Today's Wonder of the World is...Cinnamon!
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I'll have my stick in a mug of cider, please.
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Thank you! You're too kind!
Maybe it's all this bark talk from yesterday's post on birch trees, but I've got cinnamon on the brain.
Cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon toast. Cinnamon in pumpkin pie.
I'll stop now, before I drool on my keyboard.
I'd love to see someone harvest cinnamon.
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I wonder if it smells really cinnamon-y.
Did you know that for centuries, people actually believed that there were such things as giant Arabian cinnamon birds? It's true! The cinnamon traders made up this crazy tale about how the birds were the only living creatures who knew where to find cinnamon, and so they'd fly back with the sticks and build nests with them on the side of sheer cliffs. No wonder the cinnamon was so expensive! The traders had to collect the sticks right under the giant birds!
How did they do it? I'm so glad you asked!
They'd put fresh oxen meat near the cliffs, and the hungry cinnamon birds would be so tempted by it that they would haul it all back to their nests. The extra weight of the meat would send the nests crashing to the ground.
How about that! What brave men those traders were! Ha ha.
I love cinnamon in practically anything.
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Sorry, Big Red. It's nothing personal. I'm just not a gum chewer, particularly your kind. It's not that I'm a gum chewing snob. I've tried bowing to peer pressure, chewing politely with the polite, smacking loudly with the smackers. But it's just not me. I've just never had the urge to unwrap a piece of sugary rubber, gnaw on it a while, and then spit it out. I'm weird that way.
Plus, I like my cinnamon sweet, not spicy.
Did you know that most French folks I know aren't big fans of cannelle? In my experience, they found pumpkin pie to be entirely too spicy. Plus, it's a tarte made from a vegetable. Eew.
(Don't get your feelings hurt, pumpkin pie. I'll still cuddle with you whenever you want.)
I don't mind these little hearts.
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They're sweet and spicy! And I can swallow them, and not have to worry about carrying a big wad of indigestible gum around in my stomach for the rest of my life.
I might lose my heart to this cinnamon bear.
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That's lose my heart, meaning I'd fall in love. Not that he would tackle me and rip my heart out. At least I hope not.
That cinnamon color you see there is a normal color phase in the life of a black bear, by the way.
(I looked it up.)
Now, onto my favorite: Yummy cinnamon chow!
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Oops! No, not a Cinnamon Chow Dog!
Like cinnamon raisin bread.
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And one of my most favorite cookies, the Snickerdoodle!
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And of course, the Queen of Glorious Cinnamon Treats: The Cinnamon Roll!
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I bow to you, Your Majesty!
Have a wonder-full Thursday, everybody!
And before you go, watch this and drool a little on your own keyboard!