Friday, June 5, 2015

Secret Subject Swap: Eyes Wide Closed

Welcome to the June Secret Subject Swap. This month 16 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 participants.

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My subject is: Do you have a secret talent? Tell us about it. Bonus points for a picture or video.
It was submitted by: The Lieber Family.

Yes, I admit it, I do have a secret talent. Here’s the thing about secrets though, once you tell them they’re no longer your secret.

So this post took a lot of soul searching. Do I really want to make my secret known? Put it out there for all the world to see? Once something’s out on the interwebs, after all, good luck getting it back. Ever pull out too much tin foil and try to get it to smoothly re-roll back into the box? That’s sort of how I feel trying to get a secret talent back to being my own secret would be like.

Fortunately it will not be traumatic to my family. They do already know, witnessed it many times. Because although some talents are acquired as we go through life, honed and crafted to reach its highest peak, others we’re born with. Mine? I’ve had it as long as I can remember. And in my family there’s photographic proof of that.

A day at the beach, parties, cookouts, family dinners, whatever the occasion my secret talent is on display for all to see. Then, and forever.


Summer Salad Tostada | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #salad

Summer Salad Tostada

Summer Salad Tostada | www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #salad


So here it is. The moment of truth. I’m finally going to stand up publicly and admit that I have a secret talent.

I’ve hidden it long enough, spent hours adding sunglasses graphics to my photographs, pretending I’m cool like the celebrities. But as of now those days are over.


Secret Subject Swap: My Hidden Talent | www.BakingInATornado.com
I, Karen BakingInATornado, admit that I have a secret talent. All through the years I have been capable of having my eyes closed in every picture ever taken of me. It’s possible no one even knows what color my eyes are.

Secret Subject Swap: My Hidden Talent | www.BakingInATornado.com

My husband and I, we are a mixed marriage. Hubs is a mere mortal, does not have this talent.

Although . . . they say the longer a couple is together the more they start to look alike . .

Secret Subject Swap: My Hidden Talent | www.BakingInATornado.com
 
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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Summer Salad Tostada
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients (serves 4):
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
2 TBSP lime juice
2 TBSP olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
2 TBSP cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
4 10 inch tortillas
¼ stick butter, melted OPT: can use nonstick spray or olive oil
1 TBSP taco seasoning
 
Salad greens of your choice
Queso Fresco
Black olives, sliced
Tomatoes, chopped
Avocado, chopped or sliced
 
Directions:
*Prepare the salsa at least 2 hours but up to a day ahead of time to let the flavors marry: Stir together the  vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix in the cilantro, jalapeno, onion, beans and corn. Refrigerate, stirring now and then.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a pastry brush, lightly butter (or olive oil or spray) the tortillas. Place tortillas, butter side down, into an oven safe flat bottomed bowl or lid of a bowl, allowing to curl up the sides just a bit. You can place them on a baking sheet, they’ll just be flat instead of rounded.
*Lightly brush the tops of the tortillas with butter and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Bake for approximately 10 - 12 minutes, watching carefully so they don’t get too brown. Gently remove from bowl and allow to cool.
*When ready to serve, place your greens on the tostadas. Sprinkle with queso fresco, olives, tomatoes and avocado. Top with the salsa.

36 comments:

  1. you are cracking me up!!!! I love it...I think you look awesome!!!!!
    I MUST try that summer salad...AJ and I would and could eat that every day.

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    1. Glad to start your day with a laugh, and I hope you try and love the salad.

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  2. What am amazing gift~ You have truly been blessed. Salad looks great too

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    1. Yes, and I've "blessed" so many family pictures over the years too!

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  3. Hahaha, what a great idea... your secret talent is not getting caught on camera with your eyes open ;-)
    Great job on the gif!
    Almost dinner time over here - may I come over to your house for that yummy salad?
    PS: thanks for sharing a pic of your husband, I have never seen him!

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    1. LOL, pic of my husband with his eyes closed!

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  4. LOL! Love it!!!
    All I can do is wiggle my ears. ;)

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    1. I think my family would rather I wiggle my ears, I'd ruin less pictures!

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  5. That was hilarious! And wow does that tostada look delicious!

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  6. Ha-ha good one! My hubs says in all my pics, especially after a few drinks, my smile is all gums. He's right---I look like Mr. Ed when I grin too much.

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  7. Your talent is fabulous!! This salad looks delicious!! I love salads, especially in the Summer!! Thank you for the giggles!!

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    1. I do too, I love a cold dinner on a hot night so I do all kinds of salads in the summer. This one got high ratings!

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  8. I always knew you had many talents but was totally unaware of this one -- but now the secret it out

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  9. I think that you have a great secret talent! Your salad looks yummy too!!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn, that salad really was great. Can't wait to make it again.

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  10. Too funny. The day I'd start worrying though is the day any pets you own start to resemble you too. That's when you know you've got a serious problem on your hands.

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  11. Bwahahahaha! That is talent indeed!

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  12. Your talent rocks. And now the secret is out! Keep blinking those eyes for the camera; you're beautiful!
    The GIF is a really fun addition to your blog. I'm a visual learner, so I appreciate stuff like that ;)

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    1. I love the GIF too, and I'll be adding a lot more, he actually showed me how to make them.

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  13. OMG I love the GIF... sorry but my mom has the same talent.
    AND OMG you hubby reminds me of a young Jeff Foxworthy!

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    1. I love the GIF too, and now I can make my own.
      And Hubs will probably kill me if he finds out that picture is on here.

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  14. I knew you were talented...but wow. Amazing.

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  15. Too funny!

    Love the salad, the gif, your awesome talent...but most importantly those sunglasses you're rocking! 😉

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    1. LOL, you're way too good to me. Don't stop!

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  16. So cool! I've been practicing that talent for years, but I'm not nearly the master you look to be!! But now I just gotta know what color your eyes are. . . :)

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    1. If you bribe me, I'll probably tell you . . .

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  17. Ha! My husband has the same talent, but only if he smiles in pictures. The DMV actually asks him not to smile in his picture, so you can see his eyes! Makes him look like a thug. It's pretty awesome. LOL

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    1. People don't just ask me not to smile in pictures, they ask me not to BE in pictures,LOL.

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  18. I can touch my tongue to my nose AND wiggle my ears, but I'm usually eyes wide open for pictures. I guess ya can't have everything!!

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    1. Hey, I can touch my tongue to my nose too. But sadly I can't wiggle my ears.

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