Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ten Random Thoughts in Eighteen Words: Word Counters

It started like this, about 3 weeks ago I was planning a blog post when it showed up in my twitter feed that the day of the post was National Just Because Day. Clearly I had to think of something to post in conjunction with the celebration of such a day. And, of course, whatever I came up with, you know I was going to drag a few other bloggers along with me. 

What I settled on was a challenge. Each of my participating friends and I would pick a number between 10 and 50 to be assigned to another blogger. We would then use our assigned number and write a piece using that exact number of words.

The result was a post I called Counting Words, Just Because. I got the number 43 and ended up writing three different blurbs, each 43 words long. Well, and rewriting and rewriting to work within the word count constraints. But guess what? It was a fun challenge. So some of those same bloggers, and a few more we've picked up along the way, are going to do this once a month, see how it goes.

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Once again everyone picked a number, this time between 10 and 35 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments and today we all share what we came up with. 

I got the number 18. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade. Since it's a low number, I'll use it ten times.

Ten random thoughts in eighteen words:

~ I think I'll have a cookie while I think about what I want to say using eighteen words.

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Butterfingers Banana Cookies
Butterfingers Banana Cookies are a soft cookie with a surprise crunch inside. Banana and crunchy peanut butter batter is studded with butterfingers pieces for a delicious flavor pairing. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies

~ It's almost Fall, I'm lamenting the loss of longer days. Also celebrating the loss of allergies . . . and bees.

~ Although, until our exterminator arrives, I'll be sleeping with one eye open. Spiders scare the bejesus outa me.

~ Next comes the dreaded winter. Maybe I should just retire to Florida. Think Hubs will notice my absence?

~ I may need another cookie. You know, to power my brain for the next five eighteen word thoughts.

~ Football season! Hoping it gives me amnesia about the season my beloved Red Sox are subjecting me to.

~ Decorating long distance is tough. Bought him the furniture, been laying out my son's new apartment via pictures.

~ When your kid moves far away, he should call, text or message his mama daily. Who's with me?

~ Love these cookies but I'm hereby off bananas. Want to know why? Read Gone Bananas for Labor Day.

~ Until next month, Word
Counters is done.
Then which number will get? 
Sure hope it's more than one!

So there you have it. Ten thoughts whittled down to eighteen words. And worked in the recipe too! 

↑  Oh, make that eleven thoughts!

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Spatulas on Parade
On the Border 

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Butterfingers Banana Cookies        

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes about 40 - 45 cookies):
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 over ripe bananas
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup Butteringers baking chips

*Cream together the butter an sugars until smooth. Beat in the peanut butter, bananas, egg and vanilla.
*Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt. Once completely incorporated, mix in the Butterfingers baking chips.
*Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to a day. 
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Using wet hands as the dough will be sticky, roll the cookies into about 3/4 inch balls. Place on the baking sheets ad press down gently with the (wet) heel of your hand.
*Bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Remove from the oven but keep on the baking sheets for 2 minutes to set before removing to cool completely.


  1. HAhahaha! Well done! And now I want a cookie...

  2. I've got to confess to you; last week at the Culinary Institute of America I had a cowboy cookie for the first time in my life. WeightWatchers will probably expel me but I went back the next day and had another. But they didn't have bananas (I don't think) now wanting one of yours, especially as I love the texture of Butterfingers. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspotcom

    1. Well, if you had 2 of theirs, you need to have 2 of mine.

  3. Dang! Ten times?!? What an overachiever and you brought cookies! (Rena)

    1. Well, you had to know I was gonna bring food of some sort!

  4. Well done and yes, yes they should call every day or text at the very least.

  5. I can't imagine having a child living far away from me but if it happened I would want to hear from them at least twice a week

    1. Yes, at the very least. He can call, text, or even PM me on FB, so many choices it shouldn't be hard.

  6. With the technology available these days, there is no excuse to not send a quick text, email, video, picture, or.....dare I say.....phone call or video chat? It's not like you're asking him to take pen to paper, envelope, stamp, trip to post office....Good luck!


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