Friday, September 25, 2015

Funny Friday: Up a Tree

Today’s post is September’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Spatulas on Parade.
Funny Friday, Spatulas on Parade |
1. Little Bear to Mom: Now mom, you just go back home. I told you I was running away from home. It doesn't work as well if you come with me.
2. Little Bear to Mom: What do you mean this isn't the way to our cave? See why I asked for GPS . . .

3. Mom to Little Bear: Don't let them scare you dear, that place is called a donut shop and the bear claws they're selling don't really come from bears.

4. Little Bear to Mom: What do you mean what am I looking for? A pic-a-nic basket of course. Just like Daddy Yogi does.

5. Little Bear to Mom: What am I doing? I'm cliiiiimbing a staiiiirway to heaaaaaven. 

And now for something yummy:
Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan: Eggplant slices coated in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture then baked, not fried. Add cheese and Homemade Marinara for a flavorful dinner | Recipe developed by | #dinner

Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan: Eggplant slices coated in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture then baked, not fried. Add cheese and Homemade Marinara for a flavorful dinner | Recipe developed by | #dinner
Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Baking In A Tornado | | #MyGraphics

Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Printable Recipe

1 large eggplant
1 egg
1 cup Italian seasoned croutons
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
olive oil (or any) non-stick spray
approximately 10 slices mozarella

Homemade Marinara: recipe HERE 

*Peel the eggplant and slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Sweat on a paper towel by lightly salting the slices and allowing them to sit for 10 minutes. Blot with a paper towel.
*Beat the egg with 2 TBSP water. 
*Place the croutons, 2 TBSP of the parmesan cheese, the cumin and cayenne in a food processor. Pulse until it's the consistency of bread crumbs.
*Coat a baking pan with olive oil non-stick spray.
*Dip each eggplant slice individually in the egg mixture, then the crouton mixture. Be sure the entire slice is entirely coated. 
*Place the slices on the prepared baking pan and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. 
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
*Spray the tops of the eggplant slices lightly with the olive oil spray and place the pan into the oven. Bake 10 minutes, turn the slices with a fork and bake another 10 minutes.
*Remove the eggplant from the oven but leave the oven on. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the eggplant, then place a slice of cheese on each one and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
*While the eggplant is cooking, heat the marinara sauce.
*Remove the eggplant from the oven but leave the oven on.  Drizzle some of the marinara over the eggplant and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
*Serve with the remaining marinara and additional grated parmesan cheese.


  1. First, EGGPLANT PARM! Yum! IT's one of my faves!
    Second: "Hey-Ya Boo-Boo! What's in that pic-a-nic basket?" That was my thought when I saw that photo! So fun that you remembered that too.
    Last (but not least): I want a bear claw. Mmm <3

    1. Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan and Bear Claws, wonder if that's a balanced meal? Meh, who cares?

  2. yummy eggplant parm.

    LOLOLOL at the bear claws...poor thing...

  3. Bear Claws, yum!!
    Oh man, now the baby bears want a GPS, where is it gonna end?

  4. I LOVE eggplant and this recipe looks YUMMY! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Number #3 is my favorite. And now I'm craving bear claws. Eggplant Parm looks really good, too!

    1. I seem to be responsible for a lot of people craving bear claws today.

  6. So cute!! I love those carving in NC. I've seen some of them with my family!

    1. I'm jealous of the amount of talent that took. Amazing.

  7. I've never tried eggplant before, but it looks delicious so I pinned it to try it as well as your marinara sauce. I've never tried to make my own before I always use Prego, but I am getting braver! I want to try my hand at some bread as well!

    1. I hope you love both recipes, but bread? Yeast is my nemesis.

  8. 3 was my favorite and the eggplant looks yummy

    1. Yeah, 3 was my favorite too. Probably because. . . well . . . donuts.

  9. Bwahahaha! #three made me laugh out loud!

  10. I can't even with the eggplant parm. I need it now. It's a favorite of mine, but I haven't had it in years.

    Loved all your captions. Every single one. Thank you for the laughs!

    1. I love Eggplant Parm. I always serve it with ravioli. The kids eat the ravioli and the adults eat the eggplant.

  11. Bear Claws don't come from real bears... HA!


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