Let’s talk about gasoline.
Specifically, acceptable behaviors for obtaining gasoline, because there is no class for this and I want to make sure we’re all on the same page.
Some background: I grew up in Oregon. By law, we don’t pump our own gas.
Pros: if it’s raining (and 90% of the time it is) you don’t have to get out of your warm, dry car.
Cons: you have to wait for the gas station attendant to stop flirting with the girl at the counter before you get any service.
Regardless, it wasn’t until I was at least 20 that I learned how to pump gas. People who have done this your whole lives, help a girl from Ory-gun out?
Here’s my real-life experience.
Today, I pulled into a very busy gas station at Safeway. It appears that most people (as I do), have their gas tank on the left side (driver’s side) of their car. All the gas kiosks that had access for cars of this sort had humongous lines.
Because I was in a rush and because I was starving and because I don’t like unnecessary waiting, I skipped the line and backed into an available kiosk.
I didn’t cut anyone off. The other drivers could have done this also. Granted, it took a little extra maneuvering, but it was doable.
I got dirty looks. Was this unacceptable gas station decorum? Should I have pulled into the 3+ deep line of cars? Ignored the unused gas pumps?
I want to win friends and influence people. Am I going about this all wrong?
My gas retrieving behaviour may be off, but I think these bars could have been the ticket to forgiveness from those that I “cut” in line…
Cinnamon Blondies: sent from heaven.
1. These are really good. I mean, good in a “they don’t taste healthy” kind of way.
2. Cuz they’re not. Healthy, that is. Ok, they could be worse. They’re void of any animal products, but they do boast a little sugar.
3. The portion size is perfect for a family of four to have one bar a piece. Or a family of four to send the kids to bed and then mom and dad eat it warm out of the pan. Or so I’ve been told.
They’re reminiscent of the holidays. What?!? Yes. I’m never satisfied. It’s been hot outside, the idea of summer just within reach and I’m craving pumpkin?
In general, I don’t plan to change my gas station practices, but maybe I should keep a batch of these blondies in my car for emergencies…
a) To share with belligerent fellow customers
b) To eat myself. At least someone at the gas station will be happy…
3/4 cup WW pastry flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup earth balance vegan butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, not packed
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS pumpkin purée
1/4 cup cinnamon chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
In a medium bowl, cream butter, sugar, pumpkin, molasses and vanilla. Add flour mixture and fold in chips.
Press into a small greased baking pan. I used a six inch round.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Depending on pan size, it may need a few less or extra minutes.