Today I was in Walmart. I think that’s the first time I’ve been in there in almost a week. I went in there because I thought they used to have a cake decorating area in the crafts department and hoped they might have those tiny bottles of anise oil. They didn’t. Speaking of oil, that’s one word people do not say correctly in Louisiana. I called one place and asked if they had anise oil.
Me: Do you have anise oil?
Lady: Anise what?
Me: Oil. (I was trying so hard to say it right and I think that made it worse)
Lady: We have star anise and anise powder but I’m not sure what you’re asking about.
Then she yells over to someone:
“Do we have anise ola?”
Then she came back to the phone and said “Sorry, we do not have anise ola.”
I simply said “Thank you for checking!”
The second place I called and asked. There was a long silence and then she said “I understand anise but could you spell the last word?” O.I.L. She said “Oh . . oil!” They were the ones who had it for $35 for one ounce.
Back to the Walmart story . . We are short on plates and bowls. I left all the dishes we use at home for Vince. I’m not sure why I left him 12 plates, bowls, cereal bowls, kinda flat bowls and saucers, but I did. I had a second set of dishes at the Nevada, MO apartment but those were the leftovers from the set of dishes got in his divorce. They’re plain white so kinda timeless but they some kind of pottery like stuff and several had chipped so I tossed those. I was down to 6 plates, 4 bowls and 5 saucers. I had bought some super inexpensive plastic dishes at Walmart. I think I only bought plates – 5 plates and they were 50 cents each as I recall. I don’t mind them except they HAVE to go in the dishwasher. No amount of hand washing, even in the hottest, freshest dishwater will get the grease off those plates. I sent the pie home with my uncle on one of those plates so now I only have 4 but I don’t want any more. They’re great for sending things home with other people and hoping they don’t return them!
For Thanksgiving, we’ll have 7 here but I’m using paper plates.
The other day Vince went to Walmart and he got bowls but they’re more of those pottery type bowls and I don’t like those, mainly because they don’t stack well. He bought four of them and said “you can take them back if you don’t want them.” I saw the receipt – they were 94 cents each. I am not standing in line at customer service for less than $4.
Anyway, I was in the kitchen area of Walmart looking for dishes and I did buy plain white Corelle dishes. Plates, bowls and the flattish bowls I like.
Then I was just wandering around looking at other stuff I might need – measuring cups. I don’t have the measuring cups I like so I bought more. This lady comes down the aisle. We both have on masks so it’s hard to understand if one speaks. She mumbled something and I said “I’m sorry??” She said “That woman! She’s taking over everything!” I turned around to see who she was talking about. I didn’t see “that woman”. She said “That Pioneer Lady! Everything in here is her brand!” I had to laugh . . That Pioneer Lady.
I remember when I first started reading her blog. She had and still has the best recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her make anything that I didn’t want to stop and make the same thing. Vince never understood my fascination with her. I’d make something and he’d be going on and on about how good it was and I’d say “This is Pioneer Woman’s recipe”. Ugghh . . suddenly it wasn’t so great.
My only fail with her recipes was when I made her garlic mashed potatoes and we all loved them. Chad was still living at home and he was/is such a garlic lover. We were all trying to dig out the big pieces of roasted garlic. The next time I made it, I think I put in more garlic than potatoes and we all about overdosed on garlic. I’m not sure I’ve made that recipe since then.
Every time I see a Pioneer Woman product, show or recipe, I’m going to think about “That Pioneer Lady . . taking over everything!”