Friday, August 5, 2016

Secret Subject Swap: No Glinda Here

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 14 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: What Wizard of Oz character are you most like and why? 
It was submitted by: Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

This is actually both an intriguing and a daunting prompt. Although I've seen The Wizard of Oz many many times, I actually had to google some of the names of some of the characters. I may have little bits and pieces of many of them incorporated into who I am (we are all fairly complex, aren't we?) picking the one I'm most like could be difficult.

I think the easiest place to start is with who I'm not. I'm not Professor Marvel. Although he seemed like a nice guy, I'm no Snake Oil salesman. So lets cross him off the list.

Aunt Em? No, although I believe Auntie Em means well, and in the end her love for the niece she took in does shine through, she's initially buttoned up and emotionally distant. And really, how well would my Jimmy Choos do on a farm? And where would I buy replacements?

I have to admit that the first thing that came to mind was a Munchkin. I mean, I am really small. And I sing a mean "ding dong the witch is dead" loud and proud every time I watch that movie. Despite my height (or lack thereof), I wouldn't say that these are the characters I am most like.

Dorothy herself. Yeah, young and naive? That ship has sailed. Many many many many (and then some) years ago. Kids'll do that to ya.

Glinda, the good witch of the south. Oh, how I wanted to be able to say "yes" to this one. Good, kind, beautiful . . . But although I bake and every now and then the kids let me taste one or two of the sweets, I'm not quite that sugary sweet. I may be no turkey, but I'm not the Raspberry Sauce either.

Turkey Cutlets with Raspberry Sauce: Turkey cutlets breaded and pan fried, served with an orange raspberry sauce for a quick and easy dinner | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Turkey Cutlets with Raspberry Sauce
Turkey Cutlets with Raspberry Sauce: Turkey cutlets breaded and pan fried, served with an orange raspberry sauce for a quick and easy dinner | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Moving on . . . 

Miss Gulch? I had to think about this one. It's true that I often get pretty pissed off at my neighbors who let their dogs shit on my lawn. But, in my defense, I've found that walking around barefoot searching for land mines on my own lawn is about as much fun as you'd think. And don't get me started about how lovely it smells when you're mowing the lawn and those land mines get mulched. 

But I'd never grab their dog, stick it in a basket and ride off to the police. It's not the dog's fault. Now the neighbors . . . If I could fit them in a basket . . . 

I'm not the Wicked Witch of the West. Not only is no mom able to be that self centered and self involved, I not only have no army to do my bidding, my own kids don't even listen to me. And I'm definitely not The Wizard. No way I'd ever hide behind a curtain pretending to be someone else. With me, what you see is what you get. Tin Man? No, I'm overly sensitive (or so my mother has always told me, and she'd know). Not the scarecrow either. If anyone over thinks pretty much everything, it's me.

The Cowardly Lion? Hell no, I went through In Vitro, more than once. And I've been through childbirth too. OK, it's true that after the surgery in which I lost College Boy's twin I begged them to leave the epidural in through the birth, and it's true I was only a few months pregnant then, they refused and I still went through childbirth.

But when I asked PurDude what character I was most like, his answer was the Cowardly Lion. I was crushed. But then he explained and I felt a little better. "You know, Mom, how you always tell me not to stop for gas late at night, how you made me stand next to you with my cell in my hand when the guy from Craig's List came to check out the swing set you were selling, how you don't like me opening the city pool first thing in the morning by myself . . . 

So what he calls cowardly lion, I call cautious, aware of your surroundings. Potato, potahto, I guess?

And what did College Boy say? "That's easy, Mom, you're the tornado." Still trying to figure out how to take that one.

Still searching for my own choice, though. Ahhh, the Wicked Witch of the East. You know, this could be it. I mean at this point in my life, as the mom of older kids, I've been treated to my car being lit on fire, a birthday wish from 700 miles away ending with "oh, and I broke my leg", having to parent through some very difficult situations from afar, and one kid who got multiple speeding tickets . . . in one week. Yeah, I'd have to say that I spend an inordinate amount of time feeling like a house landed on me.

But I have to tell you that if I ever get me a pair of ruby slippers and a house falls on me. DO NOT try to remove them. Dead or not I will get you. Nobody touches my ruby slippers. Nobody. Cue the Winged Monkeys.

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Turkey Cutlets with Raspberry Sauce
Printable Recipe
1 1/2# turkey cutlets
1 egg
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
3 - 4 TBSP butter
3 - 4 TBSP olive oil

1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 green onion, sliced

*Rinse and pat dry cutlets. Cut into pieces, 2 - 3 per cutlet.
*Whisk egg with about a tablespoon of water. Place bread crumbs on a plate. One at a time, dip each cutlet in the egg, then coat with bread crumbs. Place in fridge for an hour.
*Whisk the orange juice, raspberry jam and balsamic vinegar. Mix in the green onion. Set aside.
*Heat one tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat until hot. Place 3 - 4 cutlets in the pan and fry, turning once, until both sides are golden brown and turkey is cooked (center of the cutlet will be firm to the touch). This should take about 3 minutes per side.
*Remove the cutlets to paper towel and gently pat to remove the excess oil. Move cutlets to a platter in a warm oven while cooking the rest of the cutlets.
*Repeat with the remaining butter, olive oil and cutlets.
*Serve with the Raspberry Sauce.


  1. LOL! I love your boys' answers! You *did* name your blog after a tornado!!

    1. I'm still not sure how I feel about those answers . . .

  2. We may have to fight over the Ruby Slippers.........

  3. This is so much fun! Very, very well done! Me? I'm Glinda. Desperately trying to make everything nice around me and failing horribly. Sigh.

    1. From all the pictures I see and the stories I read, you're not failing at all.

  4. I know "Wizard of Oz" is a classic, but I have never seen it, so I can't really join the discussion.
    I'll only say that the qualities that Purdude describes make for common sense and the opposite of recklessness. If young people want to call it cowardly, oh, well.
    On a completely different note you'll be happy to hear that our discussion earlier inspired my dinner: I had lobster pasta, and it was delicious! Have a great night out!

    1. Guess we both had lobster tonight, I had one more before I go back to the Midwest tomorrow.

  5. Definitely not the cowardly lion! The tornado...I can see that!

  6. I'd like to think I'm the Wicked Witch, but my husband thinks I'm too much of a pushover!

  7. Kids are funny! I'll have to pose this question to mine.

  8. I really like how you went through all of the characters. And the entire time I admit I was wondering who I match up with. I think as moms we are many parts of a lot of things!

    I love how you answered this! Thanks for all the amazing things you do and I'm so glad to be back!

  9. Do you deliver?! I need these NOW. Plus, I feel I'll never make them as well as you, so I need YOURS. Oh em geeeeeeeeee. My mouth is watering. Oy. Why is College Boy worried about lobster, when he can have THESE?!?!

    Question... Could this work with chicken also?!?

    I'm sorry. This recipe excited me.

    Great post. I love how you worked through it. I think I'd see you as.... Hmmmm... The Tornado. Think about it...

    1. Yes, definitely would work with chicken, but you need chicken cutlets, if you buy breasts you need to cut and pound them.

      I'll give that tornado thing a bit more thought!

  10. Cowardly Lion -- I think not but it is interesting to ask someone else that questions in how they perceive you. Mmmmm

    1. Definitely interesting to ask the boys, although I'm not sure how I feel about their answers. . .

  11. Aww I love the answer for why he chose the cowardly lion (one of my fave characters) but absolutely adore that you are the tornado.... ;)

    Can I be a combo of the witches...and a flying monkey...?

    1. Jenn, I'm convinced that you can be whatever you want to be.


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