Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Clean Out Your Fridge Day Poetry

It's that time once again,
poetry day on this blog.
Our group talks themes,
like smog, frog or hot dog.

We suggested and laughed,
weird holidays on the way.
This time, chose tomorrow's
Clean Out Your Fridge Day!

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Clean Out Your Fridge Day

There's kids starving in Europe,
my mama would say.
But if I eat my beans
I help them in some way?

You're lucky, she'd explain,
for no meal have you yearned.
And let nothing go to waste,
it's a lesson well learned.

My clan, we all love
"clean out the freezer" night.
Little lasagna, stroganoff, chili,
all find something just right.

But "clean out the fridge day"
is met with such scorn.
"What concoction this time?
Rather starve", they all mourn.

They dread it, they fight it,
"I have to work late."
"But you never know,
I could make something great."

Got some lettuce, a lemon,
and there's a few eggs.
Oooh, a chicken,
forget it, seems it's got green legs. 

There's a carrot, some ketchup
a beet and milk's fine,
a Brussels sprout, grape jelly,
dinner will be divine.

With my head in the fridge 
and still no dinner plan, 
I finish taking stock
with mustard and bran.

Wait, who could that be
ringing my front door bell?
"Pizza's here" in perfect unison
those damn traitors yell.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Now you know in each post,
a new recipe I add.
Was going to use those leftovers,
but that'd be . . . well, bad.

So today I'm sharing cookies,
all ingredients fresh bought.
You'll appreciate it more,
at least that what I thought.

Mint and Raspberry Pinwheels, these cookies are as flavorful as they are beautiful. Perfect for holidays but a favorite treat for any day. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #bake #cookies

Mint and Raspberry Pinwheels

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends: 
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Out with the Fuzzy
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Clean that Fridge
Diane of On the Border shares Clean!

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Mint and Raspberry Pinwheels

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 TBSP baking cocoa

1 tsp raspberry extract
2 drops red food coloring
1 TBSP flour
chocolate sprinkles 

1/2 tsp mint extract
2 drops green food coloring
1 TBSP flour
multicolored sprinkles

*Cream together the butter, margarine and sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in 3 cups of flour, baking powder and salt.
*Divide dough in half. To one half, add the baking cocoa, then split into two fairly equal pieces.
*Split the other half into two fairly equal pieces. To one, add the raspberry extract, red food coloring and 1 TBSP flour. To the other, add the mint extract, green food coloring annd the other TBSP flour.
*Roll out each of the 4 dough segments separately between 2 pieces of wax paper to about 9 X 11 inches.
*Carefully flip the raspberry layer on top of one of the chocolate layers and the mint layer on top of the other chocolate layer. Lay them flat in the refrigerator to chill for an hour.
*Using the wax paper to help you, roll up using the long side until you have 2 tube shaped rounds, one chocolate an raspberry, the other chocolate and mint.
*Roll the raspberry dough round in chocolate sprinkles and the mint dough round in multicolored sprinkles. 
*Wrap each round in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put parchment paper onto baking sheets.
*Slice rolls into about 1/4 inch slices. Bake for 11 - 12 minutes. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Croquettes: Family Gathering Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group  of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Family Gathering.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:

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I made Thanksgiving Croquettes:

Use holiday leftovers or start from scratch, Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious lunch or dinner incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dinner
Thanksgiving Croquettes

I know, you expected the recipe of a dish I serve on Thanksgiving. Not today. Mostly because of what I explained in my last blog post Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks: Secret Subject Swap (you read it, didn't you?). Just in case you didn't, I'll give you the Cliffs Notes (pay attention, there'll be a test). 

As family gatherings go, Thanksgiving is a favorite. It's a day for family, friends and food. But for the list maker, shopper, sous chef, cook and baker (all the same person, btw), it's a lot of work. My favorite time of Thanksgiving day is when the turkey's in the oven and it's too early to be prepping the side dishes, my respite in the day. We have a fire in the fireplace and sit together with cocktails and snacks, talking and laughing and partially watching football. It's the part of the day when I'm engaged more as a family member than as the chef. 

Since I've already posted so many favorite recipes from this holiday over the years and even done a round up of Thirty Thanksgiving Recipes, I'm going to share a recipe today from another favorite time associated with the celebration. Leftovers.

