just, you know, in case you were wondering.
I should not be trusted to roll the Mexican Wedding Cake cookies in powdered sugar.My sister, however, is a master of cookie ball architecture.Dairy clearances follow me across the country.Somehow, the Boy Scouts have created the best light (!) microwave popcorn I have ever tasted in my life.Our local Wal-Mart sells this Alf’s Natural Nutrition delicious puffed brown rice cereal for $1.And my goll, I don’t know why, but it is just SO good.* [It also looks like I bought it at a general store made of wood.]
*”Good…for mixing with other stuff,” says Papa Smart.
Trader Joe’s actually makes something I don’t like.
Of course, Trader Joe’s also makes what I think might just be the best snack food in the world. [Yes, even better than Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips or Stacy's SimplyNaked Pita Chips.]I have spoken of the crazy obsession I had with these puffs before but we were reunited (and it did…it did feel so good), and I realized just how tasty these little bites of fake-cheese-covered-corn-puff-nuggets were. Especially on a cottage cheese bowl.You know what else is in ‘that there’ bowl? Coming in at number–oh gosh, I don’t even know what number lesson I’m on—is…
Herbs de provence also made it into this random “soup” I put together multiple times that basically consisted of a can of stewed Italian-style tomatoes, a can of mushrooms, and whatever random vegetable I had roasted that day (delicata squash, parsnips, carrots…you name it).
Proving, yet again, that you shouldn’t knock canned foods out of contention for dinner. Sometimes they just need a little help.
I will be perfectly happy if I never have to shovel a sidewalk again.Snow is not my friend. In fact, it causes me physical pain.
Apparently it is now “acceptable” to meet someone on match.com. This just means my grandmother is so worried about me ever getting married she’s willing to put aside her old-fashioned notions of propriety in order for me to find a man.
If I could find Diet Sun Drop anywhere outside of the Midwest, I would never be able to give up soda. Never.(Thanks to Papa Smart for driving two cases of it back from Wisconsin, just so that he could be greatly impressed at my ability to consume an entire can in 15 minutes.)
Decaf coffee is a really great way to wind down after dinner.[And if you live near a Harris Teeter, they apparently sell these mugs that don't get hot if you put them in the microwave!]
My tendency to buy new products* because I’ve never seen them, and then forget about them, travels with me.