Tuesday, March 19, 2019

By the People, For the People?

We've been hearing a lot about socialism. And oh honey, it's just begun. The truth is that there is a lot about socialism that makes sense. We have adopted social security, medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps, for instance. What is the option? Letting our elderly, disabled and poor just die?

Does this mean, however, that we are moving towards a socialist form of government?

You can pick and choose policies that are in the best interest of a country as a whole, no matter the assigned philosophical designation, and reject the others. This is, in fact, the foundation of a democracy. Many (most) countries consider health care a right, not a privilege, or make education available cost-free through college. These are not socialist countries, just societies that prioritize human rights, those who understand that a healthy and educated society pays them all back in the long run.

Should we adopt these policies? Maybe. Certainly only if we can find a way to fund them. Should we be discussing them? Absolutely. Discourse is the hallmark of a free society.

And if believing that the basic human right of having a roof over your head and food on the table is wrong, I don't want to be right. No matter what label you place on it.

Ham and Asparagus Fettuccine are thick chunks of ham and asparagus with fettuccine in a creamy, peppery cream sauce. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #cook #dinner

Ham and Asparagus Fettuccine

Many of us who embrace capitalism run in fear of the word "socialism", a term now being weaponized in our country. We do cherish democracy, I get that. But does "by the people, for the people" actually exist at this moment in history? Shouldn't true democracy be a hybrid? Aren't we most able to be our best as a free society by curating individual policies from every option? And I have to ask those who are concerned about discussion of certain specific socialist values, what I am lately asking myself for other reasons, do we really live in a democracy? Because more and more I'm just not at all sure, and the evidence is building.

You do not live in a democracy if . . .

The election process:

Gerrymandering exists as a way to manipulate representation.

The ability to register to vote, access polling places, and the ability to vote on election day are deliberately hampered for a targeted segment of the population

The Super Delegate system manipulates (negates)  the democratic process (in both parties) of one  vote per person in the naming of party presidential nominations.

An inquiry is started into non-existent grand scale voter fraud but not into a foreign entity usurping and manipulating our election process.

The dissolution of norms:

Norms (like a president not publicly lying and not bullying individual citizens) and laws (like the emollients clause) are ignored with impunity.

Unilateral national policy decisions are made based on one person's "gut" or on the express purpose of negating the legacy of previous administrations.

The constant call to lock up political (or even previous) adversaries.

Lying to the American people has become commonplace.

Top Secret clearance is given to candidates unable to secure it, out of nepotism. 

The National Enquirer is held up as the standard and both the legitimate press and reporters personally are publicly called out as "fake".

The justice system is under assault, constantly being undermined and labeled partisan.

The word of murderous dictators is taken as truth.

Official government websites are taking down factual information that does not fit the current narrative.

Legal official special investigations are labeled a "witch hunt" and the head investigator vilified.

The White House tries to ban reporters or new outlets whose stories do not compliment the president.

Bigotry is clearly stated and exhibited.

Propaganda usurps fact.

Nominees to positions in the government are asked to pledge allegiance not to the country or the democracy but to the president himself.

By the People, For the People? A discussion of democracy. | Graphic created by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com | #politics #USA


On the global stage:


We have lost our leadership as a moral authority by removing babies from their parents and putting them into cages.

We distance ourselves from our allies and global alliances and these relationships are replaced with public adoration of autocrats.

Mention of our president in a vice presidential speech abroad is not applauded, as in the past, but met with uncomfortable silence. 

The president himself is often laughed at in his speeches abroad as they devolve into narcissistic monologues.

Our president actually gives away an ally's classified information to Russians in a White House meeting where only Russian and not American press are invited.

Meetings with dictators are held with either no American translators or, when an American translator is there, the notes are confiscated.

The system of checks and balances:

Congress does not hold the purse strings as per their constitutional mandate, they can be taken in the name of an "emergency", whether it actually exists or is just a political ploy.

The senate majority leader refuses to bring a popular bill to the floor for a vote, even if the result could be a prolonged shutdown of the government.

Transparency does not exist (for instance in the mandate given to the FBI concerning the parameters of their background check of a Supreme Court nominee).

Congressional hearings are suddenly dropped, unfinished, apparently in collusion with the White House, and the reports are not released in full but "synopsized" along party lines. 


I have to admit that none of these are a surprise to me, I've watched it all happen in real time. What does shock and sadden me, however, is the breadth of the evidence, how quickly and easily they all came to me.

