At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
Actually, this post was a double challenge. I had assigned all the words, sent out the emails and written my post. Then a friend who had signed up had to back out. I had the words she had sent in. I ended up having to delete my post and start over with the words she had been assigned. So here's my second incarnation of this week's Use Your words post.
I’m using: rainbow ~ trap ~ catch ~ gold ~ 17 ~ green. They were submitted by: Confessions of a part-time working mom.
This is the story of Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue.
Actually, it's not. It's the story of Happy-Go-Lucky and Suzie Tornado.
Well, in truth it's the ongoing story of Happy and Suzie. I started telling you this saga last Friday in my Secret Subject Swap, Lucky Leprechaun post. Since I'm sure you've already read the post, you may want to click on the link just to refresh your memory.
OK, so you're up to date? When we last saw Suzie she was half dressed chasing cookie-clad Happy Leprechaun with a spatula. When she sees men in white coats carrying straightjackets chasing her, Suzie starts to realize that she might just want to rethink her strategy.
It isn't as though she's going to be able to serve those cookies to her guests anyway. I mean oven to table is one thing. Butt to table, not so much.
It's the principal of the thing though. She's gonna catch that cookie stealing green-wearing imp if it's the last thing she does. But she's going to have to be smart about it. Oh, and clothed; she's probably going to attract less attention if she covered her own butt (literally) and wearing a straightjacket in a rubber room is not what she had in mind. She had until St. Patrick's Day to find him. She needed a plan.
Suzie went home furious but not defeated. She tried to recapture her
The Friday before St. Patrick's Day, Suzie went to the kitchen. Baking was not only her stress relief, but was also when she did her best thinking. She got to work on her Dark Chocolate Chip Bread and as she baked a plan began to form.
Dark Chocolate Chip Bread
with Orange Cream CheeseShe didn't need to chase him, she needed to trap him. How?
And then it came to her. Happy had taken her Lucky Rainbow Cookies; that's what had drawn him, and what goes with a rainbow that could lure him back? Gold. Of course, a pot of gold.
She found a pot, filled it with gold, placed it on a table on her back deck and went upstairs to wait.
Then suddenly it happened, from downstairs she heard that familiar skittering sound.
She raced downstairs, flew out onto the deck, "aha" she yelled. She looked over and to her surprise, sitting in the exact spot where she left it was the pot of gold. Slowly she turned and there in the back yard was Happy. He stopped mid-stride, turned and gave Suzie a wink. It was then that she saw what he was carrying. In one hand was her Dark Chocolate Chip Bread. In the other, her Orange Cream Cheese.
With murder once again on her mind, Suzie grabbed the closest thing she could find, jumped off the deck and ran after him yelling "I'll get you this time, Leprechaun".
So, yet again, if you happen to see a woman running down the street chasing a Leprechaun, this time pitching gold coins at him, rest assured you're not hallucinating. Although you may want to consider getting out of the way of those men in the white coats chasing after her carrying straightjackets . . .
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Dark Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Cream Cheese
1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup milk
2 TBSP chocolate syrup, bring to room temperature
1 egg, bring to room temperature
1 3/4 cups flour
2 TBSP unsweetened baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Ingredients, Cream Cheese:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 TBSP powdered sugar
3 TBSP orange juice
¼ tsp orange zest
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.
*Beat the butter and sugar. Beat in the milk, syrup and egg until smooth.
*Mix in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Last, flour the dark chocolate chips and gently mix them into the batter.
*Pour into the prepared loaf pan. I like to make sure the mixture is just a little thicker in the corners as they cook first.
*Bake for approximately one hour. Start checking the bread after 50 minutes. At this point, if the bread isn’t done but the top is getting very brown, you can tent a piece of tin foil loosely over the top. When done, the center should spring back to the touch.
*Allow to sit in the loaf pan for 10 minutes before removing.
Directions, Cream Cheese:
*Beat cream cheese until smooth.
*Beat in the powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest until smooth.
*Cover and store in refrigerator.