Kellen and I decided that life without WiFi is not a life worth living.
Just kidding, but really, we didn’t realize how much wireless Internet affected our lives. How sad, right? I totally tried to justify it by saying, “Well, I have a blog, so I need it.” (I really do, but, as we sat there playing Sorry! and Guess Who (yes, we’re mature adults) instead of watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix or Six Feet Under on Hulu or Girls on HBO, we realized WE NEED IT! In all seriousness, I lived through the torture to bring you a list.
6 things to do when you don’t have WiFi or Internet access (this list might be pointless since you’re reading it from the Internet):
1. Play cards/board games. Kellen loves playing cards so much that I don’t love them so much anymore. However, I still think playing cards is super fun if you play the right game (Palace and Crazy Eights are two of our favorites). And, if you’re tired of cards like me, you can always play Guess Who or Sorry! If you’re a more mature adult, unlike me, you might prefer Trivial Pursuit… or something.
2. Read. I am book obsessed. Hopefully you have physical copies of books or your books are already downloaded to your Kindle/e-reader, otherwise, this might not be a possible activity for you. (Some of my favorite authors are Jodi Picoult and Harlan Coben).
3. Meditate. At the risk of you all thinking I’m totally crazy, I think that meditation is a great way to a) chill out, b) refocus, c) realize that not having wifi is not a big deal. (If you’re not into silent meditation, I recommend The Honest Guys on YouTube. They’re awesome. Aaaanndd I totally just ruined the no wifi thing… whoops.)
4. Exercise. If you’re not a runner, do yoga, ride your bike, go for a walk. Anything that’s not sitting down. Plus, this is fun to do with others and not an individual activity.
5. Craft. You don’t even need Pinterest to be crafty. Not having Pinterest will force you to be even more crafty. Come up with your own ideas! Or, just draw something, paint, color, whatever.
6. Go to a store. My suggestions include, but are not limited to: Target. And, a little advice: Bring a friend. Don’t bring a wallet.
Anyway, enough with that. I made The Pioneer Woman’s awesome toffee. Twice. The first time I failed, but the second time I rocked it, so that’s all that matters. Toffee is really intimidating. I mean, even with a fantastic recipe and walk-through, I still managed to mess it up the first time. I’m here to tell you: it’s okay to fail. Plus, I still ate the first batch, so it wasn’t a total waste.
So, face your fears (or maybe toffee making is only my fear) and try this toffee. Maybe you’ll fail, hopefully you won’t. If you do, try again until you get it right because this toffee is deeliicciiouuss.
- 16 ounces, weight Butter, Melted
- 16 ounces, weight Granulated Sugar
- 3 ounces, fluid Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 24 ounces, weight Tempered Dark Chocolate For Coating, Melted
- Combine butter, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Cook over moderate heat, stirring gently, until candy thermometer registers 298 degrees.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla until well combined.
- Pour the mixture onto a silicone baking mat or good parchment paper. Use a heatproof rubber spatula or offset spatula to spread quickly before the toffee sets. Spread thin.
- Allow toffee to cool completely. Blot to remove excess oil from the surface. Coat surface with half of the melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle with topping.
- When chocolate has totally set, carefully flip over (it’s okay if it falls apart a bit) and coat other side with the rest of the chocolate. Sprinkle on topping.
- Allow to set, then break into bite-size pieces.
- Store in an airtight container.