I’m not one that reaches for butterscotch that often. When I think of butterscotch I think of those hard candies that used to be in my grandmother’s candy dish (mixed in with the peppermint hard candies and the strawberry ones with the faux-strawberry wrapper). They were good, but you knew you were at the bottom level of the candy world. There was more out there, so why waste your time? The other butterscotch memory I have is when it started popping up in all kinds of shots back in the days when I would do all kinds of shots. I think when they introduced it, the marketing folks at DeKuyper really got behind ButterShots liqueur and got it out their recipes to bartenders quickly (Buttery Nipples, Oatmeal Cookies, etc.). Back in the day, sure, line ’em up. But now, no thank you. I’ll just have some tequila instead.
I’ve never had butterscotch pudding, but my old pal Ree Drummond had a recipe (if I use another recipe from her, she is going to have to start paying me). In true Pioneer Woman form, it was a nice easy recipe and even better, could be made with ingredients that I had in our pantry. From what I can tell, pudding is really just milk, eggs and sugar that gets heated and then cooled. That’s all I did for this and it cooked in about 15 minutes. Then I just left it in the fridge to chill. There was no butterscotch element in the recipe, so I guess that flavor just comes from cooking the sugar (brown sugar).
After it had chilled, I scooped out a bowl and topped it with some whipped cream. It’s a nice little treat. It tasted better cold than it did warm (I had a little taste earlier), but I think puddings are meant to be served cold. I can’t decide if it needed a little more time cooking because the consistency wasn’t as smooth as it could be (a little grainy), but maybe I was just being over critical. All in all, I’d say it was a success. It’s sweet – super sweet, so I couldn’t have a lot of it, but in small doses it’s pretty damn good. Lola liked the taste too but she turned down a bowl of her own because she felt it looked “liked caca.” I guess it did. More like baby diarrhea caca. But still, I could get by that (which doesn’t speak well about my discernible palate).
As you may have heard, today was also National Talk Like a Pirate Day and blog-sultant Kate informed us that Krispy Kreme was having a promotion that if you came in dressed like a pirate, you could get a free dozen donuts. This gave me a bit of a dilemma. The closest Krispy Kreme to us is at the casino in Connecticut (probably about an hour and a half drive away). I’ve driven longer distances for a Krispy Kreme, so that was’t necessarily keeping me away. I even thought it might be a neat way to celebrate the day. Then I realized I have nothing that resembles a pirate’s costume, so I would have to put one together and most likely end up buying a pirate hat and a puffy shirt at Spirit Halloween. Also, I don’t think I would have a problem walking into a regular Krispy Kreme dressed as a pirate, but walking into a casino dressed as a pirate in search of a Krispy Kreme is a different journey altogether. I also worried that once I got there, the blackjack tables would suck me in and I really didn’t want to spend a Monday afternoon in a casino doubling down on my pair of eights dressed as a pirate with Krispy Kreme glaze all over my face. No, I think the smart decision was to pass on this celebration, but I salute Krispy Kreme for their promotion. Now, if they could just move closer to us for next year.
Today was my 50th day of celebration. Just 315 more to go. I can’t believe I’m still at it, but it’s really been a journey and I appreciate all the readers for following along and encouraging me. When I started on August 1st, I had no idea where this was going and in those fifty days, the road has certainly taken some unexpected turns. I’m glad that I decided to keep on celebrating. It’s really given me a challenge that I look forward to tackling every day and to sharing my adventure. I’ve written more in the last fifty days than I probably have in the last 15 years. There have been days when I’ve had to really push myself to celebrate, but so far, it has been worth it. The quest continues and the future will undoubtedly bring more turns and detours, but that’s part of the fun of the whole quest. So thanks for following along. There’s so much more celebration to come.
Next up: National Punch Day