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Salt Break

Note: Please join me as I take a break from the all-consuming house-selling prep chores.
I’m sitting on the floor, my back against the wall down here in the walkout basement level that leads to the garden of my folks’ house. It is cooler here than any other place even with the AC on throughout the house.
It’s hot, but bearable…knowing these same temps are lingering around Florence, SC (our current place of residence) with the high humidity of the deep South, these Colorado 97 degree days are a piece of cake.
Hmmm, cake? For some reason, my appetite has been wonky – consuming things I don’t normally crave: Potato chips, extra salty fries, dark chocolate salted almond bark – oh yes the chocolate is a common craving for me, but not the desperate need for it to contain salted caramel, sea salted nuts or simply chunks of the rocky salty stuff….a common denominator seems to be emerging here.
Oh, I stay hydrated. In fact I drink water as if it were my own personal national pastime. My family teases me about always having a glass of water close at hand and asking others if they’ve kept up with their own liquid intake needs. I diversify, too, as I treat myself to watery watermelon often.
But this binging on salty and also high caloric food is way out of character for me. Ask any of my newer Southern acquaintances and they’ll tell you it’s odd for me since I dodge most of that part of the country’s traditionally deep fat fried, tongue stingingly salty foods.
So much for the weird…please pass the popcorn – drenched in butter and coated with salt of course.


  1. Andy

    Wy wife Jen craved certain foods, you know, when she was pregnant . . .

  2. Lori

    Oh man, I crave sweet & salty together daily. It’s all I can do to stop myself. Sometimes I throw semi-sweet chocolate chips in with popcorn. Yep, it’s messy.
    We went to South Carolina on a summer vacation one year, and I couldn’t get over that it seemed hotter than Florida! We were roasting there. It seems like it’s really hot everywhere right now. It is here in Chicago, too. Thankfully it’s not eternal like it was in Florida.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep, SC shares FL’s ‘eternal’ swampy-heat weather. I often joke that we went from a Mile High to the Swamplands when we moved here 6 years ago (where the job took us…)
      I’ll have to try adding choco chips to my popcorn…with salted caramel bits, too??? Hmmmm
      Stay cool, Lori!

  3. Heather

    I’m the same! And I really do love the taste of salt. 🙂 It’s definitely worse at the moment though, I’m going abit salted chocolate, nuts and popcorn mad…. 🙂 xxx

    • laura bruno lilly

      Funny how this is unfolding to be a world-wide craze!!!!!
      Take care, I know you’re in the throes of med challenges

  4. Leueen Willoughby

    Just to be a contrarian I do not think I have ever had a salt craving. However…chocolate….I have had times when I thought I might have to join a twelve step group to deal with chocolate craving. I have it under control though…really…..I do!! 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ahem, I’ll never tell!

  5. Andrea Stephenson

    I do agree that we often crave just what we need, so I’m sure there’s a good reason for it – enjoy until the cravings are over 🙂

  6. Mary

    Maybe your body knows what you need,for whatever reason. Clearing out a parental home is hard work. Good luck!

    • laura bruno lilly

      I do have a few piles of files I just can’t face going through right now, but:
      We’re nearing the end…hopefully on the market by the end of the month. Keep your fingers crossed!

  7. Bob Cloud

    Speaking of cake I have three words for ‘ya: ‘German Chocolate Cake’. Stuff is so good it just might be illegal but once you’re immersed in it you won’t care.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Hubby would add one word to your three: German Chocolate Pound Cake. His favorite.
      I like the thought of being ‘immersed’ in it. Though maybe a glass of milk might be more refreshing (I’m allergic, but hubby loves it with his cake!)
      Hope you’re holding out in even hotter/humid-er Houston, Bob.

      • Bob Cloud

        German Chocolate pound cake! Interesting, now where did I put my bucket list?
        Second week of July, and here she comes: Texas summer time. The last places you would want to nowadays be is Houston, Mars or the Sun. Actually if you’re now south of the Red (Red River) and north of Panama there ain’t much difference for the next 90 days.

        • laura bruno lilly

          The melting days, eh?
          Stay cool!

  8. Jane Chesebrough

    Food cravings? You know one of them. When it is hot, I crave salty things like chips when I am getting a little dehydrated especially if you are packing. I am glad you have the respite of a cool basement. Take care.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Aha, seems this is more common than I originally thought – though sprinkling salt on a few Twizzlers doesn’t quite fit the bill, eh?

  9. Deborah Brasket

    Yes, it’s the humidity that does me in. Dry heat is a snap in comparison. Maybe you are craving the salt to keep from getting hydrated? and the chocolate for the moving blues? The body does seem to know what we need.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I agree about the body knowing what we need, Deborah. That’s partly why I allowed myself to ‘binge’ but too many days of this and I’ll balloon up for sure! Yikes!

  10. Lisa

    I see nothing wrong with any of those foods …is that bad???? And I’ll fight you for the butter!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Bad? Bad? Who said anything about being Bad?
      As for the butter…I lick my fingers and put them back in the popcorn bowl – still wanna fight?

  11. L. Marie

    Same here, Laura! I’ve been craving chocolate and potato chips or salted caramel anything. I’m not sure why. But salt, salt, salt. Yes, yes, yes!
    Sending peace and the strength of the One who knows all.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Too funny, L.Marie!
      After reading all these comments, I guess Salt Breaks are more common than I originally thought.

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