Friday, January 4, 2013

Take 1 - Jan Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to Take 1 -January Secret Subject Swap, the first of two this month. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.


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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swaps. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


Baking In A Tornado
Chewylicious
It's a Dome Life
My Life as Lucille
The Mommy Chronicles
The Insomniac's Dream
Life on Peanut Layne
Raising Ragan
DeBie Hive
My Brain on Kids
Follow me home . . .
 The Family Pants
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Momaical
Juat a Little Nutty

My subject is: Think of a day in your life when everything seemed to be going wrong. Write about it. It was submitted by:  Life on Peanut Layne.  Here goes:

Think of a day when everything seemed to be going wrong? Really? It would be easier to pick a day when it didn’t seem like everything was going wrong. Eeny meeny miny mo, how many bad days in a row . . .

OK, I’ve picked one. But just so my bad mojo doesn’t rub off on any of my friends who are reading this, instead of telling you about my bad day, I’m going to tell you how to avoid my bad day. That way if you read this and then have one of your own, we’ll both know it’s not my fault.

2. Do not wake up while it’s still pitch black out, grab the glass of water off of your bedside table and think that you can make it down the stairs in one piece without turning the hall light on.

1. Let’s go backwards. First of all, do not wake up while it’s still pitch black out.

3. Do not think that the glass of water that you spilled all over yourself going down the stairs constitutes a shower. This will inevitably be the day the new neighbor stops by.

4. Do not check your email when you know that your son’s teacher sends out emails when an assignment is missing.

5. Do not start to make Potato Crusted Meatloaf without checking to see if you have all of the ingredients.


Potato Crusted Meatloaf | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe

Potato Crusted Meatloaf | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe

Potato Crusted Meatloaf 





 6. Do not call your husband out of an important meeting because your car keys were stolen. He told you this morning (probably as he was stepping over you at the bottom of the stairs, again) that you left them in the bathroom. He does not choose to remind you of this in a calm way at this particular time.

7. Do not run out to the garage to get your missing ingredients forgetting that your kids have taken your car to school. Before you run out to get the ingredients you’ll have to walk up to the school and play hide-and-go-seek with the car.

8. Do not think that the campus police will not choose to speak to you if you are wandering up and down every aisle of the school parking lot looking like a person who hadn’t showered in a while.

9. Do not turn the oven on before walking up to the school and forget to turn it off. Yes, there was grease in the bottom from last night’s dinner and yes the smoke alarm is loud and yes that’s the same new neighbor standing in your driveway giving you the same look she gave you this morning when you answered the door looking like something the cat would never dare to drag in.

10. Do not call your husband out of yet another important meeting to tell him that you have to move because you think the new neighbor is giving you the evil eye. He will not choose to discuss the sale of your home in a calm way at this particular time.

11. Do not think that you will be able to convince yourself that the banging coming from the washing machine is normal. Or that the water under it is either.

12. Do not think that you are going to be able to move that giant TV that is in the basement directly below the washing machine by yourself without a whole lot of trouble and swearing and grunting and groaning and pushing and pulling.


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13. Do not even think about calling your husband at work again.

14. After all that exertion, do not fall asleep, even for a couple of minutes, with your neck turned in that position. You absolutely will walk around for the rest of the day looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

15. Do not answer the door. Hide. You know it’s going to be that new neighbor again and you know you still haven’t showered, your hair is standing straight up from falling asleep and you’re walking around like Quasimodo. And you’ve already tried the “sale of the house” discussion with your husband and it did not go well.

16. Do not be surprised when your son calls to say he’s called the police because the car has been stolen. What did you think was going to happen when you took the car, forget to text him, and didn’t bring it back?

17. Do not. I repeat do not under any circumstances, when you are having a day like this, think you aren’t asking for trouble if you allow your kids to come home from school . . .

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Note: Potato Crusted Meatloaf featured as a Best Winter Recipe from The Daily Meal's Culinary Content Network on The Saturday Evening Post's website on 2-14-14

Potato Crusted Meatloaf
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Meatloaf Ingredients:
 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 egg
1 TBSP seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper

Topping Ingredients
1 1/2 to  2 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 to 3/4 cups shredded cheddar
1 TBSP chives, chopped
2 - 3 TBSP butter or margarine, sliced
paprika

Directions:
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put tin foil into a 9 X 13 pan.
*Gently, with your hands, mix all meatloaf ingredients just until incorporated, don't over mix.
*Form meatloaf into a log, leaving room around all sides so you can add mashed potatoes later.
*Bake for one hour.
*While it's cooking, make mashed potatoes. Add in the garlic, cheddar and chives. Set aside.
*After one hour, take meatloaf out of oven. If your beef was very lean, there shouldn't be much fat around the loaf, but if there is any, I like to gently remove it with a paper towel.
*Spread the mashed potatoes onto the top and around the sides of the meatloaf.
*Top with pats of butter and and sprinkle with paprika.
*Return to oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Take out and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

78 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD... Iam laughing so hard...I love the reasons you called your husband..that is great...and your son thinking the car was stolen...I can't stop laughing or write in a complete sentence.

