Friday, May 9, 2014

Secret Subject Swap, May 2014

Welcome to another Secret Subject Swap. This week 15 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.

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My subject is: You wake up one morning with super powers. What are they and why do you want them? Will you keep it a secret or share? It was submitted by  Spatulas on Parade. Here goes:

What? Just one? I can’t have all of them? ‘Cause I’ve got teenagers and the resulting blood pressure through the roof. I may need more than one.

But if I only get one, I better choose wisely so I better consider all the choices:

That’s not a superpower:
While checking out every possible superpower option (thanks, google) I found a few that don’t seem like superpowers to me. They’re not even worth considering but I just have to mention them because they made me laugh:
~Explosive Farting: No comment.
~Gold Balls: Ditto.
~Organ Rearranging: Yuck.
~Self detonation: I’m thinking you only get to use this once, right.

No, I’ll pass:
~Wall crawling: I can just see it now, me climbing the walls and my kids using me for target practice.
~Xray vision: Really not necessary. I’m a mom, I’ve already got eyes on the back of my head.
~Morphing: My luck I’d turn myself into a slug and not be able to morph back.
~Hyper breath: Because morning breath isn’t bad enough?
~Teleportation: You know I’d accidentally teleport back into childbirth. The first one, where the epidural didn’t work.
~Superhuman strength: Although this might come in handy when trying to open pickle jars, this isn’t really my dream power.
~Water breathing: Well, on the off chance that I might get ambushed by water-gun wielding kids I might need this one but I’ve evaded that scenario so far, I’m gonna just hope my luck keeps up.
~Sonic scream: I have teenagers. I can already scream like a banshee.
~Firebreathing: Nope, I can burn dinner just fine without any superpowers. If I only get to choose one, it won’t be this one.

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Grilled Strawberry Glazed Chicken

~Poison immunity: I thought about this one but I don’t think I’m really in jeopardy. To tell you the truth, with a house full of kids I rarely get a chance to even taste my own cooking.
~Spidey sense: Although I think it would be useful to sense impending danger, truth is with kids around there’s a good chance that thing will be pinging non-stop.
~Understand all languages: Imagine being able to say anything to anyone at any time. I could speak to people no matter what language they spoke. And even better, I could say so many things that no one in this house would understand. How much fun would that be? But then once I said “gai kakhen afen yam” to my kids and they went around and repeated it to everyone. Not a good thing to have to explain.
~Paralysis shock: Although I could certainly imagine having all kinds of fun with this one, I also think I could pick a different superpower and just buy a taser.

Good possibility:
~Cloak of invisibility: But then I realized that most teenagers pretty much consider adults invisible anyway.
~Death Ray: if looks could kill, watch out eye-rolling teens, drivers who cut you off, people who don’t clean up after their dogs . . .
~Weather manipulation: I thought about this one long and hard. I mean, clearly someone needs to set Mother Nature straight this year. But ultimately if I can only have one superpower this just won’t cut it.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner:
Mind control: Oh, lordy, yes. That’s the one; mind control. I am gonna control the living hell out of everyone’s mind. You’ll all be doing the chicken dance in the streets.

And will I share the fact that I have this new ability? Bwwwaaaaaahahahha. No way, that would take all the fun out of it.

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Grilled Strawberry Glazed Chicken
Printable Recipe
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
garlic powder
1/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
*Cut each chicken breast half into two to three pieces, depending on size.
*Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with garlic powder and place into a gallon bag or bowl for marinating. 
* Mash the strawberry jam. Whisk in the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and orange juice. Pour over the chicken, cover the bowl or seal the bag and put into the refrigerator overnight. Turn or mix now and then.
*Safely grease the grill and heat to medium. Cook chicken, approximately 10 minutes per side, just until it is cooked through.


  1. I LOVE your choice!! I think it's perfect for anyone with teens!!! And we already have enough explosive farters around here. SIGH....

  2. all the superpowers you listed. I think you chose the right one...I know my son would LOVE the farting one, hubby would want super strenght...but I think I would go with you on the mind control. I don't want to eat dinner Mommy, now I do. I don't want to sleep Mommy, now I do. Yes, you are always right my dear wife....****EVIL LAUGH****

    1. Yup, exactly what I was thinking, evil laugh and all!

  3. Love your choice and reasoning. Not sure what I would have picked-either the power to heal people (but that would probably come with being drained) or spidey sense but like in the sense I would be able to know if a spider was in a room so I could avoid it...

    1. Oh yeah, I'd take your version of spidey sense. Either that or we need to find a way to put cow bells around all spiders' necks.

  4. While you're out saving the world with your mind controlling superpowers, will you please stop by the D.C. governmental offices? Thanks so much <3

  5. Morphing and teleporting were my favorite! Oh God please, I'd NEVER want go back to child birthing!! With my luck if I morphed, it would probably be into the thing I hate most---cockroaches. Funny SSS, Karen!

  6. Great choice! BTW - Googled "gai kakhen afenyam" Definitely don't want that repeated! Though I may have to use it once in awhile, just to throw people off. LOL!!

    1. You can use it, just be sure they don't understand it!

  7. You're evil. Possibly an evil genius, but definitely evil.

    P.S. Good gracious this recipe is AMAZING.
    Yes, I'll tell you how much I love it!!!

    1. Ha ha ha, evil genius. . . I'll take that title, thank you very much!

  8. I want the power to keep my house clean! Recipe looks YUMMY!!!!!

    1. I googled Super Powers but I didn't see that one. Maybe we need to get a scientist working on it.

  9. Self detonation...some days I could use that one. lol

    1. LOL, there are days when I wonder if I DO already have that one.

  10. I have been reading my way from the bottom to the top of the list of posts, so here I am, enjoying yours at last, but getting distracted by "The Yiddish Handbook: 40 Words You Should Know", and you know what? I'm fine with the ocean, as long as it ain't the boxers AGAIN. You know what I'm talking about.
    I've kind of already decided on the menu I want to make tomorrow, but now I'm thinking strawberry glazed chicken sounds awfully nice! You know what, I'll just go to the supermarket and see how you control my mind. You can do overseas, right, it's that strong, your super power?
    Happy Mother's Day, Karen!

    1. Ha ha, yes apparently my mind control works overseas too. Thanks for testing out that theory for me.

  11. I think that you picked the best of the super powers. I would love the have the power for mind control, it would be awesome!

  12. Oh, come on. Your super powers are being Super Mom and Super Baker.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    1. Do you think you could tell my boys about that first part?

  13. I would love to wake up with super powers! I love your choice and recipe :)

    1. Me too, in fact I'd take any of them (well, maybe not the explosive farting one)!

  14. Maybe I'm paranoid, but when I'm around people that are speaking other languages, I think they are talking about me.....

    I'd use mind control as well.....shouting "AS YOUR MAKER, I COMMAND YOU!" usually just results in rolled eyes and a chorus of "Mom, did you take your meds?"

    1. Ha, ha, I hear ya. Darn kids, having a mind of their own. But we'll show them . . .


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