27 May 2008

Six Things and Some Other Stuff

Libby wants to know six things about me. There are rules, but I can't deal with rules. Tag yourself if you want to.

For some reason, I was thinking about english muffins the other day. I was thinking that Thomas' English Muffins are really the only ones to buy, to eat, to savor. One thing led to another, and I was making a list in my head of commercial food products that are without equal, things I love to eat, stuff that's just perfect. Mind you, we don't subsist on a lot of prepared food. For the most part, we buy milk and eggs and meat and fruit and vegetables and we cook. But there are some great things that aren't reproducible.

Herewith and without further ado, six wonderful things from the grocery store, for which no substitutes exist:

  1. Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzels - I had some of these in a little bowl on the counter and W. came along and grabbed one, tossed it in his mouth, and spit it out. I was hysterical. He didn't know there was peanut butter inside, and thought he'd got a pretzel with a worm or something inside, not expecting that soft center.
  2. Coca-cola - with caffeine and sugar, in a can - nectar of the gods, oft just called "nectar" in these parts. I don't like it in a glass, I don't like it in a bottle, I don't like it from a dispenser. Just straight from the can, ice-cold, thanks.
  3. Walker's shortbread - yeah, you can make your own shortbread, but this stuff is just perfect.
  4. Crown Pilots - Nabisco keeps trying to put these in the dustbin, and in fact maybe they've done it again because they don't appear on the Nabisco website and they're out of stock at the Vermont Country Store. As it happens, I bought a box a few weeks ago, and they were just as I remembered.
  5. Plochman's Mustard - This is the perfect mustard - so perfect that you can practically eat it out of the jar.
  6. Thomas' English Muffins
    - perfection.
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The inimitable Nutmeg gave me an E for Excellent a couple of weeks back. I'd like to pass it along to Queen Mediocretia, someone I found when I googled blogs looking for someone dealing with a hospice situation. I hit pay dirt with her. She's funny, and she just buried her mother.

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Which Alltop badge should I choose?
Alltop, confirmation that I kick ass
OR
Alltop. Seriously?! I got in?

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And last but not least - does anyone need a paperback copy of Charlotte's Web? Somehow we ended up with two. Leave a comment and I'll make a random pick on Friday.

26 comments:

slouching mom said...

I'd add Hellmann's mayo to that list.

Congrats. You are excellent.

flutter said...

confirmation that you kick ass, clearly

Julia said...

I had a professor in college, a world-famous professor who felt the same way about his Cokes. In fact, somebody had to get him one before lecture every day. And one day someone got him a Pepsi instead, and no Cokes. You should've heard that soliloquy...

Nice bling, and well deserved.

susan said...

Slouching Mom beat me to my comment: Hellman's mayo. And definitely Thomas' English Muffins, and Walker Shortbread.

Mayberry said...

Of course you kick ass! Do that one.

(How'd you get in? I mean, do you have to ask, or does it magically happen when you are Excellent?)

Vered said...

Completely agree on the shortbread.

I like the "seriously? I got in?" one... congrats.

jen said...

you do seriously kick ass.

and i so love the thomas'

the queen said...

Have you been paying attention? I got a pity E right after Mom died:(http://mocklog.typepad.com/queen_mediocretia/2008/04/hairy.html)
but I appreciate your E too.

And now that I've seen what Alltop is, I appreciate all the traffic that should come my way from your estimable recommendation. I did find my first vibrator in one of Moms dresser drawers. Too soon?

MadMad said...

Damn. I got so distracted by the queen's comment I forgot what I was going to add to your list of perfect things. Clearly not my brain..

womaninawindow said...

And you can turn a meme into a food list...pure magic, I tell you, pure magic. (Did I mention I love food?)

nutmeg said...

Okay, I'm sold on the queen too.

Mental P Mama said...

Love them all. I love the way a real coke burns when you are really thirsty and you chug it.

Sober Briquette said...

what have those Nabisco people got against Clam Chowder, I ask you? I have a box stashed away, too.

FreshHell said...

My favorite store-bought item would be Pepperidge Farm's Milano cookies. God, I need one right now!

pinknest said...

peanutbutter filled pretzels?! must try these. and i love thomas' english muffins, too. you kick ass, most definitely.

niobe said...

I was trying to think of 6 foods I like, but it's hard. Though I can easily come up with 6 x 6 foods that I can't stand.

Candy said...

I'm a Diet Coke fiend myself - and yes, ice cold and straight from the can. The minute you dilute it by pouring it out of the can, it loses all interest.

She She said...

One of the bad points about living in Vermont -- no Trader Joe's.

And you kick ass. Obviously.

Libby said...

Oh, I miss Trader Joe's! Especially those pretzels...mmm!

LAS said...

Those pretzels - my favorite!!!!!!

Life As I Know It said...

Oh, I love those trader joe's pretzels!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Getting ready to equip a fifth-grade classroom soon--pick me!

Love the pretzels.

Maggie, Dammit said...

I just added you to my blogroll. Sorry it took me so long. ;)

painted maypole said...

my husband will have nothing but Thomas'

we'd be happy to take that book. ;)

Janet said...

Peanut butter filled pretzels? Curious. I haven't eaten peanut butter for about 7 years, since D. was diagnosed with an allergy to peanuts. I miss you PB!

Oh, and I think you should go the kick ass banner. The other one makes it look like you have low self esteem. ;)

katiez said...

I'll have my Coca 'Light', but from a can, never a glass and never, ever fountain.
And I'll happily drink it with the pretzels... for dinner will be fine!