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    1. Thank you so much. This was a painful, I mean fun one to write!

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  2. Omg I am laughing so hard there are tears rolling down my face! My favorite is that your son called the police! (I am going to make this tomorrow night, I had already planned on meatloaf, so we'll try something a little new)

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    1. Thanks, I'm so glad you laughed. Hope you love the meatloaf.

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  3. OMGOSH!!!!! ROFLOL!!!!! And I thought I was having a bad day. I feel MUCH better now! LOL

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  4. HAHAHAA! I love that you called your husband out of meetings. I love that you have a neighbor with an evil eye. I love that the police were called and that you thought you lost your car keys. You are completely normal. Thank God. This was hilarious.

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    1. So glad to know I'm normal. I was starting to think that I was headed for a room with rubber walls!

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  5. Oh my holy!
    Someone has to be missing vital pieces and a whole lotta blood before I call the Prince at work. Good thing you know the person that stole the car. ;)
    Thanks for having the worst day ever so that we all could enjoy it.
    Way to take one for the team!

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    1. So glad to give everyone the opportunity to laugh at . . .I mean with me!

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  6. Oh, my goodness. This is HILARIOUS! Thank goodness we can laugh at our hideousness - otherwise we'd all be roommates in the asylum!

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    1. I do believe they aren't going to allow me a roommate once I get there . . .

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  7. I am still laughing over here. Dude, you are my sister wife for sure. This whole I was nodding along...yep... yep...yep, I'd totally do that lol

    Love this so much.

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    1. If you would do this kind of stuff now, can't wait to see what your life will be like with teenagers!

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  8. OH. MY. LOL.

    I need to make this meatloaf.

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    1. Enjoy the meatloaf. Even my picky family will eat it, and that's saying a lot.

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  9. Haha ~ I love that the spilled glass of water was your shower for the day! This was hilarious. I would definitely move if I were you...
    Oh, and probably buy another car :)

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. We need to move and buy TWO more cars!

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  10. *groan* I would laugh but I so feel for you that I can just send you sympathetic vibes!!

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    1. Thanks for sending the sympathetic vibes instead of laughing. Someone needed to do it!

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  11. I'm not as nice as Roshni....I laughed...and laughed...and laughed some more and SOO wished that I could have been a fly on the wall that day.
    Also, check the drain pipe on the washer..it's probably lose.....mine does that too some times....at least you didn't slip in it and fall into the back door....

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    1. It's OK to laugh, I actually laughed writing it! Checking the drain pipe isn't my job, I'll pass your suggestion on to that department . . .

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  12. lmao poor thing! i would i could be there to lend a helping hand! i'm surprised you have enough energy to blog left over after all that!!!! lol my husband would kill me if i called him that many times....you have a loving one <3

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    1. There's always enough energy to blog . . .

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  13. Yikes! I would have said "What the hell!" and poured myself a stiff drink even if it was only 11:00am. Or just go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. Great post---love what you did with your prompt & funny as always, Karen!

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    1. Thanks, MM, I had fun writing it. And it's possible I ended the day pouring myself a stiff drink!

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  14. I will definitely have to NOT have a day like this! Great post!

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    1. LOL, I think everyone in the world will definitely try to not have a day like this.

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  15. First & foremost: I will be trying this recipe... YUM!!!

    2nd: Your story... YIKES!!!

    Here is to better days, Slu

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    1. Thanks Slu, I hope you like the meatloaf.

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  16. I love this list of things not to do and then the meatloaf...is there a better comfort food?

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    1. Is meatloaf perfect for a bad day or what?

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  17. Oh I am so sorry you had a day like this but have to tell you that as you are so good at you find a very humorous way to describe it. You are a gem. Hope the hubby got over it. LOL

    Irish Carter
    www.dedicated2life.com

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    1. It's easier to get over when you get a chance to look back and laugh!

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  18. I love how you answered this! Clever and very funny to boot! Shame it was such a shitty day. I hope you called up your husband at work again (one last time) and told him he had to go and pick up the kids! ;)

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    1. It was more fun to write than it was to live through.

