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February 11, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Pig my eye. More like hoggin’.

Theda Bara. 1917 Cleopatra/USPD:pub. date,pub.still/

Why won’t it stop? If it doesn’t cease snowing soon I shall go mad. Already I have turned all the drapery into couture in an attempt to stay entertained. But now FedEx says they can’t deliver what I’ve sold on my eBay site (1917 Cleopatra/

Desperately chipless. Selfies featuring Kale lodged in teeth. (You know it’s over when frozen dinners proudly announce “Kale inside!”) Not even the crumb of a Oreo in sight.

Times that try men’s souls: cabin fever. The liquor store never closes – maybe they have a pack of gum left. Perhaps that last bag of smashed pretzels – each tiny piece to be savored and treasured.

Grab it. Oh, too slow.

It’s a kid. Let it go. Let-it-go.

We’ll follow him. Maybe he’ll fall in a snow bank giving a shot for a quick pretzel rescue. Like liberating fallen Halloween candy after an unfortunate stumble.

Keep up now. He’s on the move…

But it’s not like that here. Upper 70’s bright blue. (No sobbing. Electronics don’t enjoy a bath.)

If Nature insists on balance, then we’ve been awarded the Good Weather Prize – this time. (Waiting for that other flip flop to drop.)

Blue sky. palms.all rights reserved. No permissions granted copyrighted

YES! (Oh, stop snarling – a front is coming. It’ll be yucky here soon enough)©

Hogging all the glorious, happy dancing sunshine.

Not wishing those stuck inside to be forced to gnaw their fingers off out of boredom, so here’s a little something to read.

You’ll thank me.

People will be envious you are so up on trends.

First adopter. Ahead of the curve.

A warming thought? Well, sample some and feel the heat.

children skating.1917. USPD.reprod of PD

“Mom said she didn’t care how deep the snow was. We gotta go to school or there won’t be any summer vacation.” (1917/USPD/

Fluffy not stuffy sounds like a dream come true. And Kolaches are.

Kolaches have been recently tagged as one of the next trendy food for 2015.

Everyone polka! (Gotta be next. OK, as long as it’s a beer garden in Central TX after a long day of tubing.)

These little pillows of delight are made best by Czech kitchens preferably in the Kolache Triangle between San Antonio, Dallas and Houston but others are taking up the challenge.

Although some of the non traditional fillings might make some Central Texas grandmothers shake their heads.

One of the best Kolache bakeries outside of the Kolache Triangle is just down the block.

They open at 5:30 – but not on Mondays. And there’s no drive through. Although road food worthy, it’s slow down and walk in. Anticipation, warm coziness inside, and all the smiles build the experience. Celebs performing in the big city call in orders for delivery to be driven up I45. That good.

“Fluffy, not stuffy” is their motto and you can believe it.

all rights reserved. no permissions granted for this flower shot.

Actually these are some of our local winter flowers. Roses blooming happily in back.©

You don’t know kolaches? How sad. Don’t worry. No doubt some coming near you soon…hope they are the good ones. No little bites better.

So that should be enough for you to chew on for a bit.

Remember, done right, kolaches are fluffy not stuffy, so you pig out and still feel like going out to play.

And that’s the plan now.

Promise to not hog all the kolaches or the sunshine forever.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

skaters. 1888 postcard by Ellam:NAt.Lib.Norway:Anne-Sophie

“Shall we pick up some speed towards that weak ice over there and then launch this joker towards a real chill ride all by himself?” (1888 postcard by Ellam/Nat.Lib.Norway:Anne-Sophie Ofrim/










  1. Carrie Rubin / Feb 11 2015 6:22 pm

    After reading this I want to eat a kolache beneath the gorgeous blue sky in that second picture. So, so jealous (says the Clevelander…)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 6:49 pm

      Packing a lunch. Just too nice to waste indoors. Normal Feb returning tonight. Glad you enjoyed the view. We all need a bright glimmer after this winter! Thanks for picking up a byte here

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  2. Paul / Feb 11 2015 6:53 pm