And even more alarming personally is my own gullibility, I find myself wondering just how much of this is not new, is just my having believed in a process I did not spend enough time really understanding. Gerrymandering, Super Delegates, targeted voter suppression, this is not specific to our current political situation.

Are you as disheartened as I am? Exercising your right to vote is not enough. Contact your party of choice and start by making clear your dissatisfaction with the voting process itself. Fight for our democracy. We can do it, but the time to be proactive is now.

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Ham and Asparagus Fettuccine
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 # asparagus
1# cooked ham steak
12 oz fettuccine
1 TBSP butter
2/3 cup chicken broth
2 oz diced pimentos, drained
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 tsp coarse black pepper

Directions:
*Microwave the asparagus for 2 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces, set aside.
*Chop the ham steak into bite sized pieces.
*Cook the fettuccine to al dente and drain.
*While the fettuccine is cooking, melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add the ham steak, heat and stir for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and pimentos and bring to a boil, stirring now and then.
*Whisk in the heavy cream and black pepper. Bring back to a low boil. Reduce heat slightly and boil for 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook for one more minute. Add the fettuccine. Cook, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta, about 2 more minutes.

Friday, March 15, 2019

You Can Do It: 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.


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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: destination ~ you can do it ~ wrench~ diabolical
They were submitted by Jules of The Bergham Chronicle.

                          
"You can do it, you can do it." Most of you, my lovely readers, can relate. This is a mom's mantra. No matter the obstacle, it's not in a mom's set of options to just give up. Having kids is exhausting, I don't need to tell you that. Each phase promises (well, in your mind anyway) to be easier than the last, but we all know that never happens. Every change requires a shift in the norm, more thinking outside the box, a different skill set, an incredible amount of ingenuity, mad organizational skills and just plain luck. 

Then there's the money. Surely things will get easier when they're out of bottles and diapers, right? Oh, then there's sports and activities. And do not even get me started on proms and cars.

No matter the phase, the expenses the planning and the saving, one thing you can be guaranteed, nothing is easy. There is not a single plan those diabolical little angels can't and won't throw a wrench in. One day you'll be washing marker (or worse) off of the walls when you're late to the pediatrician and the next day you'll be frantically explaining the inexplicable to the school principal or baking for the whole neighborhood who'd been invited over to play in your minefield of a house.



Nutella Cashew Cookie Bars start with a cookie crust, have a cashew center and are baked topped with a gooey Nutella mix. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #bake #dessert

Nutella Cashew Cookie Bars
Nutella Cashew Cookie Bars start with a cookie crust, have a cashew center and are baked topped with a gooey Nutella mix. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #bake #dessert



No matter the circumstances, just keep repeating that mantra. "You can do it, you can do it" I told myself on this particular day when the boys were very young. One kid on my hip crying with a boo boo on his knee, the other having a temper tantrum in the kitchen over the wrong brand of juice. But I can do it, I'm a mom. Although at this point, quite honestly, desperation is rearing its ugly head. Put down the child on my hip before I drop him. Lick the boo boo (what the hell, the situation has become dire), hand both kids a lollipop (sue me) and focus. My destination is just ahead. "You can do it, you can do it", get in the room, close and lock the door (learned that lesson long ago). Making sure the seat is down takes precious time I no longer have, but in a house full of men I learned that lesson long ago (sadly, with my knees around my ears and my butt hanging in the water). Pull down those pants (luckily mom pants today, no zipper) and pee . . .  with glee. 

Another successful day of conquering the challenges of motherhood. 


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





Nutella Cashew Bars       
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Ingredients:
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Nutella
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour 
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup roasted unsalted or lightly salted cashew pieces

Directions:
*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and Nutella. Set aside.
*Beat the butter, margarine, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Carefully beat in the flour, salt and baking soda. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven but leave the oven on.
*Sprinkle the cashew pieces over the crust. Pour the Nutella mixture evenly over the cashew pieces.
*Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, then allow to cool completely before cutting.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bye Bye Winter: March Poetry

Second Wednesday of the month today,
you know what that means by now.
I try poetry again, if I may.
You get through it . . . somehow. 

Surely you know how goes,
our group on a theme decided. 
Using one keeps us on our toes,
Bye Bye, Winter's the theme provided.

Poetry based on the theme Bye Bye Winter | Graphic designed by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com | #poem #poetry


Bye Bye, Winter

Bye bye, winter, adios.
Surely won't miss you.
Take the snow and go away,
winds and ice go too. 

Bye bye, winter, ciao to you.
I need longer days.
Done with night in the afternoon,
and skies not blues but greys.

