Friday, September 5, 2014

Secret Subject Swap, September 2014

Welcome to another Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 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: Write a list titled: Things People Don’t Touch. It was submitted by Someone Else's Genius.

There are a few of us who live in this house at different times of the year so I’ve come up with lists from everyone’s perspective. These lists are less about the things that people are averse to and more of a dire warning.

Things People Don’t Touch
according to teens:

* My cookies. I know you buy them and I know that other people live here too but those are my favorites, everyone else should be considerate and leave them for me.
* My socks. Yes, they’re dirty and they’re in the middle of your living room but I know where they are when I need them.
* My computer. And it’s password protected in case you forget. And after three tries at the password a net will fall over you, scoop you up and you’ll hang from the ceiling until I get home.
* My door.

Things People Don’t Touch
according to Hubs:
* My GPS. I have no sense of direction and if you touch my GPS I’ll never make it home again. HEY, don’t get any ideas.
* My glasses. Unfortunately my arms no longer reach far enough out to hold the laptop in order to see, so if I’m going to get any work done, and you all like eating so I guess I’d better, do not move my glasses. No matter where you find them.
* The remote. Nothing is more frustrating than finally sitting down at night and having to get up again and spend the next hour searching for where you people left the remote. Although I have finally figured out that between the couch cushions is a good place to start.
* The furniture. I hate when you move things around, I’m used to where they are now. I sit on chairs, work at the desk and eat at the table and that seems to be working out. Let’s not fix what isn’t broken, you know I confuse easily.
* The driver’s seat in my car. I am 14 inches taller than you. When you move my car seat forward and then don’t move it back, I can’t get in without issues. Dire issues. I know we aren’t going to have any more children but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the need to keep all of my parts intact.

Things People Don’t Touch Without Consequences
according to Me:
* Any recipe I’m making that’s not done yet. If I’m beating the filling for the Orange Juice Krispie cups and I turn around to find the cups all gone and just crumbs on the counter, I’m not going to be happy.

Orange Juice Krispie Cups |

Orange Juice Krispie Cups

* The wallpaper on my phone. Stop taking your picture off and replacing it with the picture of a monkey. I birthed ya, I know what you look like.
* My radio stations. I can understand that when you use my car you want to listen to your own music but I cannot fathom why you feel the need to permanently reprogram each and every station.
* My baking supplies. Why is it that I cannot keep jimmies (sprinkles) in this house. What are you people doing, eating them with a spoon?
* My phone charger. It’s not that I mind you using mine, although you do have your own. It’s just that I shouldn’t have to play hide-and-go-seek every time I need it myself. And you guys sure can hide my belongings like a boss.

Things people in this house Don’t Touch (but should)
according to Me:

* Vegetables.
* Dirty dishes. Oh, and clean dishes still in the dishwasher.
* The shopping list. It’s not like I ask you to buy more of whatever it is that you’ve used up this time, just put it on the list. How hard is that? Yes rhetorical, don’t answer.
* The trash that you threw in the general vicinity of the trashcan but missed.
* The sponge. I saw you swipe those crumbs off the counter onto the floor with your hand.
* All of the empty shampoo bottles, lotion bottles and toothpaste tubes you store in the closet of your bathroom. You do know we have many waste baskets in the house and a recycle bin in the garage, right? What did you think I had them all for, aesthetics?
* All the water bottles in the upstairs fridge. There are approximately 15 half full water bottles in my fridge and that herd just keeps on growing. I don’t understand why you all continually leave them there and then open a new bottle. Finish them or get rid of them, I’m running out of room for food. Unless you WANT water for dinner.
* My blog. Given the fact that all of this baking is for you and all of this blogging is because of you, it wouldn’t kill you to give me a page view or two every now and then.

That’s my list, what’s on yours?

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Orange Juice Krispie Cups
Printable Recipe
3 TBSP butter
1 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup toasted coconut
*Grease 18 muffin tins.
*In a large bowl, melt butter in the microwave until completely liquid.
*Add marshmallows and microwave one minute. Stir with a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray. Continue to microwave another 30 seconds if the marshmallows are not completely melted.
*Quickly mix in the cereal and chocolate chips.
*Grease or wet your hands. Form the mixture into 18 balls and put into the muffin tins. Work the balls into the shape of the tins so they form a cup. Allow to set.
*Once the cups have set, run a knife around the edge and pop out of the tins.
*Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the juice and powdered sugar and continue to beat until peaks hold. Spoon or pipe into the cereal cups.
*Sprinkle toasted coconut over the top.


  1. I love both of your list.
    My list? Don't touch my kids, my husband or my pets in ways that you should not. My book, magazine, nook. My laundry, I hate when others (men in my house) was or dry anything it gets ruined. My Nutella :)
    PLEASE touch the floor with the broom, the bathroom with a rag, the trash bags-take them out, the dirty dishes since I'm done for the day.
    I'd go on, but I'll spare you. You get it.

  2. Great lists!
    Don't touch my recipes
    Don't touch something and put it in another location
    Don't touch the furniture and rearrange pieces I can't move myself, this happens when I leave town

    These rice kris pie treats sound tasty. If sprinkled with jimmies can they be dolled up for Halloween?

  3. Love your lists!!!!
    At the top of mine would be, Don't touch ME with YOUR feet!!! BLECK!!!! And yet they think it's the funniest thing in the world to do. GRRRR!!

    1. Well, it is true that once you let them know your weaknesses . . .

    2. Sounds just like my son and I. If I had a dollar for everytime I screeched, "oh my god get your feet offa me!"

    3. Maybe you SHOULD charge him a dollar for every time you have to say it. If he doesn't have the money you can always garnish his future wages.

  4. Love your lists!

    I'm pretty laid back but I do have a few things I don't like touched/messed with: Radio station, my poetry journals, and the bottom of my feet (too ticklish).

  5. Ugh----the phone charger….Every. Damn. Day.

    1. Yes, so frustrating. I was thinking of hiding it but then I'd forget where it was.

  6. Don't touch my records without my permission, my letter writing supplies (you have your own pens, dammit, these are mine!), my book (i have my place marked and if you move it, i might lose that mark), or my secret stash of candy. I totally dig that you have a "things you should touch but don't" list. I need to make one of those for the kiddo. ha.

    1. Just a friendly warning, if you want to start a "things you should touch" list, you may need more of those writing supplies.

  7. My boys think they can't touch my purse. Which actually works in my favor, because it's the only place in the house where I can put something,and it's still there when I look for it later. I obviously need a bigger purse. My hubby is constantly looking for the remote - and we have found it in some interesting places! Very funny - and the recipe looks delish as usual!

  8. Intriguing, and funny lists of Don't Touch. The remote??!! You're one lucky lady!! *woot woot* Mine would be : my journals; snow globe with baby angel that I bought from the Philippines more than a decade ago; my nose. I hate having my nose touched. :-)

  9. Great list Karen. I want to make one and post it on the wall a list of do's or don'ts. Hope everything is going okay.

    1. I think that's a great idea. Maybe I should have mine made into wallpaper.

    2. Might as well face it we could put them on a billboard and they wouldn't read it!

  10. Definitely one of those posters that people put up in their house with fancy lettering. You should consider a job change...

  11. OMG....I HATE when my husband takes my cell phone charger. He has his own, but he always grabs mine. I don't get it.

    1. Sometimes I think they do the things they do just to deliberately drive us nuts.

  12. Love the lists...LOL Hubby always uses my cell phone charger. it's so annoying. Right now we are in a phase where all our stuff belongs to our son...and God forbid we try to keep it unbroken or used a toy.

    1. So funny, I remember those days, when what's your is his and what's his is his.


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