Friday, January 9, 2015

Secret Subject Swap: You Found that Where?

Welcome to the first Secret Subject Swap of the new year. This month 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject Swap participants.

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My subject is: Write a post that starts with the line “Where did you find that?”
It was submitted by: Someone Else's Genius.

 “Where did you find that?” I asked. Not for the first time. I’m guessing not for the last time either.

Who did I say it to? Bet you can’t guess.
PurDude? No.
College Boy? Not this time.
Hubs? Nope.
The plumber.
Yes, I said the plumber. And not only did I say it to him, but I had the honor of paying him to get to say it. Great.

When Hubs and I first moved to the Midwest we rented one half of a two family home. We weren’t familiar with the city and decided to rent while we figured out where we wanted to live.

We had spoken with a close friend who happened to have cousins here and one of them was a teacher in one of the multiple school systems. Although we didn’t have children yet, having moved here just weeks after getting married, we knew that we wanted a family. My friend’s cousin gave us a good start figuring out what area we’d be most interested in. It’s the same part of town in which we were renting and it became clear that we were comfortable with the amenities available in the area.

Once we settled on where we wanted to be, we worked out a budget and started to build our with list.

We wanted a decent sized kitchen because, well, you know I head there when stressed. And I didn’t know it yet, but trying to have children was about to cause a whole lot of stress.

Cornbread Cranberry Chicken | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Cornbread Cranberry Chicken | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Cornbreaded Cranberry Chicken
also known as
Every Day’s Thanksgiving Chicken

We worked with a realtor and eventually found a house with pretty much everything we wanted. The house was owned by a couple with two very young children. They’d already moved out of state and the house was empty, the sellers were motivated.

We agreed on a price and, within months of marrying had bought our first home together.

We moved in, settled in and were happily decorating when, one day, I looked up at the kitchen ceiling and saw a water stain. Worse, it was still wet. It was directly below the upstairs guest bathroom. Crap. Hopefully not literally.

We don’t know anything about plumbing and, unfortunately, didn’t know any local plumbers. We picked one out using the old tried-and-true scientific eeny-meeny-miney-moe method. Everyone knows that works.

The plumber checked out the situation, let me know he had to replace the beeswax seal, quoted me enough to buy the hives, honeycombs and the whole damn bee farm, and got down to business playing in my toilet.

I was in the kitchen wondering how that whole leak happened in the first place when the plumber came down the stairs.
Plumber: “Do you have young kids?”
Me: “No, but we haven’t lived here very long, the previous owners did. Why?”
He reached into his tool box and pulled out a snow globe.
“Where did you find that?” I asked . . .


Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup and check them all out. See you there:



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Cornbreaded Cranberry Chicken
(or “Every Day’s Thanksgiving” Chicken)
                                                                          ©www.BakingInATornado.com
 
Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (OPT: can use chicken cutlets or turkey cutlets)
3 cups bagged cornbread stuffing, processed to bread crumb consistency
1 ½ tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 can (14 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
½ cup apricot jam
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup chopped toasted pecans
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ stick butter, melted (OPT: can use non-stick spray)
 
Directions:
*Place cranberry sauce, jam and juice in a pan and, over medium heat, bring to a boil stirring occasionally to mostly break up the cranberry sauce. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
*Pour ¾ cup of the sauce into a bowl and set aside to cool a little.
*To the remaining sauce, add the pecans and dried cranberries.
*If using chicken breasts and not cutlets, cut each breast into 3 pieces and pound gently so all pieces are approximately the same thickness.
*Mix together the cornbread stuffing, thyme and tarragon in a bowl.
*Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Dip the chicken or turkey pieces into the ¾ cup of sauce you had set aside earlier. Bread the chicken completely with the cornbread breading mixture. Place into prepared baking dish.
*Melt the ½ stick of butter and pour evenly over the chicken in the dish. OPT: you can spray the chicken with non-stick spray.
*Bake the chicken for approximately 45 minutes or until completely cooked. The amount of cooking time will depend on the thickness of the meat.
*The last 10 minutes of cooking, return the rest of the sauce to the stove and heat over medium low until hot.
*Serve the chicken with the sauce drizzled over the top.

36 comments:

  1. Baahahaha! I'm sure if we did a group post on things that the kids dropped in the toilet bowl, we'd come up with an interesting collection!
    Does it feel like far away that you moved in that house?

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    1. Yes, maybe we should just do that, what a funny group of posts that would be.

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  2. I used to do babysitting in my home. One of the little girls that I watched just loved putting things in the toilet. I had to call a plumber at least 3 times. Once he found a Pokemon trapped in the U bend. SIGH....

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    1. LOL, poor Pokemon! And poor you with all of those plumbing bills.

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  3. A snow globe. Seriously? Oh there is a story there, for certain! A good one, I'm sure.

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    1. Never found out how long it had been rattling around in there. I wonder about that to this day. Why didn't the former family get the plumber's bill instead of me?

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  4. How in the world did someone get a snow globe down the toilet? LOL!

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    1. There were 2 little girls who lived there. Not sure how it happened or how no one noticed. Guess it'll remain a mystery.

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  5. WHAT???? LOLOL OMG that is just to weird...A flipping snow globe. but makes for a great story. I

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    1. Yeah, I have to admit that I laughed when the plumber pulled it out. I dare say it was the last thing I expected to see.

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  6. That's the first time I've heard of a snow globe in the toliet! Lol. Well let's hope it was the prior owners and not your hubby.😉

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    1. Hmmmm. I thought it was the previous owners' daughters . . .

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  7. This looks delicious...but a snow globe???? Holy cow well at least it got fixed, I've tried that eeny meeny miney mo and it didn't work out to well for me! Thank God for internet reviews now!

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    1. Yes, a snow globe, LOL. Pretty much what I least expected.

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  8. This is priceless! A snow globe??? And I thought my youngest son was bad with toilets….

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    1. Ha, now there are some stories I'd like to hear.

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  9. A snow globe. Hilarious. And that recipe. Lady - you are killing me.

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    1. You need to try this recipe. Your bun in the oven will thank you!

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  10. A snow globe? Yep that tops the hairbrush the plumber pulled out of mine shortly after we moved into our home.....
    LOVE it.

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    1. Hairbrush? Really? Wouldn't someone have figured out that their hairbrush was missing?

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  11. Oh my. I'm trying to figure out the physics of that...

    When we had a clogged drain, my dad came and fixed it - he found a toothbrush that had probably been there since the first owner. Gross.

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    1. Yes, totally gross. The snow globe was at least funny.

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  12. LOL oh yeah "where did you find that" or where did that come from is NOT something I ever liked to say but normally did with my youngest. FUN...not really

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    1. Yeah, you know even as the words are coming out of your mouth that you're not going to like whatever the answer is.

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  13. So funny. When my older son was about two, he kept flushing hot wheels down the toilet, although we didn't know it. You can imagine how that turned out!

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    1. I'm thinking all that hot wheels flushing caught up with you eventually. Am I close?

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  14. That is a great story. Do you look at snow globes in a different light?

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  15. Bwahahaha! Always liked snow globes. Until now, that is . . .

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  16. I will never look the same way at one of my snow globes again!

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    1. Sort of makes my stomach jump just thinking about them myself.

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  17. This is high on my list of our Thanksgiving options this year.

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