Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You’ve Been Served

Last month I wrote a serious post about a little boy in England who came home from school with a bill in his backpack from the family of a birthday boy whose party he agreed to but didn’t attend. What happened next is just as astounding as the attempt to bill. Now I’m the first to say that this situation is not funny, I think parents can either defuse a situation or escalate it. Every parent in that situation escalated. This is where bullying comes from. Figure it out.

But I also have to admit that the idea is intriguing, isn’t it? I mean, I could SO get into billing people for their rude behavior, couldn’t you?

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*To the guy who sneaks up the turn lane then cuts over in heavy traffic: check your mail.

*To the doctor who’s an hour late for our appointment, then barely takes the time to hear me out: you’ve been served.

*To the lady in the 10 items or less check-out land at the grocery store with 487 items: you can pay this cashier after you’ve paid that cashier.

*While we’re on the subject of the grocery store, to the lady at the deli counter who doesn’t take a number and just jumps right in: I see you! Get out your wallet.

*To whoever bought that last bottle of Citronge I’d gone all the way to the only liquor store around that carries it to purchase. Grrrrr. Check your mail. And guard your liquor cabinet.

*To anyone who tries to tell me that I can’t serve Carrot and Pear bread as a fruit and vegetable with dinner: I reject your 2 cents worth, but I’ll take your 2 cents.
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Carrot and Pear Bread
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*To everyone within a 2 mile radius of my house who does not cover your garbage can on the windiest of days, pay up.

*To the pharmacy that insists on taking all of my personal information, including all of my phone numbers, then waits until I’ve driven up there and am standing at the counter to tell me that my prescription won’t be ready until tomorrow: I’ve got a bill for you. And I don’t take insurance.

*To the weather people on every local television station who convinced me, convinced us all, that there was a 100% chance of a substantial snow fall: you owe me. Not just money, but an afternoon of my life back.

*To the newspaper delivery person who, every time it pours, can’t get our paper past the very end of our driveway: check your mail.

*To the people who live on the other side of the woods behind our house who leave their dog outside to bark all day long throughout the entire summer: check your backpack. Or check your briefcase. Oh, and watch your back.

Ok, so I may never be able to implement my plan. But let me tell you that although I may not be any richer, but I sure do feel better.

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Carrot and Pear Bread
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup pecans
2 tsp white vinegar
A little less than 3/4 cup milk
¾ # carrots (I used ¾ of a 1 # package of baby carrots)
2 pears
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
¼ cup maple syrup, room temperature
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp cinnamon
 
Directions:
*Toast your pecans in a 350 degree oven for approximately 5 – 6 minutes. When you remove the pecans, leave the oven on.
*Put the vinegar into a ¾ cup measuring cup. Fill the cup the rest of the way with milk. Set aside.
*Peel the carrots if not already peeled. Add to a food processor and grate.
*Core and peel the pear.
*Cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, milk mixture and maple syrup. Mix in the carrots.
*Add the pear and pecans to the food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Mix into the butter mixture.
*In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.
*Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Don’t over mix.
*Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray. Pour the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 – 70 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch.
*Cool for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edge and gently use it to lift bread from the bottom to loosen the bread. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

34 comments:

  1. YES!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!! Every single one of those!!!!!!!!
    I love this bread. I think it might be a way to actually get carrots into Colin. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. To all of those a big fat YES and a fist pump! WOOOHOOO...if only!

    I may have to try that carrot and pear bread...looks good.

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    1. Yes. Lets send out those bills.
      And let me know if you try the bread.

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  3. I agree with this list 100%. If I could bill anyone else, I'd like it to be those people who are always looking everywhere else except where they're going & always end up right walking into me.

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    1. Yes, that's a good one too. And then they act like you have no right to be walking on THEIR sidewalk.

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  4. I never would have thought to pair pears and carrots! I might have to try this.

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    1. The pears definitely add a different flavor. Let me know what you think.

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  5. I don't usually find fruit breads enticing---I'm a vegetable person but love pears so this sounds wonderful.
    How long could it stay in the freezer as most of my overnight company is in summer and it would be great to defrost, pop in the oven and say "see, I can really bake."

