Swedish meatballs and Smencils

No, those two things don’t actually go together.  Thank God.  I can’t imagine a pencil that smells like a Swedish meatball being a *good* thing.  Can you?

A few years ago the Smencil became the big new thing at school.  They are pencils made out of recycled paper that are heavily scented (guaranteed to stay scented for a minimum of 2 years — and they do!).

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One thing that I have discovered about smencils, is that in addition to smelling like peppermint or cotton candy or tropical fruit or (yuk) chocolate, they also tend to smell like sweaty hand after a few minutes of use.  Add the desired scent to the odor of sweat and it’s not a great combination.  That is easily avoided by just saying “No, thanks” when my students ask if I want to sniff  their smencil.

This year I gave a bunch of them away with Christmas gifts.  I had to choose scents for people who don’t live close to me, but I let those who visited choose their own. It’s always fun to watch.  Everyone does the exact same thing.  First they look at all the choices, then pop off each lid (they come in a protective tube) and sniff.  Then they are put into YES/NO piles and the second round of sniffing begins.  No surprise here…few people choose the dreaded chocolate smencil, which I put firmly in the same category as chocolate scratch ‘n sniff stickers. Yes, the ones I used to put on F papers because they smelled awful.

Onto the Swedish Meatballs.  I am using a recipe from Alton Brown and it looks fairly straight forward.  They sound yummy and I just hope they taste as good as I think they should.

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I’ve gotten into the habit of buying fruit at Sam’s on Sundays and cutting it all up for the week (or two depending on how much fruit I get).  It’s nice to have fresh fruit every day and I make a decent size portion of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, blueberries and strawberries (which have not been great lately, but I keep hoping!)

I also got a salad spinner for Christmas this year and I can’t believe how much I use it.  I buy two big bunches of green leaf lettuce each week, and wash, chop and spin it dry.  Then I put it in a large plastic container with paper towels on the top and bottom to keep the moisture to a minimum.  The lettuce stays incredibly fresh and viable for up to two weeks.  It’s crazy.  I used to use a lot of those bagged salads, but I found that whatever chemical they used to preserve them made me sick.  Even with washing it off, I can’t handle it well.  I only get them now if the bulk lettuce looks terrible.

more later,

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2 Responses to Swedish meatballs and Smencils

  1. Glen Dainack says:

    Man, my grandmother was from Sicily and she made the most amazing meatballs I ever tasted, like you wouldnt believe. Sadly, she died last year and she didnt leave a single recipe for us so I’ve been trying to figure it out on my own… slowly working my through the meatball recipes here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

  2. Thanks for the great post about Smencils!

    We wanted all of our Smencils fans to be the first to know that we are now bringing “Smanimals” to life. Pink Llamanade, Kangarootbeer, Mint Chocolate Chipmunk and friends are on a journey to become real scented stuffed animals. You can track with their busy lives at at Smencils.com or SmanimalWorld.com

    Thanks for all the Smencil love!

    The Smencils Team

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