The weekend after Thanksgiving we have leftovers. It's a more casual day than the holiday itself and so much less work for me. Part of the fun, the challenge of this particular family gathering is reinventing the leftovers into something new. After much thought I've decided that this year I'll be making Thanksgiving Croquettes. Although it's an easy dinner, calling for precooked leftovers, you can easily adapt it for other times of the year, just "doctor up" a box stuffing mix and use chicken instead of turkey. The directions are in the recipe below.

Start by gathering your ingredients:

Use holiday leftovers or start from scratch, Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious lunch or dinner incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dinner

Mix, form balls and refrigerate. I actually do this the day before so all I have to do the next day is saute the croquettes.

Use holiday leftovers or start from scratch, Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious lunch or dinner incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dinner

Cook in a saute pan:

Use holiday leftovers or start from scratch, Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious lunch or dinner incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dinner

And serve. Easy peasy. Perfect for enjoying some family time the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Use holiday leftovers or start from scratch, Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious lunch or dinner incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday #dinner

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares her recipe for Turkey Soup.
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Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares how to make a DIY Kids’ Travel Pillow.
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Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments shares Grateful Hearts, scrapbook layouts and cards for expressing gratitude.
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Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Advice for my Daughter (and you) About Family Gatherings.
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Thanksgiving Croquettes        

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes about 12 - 14):
2 - 2 1/2 cups leftover stuffing (see note below if you don't have enough leftover stuffing), cold
2 eggs
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked turkey (can substitute chicken), cold
1/4 cup corn niblets
1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce OR 3 TBSP jellied cranberry sauce mashed plus 2 TBSP cranraisins
1/4 cup sliced almonds

vegetable oil

*NOTE: if you don't have enough leftover stuffing, make a box of stuffing mix using chicken broth instead of water and adding in shredded carrot and chopped green onion.
*Chop the leftover turkey into small pieces.
*Mix together the stuffing, eggs, turkey, corn, cranberry sauce and almonds. Using your hands, roll into about 2 - 3 inch balls and place in fridge for an hour (or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to a day).
*Heat 2 TBSP of vegetable oil and 1 TBSP butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat until hot. Add 5 stuffing balls and immediately press down with a spatula to form a patty. Cook for 5 - 8 minutes.
*Gently flip over and cook the other side about 5 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain. Keep warm while cooking the remaining croquettes. You may need to add more vegetable oil and butter between batches.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 9 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 is your favorite Thanksgiving dish and how do you make it?
It was submitted by: Rena of The Blogging 911.

"She cheated", you're thinking. "She chooses who gets what prompt and she chose this one, fits right into how she blogs".

Well, you'd be wrong. The way I assign prompts is way more involved than just choosing whatever I want. If you want to know how it's done, I'll be happy to let you know but I don't think I'll bore everyone with the whole routine here. 

And, honestly, this is a tough prompt for me. I've been blogging for more than a few years at this point. All of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes have pretty much been posted at this point. I've even done a recipe round up, Thirty Thanksgiving Recipes from Start to Leftovers. If you're looking for new holiday recipes to try, check out that one, bet you find something you like.

So coming up with a favorite Thanksgiving dish for this seemingly made-to-order (pun intended) subject and have it be something new for my readers really made me sit down and give it some thought. And as I worked it through in my mind, I came up with both a favorite recipe for today, and one for Monday's Blog With Friends post as well. Holiday recipes that are and yet are not Thanksgiving foods. Let me step back a minute and tell you about where I'm coming at this from. 

Quite simply, I'm coming at this from the point of view of the shopper, prepper (yes, I know that's not a word, sue me) and chef. Truth is, a lot of Thanksgiving is work. Don't get me wrong, I love the holiday, we light a fire in the fireplace, have cocktails and leisurely graze on snacks in the afternoon, then the piece-de-resistance, the big Thanksgiving dinner (and dessert, don't forget dessert) in the evening. Before all that I've made lists and shopped and prepped the food and, of course, cooked it all. 

So what is one of my favorite recipes and why? It's the afternoon snacks. The part of the day when we're sitting in front of the fire with football on the TV. The turkey is in the oven but it's too early to start coordinating the rest of the dishes. We're all old enough to drink in my house so we are each sipping our cocktail of choice, snacks are set out around the room and on the kitchen counter so everyone is helping themselves to whatever they want. This is the time of the day that is a respite for me, a lull, a time when I can relax, join in, be part of the group.

