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I know people think I cheat and pick my own prompt each month, but I really don’t. It’s a long and complicated process, assigning prompts, and the longer the Swap goes on the more work it is to assign them. I try to be sure that no one gets the prompt of the person who got theirs, that they don’t get the prompt of the same person theirs came from last month, that they don’t get one to similar to one they’ve recently written about. At this point, my 34th Swap, assigning prompts takes hours.
So it really is a coincidence that not only have I been told that I look like someone famous many times, but I actually was talking about this on my Baking In A Tornado Facebook page about a month ago. I posted an old picture from high school and in the comments there it was, someone had made the connection. Again.
It actually started in high school and the first person to say it was a teacher. I don’t remember how the subject came up, he just came out with it one day in class. “You know you look just like . . . “. It was embarrassing, as pretty much everything in high school is, to have everyone turn and look at me. But at the time there were lots of “well, now that you mention it”.
I didn’t get it. I really didn’t. I went home and told my mom. Like anyone who knows you really well, has seen you grow and change, knows every nuance of your appearance, who sees not just your looks but your personality in your looks, she saw only the passing resemblance. Like me, it just wasn’t clear.
And I also have to admit that I wasn’t exactly flattered. I mean she is a thing of beauty in her own way, but not really what a teenager would call pretty. At one point in my youth I even wondered if my teacher was insulting me. I mean there were models and movie stars and rock stars and all kinds of people I would love for people to tell me I look like. If I were to be told that I look like someone famous, this was not who I’d like people to think of first. Or second, or third, or fourth . . .
But through the years it did happen. Actually pretty often. Whatever it was, lots of people seemed to see it. Like most people though, I’ve changed my hairstyle, my makeup regime, all kinds of changes come as you mature and it’s been years since I’ve heard the comparison.
Now, of course, as I’ve aged and matured, I can see her classic beauty. I feel the allure of her smile, acknowledge the mesmerizing quality of her look.
If someone were to ask for my autograph and picture would I fess up? No flippin’ way! Listen, if they’re delusional enough to think that she’s living in the Midwest, baking cookies, writing a blog and stressing about teenagers, I’m certainly not going to chance whacking someone like that over the head with reality. They can have a picture. My pleasure.
In fact, I’ve made up a bunch of them, autograph and all. The picture is from back in high school, when the likeness was most evident. And if you really think I look like her and you want to stick around and chat, I may just tell you what that smile is all about.
Bet you thought I forgot to add something yummy to this post. Nope, it’s here. A side dish I served with dinner:
Sweet Potato Cups with Maple Butter
PS: A longtime Swap participant didn't think she could join in this month because she was moving. Just 2 days ago she asked for a prompt. So although she didn't sign up in time for the exchange, she IS writing a Subject Swap post today too. Please check hers out as well:
Sweet Potato Cups with Maple Butter©www.BakingInATornado.com
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP brown sugar
Ingredients, Sweet Potato Cups:
2 large sweet potatoes
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP maple syrup
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp salt
*Mix together butter ingredients. Roll into 6 balls, wrap individually in plastic wrap, put into sandwich bag and refrigerate for at least an hour (can freeze).
*Grease 9 muffin tins very well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Peel and shred sweet potatoes (I shredded in the food processor). Run your hands through the shreds to be sure there are no big pieces.
*Mix in the rest of the ingredients and, using your hands, form into 9 balls. Place each into a greased muffin tin and pat down.
*Bake for 70 to 75 minutes (don't let the sides burn). Once out of the oven, let sit for 15 minutes. If you try to remove them at this point they'll fall apart.
*Take the butter from the fridge and cut each ball in half.
*Gently remove the sweet potato cups from the muffin tin and place on serving plate. Put a butter half on top of each to serve.