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Friday, August 22

Friday Show and Tell: The Cutest Comment on the Internet, A Must-Read Article About Plastic and More!

Happy Friday! I didn’t publish any blog posts this week – that might be the first time ever! It was the last week of summer and we are dealing with a plumbing mystery that has taken hours (days?) of our time and is resulting in the need to repipe our house. Yes, totally sucky. But, I have a house to repipe, so who am I to complain? As a result of my non-posting this week, I’m bubbling over with things to share with you, so today’s Show and Tell is chock full of good stuff!

milk toast by @janemaynard

I had a post publish on Babble this week entitled Kick It Old-School with this Milk Toast Breakfast Recipe. I’ve been excited for this post to go live so I could share it with you. The recipe is seriously delicious. As wonderful as the recipe is, I have a little something else about milk toast that I have to tell you about.

Milk toast is considered a “vintage” recipe, one that I’ve found many people haven’t even heard of. While I was researching milk toast for my article, I came across a comment on a random website by a reader named “Grumpy” that absolutely captured my heart. “I have tried to make [milk toast] from memories of my mother making it when we were children. We had more milk than we could use from the cow I milked, and fresh home churned butter mixed into the hot milk. Mine is not near as good as I remember it was back then. I am 85 and have to cook now, after all these years. I do miss my darling wife’s cooking.” Seriously, this might win best comment on the internet ever. I can’t even.

Moving on to less cute, more depressing things…how’s that for a segue? Aren’t you excited to keep reading? I thought so! Remember my annual New Year’s Resolution to Use Less Plastic? We haven’t talked about it since the beginning of the year, so I thought I’d touch base real quick. I found an article on Medium this week that you should absolutely read, Gyres: The Terrifying True Story of the Garbage That Could Kill the Human Race. I had a similar reaction when reading this article as I did when I saw the documentary Bag It and the short video The Story of Stuff – basically a horrified, “we have to do something” reaction. The article about gyres is loooooonnnng and, honestly, the writing is super flowery and kind of hard to get through, BUT you still need to read it. I had pulled a bunch of quotes to share in this post but realized I had pulled paragraphs of quotes, so it’s probably better for you to just go to the source. And then let’s use less plastic together! I think about this goal every day and our family has definitely made progress, little by little. As Gandhi so eloquently said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” We can do it! (Sorry for the cheerleading, preachy portion of today’s program…sometimes I can’t help myself.)

Here are my other food links for the week!

Phew! I’m done! Your turn to share whatever you like! Also, if you’ve joined me on the Use Less Plastic train, tell us how it’s going!


7 Comments »

  1. Mixed up a chocolate whiskey cake in one pot on my stove. Easier than a box cake. http://flourarrangements.org/2014/08/chocolate-whiskey-cake/

  2. I have been on a mission to reduce our family’s trash amounts: both regular trash and food waste trash.

    I was prompted to focus on the issue of trash after reading Garbology. Have you read it? It’s FASCINATING!!! And equally disturbing. There’s a whole section about plastic in the oceans….I couldn’t even get through that section of the book. Too heart breaking.

    But, the book overall is eye-opening and not too depressing.
    http://www.feedingourlives.com/2012/11/book-review-garbology.html

    • I’ll have to go read it, I haven’t yet – thank you so much for the recommendation! (and, seriously, the ocean stuff is heartbreaking…that article I linked to mentioned that the current gyres of garbage cannot be cleaned up – it require to many resources to do so and do more harm than good, which is just so DEPRESSING.)

      thanks for the book rec!

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    carolina

    I tried to leave this comment on your Babble post, but it won’t let me since I don’t have a Facebook account (gasp!). So, here it is:

    Thanks! This sounds easy and delish! Just to clarify – do you mean cream as in whipping cream or heavy cream, but not sour cream? I want to do it right. 😉

    And, I hear you about being young and married and not eating well – our first night together my new husband asked me what was for dinner and I said, “Ummm… be right back!” I went into the kitchen and whipped up some cheddar cheese on saltines and gave it to him. Not exactly what he had in mind… Thank goodness we are still married! Also, it’s hard to cook for just 2 people.

    Oh – and that milk toast sounds intriguing and my heart goes out to “Grumpy”. {hugs}

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