On Friday night, Marc and I went to my favorite wood-fired pizza place. It sits unassumingly next to the towering yellow awnings of a Buffalo Wild Wings. The parking lot is usually full and because our destination is a small place, I know the majority of those people are eating wings. To each his own, but I like slipping into the pizza place like it’s a secret that only a few of us know. I like to sit up at the 3-person bar and order a glass of their house wine and we split a salad and a pizza. At the bar, I get a good view of the kitchen where they toss pizza dough like they’ve done it their whole lives. I like to think that they have.
This time, Marc notices an old co-worker from years ago and says hi, but accidentally forgets to introduce me. It seems we’ve been together so long that usually the only new people we meet these days are people we are both meeting for the first time. He and his wife are very nice with lovely smiles. She says she thought she recognized me when we walked in, but realizes I just look like someone she knows. Do you ever get this? I have had a handful of people tell me that I look just like someone else they know. Each time it surprises me and I never really know how to respond. I’m pretty sure I do the polite smile and nod, but the comment catches me off-guard every time. My mind instantly wanders to how I can ask to see a picture of this person. If you’re wondering, I haven’t found an appropriate way to ask that question.
So I’m really wondering if this happens to you. Or this might be a good time to tell me that you always thought I looked like someone you know.
Almond butter may look like its more popular cousin peanut butter, but as you may already know, they are different. When I first starting reading blogs, I saw how much people loved almond butter. Whether it was swirled into breakfast cereals or spread on a piece of toast, it was definitely a trend. I sought out a jar and quickly noticed a big price difference from the reasonably priced natural peanut butter I usually bought. I couldn’t wait to dip my spoon in the jar and…I didn’t like it. I was shocked and it didn’t make any sense. I have an intense love of all almond things.
I took a long break from almond butter until the other day when I was at Target and saw a jar of Justin’s maple almond butter. It was $10 and I almost bought it because I do love a good Justin’s peanut butter cup. Then I remembered the bag of raw almonds in my freezer and figured I had everything at home to make it myself. I did a little online research and soon I had whipped up my own batch of cinnamon maple almond butter. And you know what? It’s delicious! You know those roasted cinnamon almonds sold around the holidays? Yeah, this almond butter tastes like those, but better.
If you like almond butter, I think you’ll love this. If you don’t like almond butter, I still think you’ll love this. Dip salty pretzels or fresh apple slices in it for the perfect snack.