Happy Friday! Happy Passover! Happy Easter! This week, instead of some jokes, I thought I would share a fun activity for the whole family.
Peeps are in season! I assume that you are familiar with Peeps, the little marshmallow confection that has been around since 1953. They were originally promoted primarily at Easter-time but you can now find them at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and just about any time. They come in various shapes and colors but all are basically sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, food dyes and salt.
One of the great debates of modern time is whether it is better to eat Peeps “fresh” out of the box or to slit the cellophane and wait a day, a week or a month or two for the Peeps to properly age (get stale) before eating them. We can save that debate for another time.
This weekend, if you have some Peeps around, may a suggest some Peep Jousting? (If you do not have any you might even want to go out and obtain some for this event!) There is really not much preparation needed for Peep Jousting. All you need are Peeps, toothpicks, a plate and a microwave.
Take two Peeps, insert a toothpick in each Peep so that it looks like a lance, arrange the Peeps facing each other on a plate and put the plate in the microwave. Set the microwave for approximately 40 seconds and watch! Do not walk away from the microwave or you will miss all the fun! Now there are a few differing theories on how to determine the winner of the match: 1) the Peep whose lance touches the other Peep first wins, 2) the Peep who deflates first is the loser, or 3) the Peep that blows up first loses. Take you pick or invent your own. Sadly, there are no returning champions in Peep Jousting, this is a “one and done” sport.
I would not suggest eating the Peeps post-joust – they are hot, they are messy and believe or not, they lose their flavor in the combat.
So, this year, add a little Peep Jousting to liven up the afternoon.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies. ~ Kate McGahan, “Only Gone from Your Sight”