Friday, January 27, 2023

Go Away: Monthly Poetry Group

   

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Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane, Mimi, and I take turns,
"Go Away" is the theme this time.
 
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.  





 






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Go Away

"Go away,"
I heard him say,
stopped in traffic, to our dismay,
seems road work was underway.

“Go away,”
I heard him say,
this was on the very next day,
woodpecker on the house, pecking away.
 
"Go away,"
I heard him say,
on the kitchen counter there lay,
so much junk mail on display.

"Go away,"
I heard him say,
eating out on the deck that day,
a bee had decided to join the buffet.
 
 

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Smothered Chicken Casserole


 
"Go away,"
I heard him say,
turned to see him look my way.
We'd gotten in a fight that day.
 
"Go away,"
I'd heard him say,
next words, made everything OK:
"pick a beach, we'll go and play." 




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Before you go, stop by these blogs for more poetry:
 
 


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Smothered Chicken Casserole
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Ingredients:
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
about 2 tsp garlic powder
3 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 can golden mushroom soup
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
2 TBSP cooking sherry
1 TBSP grated parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green onion, sliced

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 X 10 baking dish.
*Slice the chicken breast into about 1 inch slices, then cut the larger ones in half. Sprinkle both sides with garlic powder and place into the prepared pan. Add the broccoli and mushrooms to the pan.
*Whisk together the sour cream, cream cheese, soup, Italian seasoning, sherry, parmesan, garlic, and green onion. Pour over the chicken and vegetables, and spread to cover. 
*Cover the dish with tin foil. Bake for 1 hour.

 


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Words Without Letters

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I wrote a blog post recently called Games Without Words. If I were writing a song, this would be the second verse, Words Without Letters.
 
It all started with a trip. No, not the vacation kind, the kind where you're walking out of a room, trip (over absolutely nothing, but we'll skip over that part), and smack the laptop you're holding in your hand into the door jam. Talented, I know.
 
I was fine, not even embarrassed because nobody saw, and everyone knows if no one witnesses you doing something embarrassing, it's the same as it never having happened. Well, unless you admit it publicly . . . like on your blog.

Anyway . . .

I did see a couple of cracks in the bottom and on the side of the keyboard (superglue doesn't work on laptops, FYI), but the laptop was working fine, so I went on my merry way.

Until a few weeks later. 

I was siin on he couch, ypin away, poaly wokin on a lo pos and makin los o poess. I don' look a wha I'm ypin when I ype, los in my own wold o houh, u I suppose you can imaine my supise when I looked up and saw, well, oledyook.

Ummm . . . seems some of my keys were not working. 


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So I started banging on them. Because everyone knows that banging is always the solution when something doesn't work.

And it worked. I could bang on the keys when they didn't work and abracadabra.

Sadly, abracadabra solutions are, apparently, temporary.

Once it was clear that banging wasn't going to work forever, superglue had already failed, and the clip I'd attached to the broken side of the keyboard kept popping off and smacking me in the head, I knew I was in trouble.

And then I posted a recipe pic to my blog, not realizing that one of the letters not working had been left out of the recipe name. It said "ceam cheese." Ugh, had to delete the pic from my blog and all social media, fix it, and repost it everywhere. I was not amused.


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As I looked into getting the keyboard fixed, I was both writing blog posts and responding to posts on my Baking In A Tornado FB page by typing what I wanted to say, going to a document where I'd stored the alphabet to copy the letters I needed, one by one, and pasting them into the sentences.

So, using just the short example from above, this is the amount of copying and pasting I had to do:

I was sitting on the couch, typing away, probably working on a blog post and making lots of progress. I don't look at what I'm typing when I type, lost in my own world of thoughtbut I suppose you can imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw, well, gobbledygook.

Let me tell you, that is an exhausting way to communicate. Do you have any idea how often you use "r," "t," "f," "g," "b," and "v"? 
 
I do.

I could temporarily do some of my writing on my cell and on my tablet, but those weren't going to be long term solutions. I needed my laptop for longer pieces, and was getting nowhere in finding a way to get it fixed.

But the straw that broke the blogger's back? I'd worked out a recipe for a post and could not figure out what some of it said.

No bueno. BIG no bueno.
 

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Mini Heart Cakes
 
 
Fast forward a long week of copying and pasting letters, partially writing blog posts in 3 different places, and one afternoon I was sitting on the couch, banging on the letter "t," and possibly muttering some not very nice words.

Hubs and my son asked what in the world I was doing. I explained.

"Be back in a minute," they said, walked out the door, came back about 1/2 hour later with a wireless keyboard.

Let me tell you, folks, Pat Sajak has been ripping people off for years. Wheel of Fortune charges $250 to buy a vowel? I got the whole damn alphabet. 

For 20 bucks.



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Mini Heart Cakes         

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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
3 egg whites

1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips, choppd
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar

OPT: decorations of choice: colord sanding sugar, multicolored sprinkles or nonpareils, heart shaped candies, red hots

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a jellyroll baking pan.
*Mix together the cake mix, oil, milk, sour cream, egg, and egg whites. Once incorporated, beat for 2 minutes.
*Spread into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 10 minutes.
*Crush the white chocolate chips in a food processor or a clean coffee grinder. Place them with the heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Mix well. Continue to microwave at 10 second intervals until completely smooth.
*Whisk in the powdered sugar. Immediately pour over the cake and quickly spread evenly. Sprinkle with decorative topping of choice and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
*Using a medium sized heart shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the cake. Use a spatula to move to a serving dish.
*Note: form the remaining cake in the pan into 1 inch balls and freeze to coat and make cake balls later.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Nuts for Dinner: Fly on the Wall


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Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 3 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.










