Friday, September 12, 2014

September 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 direction 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: confident ~ regained ~ imagination ~ future
They were submitted by: Sparkly Poetic Weirdo 
Whenever I do these posts I always try to start off getting the words into a sentence or two. It doesn’t qualify as a full post, of course, but it makes me feel a little more comfortable taking on the challenge, like I have a fall-back of sorts.                

So . . .

I am confident that if I’ve truly regained my imagination I can craft these words into a post sometime in the near future.   

Phew, now that the pressure’s off . . .

Imagination is an interesting thing. I often wonder if, in my grandmother’s day, she ever could have even guessed at the way we live now. Could she possibly believe that the things that are so much a part of our life that we take them for granted could  exist?

When I was growing up I used to watch a cartoon called The Jetsons. It was a humorous look into the future with flying cars and food dispensing machines in every home. At the time it all seemed absurd, but then I would never have expected in my adult life to have a phone that went places with me, an internet to look up. . . well, basically anything and everything and now even cars that park themselves.

So what does the future hold for my children? And for their children?
Possibly:

* No more washing, drying and folding laundry. Each bedroom will have a clothes box. Put clothes in at the end of the day and in the morning take them out clean and folded.

* Pet poop-bots come with all pooping pets. These robots will walk your pet, scoop the poop and dispose of it in chutes similar to the drains currently on our streets where it is immediately deodorized and recycled into . . . well, you don’t want to know.


* Snail mail is out. Email is out. Brain mail is in. Approved parties can send their thoughts directly into a file in our brains. Any attempt at spam is repelled, immediately bounced back to the sender where it quite literally bites them on the butt.

* Fatal diseases are all eradicated. Old age and accident are the only causes of death.

* Mode of travel is by Hover Chair. Picture an oversized chair enclosed in a bubble. You can attach others to the back or sides of yours for family members similar to how a trailer is attached to a car. They move through the air so you can go wherever you want AND there are no rude stewardesses.

 
Fiery Apple Cookie Bars | BakingInATornado.com | #recipe


Fiery Apple Cookie Bars

* We have regained control of education. School can be attended physically in groups, through video chat or via traveling teachers who come to your home. College is free, you meet the requirements to attend or you don’t. If you don’t and want to go, try the traveling teachers, they’ll help you get there.
* Money is no longer required. Everything is bartered. We all have a service that we can provide or products we can trade. Of course with no money there’s no need for politicains.
*Fermentation is now achievable in minutes. Oh come on, you knew I’d go there.
* We have found a way to maintain the natural order of the food chain without spiders.
* Kids are respectful. All of them. The disrespectful gene has been removed from the pool. Can I get an “amen”?
 
I’m confident that all of these will become a part of future lives, aren’t you?

Links to the other Use Your Words posts:

Baking In A Tornado


Fiery Apple Cookie Bars
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp apple pie seasoning
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 small apple, finely chopped
5 oz Hot Tamale candies, chopped
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 11 pan.
*Cream together the butter, margarine, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
*Add in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, apple pie seasoning and mix well to form a dough.
*Mix in the apple and candies last.
*Spread into the prepared pan.
*Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
*Remove from oven and cool before slicing.

37 comments:

  1. OOOH! I LOVE your view of the future!!!
    I have been saying for years that I wish we would go back to bartering! LOL

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    1. I think bartering, maybe not for everything, but for many things is such a great way to get the things we need (and want).

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  2. You have quite an imagination! You are a confident person with your use of words. Maybe in the futire I'll participate in one of these. It's early morning here in Denver so maybe after I have my coffee I will have regained enough of my mind to actually put a sentence together!

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    1. I'd love to have you try out a Use Your Words post. But look out, they're addictive.

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  3. I want a piece of all of that! No disrespect? No spiders? Sign me up! Haha! The only thing I'd question is the brain mail. I would more than likely scare off or offend people with the craziness in my head. :)

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    1. Well, maybe we need to ease into the brain mail thing. . .

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  4. What an awesome use of your words! I love Hot Tamales candy! What a great idea to add them to this cake. I bet it tasted fantastic!

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    1. It really did, Becca. I loved the chewy spicy cinnamon paired with the apples.

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  5. I am the same way. I like to use my words right off the bat then tell my story.
    LOL you used the tamales!

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    1. I saw that you did the same thing on your post. Kind of takes the pressure off, doesn't it?

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  6. I like your ideas for the future! No more traffic jams! What's your progress on running for President?
    Not sure I would want teachers coming to our house though - you read today why not ;-)

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    1. Ah, but teachers coming to your house is only one option, that's the beauty of it!

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  7. I love Hot Tamales. I love apples! Pinned, shared and can't wait to make this recipe!!!

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    1. Hope you love it as much as I did. Let me know.

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    2. I will. I might make it Sunday and take it over to a friends house. :)

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  8. I don't fly, but I would DEFINITELY be interested in the hover chair. That's the one thing when I was little that I REALLY wanted to see happen after watching the Jetsons. Can't wait to make these fiery apple cookie bars….yummy. Why oh why can't you live next to me???

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    1. With the cold weather we have today I'd certainly consider moving to your area.

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  9. I want a hover chair and a world with no politicians. Count me in!

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  10. I think you have missed your calling -- time to get a job as an inventor. However, by creating the perfect world, it removes a lot of the element of surprise. But, we can dream, right? Great post - great insight.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I'll have to think about that. Maybe invent in baby steps?

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  11. I foresee a lazy future. That, combined with so many elements of the young adult dystopian novel I love and science fiction movies/shows I've watched, I don't know.

    I love your imagination, though and you have some great ideas that should be addressed and expanded. :)

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    1. I have to admit that the older I get the more I hope for a lazy future!

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  12. I was promised flying cars by now. Where are they??

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    1. I don't know. Sheesh, I guess if you want something done right you'd better just do it yourself. I'll get right on it.

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  13. It will be interesting to see what the future brings. I too wondered what my children and grandchildren will see in their lifetime. Great use of your words.

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    1. I wonder too. And I know that whatever it is, I haven't even come close to imagining it.

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  14. i'm si curious to see what the future brings :) great recipe!

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  15. I can only imagine the things our kids and grandkids will see in their lifetimes!

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    1. I wish I could imagine, but I know it would shock me!

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  16. I'm sorry for two comments back to back. I was typing and Gigi needed me.
    I love you view of the future. Any future without those evil creepy crawly things, is a future I can get behind. Not so sure about the barter system though. Also... laundry box... we need this right now. For certain, you've got an AMEN from me.

    Now, about these bars... yes. Triple yes.

    I'm sending Chad for Hot Tamales tomorrow.

    During pregnancy, I had an intense craving for cheesecake with Hot Tamales. I thought I was insane. Now, I'm feeling slightly more sane. Think you could make that edible? Am I crazy? Wait, don't answer that.

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    1. My store was out of Hot Tamales today. What is that about?

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    2. Legitimately unacceptable. Our store has them on sale. Speaking of Hot Tamales... they have new ones. Hot Tropical fruits flavored ones... Chad hated them. I'm firmly on the fence. Gigi loves them. She's weird.

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