Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Antivite

Now I’ve seen everything. Well, maybe not everything, but we’re definitely into the land of “who ever thought this would be a thing?” You’ve heard of those “save the date” cards people send out. They want you to know, long before the invitations go out, that you need to save that date. You’ve go plans.

Well now some genius has invented the wedding “don’t save the date”. It’s for those who didn’t make the cut. Yup, it’s an anti-vite. Sort of the opposite of a “save the date” this is a “letting you know you don’t need to save the date”. It’s being marketed as a kindness, to let people know they’re free to make other plans that day. But kindness seems to have a different meaning from the one I learned. I mean, can I just say “ouch”?

But as I started to think about it, how many things have I wanted to anitvite people to? Is there really something to this whole “go ahead and make other plans” thing? So, in the interest of keeping an open mind, here’s my list of antivites. Because you may as well know now, you’re free on that day . . .


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*To the African Princess who keeps sending me emails telling me that she needs me to send her all of my personal financial info so she can send me $10 million: I’ve blocked you from my email. When you decide it’s time to send out that letter for the 15th time, it won’t go through so find something else to do, you’re free that day.

*To the neighbor who seems to think that our lawn is his dog’s private bathroom: I’m filling up my kids’ water guns. Consider this your antivite. Cause if you don’t find your way to the empty field across the street the next time you take your dog out, I’d suggest you wear a rain coat.

*I’m well aware that there will be loud rejoicing at this antivite, but I’ve had enough. To anyone who can’t eat a meal without complaining, here’s your official antivite. Go somewhere else. Just to answer the next questions that I know are coming: no, I’m not paying for you to go out for fast food, and yes, dessert IS part of the meal and therefore included in the antivite . . . so think about it.



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Choc-Oat Chip Cheesecake Bars

*To the person who keeps sending me private FB messages telling me that they have a guest post written up for my blog: I’m aware that you’re a company representative and that the entirety of what you’ve written is a promotion of your products. So whenever you’re expecting to read your free advertisement on my blog . . . let’s just say you’re free that day.

*To the cosmetic company representative who puts their catalog in a plastic bag, fills it with rocks and throws it onto my driveway: If you think a great marketing strategy is to make me walk out to the end of my driveway to pick up a bag of rocks, think again. When I’m ready to buy new makeup, you’re free that day.

*To the bees who seem to think that when I bring dinner out onto the deck it’s for them: I have bug spray and I’m not afraid to use it. This is a permanent antivite. You’re not welcome here.

*And finally this antivite I’m sending out to the New York Yankees. And it’s for the whole month of October. Make other plans, guys, ‘cause the World Series, you’ll be free those days.

I’ve reconsidered my position. There may just be something to this anitvite thing.


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Choc-Oat Chip Cheesecake Bars
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Ingredients, Cookie Layers:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips


Ingredients, Cheesecake Layer:
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk 
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips 
Directions:
*Grease a 9 X 13 glass baking dish. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Beat butter, margarine, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon until fully incorporated. Mix in the oats, then the chocolate chips.
*Spread 2/3 of this mixture over the bottom of your prepared glass baking dish. Pat down.
*Bake 10 minutes (won't be fully cooked).
*Cool completely.
*Beat cream cheese and brown sugar. Beat in eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix in chocolate chips.
*Carefully evenly distribute over the bottom cookie layer.
*With your hands, break off little chunks of the remaining cookie dough and drop on top of cheesecake layer.
*Bake for approximately 40 minutes, just until the center has started to set.
*Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature to serve.

51 comments:

  1. That dessert looks amazing, your cooking is great (just in case, because I want dessert! lol). I ♥ this post!

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    1. LOL, well then you're invited back!

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  2. I know this may be a stupid question but is there any way to pin this on Pinterest. I can't find this on there.

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    1. Not stupid at all. If you have a "pin it" button in your toolbar, you can use that.

      If not, look at the top right of my blog. Under the logo & bio it says "click to follow", and the far right icon is Pinterest. Click on that and it'll take you to my boards. All of my recipes are on my "BakingInATornado.com" board.

      Thanks for pinning. Let me know if you need more help and I'll give you the direct url of the recipe pin.

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  3. Stopping by from All my Bloggy Friends~ What a great dessert~ Perfect for picnic time:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Yes, my kids and their friends just love these. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I wish you had a section marked "printer friendly"

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    1. Me too. I did talk to my son about it, and he may be able to work on that in the future. For the time being, are you able to "copy" and "paste" to a document. Most people do that, but a couple of people have told me that they can't, I'm not sure why. Sorry, I know that's not much help. I need a technical advisor.

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  5. Please tell me the antivite isn't true. You made that up, right? I know we're getting more rude as a country, but not that rude. Surely. If it's true, are they expecting a gift?
    Perhaps I can drown my sadness over rudeness in the cookie dessert. It looks delicious!

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    1. Sadly, it's true. I didn't make it up. I saw it on TV and it prompted me to write!

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  6. Had never heard of the antivite either, and sure as I send some out, I'd get a whole mess of them back. However, if I could let certain people know they are off the hook of ever feeling the need to call me again, it might be worth the stamp.
    And that dessert...oh. holy. crap.

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    1. Don't bother, even if they don't call, they'll text, FB, tweet, email, you know they'll find some way to hunt you down!

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  7. Oh my gosh, that's a real thing?? Wow. Talk about in your face. "Not only are you not invited to our function, but we went out of our way to make sure you KNOW you're not invited, so that there's no chance of you showing up." Humph.
    Except for the Yankees; then it is a perfectly reasonable thing.

