Hi.

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I know I haven’t written much lately.  Honestly, I haven’t had much to write about.  Regardless, I thought I should pop in and say hello.

It has been a pretty great weekend.  I went for a much needed hike on Saturday with an old friend.  And then The Hubs and I went bowling with that same friend and her husband on Saturday night.  I used to bowl in a weekly league but haven’t even touched a ball in more than five years.  I can’t say that I bowled well, but we had fun.  I was reminded while hanging at the bowling alley with swarms of teenagers that I do NOT understand much modern music.  In fact, I have trouble even identifying the musical elements in a lot of the songs played.  I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, and I think I could make a track of equal quality.

(I was told the other day by a friend that I am judgy.  The above few sentences are another example of my judginess.  I know I am judgy.  I don’t try to be judgy.  In fact, I try hard not to be judgy.  It just comes so naturally.  I swear I don’t think extraordinarily highly of myself.  It’s just that a lot of things make my eye twitch.  It’s deifinitely a flaw that I try to work on with prayer….)

The Hubs and I also ate at both of our most favorite local restaurants this weekend, which always makes me happy.  The rest of our time was spent making my soon-to-be-one-year-old great nephew a Busy Board.  I really hope he gets hours and hours and hours of enjoyment out of it.  We’ve enjoyed making it.  (Gah!  I cannot believe he is one already!!  It can’t be!)

I am thisclose to finishing Cloud Atlas, which I have been reading all year.  I love David Mitchell.  He has such a way with words.  The latest passage of his that I have read and reread in appreciation (though I don’t completely agree with it—was spoken by a character on the verge of suicide–but still a very well-written and creative string of words):

People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades before becoming so dribblesome it’ll no longer function. – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Well, here’s to each of you having a wonderful, productive, and satisfying week!  Cheers and much love!

Song of the Day

Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists.  I just love the whole sound of this one.

Book of the Day

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I finished The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless this week.  I listed Into the Wild in an earlier post, which was the story of Chris McCandless aka Alex Supertramp, who was found starved to death in the Alaskan Wilderness.  The Wild Truth was written by his sister, and is an explanation of his childhood difficulties, which served as the motivation behind Chris’s journey.  Man.  What a sad read.  Really, I rather disliked the book overall since it was less about Chris and more about Carine’s life, but I guess it would be difficult to tell that story any other way.  Regardless, if half of what she says is true, one can’t really blame Chris for abandoning his family and taking off.  I recommend reading both books, starting with Krakauer’s.

Recipe of the Day

Toffee Crack via http://www.thekurtzcorner.com.  Make and eat at your own risk.  You have been warned….

40 Saltine crackers (one sleeve about)
1 Cup salted butter (don’t substitute)
1 Cup brown sugar
1 12 ounce package of chocolate chips
5-6 Heath bars, crunched up for topping

Take your largest rimmed baking tray and line it with foil. Line your crackers in rows making sure that they don’t overlap. The crackers should fill up the entire baking sheet.  Melt your butter over medium-high heat in a saucepan stirring in your brown sugar gradually. Once it starts bubbling, turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 3 minutes. Make sure you stir continuously or it will burn.  Once your caramel has simmered for a few minutes, pour it straight on the crackers. You want it to be pretty runny so don’t worry that it isn’t thick. Try to evenly pour the caramel over the crackers, don’t worry about covering everything, it will spread in the oven.  Place your baking sheet in the oven at 325 degrees for about 8 minutes. You want the caramel to spread out nicely over the crackers. It should be bubbling before you take it out of the oven.  After removing your tray from the oven, pour your chocolate chips over the crackers right away. The heat from the caramel will melt the chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes to melt.  While your chocolate chips are melting crush up your Heath bars into little pieces. I used a hammer and lightly hit each bar while they were still in the wrappers.  After 5 minutes, use a rubber spatula to spread out your chocolate chips evenly over the crackers.  Now sprinkle on your Heath pieces!  Place your tray in the freezer and allow between 2-4 hours to fully freeze. Once you remove your toffee it should be rock hard! Flip your toffee over and peel off the foil. It should come off in one whole piece. You might have a few left over pieces here or there but not to worry it’s easy to peel off!  Break your toffee up into pieces with your hand or cut it with a knife.  Eat right away! Whatever is left over just place in Tupperware and store in the freezer. Enjoy!

Carefully consider once again whether or not you should start up a crack habit before consuming.  Everyone knows how addicting crack is…..

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