Friday, January 16, 2015

Use Your Words, the Grumpy Cat edition

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 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: game show ~ money ~ genius ~ Grumpy Cat
They were submitted by: Stacy Sews and Schools

It’s funny, when I first look at the words I’ve been assigned, something always pops into my head. A tiny little idea inspired by one of the words that can lead me in a direction for the post.

With these words, two somethings popped into my head. I read game show, money and genius and went immediately to the only game show I watch: Jeopardy.

Then I saw grumpy cat and another word popped into my head: Oy.

Really, Stacy? I was doing so well. I could have given birth to a post faster than any anesthesiologist could insert an epidural . . . BUT NOOOO, you had to add grumpy cat. Oy.

I think you have me stumped. I wrote a whole post about Grumpy Cat competing on a game show. First I tried to write a round of Jeopardy, but Grumpy Cat answered “tuna” to every question. Scratch that idea.

Then I tried to write about Grumpy Cat playing a few rounds of Family Feud. But again Grumpy Cat answered “tuna” to every category. He’s no genius, that Grumpy Cat. Maybe that’s why he’s so grumpy.

Seems there’s not much incentive for a cat to win money since obviously they can’t spend it. Maybe we need a game show that pays in tuna?

Coincidentally, as I sit here wrestling with this post, there’s a game show on TV. It’s late afternoon and I have Jeopardy on. I’m semi paying attention.

I head off to the kitchen to start making the Individual Delmonica Dinner Stacks for tonight. PurDude has been home from College and I look up as I hear his voice. He’s in the den, sitting on the couch and has just answered Final Jeopardy correctly.

Cancel all the Grumpy Cat playing for tuna stuff. Jeopardy for money is the way to go. I’m signing PurDude up. I’m sure he won’t mind.


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Individual Delmonico Dinner Stacks

Links to the other Use Your Words posts:

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Individual Delmonico Dinner Stacks
Printable Recipe
Ingredients (per person):
1 – 2 new potatoes (depending on size)
salt and pepper
2 TBSP melted butter
½ cup shredded cheddar, divided
1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ cup cooked chicken, turkey or ham (can be a breaded chicken if desired)
½ cup cooked broccoli
4 tsp olive oil
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp dried tarragon
*Grease a cookie sheet well. Be sure to use a cookie sheet with a rim. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Slice the new potatoes into approximately ¼ inch rounds. Toss with melted butter. Arrange on the cookie sheet (should be able to get about 3 stacks to a sheet) by forming about a 6 inch circle with overlapping potato slices and filling in the center with the rest of the slices. Try not to leave any of the cookie sheet within that circle showing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
*Bake the potato slices for 30 minutes.
*Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Top the potato rounds with half of the cheddar, then bacon, then chicken, broccoli, and the rest of the cheddar. Return to oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until all the components are hot.
*While the stacks cook, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and tarragon together.
*Serve with the lemon sauce drizzled over the stacks.


  1. Oh my gosh, so hummy looking. bookmarking...making...enjoying.

    1. What I love most about this dinner is that we can all choose our toppings. The ones I listed are our favorite, but you can use what you have in the fridge and design your own.

  2. This looks delicious and of course pinned for later. Grumpy Cat...that's bad!

  3. THAT was FUNNY!!!!! LOL You did a great job with those words!!!
    And I am DEFINITELY trying the recipe!!!! Looks soo sooo soooooo good!!!

  4. Interesting, I was thinking JEOPARDY as well!

    "What is a Grumpy Cat" could just have been the answer to a question of the "Furry Animals Category". But hey, you did well, and you should definitely sign up your son so he can participate and win!

    PS: What? No tuna recipe?

    1. Damn, I should have stuck some tuna on those Delmonico Stacks!

  5. Love the Grumpy cat references--he's one of my favorites. And that recipe….well, you had me at bacon….

  6. LOL, clever! Use your words to chastise Stacy for giving you Grumpy Cat!

  7. Grumpy Cat says No. But I say yummy! I'm going to have to make this!

  8. Jeopardy? Hmmmm Only one word to say to that - "tuna" I'm a Wheel gal myself

    1. LOL, Wheel's OK too, I guess. Wonder what Grumpy Cat would guess as the solution to the puzzles.

  9. Oh yeah, even Grumpy Cat would approve of those dinner stacks! Yum!

    1. LOL, didn't think of that, maybe I should have worked that into the post.

  10. I've always wanted to get my dad on Jeopardy. He knows everything!! When we play Trivial Pursuit he asks about the publication date of that edition, because sometimes that matters for the answer! I'm no where near that smart!

    1. I'm not that smart either, I often catch myself staring at my younger son in awe.


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