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  19. You know I laughed to myself when I read the subject of your swap--I just knew it was going to be a good one. This was the day that nightmares are made of, but you definitely turned it into a laugh-out-loud post. The potato crusted meatloaf looks so good my mouth is watering now!

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    1. Thanks Shawn, laughing helps. Hope you try the meatloaf and enjoy it.

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  20. I got a good laugh from this one! Sounds like a day to just never get out of bed!

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    1. Agreed. Too bad you don't get some kind of a warning in the morning so you know not to get out of bed that day!

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  21. That was the best post I've read all day, and now I'm not feeling so bad about mine. : )
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love meeting new people! And now I have a new blog to entertain me- YOURS!

    Have a great day!
    Tara
    http://www.taradennyimages.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Tara. Hope to see you back here soon.

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  22. Very funny and thanks for the tips. I will definitely do my best not to wake up when it is pitch black. I have no doubt that only bad things can happen after that. This was hilarious. I hope this wasn't all true, but if it was, thanks for allowing us to laugh at your pain.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. Well, I may have been guilty of taking a little "poetic license", but I'm glad to have allowed you to laugh at my pain!

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  23. Yummy! This looks delish! Pinned for future reference. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  24. You are the absolute greatest! I LOVED everyone of those seps to not having the day from hell. I LOVED how you turned the post around like that. Did all of that really happen on the same day? I too would count being tripped by a horrible troll in the middle of the night, having that same troll steal your keys, car and start a small fire in your oven.... and then eventually go on the invite the kids to coome home, as a horrid day! Glad you lived to teach us how to avoid the troll...

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    1. Thanks April, it really was fun to write.

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  25. Funny stuff, Karen! And your recipe looks awesome. Meatloaf is a favourite around here as are mashed potatoes. What a great combo! Have you ever put pierogies inside? That's a hit here! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Never tried pierogies inside a meatloaf, but it sure sounds interesting. Maybe I'll just give that a try.

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  26. You just ain't right Karen! Lmao....but I love it! Not that I'm glad you had a horrible day but....I'm glad I'm not the only one gets them.

    I've got to try this recipe. I love meatloaf and punish the rest of my family with it at least once a week. They might actually enjoy it with the crust on it. :)

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    1. You know you love laughing at me . . . with me.

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  27. I loved it!!!! Thank you for reminding me to have a sense of humor on my bad days. :)

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    1. Laugh at yourself, then type it up and let everyone else laugh too.

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  28. This is awesome! How ago we get included in the next swap? I'd love to.participate!

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    1. Get my email address from my "about" page, send me an email requesting the Subject Swap info and I'll send it to you.

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  29. Will you be my sister from another mister? Please. I'll beg.

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    1. Anything for you. You know that, right?

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  30. LOL!!!!! Okay i'm a terrible, horrible person because today is the first chance i've had to sit down at my computer and actually read through all of the SSS posts and i'm so glad you picked mine to blog about! I loved every single one of these, especially number 6! Oh my word! I have so done things like that before and it didn't go over well with the hubby.

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    1. There's no time frame for reading them, glad you got a chance to stop by. I didn't pick this prompt, once I think up a prompt myself, I take the next one but I SO loved doing this one. Thanks for the great idea!

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  31. You had me laughing so hard and your meatloaf looks so incredible, that I had no choice but to start following you so that I can check back whenever you post a new entry.
    Chumkie of My Favourite Recipes.

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    1. I'm following you as well. You have so many amazing looking recipes on your site I'll have to visit a number of times to check them all out.

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  32. Karen, you had me in stitches with this one. And the meatloaf is great too. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday - quite made my day. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Carole, I'm glad I had something that fit your ingredient this time!

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  33. That's just awesome. I found you on Finding the Funny and had to click because of that hysterical little picture of you in a bulldozer!

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    1. So glad you found me, and that you enjoyed this Subject Swap.

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  34. Yep, that is one craptacular bad day! I'm glad you told me how to avoid it.

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    1. Now you may still have crappy days, but at least I've spared you from having this one!

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  35. OMG, this made my day. I'm sorry your troubled day gave me tearful laughter. At least you survived it. Thanks Karen for the smile.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it. It's easier to laugh looking back, than on the day when everything is going wrong!

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  36. It was a very amusing story and it's great the way you chose to persevere after all that. The meatloaf looks great, I've never seen a meatloaf with a potato crust before.

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    1. If you like Meatloaf, I hope you try this one.

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  37. This is on our menu tonight!!!! ♡♡

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    1. It's my most repinned post of all. Hope you love it!

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  38. Great . . . ummm . . . advice! (Sorry, but I laughed out loud at your misfortune . . .)

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    1. Yeah, days like that are at least good for a laugh.

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