Friday, December 2, 2016

Intolerant of Tolerance

I hate the word "tolerance". No, it's not lost on me the irony of using "hate" to describe my feelings toward "tolerance." But despite the word being used as a positive attribute, something to aspire to, there is, hiding there beneath the surface, a level of hate. Dislike or disapproval at the very least.

We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Always in the context of how we view each other, react to each other, negotiate our lives in our neighborhoods, cities, states, country, globally. We're all here together, the same and different. What are we going to do about it? Accept? Reject? Tolerate?

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To me, "tolerance" is just such a condescending word. Arrogant. It implies the right to judge, find distasteful or subpar, but allow anyway. Subpar? Distasteful? These are sentiments appropriate to a different kind of experience or a new flavor, but not to the core beliefs or lifestyles of other human beings.

Don't like chocolate {{gasp}}, pistachios {{double gasp}}, we have every right to decide to tolerate these flavors or avoid them.

Don't like Jews? Gays? Hispanics? Do we really think we have the right to decide whether or not we are "willing to allow"? Not so much. At least I hope not.

Cannoli Wontons, all the delicious flavors of a cannoli in an oven baked, sugared wonton shell. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

Cannoli Wontons
Cannoli Wontons, all the delicious flavors of a cannoli in an oven baked, sugared wonton shell. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

It's not enough to be tolerant. It's not enough to begrudgingly accept each other with an attitude of indulgence. We cannot just abide differences from the lofty stance of giving permission. It does not move humanity forward, it's actually insidious. It allows us to hide under the veil of complacency.

It would be wonderful if we could truly embrace each other, respect each other, learn from each other, utopian and idealistic as that may be. Clearly as a society we are clearly not there yet. Maybe never. Ultimately we must come to accept each others' inalienable right to breathe. Can we just start there? I'm disheartened to have to say that it seems to be coming down to just that. The future of our country depends on it. The future of our planet depends on it. Dire? Overly dramatic? I'm going to have to let you be the judge.

And yet, despite my distaste for both the word and the sentiment, given the direction in which I see our society currently heading, I would gratefully accept a climate of tolerance. 

Because the only thing worse is intolerance.

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Cannoli Wontons
Printable Recipe
2 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP butter
24 wonton shells
1 1/2 cup ricotta
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP Egg Nog
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped unsalted pistachios

*Grease two 12 cup muffin tins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix together the 2 TBSP sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon and set aside. Melt the butter.
*Gently press the wonton shells into the muffin tin cups. Lightly brush the melted butter into the shells. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
*Bake for 8 minutes until the cups start to brown. Remove from oven, cool completely, remove cups from the pan. You can store these in a sealed container.
*Whisk together the ricotta, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and Egg Nog. Mix in the mini chocolate chips. Place into a pastry bag and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*To serve, pipe the filling evenly into the shells. Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rounding out the Cabinet

I don't know why just Presidents have Cabinets. We all need to surround ourselves with experts, people who help us to navigate our daily lives, guide us as we make decisions, provide a much needed sounding board. In fact, we all do have these people in our lives, but do they know it? Do we tell them how much their council means on a daily basis? 

Well, truth is, some of the people we look to for guidance might take out a restraining order. But maybe that's just me.

No matter the consequences, I'm going to lay it all out. Loud and proud. Here are the people I look to on a daily basis. Or will. Once I'm President.

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Vice President (President of Vice): This has to be College Boy. He'll have marijuana decriminalized in a hot second.

Secretary of the Exterior: Hubs. And that to-do list is growing so he better hit the ground running.

Secretary of Steak: PurDude will do the honors. And nothing will go to waste.

Attorney General: My mom. A clear sense of right and wrong (and the patience of a saint). I'm telling you right now you all better behave or she'll put you in a time out. Although, knowing mom, she'll probably feed you while you're there.

And now that the blatant nepotism is out of the way, lets round out the cabinet:

Secretary of Energy: Every mama knows that nobody has more energy than a toddler. Any toddler. I don't have toddlers any more so I'll just draft that little cutie up the street. I'm sure her parents won't mind. After all, it's an honor.

And I'll feed her plenty of sugar. That energy will be boundless. I'll start baking now.
Holiday Chocolate Mint Cookie Cups, an impressive holiday treat made with just 3 store bought ingredients | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dessert

Holiday Chocolate Mint Cookie Cups
Holiday Chocolate Mint Cookie Cups, an impressive holiday treat made with just 3 store bought ingredients | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dessert

Chief of Staph: Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd. Or Dr. Jack Shephard. I'll take either Patrick Dempsey or Matthew Fox. Either way, send all infections to them. 

