Waste Not, Want Not


Leftover Beggar’s Night candy?  Whip up a batch of your favorite basic cookie dough, and mix in copious quantities of candy pieces.  Mine included KitKat bars**, Hershey’s chocolate, Almond Joys, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Add more broken-up-bits than you think possible.  It won’t be too many.

Why, on a Monday with a lengthy to-do-list and a full afternoon of teaching, would I divert from plan, tie on an apron (thank you, Susan), and make a mess of the kitchen?  Several possibilities present themselves…pre-election jitters (that would be me, probably you, and definitely the stock market), touring a Clintonville ranch home reeking of special cat aromas (will we ever find our next domicile?),  facing the onerous task of researching health insurance options (AFTER Mike retired, the state of Ohio  concluded it could no longer provide coverage for spouses of retirees).  Is that enough to send a person into the corners of a kind kitchen?  It was for me.

And so, for today, this Alexander Technique teacher advises her readers to ‘hunker-down’ as needed.  There will be other times for opening into our best Selves.  For today, let’s just agree not to waste….our Halloween candy, or our good will.

**I didn’t think a KitKat bar could be improved upon, but I can report otherwise.  A surprise bite of KitKat crunch in the middle of cookie puffiness placed me squarely in the ‘want not’ zone.


3 thoughts on “Waste Not, Want Not

  1. alcaldeellengmailcom November 7, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Loved this column! Unfortunately no Begger’s Night leftovers, but next year, I’ll be sure and buy more… And the main premise of hunkering down when you need to did not go unheard.



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