Last summer I invited my neighbours over for supper. I was going to try a new shrimp pasta dish and bake an easy cake and put fresh peaches on top. This was all going to be done on my propane stove in my trailer. Problem was half way through I ran out of propane and it took me a while to figure out why things were cooking so slowly.
So I had to move the whole operation over to my neighbours place and their stove didn’t work. So the water for the pasta was heated on a burner of their propane barbeque and the shrimp and sauce was cooked in a electric frying pan. And the cake was just undercooked, so we ate around the edges.
It was a very interesting meal. Actually it was really good and the marshmallows over the campfire were good too.
The reason I ran out of propane, and this was not the first time, was because the tank just sits there and says nothing about being low. It waits until you are in the middle of something special and then just goes kaput. Leaving you frustrated and embarrassed. And it is always after hours when you end up paying a premium to have the tanks filled.
Tammy has a similar story and I am sure most of you do too.
In the fall I found one of my suppliers had propane gauges. And I thought I needed one for the lake, no two for two tanks, no three for the propane barbeque. And when I told Tammy she said they would make good Christmas gifts and she would need one, no two, no three.
You get the idea; a great gift for a BBQer or your trailer.
This is a man’s gift, and a gift they are going to love, because the same embarrassing thing has happened to them. And an independent women’s gift – like me. Murphy’s Law: the more important the meal the greater risk the propane will run out.
See you at Scoop N’ Weigh, the Candy Store for Grownups!
P.S. Speaking of barbequing, we have these fun bottle openers that would make good stocking stuffer. You won’t lose these in a drawer! You can even get silly with them after a few drinks.
P.P.S. I brought in a new line of oven mitts, aprons, pot holders and tea towels. I just could not resist the designs, more botanical and vibrant. There is even a Christmas one with spruce branches. These are made of a heavier and more substantial cotton (that is stiffer than the usual cotton ones).
I love the veggies one, and was given a tea towel as a sample and can not believe how thick and absorbent it is. Tammy says her mother had something like this and used to hang them on the wall.
P.P.P.S. We have chocolate shot or vermicelli, which is real chocolate sprinkles. The problem is it is no longer the rich dark brown. Now it looks more like milk chocolate, but we have been reassured that this is the new dark one.
There are still chocolate coloured sprinkles but they are made of sugar and when you mix them in something wet they bleed red. They are designed for cake and cookie decorating and not inside a recipe.
You can tell the difference because the chocolate coloured sprinkles are sold in bulk from a glass jar, while the real chocolate vermicelli is sold in little bags. Price is an indication too.
I think the word chocolate is used in two ways here: chocolate vermicelli refers to the food chocolate, while chocolate sprinkles refers to the colour chocolate brown.
P.P.P.P.S. We now have another style of produce bags that are white nylon and not stretchy like the green ones. They come in three sizes and have colour coordinated bands and drawstrings at the top.
Because the weave is much tighter, these could be used for oatmeal, nuts or coarser bulk items. Yesterday a customer bought cashews and wheat berries in these bags.
P.P.P.P.P.S. We have cute flower power scrub brushes to help you do the dishes. These will make a great stocking stuffer, as I got a good deal and the price is waaay below the norm.
P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Finally, the Hanukkah and Christmas stuff is out.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Since I was ordering for the holidays, I made sure I ordered my favourite cookies, Chocolate Smothered Oatmeal Biscuits. I took a box home last weekend and they are still my favourite. Don’t dawdle, at seven weekends before Christmas, they will soon be gone.