And I love it! No, that's not the cocktail talking. Well, maybe partially, but even afterwards when I look back on the day, the family time, the success of the meal, this is the time of the day that makes me smile the most.

So the recipe I'm sharing today isn't technically a Thanksgiving recipe. I make it this time of year, but other times as well. My family happens to love hot and spicy food so this snack was developed with them in mind, and with love. The love of a family, a season, a thankful chef. 

Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks are pretzels with a coating that’s spicy with a hint of sweet, simple to make and quick to disappear. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #snack

Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks

BTW, on Monday my Blog With Friends group will be posting projects based on a theme. The theme this month is Family Gathering. I'll be sharing another recipe that, like today's sort of is and sort of is not a Thanksgiving recipe.

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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Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks

Printable Recipe

1# bag of pretzels
8 oz Red Hots (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup maple syrup

*Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
*Place the pretzels in a large bowl and set aside.
*In a saucepan, heat the red hots, butter and maple syrup over medium low heat, stirring, until the candy melts completely.
*Remove from heat and immediately pour over the pretzels. Mix well.
*Spread the pretzels out on the baking sheet. Refrigerate for one hour or until they harden. Store in an airtight container.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

World Kindness Election Day

Today in the United States is midterm election day. Perhaps you already know that. I think if you live in this country and own a TV or have access to the internet or have a phone or drive down a street, it would be pretty hard not to know that there are elections going on. I'm not going to write about the election today, though. I posted a plea about voting back in May called Functional Democracy and I hope you read it. 

Today I want to call your attention to a holiday that's coming up next week. Tuesday is World Kindness Day. I not only want to talk about it because it's important, but because it's so much more important in this country and in this current political climate. There is, at this time in history, a sad juxtaposition between politics and kindness, so I've chosen today to talk about World Kindness Day.

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One of the things we seem to have lost track of in this country is that we live in a global society. We share this earth. When our actions as a country become narcissistic, that doesn't happen in a vacuum. What we do in terms of treaties, the environment, relationships with other countries, it all has a ripple effect, it all affects others not only in their relationships with us, but with each other as well. If we retreat from a circle of allies, that circle gets stronger, with us on the outside. That has long term and far reaching implications. I say this all to make the point that kindness matters on all levels, in our homes, communities, cities, states, country and globally. 

But let's start small. Because it really is that easy. If you show kindness on a local level, if we all do, it changes who we are, how we live, and how we're seen on a much larger level. What we do on a microscopic level can produce macroscopic results. That makes it a lot easier to think about, doesn't it? 

There are already so many suggestions out there. Kindness rocks (wrote about this too in my post from June of 2017 called Everybody Should Get Stoned). are a fun way to brighten someone's day. Or pay it forward by paying for a stranger's coffee, or really, just share a Thanksgiving treat with your neighbors. Even those with trump signs in their yard (sorry, couldn't help myself).

Gobble Gobble Turkey Treats, a fun no-bake snack perfect for any Thanksgiving dessert table. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble Turkey Treats
Gobble Gobble Turkey Treats, a fun no-bake snack perfect for any Thanksgiving dessert table. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #Thanksgiving

There are all kinds of ways to make the world a better place. For today, let's all be sure to vote. Votes matter, they are the mechanism for making our morals and values heard on a national level. And on the way home, why don't we each find some small kindness we can do in our communities? Because actions matter too, they are how we make our morals and values heard on a local level.

 There's always more to say about kindness. Before you go, some other thoughts about World Kindness Day:

Dawn of Cognitive Script shares World Kindness and Elections
Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Kindness Matters
Jenn of Sparkly Poetic Weirdo shares What We Need to Know When It Gets Bad: Kindness Keeps Us Here.
Diane of On the Border shares That's How You Were Designed.

