Tuesday, August 16, 2022

What Are You Reading? Chocolate!!!

I finished Salt Wars and would highly recommend it. There is no plot, no heroes, no drama. Well, there is the drama of how salt affects our bodies. I loved it. Maybe you need a plot. 

After Salt Wars, I read a bit of fluff from my box of books sent me by an internet friend, who, by the way, is a "laugher," too.

Now, the book I am reading is The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, from a free spot last year.  This book has a whole 950 pages of text and reference pages beyond--another 300 pages, I think. At page 55 I am in love with the writing style of Doris Kearns Goodwin. She brings alive the slums of the Irish and the Boston Commons. It is amazing how a child with a different temperament from most children can affect history 150 years later. This book certainly is holding my attention. 

Today, I feel only a smidgen better, not enough to really feel it. I have a puny little cough that I only need to clear my throat. 

The slaw last week was a bust. Day 1--bought it, Day 3--mixed it and ate some and loved it, Day 4--it was very vinegary, Day 5--it choked me and I coughed and choked through the meal. Tommy said he would not eat any more when I offered him the small helping left. He said it was too vinegary, too. So, that was thrown out. Too bad. It was well within the date until the end. I have no idea what happened. 

Today, we went to the food giveaway. All was salad things--two bags of slaw, two packages of romaine for a total of 4 heads, two boxes of baby spinach, about 4 other bags of green stuff. Then--21 tomatoes total with two thrown away. Those were in what friend gave us since she does not like tomatoes all that much, and not raw. We got two 8 oz packages of snow/snap peas, five potatoes and two onions, one (1) croissant, two other things that are round like bagels but with no hole and some cinnamon and sugar on top, not sure what they are called. 

There was no meat, one semi-sweet, and no cleaning products. But, that is okay. Next week, we may get 7 bread products or five sweets! 

We took all her spinach and ours, plus other salads to a grocery store and gave them away to a woman and her daughter in the parking lot, asking her to share with others in family or neighbors. I think we gave away about 14 fresh salad and green things. So, it is shared and maybe will not go to waste. None of the salad items are out of date on the bag or box. We check to see how long they might last. 

Today, I had to go pick up papers at my doctor in Homewood. Well, that is right near Cookie Fix, so of course, I had my fix--a chocolate cookie. What else would I choose? Tommy told me it was chocolate cookie with a chocolate kiss on the top. So, I leaned to him puckered up and gave him a kiss which he leaned to receive when he saw me being silly. He said it was a salty kiss. I have no idea why people put salt on chocolate since it adds nothing for me. 

There is a new chocolate shop in Homewood, Chocolate America, two doors down from Cookie Fix, I think. I looked this shop up on the internet. It is the same guy who had an art gallery with chocolate. I have been there and would love some of his art, too. So, I am good. The chocolate is from chocolatiers all over the US and out of this world delicious. 

I took about two pounds of carrots from last week, four potatoes, and two packages of snow peas, sprinkled them with olive oil and Concord powder for roasting potatoes, and three bscb in a bag in the oven bag. I meant to put an onion, but I forgot.  This will last us at least 3 days and was all free. 

Friend gave us her tomatoes and snow peas. I think I have so many tomatoes that I may blanch some and freeze them to use in cooking. Or I will blanch them and cook with them, maybe in Spanish rice. 

Monday morning early, I called my doctor's nurse and asked for two refills, both for 90 days each. Sure enough, that afternoon, I was notified they were ready, so I picked them up. Later, I looked at both bottles. One only had two tablets, yes, 2 pills. I talked to the nurse, and she was puzzled, saying they would never write a prescription for two pills since that was only a one-day supply. So, I called the pharmacy and talked to pharmacist. She was equally puzzled, saying they would not even fill a prescription for two pills. I laughed when she asked me if I were sure. There were 2 pills in the bottle, 2 on the label, and 2 on the paper with the prescription, AND, they only charged me 4 cents. 

There was no mention that they were short on the pill. They usually say so and just give you what they have on hand. I asked if I could get the other 178 pills today. They agreed and I picked it up. BUUUT, there were only 144 pills with a note on the bottle that this was a short amount. Once again, no one mentioned this, which they usually do. I will never leave a window until I have ripped open the paper bag and looked to see how many pills I received! I have gotten less pills, but I always am told that this is happening. I have never been surprised before! 

What are you reading?

How do you feel about salt on your chocolate? I do not like this trend. 

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    1. Anne,
      It is a good thing I am not in the neighborhood more often. Absolutely the best!

