Friday, April 5, 2013

Take 1 –April Secret Subject Swap


Welcome to Take One of April’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week 12 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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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
Chewylicious
The Momisodes
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Just A Little Nutty
Follow me home . . .
Stacy Sews and Schools
A Mother Life
Confessions of a Failing Domestic Goddess
The Insomniac's Dream 
Suburbia Interrupted 
Moore Organized Mayhem 


My subject is: Well, I’m actually not telling you. I’m doing things a little differently this time. I’m going to let you read my post and then when I’m done, I’ll tell you what the prompt was. I WILL tell you that it was submitted by my friend:  Just A Little Nutty

Here goes:
The story I’m going to tell you today is a pretty typical story of what goes on when I ask one of my boys to help me in the kitchen. Although I admit that many times they just make mistakes, and many times I’m not specific enough in my directions, I also believe that these boys do some of this stuff just to get out of helping me in the kitchen:

I was making dinner and my son was sitting on a stool at the counter talking to me. Possibly against his will, but every now and then I make him tell me a little something about what’s going on in school. It’s actually funny to see his tactics for attempting to get out of the discussion and go back to more important things. So he starts with an insult “well, Mom, I’ve learned the importance of calcium for people your age”. Not to be deterred I answered “thank you, Son, for thinking of me. Leave the ice cream that’s in the freezer, I’ll need to eat that”.

Insults not working, we move on to feigned ignorance; “We’ve been debating the issue of chloride in the drinking water”. Of course I know that he knows it’s fluoride. Lame Son, really lame.

I went to grab tomatoes for the Pico de Gallo out of the vegetable bin when I noticed that I had a green pepper that was about to go bad. What I’ll generally do is chop the pepper and freeze it for later use in soups or stews. Since I was busy, I asked my son if he’d grab the pepper and chop it for me.


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Pico de Gallo

I was concentrating on dinner when suddenly I hear swearing from the other side of the kitchen. “Stop that citric acid tongue of yours” I said as I looked up. And stopped short. My son’s eyes were bright red, teary and swollen. I looked down to see that he was chopping, not a green pepper but a green chili, seeds and all. He must have rubbed his eyes. Oh, no.

I grabbed him, unfortunately spilling all of the chopped green chili onto the floor, pulled him to the sink and flushed his eyes with cold water.

Yes, it got him out of chopping anything else. And no, I have no idea whether that was an accident, a miscommunication, or deliberate. But every time I ask him for help in the kitchen, he starts to rub those beautiful blue eyes and I decide not to bother. Well played, Son, well played.

My subject was: Take a package of an item you used for last night’s dinner. Look at the ingredients and work ALL of them into a post.
Dinner was: Enchiladas, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Mexican Rice.
The package was: A can of green chilis (since my fresh chili ended up on the floor).
The ingredients were: Green chilis, water, citric acid, calcium chloride.
How did I do?

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Pico de Gallo
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 to 1 chili pepper (to taste), seeded and chopped *Can use a 4 oz can of chopped jalapenos
3 tsp white vinegar
1 TBSP Olive oil
1 tsp Lime juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cumin
Fresh cilantro (to taste), chopped

Directions:
*Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate a few hours or preferably overnight, stirring every now and then.

49 comments:

  1. Love LOVE this. Kids are so smart, aren't they? Or is that they are smart-alecs? I think it's funny how our own can make us frustrated/worried at the same time. Fluoride, Chloride..who cares. You saved that boy's sight! I would be reminding him of that :)

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    1. I'm not really sure how smart he is, but he won't be chopping any green chilis!

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  2. Oh no!!!! Poor fella! Unless he did it to himself then shame on him. But OUCH!!!

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    1. I don't think either one of us will ever know!

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  3. YILES!! Poor kid.
    I would have to say that I would suspicious, too. Mine are famous for going to ANY lengths to avoid doing ANYTHING! LOL

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    1. Yes, although you wouldn't think some things would be worth the trouble, ANY lengths is a good way to put how far mine will go.

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  4. Gotta watch those sneaky green chillis :) That was fun. I hope you boy will still come sit and chat with you at least.

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    1. He does still chat with me. Mostly of his own free will, but sometimes not so much.

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  5. I am not sure but I think you and Meg are perfect for each other with these prompts!!
    That was awesome!

    And I LOVE pico de gallo!

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    1. I have to admit this one made me nervous. It was very challenging.
      I do hope you try my pico de gallo, it's delish.

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  6. I love the citric acid tongue! I may use that! I vote deliberate attempt.

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    1. I think your vote may be right on target.

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    1. Thanks Jenn, the prompt was scary and challenging but it turned out to be a lot of fun once I got started.

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  8. You did an AMAZING job with this!
    It was a tough one but you totally knocked it outta the park!
    Oh my goodness... a chili pepper to the eyes, OUCH!
    I love the way your mind works!
    Wishing we lived on the same street...