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    1. I know, pretty rude, huh? And who would pay money to have them made up? But the Yankees thing, I knew you'd understand!

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    2. I need a "like" button on this blog for your last comment.

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  8. Bahahaha ... LOVE the fact that you hate the Yankees as much as me!

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    www.raising-reagan.com

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  9. I love these!!! And I would love to be a "Fly on the Wall" near the mailbox when the neighbor brings the dog back by. Ha...

    Have a great week, Slu

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  10. I've always just gone with the thought that if I don't receive an invitation it means I'm not invited. I can't imagine opening the mailbox and finding one of these in there!
    I would however LOVE to open the mailbox and find a batch of these cookie bars!! I will send the address by PM! lol

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    1. I'm with you. If I get an invitation, I'm invited. If not, I'm not.

      As much as I'd love to send you some of these bars, I have teenagers and find that if I try to leave the house with treats I get tackled on the way to the post office. Sorry.

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  11. There are so many people I would LOVE to give antivites to
    www.mommysrambles.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I have days like that, LOL.

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  12. I'm now considering contacting a printing company to draw me up a huge stack of anti-vites now. But not for any parties I'm having, I'll just tell everyone who is invited to keep their mouths shut around the anti-vite people.

    Oh and if I promise to eat all my brussel sprouts, can I have that dessert too pleeeease??

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    1. Yup, dessert for all, head on over.

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  13. Well, that is a rude way of saying "you're not worthy" to be invited! LOL!

    Also, you are a crazy good cook!

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    1. It really is rude, I just don't see the point, other than making money for the card companies. I'd be so hurt if I actually ever got one...

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  14. This is so clever!!! Makes me want to start a list of my own! The makeup catalog in the bag--Avon, by any chance? I sell that stuff but good heavens I would NEVER put rocks in the bag. You need to throw it back at her! The recipe here looks insanely good, too!

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    1. Start a list, I'm telling you it's cathartic! And yes, that's how they deliver Avon catalogs here. They don't bring it to your door, they put rocks in the bag so it stays where they throw it, and they throw it out their car window onto your driveway for you to go pick up. Amazing marketing practice. . .

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  15. All of this. All of it. You made me laugh tonight, and I really needed it.

    -The Insomniacs Dream

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    1. I'm sorry, sounds like you're having the same kind of day I'm having. Glad I could provide a laugh!

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  16. Antivites, that's brilliant! You're a genius-we all need those at one time or another!

    I'm drooling on my computer again. I seem to do that every time I come over here... You and your evilly delicious recipes!

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    1. Oh no, now I've got you thinking. Gonna send a few out?

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  17. I was grinning so broadly when I was reading this, my husband had to know what it was about.
    Loved it! It's hard to believe they're a real thing, though - how obnoxious!

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    1. So glad you were amused. As soon as I heard about them I knew I was going to have to write something. Just couldn't pass it up.

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  18. To the flag football team planning yet another end of season party at Shakey's pizza so I can overpay for mediocre pizza and watch my kids blow through cash to play dumb games and earn cheapo platic prizes that will end up in the trash- Don't bother sending the email, you're free that day.

    To the team parent who wants to get trophies eventhough trophies are not part of this season and we only have to chip in $20 per kid, don't send that email either- you're suddenly free as well;)

    This was awesome!
    Vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL, I think I found someone who likes this idea!

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  19. An anti-invite to a wedding would be an invitation to end any relationship with the person who sent it. Holy Hannah, that's rude.
    Your anti-invites, on the other hand are hilarious. Especially the no dinner-no dessert post. That drives me crazy and you know I don't need anymore crazy!
    Chocolate AND cheesecake? I'm on it!
    Yankees are spoiled. Go DETROIT TIGERS!!
    xox

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    1. It's a good thing I ❤ you cause I had a battle with myself as to whether to post your comment or delete it due to the unfortunate "team other than the Red Sox" mention, but I'm gonna allow it despite the fact that it pains me to do so!

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    2. Thank you for understanding the love of my roots. All Detroit, all the time. I just witnessed your page count. I'm jumping up and down for you! Ok, I'm waiting for my corn on the cob to boil..I guess you could call it multi taking. So proud of you, girl. I really, really am.

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    3. I know, it's unbelievable. I never thought I'd make it before the one year mark. I'm stunned and thrilled.

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  20. I like the idea of antivites, they could come in handy. This is really a cute post. The bar recipes looks yummy too.

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    1. We recently had a hail storm and I'd actually love to send some out to every roofer in town, all of whom have been ringing my doorbell daily!

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  21. Karen..this is absolutely hysterical! It's one of my favorite posts. I also would gladly accept the anti invite in many aspects of my life!!!
    xx

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    1. I think you're right, there are a few things I can think of that I'd love to be left OFF the list!

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  22. Ok I have a question, I am trying to cut back on some of the sugar. Can I use the Truvia baking blend in this recipe? If not I guess I will just have to suffer with the real thing or make them for gifts, lol, not! And thank you for all of your posts and recipes...

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    1. I do know that the Truvia baking blend can be used in place of brown sugar in recipes, but I've honestly not tried it in this. I do encourage you to give it a try, I firmly believe in starting with a recipe and making it work for you. Let me know how you like it if you do try it.

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    2. Thank you I will def try it I make cookies and take them to family members and my brother is borderline diabetic! Thanks for responding to me. Keep up the good work...

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  23. I love everything about this post, but especially those chocolate chip bars. Oh myyy *swoon*

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