Friday, March 16, 2018

Rebuild and Recharge: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

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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: stomping ~ music ~ screaming ~ brown leaves ~ green grass. They were submitted by Dawn of Cognitive Script.

The brown leaves gave way to bare trees and, like it does every year, winter arrived. Shaking my fists and stomping my feet (and that's even before they were snow covered) I railed against the cold and the ice and the snow, but still, as I knew it would, it came.

Today, for the fourth glorious day in a row, I'll walk past the beautiful, vibrant emerald green grass, over the bridge and onto the beach. Waves lapping is music to my ears I'll walk barefoot with my tootsies in the gulf, eyes peeled for some of my favorite shells: conch, spiral, and of course the elusive sand dollars. I'll feel the sun on my sunscreen covered shoulders and sigh, as I always do as I head towards Tigertail beach, or the other direction, towards the Marriott.

My mindset switches to content here, my soul is nourished. The sun, the beach, the salt air, it all does that. I'll be back here this afternoon with my boys and a beach chair but for now I just walk. And breathe. Grateful that the island is still here. Battered and bruised but here.

picture taken by cousin Mira Dee

In September Hurricane Irma hit this beautiful little island head on. Smacked it silly. Streets were flooded, homes and businesses destroyed. Never in my life have I seen a bare naked palm tree and I hope to never again.

picture taken by cousin Mira Dee

She will carry her scars, but the beauty of this island will live on, and for that I am eternally grateful. Because, it turns out, I need her. I realize that every time I return and walk this beach. Just as this island is making her way back to her best self, she lifts me up to my best self.

Tonight after a dinner of fresh fish, we'll sit on the deck with a cocktail (Pina Colada for me, thanks), my mom and my sons and I, and watch the big red glorious sun slowly sink into the Gulf. If we're lucky, a pod of dolphins will show themselves just before dusk takes one more day of heaven on earth away.
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Pina Colada Popcorn

In 6 short, way too short, days I will say "good-bye" to my mom and to my younger son, to this glorious island, and get on a plane and head back to the land of the coats and gloves and scarves. And although I know I must go, chances are College Boy will have to drag me onto that airplane, kicking and screaming.

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

Pina Colada Popcorn

1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
3 TBSP salted butter
1 tsp of rum extract
2 tsp grenadine syrup
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
about 12 cups Kettle Corn (sweet popcorn)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until it just barely start to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove immediately and set aside to cool.
*Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in the rum extract and the grenadine.
*Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle half of the butter mixture over the popcorn, mix well, add the rest of the butter, mix well. Last, mix in the toasted coconut and dried pineapple.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Madness: March Poetry

Once again this month our poetry group got together to pick a theme. I have to admit that I was surprised when we chose March Madness. The truth is, though, that although sports come to mind, turns out there's so much more madness that happens in the month of March than college sports. 

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I'm currently going through withdrawal. Oh how I miss the Olympics, I think I watched every minute of it. I'm not a sports fan, I'm a team fan, if my team's not playing I'm not interested. Except during the Olympics. Watching these young athletes chase their dreams, and win or lose showing character is uplifting. I'm hoping to see the same level of sportsmanship this month. 

But as I said, there's more to March than basketball. Here's my take on the theme:

March Madness

What is this madness I hear?
Lose an hour of sleep, I do fear.
But the first day of spring,
that can sure make me sing.
It's a day that I truly hold dear. 

Put away that damn blower of snow,
the lawnmower not yet needs to go.
But dust off that grill,
sip Berry Sangria and chill.
Good-bye winter, my erstwhile foe.
And vacation, let's not forget that,
On the beach with my book and a hat.
The boys by my side,
and Mom to confide,
My idea of pure bliss, yeah, true dat.

St. Patrick's Day, a day of luck,
chasing rainbows for a buck,
Irish whiskey and green beer,
traditions I personally hold dear,
A day that's always been epoch.

"March Madness" brings one thing to mind,
no, not allergies though I'm resigned.
A court and a ball, 
dribbling, shooting and all,
brackets done and the seeds are assigned.

