Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I'm Thankful I Swear

It's November and you know what that means, right? The month of thankfulness is here. No need to be thankful year round, we've got a month for that.

Truth is, we are thankful year round. Most of us fully appreciate our blessings. When things are tough we look to the good days and when things are good we breathe a sigh of grateful relief.

But I do love having a time of year when we remember to express our thanks for all things large and small that make our lives fuller, happier.

In this spirit, as we begin November and I count down the days until I get my arms around PurDude, hopefully cast and crutches free but honestly any way I can get him, I've made a list I'd like to share. Some of the smaller, less frequently mentioned things I'm grateful for:

Kaopectate.

Slowest checkout clerk on the planet - how else would I know (thank you lady behind me talking on your cell phone loud enough to wake the dead) that you can get herpes if someone with a cold sore sneezes near you. This is important information, people.

chicken Feet - because if you make the mistake of going to the grocery store hungry and want to buy everything, one look at a package of chicken feet is the cure. PS: although I no longer wanted to buy everything, or even anything, I do wish I had thought ahead and brought a barf bag in my purse.


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Chicken Feet (again) - for making me laugh while I gag. Apparently these were originally called "Chicken Paws" and priced accordingly. They didn't sell. New strategy: lower the price and call them "Chicken Feet". Way more appealing. Now I want them.


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Allergies - 'Cause really, where's the challenge in being able to breathe?

commercials - How else would I know how to handle my prolapse, erectile dysfunction, varicose veins, dating dilemmas, vaginal dryness, body odors . . . I know people walk away during commercials but pay attention folks, there's valuable information here.

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer: A make ahead cheese ball appetizer with all the flavors of fall. Easy and flavorful way to start your holiday meal. Serve with crackers, pretzels or crudites | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #appetizer #recipe #cheese

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer: A make ahead cheese ball appetizer with all the flavors of fall. Easy and flavorful way to start your holiday meal. Serve with crackers, pretzels or crudites | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #appetizer #recipe #cheese


Note: No chicken feet were used in the making of this recipe  
Swears - Swearing relieves stress. I don't know why but it's true. Angry? Aggravated? Let out a good loud F**K and already I'm feeling better. My boys are old enough now, there's nothing I can say that they haven't heard. So, like taking an aspirin for a headache, I'm letting 'em rip. And I'm enjoying the f**k out of it.

Speaking of swears:
Kim Davis - You can talk to kids and talk to them and talk to them about right and wrong, about obligation and integrity and sure, some of it gets through. But show them one good example of how destructive bigotry can be and you don't need to say another word.

And speaking of relieving stress:
"The" Donald - It's a proven fact that laughter is good for you. And knowing that I can count on someone being there each and every day to say something that will make me laugh is a gift for which I'm thankful.

Got anything to add to my list?


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Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 TBSP dried onion flakes
1/3 cup apricot jam 
OPT: 1 TBSP orange liqueur
1/2 cup cranraisins
1 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled

fruits, vegetables and crackers for serving

OPT: red pepper slices for garnish
OPT: oval shaped crackers to fan out as the turkey feathers for presentation

Directions:
*Beat cream cheese, cheddar, onion flakes, jam and orange liqueur together until well incorporated.
*Reserve 2 cranraisins for the "eye" decorations, if you choose. Mix the rest of the cranraisins into the cheese mixture.
*If you want to make a turkey "snood", cut 2 fairly thick slices of red pepper. Shape into "snood" on a piece of plastic wrap and fill center with about 1 tsp of cheese mixture. Top with a few pumpkin seeds, carefully cover and allow to set in fridge until serving.
*Roll the rest of the cheese mixture into a ball and place in fridge for at least one hour or until serving.
*When ready to serve, roll the cheese ball in pumpkin seeds, add the reserved cranraisins for eyes, place the snood on the platter under the cheese ball and fan the crackers out behind the cheese ball to look like feathers.
*Store leftovers in fridge.

24 comments:

  1. Totally agree on the swearing. I save a lot on aspirin by dropping a few f-bombs every hour-I mean-per day. By the way, we eat chicken paws all the time here. I'm not kidding! It's a culture thing, I guess. Well... by "we" I mean people here, in general & not so much ME... Okay maybe me too sometimes... but I- What?! They're cheap & work well in soup dishes.

    Don't judge me!

    AHEM! Anyway, we've always called them chicken feet (but that's probably a culture thing too).

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    1. I do know people eat chicken feet, it just freaks me out seeing those little things in that package.

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  2. My family has been listening to the "F" bomb forever...my favorite word :) As for commercials...how would I ever know what I didn't want to take due to the side effects if I didn't watch commercials...lol!

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  3. Its funny you should mention chicken feet. Last week my husband and I were looking for "Ham hocks" to put into our canned green beans. Do you know what comes in the "ham hock" section? Enough nasty to turn you off of cooking for life! Tongues, feet, even pig snouts!!! What the hell do you do with a "pig snout" and do I really want to know!

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    1. I'm not sure I want to know. I know people eat all of those, I just have a hard time looking at them in the packages.

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  4. Mmmmm.....can't agree with much here this time but I was entertained! Those body parts are good for soup stock but I could never actually BUY them without a barf bag close by

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    1. See, you agreed with something. Even if it is a barf bag.

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  5. Once again you are brilliant! This cheese ball is too cute! Not to add to the barforama but my sister buys chicken feet (not discounted with close pull date) for broth because they have flavor but little fat. I love my sister but I prefer to use other bits of a chicken for broth.At Dim Sum, the cart ladies always just go past we Caucasian people with the chicken feet, and rightfully so because I think it is a cultural acquired taste.

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    1. Actually, that does make sense, use in a broth. I still don't think I could bring myself to put those little things in the pot, though.

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  6. Your cheese ball looks amazing, but I think I'll stick with my Grandma's recipe. It has bleu cheese. Yum!

    As for the swearing, I do it a lot, but I'm still stressed the F**K out! No fair. :)

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    1. I love bleu cheese too. This cheese ball has a little sweetness to it and some fall flavors too. Hope you give it a chance at some point.

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  7. Your recipe looks good, and festive. Those chicken feet look disgusting. (GREAT PRICE) still disgusting! As for the pig snout. My parents.friends used to boil the whole head and make HEAD CHEESE! For sandwiches. Also makes me want to barf just thinking about it.

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  8. I'm thankful for similar things.

    How important is the apricot jam!? Suitable substitute?!

    I'll add to your list...
    You.
    Your blog challenges.
    You.
    Your blog posts.
    You.
    The many, many laughs you've given me.
    You.
    You.
    You.

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    1. And now I'm thankful for your list!
      You can skip the apricot jam, it won't really change the flavor much but it does add some sweetness so the result would be more like a traditional cheese ball.

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  9. Nothing to add. This is too good all on its own!

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  10. I am thankful that you make me smile every time I read what you write!!!

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  11. I am anxiously awaiting the day I can swear in front of my children (and parents) and no one will bat an eye!!

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