If my apartment building caught on fire at this very moment and I could only save three things (not counting my dog) what would they be? I’ve been contemplating this scenario all day and my three things keep changing. Here is a sampling of the items I will be taking with me depending on the time of day and probably my mood:
1) Roger Maris (my stuffed raccoon)
2) my heating pad (my back has been killing me today, so if the fire doesn’t take me out, I obviously wouldn’t want my back pain to)
3) a bag of potato chips (I haven’t opened it yet, so it would be a shame to let it go to waste. You never know when you might need a snack.)
1) The book I am currently reading (right now this happens to be The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.) I will also need my reading glasses for this, but I’m not counting those as a thing since I can just put those on, and I don’t think you should have to count anything you are wearing.)
2) One of cookbooks
3) my favorite pair of sweatpants (Men’s sweatpants, over sized – the crotch is at my knees, they’re faded, and way too long, and basically perfect.
1) my hair straightener (girl has still got to look good, even in a crisis)
2) my fleece blanket (it is just sooo comfy)
3) My KitchenAid mixer
1) Bobby Knight-Time (my stuffed bear)
2) My favorite t-shirt (over sized, from high school, has a big hole in the back, the most comfortable thing you will ever wear besides my sweatpants)
3) chocolate (whatever I happen to have around – trust me, there is always some kind of chocolate in my house.)
When I was younger, and I contemplated this question, I usually came up with things that I thought would make me seem deep and thoughtful. I’d always include in the list things like photographs and letters that meant something to me, the Bible, a family heirloom, etc. Contrasting that with what I came up with today, I now seem a bit shallow and lazy. But I am a creature of comfort, and sometimes a girl just needs her stuffed animals and her snacks.
Speaking of snacks, I recently tried to make these Honey Mustard Cashews from my Joy the Baker cookbook. I left them in the oven too long though (this has been happening to me a lot lately…) so they sort of transformed into something else (I also used peanuts since I didn’t have cashews, so really they were a completely different snack, but that was the inspiration I started with). Yet, they were still delicious. Also, they were quick and easy, and ease of preparation I think is essential for a good snack food.
2 cups roasted, salted peanuts
1/4 cup honey
1 T. vegetable oil
a dash of black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together the honey, oil and pepper in a medium bowl. Add in the peanuts until coated. Spread them out on the baking sheet and roast for about 20-25 minutes. You want the honey to start to darken and caramalize. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container. They’ll probably clump together, but this is fine. You can eat them in clumps or use a utensil to break them up.