Friday, September 16, 2016

Use Your Words: Because Hope Rules

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 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: pain ~ stop ~ information ~ ebb and flow ~ hearts and flowers
They were submitted by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles.

Today's post is going to be a short one. These words hit close to home, took me to a place I really didn't want to go, and spoke to me in prose.

Because Hope Rules

No more information. Need eradication.
Ebb and flow, stop and go, high and low.
Cut with precision, statistics in place of vision, another tough decision

Give us hearts and flowers, herculean superpowers.
Fear and pain, cut and drain, loss for gain. 
Called our bluff, proved we're tough, had enough.

Make it stop, not another tear to drop.
Fight and flight, day and night, end in sight.
Poison it out, battle without doubt, brave throughout.
Another round, we'll be crowned.
Challenged and replied, power and pride, out and inside.
Proved you're cruel, so we'll use the tools,
                                because hope rules. 

We all have a different idea of what is comfort food. For me, it's pasta:

Shrimp and Portobello in Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce: Shrimp and portobello mushrooms in a roasted red pepper infused cream sauce served over angel hair pasta | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner #shrimp #pasta

Shrimp and Portobello in Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce
Shrimp and Portobello in Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce: Shrimp and portobello mushrooms in a roasted red pepper infused cream sauce served over angel hair pasta | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner #shrimp #pasta

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:
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Shrimp and Portobello in Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

8 oz jar of Roasted Red Peppers
1 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2# large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 green onion, sliced
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
12 oz angel hair pasta
parsley for garnish 

*Drain the red peppers. Place on paper towels and pat to dry. Slice.
*Heat oil in pan at medium high heat. When hot, add shrimp. Cook, turning once, just until the shrimp turn pink and are no longer translucent. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
*Add the portobellos, green onion and garlic to the pan. Lower the heat to medium. Cook and stir until the mushrooms start to brown and the green onions soften.
*While the mushrooms are sauteing, cook the angel hair pasta according to package directions.
*Add the red peppers, and cream to the pan with the mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium low and bring to a boil, stirring now and then. Allow to gently boil for 5 minutes.
*Add the shrimp and cook just one more minute.
*Place the pasta in a serving bowl, top with the sauce and sprinkle with parsley.


  1. That looks so yummy I will have to try it. I love shrimp AND pasta.

    1. I do too. This one's easy and flavorful. Let me know if you give it a try.

  2. Another great seafood dish.
    And look at you, more poetry!

    1. I know I promised poetry only once a month. Hope the recipe makes up for the lie!

  3. Tried to read between the lines and 'hope' you share someday, when you can. In the meantime, as long as there is hope......there is hope.

  4. I don't eat seafood so I will pass, I do use words though because you know words are how we

  5. This recipe sounds amazing! I am a seafood fanatic, so I can't wait to try this out.

  6. I am with you, pasta is a great comfort food. Of course chocolate cake ain't bad eighter.
    I do hope that hope rules. In the end, sometimes this is all we've got.

    1. Pasta for dinner and chocolate cake for dessert. Works for me!

  7. That pulled at my heart strings. Beautifully written. That pasta looks amazing. Not sure I could do it, but I'm going to give it a try.


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