Meet My New Boyfriend

Is it stealing if you borrow something and manage to perpetually find reasons to “extend” its stay in your possession?  There are a few objects that have dampened my amplified “good girl” alarm system that blares anytime I break A RULE….Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim from Tinker Creek (library, 12th grade), bright neon green shorts (sister’s closet, mid 80s), Master’s of the Universe Heman figures (Cory’s play stash, early 80s)  crew socks (various family members and friends….adding it up, over 10 of them. Love equals never having to return borrowed socks, present day).

And now…it’s a Vitamix.

People, meet my new boyfriend.

Like a new romantic relationship, love juices surge in my brain.  My hands clammy with anticipation of all the possibility before me: silky-smooth yogurt with spinach, onions, garlic, and artichoke hearts into a sponge dip.


Cashew cheese on the left, Spinach Artichoke Dip on the right (heated by the blades!)

butterflies float in my belly as trial and error pulverize all reason: grinding a peabutter out of dry lentils and spices


Pea Butter!

my sanity in question as I selectively become blind to a host of warning signs: twirling cocoa, sugar, crystalized ginger too long to actually “burn” the mixture…….and a peanut foam that TASTED okay, but the texture just didn’t feel right (that’s love for you, right?)

Froth Fickle-ness

my heart singing as I am rewarded by novel stimulation: blending coconut with honey, curry and salt for 15 minutes to create a coconut butter I later mixed with grilled onion and bananas poured it into a roaster for an hour with shrimp, green beans and sweet potatoes….then poured it over rice and apples. LORD HELP US!


Co-Co for COCO-Butter!

my eyes swelling in proud recognition of the beauty before me: Cashew Cheese!


No cheese in this cheese

I could resolve in the next year not to “steal” but that would just be unrealistic. I think all good things…love, ideas, solutions, people….are stolen and don’t really “belong” to us. Something is never “MINE” or yours….and is meant to be borrowed, shared, and passed along.

But with the Vitamix, that time hasn’t come just yet.


3 thoughts on “Meet My New Boyfriend

  1. Very super cool. That peabutter looks great. I will need to give that a try. Maybe out of some of the red lentils I have. Borrowing and sharing is a great thing. If I lived near my sister we would do that more often. When we do it now it takes weeks. Gotta love APO mail service. Last weeks plane never came in so it will be one more week before we get mail.

  2. You crack me up…and then reading Marathon Maiden’s comment cracked me up.

    I steal so much! Next year I want to steal some of your knowledge and insight so I can be as thoughtful and kind as you. You really leave the most wonderful comments – ones that get me thinking. Thank you for writing such a great blog too!

    Happy New Year! I hope that 2011 is a great year for you!

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