Wednesday, October 11, 2017

You Scream: October Poetry

I'm writing poetry with some friends again this month. It's been 2 years now since I started doing these monthly poetry posts so I have no sympathy for you, you should have built up an immunity to them by now. If not, we can always see if there's a shot for that.

I'm excited to be writing this October poem because, as many of you know, I love Halloween. It was a Halloween poem 2 years ago that started this whole idea of choosing a theme each month and taking the challenge to come up with poetry based on that theme.

And there's the recipe of course. Nothing gives you permission to play with your food more than Halloween.  

Today's theme is Scream. Be sure to watch for my recipe at the end of the post, too. 

Monthly Poetry Group, multiple bloggers posting poems based on a theme. This month's theme is Scream. | Presented on | #poem #poetry #Halloween

You Scream

"You can't do it", he said to me,
pretty bold for only three.
"It's October, you will see"
I CAN make you scream, said me.

As each passing day went by,
tried and tried, oh did I try,
he'd just look at me and sigh,
shake his head and roll his eye.

Bloody knives and Freddie masks,
bubbling liquids served in casks,
baking black bats, daily tasks,
"when you scaring me?" he asks.

Spooky music . . . not a peep.
Jump from hiding . . . didn't leap.
Dare I wake him from his sleep?
Nary a scream could I reap.

Cleaning up the house next day,
put his favorite toy away.
Couldn't find it where it'd lay,
terrified he screamed "you'll pay".
Who'd have thought I'd win this way?

As promised, today's Halloween recipe:

Black and White Brownie Bats, thin chocolate and white chocolate brownies decorated for Halloween. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #Halloween
Black and White Brownie Bats
Black and White Brownie Bats, thin chocolate and white chocolate brownies decorated for Halloween. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #Halloween

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends: 

Dawn of Cognitive Script shares A Bootiful Scream

Diane of On the Border shares Scream.

Baking In A Tornado signature | | #MyGraphics

Black and White Brownie Bats        


NOTE: For this recipe you will need a bat shaped cookie cutter. You can use any cookie cutter for different shapes

3/4 cups white chocolate chips
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks margarine, divided
1 stick butter, divided
3 1/4 cups sugar, divided
6 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla, divided 
3 1/2 cups flour, divided
candy for "eyes" decoration

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto 2 half-sheet baking pans (about 18 X 13). Press in the corners but allow the paper to hang over the edges of the pans, this will help you to remove the brownies. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray.
*In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips with 1 stick of margarine and 1/2 stick of butter until completely smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar. Once incorporated, stir in 3/4 tsp vanilla, then whisk in 3 eggs and last 2 cups flour. Spread evenly into one of the prepared pans.
*In a second bowl, melt the unsweetened chocolate, remaining stick of margarine and remaining 1/2 stick butter in microwave. Stir until completely smooth. Stir in 1 3/4 cups sugar. Once incorporated, stir in 3/4 tsp vanilla, then whisk in 3 eggs and the remaining 1 cup flour. Spread evenly into the remaining prepared pan.
*Place both pans into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the center is completely set. Remove from oven and cool for an hour.
*Cut each pan of brownies into 9 rectangles. NOTE: The size and number of your rectangles will depend on the size of your cookie cutter. My bat cookie cutter allowed for 9 rectangles per sheet. 
*Grease your cookie cutter and press firmly into the center of each of the rectangles. Gently remove the cookie cutter leaving the shape cut out but inside the brownie.
*Once cut, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Carefully, using the parchment paper, slide the brownies from their pans.  Place the cookie cutter back over each bat cut out and press down hard. Remove the bat. If it doesn't come out, use the tip of a knife to trace the shape, then try again.
*Place the chocolate bats into the white brownies and the white bats into the chocolate brownies. Decorate with candy "eyes" if desired.


  1. Ok, he poem was cute, but I just want some brownies now....can you just send me some...I don't really want to make them myself. LOL

  2. Cute. My boys used to get the biggest kick out of sneaking up on me and making me scream. Rarely could I do it to Jesse, but Joey screamed at everything. In the middle of a sentence I could say BOO and he'd scream. Man I miss those days.
    Love the bat brownies but that looks like a lot of work. If you can figure out a gluten free sugar free version how about make me a batch. LOL

    1. Less work than you'd think, actually. And on that gluten free and sugar free version? Well, you're on your own there.

  3. Genius. Hit them where they live, right in the favourite toy! :)
    Cutest brownies ever!!!

  4. Such cute little bats and fun poem. Thanks.

  5. I am loving both the batty brownies and the poetry. Put a smile on my face...and getting me into the Halloween mood. :)

  6. Oh, they are precious! (The bat brownies, I mean). This will be great to pin! The poem...well, let's talk some more about the brownies. Alana

    1. Ha ha, I know I'm no poet so yes, lets talk about the brownies.

  7. Love the cookies, perfect for Halloween, and at least you won! Betting this poem has some reality thrown in, with 2 boys.


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