Friday, April 12, 2013

Take 2 – April Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to another Secret Subject Swap (and my 100th blog post). This week, 11 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
Life on Peanut Layne
Menopausal Mother
The Sadder but Wiser Girl
Evil Joy Speaks 
Black Sheep Mom
Home on Deranged
Victory Rose
Dates 2 Diapers
Bad Word Mama 
My Life as Lucille  

My subject is: Survivor or Amazing Race? Which one would you be on (or not be on) and why? It was submitted by: Evil Joy Speaks

Here goes:
 Here’s something you may not know about me, I have already been on both shows. And lived to tell the tale. Just barely, but lived just the same. I was on Survivor many, many years ago, went on to Amazing Race, and just in the last few years ended up on Survivor All-Stars. Yes, I’m that good.

Years ago, as a result of my own production (actually two, a year apart) I found myself on Survivor – Infant Island.
Challenges included:
the How long can you keep your eyes open with no sleep when you’ve run out of coffee challenge.
the Buy new bottles vs. clean the ones you have challenge.
the Falling into bed covered in spit-up challenge.
the What you do when you’re out of diapers challenge.

followed by:
the Learning to jump out of the way when the Hyperactive Gag Reflex kicks in challenge.
the Making it through a shopping trip without a meltdown challenge.
the Waiting to dance in the streets until the youngest has already left for school challenge.
the Getting out of going on EVERY school field trip challenge.
the Finding foods they’ll eat challenge. Apparently just pouring sugar on everything is classified as cheating. Damn.



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Brown Sugar Kugel


I was sure I’d never do another show like that again, but somehow found myself on The Amazing Race, Extracurricular Activity Edition.
The race took me to:
Tae Kwon Do testing where I had practiced so much with my son to prepare him that the instructor asked me if I wanted my belt as well.
Baseball games where my son stood too close to the practicing batter.
Soccer games where both boys’ games started at the same times but on different fields.
Football games where I had to answer my husband’s “who’s that player down on the field?” with “your son”.
Track meets where my son was too cool to tie his shoes.
Skateboarding obsession that ended in the Emergency Room.
Swimming on Cape Cod where my son got stung by a Jelly Fish.
Skiing in Colorado where I watched my son, on his second day, point his skis straight down a Black Diamond and go. . .

And now, because you just can’t turn down the honor of an All-Stars show, I find myself on Survivors yet again. And this one may kill me. Yes, I’m in the hell they call Survivor – Teen Island.
Challenges include:
the Not finishing off everything in your bar the first time they drive off in the car challenge.
the Keeping food in the house challenge.
the Getting them not to spend every penny the minute they make it challenge.
the Not ripping the mail out of the Mailman’s hands when college acceptance letters start to arrive challenge.
the No, you can’t drop all of your classes since you’ve already been accepted to college challenge.

And the one that just may send me packing:
the Getting out of bed and seeing what they’re going to do to you the next day challenge. Harder than you’d think, under the circumstances.

So there you have it: my Hollywood resume. Didn’t know I was a celebrity, did you?


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Brown Sugar Kugel
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Ingredients:
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 lb. wide noodles
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Spray a 9X13 glass baking dish (for thinner, cripsier kugel pictured above) or 8X8 dish for thicker kugel with no-stick spray.
*Put the melted butter into the dish, and using a basting brush, brush the butter over the bottom of the dish and up the sides a little.
*Add the 1/2 cup of brown sugar and using the basting brush, spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan and a little bit up the sides. Set aside.
*Cook the noodles al dente. While still hot, add the 1/2 stick of butter and the salt and mix until the butter melts into the noodles. Set aside until the noodles cool a little and the eggs can be added without them cooking in the hot noodles, then mix the eggs in completely.
*Gently put 2/3 of the noodle mixture over the brown sugar mixture in the pan. You don’t want to move the brown sugar mixture around, but you do want the noodles evenly distributed on top.
*Sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar and top with the rest of the noodles.
*Bake for 45 minutes
*Remove from oven and cut into squares. Let sit in the pan for 5 or ten minutes before removing.

50 comments:

  1. Leave it to you to come up with a perfect response to this prompt! You are such a genius! When I grow up I want to be just like you :) LOL
    Have a fabulous weekend my love. CBS might be calling!


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    1. If CBS calls, will you be my agent?

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  2. Haha! That's funny stuff right there. I love your spin on it. Participating this week was fun and nerve-wracking for me. Thanks for the opportunity.

    -Ellen

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    1. Loved having your funny in the mix!

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  3. You rock, lady. I never succeeded at emptying the bar when the kids were out; I was always afraid someone would call me to come get them...Teenage Island is definitely an all-star kind of event. Keep playing (I will too) I am NOT showing up for Grandma Survivor anytime soon :) You knocked another challenge out of the park! <3

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    1. LOL, no Grandma Survivor for me either. The teen one will kill me for sure.

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  4. Ths is so cool! How can I sign up to be a part of this? Hysterical! I was looking at your prompt before I read what you wrote and my mind went to a compeltely different place than yours did. Your's was WAAAAY better! So creative. If this is a "private party" I totally understand but I'd love to join the challenge if you allow newbies;) Truly an incredible idea!
    Vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd be happy to send you the info on the Swap. You can DM me on twitter or PM me on FB with your email address.

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  5. HA HA HA! Oh Karen you made me laugh so hard at this one! This was awesome! I love what you did here-and was curious what recipe you were going to include with it! I'm not sure what show I'd be on. I'd have to think about that!

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    1. So glad you laughed. Love how much we entertain each other with these Swaps.

