Friday, December 4, 2015

Secret Subject Swap: That Unicorn Better Come With A Maid

Welcome to the December Secret Subject Swap. This month 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. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: You open your door and walk in to find glitter everywhere. What do you do?
It was submitted by: Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.

Now I may not be Sherlock Holmes. In fact, I'm not even Stephanie Plum, but even I can deduce that there is something going on here. I am positive this is not how I left my house.

I've been in situations I could not immediately grasp before and I can tell you right now that, like it or not, the first thing I'm going to do is look for the Candid Camera crew. For those of you young 'uns who don't know, Candid Camera was the original Punk'd. Not celebrities but everyday people were secretly filmed reacting to all kinds of set-up absurd situations, then shown a camera crew and told to "smile, you're on Candid Camera".

I know that would be my first reaction because it had happened before. When I was a freshman in college, one night while home on winter break, my mom was going out with friends and had allowed me to borrow her brand new car to go shopping with my sister. When we left the mall and went to where I'd left my mom's car (I told you it was brand new, right?), the car wasn't there. My sister started looking around, clearly we just had the spot wrong, right? Not me, I stood in the empty spot twirling around looking in all directions, laughing, waiting for the crew to come tell me to "smile, you're on Candid Camera." In fact, I was expecting the crew right up until, back home later on, the State Police called to say they had found the car {{phew}}, and that the kid who stole it had totalled it {{cancel that "phew"}}.

I digress.

But old coping mechanisms die hard so I have to say that the first thing I'd probably do is look around for that camera crew.

Spicy Spanish Casserole: A hearty dinner casserole made with rice and hot sausage | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Spicy Spanish Casserole

Spicy Spanish Casserole: A hearty dinner casserole made with rice and hot sausage | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

 The next thing I might do is look for Happy-Go-Lucky Leprechaun. Lucky and I have a history. I first encountered him around St. Patrick's Day of 2014 when he snuck into my alter-ego Suzie Storm Tornado's house, stole her Lucky Rainbow Cookies and {{gasp}} wore them as pants.

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 He was back the following week when Suzie tried and failed to outsmart him with a scheme involving her Dark Chocolate Chip Bread. He even returned the following March when Suzie was about to make her Creme de Menthe Shamrock Cake.

But no, this glitter isn't Happy-Go-Lucky. It's December, not March. Lucky is in hibernation. Or in his war room planning his next attack . . .

 So . . . look for the disco ball and black lights?

Oh, I know, duhhhh, I'm on Facebook, I've seen all of those memes, unicorns poop glitter. Sheesh, everyone knows that. There's a unicorn in my house. That's it. And unicorns bring good luck. I like good luck. I NEED some good luck. Bring it on. How does this work, do I make a list? Rub its belly? Pick up the glitter and sprinkle myself with it?

Whatever it is, let's do this. 

But one more thing. Looking around my house at all of this glitter, let me just say that if that unicorn wants to live long enough to poop in another home one day . . . he better have come with a maid . . .

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup and check them all out. See you there:

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Spicy Spanish Casserole
Printable Recipe
4 pre-cooked flavored hot sausage links, sliced (I like Jalapeno Cheddar or Chipotle and Roasted Garlic)
1 cup long grain rice
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (15.25 oz) corn kernels, drained
1/2 cup salsa
3/4 cup water
1 small onion, chopped 
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 tsp + taco seasoning
1 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

*Grease a 2 quart round casserole dish with non-stick spray.
*Spread the rice into the bottom of the dish.
*In a bowl, mix the sliced sausages, diced tomatoes with their juice, drained corn kernels, salsa, water, onion, red pepper, 1 tsp of the taco seasoning and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Pour over the rice.
*Top with the other 1/2 cup of cheese, then sprinkle with more taco seasoning.
*Cover tightly and cook an hour and 15 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.
*When serving, uncover very carefully.



  1. that really sucks about the car..,I can't imagine the feeling of not locating it and wondering WTF? My dad's toyota was stolen from in front of our house when I was in high neighbor saw and did nothing...jerk.

    1. It really was a horrible feeling. My mom and I were just talking about it this week. . . all these years later.

  2. When you're all done, send that unicorn my way....I need that good luck, too!

  3. Wow---that was a hard prompt and you knocked it out of the ballpark. Perfect title, too. I'm so glad my kids are older now and I don't have to deal with glitter anymore. I still have some around here but I keep it hidden when my granddaughter comes over. Your casserole sounds delicious!

    1. I guess that's why I need a maid, I didn't have any girls, I'm not up on the best ways to get rid of glitter.

  4. LOL!! I could use a good luck unicorn. And sadly, I'd likely not even notice if there were glitter on my floor!!

  5. I definitely think you were chosen to be the recipient of a lot of lucky glitter! Just close your eyes and picture all the scenarios that will take a positive turn from now! Make them nice and colorful! Then blog about it. (Optional)

    Geez, I think you need to tell us more about the stolen car back then! What a bummer, what did your Mom say? Did insurance pay for a new car?

    1. That whole stolen car was such a nightmare. Insurance paid but it was never about that. I still feel bad to this day, and the trials were heartbreaking too.

  6. Oh that sucks about your mom's new car I would have been praying for Candid camera too!

    And maybe Happy-go-Lucky sent the unicorn as a way to apologize....

    1. YES, you solved the mystery. I bet that's exactly what happened.

  7. It is such a feeling of being violated when someone steals something that is yours -- and yes, it does take a while to get over it. Interesting prompt --I never would of thought of it that way -- but hope it brings you lots of good luck if it ever does happen!

  8. Your imagination never fails to amaze me! I would have to say (for both of us) that it would depend on what kid had been home! I'm home early no catastrophes. Nowhere beats an empty house. Mom comes back tomorrow lol.

  9. I have an unnatural love for glitter. I love it. I blame my mum. Rosemary loves glitter. It's probably her favorite thing. It rubbed off on me, obviously. She even bought Gigi a shirt that says "Need More Glitter". I think I'd be secretly happy, to come home to a house full of glitter. I'd hate having to clean it, especially since my vacuum attachment is still mia, but it'd be gorgeous.
    As you know... This casserole makes me drool. Thank you for sharing it.
    Loved your post.

    P.S. Did your mom ground you for life?!
    P.P.S. Candid Camera is one of my all-time favorite shows. I still watch reruns.

    1. Let me know if you see me on one of those old episodes. I'll be the one standing in an empty space in the mall parking lot looking around and laughing.

  10. I was thinking college boy was playing a prank on you.

  11. I totally sang the jingle. How nice of the unicorn to give you craft herpes! It's the gift that keeps on giving... and giving and giving. :)


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