    Those Kolaches look yummy. I’ve never seen or heard about them before. Very tasty.I followed one link you provided to Texas Monthly to read about kolaches in DC and there was a small ad down i the corner for another article on Lance Armstrong. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Normally, i just feel bad for aheletes who fail or get caught up in shenanegans but Armstong’s arrogance and the fatc that he personally tainted oodles of other atheletes really pissed me off. Also, he was using EPO, a drug that I receive frequently as a dialysis patient, to build hemoglobin. That really made it personal for me.It can be fun as my hemoglobin will sometimes get ahead of the doctors and shoot up as high as 170 (average is 120-130 and they prefer to keep dialysis patients around 105-110 to reduce clotting during treatment.)- and it becomes apparent why Armstrong was misusing EPO. I see Armstrong has now been charged with drunk driving, leavng the scene of an accident – where he clobbered two cars – and blaming his girl friend. Ain’t he a winner. I guess a leopard never changes its spots.

    Anyway, i digress, the Kolaches sound deliciious – thanks so much for bringing them to our attention Phil. You can keep Armstrong and we’ll keep Bieber and call it a draw. ha!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 8:13 pm

      There was a cult around Armstrong in Plano/Dallas areas as well as Austin for a while. His 15 min are up. Austin is stuck with him as his Ex-wife and 3 kids are there, former girl,friend Sheryl Crow and other music starts live there, his current “girlfriend/baby momma of 2 are there. (Odd how cozy the entire batch of them are?) Weather’s already getting hotter, so maybe he’ll head back to Aspen for the summer season….if bail/the court will agree to that. Bet any agent he’s managed t retain is furious with his arrogance, constant outrageous blurts, and foolish behavior. Bieber’s back there? Old CA neighborhood must be applauding. Noticed he was to be on Ellen’s show – trying to make nice to public since he has a new record out…alternative universes might work for both of these guys?
      Anyway, kolaches are so normal here, all the hype is amusing, but good ones are good. (But when newcomers to the office promised to bring morning snacks and arrived with “I’ve brought kolaches”…well, I really hoped for cinnamon donuts (which I rarely got as a kid)
      Thanks for baking up a comment! Hope there a bit of sun there…it’s leaving here for somewhere…


  3. jubilare / Feb 11 2015 9:21 pm

    Why would you do this to me? Now I’m so hungry… 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 11:43 pm

      They probably ship – but it wouldn’t be same: warm, light and eaten quickly. Maybe there’s a left over cupcake in the pantry? Thanks for drooling along


  4. heretherebespiders / Feb 11 2015 10:32 pm

    Never heard of them, and Cleveland has a huge Czeck community. Pierogis, anyone?

    I’ll just go back up now and drool over the blue sky. I don’t think it ever, ever gets that color in Ireland.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 11:48 pm

      What? None in Cleveland? (guess they kept Old World grandma in the back room and away from the kitchen….but sausage and the such survived?)
      I keep tellin staff we could immigrate to Ireland and open a place with nachoes, taco salad, chicken enchilladas, burritoes…and maybe kolaches..we might have to bribe a Central TX grandmother to come along for those..I can munch ’em, but leave those to others . Thanks for the sunny comment


  5. RAB / Feb 11 2015 10:44 pm

    Should NOT have read this in the late afternoon, when desires for “a little something” combine with early supper cravings to produce multidirectional hunger….and kolaches sound like what’s sitting around in every one of those hungers. Please pack some up and send immediately! ;-}


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 11:52 pm

      If only I could ship the fresh out of the oven warmth and smells – and smiles from the owners, too! We take these little comfort foods for granted, I’m afraid – quick snacks or road foods. Hope the bakeries in the outposts do a good job with them. Thanks for stocking a comment into the shelves here


  6. JackieP / Feb 11 2015 11:14 pm

    Ah, I remember kolaches when I lived in Texas. Wisconsin too had them as there is a big Czech community up there as well as German and Polish. Now I want one, but not sure in Canada where to get one. Thanks for the memories!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2015 11:57 pm