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    1. Thanks Meg, you really challenged me. I'd love to start a street with all my favorite bloggers. What a neighborhood that would be!

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  9. Oh, your poor son!! I always make my hubs chop the jalapeño peppers for me. First time he did it, not only did he rub his eyes---he went to the bathroom too and....well, you get the picture. This was actually a very clever idea for a Secret Subject Swap and you totally rocked it.

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    1. ha ha ha, sorry for your husband but laughing anyway.

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  10. Karen, I loved this! <3 It made me laugh so hard. Brilliant. Boys, right? Very funny. Also, I'm super excited to make the picco de gallo. One of my fave things to eat. (I hope you'll be sharing your recipe for guacamole in the future? I use the envelope crap to make mine)

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    1. So glad it made you laugh. My Pico is delish, you must try it. But you ruined my day by telling me that you use that envelope stuff for guacamole. I think they put people in jail for using that.

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    2. I will be making the Pico next Taco Night. :) I'm super excited, it sounds better than mine, haha. I know, I know, but you know me, instant gratification and I don't like a lot of work in the kitchen.

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  11. Dude has my utmost respect IF he did this one on purpose!!! Yikes!!!

    If it was truly an accident... Again, Yikes!!!

    Enjoyed. Have a great weekend, Slu

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    1. Neither one of us will ever know!

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  12. I had almost forgotten this, your post made me think of it: Once my husband was making something with hot peppers, and my daughter asked to try one. He just handed her one and she bit into it without hesitation. A moment later she started screaming bloody murder-I of course had no idea what had just taken place! A glass of milk and a few cuddles later she was feeling much better. My husband was taken aback "I never thought she'd actually try it, let alone take a HUGE bite out of it!"

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    1. Oh no, that poor child. Bet she doesn't do that twice!

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  13. Who wants to see their child in distress at any time? The thing is, kids know it and will play on it until they are 30 or 40 years old. I'm wondering if he even touched the chilli or did he just make it look as if he touched it, ha ha ha. Kids are smarter than the average parent you know. So keep one eye on them the next time you ask for kitchen assistance :)

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    1. That is so true, and very good advice.

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  14. I'd say you did AMAZING as always!!!! LOVE IT! and my kids do the exact same thing! They've got it down to a science. It's just so much easier to do it my damn self! ;)

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    1. I think all kids send out a memo or something. It lists all the components of their evil plan to get out of pretty much everything.

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  15. You're the only one I know that could work 'citric acid' into a post and have it actually flow smoothly.

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    1. I have to admit, that one was the toughest to get into the post. I don't know how well it flowed, but it's in there.

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  16. OMG...lvoe how you did that. I was trying to figure out what the prompt was...that was creative babe. Thanks so much for putting this all together.

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    1. Love doing the Swap with you, as always!

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  17. Umm, I know I was supposed to be all concerned over your son, but all I could think was, "I want to go to your house for dinner." Yeah, that's the mom in me. :) Great response. That challenge would have scared the crap out of me, but as always, you covered it delightfully. See you next Friday!

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    1. The prompt really did scare me, but once I got started I loved that it was pushing me to push myself. All in all this really was a fun post to write. Let's see what you've got for next week!

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  18. I think you did a FAB JOB! That was awesome and you know what's funny I didn't know so many people did that too...when things start to go bad, chop it up and freeze it or cook it. That's awesome and poor kid but I'd tell him suck it up! HAHA cuz he was making fun of his mamma! lol poor kid! That was a fun prompt! Great job as always hun!

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    1. That kid makes fun of his mamma almost as much as he tries to avoid helping her, LOL!

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  19. WOW, love your blog AND this cool idea!
    I'll be following you so I don't miss anything....!

    Thanks for sharing at Swap N Share....found YOU there as well!

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks, Chris. The Subject Swaps are challenging but fun.

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  20. I am from Texas, pico is in our veins. Ouch for his eyes.

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    1. Maybe I should move to Texas 'cause I LOVE Pico.

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  21. Ouch! I've done that while wearing my contacts. Had to throw my contacts away. Hope he felt better quickly. Well done on your secret subject!

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    1. He wears contacts too. Makes the situation worse, to be sure.

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  22. Ouch! I have done exactly the same thing with chili's and onions, and stupidly still do it.

    Nice secret subject! Love pico de gallo too.

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    1. I love pico de gallo too, especially when the fresh ripe tomatoes are out. Delish.

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  23. Oh my, so funny! I can definitely see my son doing that! My bro-in-law actually dared him to eat a piece of green chili and he did! He's 7! Man, he was on fire all night, there wasn't enough milk in the house to cure that!

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    1. And the funny thing is, if he's anything like my kid, he's do it again!

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  24. I love making this in the summer - your recipe looks great!

    Found you at The Mandatory Mooch!

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    1. I do too, especially when the fresh tomatoes are out. Delish.

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