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Gobble Gobble Turkey Treats

6 Airhead Extremes multicolored candy strips
4 oz chocolate chips, chocolate bark or brown candy melts
10 marshmallows 
10 thin pretzel sticks
20 candy eyes
10 pepitas or sunflower seeds

*Cut each candy strip into 5 triangles. Set aside.
*Press a pretzel stick straight down into the back of one flat side each marshmallow. Some of the pretzel stick must still be above the marshmallow. This will be the top.
*Melt the chocolate chips, bark or candy melt until smooth when stirred. 
*Dip each marshmallow into the melted chocolate and place onto parchment paper.
*Just as the chocolate is about to set, place 2 candy eyes onto the side of each marshmallow. Below that, press a seed into each to resemble a beak.
*Using the tip of a knife, place a little melted chocolate onto 10 of the candy strips. Use that chocolate to stick a candy strip, wide side of the triangle at the top, onto each pretzel half.
*Last, for each turkey, add a little chocolate to the backs of 2 of the remaining candy strips. Attach them to each side of the candy strip already on the turkey. The short side should be flush with the top of the marshmallow and the long sides should be placed up the pretzel, touching each other. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Soup

I give up. Uncle. Waving the white flag. Throwing in the towel. She wins (damn you, Mother Nature).

With tears in my eyes and a heavy wool sweater on my shoulders, it's now about half way between Fall and Winter. Time to face it (me, not necessarily you), summer's not coming back. Not this week anyway. Or this month, or this year. {{sob}}.

We had our first snow this season in the middle of October, didn't exactly make me happy, but didn't deter me either. As mortified as I was that it came so early, I remained hopeful that warm weather could still break through. And it did. For a little while anyway. But now? Well, now it's November.

Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Soup, inspired by a favorite dish this hearty soup is bursting with roasted vegetable flavors. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #soup

Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Soup

As long as there's less than 6 inches of snow on my deck (thankfully there is and hopefully it remains that way) I'll still be using the grill every now and then. But winter foods are now officially in rotation.

And so, in the spirit of accepting my defeat with grace, I spent the day working on a new soup recipe. Because nothing says "warm you from the inside out" like a hot soup on a cold day. Serve with garlic bread or a crusty french loaf and dinner is served.

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Just for the fun of it (yeah I'm strange, I know, I have kids who tell me on a regular basis), I decided to try to take a favorite dish and interpret it into soup form. It was a challenge of sorts. Actually, the challenge was just deciding on a dish to work with. Since a lot of the heartier meals I make in the cold weather months tend to be Italian (and it's a favorite cuisine anyway), I finally settled on working with my Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe. By the way, if you haven't tried that one, you should. I bake the eggplant as opposed to sauteing it. I serve it with my Homemade Marinara, which is a delicious and really easy sauce that complements so many dishes. 

Seems I got a little sidetracked. That's OK, I've got an excuse, I'm old. Seems it's a reaction to having smart ass kids . . . but I might be getting off topic again . . .

Anyhooo, what I came up with, the recipe I'm sharing today, is Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Soup. It was really easy to make and I'm so glad I decided to roast the vegetables. They added a lot of depth to the flavor of this dish.

I'm going back to mourning the loss of summer, oh and checking out the current cost of plane tickets heading south. Meanwhile, you try out this recipe. Let me know what you think, is it reminiscent of Eggplant Parmesan?

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Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Soup        

Printable Recipe

4 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp Italian seasoning mix
2 large eggplants, sliced
1 onion, sliced
3 cups grape tomatoes
6 TBSP olive oil
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP fresh parsley
1/2 cup shredded or shaved Parmesan 

*Place the eggplant slices on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Flip over onto fresh paper towels, sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Blot the tops and chop the eggplant into about 1 inch pieces.
*Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cover 2 baking sheets with tin foil. Place the onion and grape tomatoes onto one baking sheet. Sprinkle with the garlic, drizzle with 3 TBSP olive oil. Mix.
*Spray the other baking sheet with non-stick spray and spread the eggplant over the foil. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle both sheets of vegetables with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes.
*While the vegetables are roasting, place the vegetable broth and Italian seasoning in a large pot on the stove to warm.
*Once the vegetables are done, set the eggplant aside. Place the remaining vegetables in a food processor and process until not quite smooth. Add to the pot and bring it all to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, adding the eggplant for the last minute.
*To serve, sprinkle with the fresh parsley and Parmesan.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Every Day is Halloween

What's so great about Halloween?

Well, besides everything, that is.