Not a sports fan, then it's true,
this March Madness thing's just not for you.
But we'll watch frozen in one place,
we got a horse in this here race,
Hammer down, Boiler Up! Go, Purdue!

Be sure your family settles in for a day of basketball watching with a full stomach. Start your day with these Breakfast Nachos:

Breakfast Nachos: eggs, Canadian Bacon, spinach and more served over waffle fries for a fun and hearty breakfast to share. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast
Breakfast Nachos
Breakfast Nachos: eggs, Canadian Bacon, spinach and more served over waffle fries for a fun and hearty breakfast to share. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends: 

Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Mad as a Hatter
Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Mad, Mad World
Diane of On the Border shares Mad March.

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Breakfast Nachos

Printable Recipe

1/2 of a 24oz bag frozen waffle fries
1 cup chopped Canadian Bacon
1 packet dried Hollandaise mix along with the butter and milk specified on the packet directions
2 TBSP butter
4 eggs 
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 green onion, sliced
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup shredded cheddar

*Cook the waffle fries according to package directions.
*Wrap the Canadian Bacon in tin foil and place in a warm oven. You want to warm it, not cook it.
*Prepare the Hollandaise according to package directions.
*Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a saute pan and add the eggs and green onion. Scramble until completely cooked.
*Place the waffle fries on a serving dish. Top with the Canadian Bacon, then scrambled eggs, then the spinach and cheddar. 
*Drizzle Hollandaise over the top and serve. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Shamrock Breakfast Treats: Rainbows Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group  of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Rainbows.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Featured on

I made Shamrock Breakfast Treats.

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

Shamrock Breakfast Treats

I actually had a bit of a hard time with this post. First, I had already published four years ago, my Lucky Rainbow Cookies

Lucky Rainbow Cookies, multicolored cookies with a pistachio crunch | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies #StPatricksDay

I even wrote a funny story in that post about a Leprechaun who found my cookies and used them for . . . well . . . pants.

Lucky Leprechaun, a St. Patrick's Day ficticious story | Recipe developed by and story written by | #humor #StPatricksDay

So a cookie was out for this project. Plan B, I'll do a cake. Nope. Tamara had already signed up for a Rainbow Cake. 

Good thing there are a lot of letters in the alphabet, I may need them for this project. OK, Plan C. Thinking it through again, focusing on the fact that St. Patrick's Day is just a few days away, I decided to go with the shamrock. 

Turns out it's good I'm not making a cake after all, as, a year after the Rainbow Cookies post, I continued the story of Lucky Leprechaun and included the recipe for a Creme de Menthe Shamrock Cake. BTW, I realized when looking at shamrock pictures for this project that shamrocks actually only have three leaves. I'd made a Creme de Menthe Four Leaf Clover Cake, not shamrock cake. Oops, my bad.

Creme de Menthe Shamrock Cake, a mint flavored, four leaf clover shaped St. Patrick's Day lucky cake.| Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies #StPatricksDay

In order to keep with the theme here, I need to be able to incorporate rainbows. Desserts (and pants) pretty much covered, I decided to go in a completely different direction, breakfast. I'd make Shamrock shaped cinnamon roll treats and I'd use colored sugar to make them the colors of the rainbow.

This is a really simple recipe, using packaged cinnamon rolls both for quick baking since they're a breakfast, and for the ease of starting with a "cheat".

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

I rolled out the dough between waxed paper to between 1/4 inch and 1/3 inch thickness and cut out small hearts to use to make the shamrock leaves.

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

On parchment paper already placed on the baking sheet, I formed the dough shamrocks using the hearts and then rolling scraps for the stem.

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

I brushed with butter, added colored sugar and a small candy pearl to the center of each shamrock. I used five different colors and made one multicolored.

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

They puff and rise when they bake. I let them cool for a few minutes, then thinned the icing provided and drizzled over the cooked treats. If you use a long spatula and remove from the baking sheet carefully, they will stay together. If not, just reshape on the plate. Enjoy!