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    1. If you wrap it really well it should be fine for up to 6 months. I try not to keep anything any longer than that.

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  6. Reading the story of the repercussions from the no-show, I definitely feel for the no-show-ees. But understand the no-show-ers. Sad that it couldn't have been handled in a better manner. I can only imagine, with parents like theirs and being raised the way they are, what those two boys will be like in about 10 years. Yikes.
    On the other hand, you've raised an interesting premise. Get people to pay for their inexcusable behaviour. I love it. I'm going to start my list . . .

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    1. Bottom line, it was a bad situation and all of the adults made it worse. I do worry about all of the kids involved.
      And that list . . . I'm already starting a second one.

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  7. I can relate to a lot of those on your list. The top of mine would be those stores who are always out of at least one thing on my grocery list.

    I'm not a carrot cake lover, but I bet that pear and carrot bread is good!

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    1. My latest problem with grocery stores is that the prices on the shelves seem to be different from the prices the items ring up. I resent having to spend every minute of my time checking out, watching the prices.

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  8. Ah yes all of those offenders should receive a bill along with the people who try to push their way onto a crowded elevator without allowing others to exit first.

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  9. Holy hilariousness. Holy yumminess.
    Wouldn't life be grand, if this were possible?!
    About this recipe... will almond milk work?

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    1. I honestly don't know but I highly recommend you try it. If you do, let me know.

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  10. I cannot stand line jumpers/cutters at the deli or check out! It irritates me like no other. I used to be quiet but feel it's necessary to call people out on their rudeness. If we continue to say nothing when we witness the rudeness then nothing will ever change. I always do it politely...or passive aggressively 😉

    Also I have never heard of pear bread...sounds delish!

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    1. Yes, I honestly get less patient the older I get. I used to just stand there and stew about it, now I say something. Like you said, not rude, just call them out.

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  11. I read this in the hope of finding o decent carrot cake recipe (I have pears so sounds perfect) what I got was a fabulous read and a great chuckle. Thanks Karen xx

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    1. So glad you got a laugh and a recipe, One stop shopping at its best!

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  12. I like this post. It would be wonderful to send bills to all the people that tick you off. I love it.

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  13. To the person who I held the door open for and who then just sailed past me like I wasn't there (next time the door WILL be)- you owe me! Great list and the bread looks fantastic!

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    1. Yes, another good one. It always shocks me when people don't even acknowledge a kindness.

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  14. I came and read this last night...hilarious, by the way! I was on my laptop and when I am on there your share buttons don't show up for some reason so I couldn't share it. I came back today to comment and share! Hope you are doing okay, thinking about you.

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    1. I wonder why my share buttons don't show up, that's weird.
      But thank you for coming back to share, appreciate the support!

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  15. To the online shopping sales person who sent you a blue item although you ordered a green one (because - St. Patrick's Day, just like all the other items in my cart) and claims to have called you - I scrolled through the whole entire month of February, there is no call from you whatsoever. I had to take a trip to the post office to return the stupid thing. Postage was 9 bucks. Pay up!

    To the handymen who seem to think moms are at home all day just waiting for them to show up at their convenience and not even clean up their mess!

    Karen, I like the way you're thinking. About the billing and the fruit/veggie dinner. Let's have some cake!

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    1. Yes, excellent examples. Send out those bills!

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  16. I must say that made me feel better too. Thanks for getting those things off my chest! Can I just add: To our internet provider, (Whose name begins with a C and ends with a T) who insists on charging us for a full month when the service never works on Saturday night when we'd like to watch a movie?

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  17. Time to start printing invoices! I knew a guy who was a CEO for a large corporation and when he had to wait for his doc for an hour, the doc was billed at the CEO's hourly rate. Doc was never late again - at least for this guy :)

    What wrong with pear and carrot bread for dinner? Sometimes I have popcorn.

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    1. Next time you have popcorn for dinner, let me know. It sounds like the perfect dinner to me.

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