Friday, September 6, 2013

Take 1 – September Secret Subject Swap


Welcome to Take One of September’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.

Secret Subject Swap - bakinginatornado.com

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
The Momisodes
Just A Little Nutty
Follow me home . . .
Moore Organized Mayhem
Stacy Sews and Schools
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Searching For Sanity
Crazy As Normal
Menopausal Mother
Moms Don't Say That

My subject is What did you want to be when you grew up? And did you do it? It was submitted by Moore Organized Mayhem. Here goes:

Oh, the dreams of young girls. Here’s what I wanted to be, and how I did:

1. A famous ballerina: Not that I know of.
2. Whisked away by a Knight in shining armor: No knight. No armor. No horse, even.
3. The Mom to kids who adore me: Not at this moment.
4. That Mom who french braids her daughter’s hair: No, a boy. And then a boy again.
5. A person who lives in a castle with a moat: No castle, no moat, no kingdom.
6. The employer of a butler, nanny, maid and chef: Not unless they’re hiding under the bed.
7. A princess: Nope.
8. Happy: Helloooo, can you say teenagers?
9. Forever young: Not even close.
10. Rich beyond my wildest dreams: Not even beyond my tamest dreams.

Wait a minute. I’m concentrating on the negative. I need to look at where I wanted to be and where I am with a more positive attitude. So thank you, Moore Organized Mayhem, I’m giving this whole thing a fresh look, a new perspective. So again, what I wanted to be and how I did:

1. A famous ballerina: Granted I’m not, but oh the joy I get from embarrassing my kids when I dance around the kitchen.
2. Whisked away by a Knight in shining armor: I mean really, who knows how to clean armor these days?
3. The Mom to kids who adore me: Well, I can always look at pictures of when the kids were little, right?
4. That Mom who french braids her daughter’s hair: When my boys went through the “long hair” stage, there may have been some french braiding going on while they slept. But you didn’t hear that from me.
5. A person who lives in a castle with a moat: OK, it isn’t a castle but I’ve got as many bathrooms as family members so I’m going to call this one good.
6. The employer of a butler, nanny, maid and chef in my home: Who wants a bunch of strangers around to hear me screaming at having rational discussions with my kids. And we all know that baking relieves stress, so it’s actually a good thing I don’t have any help in the home because without my baking I’d have jumped off the roof by now.

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DoodleWays

7. A princess. My kids call me the Queen of Mean. And everyone knows queens are better than princesses.
8. Happy: I have a son in college and one heading there next year. All things considered I’m certainly on the verge of happy.
9. Forever young: Well, when I put in my contacts and hold items at arm’s length I can still read. That’s almost like still being young.
10. Rich beyond my wildest dreams: I got nothing for this one. But finding the positive side 9 times out of 10 isn’t bad, right?

Bakinginatornado.com
PS: I want to thank my friend It's Yummilicious for talking me through my frustration after the first 3 attempts at this cookie failed. Fourth time’s a charm, Becca.

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Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 ½ cups sugar plus 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
2 ¾ cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup cinnamon chips
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 bag (7 oz) of Milky Way Bites
½ cup chocolate chips
1 TBSP butter
 
Directions:
*Cream the butter, margarine, 1½ cups sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Mix in the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Once all is incorporated, add the cinnamon chips.
*Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 3 cookie sheets.
*Mix together the 1/2 cup of sugar and the cinnamon.
*Remove dough from the fridge, roll into approximately 48 balls. Roll each one in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place onto cookie sheet (about 15 per sheet).
*Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then remove and cool completely.
*Put the butter and chocolate chips in a pan on low heat. Stir while it starts to melt. Add the Milky Ways and continue stirring until smooth. It will get thick and grainy first, continue to stir and melt on low heat until it’s thick and smooth.
*Line the cookies up in pairs, flat side up.
*Put a tsp of melted mixture onto the flat side of half of the cookies. Gently press the flat sides of the other half of the cookies on top to form sandwiches.
*Allow the center to set before moving.

33 comments:

  1. I love this! I really do. I like how you put the spin on the negative and made them positives.
    And I am extremely jealous of your bathrooms! We have 3 but there are 7 of us. SIGH.....

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    1. Thanks. I realized it was turning into a negative post, not what I was going for, so I had to get it turned around.

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  2. Polishing armor is hard work. ;)

    ... and how will I ever lose weight with stuff like this just floating around the internet?!

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    1. LOL, guess I won't have to worry about polishing armor. Phew, dodged that bullet!