Shamrock Breakfast Treats, cinnamon rolls in rainbow colors shaped like shamrocks for a fun St. Patrick’s Day breakfast | Recipe developed by | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Wishing you luck that's more of the "end of the rainbow" type (which I'm actively aspiring to, myself) and less of the "Murphy's Law" type (which is, sadly, my current streak).

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Tamara of Part-Time Working Hockey Mom shares how to make a Rainbow Sheet Cake
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Rainbow Sheet Cake by Tamara of Part-Time Working Hockey Mom | Featured on

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Rainbow Colored Glasses, affordable rainbow items that can be bought to add color to your life. 
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Rainbow Colored Glasses by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles | Featured on

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shared Rainbow Muffins and Sprinkled Treats
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Rainbow Muffins and Sprinkled Treats by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade | Featured on

Melissa of Heartfelt Sentiments shares how to Color Your World with handmade cards.

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Color Your World by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares how to find the beauty in the midst of chaos, Finding the Gold.
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Rainbows | Finding the Gold by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on

Be sure to stop by again next month for more theme based projects.

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Shamrock Breakfast Treats

Printable Recipe

NOTE: I use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to form a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day but you can make them any shape and incorporate any colors for other occasions.

1 tube refrigerated cinnamon rolls
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 tsp each of 6 different colored sugars (can use multicolored also)
6 candy pearls or mini M&Ms

1 TBSP milk

*Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set aside the icing packet that comes with the rolls.
*Roll all of the dough into a ball. About 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll between 2 sheets of wax paper to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness.
*Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the dough until you have 18 hearts.
*On the parchment paper, use the hearts in threes to form shamrocks, attaching at the points. Repeat until you have 6 shamrocks. 
*Roll the remaining scraps into a thin log. Cut 6 pieces and curl below shamrock, attaching at the tip of the hearts to form a stem.
*Using a pastry brush brush all of the shamrocks with melted butter. Sprinkle each with a different color of baking sugar. Place a candy pearl or mini M&M into each where the stem meets the hearts.
*Bake for about 12 minutes or until they puff and barely start to brown. Allow to sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes.
*Place the icing into a bowl. Whisk in a TBSP milk to thin it a bit. Drizzle over the shamrocks. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. 
*Remove from the baking sheet with a large flat spatula and they should stay together. If not, reassemble on plates.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Karma on Fire: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 8 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: That time Karma did a fantastic job.
It was submitted by: Tamara of Part-Time Working Hockey Mom.

This is the story of something that happened many years ago. It was a pivotal time in parenthood for me, a very difficult time, made just a tiny bit easier by Karma.

My house had always been a place where kids congregated. We had the basement set up for them where there was a huge TV and game systems, a pool table, a card table, an arcade game, a refrigerator stocked with drinks and a bathroom down there too. Any kids here at dinner time either ate or got a ride home And, of course, there were baked goods. Always there were baked goods.

German Chocolate Brownies, the flavors of a German Chocolate Cake, along with a few surprise flavors, interpreted into brownie form.| Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #dessert

German Chocolate Brownies
German Chocolate Brownies, the flavors of a German Chocolate Cake, along with a few surprise flavors, interpreted into brownie form.| Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #dessert

There were lots of kids in and out of the house. Skateboards lined the driveway. It was a fun time. But there were issues too. The most difficult for me was when I needed to sever a relationship between one of my boys and someone they considered a friend. It had happened once before in our former home, the final straw with this particular child was when he, in our backyard, pulled down his pants and mooned our Mormon neighbors. 

There was a situation that was coming to a head again when my older son was in elementary school. It was weighing heavy because Sydney, the friend's mom had been a pretty good friend of mine. In fact, since she and her husband worked and had trouble making arrangements for her son Taylor on Wednesdays when our elementary schools let out early, I had been bringing him home with us. Every week.

