Welcome to Take 2 of February’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
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My subject is: Describe a recent dream. It was submitted by: Stacy Sews and Schools. Here goes:
This isn’t just a recent dream I had, but seems to be a recurring one. So when I got this prompt and saw that I need to describe a recent dream, this is the obvious one that came to mind. It’s actually a long one, as it takes place throughout most of a day.
At the beginning of the dream I wake up in the morning. It’s a weekday and I’ve slept in, it’s almost 10:00 am. I’ve not had trouble sleeping, as I frequently do these days. I haven’t been awakened by Rick showering before heading to work, nor was I jarred from sleep by the kids getting ready for school. I panic and jump out of bed and run to the kids’ rooms, but they’re not there. I jump on the school web site to see if they showed up late as I hadn’t fought them out of the house that morning, but they are not absent and they weren’t late. Hmmm.
I shower and I’m about to go 10 rounds with my hair but it’s dry. And it’s straight! I’ve accidentally grabbed a pair of jeans from years (and years) ago and they fit. Yay.
I get to the kitchen and someone has left the windows open. It’s February, right? But it’s 75 degrees out, gorgeous. Hmmm.
I go to start the laundry but there are no dirty clothes. Where is the pile that’s usually spilling out of the laundry chute? Can’t find dirty clothes anywhere. Yay.
I find a note from the kids on the desk. It says that they have realized that my rules are, in fact, for their benefit and they vow to follow them. My normal mantra is “pick a rule and follow it. Any rule, your choice, but pick one and follow it”. Now they’re going to follow them all? And they put it in writing! Hmmm.
At this point I become aware that I’m going to have to turn on the TV. I’d been fairly certain that I’m in an alternate universe but I didn’t want to jinx it. Now I’m going to have to check the news because that note from the kids pretty much guaranteed it. Either that or I’m flat out dead and no one’s bothered to tell me yet. TV on and nope, earth seems to still be spinning on its axis.
I go to prep dinner but there in my fridge are lobsters. Lots of beautiful lobsters. Can’t remember the last time I had a lobster. Yay.
I promised the kids I’d make some Snow White Cupcakes but I actually (horror) don’t feel like baking. It’s a surprisingly beautiful day for sitting out on the deck and (for once) I don’t have any stress to work off. Wait, what is that sitting on the counter? Snow White Cupcakes? Hmmm.
Snow White Cupcakes
OK, I have GOT to check my blog. Wait, oh no, an error message, this can’t be good: “Your stats are temporarily unavailable as Baking In A Tornado has gone viral”. Yay.
The phone is ringing. Of course I’ll hold for the President. Yes, Mr. President, I’m sure I do have a plan that will balance the budget. Of course, I’d be happy to shoot you an email. Hmmm.
I open my email and there are 800 new messages. 800? Every college in the country is recruiting both of the boys and offering a full ride. I want to keep reading through these but I have to go. The Prize Patrol is at the door. Yay.
You don’t believe me? Of course I’ve had this dream. No one said you have to be asleep to dream, right?
Snow White Cupcakes
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond or lemon extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla (if you want your frosting to be pure white, you need to buy colorless vanilla extract)
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
*Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and extracts.
*Mix in the flour and baking powder, then the milk.
*Divide evenly amongst the cupcake liners.
*Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops spring back to the touch.
*Remove from oven and cool completely.
*Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the salt and continue to beat.
*Gradually beat in the sugar until soft peaks form.
*Gradually beat in the corn syrup and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
*Stir in the vanilla.
*Pipe onto cooled cupcakes