Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Counting Words, Just Because

Today is National Just Because Day. Why, you ask. I'm guessing just because. The celebratory instructions, as per the internet, are simple. Do something for no rhyme or reason. Easy for me, that's pretty much how I live many days. Not on purpose, but you know how that goes. One thing leads to another and the next thing you know, you're counting the chocolate chips left in the bag.

Of course I thought about how I might celebrate this day through blogging. And as usual, I decided to drag a few friends along with me.

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Here's what I decided, we'd talk about anything we want. Where's the challenge in that? We'd do it using an exact word count given to us by another blogger. So I gave a blogger a number, that's her word count for her post, and another blogger gave me a number, that's going to be my word count. Got it? No? Too confusing? Just play along, OK?

I was assigned the number 43, by Diane of On the Border. So here's what you need to know, in 43 words. Three different times, actually.

About what I'm currently cooking: 

Sweet Chili Pork Kabobs are delish. I was looking for something to make with a pork tenderloin and started rummaging through the fridge and pantry. Sweet Chili Sauce. Garlic, of course. What else? Oh, there's Balsamic Vinegar. I'll marinate, skewer and grill. Perfect!

Sweet Chili Pork Kabobs: pork tenderloin, vegetables and pineapple chunks marinated, skewered and grilled. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Sweet Chili Pork Kabobs
Sweet Chili Pork Kabobs: pork tenderloin, vegetables and pineapple chunks marinated, skewered and grilled. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

About my current thoughts:
Allergies should be outlawed. I love opening the windows, but am stuck with air conditioning because open windows makes my nose run. Nonstop. And bringing my gorgeous lilacs into the house in the Spring causes headaches. Who do I need to talk to?

About the current holiday:
Celebrate "Just Because" today,
seems it's a national holiday.
"Celebrate with me" I say,
To blogging friends, my favorite prey.
Join me, once again they did.
Well, a few actually hid. 
Worked with limited words amid,
Friends assigned their own word count lid.

You counted my words, didn't you? All three times, right?
Click on the links below to see how other bloggers did with their word counts:

Sarah of Sarah Nolan shares Counting Words: A Little Diddy.
Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Short Sweet and to the Point
Diane of On the Border shares Seventeen Seventeens

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Sweet Chili Pork Kabobs        

Printable Recipe

1 1/2# pork tenderloin
1 green pepper
1/4 of a red onion 
1 summer squash
about a cup of snap peas
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup pineapple cubes

*Trim the pork tenderloin, then cut into bite sized pieces and place in a resealable bag.
*Seed the green pepper and cut into chunks. Peel the onion, separate the scales and cut into pieces. Cut the ends off of the squash and cut into about 1/2 inch slices. Trim the stem end and remove the string of the snap peas. Place all in a resealable bag.

*Whisk together the sweet chili sauce, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Put half of this sauce into each of the bags. Gently manipulate the ingredients to be sure all are covered with the sauce. Seal and refrigerate, turning now and then, overnight.
*NOTE: I use metal skewers. If you use wooden ones, soak in water for a few hours before using.
*Thread the pork chunks onto skewers. Thread the vegetable chunks and pineapple cubes onto other skewers.
*Preheat your grill to hot (about 450 degrees). Place the skewers on the grill and immediately lower the temperature to medium. Cook, turning now and then, for about 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through. To serve, remove from skewers carefully.


  1. Great job and yes I’ll take a kabob or two.

  2. Great job! That pork tenderloin looks amazing! I actually had just put a bacon-wrapped tenderloin in the refrigerator for tomorrow's dinner! Great minds think a like. (Rena)

    1. Oooh, and I'm doing a bacon wrapped chicken dish next week when PurDude moves back in.

  3. Send me a kabob!!! Great job! I think this challenge was harder than the others.

    1. Come get a kabob!!
      Yes, it was hard, lots of editing required.

  4. This word counting idea could get addictive, along with this recipe. It might be a bit spicy for me, but the combination of pineapple and pork is perfect and the balsamic would give it another touch of sweetness. Perfect summer recipe. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  5. Husby is always on the lookout for a great sauce recipe for pork tenderloin! I'm giving him this one!
    Hey. Favourite prey?
    Yeah. It's true...

    1. Let me know what you think when he makes it. And while he's cooking, you and I can work on some new blog post games?

  6. Counting anything gives me a headache, just saying, just because


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