Friday, January 5, 2018

Silver Bracelets and a Box of Donuts: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 10 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: If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends/family assume you had done?
It was submitted by: Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog.

I had some fun with this topic recently in a private group when I made 5 statements, one being a lie, and had my friends guess which one wasn't true. I'm not sure what this says about me, but most of my friends were willing to believe I'd been arrested. So let me just say for the record that I haven't been arrested. 

That said, I have to admit that if I were to be arrested, most of the people I know IRL would probably say something like "okay, what the hell did you do this time? Pick another fight with a state trooper (and then tattle on him)? Give the finger to the guy behind you while blocking traffic again?"

Except for my kids. They'd probably say something like "been to Dunkin Donuts again, Mom?"

You see, although I have never had those silver bracelets on, there was one time when it looked like I might be arrested. And it was my kids who almost made it happen. Miles from home.

We were back in Boston visiting family one summer when the boys were about 5 and 6 or so. I had borrowed my mom's car to get them out of the house and give the poor woman a break take them to the movies. After the movies I decided that since I hadn't been baking, we'd stop and buy treats.

Peppermint Stick Cookie Bars, crunchy cookie bars with crushed candy canes and cookies | Recipe developed by | #recipe #bake
Peppermint Stick Cookie Bars

Peppermint Stick Cookie Bars, crunchy cookie bars with crushed candy canes and cookies | Recipe developed by | #recipe #bake

There was a Dunkin Donuts near the movie theater and I thought we'd get a box of donuts to bring back to mom's. There were certain places we liked to go to while back in Boston, places we don't have in the Midwest (well, we didn't at the time) and Dunkin Donuts was one of them. 

I knew I was in trouble as soon as we walked in the door. There, in line ahead of us was a police woman. What are the chances?

"Look, Mommy", my oldest said, pointing.
"What kind of donut do you want?" I asked, starting to sweat and trying to divert.
"Cops love donuts. See mom, it's true." my oldest chimed in. 
The police woman turned and looked at me. I'm pretty sure that wasn't a smile on her face. I'm guessing my sheepish smile did nothing to help the situation.

"Let's leave the nice officer alone and pick out our favorite flavors" I said through gritted teeth as I turned the boys away from her and towards me.

It was then that the police woman ordered a fat free muffin and a coffee.

Oh, dear Lord, I'm toast.

My older son's mouth fell open as he yelled "No, no, that's wrong. She needs donuts. Everyone knows police love donuts." 
"Yeah, they sit at their desks and eat them all day." my oldest chimed in.
The look I got from the police woman could melt the glaze off a donut.

I was just trying to figure out a way to leave that shop with only a box of treats and without any new silver bracelets.

As we ordered our dozen donuts, the officer moved over to the side, tending to her coffee. Felt like she was staring darts from her eyes into my back, but maybe that was just my imagination

I paid and tried to slink out the door unnoticed, but the cop was right behind us.

"Why aren't we leaving, Mom?" The boys asked as we sat in the car in the parking lot. 
"Mom's just being polite. I'll let the nice police woman pull out first" I answered.

~ a few minutes later ~

"She left, Mom, can we go now?"
"I think I'll just give her some time to get a little further away. How far do you think it is to the station?"

When I decided the coast was clear, I headed to mom's house. I stopped at every yellow light, used my blinker copiously and kept at a steady 5 mph below the speed limit. You know, just in case she had put a BOLO out on me.

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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Peppermint Stick Cookie Bars

Printable Recipe

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar 
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup red oreos, crushed (10 - 12 cookies) 
3 oz candy canes or peppermint hard candies, crushed (about 6 candy canes) 
24 peppermint kisses

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Cream butter, margarine and both sugars in a mixer. Beat in the eggs and peppermint extract.
*Carefully beat the flour, baking soda and salt into the mixture.  Mix in the crushed oreos and hard candies.
*Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. 
*Remove from oven and immediately place the kisses onto the hot cookie bar. Allow to melt for 5 minutes, then swirl them with your finger.
*Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing and removing from the pan.


  1. Kids have no filters do they. I can only imagine what will come out of my two's mouth. We're potting training and my granddaughter woke me up at two o'clock this morning by licking my glasses (which I had fell asleep with) and saying, "mamaw I gotta poop." Fun times!

  2. While on vacation we were in a 'gag gift' store. My son bought a bumper sticker that said something about cops and 'got donuts?' He walked up to the first cop he saw and handed it to him. I had no idea. Inside I was laughing, outside I think I peed a little.

    1. Yikes, same type situation and I would have reacted the same way you did. Then I would have gone and hidden.

  3. "They sit at their desks and eat Donuts all day" baahahahahaaaaa! One can only imagine what other *facts* those boys picked up along their way!
    I always feel guilty when I bump into police officers at the gas station - that's where I usually met them. In Canada, many times they picked up a coffee at Tim Hortons, but they felt much friendlier than the Swiss cops ;-)
    Happy Friday!

    1. Yes, they bring out that hidden guilt in people, even when there's nothing to feel guilty about.

  4. We went Trick-or-Treating in our new neighborhood this year. We live a few blocks away from the university president, so we decided to stop by what we thought was his house. We knocked and waited. Just as he opened the door, my youngest loudly whispers, "Is that him, Mommy?" Needless to say we high tailed it out there in embarrassment.

  5. I guess it's true that "kids say the darndest things"! ☺ Good thing you made it home without any tickets. Funny story!

  6. Too cute and you were not cuffed! A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a parking spot and found one on the street across from a donut shop. As I was paying at the meter 2 police officers came out and said to me "Don't Judge"!
    Red Oreos and Peppermint Kisses, I didn't know these items exist!

    1. You need to spend more time in the grocery aisles. All kinds of fun treats there.

  7. Oh, I don't miss having a young child. Not at all. But for the record, I worked the counter for several months in a chain donut store (not DD) years ago, and the police were quite the consumer of donuts. No fat free muffins back then, either. Alana

    1. That's pretty funny, so all those stories really are true!

  8. Whew, and darn kids when you want them to be quiet, they just HAVE to talk...........

    1. Yup, always at the very worst time, even when you're bribing them with sweets.

  9. Children blab things they’ve heard at the most inappropriate times. Could be something from tv, a neighbor or at home but guaranteed they make you look bad at some point.
    I was chuckling reading this and thinking those boys have been out to get you from an early age. lol

    1. HA, when you put it that way it's clear you've got a point there.


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