Playing with food takes on a whole new meaning this time of year. I've made cakes with bloody hatchets and with spiders and one that even looks like Billy the Puppet. I still love carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds. Haunted houses make me think that mine's not so bad after all and adult parties with adult beverages are oh, so fun. Mummies are all over the place reminding me that I'm not really THAT old. There's tons of candy around. Yeah, that one's not the biggest plus for me. After all, I often make my own.

A sweet holiday treat, Crunch Squares are a no-bake treat that incorporate white and dark chocolate with rice cereal and sandwich cookies. | Recipe developed by | #holiday #dessert

Crunch Squares

Truth is, although Halloween was, is and will always be fun, if you think about it, in many ways every day is Halloween. 

I mean on any given day:

*Masks are worn. Granted, mine is just a facial, but when I open the front door I never get tired of seeing that UPS man, lawn guy or sales person jump a mile. Bonus points if they run.

*There is the non-stop ringing of bells. Although at the moment it's the phones not the door and on the other end are not kids in costumes but politicians pretending to be something they're not. Sort of the same. Either way, please . . . make it stop . . .

*Witches, witches everywhere. Now without naming names let me just say I've got a few in my life and I bet you've got a few in yours.

*Screaming may possibly be heard. I'm not confirming or denying, more like pleading the fifth (but in my defense it's always preceded by my being relentlessly provoked).

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*Candy disappears. Not only the kind I make but anything I may buy to use in a recipe needs to be well hidden. 
Bad news: I don't always remember where I hide it. 
Good news: It's a fun surprise when I find a bag somewhere unexpected.

*An iconic Halloween costume is the devil. Let me tell you, he doesn't just live in hell and visit via Halloween costumes, when you have teenagers he lives in one of the bedrooms in your very own house. And after the teenagers grow up? The devil may be gone but the fires of hell continue to hound you (thanks, hot flashes).

*The maze of crap beloved belongings that snakes through my house may not be made of hay bales and corn stalks but it is a maze nonetheless. 

*A full moon brings out the werewolf in us all  every month (no? just me?).

See? Perpetual Halloween. Pretty much every day in my house. Yours?

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Crunch Squares        

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles cereal
5 chocolate sandwich cookies
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup Rice Krispies cereal
5 white sandwich cookies

*Crush the sandwich cookies separately. Set aside.
*Using a large piece of plastic wrap, completely cover the interior of an 8 X 8 pan allowing some of the wrap to hang over the edge for easy removal.
*Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Mix in the cocoa cereal and crushed chocolate cookies. Spread into the prepared pan and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
*Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Mix in the rice cereal and the crushed white sandwich cookies. Carefully spread over the top of the white layer. Refrigerate for one hour.
*Use the plastic wrap to remove the candy from the pan. Cut into squares.

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Case for Staycations: Funny Friday

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Me!
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1. Child to himself: Go on vacation, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

2. Child to his mom: I know you don't want me to get sunburned, but doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of going to the beach?

3. Mom (in an eerie voice): You are the ghost of vacations past . . . Boo!
  Child to mom: This is what I get for going on vacation with you in October.

4. Child to mom: When I said I'd carry the towel down for you this wasn't exactly what I had in mind.

5. Child to mom: Really, mother, aren't we both a bit too old for peek-a-boo?

 And now for something yummy: 

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies with Caramel Apple Drizzle, a crispy lace cookie with a gooey caramel apple drizzle. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies with Caramel Apple Drizzle

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

The Bergham Chronicles
Cognitive Script 

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Cinnamon Pecan Cookies with Caramel Apple Drizzle

Ingredients (makes about 2 dozen giant cookies):
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup cinnamon baking chips
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup pecans, chopped into small pieces

36 Werther's apple filled caramels, unwrapped
3 TBSP apple cider or apple juice

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Place the cinnamon baking chips into a food processor or coffee grinder and crush them to crumbs.
*Cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg and crushed cinnamon baking chips. Mix in the quick oats, flour, salt and pecans.
*Drop batter by rounded teaspoon onto baking sheets, leaving plenty of room between the cookies.
*Bake 8 - 10 minutes, until they are thin and browned.
*Remove from the oven but keep on the parchment paper. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
*While the cookies are cooling, place the candies and apple cider into a bowl and microwave at 20 second intervals stirring well in between, until smooth. This will take about 2 minutes. Drizzle over the cookies. Refrigerate to harden.
*Store in an airtight container with parchment paper between cookies.