Secretary of Treasury: This one's a no-brainer, I select Jed Clampett. Start digging, Jed. We're all waiting for our gusher.

Secretary of transportation: Captain Montgomery Scott. Because we all want to be able to say "beam me up, Scotty." 

Secretary of Labor: Michelle Duggar. Hasn't she had like about a bazillion kids? Seems to me that no one has more experience with labor than Michelle.

Secretary of Defense: Chuck Norris. 'Nuff said.

Secretary of Education: Welcome back, Kotter.

Homeland Security: I was thinking The Cowardly Lion because lions are the king of the forest, but that whole "cowardly" thing has me feeling worried so I think I'll go with King Kong.

Secretary of Agriculture: I wonder if I can have one person run two departments. Because I think College Boy can do both Vice and Agriculture. They're closely related after all. I mean, once he legalizes marijuana, I'm sure he'll be happy to be sure there are amber waves of grain above the fruited plain.

I better warn PurDude, with all that legal pot, we're gonna need a lot more steak. And cheetos.

Did I forget anyone?

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Holiday Chocolate Mint Cookie Cups
Printable Recipe
1 (16.5 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie roll
1/2 package (16 oz) Nestle Toll House refrigerated dark chocolate peppermint cookie dough 
12 Andes or 12 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12 cup cupcake pan.
*Open sugar cookie roll and cut into 12 even slices. With your finger, press one slice into and up the sides of each well in the prepared cupcake pan.
*Take 12 squares of the chocolate peppermint cookie dough and form each into a ball, then flatten slightly and place each into one of the sugar cookie cups.
*Bake for 20 minutes.
*Remove from oven. 
*Immediately put a mint candy into the center of each cookie cup.
*If using an Andes, once it melts, use a knife to spread the melted candy around the center of the cookie cup. 
*If using the kisses, you can spread them around with a knife once melted or leave as is.
*Gently run a knife around the edge of each cookie cup, then allow to set until cool until removing from the pan.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Funny Friday: Strange Bedfellows

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Sarah of Not That Sarah Michelle

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1. Cat to dog: Enough cuddling, The Real Housewives are on and I want to see who's bitch slapping whom.

2. Dog to cat: You're taking your life into your hands if you dare try to change that channel. Brady's got the ball again.

3. Cat to self: Why can't I stop singing that song:
"Ebony and Ivory, living in perfect harmony."

4. Cat to dog: Hey buddy, you need a shave. I'm going to end up with one hell of a body rash.

5. Cat to her dog boyfriend: Love that you invited me over to spend a quiet evening watching movies with you but I'm getting hungry. Got any mice?

Speaking of hungry, here's what's been going on in my kitchen. Mouse free, of course: 

Chocolate Andes Cake, a dense chocolate cake flavored and decorated with mint | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.con | #recipe #chocolate #mint #cake
  Chocolate Andes Cake
Chocolate Andes Cake, a dense chocolate cake flavored and decorated with mint | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.con | #recipe #chocolate #mint #cake

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

The Bergham Chronicles  

 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Not That Sarah Michelle
 Spatulas on Parade 

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Chocolate Andes cake
1 box devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp mint extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped Andes mints

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
up to 3 TBSP milk
1 TBSP chocolate syrup 
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
green food coloring

additional chocolate syrup
8 - 10 Andes mints, cut in half

*Grease and flour a bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Beat cake mix, eggs, water, sour cream, oil and mint extract for 3 minutes.
*Mix in 1/2 cup chopped Andes and mini chocolate chips.
*Place into prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until center springs back to the touch.
*Cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing to serving plate. Cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, butter and mint extract until smooth. Slowly and carefully beat in the powdered sugar. Add the milk, one TBSP at a time, until the frosting is still thick but can be drizzled in thick ribbons. Divide in half.
*To half of the frosting, add 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa and 1 TBSP chocolate syrup. To the other half, add 2 - 4 drops of green food coloring.
*Place the frostings separately into 2 piping bags or plastic ziploc bags (snip the corner). Pipe the frosting up and down the sides of the cake. Drizzle with a little chocolate syrup around the cake and decorate the top with the Andes mint halves.