I'm giving away candy one hundred percent
And I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny
But a random Purim gift is both good fun and funny
Can you tell that we went with a Dr. Suess theme for this year?
Each year, our Purim baskets have a theme. Last year, it was hard drinking, and the card came with a quote from a Purim drinking song (St. Patrick's Day has nooooooooooooothing on Purim drinking. Noooooooooooooooooothing). This year, in honour of the leap-month year (remember, two Adars) we grabbed Thing Two and Thing One from the Cat in the Hat and went with a two-tastes theme. Every cookie and candy has something complicated going down.
There are Coffee Toffee: a coffee-based dark brown sugar toffee enrobed in dark chocolate (bitter meets sugary); Thing One and Thing Two Caramels: chocolate caramels with sea salt (salty meets sweet); Sweetzles: pretzels dipped in white chocolate (smooth meets crunchy); Mr. Mippie’s Chocolate Chippies: tri-chocolate chip cookies (a bonus taste! Three kinds of chocolate in one); Horton's Hamantashen: black cherry hamantaschen (sour meets sweet); and Dr. Suess’s Two Taste Blend: a cinnamon Columbian roast (mellow meets sharp)--which Lindsay can vouch is insanely good since we all commented on each other's drinking habits "damn, we never have a second cup at home."--and comes in both decaf or caffeinated blends depending on where you are in your cycle.
And that doesn't even cover the last minute contenders that will be added to the mishloach manot list this week as I get ahead in the candy making and decide to stress myself out more by adding more work to the list. There is a butterfinger-like peanut butter based candy that I am playing around with at some point. And after watching Unwrapped last night, I asked Josh if I should try to work cayenne pepper into chocolate somewhere (spicy meets sweet). Cayenne truffles? For those vomiting a little in their mouth, there's a place in Madison that serves chocolate ice cream with cayenne pepper in it and it is so good.
In honour of MLO's blogoversary give-away a few weeks ago (which I won), I've decided to pay-it-forward and give away one of my Purim baskets. And, of course, since community is my defining noun, there is a connective element to the prize. More on that in a second.
I'm going to draw a name out of a hat (literally, one of Josh's nasty baseball caps) on March 14 and announce the winner in the Roundup. And then I'll send the basket on March 17 (if you are reading this after 11:59 p.m. on March 13th, still add your thoughts below, but you can't win the basket). You will need to give me a place to send it (it will probably arrive on a Wednesday so you can have it sent to home or work) so if you're squeamish about giving an address, you can pass along the gift to another person (don't place addresses in the comment section--I only need it if you win). If you don't have a blog and you don't plan on checking the Roundup, leave a way to contact you with your comment. Actually, leave a way to contact you period so we can discuss food allergies and aversions so I don't send you something you hate. If we've ever emailed before, I have your address still. And you can always reach me off-blog if you win. Here's what you need to do to win:
- Leave a comment below (yes, a box full of candy for the low low price of one comment!)
- Tell me one of the following things: (1) somewhere you left a comment already today--and feel free to leave, write a comment somewhere, and come back AND/OR (2) something that you read on another IF/loss/adoption blog in the last few days that touched you--either something very moving or funny or thoughtful. If you can provide a link to that other blog in the comment section or tell people where to look, I'd appreciate it. If you don't know how to provide a link within a comment, write the name of the blog and the section where they appear on the blogroll so other people can find them quickly.
- Think of it as if you are creating the Friday Blog Roundup in the comments section. Honour another person's writing today--either generally by telling where you left a comment or specifically--stating a post that moved you.
- If you can do (1) and (2), all the better.
- And then leave my blog afterwards and go comment on at least two other blogs today.
You can enter two or three or five hundred times by leaving more than one comment below (it would be helpful to have only one other blog listed in each comment--so if you read three cool things, list them separately in three comments or it gets a bit too cluttered), but your name will only be added to the hat once. I will also love you forever if you read down the list and click over to read the other posts listed in the comment section. If the commentor only provided the blog name and post title, you can find them on the blogroll. And not just the first ones at the top of the comment list. Make sure you hit some of the people in the middle or bottom of the list and leave them a comment telling them that you agree with the original commentor--their writing does rock.
My usual blog rules apply: any spam is deleted--the point is to honour another person, not drum up business for a Viagra website--as well as anything rude.
This is all about sweetness--we could all use some sweetness in our lives. And if you are so inclined, pull together your own gift some time soon and send it along to another reader. And may the most randomly-picked person win.