“Dessert is a necessity of life.”

The morning is freezing cold. It is 14˚ and with the wind feels like -3˚. The snow showers started around nine and will continue all day. Outside looks so very ugly and uninviting. Today is a cocoa day.

Skip, my factotum, is coming for the trash. A couple of the litter bags are so heavy I was dreading lifting them and carrying them to the car. Empty boxes have taken over my dining room. Two more boxes, with on-sale wrapping paper inside, just arrived from FedEx. I emptied them and added them to the pile, to Skip’s pile. (Skip has come and is now gone. He made so many trips to the car I stopped counting. I have no trash bags, no newspapers and magazines and no boxes. Halleluia!)

When I was a kid, snow days were the best because they came unexpectedly. I can remember waking up and seeing the world had disappeared under the thick snow. I can also remember listening for the fire horn. It was blown to announce no school days. We’d cheer then we’d hurry to get dressed to go outside to play in the snow. That was an all day affair.

When I go out to eat, I often order cheeseburgers with Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese. I like thin onion rings. I put mustard and piccalilli on my hot dogs and onions if they’re available. I like apples cold but I’m okay with room temperature oranges. Bananas never go into the fridge. I don’t like spaghetti but I love pasta. My favorite ice cream varies. It was mint chocolate chip for a while. Right now I have coffee chip in the freezer. Only the chips are the constant. Raisin Bran Crisp is my favorite cereal of late though I would never turn down plain old Corn Flakes with sliced bananas. I like all kinds of potatoes, but mashed potatoes are my favorites with gravy or butter or both. I don’t quibble.

As for desserts, I am so not picky except I don’t do cake and ice cream together. I like chocolate pudding, but I seldom have it. I like cookies, but I don’t think of them as desserts. Cookies are a snack. My favorite dessert is usually whatever I have on hand. Today that would be the ice cream or the package of chocolate chip cookies which came with my groceries yesterday. I swear it’s calling my name.

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6 Comments on ““Dessert is a necessity of life.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Oh, we used to listen for that fire horn every snowy school day. Later on it was the morning tv newscasters reading the school closings list and even later on, the chyron running the list underneath the newscasters as they talked about all the snow. Listening for the fire horn was best though because there was a great feeling of anticipation and angst. Would it blow? Would we hear it when it did? Would our parents hear it? :0

    Isn’t spaghetti pasta? 🙂 I get it though. I like pasta shapes more than spaghetti though I do prefer linguine over other diameters of spaghetti.
    Brigham’s Peppermint Stick is my current favorite ice cream/dessert. For awhile it was Brigham’s Outta The Park Coffee ice cream which is different from regular Coffee ice cream. But I haven’t been able to get it lately.

    It was 9ºF earlier today and the wind chill made it -9ºF. The dogs were very quick with their outside activities.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It really was the height of anticipation waiting for that fire alarm. Later, we would huddle around the radio, and when I worked, I watched the TV waiting to see my school scroll by. Nothing is better than that snow day.

      I think of the categories as spaghetti and pasta. I’ll eat spaghetti but I prefer ziti and such. Maybe this dates back to my childhood when ziti was easy to pierce with a fork but spaghetti never was.

      I like peppermint stick ice cream as well but don’t usually eat it except around Christmas. I go on ice cream binges then I don’t eat any for a while. I am just starting a binge.

      Skip did not bring gloves. His hands were red in two minutes. I found him mittens. I swear the empty boxes took up most of his truck bed.

      Henry too is quickly out but even more quickly back inside!~

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I don’t remember snow days in the NYC school system. I think we were like the postal service. Today was partly cloudy starting out in the mid 30s and warming up to around 60°. Tomorrow the wind will pick up to around 40 MPH, but Sunday we should have less wind and a high temperature around 70°.

    I like all kinds of pasta and especially spaghetti both regular and angle hair. For me a hot dog is brown mustard and sauerkraut, that’s NY hot dog cart vender style. I’m not a fan of raw onions. Cheeseburgers with American, or Swiss, or Chedder, or whatever except Blue Cheese. Top it with ketchup, lettuce and tomatoes. Ice cream any flavor with chocolate. However, occasionally Strawberry is ok. I won’t eat cereal at all, but maybe Rice Crispies in a pinch, I still love that snap, crackle and pop. No bananas for me but strawberries or blueberries please. As for desert I never turndown anything except carrot cake or gingerbread. Cookies, especially Oreos call my name from the larder. They don’t last more than through the weekend. I can put away a package of them without any problems.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We are in for a polar blast. It is 23˚ and will get colder, and we still have on and off snow showers. A storm is coming on Monday, but the track is iffy as to whether or not I get the snow.

      Boston has snow days so I do wonder why not NYC. When the transit system can’t move for snow on the tracks is one reason for closing the schools.

      I like noodles including most Chinese lo mein. I usually have something other than spaghetti with my marinara. No sauerkraut on my hot dogs. I don’t even remember it being offered anywhere as a topping. I don’t like blue cheese and gorgonzola, the only cheeses I don’t like. I don’t use ketchup on my burger, mayo usually. Ketchup doesn’t go, for me, with tomato and lettuce on a burger. Rice Krispies were my favorite cereal when I was a kid. I don’t like Raisin Bran regular, just the Crisp one.

      I like gingerbread and will eat carrot cake if served it, but I don’t order it myself. I also love Oreos!!

  3. Christer. Says:

    Low temperatures over here as well but thankfully now wind, so even if the sun didn’t show as much as they said it would they day still was rather nice.

    I’m sitting here longing for cookies but I have none, good thing perhaps 🙂 I am also too lazy to bake any so I’ll have to do without.

    I’m not sure what my favorite dessert is but I do sometimes long for my grandmother’s rhubarb cream or soup, those were delicious. Anything goes though so if I have anything at home I won’t hesitate to eat it 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I like the days with no wind. Even the coldest days feeler warmer when the wind has disappeared. The wind can feels so bitterly cold at times. It seems to rip right through me.

      I’m the same way. I want something but don’t have the wherewithal to go and make something. I am just far too lazy. There is a new cupcake shop which delivers. I bought some a couple of weeks ago, and they were delicious. I just have to be firm with myself and not order any.

      I have never had rhubarb. I know some people love rhubarb pie so I’d like a taste to see if I like it too.

      Stay warm!

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