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  6. Ohhhh Karen I LOVE THIS!!! It's such a cool spin on the prompt question! I could relate to all of it---especially the Survivor part. I fear I will be standing right next to you in that challenge, my friend.....

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    1. Oh good. Cause I love having you on my team!

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  7. I love this! I could also probably say i've already been on both with my crazy household! On a serious note though, I think i'd pick Survivor because those contestants get really skinny. Although, I wont eat bugs so maybe not. Amazing looking recipe although way above my comfort level of baking.

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    1. Yeah, you've probably been on both shows numerous times. And both at the same time, if that's even possible.

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  8. Hahaha! Another funny post! I would go with the amazing race. Not into the Survivor thing wearing a loin clothe thing and eating weird stuff. I would take a box of that brown sugar kugel with me though and use it as a bargaining chip!

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    1. Yeah, I'm with you. I'd rather visit exotic locals than walk around scantily dressed and eating bugs.

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  9. Hahahahaha! That's hilarious! I could add a few more to that list of challenges including the WAHM who is trying to keep her sanity.<3 Thanks for another great #SSS!

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    1. Oh, I bet you could start a whole new list for the WAHM. Thanks for participating in the Swap, hope you had as much fun as I did.

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  10. I love this!!!! You had me going at the beginning thinking "holy cow I sure picked the right question!" But after reading I am really thinking, "Holy Cow I DID pick the right question!!!!"

    I am looking forward to not emptying the bar when the drive for the first time...in 4 years. This summer we'll be competing in the extra circulative activities addition - 4 spawn, 4 different ball teams, 4 different locations...ONE start time! Sweetness awaits I'm sure. I'm make your kugel to send along with each of them so which ever one I forget wont starve.

    Thanks yet again for doing this!!!

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    1. Took me a while to get going, but once I did the whole thing just flowed. So glad you joined the Swap, this was a great prompt.

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  11. I never thought to make sweet noodles. That would be fun to try.

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    1. Hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think.

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  12. Oh my gosh, amazing. This was insanely good, I loved it! And I want to pretend I can't relate to any of it, but yeah, I could be your co-star. Please tell me that Teen Island is not somewhere in the Bermuda triangle and that we won't be stuck there forever. Pleeease.

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    1. Although the good news is that we won't be stuck there forever, the bad news is that once I leave I'm gone for good, whereas you will be making some return visits.

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  13. I already knew you were an All-Star but I had no idea you'd survived all those challenges WITHOUT an immunity idol! Kudos to you. And you totally poked a hole in my "pour some sugar on it" theory. (cue Def Leppard in the background) Spoil-sport.
    Thanks so much for hosting and letting me jump aboard!

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    1. Ha ha, where are those immunity idols when you need them? So glad you joined in the fun.

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  14. How many times are we told we will miss those challenges when we get older. So many times I will see a little toddler girl and think, "I want..." then remember how hard it was to get anything done (as if it's easy now? Ha!) or even go to the grocery alone. Yes, it is all a challenge.

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    1. Yes it's a challenge, yet once we make it through to a tougher challenge, we want the old one back. Isn't that always the way?

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  15. Absolutely Brilliant and I would expect nothing less from you! I was laughing from the start! :)

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    1. Love when people laugh at me . . I mean with. . . laugh WITH me!

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  16. Awesome job with this prompt! I love how you wrote this. I will be making two trips to Teen Island and I don't think I'll survive!

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    1. It's possible you won't. I'm barely surviving one trip to Teen Island, hanging on by my fingernails.

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  17. Karen! Such a creative spin and hysterical!! I was seriously thinking, "Man, what a perfect topic for her!" And then I was laughing so hard the chick painting my toes messed them up. Totally worth it!

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    1. That's high praise coming from someone as funny as you are, Karen. Thanks!

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  18. Oh man! You had me going, and then you had me rolling! You described every single day in my life, except "make sure no one burns the house down"
    Awesome!

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    1. No one would burn my house down unless they had matches, cause they sure don't know how to use anything in my kitchen!

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  19. This was such an awesome way to address your subject. So creative, and funny. I'm so excited to partake in the next SSS. The ones i've read so far have got me all giddy to be part of the fun. Now, I'm off to check the others out.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying them. You're all signed up for the next one, so I'll see you there!

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  20. I just don't know how you come up with this stuff. too funny. I think you missed your calling in stand up, or maybe writing material for comedians.

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    1. So glad to be amusing. It keeps me from jumping off a cliff.. .

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  21. So cute. You are surviving life. This krugel looks delicious. Never tasted one. Thank you for the recipe.

    Consider yourself hugged,
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-bed-and-breakfast-cherry-crumb-coffee-cake/

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  22. hmmm brown sugar and noodles? Never tried anything like this. Interesting and pinned.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Swap N Share Sundays
    Dawn

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    1. Hope you decide to be adventurous and try it!

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  23. Love it!!! Love the direction you took it.

    I have been there (quite by accident), done that, on the Black Diamond... had to laugh.

    Enjoyed. Have a great day, Slu

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    1. I've been there on the Black Diamond too and shake every time I think about it even all these years later.

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  24. Laughs *and* food? I think I'm going to pitch a tent and stay here a while. P.S. I tried to vote myself off Teen Island, but they sunk my rowboat. I'm here to stay.

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    1. You're welcome any time. Hope you're not upset if I say that I hope I'm more successful than you are at getting off Teen Island.

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  25. This was so funny, I loved it. I can relate.

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    1. I know you can, Dawn. And you survived to tell the tale.

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