Doin' the Happy Dance at 40N, 82.53W!
Why? Because, because, because, because!!!
Because my package from Adele arrived over
the weekend and I finally rescued it this morning!
It will be a day or so before I can post pictures, but I just had to post this morning because it is so wonderful, and so well-researched!
Adele had themes that we can all relate to: "because you need it", "because you might like it", "because you will like it". And just in case it wasn't clear, each package justified itself, right on the wrapping!
"Why? Because." Four heavy weight placemats with really cute stylized sunflowers. I love sunflowers, Adele, and the colors go perfectly with the light wood and blue and green accents in the room.
"Why? Because it's cool!" A stainless steel "Misto" olive oil sprayer, for laying down a fine film of oil on food or pans. This is a solid, heavy-duty job, with a nice little pump action when you pull the top off. (And it doesn't dribble!)
"Why? Because it's North Dakota!" A palm-sized chocolate map of North Dakota! Okay; maybe it's just a chocolate bar, but it does say "North Dakota" right on it.....
"Why? Because everyone should try them." Chippers! At long last, bringing together those fine North Dakotan mainstays -- chocolate and potato chips! (Who knew Fargo was such a hotbed of fine chocolate?) These are waaay beyond the limp chips I've had before. The chip itself is a effervesant spine, an excuse for some really fine milk chocolate. I've got them in the freezer so I won't eat them all at once.
"Why? Because it spoke to me." And I have no doubt that fine Belgian chocolate with orange and crisped rice speaks very convincinly, too! Plus, in nice reassuring letters right on the front of the bar it says: "Rejoice (relax)"
"Why? Because I can do this." A wine mouse! Who knew there was such a thing? Shaped like a computer mouse, it had a sharp cutting blade on the underside, and will neatly cut the foil and remove the wax on a nice bottle of wine. I've got it hanging on the wall already.
"Why? Because I love mine." The Garlic Twist. This is so funky; I can't wait to try it out. It's two plexiglass halves, the size and shape of a hockey puck. Each side has a row of teeth that mesh together. Once you mash the clove of garlic with you hand and peel off the paper, you drop it inside, and twist the halves back and forth, to mince the garlic between the teeth. This looks really cool, Adele!
"Why? Because you wanted one and 2 are okay." Adele read the thread where I confessed to coveting the new bamboo cutting boards, but felt I couldn't get one because I already have a perfectly serviceable one. So she got me a good sized bamboo board from "The Gourmet Panda". This is so pretty.
"Why? Because who doesn't love bread." I do!! And I love The Tassajara Bread Book! I lost my copy years ago, when I lent it to a friend and it never returned. I really love this book.
And, needing no justification at all, pints of Elderberry Jelly and Wild Chokecherry Jelly. I happened to set them on the kitchen table, and the sun came thru them like glowing jewels. I know these will be fabulous Sunday morning snacks.
Thank you so much, Adele. You really picked some fantastic things, and I feel like you know me well! Good job!
(I will post some pictures as soon as possible. Now -- back to the chocolate!)