It started with her other son Skipper who was 5 years old. He was a bully, even at that age. My younger son had played with him now and then but that ended. When we were all together, like at sports, it did become a problem, though. I remember one time in particular when our older kids were at a baseball practice and the younger ones were playing. I looked back to see her Skipper going after the others with a stick. Now I admit I was too much of a helicopter mom, but she was too much of a free ranger. You know the type, kid does something dangerous and her reaction would be "well, boys will be boys". Refusing to stop her son, I had to pull mine away. Honestly, even if she didn't care whether her son poked a kid in the eye with a stick, I was angry. I care for her older son every week, could she not make a concession for me?

Those kinds of situations continued. I let them slide but was definitely resentful. The next episode forced my hand. My older son was playing at her house and she'd left her 3rd son, a teenager, to babysit. When I called the house I couldn't get an answer. Ever. Whenever he "babysat", he'd be in the basement, there was no supervision at all.  

Back at home my son told me that they'd played in the garage and out in a nearby field. It was some time later that it came out that Taylor had matches in the garage. It was incredibly difficult telling my son he could no longer play there. He was angry and blamed me. He even blamed himself for telling me. The whole situation sucked, but I had to make a stand for safety and I did. It was also pretty much the end of my relationship with Sydney.

A few weeks later I was talking with a friend, Missy. Missy has a son who was friends with both mine and Taylor. Her son had stopped going over to Taylor's house some time ago, but she never really told me why and I never pushed it. She did know why I'd stopped my son from going over there, and she knew Sydney and I were not in touch. 

On that particular day, Missy wanted to know if I had heard the news about 5 year old Skipper. No, I hadn't. What did he do, poke some poor kid with a stick? No, actually, he'd set Sydney's kitchen floor on fire.

Now I'm not one to gloat. After all, Karma would probably catch up with me if I did. But I'm hoping Miss Karma will forgive me that little (OK, big) smirk of satisfaction.

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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German Chocolate Brownies

Printable Recipe

3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 box (3.5 oz) Almond Joy Pudding mix 
Your favorite brownie recipe or 1 box Dark Chocolate Brownie mix and the ingredients specified on the box
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet and the pecans on another. Place in the oven and bake until they just barely start to brown. Remove immediately and set aside to cool.
*Whisk together the heavy cream, milk and the pudding mix. Set aside.
*Prepare the brownies and bake in a 9 X 13 pan. Cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the heavy cream/pudding mix. Spread over the cooled brownies. 
*Chop the pecans. Mix together the toasted coconut and pecans. Sprinkle over the top of the cream cheese layer of the brownies. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Going Green

I truly hope I don't lose readers because of this post. The title is not to be misleading, really it isn't. It's just that, well, there's green and then there's green.

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I do recycle. You'd think everyone would but I look up and down my street on trash day and don't see as many recycle bins as I'd like to. I shut off lights obsessively, in fact, don't take extra long showers, reuse bags . . . I try to do my part for the environment.

I say all this in hopes of mollifying those who came here thinking the environment was the subject of this post. No, it's not THE environment I'm hoping to impact, it's MY environment.

I've written many posts lately about the horrendous streak of luck I've been having. In fact, the latest post was just this past Friday when I wrote about my dishwasher going rogue. It's 11 days until St. Patrick's Day and in hopes of trading in the cloud I'm obviously standing under for the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, I'm embracing the green, going full in. 

Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops, a no-bake treat. Mint cookie balls with a surprise inside. A fun dessert for St. Patrick’s Day or for any occasion | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #StPatricksDay

Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops
Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops, a no-bake treat. Mint cookie balls with a surprise inside. A fun dessert for St. Patrick’s Day or for any occasion | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #StPatricksDay

So here it is, the why and how for going green, crossing my fingers, looking for four leaf clovers, chasing rainbows and putting all of my hope and prayers in the luck of (becoming) the Irish:

The why:
*At this point I've got nothing to lose. And I mean that literally. I've pretty much recently placed everything I own, some twice (dishwasher and coffeemaker, I'm looking at you).