      Hmmm, now there seems to be a vacancy begging to be filled – but rest of staff is totally opposed to long cold spells and wearing long sleeves and shoes other than flip flops. (No way I could heat a house warm enough way up there! Funny how food specialties spread across countries with the immigrants. Hope kolaches are discovered by many. Thanks for mixing in a comment

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  7. EllaDee / Feb 12 2015 12:13 am

    Not snowed in but a captive audience comforted from the aircon chill with a cup of tea, and your entertaining missive all the same… now to Google search Kolaches Sydney 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2015 12:25 am

      Wow. Let me know if you find a bakery. (Hmmm now if I could sell that as a skill worthy of immigration into there. Although I’d have to apprentice to learn all the tricks to those little wonder – my job was to eat them!)
      Thanks for cooling your heels over here.


  8. Sun / Feb 12 2015 2:41 am

    looks like a delightful treat…i wonder if it is doable – to make a batch of Kolache at home, that is. maybe not so easy, huh?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2015 2:39 pm

      There are instructions, but I imagine there’s tricks only the Old World grannies knew. I was much too busy grabbing and snacking to ask! Thanks for stirring in a comment


  9. Ally Bean / Feb 12 2015 12:52 pm

    Kolaches are Texan? First I ever heard of them was up in Minnesota. Since then I’ve always associated them with the Eastern European community in that area. Never had one, but would be willing to taste a few. No doubt I will now that they’re the food of the year. It’s only a matter of time until they get here: we Ohioans lurve to eat.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2015 2:45 pm

      Anywhere there’s Czech communities, there should be kolaches. NYC is just discovering we don’t have horses pulling wagons down here – and some Texpats have been forced by jobs to relocate and are taking our normal food styles with them. (Besides people are always looking for something “new” to discover and brag about?)
      I’ve never been a big bread-item eater, but if right out of the oven and your choice of fillings….sorry, had to wipe up the drool. Thanks for adding a tasty comment

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  10. Littlesundog / Feb 12 2015 4:42 pm

    Oh my!! What memories of Nebraska this post drummed up! I lived in SE Nebraska deep in the heart of Czech and Polish populations. I grew up on kolaches! But, the best kolaches were made by a Polish neighbor lady named Helen, who I rented from (we lived next-door to each other). Every week she made kolaches for her husband, Joe, and always brought over six for me and my husband. One day, Joe fell over with a heart attack in their front yard while mowing. Helen was playing cards at a friend’s house. He died and was discovered by a passerby in a vehicle. I came over after work that evening to express my sympathies and she began screaming at me! Since Joe died that morning, while I was still at home (I went to work at 11:00), she felt I should have done something. As she shut the door in my face she yelled, “You get NO MORE kolaches!!! I make NO MORE kolaches for you!!” I do believe Helen’s kolaches were the last I ever tasted. They sure were yummy. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2015 4:59 pm

      She lost her entire world and shattered her routines of life. Despite her yelling, it’s kind you went there.
      No kolache can be better than those from a friend’s oven. Thanks for sharing that morsel of life.


  11. aFrankAngle / Feb 13 2015 1:09 pm

    It appears the Kolache Factory in my area didn’t make it … gonzo … thus the closest in 2.5 hours away in Indianapolis. OH well …. and just as I was ready to go … guess I’ll just have to come to Texas.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2015 1:31 pm

      Less snow here than in NYC or DC right now – and nice warm kolaches are lovely winter comfort food…or road trip can get a box to go. Thanks for baking up a comment


  12. Aquileana / Feb 17 2015 11:51 am

    “If Nature insists on balance, then we’ve been awarded the Good Weather Prize”: What a quote!. Outstanding ovation! … And in order to celebrate, I’ll grab a kolache right now! 😛
    All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 3:07 am

      Wafting some of those nice bakery smells your way. With today’s winds, the enticing smells should be there by now! Fog this morning and bitter wind, but bright sun even if cold this afternoon. Dogs know what to do with a day like this: run! Thanks for jogging by to leave a comment.

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