Friday Flotsam


I have a sourdough starter!

My friend Anna gave me a sourdough starter. And now I get WHAT the heck it is. It’s a bubble sludge. A pre-dough bubble sludge. Not quite dough, not quite loogie. Somewhere in between. And today I have to “feed” it, you guys. I think I might just give it a bite of my corn dog, I dunno.

JK, I need to read up on it this morning. She sent me links on how to “feed” it, but honestly, I think I got rid of the highchair and bibs long ago. I might have a baby spoon still in a drawer somewhere.

I’m actually not sure how often or how much I’ll need to feed and burp and change it. How long do the feedings last before we’re ready to slide it onto a French cloche and send it off to preschool for baking?

I’m totally okay, why do you ask?

I’ll read up on it. Never mind.

Okay, we all know the rule of not going to the grocery store hungry. Worst decision ever. Aren’t you likely to spend like 386% more when you’re hungry than full? Something like that. Don’t quote me on it.

But! Let’s talk about what your impulse buys are. At the store, if you’re noshy, (or shoot, maybe not!) what do you end up throwing in your cart simply because something enticed your eyeballs on the shelf and there was nothing, absolutely nothing you could do to stop your hands from reaching, grabbing and tossing. What is that thing for you? Sweet? Salty? Extra chicken stock?

This last round mine was French Onion Sun Chips. The green bag, something about it. The swirly font, it just got me. I always like a good Sun Chip. And a Triscuit. Best cracker on earth, we will not negotiate this.

If I’m at Trader Joe’s though, all bets are off. That place is DESIGNED for impulse buys. I think actually that Trader translates to “Dance, Puppets, Dance” and Joe’s translates to “Consumer Whore.” The attractive boxes, the alluring illustrations, it’s complete eye candy and I surrender all because what other option is there?

Tell me your impulse buys.

Okay, real quick, an update on the conditioners and the CHIN STRAP, baaahahah!

Yesterday in Stories I posted about these chin straps that I’ve recently gotten into. (I even gifted my bestie with them and she loves them! I think.) Do NOT look at the before and after photos on Amazon (or maybe do) because they are hysterical and complete horse sh. The straps DO NOT do that. Obviously. It’s a subtle thing. Cooling, supportive, firm, sort of a like a hug for the jowls. I wear it after a night of wine. And I wear it for over an hour. AND I use a face roller on top of it to activate (gross) the lymphatic (omg) drainage (so, so sorry). I dig them! Laugh all you want. Aaron sure does.

Hair conditioners: I’ve been using this argan mask in the shower (so soft!) and then this leave-in once the hair is towel dried and MAN, what a difference. It’s not a combo that was suggested to me or anything. I just did it on my own and really like the result. So, take it or leave it. I’m breezy!

Be honest, did you know what Rupee was before this week?

Weekend plans?

I’m watching the hourly forecast for tomorrow and Sunday and so far it’s looking like our garden bed building dreams may be shot to hell. OH WELL I guess I’ll have to lie on the sofa the entire weekend reading. Boo hoo.

From this week, in case you missed it::: Your March Mixtape! A transitional, emotional playlist for your soul as we tiptoe into spring. Ya gotta listen. Ya just gotta. And then Snack Time Sushi! A super fun and eaaasy way to whip up some sushi on the spot. Nothing intimidating, I promise. Make some this weekend.

What are you eating for dinner tonight?

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6 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin March 4, 2022 at 9:54 am #
    Sour Cream & Onion Lays. I try to avoid even looking at them in the store. I can sometimes have them unopened in the house, but as soon as they are over. I am strangely immune to impulse shopping at TJ's. Maybe it's because I have to drive half an hour to get there, so I am totally focused when shopping, or maybe I'm just overwhelmed by everything they're offering and I hyperfocus on my list and get the heck out of there.
  2. Nancy March 4, 2022 at 9:56 am #
    If I go to the store hungry, I always end up grabbing some kind of trash I can eat in the car on my way home. Like peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets. Those are the best! One day I just grabbed a Pom juice out of the fridge section and started guzzling it right there on the spot. Or I'll remember some meal I saw on someone's blog, look it up in the store on my phone, buy all the stuff and then never make it. Yeah, going to the store hungry is the worst! Also, you'll do fine with your SD starter. I have a book about it with all kinds of different breads you can make but the one thing I remember her saying is it's really hard to kill your starter like if you forget all about in the back of the fridge. And I all but did that and was able to get a new one going from about a tablespoon of what I could salvage from the old forgotten one. Good luck!
  3. Jenny March 5, 2022 at 7:57 am #
    Dip! I always throw a dip in my cart, to eat with my Triscuits!! My closest Trader Joe’s is in the “big city” two hours away so I really go nuts when given the chance. I knew what a rupee was but my mother was thoroughly perplexed. Said she wished they included a dictionary with her wordle. I informed her that handy dandy smart phone could be equipped with a dictionary app and it would solve much of her chaos.
  4. Susan March 5, 2022 at 3:51 pm #
    My neighbor gave me some sourdough starter and I felt like I got a pet I didn't want. She told me how to take care of it and suggested that I make something with the discarded starter that you take out before feeding it. I don't know why but I felt obligated to do that and ended up making some brownies, cake, biscuits and a few other gluten and calorie laden items. Then we went on a week-long vacation and even though I made arrangements for the paper to be taken from the porch each morning, had the plants' watering set up, and had the mail held, I did NOT have anyone taking care of the dang starter. When we returned, there was grey and blue grossness growing in the jar of starter and when I lifted the lid, OMG, the smell! Is it wrong that I was relieved? Giddy, even?
    • Bev Weidner March 11, 2022 at 7:24 am #
      Hahahaha, I may end up feeling the exact same!
  5. Joanne March 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm #
    My impulse buys vary, sometimes it's sweet like chocolate, ice cream, or Oreos. Sometimes it's salty. This week was both! I came home with dots pretzels, crackers, oreos, & ice cream. Though I do have three teenage boys so they helped east it all in just a couple of days.

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