I have a love/hate relationship with my Hunters. Before I ordered them for Christmas, I had long admired them on others. However, I wasn’t a flat-shoe kind-of-girl. Those who know me, know I love my heels. I really hated to splurge on something that would only get occasional use. But I did it. I made the purchase. It was the shiny black that lured me into spending more money than I’ve ever spent on any pair of heels. As it happened, I’ve worn the boots constantly since receiving them for Christmas. There’s been plenty of opportunity. Besides the snow and ice, it has rained, and rained, and rained this winter. I would have never though it, but I LOVE these boots! They seem to go with all things casual. I even wear them with my leggings and workout jackets…on sunny days. My feet are thanking me because they are loving a break from heels!
But, here’s the problem. The boots bloom. I was horrified one day when I went into my closet to retrieve my beloved shiny boots and found them covered in a chalky, white film. They had a bad case of the bloom. Blooming is explained on the Hunter website. The website recommends that you purchase the special Rubber Buffer for the boots. Since I wanted to wear them that very day (because I’m dreadfully impatient) and I didn’t want to wait for delivery, I decided to try coconut oil. That’s supposed to be good for everything, right? Unfortunately, it did nothing for the boots. I even tried olive oil. That worked for about two hours. In conclusion, if you buy Hunter Boots, make sure that you purchase the buffer. And, plan on buffing often. I still love my boots and I don’t regret the purchase, but I long for the shiny black that they once were when they were new. Since I like wearing them so much, I’ll plan on being a slave to the boots for a while longer. I still think, that for what the boots cost, they should clean themselves.
After working myself to death on the boots, I did throw together the most fantastic bacon-wrapped asparagus. Good thing that was easy! Asparagus has many health benefits. It was once believed to be an aphrodisiac. Yikes! To learn more about asparagus, check out this article. I’ve always enjoyed asparagus, but they are even better when wrapped in bacon. Isn’t anything better in bacon? Even my non-meat-eater-self can’t resist an occasional piece or five of bacon! First, I snapped the asparagus to get rid of the “woody” ends.
I wrapped a bundle in a whole piece of pre-cooked bacon and secured it with a toothpick. I used the pre-cooked bacon because it cooked a little quicker than the raw bacon. That’s a good thing, because those skinny asparagus cooked quickly! After a quick brush of olive oil and a little salt and pepper, I placed the bundles on a rack so that the bacon would crisp more evenly. I cooked them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Lining the pan with foil made clean-up a breeze. And if you plan on eating an aphrodisiac for dinner, you don’t want to waste time cleaning the kitchen, if you know what I mean…..
That night, I teamed the asparagus bundles with a few Spicy Orange Cinnamon Shrimp. You must check out the recipe for the shrimp here. These little shrimperoos were a big hit!
So, try the Hunter boots, but also purchase the buffer. And try the asparagus, and the shrimp!