Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The NY Times

Hi, I'm Golda and I'm a New York Times junkie.

Both semesters of my freshman year at Baylor I was required to buy a subscription to the NY Times for one of my classes. It was greatly discounted and we only received it Monday-Friday. Also, we had to walk to the bookstore every day to pick it up. Many of my classmates, including my roommate, did this halfheartedly. They might pick it up some days, forget other days, and they rarely read it, except for when we had to for class. Not me. I made sure to grab mine every day and I read it every day, much to the dismay of my roommate who hated the giant pile of newspapers this created in our room. She was convinced that cockroaches like newspapers and she was deathly afraid of cockroaches.

Since those long ago days in Alexander Hall, I have kept up with reading the NY Times every day, except now I do it online. You can imagine how upset I was when I read last week that they were going to start charging to read the paper online! Oh the horror! But wait, you can still read 20 articles a month for free. Twenty articles is nothing! I read much more than that a week! This didn't make me too happy.

For the past week I've been reading the NY Times like usual and not thinking about the end of the month, when I would no longer be able to do so. I just kind of pushed it out of my mind and figured I'd deal with it when it happened. Today I opened my email to find this:

Dear NYTimes.com reader,

As a frequent reader of NYTimes.com, you’ve demonstrated an uncommon interest in a wide variety of today’s most important topics. This makes you anything but average. In fact, it can’t help but make you “smarter” — just the kind of person we at Lincoln want to engage.

Though NYTimes.com will soon begin charging for unlimited access*, Lincoln is offering you a free digital subscription for the remainder of 2011. Enjoy all that NYTimes.com has to offer every day — investigative news and special reports, videos, blogs and more. It’s all yours at no charge, compliments of Lincoln.

I was pretty ecstatic when I read this. I can still feed my NY Times appetite! Well, at least for the rest of the year. When the end of December comes, I'll figure out something then.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saltine Toffee Bars

Last week Jeremy and I were scrambling to come up with a dessert for our weekly game night at church. We forgot to buy anything at the store and had limited items at home in which to make something. Remembering a recipe I've seen around Christmastime, I decided to make saltine toffee bars, as all they require are saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips - all stuff that we had. Long story short, I ended up not making them last week because Jeremy decided to go to the store to buy stuff for a dessert he'd rather have - vanilla pudding with crushed oreos in it. It was a big hit.

This week I decided to make the faux toffee because I was pretty curious as to how it would turn out.

It's really simple. First, arrange saltines (about 1 sleeve) on a cookie sheet that has been lined with greased foil. Melt 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring it to a full boil and let it boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Then pour it over over the saltines and spread it around. This then goes into a 400 F oven for about 5 minutes. When it comes out, it will look something like this:

Sprinkle 2 cups of chocolate chips over the crackers and let sit for another five minutes. They will then look shiny.

At this point you can spread the chocolate around.

The hardest part is waiting for the toffee and chocolate to cool and harden. I ended up putting mine in the fridge for about an hour. After it has set, break it into pieces and enjoy!

This ended up being super easy and super tasty. I will definitely be making it again sometime. The only downside is that I can only eat a little bit at a time because there is so much sugar in it. My body doesn't really like too much sugar at once.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Things that are currently making me happy:

1. Being able to see the grass (in places)!
2. Temperatures in the 40s!
3. Seasonal businesses are starting to open!
4. The days are getting significantly longer!

I'm pretty excited for spring. I just hope winter doesn't have one more punch left in her.