When I thought of my favorite snack, the first thing that came to mind was cheese and crackers. Today, of course, it consists of a lovely cheese board with imported cheeses paired with a lovely glass of wine. But then, I remembered that this craving is nothing new, the cheese and crackers anyway, the wine came much later. When I was a kid, I loved the fun-sized little containers of cheese and crackers that came with a little red stick for spreading. The entire ritual of dipping into that impossibly yellow-orange cheese and spreading it across a cracker, careful to save enough to make it through all four was so much fun. To be honest, I’m not sure if I even enjoyed the flavor all that much, just the fact that it came in a little kit that created a enjoyable experience. Soon, larger snack packs followed that included bits of meat as well, but I always loved this one most of all. Sure, I guess the whole concept might be a bit weird if it consisted of brie and water crackers, but I would certainly be the first to try it.
So many of my tastes have changed over the years and I’ve been referred to as a “foodie” by some. I’ve no idea what this term even means, but it’s usually used because I turn down most packaged foods. They truly aren’t as healthy, but the real reason is because I’ve discovered just how great food can taste with only a handful of ingredients and no fillers. I’d happily consume those other foods if they actually tasted better to me, so I guess I’m not a “food snob,” but give me artisan cheeses and meat from a local farm and I’m in heaven. Sure, the good stuff costs more, but one shouldn’t really be indulging in those things every day, so I just wait to enjoy the really good stuff as a sort of treat. This makes it taste even better still! Like homemade ice cream when I was a kid. We only had it a couple times a year, so it was the most incredible thing in the world. Last summer, I decided to make our ice cream, and after the first several bowls, we lost interest. I haven’t made any at all this summer. Sometimes, the best food in life is the kind that’s the most rare.
There’s only one day left of this month’s adventure (depending on your time zone) and I hope many of you will join me in September as we paint life’s simple pleasures. The prompts for next month are a collection of things that people rank as making them the happiest. I invite each of you to explore them with me and take a trip through all of life’s lesser moments that end up having the greatest meaning of all. It’s funny that will all the advanced technology and amazing new things that are released into the world each day, lists like these don’t change very much over the years. It makes my heart happy to know that the same things we all enjoyed in our childhood are precisely the things we’ve grown up to love. While smartphones and surfing the internet never seem to make the list, those simple pleasures that we’ve enjoyed for decades are always there. As surely as things change, they have the intriguing habit of remaining much the same. And no matter what form it comes in, I’m still incredibly happy when I have that memorable opportunity to enjoy my favorite snack.
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