Then it happened again – our world stunned me with her beauty. I woke up this morning and that same crescent greeted me, perched right between the break in the tall buildings, surrounded by a hazy blue sky painted with patchy clouds. I gave it a half smile, then closed the blinds, turned on the twinkly lights (which were stripped from our pathetic excuse for a Christmas tree and currently adorn our bookshelves), and poured myself a cup of coffee. Moments later, light flooded my living room, painting every white surface an electric shade of pink. I walked to the blinds I had closed minutes before and opened them – the sky was on fire, burning brilliant hues of orange and red. I stared it, just like the sky full of stars, in complete shock and awe. It knocked the wind out of me; it took my breath away.
I know to some of you this may sound completely ridiculous, but living in the city – in the heart of downtown – you don’t get to experience these things often. It’s easy to bypass the beauty when you’re surrounded by tall buildings and the hustle and bustle of each day. And I imagine it’s just as easy to take for granted if you’re encompassed by the beauty on a regular basis (Iceland, I’m looking at you). But I urge you to stop for a moment and acknowledge how truly incredible our world is. I think you’ll find that her beauty is unparalleled, and that we are undeserving.
I wish I could stay here forever, don’t you?
1 pound dry roasted peanuts
Pinch of fine sea saltIf your peanuts aren’t already shelled, do so and remove the skins (skin removal is optional). Blend the peanuts and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade for 4-5 minutes, or until the peanut butter becomes smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Sometimes I’ll stop mixing mine at 3 1/2 minutes (when it’s still thick and dough-like), but lately I’ve preferred blending it for the full 5 minutes. Transfer to an air tight container and store in pantry or refrigerator.
Yield: 1 pound