Because it took me three hours to get them. Three hours. To get lollipop sticks.
I'll explain. I saw this on Bakerella a few weeks back, so when Julie of Someone's in the Kitchen made the choice for Flaky Apple Turnovers, I wanted to try them. Hence, I wanted to take a trip to Michael's to get Lollipop sticks. The closest Michael's location to my apartment was in Clifton, NJ. For those of you who don't know where that is, that is by the Meadowlands, AKA Giants/Jets Stadium/aka I-still-don't-know-how-to-get-there. All I know is that it was only 15 miles away from NYC, yet the proposed travel time was 40 minutes.
Now you must ask me, "Did another supermarket/some sort of store have lollipop sticks?"
I'm glad you asked. Yes. Probably. In fact, I'm sure of it. But I decided to drive to Michael's.
Now let me tell you another thing about driving through the beautiful state that is Joisy (Jersey). Say you're driving down scenic Route 3 highway and you realize, "Oh, crap, I just drove past the store! Let me turn around."
It's not so easy, my friends. Not so easy at all. You see, once upon a time, in a land far far away (Joisy) someone decided they don't want people to turn around. NO. Pay attention or PAY THE PRICE. And the price is that you have to keep driving, sometimes for what seems like days, until you reach the famed "jughandle".
Wikipedia defines the jughandle as a type of ramp or slip road that changes the way traffic turns left (when driving on the right). Instead of a standard left turn being made from the left lane, left-turning traffic uses a ramp on the right side of the road.
I am aware every state/area seems to have its idiosyncrasies when it comes to road planning. At least every state/area where I have lived. DC has the wretched State streets that are determined to confuse you every few blocks, or the horrific traffic circles designed after Parisian streets, except with non-synchronized traffic lights every 5 feet. Long Island has the LIE where you can sit in traffic from May to August. Seriously. You'll live in your car for 4 months. Pack light. And Syracuse, where I went to college, is either under 15' of snow or under a constant deluge of rain.
Manhattan, however, is perfect.
Whilst heading to Clifton NJ, I passed the store FOUR TIMES. Which means I had to wait for a jughandle FOUR TIMES. Sadly, while looking for a jughandle, I accidentally got on State Highway 21. And guess what? I COULDN'T TURN AROUND. So I drove some more. Finally, three jughandles, a Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee and a Egg White Flatbread sandwich, and a large headache later, I arrived at Michael's.
I thought I would be in and out. Lollipop sticks. How hard could that be? Well... I just had to get a new icing spatula. And, oh! I needed some cardboard cutouts to put under my 8" cakes. Oh and those Halloween decorations! I just needed to get some mummy candy molds, a skull-shaped cupcake holder, some candy melts (for the molds, obviously), black icing dye, edible writing pens, cupcake tins, frosting stencils, and edible spray paint coloring before they sold out! And what if I wanted to learn how to make frosting roses? Well, just in case I do I the near future, I totally HAD to buy the piece that you hold to mold the roses that I don't know the name of.
I mean, it just took me an hour and a half to get there. Who knew when I would be back? This could be the last time I ever go to Michaels.
So what was supposed to be a 1 1/2 round trip, all to spend $2.00 turned into a $60, 3-hour trip.
But it was worth it, because these were some damn good popsicles. Super cute, SO easy to make (seriously, Dorie, you are a genius). The dough, composed of flour, salt, butter, sugar, and sour cream came together in minutes and I fortunately did not have any problems with a crumbly dough as many TWDers had. The crust was incredibly flaky, the filling, delicious. The filling also inspired me for a new healthy snack that is so simple I feel like a stupid idiot for not thinking of it myself. I now will always eat my apple slices sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon.
But not on lollipop sticks. These are far too valuable to go to waste.
Click on Julie of Someone's in the Kitchen for this super easy recipe. And check out the rest of TWD for some more apple turnovers!