My subject is: Your area is going to be hit by a massive natural disaster. You’ve been forced to evacuate. There will be necessities like food, clothes, and shelter where you’re going. Outside of family members and pets, what are 5 things you would bring and why?
It was submitted by: Climaxed.
This situation is a truly devastating experience. When I was in college, I dated a boy whose home had burned down. I didn’t know him or his family previous to the fire. Their home was beautiful. built just as his parents wanted it with state-of-the-art everything, but that family was traumatized. All of them, without a doubt, had suffered the loss of their past. All of their precious memories as a family had no physical manifestation. There were no treasured belongings they could hold in their hands to evoke (or represent) memories.
I’m so glad that my scenario is make believe because, honestly, I can’t imagine losing everything. Even with the ability to grab my 5 most meaningful belongings I can’t imagine losing the rest. My first thought is “well, since this is imaginary, the first thing I’ll bring is my whole house.” But, of course, that’s not allowed.
So for my five things I choose:
1) My kids’ scrapbook/memory books. I kept these for many years so there’s probably about 5 for each child but for this post I’m lumping them together as one item. The scrapbooks hold not only pictures but art work, a clip of hair from their first haircuts, report cards, developmental milestone history, cards, and so much more. Without a doubt if I could only grab one thing, it would be these.
2) My jewelry box. It’s pretty big, a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right, about 3 feet tall. It’s about the jewelry and its value of course, but so many of my jewelry pieces came from others or from my own travels and have a story that, to me, increases the value to priceless.
3) My recipes. I once wrote a Secret Subject Swap in which I was prompted to write about buried treasure I’d found. What I chose to have found and the story behind it can be found here: Secret Subject Swap: Buried Treasure.
So many of my recipes came from my mother and hold value other than what you’d imagine. They’re in her handwriting and were mostly given to me when I moved to my first apartment. Over the years I’ve not only developed my own recipes, but many came from other friends and family, both living and now gone, and were lovingly written out for me as well. I treasure them.
But I also know that food provides comfort. As we, as a family, recover from this imagined disaster, I want to be able to make all of the comfort foods we’d grown accustomed to through the years.
Toffee Pecan Sandwich Cookies
4) Either my laptop or my memory stick.
Many of our pictures over the last number of years since I stopped scrapbooking are on my laptop. I’d be devastated if I lost them.
It’s also true that I do so much work to produce a blog post. I write the piece, make my own graphics, develop a recipe, execute and photograph the food. I write about a month out and keep drafts in documents and graphics and food pics in files. I cannot imagine losing all of that work. I also run 5 different monthly group posts and need all of those records too. I’d imagine that during whatever time I’d be gone from my home, working on blog posts would be a comfort to me, another reason I’d want to have access to all of my files.
5) My New England Patriots decorative pillow and Kindle sleeve. Yes, I know I may be cheating here, these are two separate and different items, but they are bundled together in my mind.
When my kids were in middle school they had to take a class that included the need to make a sewing project. A year apart I took both boys to a few different stores to choose fabric for their projects. We couldn’t find any Red Sox fabric but each boy chose Patriots material.
When his class ended, my older son handed me a New England Patriots pillow. It sits on my bed and always will.
I love to read. Anyone who knows me knows that. When my younger son’s class ended, he handed me a New England Patriots sleeve to keep my Kindle in. It’s stored in there and always will be.
As difficult as it’s been to imagine a scenario where I loose all but 5 of my belongings, I have to admit that I’ve benefitted from having to give some serious thought to my priorities.
What five things would you choose?
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Toffee Pecan Sandwich Cookies©www.BakingInATornado.com
Ingredients (makes about 20):
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
½ cup heath toffee bits
¼ cup chopped pecans
6 oz caramels
1 TBSP water
*Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Cream the butter, margarine and both sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until it forms a dough.
*Mix the toffee bits and pecans into the dough. OPT: can wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a day if you don’t want to make the cookies right away.
*Roll the dough into approximately ¾ inch balls. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for about 12 to 13 minutes. The bottoms will begin to brown.
*Carefully slide the parchment paper with the cookies on it off of the cookie sheets. Allow cookies to cool completely.
*Melt the caramels with the water in a small pan at medium low heat, mixing until smooth.
*Drop about a tsp of the melted caramel onto the center of the flat side of one cookie. Carefully top with the flat side of another cookie. Repeat with all the cookies. NOTE: As they start to set, the top half may start to slide a little, gently push back into place.
*Allow the cookies to set completely before moving.