Friday, November 10, 2017

When all the Walls: Use Your Words

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.

Use Your Words, a multiblogger writing challenge | | #MyGraphics

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: legendary ~ rope ~ control ~ lead ~ scrape ~ whole
They were submitted by Jenniy of Climaxed.

Add the sugar to the butter. Beat. Scrape the bowl, add an egg. Beat. I used to love the peace of baking. Today, I guess you'd call this baking by remote control

It's what I do when I'm stressed. I bake. Unlike cooking, baking requires use of science, fairly precise measurements. It works to occupy my mind. And there's the joy you bring to others when you share the end results. It works to elevate my mood. Right now I need both.

Truth is, I am at the end of my rope. It's not one thing that's got me, it's a compilation. They're not life altering, just frustrating. It's legendary, the old saying "when it rains, it pours". Right now the proverbial wind is whipping and the rain is pouring. So I'm baking in my tornado. Lets just say I'm the camel, and I'd really appreciate it if you'd keep that last straw away from my back.

Apparently this storm has a theme. Money. It started with my car, it appears the starter is going. What's that a couple of hundred bucks? $12o0. And that's not even new, that's if I let them put in a reconditioned one (yeah, that means "used"). 

And Hubs thinks my brakes are starting to get a little soft too. Beat. Scrape. Beat.

 PurDude is graduating from college in May. When we go up there, we usually just stay at a local West Lafayette motel for about $75 a night. There are different graduations that go on over a 4 day span and the school has not yet assigned a graduation date to each major. I went in to check on reservation. There is nothing available in West Lafayette at all. In Lafayette, there was one hotel left with the 2 rooms we need. For those for days, rates are over twice the normal rate. So for 2 rooms for 4 days that's $1200. Beat. Scrape. Beat.

My cell phone has decided that I have my headphones plugged in. Permanently. Meaning I can only use the phone on speaker. Which makes it impossible to answer a call in public. Pricing new phones should be fun right about now. Beat. Scrape. Beat.

Hubs just called from his work phone, something he rarely does. Seems his cell will not turn on. Beat. Scrape. Beat.

Open the fridge and the light won't come on. Close. Open. No light. Close. Open. No light. And you know what? I don't give a damn. I've got bigger fish to fry (I sure am on a roll with those old sayings today). Or pies to make. 

Peanut Butter Lover's Pie, a no-bake cheesecake with peanut butter flavor in every bite | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert
Peanut Butter Lover's Pie
Peanut Butter Lover's Pie, a no-bake cheesecake with peanut butter flavor in every bite | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert

I often let life take the lead. After all, we don't have a whole lot of control over many of the things that may happen to us in a given day (or week, as the case may be). But it's good to know that when life is leading me down that dark rabbit hole, the tag line of this blog still serves me well: When all the walls are caving in . . . what could it hurt to bake?

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

Peanut Butter Lover's Pie

20 Nutter Butter Cookies
4 TBSP melted butter

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup Butterfingers baking bits, divided

1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar

OPT: whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup to top

*Lightly grease a springform pan.
*Place the Nutter Butters into a food processor and process to crumbs. Mix with the melted butter. Press into and partially up the sides of the pan. Refrigerate.
*Beat the cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Butterfingers baking bits.
*In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks hold.
*Spread 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture into the crust.
*Fold the whipped cream mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust. Even out, sprinkle with remaining butterfingers bits and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing from pan to serve.
*OPT: decorate with whipped cream and/or drizzle with chocolate syrup for serving.


  1. Oh man, you need to be baking a whole lot...
    I think appliances and other technical stuff are imitating each other. There's never just a light bulb needing replacement, all of a sudden the dishwasher goes crazy, and the dryer doesn't do what it's suppose to do, dry.
    How can PurDude already graduate? He only just went away for college!!? Have you looked into Airbnb as an alternative to pricey motel rooms? They sure know how to benefit from those events.
    May still say "happy Friday"? Any plans that make you feel excited and forget about the bills?

    1. No idea how these 4 years flew by. Yes, someone on my BIAT FB page suggested Airbnb, but there's nothing there I'd consider. Oh, and just since I wrote this, Hubs ran over a nail and had to replace two tires on his car. Heading back to the kitchen now . . .

    2. I'm having one of those weeks so I decided to bake -- laughed out loud when I read that you are doing that. Chocolate Mousse Cake today -- it helps, doesn't it?

    3. Yes it does, and I'd sure love a slice of your cake, sounds heavenly!

  2. Oh, Karen, I feel your pain. What's with that? The mountain slide of problems that all arrive at once?!
    I do hope the end of the tunnel arrives. Soon!
    The upside of all that baking is your friends who arrive, fork in hand, to . . . umm . . . commiserate . . .

  3. Isn’t that how life works? If I lived anywhere near West Lafayette I would put you up in return for four days of baking. Alas, I don’t. But that pie sounds awesome. Alana

    1. If you lived anywhere near West Lafayette, I'd take you up on that offer.

  4. I hate when things happen like that. I'm just hoping my electricity decides to stay on! I'm tired of spending all of my money at the grocery store!

    1. I don't know what surprises me more, how much I spend on groceries, or how fast they're gone.

  5. Yep birds of a feather. Pie looks good though

  6. Money the bane of our existence. I totally understand.
    It will all work out and when it does it will be a new post.
    Delicious pie as always.

    1. Yes, it will all work out. And in the meantime there's pie.


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