I’m having to learn a real lesson in just letting things happen lately: we had a hot water heater break and flood part of the house 3.5 weeks ago. I caught it early, luckily, but we’ve had communication issues with the water remediation company, thus delays. The lead testing company found lead in the wall tile, then didn’t 45 minutes before an estimate for that remediation, thus delays. Then mere hours before ripping it out conventionally earlier this week, there is indeed lead, oh-so-sorry-someone-was-in-Mexico-we-made-a-mistake. So now a part of our house, including main bathrooms, is half torn up and unusable while we wait yet another week for someone to do more demo. I’ve heard this is how things like this go, but my little head likes control and likes to know what’s going to happen in the near future. This has been tested before, but it’s a new level with all the unplanned disruption in my home space!
Baking these salted olive crisps appealed to my control affinity because baking does that, regardless. All that precision! Baking these salted olive crisps also tested my letting things happen as I had a set plan for yesterday while the kiddo was at preschool and these took longer than the book said, thereby adding some flux to my day at the same time. I took it in stride, though, as I’m trying hard to do these days–and I’m doing okay so far!–and I enjoyed having a couple as a snack before picking the kid up for swim lessons. These are crispy, crunchy, almond-y, and olive-y. All the things I like. I wish they didn’t take quite so long to make because I’d likely revisit them far more often. A successful recipe, unlike my last foray, so that’s a good thing.
There are other good things that happened: we found lead before causing health problems for the workers and our family and, very fabulously, we went and visited Mary! As always, Mary treated us like kings and queens, with delicious food (she’ll say she was mortified, and I get it as someone who’s been there, but we had a blast), and we wiled away an entire afternoon before we knew it. 5 hours for lunch, friends! I’ve realized that Mary has all the cool photos of us together since my husband took them on her camera. So, I’ll leave you with the photo of the delicious lemon cake (with peeps!) and a little girl who can’t quite fake a smile.