Bye bye, winter, arrivederci.
Tired of coats and boots.
And I swear I might just die,
waiting to bake with seasonal fruits.
Blueberry Cookies and Cream Dessert celebrate fresh blueberries in this creamy dessert made from cream cheese and jello with a few surprise ingredients added for flavor. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert
Blueberry Cookies and Cream Dessert

Bye bye, winter, sionara.
Don't let the door hit you in the ass.
What I wouldn't give right now,
just to see the growing grass.

Bye bye, winter, au revoir.
Can't wait for open windows.
I'll even put up with allergies,
to smell flowers: lilacs, a rose.


Bye bye, winter, auf weidersehen.
Can't wait for neighborhood walks.
And every Spring look forward to,
visiting deer, turkeys and hawks.

Deer in the back yard | Picture taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com

Turkey at the front door | Picture taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com

Hawks on the back deck | Picture taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com


Bye bye, winter, toodle loo.
Spring comes in just a week.
So pack your bags, be on your way, 
hello sunshine, goodbye bleak.

Bye bye, winter, I say shalom.
But sure don't wish you well.
Overstayed your welcome here,
you can just go to . . . ahem . . . Carmel.



Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends: 
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares So Long to the Cold.
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Later, Gator.

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Blueberry Cookies and Cream Dessert
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Printable Recipe


NOTE: If you use chocolate cookie crumbs in this dessert it will have a muddier look. If you want a prettier look, use vanilla cookie crumbs.

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup chocolate or vanilla cookie crumbs
1 box (3 oz) berry blue jello mix
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 pint blueberries

1/4 cup chocolate or vanilla cookie crumbs
whipped cream

Directions:
*Beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the cookie crumbs until smooth. Set aside 6 blueberries for garnish.
*Mix the jello with one cup of boiling water. Stir until dissolved. 
*Pour it into the beater with the cream cheese. Add the softened ice cream. Beat, slowly and carefully, until smooth.
*Refrigerate for 45 minutes until it starts to set. Fold in the blueberries and divide into 6 individual dishes. Sprinkle with the remaining cookie crumbs and return to the refrigerator.
*To serve, add a dollop of whipped cream and the a blueberry to each serving.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche: Winter Thaw Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends themed collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about his 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 a recipe, sewing tutorial, crocheting, crafts project, book review, and/or technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Winter Thaw.

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:

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Winter Thaw. | Graphic by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


I made Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche.


Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche 
Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


I love this month's theme because it gives me hope. Winter will thaw, Spring will come, my windows will open and I'll be spending time outside again. This very morning it was Daylight Savings Time, the first step towards the end of the shorter days of a dark cold winter. The second sign, the official start of Spring is in just 9 days. And let me tell you, I don't take the first day of Spring as a mark on a calendar, I take it as a promise.

As I think about Spring, about finally thawing out from what has been a frigid winter this year, I think about switching over from my heavier, heartier winter meals to some lighter warm weather options. This year, for my "hallelujah it's the first day of Spring" dinner, I've chosen a quiche. 

I know many people don't think of quiche as a dinner, more as a breakfast, lunch or brunch but for us it's versatile enough and substantial enough to be dinner. I always serve it with Monkey Bread. A strange choice, I know, but it's a funny story (well, in retrospect anyway). You can read it here: Quiche and Monkey Bribe . . . I Mean Bread

For this particular quiche I chose a green onion and hash brown crust. First, because it's a little more substantial and second because my older son prefers it. I actually made the crust the day before and refrigerated it. 


Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


The next day, a few hours before cooking the next day I brought it up to room temperature, then continued with the recipe. I gathered my ingredients and chopped the cheese and vegetables.

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp



Start with evenly dispersing the fillings into the crust.
Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


Next whisk together the custard ingredients and pour carefully onto the filling. Top with a little chopped dried chives and pop in the oven.

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


After it comes out of the oven, let your quiche sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


Enjoy! 

Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche is a shrimp, vegetable and egg pie baked in a flavor infused hash brown crust. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or dinner. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #shrimp


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 Fiesta Biscuit Bake
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Winter Thaw.  | Fiesta Biscuit Bake by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Warm Up with a 5K (Tips from a Not-So-Athletic Runner).
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Winter Thaw.  | Warm Up with a 5K (Tips from a Not-So-Athletic Runner) by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Thawed Out, a post about transitioning from winter to spring.
Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Winter Thaw.  | Thawed Out by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


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Hash Brown Crusted Shrimp Quiche
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 package (20 oz) hash brown shreds, defrost (if frozen), drain and pat dry well
1 egg
1 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp pepper, divided
2 green onions

5 slices provolone cheese, chopped
8 oz medium shrimp, deveined, peeled, cooked and cooled
1/4 cup cooked broccoli florets, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup half and half
1 tsp dried chopped chives
  
Directions:  
*Grease a quiche dish or 10 inch pie plate. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*Separate the green tops and the white bottoms of the green onions. Chop the whites and set aside, then chop the green tops.
*Mix together the hash brown shreds, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp of the salt, 1/4 tsp of the pepper and the green onion tops. Press into the bottom and up the sides of your prepared dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and change the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
*Spread half of the chopped provolone onto the bottom of the hash brown crust. Sprinkle with the shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms, chopped white portions of the green onion and finally the remaining cheese. 
*In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, remaining salt and remaining pepper. Pour into the crust. Sprinkle the top with the dried chopped chives.
*Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.



Friday, March 8, 2019

Don't Forget the Gardener: 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: The garden fairies have shown up at your house and, overnight, created your dream garden. What's in it?
It was submitted by: Minette of Southern Belle Charm.

Let me say right at the start that if garden fairies have shown up at my house and created my dream garden, the first thing I hope (and pray) would be in it would be a gardener. I'm not sure whether you're referring to a floral or vegetable garden but either way, I'll take that gardener.

I don't like the way the landscaping around our house was done. We have Burning Bush shrubs along our walkway, which are very pretty but have prickers. Nothing says "welcome" like stabbing your guests on the way in.

We had a crabapple tree beside our front door but, that section if flanked by the sidewalk, front porch and our foundation so sadly, it was in a spot where the roots had limited room for growth and eventually the tree died. 


Around the house in the Spring | Pictures taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com

All apples around here are store bought.


Sweet and tart come together in these Green Apple Cookie Bars featuring a brown sugar apple layer as well as cinnamon and toffee chips. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Green Apple Cookie Bars
Sweet and tart come together in these Green Apple Cookie Bars featuring a brown sugar apple layer as well as cinnamon and toffee chips. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Where we live there is a very high water table. A lot of the year our sump pump works overtime. This makes it hard to grow anything as the ground is saturated. All we've really found that will thrive are Day Lillies and Hostas. I like them both, don't get me wrong, but I don't like having them pretty much exclusively.

Around the house in the Spring | Pictures taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com


There is also a layered garden on one side of our house. It's more greens than flowers, not what I'd prefer but originally I kept it up. Unfortunately they built the layers with boulders that, over time, have become unstable and the whole area is now unkempt. Getting someone in here to remove the boulders and properly line the area will be a big and expensive project {{sigh}}. 

If I were to have a dream garden, especially here, so far from home, I'd want all of the flowers that remind me of Boston. I adore rhododendrons, lilacs, forsythia and Iris, all surrounded our home on the East Coast. I tried them here but none can survive our yard. I am beyond excited, however to have found something new, lilac shrubs. They are lower to the ground, bushier (more flowers, yay) and are thriving on the north side of my home. One small victory for me. 

Around the house in the Spring | Pictures taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com


My ideal garden would also be one that is as much about the wildlife than the flowers themselves. I fulfill this wish with the pots I plant yearly. One by the front door I fill with flowers that attract hummingbirds. Other pots both in the front and in the back attract butterflies. I hope my garden fairies keep this in mind as they're busy creating the beauty of my new space. 

Around the house in the Spring | Pictures taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com

Around the house in the Spring | Pictures taken by and property of www.BakingInATornado.com


Oh, and don't forget that gardener. I'll even pay him . . . in treats.

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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Green Apple Cookie Bars
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Printable Recipe


Ingredients:
1 large apple (I use Granny Smith, Honey Crisp or Braeburn) peeled, cored and chopped
1 TBSP butter 
1 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 box (2.79 oz) green apple jello mix
2 eggs
OPT: a few drops of green food coloring
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup toffee baking chips
1/2 cup cinnamon baking chips

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*In a small saucepan, melt the 1 TBSP butter over medium heat. Add the apple, 1 TBSP brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir until the apple is tender. Set aside.
*Cream the remaining butter, margarine, sugar, brown sugar and jello mix, then beat in the eggs and green food coloring (if using). Slowly at first, beat in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the baking chips.
*Spread about 1/2 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with the apple mixture. Dot the top with the remaining dough and with slightly wet hand, spread out. All of the apple mixture does not need to be covered.
*Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.