Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Baking in a Juicebox

Today’s post is a collaboration. Michelle, who writes at Juicebox Confession and I are playing a game of Mad Libs. You remember those, don’t you? Where someone else’s words are added to already existing sentences?

So without telling each other anything at all about our posts, we each wrote about whatever we wanted, leaving out words. We then requested the kinds of words we needed and fit them into the blanks we’d left in our posts.

The resulting piece? Here’s mine with the addition of Michelle’s words:


Baking in a Juicebox | www.BakingInATornado.com


If you’re a regular here, you know that I have a son who’s a freshman in college this year and another son who’ll be a freshman next year. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that just before a child leaves for college there are so many things you want to be sure to tell him, make sure he knows or remembers.

In the days of preparation and making lists and packing and making plans and talking and explaining and frantically getting in all the important things your baby needs to know before going out out on his own for the first time, it seems that there are some details that get lost.

My son recently spent a month at home during semester break, and I took full advantage of my do-over. This time, before he goes back to school, I made sure to tell him:

*Call your mother 20 times a day and twice on the weekends.

*You saved $ 7 to use as spending money for the year. It’s important that it last longer than the first 30 minutes.

*Speaking of over-use, you took a year’s worth of contacts to school with you. If you’re already all out, you better plan on wearing your rings because those contacts do not grow on buildings.

*You need to change the sheets on your bed. That’s why I sent you two sets of tires and lots of laundry detergent.

*When it snows, wear a laptop. Same with gloves and boots. Blankets and sneakers just won’t do.

*Don’t do your homework on your phone. Use a plate or find your way to the rodeo.

I paid for a meal plan. 23 meals a day, 5 days a week. So when I look at your debit account I shouldn’t be seeing daily trips to a state park.


Crockpot Fruited Pork Roast - Baking In A Tornado
Crockpot Fruited Pork Roast


*Speaking of food, the “freshman 15 (pounds)” is an understatement. It’s more like 65. So you might want to consider doing some exercise, like singing, poking, yelling or twirling.

*Duct tape your room key to your ear lobe, there’s only so many times I’m paying to replace it.

*Talk to a housekeeper before signing up for next semester’s classes. We have no plans for you to be on the 14 year plan.

*Flying for two weeks to get to a concert out of town is not a good reason to skip class.

*If you’re going to come home for the weekend, please let me know before I get pink eye from hearing toys opening in the middle of the night.

*And while you’re home, let me know if you need supplies and I’ll buy them. Don’t just leave and let me find there are no beds, swings, logs or phones left anywhere in the house.

*Although I’m thrilled that college provides a place for you to dance and bathe and express yourself, could you consider the possibility that the legalization of lipstick and your desire to jump ten hours away to check out the situation for yourself isn’t really what I had in mind?

And as always; be safe, study hard, make good choices. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, know that you are loved.

Be sure to click on this link and jump on over to Juicebox Confession to see how the words I sent her fit into the post she wrote.

Baking Signature

Crockpot Fruited Pork Roast
                                        ©www.BakingInATornado.com
 
Printable Recipe
 
NOTE: Crockpots heat to different temperatures, you may need to adjust heat and cooking times based on your slow cooker. Sauce should not be boiling as it cooks.
 
Ingredients:
3# Pork Loin Roast
15 oz jar Red Currant Jelly
½ cup Catalina salad dressing
1 onion sliced
Small package baby carrots
¾ cup cranraisins
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
 
Directions:
*Place the pork roast in your crockpot, then put the sliced onions in.
*In a bowl, mix the jelly and the salad dressing. Pour over the pork and onions.
*Cook on low for 2 hours, turn pork, mix the sauce and cook for 3 more hours.
*Remove pork, slice and add back to the crockpot. Add the carrots, cranraisins and apple slices. Try to cover them with sauce as much as possible. Cook 2 hours, mixing after the first hour.
 

32 comments:

  1. This was so much fun and I love how they turned out! Thank you so much for asking me to be in on this.

    XOXO

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. I laughed while doing it, my measure of a success.

      Delete
  2. Cute post! My dad loved playing MadLibs, especially on Sunday mornings. He'd MadLib the church bulletin and make me giggle out loud during church ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a great memory, Becca. They really were so much fun to do, this one was as well.

      Delete
  3. Bwahahahaha! Oh, that's priceless! I especially liked the calling 20 times a day! And getting pink eye from opening toys in the middle of the night!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, and the freshman 65. Yikes, that was my favorite.

      Delete
  4. Haaa love it! I used to love playing mad libs. In my day we made 7 dollars last a year... and we liked it ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Turned out pretty funny, didn't it. We weren't sure where it would go when we started, but I love how it ended up.

      Delete
  5. Love this SOOOOO much!!!! Too funny!!!
    The pork roast sounds to die for!!!!! <3!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Stacy. I hope you try the pork roast. We loved it, and it made enough for a few meals (well, maybe not at your house).

      Delete
  6. Clever! I ADORE mad libs! The first two weeks I had a blog, I did my "about page" as mad libs! It was pretty funny. Or maybe not.
    I love the one: duct tape your key to your ear lobe. LOL. And if it snows wear a laptop.....so funny!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I had seen that "about" page, bet I would have had a good laugh at it. Unfortunate that I didn't know you then.

      Delete
  7. This is a really cute post!! Karen you come up with great ideas for your post!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've heard that room keys taped to earlobes is the latest fashion trend. We loved doing Mad Libs when my kids were young. Thanks for the memories!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember laughing at them when I was young. They're still just as much fun as an adult.

      Delete
  9. What a great idea!! I love the "duct tape your room key to your earlobe" hilarious!!! You guys should do this again. I need to laugh more :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'll have to make sure I sign my son up for the 23 meals a day plan when he goes to college; that might almost be enough for him. And I'm glad to hear that lipstick has finally been legalized; I hated sneaking around with my Pink Passion Maybelline.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, right? I don't know about that 5 days a week thing, they could get pretty hungry those other 2 days.

      Delete
  11. Haha! I used to love Madlibs! You saved $7 as spending money for the year. Love it!! That might be enough for lunch with no drink. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, $7 isn't gonna take this kid far, I can tell you that. He spent half of what he saved for the year in the first 2 weeks. And it was more than $7!

      Delete
  12. These are all very important life lessons......
    But if you know a secret for making $7 stretch for a year, can you clue me in? haha
    And ya know? I'm glad you cleared up where contacts come from...all this time, I totally thought they grew on buildings.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad to be of service with that contact info. But stretching that $7 never did happen!

      Delete
  13. You have so much creativity when it comes to your posts. Some of them worked like calling 20 times a day. I'm sure you'd want that!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a fun game, Karen. Your story turned out hilarious. My favorite line is "Use a plate or find your way to the rodeo". I'm going to use that on Alex and Christian today, just to see what they say. I'm so glad you enjoy all of these swaps. Your blog is so fun to read (Even in bulk)!

      Delete
    2. I'm really happy with how it came out. I like "talk to a housekeeper before signing up for next semester's classes". Ha, for once I hope he doesn't do what I say.

      Delete
  14. Mmmmmmmm.

    Cute post.

    Had to dig this recipe back up. Making a roast this week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. After you make it, be sure to let me know what you think.

      Delete

Warning: Comment at your own risk. I have Comment Moderation, meaning I approve all comments before they show up here. So go ahead, I'm not scared!