*Green is the color of money. And if my bad luck doesn't change I won't have any left (another reason to covet those coins at the end of the rainbow).

The how:
*I am, coincidentally, the size of a Leprechaun. Green hat, spiffy buckled shoes and just watch my luck change.

*There once was a woman from Cork,
made her beef stew 'stead with pork.
"You're daft" husband said,
made twirl signs by his head,
Till she poked his fat arm with her fork. 

Got that one covered, I can limerick with the best of them.

*Four leaf clovers are good luck and I'm great at finding them. This one came from the park near our house.
Four leaf clover, or not. | | #humor #StPatricksDay

What? That's not a four leaf clover? Sorry, my bad. Bet it's good luck anyway though. Well, unless you're the police. You're not, right? Crap, I may need a lawyer. Anyone know a lawyer? An Irish one preferably, I'll need their good luck.

*Another way I'll fit right in with my lucky Irish friends, I've already got the gift 'o the gab. In fact, it's often said I'm one of few people who can consistently make a short story long (see above four leaf clover story if you want proof).

*Never really understood it but apparently I'm expected to kiss the Blarney Stone. Not questioning, mind you, if that's what it takes, I'll do it. 

Unfortunately I don't know which stone the Blarney Stone is. Just to be safe, I'll start at my house and kiss them all. If you happen to drive by me and see my face to the sidewalk and my arse in the air, move right along, I'm just fulfilling my honorary Irish obligations.

*Every March I make my Crockpot Beer Infused New England Boiled Dinner recipe and Pistachio Soda Bread recipe. So if I don't have actual Irish blood, at least I've earned my points for trying. But if all else fails, there's the green beer. I don't even like beer (oops, did I just lose my Irish cred?). But if my luck doesn't change, I'll be in the closest Irish pub drowning my sorrows with the best of them. 

Decision made, I'm going green. Wish me luck!

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Chocolate Mint Cookie Pops     

Printable Recipe

NOTE: You can make these pops with lollipop sticks or you can just make them as balls without the sticks.

1 1/2 cups chocolate mint cookie crumbs
1/2 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
6 oz cream cheese, softened
7 oz package spearmint leaves candies (15 - 18 candies)
1/4 cup green colored sugar
8 oz package, green candy melts
2 oz white candy melts 

*Beat the cream cheese with both of the cookie crumbs. Divide evenly into the same number of pieces as you have candy.
*Push a lollipop stick about halfway up into each candy. Form a ball around each candy with a segment of the cookie mixture, completely encasing the candy inside. Put these pops into the freezer for an hour.
*Place the colored sugar into a dish.

*Melt the candy melts together according to package directions. Dip each pop into the melted candy up to the stick. Allow excess to drip off. Dip top in the colored sugar and place onto a piece of parchment paper to set. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Friday, March 2, 2018

On Day Four I Kissed the Installers

A week ago Thursday my heart broke. It was the bad luck streak I was hoping to break, but it was my heart instead. That was the night I went into the kitchen and stepped in a puddle on my wood floor. The dishwasher, another appliance in a long line lately, had turned on me, decided to go rogue.

If you follow my blog or my FB page, you know that I've had a very long streak of bad luck. It started last summer and has not let up at all. We've replaced items big and small. As big as the heating and air conditioning unit and as small as the coffee maker. In between was my car, Hubs' cell phone, our washing machine, the blender, Hubs' car tires, PurDude's car battery . . . yes a long list of bad, bad, bad, bad (did I mention bad) luck. 

But this dishwasher. This broke me. Not only was the wood floor in the kitchen prep area swollen with water, but when I walked into the kitchen eating area much later, I found another puddle. The water had ruined the cabinetry behind the dishwasher and the floor back there was buckling.

I was told by my FB friends that I should contact my insurance company about the floor, which we're doing, but I was not happy about the hit to my checkbook fixing the dishwasher was going to take. Silly me, had I even known . . .