Me (holding up my cell phone): How do you make a phone call?
College Boy: Mom, you know how to make a phone call, you call me all the time.
Me: I just press a button for you, and everyone else I call. How do I call someone not in my contacts.
 
He explained it to me and I walked away. 


 
Later:

College Boy: Did you make your call?
Me: Sorta.
College Boy: Sorta?
Me: Well I did what you said and I made the call, but the recording said to press 1 for English, and there was no keyboard to press a number with so I hung up.
College Boy: Sometimes I wonder about you.
Me: Yeah, sometimes I wonder about me too.



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I had on my calendar that College Boy would need a ride home from work. We'd discussed it the day before and Hubs said he'd pick him up and bring him here for dinner.

College Boy gets out at 5:00 pm. At 4:45 pm, I suddenly realized that Hubs hadn't left. I went to the top of the stairs and yelled down to the man cave that he was going to be late.

Nothing.

I yelled again.

Nothing. 

Exasperated, I went down to the basment. Which is when I remembered that Hubs had gone to work that day.

And brought College Boy home with him right on time.



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After dinner, Hubs goes upstairs to put on a pair of sweats. As he's heading down to the man cave, I see something hanging out of the side pocket of his pants.

Me: What's that hanging out of your pocket?
Hubs (feeling for his pockets): I don't know, where?
Me: The left pants pocket.
Hubs: Oh, that's a hole.
Me: A hole, I thought something was in the pocket.
Hub: Something is. 
Me: Something is?
Hubs: Yeah, me.
 


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You never know what you might find on the kitchen counter. The other night I came home, walked into the kitchen, turned on the light and found this:

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Spent a bit of time trying to imagine how this might have come about, and why it's sitting there. I mean, there's gotta be some kind of back story, right? But eventually I realized that it might be best if I just didn't know. 
 

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It seems I'm being judged. And that's not all, it also appears I'm not faring well.
 
What started out as a compliment, quickly went south.
 
Me: You liked my recipe picture on Instagram! Thank you.
PurDude: I like your Insta pics if the food looks good.
Me: But this is the first time you've ever liked one. . .

 
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 Roasted Brown Sugar Squash



Purdue basketball had been doing really well. On Monday, the week's rankings always come out. Whoever checks them first, Hubs or I, tell the other.
 
One Monday night, I saw that Purdue basketball had posted to FB that they were #1 that week. I was happy, then angry that Hubs hadn't told me.
 
Me: I have a bone to pick with you.
Hubs: Oh good, hope that bone is attached to a Prime Rib.
Me: {{blink, blink}}.
 
It's not often he (OK, it's not often anyone) has me speechless.
 

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I follow God on FB. He's actually really funny, and it helps that whatever political humor he shares agrees with mine.
 
But when I first saw that God was on FB, I laughed. I mean, really? On FB? But then a thought came to me, we're taught that God is everywhere, but maybe I could find out where he actually is. 
 



 
Nope, guess not.



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Hubs and I were both craving eggplant parmesan and decided to check online to see if the little Walmart down the street had any eggplant.
 
This picture came up.


 
And this was the description provided:
 


 In case you can't read it, it says:
"When the vegans get a craving for some grade A beef, we reach for Aubergine with its perfect eggplant hue. Made of 100% medical grade, luxuriously soft liquid silicone."



Ummm . . . say what now, Walmart?




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Sometimes it's all about context.

I was sitting on the couch planning a dinner both of the boys would like. Whenever they can be here, I always try to make their favorites.

As I'm sitting on the couch, Hubs walks out of the pantry.

Hubs: Do we have any nuts?
Me: They should be here right around dinner time.
 
 

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Ever heard of a contingency lunch?
 
One morning a few weeks ago, Hubs comes into the kitchen, sits down and has a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. When he's done, he tells me he's going to skip lunch as he had a late and filling breakfast. OK with me.

Later that day he comes into the kitchen and asks what's for dinner. I told him I was trying a new recipe, I wasn't totally confident, but am hopeful it will come out as I hoped.

At about 1:00 pm, he comes back into the kitchen and makes himself a few sandwiches.

Me: You decided to have lunch.
Hubs: Yeah, you didn't sound so sure about dinner, so I decided I might need a contingency lunch.

 

 

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Roasted Brown Sugar Squash        
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 acorn squash
1/2 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
 
OPT: cranraisins and/or pepitas for serving

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking pan (with sides).
*Cut the squash in half from top to bottom. Clean out the seeds.
*Cut each squash half into halves, and each of the quarters into quarters. You'll have 16 slices.
*Melt the butter in a bowl. On a small plate, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
*Dip both sides of each squash slice into the butter. Sprinkle one side with salt and pepper. Press the other side into the brown sugar mixture, then place in the baking pan, sugar side up.
*Bake for 35 minutes.
*OPT: serve sprinkled with cranraisins and/or pepitas.