I refuse to grocery shop today, and you can’t make me.
First of all, it’s not my normal grocery day, and secondly, even if it were I think I’d still put it off because everyone is shopping today. You see, it’s going to snow, and there is a certain segment of the population who still seems to think that we’re living back in the days of Laura Ingalls. Like in the days before grocery stores, when prairie dwellers’ lives depended on what they stored up for winter. They stock up for a snowfall of 3 to 5 inches like it’s the impending doom of Y2K or something, with bottled water, and enough toilet paper to stretch to the moon and back 6 times. And like Y2K, the coming “winter storm” will probably not live up to the hype, but even if it does—People, it’s 5 inches of snow, not 5 feet! Relax–most of you live in town, anyway, so your streets will be cleared in a day or so.
But like weather-induced lemmings, folks will run off the cliff of sanity straight into the depths of bread and milk hoarding.
My naturally rebellious nature simply won’t allow me to go there. I refuse to be swayed by the mass freak-out. In fact, I triple dog dare the storm to dump enough snow to truly snow me in, if it thinks it can. And even if it does, that’s okay too. Why? Because I’m smart enough to actually keep some extra food on hand at all times. Genius, isn’t it? And you know what else? I even go so far as to keep basic staples on hand, so that if I would happen to get snowed in without bread, I could *make* bread. (What?! That’s just crazy talk! I mean, nobody’s actually made bread since back in days of Laura Ingalls, er, hey, wait a minute…) Time consuming, I know, but we’re talking about being snowed in, so presumably we’re stuck there with nothing to do but bake anyway.
As much as I doubt that we’re in for the new Blizzard of ’78, I’m going to leave you with a recipe, just in case. It’s a muffin recipe, which is like kind of a cheater bread, since it requires no yeast or rising. Who knows, you might even have time to make this without being snowed in.
Mandarin Orange Muffins
1½ c flour
1 ¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
²⁄3 c sugar
¹⁄3 c butter, melted
1 egg slightly beaten
¼ c milk
(1) 10 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
¼ c melted butter
¼ c sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
Sift flour with other dry ingredients. Combine butter, egg and milk, and add to dry ingredients. Mix until moistened. Fold in oranges. Fill greased muffin tins ¾ full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remover from muffins tins and dip tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar mixture.