Friday, February 8, 2013

Take 2-Feb Secret Subject Swap

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 Husband 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.




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  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?



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Snow White Cupcakes
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Printable Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
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
Frosting Ingredients:
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)

 
Cupcake Directions:
*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.
Frosting Directions:
*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

52 comments:

  1. Awesome! Love how you wrapped it up. But I was hoping it wasn't actually a dream and that you'd share your secret on how to achieve this mom-utopia :)

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    1. If I had the secret, I promise I'd share it. But unfortunately . . .

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  2. I want this dream and I want it now. All of it. Actually, not all of it. Can I change the warm temps to cold temps? I am already so over the heat. I want cold weather!

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    1. I'm a good sharer, you can have my dream, how about we meet in the middle at medium temps, say in the 50s? Sound like a plan?

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  3. Y'know... I could believe all of it EXCEPT kids will NEVER EVER say that. The rest could totally happen. ;)LOL

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    1. LOL, not sure the rest could happen but you sure are right about the kids part. Mine would never say that, let alone write it.

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  4. HA!We can all dream a little right?!? Those cupcakes sound good- I am not a sweets person, but I am copy and pasting and telling my teen girl that is her Home Ec project for the day :) Thanks for hosting again. I have so much fun every time.

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    1. So glad you were up to it again. Yours was just hysterical (gross, but hysterical).

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  5. Oh-m-G Karen! I love this! The last line, especially.

    I cannot begin to count the many times I've been caught daydreaming about a world where everything was "perfect"...Because it certainly isn't in THIS house! But I think that's one of the things I absolutely love about my family -- we are all comfortable enough to let our imperfections out. I know that can be a bad thing sometimes, but with 5 adopted children and their accompanying adoption issues, it is a great feeling to know that they feel secure enough to be imperfect...And the other three of us are just crazy anyways, which is of course genetic!

    Your writing is genious! I just love to read your blog!!!

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    1. Thank you so much. So glad you came out to play with us today, despite having all those kids (no idea where you found the time)!

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  6. Aha! You had me fooled. I'm famished and you post about CUPCAKES???

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    1. LOL, sorry about that, Doug. I did say a few other silly things too, though, in my defense.

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  7. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Why can't I have dreams like this? I just have nightmares that involved scary clowns and cantaloupes with razor sharp teeth. Oh yeah--and that thing where you are about to give a speech to thousands of people and you look down to discover that you are naked from the waist down. Can we switch dreams for a night?

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    1. Yikes, I'll take my dreams (even if I do have to be awake to have them) over your nightmares any day (or night)!

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  8. Can I borrow your dream (and, your cupcakes)?

    Mine would have an added surprise globe-trotting trip from the husband. Lol.

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    1. Yes, I'll share the dream, but you're on your own with the cupcakes. Gonna have to make them yourself!

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  9. Oh how I love love love this and how you ended it!!! That'd be the best dream come true..particularly with those cupcakes!;)
    Love how you tackled this!!!

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. We both put a lot of ourselves into our posts, yours was so sweet.

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  10. Just too good to be true... Ha!!!

    Enjoyed. Take care, Slu

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    1. Yes, unfortunately it is too good to be true. But it's fun to dream!

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  11. What a great dream that is! Sounds like you woke up in "perfection-land"!

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    1. Wish I could stay in perfection-land!

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  12. Hey! I want that dream! And the Prize patrol...and the cupcakes. I can't even daydream up that fantasy! Hahah. You did forget the gorgeous pool boy, but I'll forgive you. We can be co-dreamers and I'll bring the fruity cocktails that have zero calories :)

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    1. I want that dream too, only I want it to be my real life!

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  13. Haha! This one read like a thriller at the start and I was starting to get really nervous and goose-bumpy until you found your kid's note and I thought, thank the Lord for that!!!!! Those snow white cupcakes look a million times more appealing than one of my bean brownies - I think I'd better use your recipe for my 2 year old's bday party next week. Thank you AGAIN for letting me take part in the subject swap! I've been itching all morning to get stuck into reading everyone else's post, and for a while there it looked like my big kid was NOT going to nap (aaaaaggghhhhhhhhh!). But he's down now (phew) so I'm here to join the party!

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    1. Those Snow White Cupcakes BETTER be a million times better than your bean brownies or I'm in big trouble here!

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    1. . . . and I'm not greedy, just once would be great!

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  15. LOL!! The note from your kids would be the best part!!!!

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    1. Oh yeah, the note from my kids WOULD be the best part!

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  16. What a great dream! If this is the second comment from me, sorry. My computer went screwy. Thanks for hosting and putting together this swap! I had a lot of fun :)

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    1. Thanks Dawn, so glad you enjoyed it. I always do too.

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  17. Those cupcakes look yummy and perfect for a snowy day! Yum!! I love your dream by the way...
    xx - M

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    1. I swear my Cupcakes had nothing to do with the 3 feet of snow coming down. I'm pretty sure they don't have that kind of power!

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  18. Ah, to dream the impossible dream. That was entertaining! May all your dreams come true!

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    1. Please don't tell me that's impossible . . .

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  19. Love the dream sequences, and I love the gorgeous cupcakes! My favorite part is where it's 76 degrees in February! ;) Thanks!
    ~Joy @ Yesterfood

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    1. I just wish dreaming of 75 degrees in February made it happen!

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  20. Hahaha! Too funny. I would love that day! As always great Secret Swap.

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    1. I'm with you, I would love that day too!

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  21. I love the idea of a swap like this and I love your post!! Thanks for sharing it along with your cupcakes on Manic Monday

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    1. Thanks Bobbi, the swaps are really fun. Just like Manic Monday.

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  22. Snow white cupcakes...mmm! Disneyland for my mouth. lol Thanks for linking up to the hop! :)

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    1. I hope you don't mind if I steal that "Disneyland for my mouth" comment. Love it!


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  23. So glad you provided the recipe cuz I was wondering WTH a Snow White cupcake is! Can't wait to try it out and see how they taste! Also? Your dream is very, very cool. I'm glad no one asked me about my recent dream, since I always picture these weird tunnels and secret doors and connected buildings that lead to a class for which I'm ill prepared to teach. My brain is odd. I like yours WAY better! :)

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    1. I like my dream better than yours too, just wish I could find a way to make mine come true!

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  24. What a fun swap idea and what a great recipe! I thought I would arrive at mom utopia when my daughter went to college and the house was empty! Not so, I still get the stressed out phone calls!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I can’t wait to see what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. I guess it never ends, but I'll be OK, as long as I keep baking!

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  25. My husband waits until I'm home from the store to tell me what he wanted. Or that he's out of something.

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    1. My husband is trained to write what he needs on the list on the fridge. My kids, however . . .

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  26. Love the dream...and the cupcakes. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. Can't wait to see what you linked up this week.
    Thanks, Nichi

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