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.
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
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
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
DoodleWays7. 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?
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.
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 ½ cups sugar plus 1/2 cup sugar
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
*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.