By Susan Dromey Heeter
Succulent desserts are one of my favorite things upon which to joyfully muse — chocolate chip cookies, ice cream sundaes, a wonderful piece of chocolate — make life worth living and make the perfect end to a glorious meal. Lest you think me a “foodie” however, you’d be quite mistaken. My favorite desserts include Ring Dings, Yodels, all things Hostess.
Our Thanksgiving feast involved loads of delectable treats –pumpkin pie, apple strudel, blueberry cake. Lovely, lovey desserts. Alas, I did contribute a platter of Devil Dogs and Ring Dings to the dessert tray and when my brother, Phil, grabbed a Ring Ding he whispered to me, “I’d take this over anything on that table.” When my brother Tom, the venerable host of our gathering, requested, “Hey, toss a couple of those into the fridge” I knew my culinary contribution was welcomed.
Drakes AND Hostess are stellar bakers in my book. I am entirely a fan and, truly, when my last meal comes around, I’ll happily take something crème filled, enveloped in chocolate cake, delivered in plastic wrap.
I am, however, just a bit concerned my children are growing up with a less than stellar appreciation of the fine art of gastronomy. Around the Thanksgiving table when asked what we would eat as our death row meal, my daughter responded, “A really good bagel, ginger ale with ice and Nutterbutter cookies.” My sister and I both agreed nothing can beat a good hot dog. I’d have mine covered in mustard..simple yellow would do just fine.
It does seem rather soothing to think each of our final meals could be purchased at a 7-11 for less than 10 bucks.
And as you celebrate this holiday season, may you muse joyfully and eat joyfully – be it fancy or simple, high end fare or an astoundingly fabulous coconut covered Sno Ball. It’s all equally joyful in my book…and I’m off to create a stellar meal for myself AND my daughter…ought to take less than five minutes. Bliss. Hope the ice is ready.
Susan Dromey Heeter, a writer from Dover, recently let her hair go au natural white. Besides writing Joyful Musings for InDepthNH.org. Dromey Heeter is a secondary Spanish Teacher at Dover High School and the mother of two teenage daughters. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards. She also writes about thrift shopping and all things frugal in a column called “Budget Vogue” for the New Hampshire Union Leader.