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What This World Of Ours Has Taught Me Recently

Perhaps what I’ve been taught (or reminded of) most in recent weeks is that this world of ours can be just as terrifying as it is beautiful, and that empathy, kindness, and love are traits that we all, as humans, friends, family members, partners, and strangers, need to cling to and embody in our daily lives.

My thoughts are with all those affected by the natural disasters that have wreaked havoc across the world in recent months. I wish I could snap my fingers and make the tragedy go away. Unfortunately, no one woke up today and designated me fairy godmother, and so the little I can do is, if I’m lucky, provide a little respite and distraction. And maybe, just maybe, something to smile about.

What This World Of Ours Has Taught Me Recently

Harry Potter Cake Mix

1. It’s really embarrassing when your first thought upon seeing Harry Potter-branded packaged cake mix isn’t “What a horrible capitalist co-optation of a beloved story! Why I oughta!” but “Oh no! I don’t know what a Lenticular is! I have been shamed!”

Black Sesame Pudding

2. If something labelled “pudding” reminds you less of dessert than it does the La Brea Tar Pits, which gave you nightmares as a kid, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

Because if you do eat it, you’ll probably have nightmares, at age 23, about sinking into an abyss of evil black pudding.

Barney Butter

3. You know you’ve found the kindest pilot-man in history when he remembers an offhand comment you made about almond butter months and months ago, and then sends you a jar of your favourite kind from halfway across the world, just because.

It makes you choke up a little.

Wayfaring Chocolate posing

4. Getting your mum to take ridiculous photos of you in public will always come back to bite you.

Bovettie milk chocolate with caramel and fleur de sel

5. Bovetti’s Milk Chocolate with Caramel and Fleur de Sel is far more delicious when sent to you from Conor than it was when you bought and reviewed it yourself.

Man Beans

6. If in doubt, eat MAN BEANS.

(Modelled by the gorgeous and not-very-manly Lizzi.)

[Insert soymilk photo here]

7. Under no conditions should you be tempted to buy fat-free soy milk because it’s ridiculously cheap. You will soon discover that the reason fat-free soy milk is ridiculously cheap is because it’s pretty much just water. Water that looks and tastes like what goes down the drain after you’ve washed and conditioned your hair in the bathtub.

Wayfaring Chocolate with Cabbage Patch Kid

8. The world is a less scary place when you face it with a Cabbage Patch doll by your side.

78 comments | Leave your own

  1. Louise

    Oh, I love the matching outfits! And that almond butter looks fab. The notion of fat free soy milk is more than mildly disgusting and I think your description is perhaps the best result that could possibly be expected. I didn’t know what a lenticular was either- but then my HP knowledge is much less than vast. And yes there have been way too many natural disasters this year. Thank you for the distraction.

  2. Simply Life

    ha, what a fun picture with the doll!

  3. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    Isn’t a Lenticular those crazy googly eye glasses that Luna wore? Maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe I’ve ousted myself as a 29 year old reader of Harry Potter.

    I live in Madison, Wisconsin and I can say that a timely distraction from the extremely tense political mood these past few weeks is always welcome. Not to mention the the rest of the world. Oy.

  4. Lizzi

    Excuse me? Have you ever seen anyone MORE manly modelling baked beans in a supermarket aisle? No? I didn’t think so. Thank you for your time.

    1. Lizzi

      ps. have i told you lately that you have the most adorable smile in the world? it’s one of my absolute faves. the picture of little-you reminded me of it, but it’s just as good today as it was back then 😀

  5. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    You made me smile. 🙂

  6. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    Indeed, a lot has been happening around the world lately. How I wish everyone had a cabbage patch doll. I love the last picture of you carrying the cabbage patch doll – the beauty of a child’s innocent smile. Oh, lucky you too! I’ve been wanting to try barney butter. Is it any good?

  7. Priyanka

    Oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop laughing when I read the description aboutFat free soy milk.

  8. Valerie @ Life 4 me by me

    She is sooo adorable! Agreed, I think we are all a little braver with a cabbage patch doll.

  9. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    Hm, I think I should have given up fat free soy milk for Lent!

  10. gmasydney

    Lenticular is something that tickles your fancy during Lent.

  11. Johanna GGG

    Well E and I pondered the lenticular and didn’t come up with an answer – but I can tell you that almond butter, chocolate and cabbage patch doll sounds like a great recipe for happiness! And what are man beans!!!

  12. Kath Lockett

    You’re right – I think we all feel like cuddling a cabbage patch doll right about now. Or have a doggie to pat.

