Mother Nature Will Have Her Way

Archived | July 10, 2013 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. After these weeks of heat and rain and humidity, I was feeling like doing something else. Anything. Something. Mr. Sundberg is away for a stretch, and after I sent the two older kids off to camp on Monday, my younger daughter and I were left to pull weeds (needs to be done) in the heat (around 90, but with humidity, if felt like hot soup), and while I was out there, I got to thinking how good it would feel if a cool breeze blew in and just kept on blowin’.
Well, you can wish for a cool breeze ’til the cows come home, but Mother Nature will have her way. My next thought was, Okay, if you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. One option was getting a barn fan from the rental place in town, but that would entail a bit of hassle and then standing in front of it, or lying down, and there is nothing of “doing something else” in that. So I went with the next thought that came to mind, and it seemed a stretch but why not. A rollercoaster. It’s close to flying, you’re almost sure to laugh, and a good measure of cool breeze is guaranteed.
And so it was. We got into the car, the two of us, and drove an hour-and-a-half through rush-hour traffic to the Shakopee area — the rollercoaster capital of Minnesota — and we had at it, all Monday evening. Hit every rollercoaster we could, and then some. We screamed and laughed and cooled down on every ride, and walked through the heat to the next and did it all again. For four hours, until we were both smilin’ tired and ready to go home.
Taking a ride on a rollercoaster won’t solve all your problems, but it sure does something for one’s spirit that not much else in the world will do. Except maybe a galloping horseback ride or a good belly laugh on the floor or sex or standing out in a heavy downpour. A rollercoaster ride cools you down and brings you back to yourself. Kind of readjusts one’s perspective, and reminds you of gravity, which is a good thing — and so is defying it now and then.
I have more than a handful of recipes that take me back to that feeling that summer might never end and there wasn’t a care to be had in the world. This is one of ’em. Molasses creams. They’re best made by my mother, but I give it a whirl now and then, and they come out close.
Molasses Creams
¼ cup shortening
½ cup sugar
1 egg
½ cup molasses
2 cups flour
½ tsp soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ cup water
Cream together shortening and sugar; beat in egg, and add molasses and stir. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with water. Mix well.
Drop with teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 about 8 minutes. When cool, frost with powdered sugar frosting or cream cheese frosting. 3 dozen or so.