Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Life is not a Bowl of Cherries?

Most of us have given some thought at one time or another to the meaning of life. I know I went there more than a few times in my hippy days. Usually while listening to The Grateful Dead. Hell, I danced barefoot to Jerry Garcia BEFORE he was an ice cream flavor, but that’s another story altogether.

Existentialism, transcendentalism, sensualism, intellectualism, empiricism, spiritualism, realism, optimism, pragmatism, theoretical, hypothetical.

There are, of course, cliches about life. You know, like the old “life’s a bowl of cherries.” But I’ve been working on some analogies of my own. Some simple little catchy correlations between life and  . . . well . . . me. And I have to admit, I’m not doing very well.

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Perhaps I’m over-thinking because if:

Life’s a snowstorm
          that makes me a flake?

Life’s a souffle
          that makes me hot air?

Life’s a beach
          that makes me a blistering sunburn? It hurts just to type that.

Life’s a dance
          that makes me a stripper pole? Ewwww. Get out the Lysol.

Life’s a cookie
          that makes me a crumb?

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Strawberry Chocolate Crunch Snowballs

Life’s a song
          that makes me responsible for everyone covering their ears? Because I can’t carry a tune. Even when I lip sync.

Life’s a hot fudge sundae
          that makes me a nut?

Life’s a maze
          that makes me a rat?

Life’s a vacation
          that makes me food poisoning?

Or, you know what, maybe I’ve been searching in vain. It’s actually conceivable that I’ve known the meaning of life all along. Possibly that childhood song is not just a fun tune to sing in a round, but is, in fact, the insight we’ve all been looking for:

♪ ♫ ♬ merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream   ♪ ♫ ♬

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Strawberry Chocolate Crunch Snowballs
Printable Recipe
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp strawberry extract
2 cups flour
about 1/3 of a 11.5 oz package of Keebler Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate cookies
1/4 cup Nestles 25% less sugar strawberry powdered drink mix

Approximately 3/4 cup powdered sugar
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Place the cookies into a food processor and process into crumbs.
*Cream the butter, margarine, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and strawberry extract. Start on low until the powdered sugar is mixed in.
*Again starting on a low speed, beat in the flour, 1 cup of the cookie crumbs and drink mix.
*Roll the dough into approximately 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheets and bake 10 - 12 minutes or until set.
*Cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar.


  1. OMG!!! Dying laughing!!!! LOVE your take on cliches!!!!!!!! But you had me at strawberries and chocolate! ;)

    1. You can catch more flies with strawberry and chocolate than you can with honey. That's a saying, right?

  2. Those are hilarious! Stripper pole EEEWWW is right! Thanks for letting me start my morning with a good laugh!

    1. Happy to. Hope you spend the rest of your day laughing too.

  3. Haha, I don't fancy being the stripper pole! If life were clothing I'd be the odd sock stuck to the washing machine drum!

    1. LOL, yeah, I feel like an old sock lots of days myself!

  4. Between all the 'big' words and life philosophies, sounds like your true hippy self is showing -- any weed involved? :) Seriously, Karen, this had more truth than fiction in it! Good thoughts

  5. As I am coming up on a big BDay I can relate to thinking about life. Right now I am thinking about Strawberry Chocolate Crunch Snowballs in my belly!

    1. Can't wait to see what fun place you choose to celebrate your big BDay. Bet it'll be epic!

  6. I love your cliches. Also love the strawberry chocolate crunch snowballs. Life would be perfect if I had one of those about now.

    1. Me too. Wish they hadn't all disappeared. Time to make some more.

  7. Life is a sundae and you're the cherry.
    Life is an eye and you're the apple.
    Life is a beach and you're the soothing wave.
    Life is a cookie and you're the chocolate chip.

    Loved this. Cracked me up! These cookies look yummo, but all your recipes look yummo.

    1. You are just so good for my ego. Promise you'll never leave me!

  8. I'm a nut! I wish life were a hot fudge sundae instead of a constant snow and ice storm!

    1. I think, at least this particular winter, you may just be on to something.

  9. Respect. I can cook up a storm! But bake, I'm always doing something wrong. I will rethink.


    1. Yeah, I always do something wrong too. I've changed my perspective and just decided to go with it.

  10. Life's a merry go round. It just makes me dizzy.

  11. I love this, Karen. Great metaphor. Now I keep humming that old country song by John MIchael Montgomery. "Life's a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead. Sometimes you follow."

    1. I don't know that song, I need to look it up. He may just be on to something.


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