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  3. You know what they say about knights in shining armour?? They always end up being an idiot wrapped in tin foil. You made me giggle when you admitted to braiding your boys hair in their sleep. I'm just glad you aren't around when I'm asleep. I'm afraid of what you'd do to my hair.

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    1. Ha ha "an idiot wrapped in tin foil", wish I had heard that one before I wrote this post, would have fit in perfectly.

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  4. LOVE this babe...I think you got better dreams than you imagined...look at the blessings you have...you rock...and bring so much joy to us all...I know I look forward to your SSS emails and posts...perhaps YOU are the knight in shining armor.

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    1. I think we're all very naive when we're little, and although we're right to hold on to some of our dreams, others get adjusted along the way. Nothing wrong with that.

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  5. Thank goodness you turned out to be exactly who you were meant to be. An awesome mom with mad baking and blogging skills. Oh yeah, and with the patience of Job. This is one of my favorite SSS of yours. Keep that positivity going...especially when you're dealing with your loser blogger friend ;)
    I still don't know how to french braid :(

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    1. I don't have any loser blogger friends. Just, apparently, one who doesn't know how to french braid.

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  6. Karen--I LOVE this post---one of my favorites of yours! You knocked this one out of the ball park. And ohhh those cookies just look wicked good.

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    1. I'm glad to have gotten this post turned around from the negative. And there's nothing negative about those cookies, we loved them.

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  7. LOL I wanted to be a rock star. I'm not but my boys were. So I live through them :)
    Happy. Most of the time.
    Girls. Nope got 3 boys and I am sooo glad I did.
    Love these cookies!

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    1. Funny how we adjust what we want. Now I really want nothing more than for my kids to be happy and healthy.

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  8. I had to marry The Handsome Prince before receiving a royal title and I'm fairly sure you still outrank me Queen of Mean. *snickers*
    It is funny how life offers us a totally different package than what was in the brochure all those years. As the owner of one current working bathroom servicing 7 people and two others under construction, I might move into your castle just so I can see the inside of a bathroom alone for five minutes in the morning. If you make these amazing cookies then, I might never leave. :)

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    1. I may not live in a castle, but I sure do love my bathrooms, LOL.

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  9. I think that we could have that many bathrooms and STILL run in to issues. It's funny how everyone's bladder seems to need to be emptied at the same time.
    You, my friend, ARE rich, just not in the monetary sense. But if you WERE...well....you'd give me some, right?! ;)

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    1. LOL, I've got a kid in college and one going next year. Those colleges will eat up every penny that you're kids haven't already found a way to spend!

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  10. I love this! And I like the direction you took - I did a similar thing....decided to focus on the positive!

    And I think you should find pictures of the sleeping braided princes.....just sayin.....Facebook Gold!

    Thanks for all the hard work you do to make the SSS such an amazing success and so much fun!!!!

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    1. Ha ha that Facebook gold would probably get me killed in my sleep!

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  11. Hee hee! I love how you looked at both sides! If you find those servants hiding under your bed, will you please send them my way?

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    1. LOL, as soon as I'm done with them. Which could be never.

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  12. Hey Yo... Great list on both sides. Brought a smile. Have a great weekend, Slu

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    1. Thanks, Slu. Glad I could bring a smile to your Saturday.

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  13. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was growing up. Now that I am grown up I still try to figure that out!

    Fun lists on both sides, and some really make sense! Happy weekend!

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    1. I'm not trying to figure it out any more, just trying to get up every day and put one foot in front of the other. Winning.

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  14. Hi Karen, I just stopped by from Dawn's Swap N Share Sunday. I love this post. The cookie recipe is definitely a bonus at the end of this post. Thanks so much for sharing your heartfelt thoughts with a fabulous recipe.

    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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    1. So glad you found me, Joanne. I'll check out your site as well.

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  15. I once had a castle with a moat. OK, that's a lie. It was a view of White Castle and there was a sludge pit in the back where the workers poured the frying oil.

    LOVE the look of those cookies! Thinking they'll be a perfect treat on cheat day this week!

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    1. A view of White Castle? Lets call that good. And thank you so much for talking me through my frustrations with this cookie. I'm glad I stuck with it, my son loved how they came out . . . finally.

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  16. Oh my gosh, I am laughing out loud at the vision of you French braiding your boys' hair while they sleep! Love it! And if you count the big-a$$ puddle in the middle of my front lawn from the kids making a baseball diamond, then I have a moat. :p

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    1. I would definitely call it a moat. Make sure there aren't any crocodiles living in there.

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