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: behind closed doors ~ positively ~ admire ~ fresh
They were submitted by: Searching for Sanity.
I enjoy watching television. I know that many people don’t watch, but there are quite a few shows on these days that I really like. I don’t watch daytime TV but in the evening, when chores are done, dinner has been served, the dishwasher is running and my laptop is open to about 12 pages at once, the TV goes on. It’s the time of day for relaxing and unwinding, letting someone else amuse me for a few hours.
The days of three major channels is long gone. The days of cable just being for movies is long gone. There are so many channels and such a large variety of options that there always seems to be something fresh and new to watch. Mystery (both true stories and fiction) and dance have always been favorites. I admire the guts and determination of the participants on Dancing With The Stars.
I love comedy (only the funny ones, not the stupid ones). And I am positively in awe at the level of creativity on HGTV and, of course on the Food Network.
Triple Layer Cookie Bars
What does NOT amuse me, what actually causes me stress, is the flip side. Some of the other dreck (crap) that causes my jaw to drop as I flip through the channels.
What goes on behind closed doors is decidedly not staying behind closed doors. I am actually stressed and distressed when I see people making an ass of themselves on TV (and that goes double for on social media too). All that keeps going through my head is “oy, what do your poor mothers think?”
Yes, as we reach a new high in program options, we have reached a new “reality TV” low as well. I can happily live the rest of my life without ever seeing:
*Women flipping tables in a restaurant, talking behind each others’ back and pulling each others’ hair.
*A show that puts two naked strangers (a man and a woman) into the woods to . . . well . . . I really don’t know what they’re there to do.
*Gypsies who spend their day trying to wear a gaudier outfit than their neighbor.
*Teenager who have babies, then spend an hour a week on TV fighting with their baby-daddies in front of their kid.
*Sex Sent Me To The ER. Yes, that’s the name of a show. Apparently to these people pride is nothing but a group of lions.
*A show about weird obsessions where someone spends a half hour explaining why she eats deodorant.
*Cheap people explaining the extremes they go to in order to save money, like washing and reusing old rags instead of purchasing toilet paper and the whole family sharing bath water.
*Fat Guys in the Woods. Although I’ve never seen this show, just knowing that there’s a show by this name is causing me shpilkes (anxiety).
What I want to know is when reality became so . . . unreal. If this is reality, I choose fiction.
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Triple Layer Cookie Bars©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
¼ cup quick oats
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 TBSP flour
*Grease an 8 X 11 baking dish.
*Cream the butter, margarine and both sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Carefully mix in the flour, baking soda and salt.
*Divide the dough into thirds (approximately, it doesn’t have to be exact) and place in separate bowls. To one, add the baking cocoa and white chocolate chips. To another, add the peanut butter and quick oats. To the last, add the flour and chocolate chips.
*Spread the peanut butter dough into the prepared dish. It’s easiest to spread if you slightly moisten your fingers and use them to even it out.
*Wrap the chocolate dough and the chocolate chip dough separately in plastic wrap. Place all 3 in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Unwrap the chocolate dough, leave on the plastic wrap, top with a piece of wax paper and roll out to approximately the size of your baking dish. Place over the peanut butter dough in the dish. It doesn’t have to fit exactly but trim any ends that are longer than the dish.
*Either roll out the chocolate chip dough in the same way and place on top of the chocolate dough, or just dollop it on top. If dolloping, use small scoops and gently press down so the dough isn’t a lot thicker in some areas than others.
*Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
*Cool completely. Cut into squares.