  13. Lauren

    No Harry Potter pudding or Lenticulars over here in the U.S., although the Wikipedia page — “Examples of lenticular printing include prizes given in Cracker Jack snack boxes that showed flip and animation effects such as winking eyes, and modern advertising graphics that change their message depending on the viewing angle” — assures me that it is not wizarding-related. Phew!

    As for La Brea tar pits, every time I hear that, I think of a The Far Side comic. “And down they went: Bob and Francine — two more victims of the La Brea Carpets.” And now I’m gonna re-read my The Far Side books.

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Awww love the childhood pics of you! You had (have) the most magical smile Hannah!

  15. fatbooo

    LOL! La Brea tar pits reminds me of Bugs Bunny cartoons!!

  16. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Ha! With soy milk, my favourite would be the organic ones or the traditional Asian ones. No fat-free for me!

  17. Jsss

    Cabbage patch dolls were the highlight of my childhood ,your description of soy milk is spot on!

  18. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Cute photos! ;-D

  19. Jess

    I saw those Harry Potter cake mixes a couple of weeks back. I’ve only read 3 of the HP books, many years ago, so I had to guess the remaining plot from the boxes: I think the story is mainly about star-shaped sprinkles.

  20. Anna Johnston

    Yep. You made me smile do, as you always do lovely one 🙂 Have to agree I’d like to snap my fingers & return the world to normal too after the last few weeks of earthquakes & what not.

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    your last bit about water, down drain, soy milk…LOL and so true!!

    the pic of you with the cabbage patch…i just cried a tear of joy (or of reminiscing?) b/c i have a little girl now (who doesnt know what cabbage patch dolls are…yet) and I can’t wait to tell her about then…and b/c i remember my own cabb patch dolls and how much i adored them when i was growing up.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane 🙂

  22. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Oh there are far too many things to comment on this post. Almond butter? Yum. Man beans? I needs! And cabbage patch dolls? I never had one but I really envied all the girls at school who did!

  23. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day

    I am so with you on the fat free soymilk and anything soy that is fat free.. seriously? It’s a freaken plant.. keep it intact.

  24. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    The La Brea tar pits scared me so much when I was a kid!!

  25. hungryandfrozen

    YAY for ridiculous photos. And long-distance friends who remember particular things.

    Agree that the world is a scary place right now, heck it has always been scary to me, just now there’s so much more to be scared of :/

    That photo of you as a kid is toooo cool, love the confident grin.

  26. Ashley @ the fit academic

    awww, what a sweet guy! So thoughtful! I love the idea of doing a “things i’ve learned lately” post!

  27. Leah

    I saw the Harry Potter cake things, and thought the same thing!!!!!

    Oh i totally agree about the cabbage patch doll 😉

  28. penny aka jeroxie

    Harry Potter-branded packaged cake mix! Did you try this? And I know what you mean by silly pictures coming back to haunt you… think I took some in Syd….

  29. Erica

    Cannot believe the tragedy in Japan :(.

    Cute post- that Milk Chocolate with Caramel and Fleur de Sel looks ridiculous good! And foodie gifts are just the best!

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  31. Camille

    So what *is* a lenticular?

  32. Vaala ◪

    I’m jealous . You got a real cabbage patch doll. I had to make do with one that my Mum made. Which should really be considered awesome because it looked darn close to the real thing…but it wasn’t so it sucked.

    Also, I want Harry Potter cake mix and I want it bad. Is that tragic?

  33. Susan

    lol, that cabbage patch doll pic is adorable.

    1. Hannah

      Thanks Susan 🙂

  34. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I loved this post 🙂 Number 3 is so sweet!! Wow. & I am so keen to try Barney Butter in the states. Oh, and I’m sorry, but Caramel and Fleur de Sel?? whaaaaa? How on earth have I never seen this before! Amazing. Oh and lastly, I never had a cabbage patch doll 🙁 Maybe I should buy one now.
    Heidi xo

    1. Hannah

      Oh, please do buy a Cabbage Patch doll now! That would be hilarious 🙂 Definitely stock up on Barney Butter when you can – totally worth the space in your suitcase!

  35. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Oh poop.

    When I went on my Hannah-yay! present quest I should obviously have done some homework first, or at least remembered reviews I’d read instead of employing an ooh-this-looks-pretty-or-kinda-weird technique. Damn you, Fleur de Nil! I hope the other stuff was less insipid!

    Also, YOU are super cute, as always, but Cabbage Patch dolls always freaked me out, and still do. I wanted a Baby Alive, that you could feed and it did poos and wees. That’s totally less freaky.

  36. Agnes

    That’s not *my* black pudding is it? (Well, not literally MINE, but the one I recommended, so therefore I consider it mine – ah, you know what I mean!)

  37. Angus

    Lizzi actually looks good in this picture!

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