Friday, May 16, 2014

May Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what directions the writer will take them. Until now.

Use Your Words - Baking In A Tornado

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.
I’m using: envy ~ hilarious ~ multitude ~ monstrosity ~ snack ~ romaine
They were submitted by: FBX Adventures (In Parenting)

I’ve been baking for a long time and when my kids were in elementary and middle school I know that many other kids would envy mine. Part of how I knew was by how many of them would show up at our house after school, coincidentally right at snack time.

I always tried to make different recipes. This kept it interesting for me. Both my boys and their friends got used to the multitude of unique treats that would be waiting after a hard day at school.

Shhh, don’t tell (sad but true, my boys don’t read my blog, could it be becasue I’m always talking about them?) but sometimes I’d try to disguise a little something extra in those baked treats. NO, not that, that’s illegal in this state and I wouldn’t do that to kids anyway. I’m talking about da . . . da . . . dum . . . (insert dramatic music here) the dreaded vegetable. Yes, I went there. I was desperate and desperate times call for desperate measures. These were the days of my boys insisting that fruit snacks are fruit and carrot cake is a vegetable.


 Peanut Butter and Jelly Dessert Pizza - Baking In A Tornado
Peanut Butter and Jelly Dessert Pizza


Those experiments ended in one of three different scenarios:

*Sometimes I’d get away with it. I’d privately pat myself on the back and try to keep from smirking at the hilarious (well, to me) sight of my vegetable-averse boys gobbling up a treat that had something healthy (gasp) baked into it.

*Unfortunately it’s also true that sometimes the boys would throw the snack in the trash. I think they just assumed it was something they didn’t like, not that I had tried to sneak in some random ingredient that had turned a coveted snack into a monstrosity. This did not go over well and in those times they would be very unhappy with me. They’d look at me with an expression that said “You screwed up chocolate? Who does that?”

*Other times I’d just plain get caught. Nabbed. Nothing to do but ‘fess up and move on:
Son (making a sandwich for lunch): “Mom, where’s the lettuce? I thought you bought some romaine.”
Me: “See that cupcake? Just put it in your sandwich and we’ll call it good.”

Links to other Use Your Words posts:



Baking In A Tornado

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dessert Pizza
                                                                        ©www.BakingInATornado.com
 
Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients, Cookie:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp strawberry extract
2 cups flour
2/3 cup Strawberry Nesquick (lower sugar version)
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
 
Ingredients, topping:
1 cup peanut butter
¾ cups Marshmallow Fluff
8 to 10 strawberries, sliced
½ cup seedless strawberry jelly
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a solid pizza pan (not one with holes in the bottom).
*Cream butter, margarine and sugars.  Beat in eggs and strawberry extract.
*Mix in flour, baking soda, Nesquick and salt.
*Put onto the pizza pan and, with slightly wet hands, spread evenly into the pan. Spread only into the bottom of the pan and not up the edges as it will puff in the oven.
*Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.
*While cookie is cooling, mix peanut butter and fluff together and microwave for approx. 30 to 45 seconds until you can mix it and it’s fairly smooth.
*Put this mixture onto the cookie and gently spread evenly almost all the way out to the edges.
*Arrange strawberries on top of the peanut butter mixture.
*Melt the strawberry jelly in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds or until you can mix it and it’s smooth. Drizzle over the top of your cookie pizza.

27 comments:

  1. Yummy pizza cookie and I love that you added pb and fluff!
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Oh yeah, New Englanders love our Fluffernutters!

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  2. You have to share some of the recipes that work!!! My youngest runs away from anything and everything healthy. I need some major help!! LOL

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    1. Yeah, both of mine run away from anything healthy. And often they'll dissect a meal just to be sure I didn't hide anything in there, so it seems that after all these years they've finally figured me out!

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  3. I used to make carrot muffins by the dozens with triple the amount if carrots in them just to get a vegetable into the kids when they were little. No wonder they love carrot cake so much today. This pizza looks yummy and easy. Now I'm hungry for carrot cake and dessert pizza!!

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    1. When my older son was younger and such a poor eater I actually had a nutritionist suggest carrot cake as a way to get both carrots and calories into him. He did like it, but then I never actually called it Carrot Cake.

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  4. Who screws up chocolate, hahahaha! Have you ever tried zucchini chocolate cake?
    C is the same about veggies, so I try to smuggle broccoli into my lasagna, very finely chopped. Sometimes I get away with it.

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    1. I used to hide spinach in lasagne but the boys saw something green in there and gave me "the look"!

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    2. Oh, he gives me "the look", too when he spies something green. Most of the times he accepts the "what green? You mean, the basil, it's an herb!" (as in "not a veggie") This may change as he gets older.

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  5. I know someone in my house who would love that pizza and he might get one soon.

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  6. Geez! Who uses romaine in baked goods!? LOL

    I will say that I consider carrot cake a vegetable... one that I would gladly eat over and over and over.

    Your stories make me smile :)

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    1. A desperate, desperate Mama, that's who, LOL!

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  7. Yay! Great use of my words!! Love it, AND I totally want that dessert now!!! I need to make it once the Bug gets better!

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    1. Thanks, they were fun words. So sorry about your trip, hope Bug is feeling up to a Peanut Butter and Jelly Dessert Pizza soon.

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  8. You did a great job with your words. I never thought about sneaking vegetables into my baked goods, I wish I would have done it when mykids were little.

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    1. Unfortunately once they figure you out you're pretty much done. Every new food ends up getting a suspicious look.

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  9. Excellent use of your words. If Whitlee is anything like her father, I'll be hiding veggies too. Yet another recipe I'll be trying!!!

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    1. Hope Whitlee isn't like her father in that regard, hiding vegetables is not one of the highlights of being a Mom, I must admit.

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  10. OMG that looks tasty. My kids have a creepy veggie sense about them...they know...lol

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    1. Yeah, my kids got pretty good at dissecting anything on their plate too.

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  11. Having one kid that is soooo picky I've been a master at adding veggies to everything I can....including pancakes! Not a huge fan of canned veggies but one can pureed added to most anything works!

    Now that the picky one is older I don't do it as much as often she is helping me cook!

    Love what you did with your words and I hope your sons love that you write about them! One day their children will love it!

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    1. I have to admit I never thought about veggies in pancakes. . . hmmmm.
      No, my kids definitely do not like that I write about them, that's why I keep who and where I am as quiet as I can. Maybe someday. . . I can always hope.

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  12. Just throw that cupcake right into your sandwich! Haha. Thank God for those veggie packet steamers that they sell in the frozen aisle of Wal-Mart. They come already seasoned, and I just toss them into a glass bowl and pop them into the microwave for about 5 minutes. The whole family loves them...otherwise, I'm not sure how I'd get them to eat veggies because I cannot bake!

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    1. That's the ingenuity of Moms, if you got desperate you'd think of something!

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  13. Bwahahaha! I had a nephew like that. Except that his mother catered to him, only calling him to dinner when dessert was being served. When I baked his favourite cake for a special occasion, I told him when he appeared for dessert that I had put peas and carrots into the cake "just for him'. He went back downstairs and wouldn't touch a bite. I'm sorta sorry about that . . .

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    1. Love your sense of humor. I would have eaten that cake peas and carrots or not!

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