A Taste of the Past

Happy Lutheran Schools Week! We kicked things off yesterday in church with a special service. The school kids sang a couple of songs. The accompanist couldn’t attend, so the director played the piano and I got to direct. I haven’t directed a choir in years. It was so fun!

After church, there was a reception. I had some tuna salad sandwiches. I love tuna salad. There were a ton of desserts. I tried a few, but what really caught my attention were some Twinkies. It’s been a long time since I had a Twinkie. I decided it was time to try one again.

My stupid phone focused on the wrong thing.  I did have some of those Chips Ahoy cookies though.

My stupid phone focused on the wrong thing. I did have some of those Chips Ahoy cookies though.

The Twinkie didn’t taste like I remembered. I don’t know if the Twinkie was different or if I was. It was tasty, but it was missing something. I think I would say I was expecting a more buttery flavor.

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4 Responses to A Taste of the Past

  1. Carol says:

    Your taste buds are, apparently, spot on, sir: http://www.today.com/food/twinkies-are-back-how-do-they-taste-expert-weighs-6C10641283 Apparently whatever they added to extend the shelf life nearly 9 times (!) makes a bit of a sensory difference…and helps preserve major body organs in the process?

    We are to kick off NLSW today with a pajama day dress theme and bringing in breakfast foods for LMS. Yet, with the impending snow-pocalypse and (so far) a 2-hr delay, my money is on “yet another year I don’t get to wear my cute Scottie dog red flannel PJs to work”. :-(

    Happy Lutheran Schools Week, everyone!

    • Brad says:

      Well, your prediction came true, Carol. No school today. I’m a little surprised. The predictions for snow during the day are pretty light. It’s wet snow though, and that can be slippery. You’ll just have to wear your PJ’s at home I guess.

      And now I have to decide how long I will stay at school today. Of course I could stay here all day long if I wanted. There’s always more to do. But I do have a new book I’d like to read, and my couch is awfully comfortable…

  2. Lauren says:

    I think Crisco changed back when they tried to make it ‘healthier’ – something about trans-fats? Apparently ‘unhealthy’ was delicious. Mmmmmmm…..

    Happy Lutheran Schools Week!

  3. Peggy says:

    I’m so happy for all of you that are off today. And probably tomorrow too. :)



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The store is huge!  I love it!

The store is huge! I love it!

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A nice touch of red.

A nice touch of red.

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At least there's a path to the washer and dryer.

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The classical music albums dont have pictures.

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Yesterday it started snowing around noon. Baltimore County schools called out one hour early. We already were having a weird schedule because of midterm exams for the middle schoolers. The early dismissal really threw us for a loop. I guess it’s fun to have some chaos every once in a while. I guess.

Fortunately, it didn't stick to the roads too badly.

Fortunately, it didn’t stick to the roads too badly.

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