Isn’t it funny how human nature works sometimes? I’ve had an Ipod classic for years and I love it but recently it has started to show signs of it’s age and I was really bummed about it. The battery only lasts a little while and only if you keep the screen off most of the time. I was really bummed about it and I still am, but my parents gave me a new one for Christmas with twice the GB of the old one. I have awesome parents and definitely not just because of my new ipod.
Anyway, my older ipod made me realize how much I love an ipod in good condition. I have unintentionally been keeping the new one in it’s box with the plastic on it and in perfect brand, new condition while I make do with my old one. I kept telling myself I would add music to it later and later kept getting further away.
My family and I are going to Santiago this weekend and I remembered that I wouldn’t have enough battery life on the old ipod to get me there. This finally made me realize that it was stupid to have a perfect ipod and not enjoy it’s perfection even if it won’t last forever. Nothing lasts forever and that is just a fact of life that isn’t worth denying. So, I am syncing my beautiful new ipod to my library as I write this and looking forward to hours of battery for my trip.
On a different, yet connected, subject, there are no fast food stops between here and Santiago. This, of course, is a problem if you have a large family and will be driving for over eight hours. I was trying to think of some of the things we would have picked up to snack on if we could just run down to Costco or Target and I thought of wheat thins. Those yummy, crunchy, salty squares of goodness.
Whether you live in a foreign country or just don’t like all the nasty stuff that goes into processed foods, you can make these at home and achieve a really good cracker that is as good, if not better than the original.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 3 1/2 Tbs. sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. salt plus extra for sprinkling
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour plus extra for rolling
- Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add water, vanilla, paprika, and salt and continue mixing. Last, add flour and stir until smooth.
- On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Make it a very thin layer. Use a pizza cutter to cut lines vertically and horizontally to create about 1 1/2 inch squares or cut into whatever shape you want. just make sure to keep them thin.
- Space closely together on a parchment lined baking tray. If you want to them to be on the salty side then sprinkle salt lightly over crackers.
- Bake at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 5-10 minutes watching carefully. When the edges start to darken pull from oven and let them cool.
These are great with dips for parties or just by themselves. I may have to make more before our trip if we want to have them on the road because they go pretty fast.