The next morning I called a serviceman who was a member of the business association my husband belongs to, they tend to give us a break. He warned me that if it's the pump and motor it won't be worth fixing. I was sure that wasn't it, this thing isn't even 3 years old. 

I was so confident I'd have a dishwasher that night that I put on a pot of Crockpot Beef Chili and I even baked Creme de Menthe White Brownies. I piled all of the dirty pots and pans and utensils in the sink to stick in the dishwasher once it was fixed.
Crème de Menthe White Brownies, a thin chewy white brownie with chocolate crème de menthe chips and an optional crème de menthe whipped cream topping | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #mint #StPatricksDay
Creme de Menthe White Brownies
Crème de Menthe White Brownies, a thin chewy white brownie with chocolate crème de menthe chips and an optional crème de menthe whipped cream topping | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #mint #StPatricksDay

Thirty seconds after the repairman arrived he left with $100 of my money. I'm not even sure why he came in, I could have thrown the check at him as he drove by. But he did stick a flashlight under the dishwasher, declared the pump and motor corroded, and even took an extra two seconds to tell me that it's extremely common. Dishwashers are now made disposable, three to five years is the average.

So day one found me debating washing and drying pretty much every dish and pan and utensil I own (and possibly a few I don't) by hand, or just throwing them all out and starting over. With all the unexpected bills we've had lately, looks like I'd be washing and washing and washing. I'm not sure that what I was doing registered though, all that kept going through my head was "that dishwasher's not even three years old. How can that be, it's not even three years old?" 

Hubs keying in immediately to my frustration and panic, leaving work immediately on a mission to buy a new dishwasher. He made the mistake of trying to discuss what I wanted but when I screamed into my cell phone (which now only works on "speaker" and drops calls on a whim) "who gives a damn what features it has, we'll be throwing it in the trash in a few years" he decided he'd just pick one himself and pay what it takes to have it delivered the next morning.

Day two: still angry and upset, I piled the breakfast and coffee dishes in the sink, planning to have them in my new dishwasher within a few hours. Delivery was between 10 am and noon. Bless you Hubs, you're a miracle worker.

After pulling out the old dishwasher, the installers gave me the bad news, it was soaking wet in there. The wood flooring, the cabinetry, everything. I needed to set up a fan and dry it out. They left my new dishwasher by the pantry and promised to be back on Monday. Monday? That's like 3 days from now. . .

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By the end of day two my hands had two settings; wrinkly prune and dry and cracked. Not a pretty look. We did have small paper plates but that's it. We used them for breakfast and lunch but they weren't big enough for dinner and I certainly couldn't use them to cook in. Take out and buying larger paper plates was out, it was snowing and sleeting, expected to do so all weekend. Of course.

Day three found me looking longingly at the dishwasher sitting by the pantry. I wrapped my arms around its bulky middle and whispered in its ear "I love you, I want you, I need you." 

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I tried to convince my Husband that it was Yom Kippur, but dammit he knows the day of fasting is in September.

By evening I was sitting on the now bumpy kitchen floor, blowing into that empty hole in the cabinetry with every last ounce of breath I had, just in case the fan needed some help. Because, come hell (which I'd been going through) or high water (been there, done that too), that dishwasher was going to be operational the next morning. 

On day four I kissed the installers.

Fortunately they hooked that sucker up anyway.

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Creme de Menthe White Brownies       

Printable Recipe

3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup flour
3/4 cup creme de menthe baking chips

OPT: 1 cup heavy cream
        1/4 cup powdered sugar
        2 TBSP Creme de Menthe liqueur

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Melt together the white chocolate chips and butter in the microwave.
*Whisk in the vanilla followed by the sugar, then the eggs, and then the flour. Once incorporated, fold in the baking chips. Spread evenly into the baking pan.
*Bake for about 25 minutes or until they are browned and completely set. Remove from oven and cool completely before slicing.
*For the Creme de Menthe Whipped Cream: beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add the Creme de Menthe liqueur and beat until stiff peaks hold. Spoon or pipe over the brownies when serving.