Monday, April 19, 2010

Two weeks already?

Yeah, sometimes I think, "Wow, I could post about that!" and then put it off and put it off--not very healthy for my post numbers, and the further I get away from an event, the more I think that it's too old to post about...

--For instance, on April 6 we had a snow day--as in they actually closed the schools!! Ah, Idaho. I did not see that one coming, even though I have lived here for awhile. :) I was glad that we still had some wood left for the trusty old woodstove. You never know when something unexpected is going to happen... I don't think that it was the snowing so much as the blowing, but the result was the same, and the day's plans changed in a moment (or at least as long as it took to realize that there was no one else at the bus stop, and for someone who must have been watching the right news (or the news at the right time) to share the information. Funny thing, it was hard to get official information anywhere--it wasn't on the news when we went to check, and we only saw the list of school closures when we went online--I'm sure that there must be something to be learned from that alone...

--I had already procrastinated about writing about the snowstorm when I found this recipe for Do-Si-Do cookies over at the Harried Homemaker website. Ordinarily, I am not much of a baker, but it was Monday, and I saw that I had everything I needed on hand in storage for this recipe, so we made it. That day. They are sooooo good, although we skipped the frosting for the middle because I just wasn't sure how old my powdered sugar was (did I mention I don't bake that often? :)--again, I'm sure that there must be something to be learned from that alone... It was nice, however, to be able to just bake something without running to the store.

--Sometime between posts I saw something I hadn't seen/noticed before--there are big displays of food storage items in our local national chainstore, and there are cans of things like instant/dried potatoes on the shelves in the lanes as you wait to check out. I am hoping that this means that food storage is a big concern/purchase item right now. Is this happening anywhere else?

Just a few things happening around here--hope all is well with you and yours, and that if you have a later snow day than we have (so far... :) that the snow melts as quickly as it did here. No complaints here--we need the moisture....

4 comments:

Kristen said...

I am not sure you have to worry about the age of powdered sugar. I bet some of mine is over 10 years old. It hasn't made any difference in the end products.

Marie said...

Kristen--I had heard that brown sugar doesn't go bad, but wasn't sure about the powdered type--thanks for the info. Thanks again for the recipe--they really did taste like the Girl Scout type, and we didn't miss the filling at all, though I imagine that it makes them even better... :)

ditchthegrid said...

I don't think sugar, in general, goes bad. From what I understand, it's one of those things that can stick around forever until you use it. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's my understanding. Honey too.

I'm curious which national chain store you saw the food storage items at. That would be a good thing to know - if we have that particular store here, I'll run over and check it out.

Marie said...

Ditchthegrid--Sorry for the delay in replying. I think you're right about the sugar, though unfortunately I didn't know that at the time...
The national chain store I was referring to is Wal-Mart. They have had a row with case goods for awhile, but now it seems like they have preparedness items in a lot more prominent locations now, like the aisle between the grocery section and other sections of the store, and in the checkout lanes. They even have water barrels (I think in the case lot aisle) and rotating shelves at the front of the store between the checkout and some other shops that they have. I'd be interested to know if it's just an Idaho thing. Thanks for your comment, and sorry again for the delay in response!