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  2. I mostly just read blogs, but I usually read things out of the Farmers Almanac every day, and a chapter of one of my Gladys Tabor books. Sitting down and being still enough to relax and read a book would be impossible with little Fritzi around right now. I don't like to be interrupted when I am reading a novel. Yesterday Fritzi did something surprising. My husband hasn't been able to find his little pen flashlight for about three days. Fritzi was burrowing around in some clothes and stuff he has in his man cave/computer room. She was really burrowed in. He didn't know where she was, but called her and she popped out of the pile of clothes and stuff, carrying the little penlight flashlight crossways in her mouth like a dog bone. It was turned on. I think she had bitten into the switch and it turned on. She was so proud of herself to bring it to him.. Early yesterday morning , I woke up to the sound of her chewing on something that sounded unusual to my sleeping ears and woke me up. I got my glasses on and what was she chewing on? A whole (though small) box of those little firework type things that you throw down on the sidewalk and they pop. I know they were in the computer room but they were up on the shelf, I don't know how she reached them. It's lucky that she has a little small mouth. I don't know what would possess her to want to chew on a box of those things. They smell like sulphur. I told my husband to put them in the closet so she couldn't manage to get to them at all.

    Our twelve year old grandson is coming to stay the day tomorrow. He will have fun with our new pup, and Fritzi will have fun with someone who can move as fast as she does. Our grandson was so sad when our old Fuzzy Pom passed away in March. Our grandson will be here at 10 am tomorrow. My husband and I usually only wake up that early for doctors' appointments or a death in the family.

    Enjoy your day today.

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    1. That is awful about the little poppers. She could probably bite one and hurt herself or start a fire since there is a little spark and blast. Maybe it is time to puppy proof the house...lol. She does get into everything she can, doesn't she. I wonder if she had stashed the flashlight. You can sit back and let the grandson move swiftly with her.

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  3. I signed off before I forgot to comment about salt on chocolate. Salt does not add anything to chocolate for me, and if it is large grain salt on top of a chocolate it would ruin the texture of the chocolate for me.
    For the first time in my life I have been noticing a trend of storebought potato salad, macaroni salad, and cole slaw being really, really vinegary. I can't eat food that is that vinegary, it burns my throat and upsets my stomach. Storebought potato salad that we have always bought before has started being too vinegary, too. My husband also has noticed. Have you noticed that in products, too? I heard someone on tv speaking, I don't remember who now, but they were saying that a lot of foods are being made extra spicy because so many people who had covid have not fully recovered their sense of taste yet, and need that extra amount of seasoning to taste things.

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    1. susie,
      The salt was annoying on my cookie, and it was a large grain. Tommy could taste it on my lips after the bite of cookie I had. And, I had swallowed the bit of cookie! I deliberately bit off the top of the cookie to get rid of the rest, or at least some of it. These cookies are tall, so eating off the top is possible.
      I have not had anything storebought to find out. So, is everything going to be made for those people who lost their sense of taste? I will be on the lookout. Thanks.

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  4. I am currently reading The Lord of the Rings. With as many times as I have seen the Hobbit and the LOTR trilogies, I have never read the books. I finished The Hobbit so have moved on to LOTR.

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    1. Alice,
      Good for you. I tried reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and hated both. I might try again. I have never had the desire to see the movies.

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    2. My husband has read the Tolkein books many times, so I rely on him to give me background when we watch the LOTR movies. I have tried to read the books, but Tolkein is a bit pedantic. The Silmarillion was just AWFUL.

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    3. Sue,
      I don't mind pedantic, but it was boring.

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  5. Too many tomatoes! Make a sauce.
    I am not used to salt with chocolate. A little on unsweetened chocolate enhances it flavor but not too much and never on sweetened chocolate.

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    1. Urspo,
      This was definitely sweet chocolate! The salt did nothing for it.

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  6. I like sea salted dark chocolate, but not on sweet.

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    1. Rhitter,
      I usually pass on any salt on chocolate, but have never had salt on dark chocolate. That might make a difference.Thanks.

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  7. I freeze tomatoes with the skins on and use later.

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    1. Kim,
      I should really do that since every hour they are not processed there is loss.

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    2. Kim,
      I should really do that since every hour they are not processed there is loss.

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  8. I absolutely LOVE the trend of salted chocolate or caramel! A big salt crystal with the sweet just hits my tastebuds perfectly. I prefer the salt to just be on a chocolate candy (like Lindt) rather than on a cookie.

    I don't enjoy the specialty cookie shops. We have Insomnia Cookies (they are open very late for college student munchie runs) and Crumbl Cookies, which appears to be very similar to Cookie Fix.
    In all cases, I found those cookies to be excessively sweet and greasy (from all the butter or butter-like vegetable oil). The prices are always pretty outrageous, too.

    I bake my own or go without. My DH usually bakes brownies instead, as they are his favorite.

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    1. Sue,
      Tommy paid $3 for my cookie and $2.80 for his. And, they were not the expensive ones, just what we wanted. I can eat one cookie with butter! This is a big treat since we had not had one in six months or more.

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