Another Past Blast

LeAnn posted this blog on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 5:35 am

Here’s another past blast from Dec. 3 2005…

Saturday, December 03, 2005, 14:28


You should see the mallet that Randy made for me last weekend. He found the plans on the Internet and then used scrap hardwood that he had lying around his workbench.

“I don’t think you could hit anything too hard with it,” Randy said, holding up what he had made. “I don’t think it would stand up to that.”

“Well, maybe not,” I said, “but I know what I am going to use it for.”

“Hitting me when I’m not paying attention?” Randy asked.

Actually, once he mentioned it. . .

“No, of course I’m not going to hit you with it when you’re not paying attention. Not that I wouldn’t be tempted,” I said, “but that would seem to be a waste of a perfectly good mallet.”

“Ha-ha,” Randy replied.

“No,” I said, “I’m going to use it as a kitchen gadget!”

“Really?” Randy said.

“Yes,” I said. “It will be perfect for crushing walnuts, peppermint candy, graham crackers or pretzels when I need them for a recipe.”

“Oh, hey!” Randy said. “It would work for that, wouldn’t it.”

I don’t own a food processor. It would just be something else to wash and to find a place to store it in the cupboard. But even if I did own one, I wouldn’t use it to crush walnuts or peppermint candy, graham crackers or pretzels. I’d spend more time washing the food processor than I would in getting the stuff crushed. What I’ve done before this is put my walnuts or candy or crackers or pretzels in a plastic bag and then whack away at it — or roll over it — with my rolling pin. The rolling pin works, but it’s kind of unhandy and unwieldy. The mallet, I’m thinking, will be much easier to use.

And now I’m looking forward to Randy’s next project — a rubber band shooter! He’s going to make them for the little niece and nephews for Christmas. They range in age from 4 to 10, so it ought to be a lot of fun. . .

LeAnn R. Ralph

Author of the books:
Christmas in Dairyland,
Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam,
Cream of the Crop and
Preserve Your Family History

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