Cold Weather, Coconut Treats and Art- Oh, My!

I’m a native Floridian and let me tell you, the 28-degree weather we had last night is killing me. Thank heavens for the furnace! The forecast said snow flurries were possible in our area early this morning. I can’t confirm that we actually got snow as I was hunkered down in my bed. I couldn’t find any reports of snow on our local weather website so maybe we didn’t get any. But then again the website I checked sucks monkey toes. The weather people love to be all dramatic about what could be… You know, this is going to be the coldest night on record or this is going to be the worst hurricane season ever! Ooooo, the anticipation. Nevertheless, it was darn cold yesterday! And today is supposed to be no better. The boys are all snug in their fleece footie PJs. Too cute! So much for the play date at the park! We’re staying put today.


Last night, dear J was foraging through our kitchen in search of sweets. The Christmas cookies had either been eaten or tossed. There isn’t much dessert-wise in our house which is fine with me. Less temptation helps me immensely. He went so far as to look up a snicker doodle recipe and take account of the ingredients in the house. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough flour. That’s desperation, people. When the poor man resorts to baking, you know it’s bad. However, during the second round of searching, J did manage to find the lone box of coconut petits fours in the outside fridge.

These came from J’s brother, Critter, as a Christmas gift. The petits fours are from Swiss Colony. The first thought we had upon opening them is that they were a dreaded re-gift! You see, J’s parents receive Swiss Colony treats every Christmas from their New Jersey cousins without fail. It makes J and I laugh every time we see the Swiss Colony box at their house. The cousins are so predictable and rather un-inventive in their gift choices. We thought this year J’s parents had rebelled and decided to give the SC box of goodies to Critter to re-gift to us. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with Swiss Colony stuff. It is quite tasty as J quickly discovered last night. It’s just funny sending mail order food for Christmas, don’tcha think? It’s kind of like a subscription to the jelly-of-the-month club.

So, J decided to call Critter to get the back story on the Swiss Colony stuff. Were we victims of dreaded re-gifting or not? J raved about how good the petits fours were and asked how in the world Critter came up with that as a gift. Critter is a twentysomething bachelor who doesn’t really seem like a mail order food kind of guy. Well guess what?! Critter is a Food Network junkie and had been watching a special on Christmas gift ideas. Apparently Swiss Colony was featured on the special he had watched and he thought of us. He said the coconut petits fours reminded him of their Granny’s homemade coconut cake. *blush* We feel like total schmucks for assuming the worst of this gift. I’m actually quite impressed with his thoughtfulness!


Gigantic subject change!!!!!!!!!! Here’s what we’ve been up to this morning- Cold Day Fun!


I think I might have to make a grocery run today. I’m going to stock the pantry with all of the ingredients for snicker doodles. J’s craving for these cookies is bordering on the severity of a PMS chocolate attack. We need flour STAT! And January’s issue of Southern Living Magazine has a scrumptious sounding Macaroni and Cheese recipe that I’m dying to try. Anything containing smoked Gouda will win my heart. I love me some smoked Gouda. The problem is finding a block of it around these parts. Our grocery store is plum out of it. Darn! Perhaps the local specialty food store?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TorridPickle
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 13:53:56

    I totally understand where you’re coming from – sending food by mail sounds almost like cheating and I never did it before this year just for that reason. But I gotta tell you, my dad was THRILLED when he opened up his gift from me this year and instead of some dusty book he got five feet of Swiss Colony Beef Rope and dipping sauce.

    Yeah, beef rope. *snicker* I was kinda being cheeky when I sent it but since he really loved it I’m thinking of sending him more meat next year…or perhaps even chocolate though where’s the fun in that? (I can make chocolate but I think I’ll leave the beef rope to the professionals.)

    Enjoy the chilly weather – keep those oranges warm, i need my juice fix and the fake stuff won’t do!


  2. Aileen
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 14:40:15

    When I was a college student, I used to order Swiss Colony stuff for family. I, however, never tried any of the stuff personally. I have to admit the Petite Fours look DELICIOUS. I LOVE coconuts… but then again… I am a descendant of island people. πŸ™‚

    J’s quest for cookies made me snarf my tea out my nose from laughing. Thanks a lot! You owe me a new computer monitor!

    I miss living in the south!! When we lived in St. Marys, GA right next to the florida border and Jacksonville, the city shut down once because of potential flurries! Not even REAL flurries…POTENTIAL! It was hilarious. My husband and I were walking around in our shorts, and watching people huddled in their coats in 30 degree weather and laughing at them. πŸ™‚ I hope we move back there someday. I hate scraping ice off my van!


  3. adventuresoffour
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 18:09:34

    Hey TorridPickle! OMG! You made me laugh so hard! Thank goodness I wasn’t drinking tea like Aileen otherwise it would have come out of my nose! Beef rope is hilarious! I might have to keep that on my list of potential gifts… I know of a few men who would probably love it!

    P.S. The oranges are safe! All the wind we had kept them from freezing!


  4. bethany actually
    Jan 06, 2008 @ 19:19:19

    Aw, the photos of the kids painting are cute! πŸ™‚ And those petits fours do look yummy. I’ve never heard of Swiss Colony, but I will have to look them up now.


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