History does have a way of repeating. I'm either in a time warp or the Twilight Zone because I just checked back and found that exactly one year ago I finally got my tax stuff in the mail (which I will do as soon as the post office opens), and when I wrote about it on Tuesday (as it is today), I had overslept (which I did this morning). I'm leaning towards the Twilight Zone because a critical document that I just had in my hand while preparing the packet would suddenly disappear into thin air. How could that happen? I had not left the room and no one else was in the house. This happened more than once. I spent more time looking for something I'd just had than in filling out the forms. One, and probably the only, benefit to doing this yearly onerous task is that I end up sorting the many stacks of papers I'm prone to accumulate and, in my crazed state, pitch and file so I don't go through the same stack twice. At any rate, the deed is done and it's a huge weight off my mind.
In those stacks of loose papers, I ran across a number of recipes I'd written out from different cooking shows on TV and found one for Honeycomb Candy. Instead of the beating I should have had for procrastination, I decided to treat myself for finally getting the job done. The recipe is really very easy. Butter a baking sheet and set aside. Stir together 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 tbsp. of dark corn syrup (Karo) in a saucepan. Bring to a slow boil. Swirl the pan but do not stir until the mixture comes to 300 degrees (hard crack). Remove from the heat and stir in 1-1/2 tsp. of baking soda. The mixture will foam up and become light. Don't overmix. Turn out onto the baking sheet; do not spread it out. When cool, break into pieces. Light and crisp, guaranteed to give a sugar high that will lift burdened spirits at tax time.