Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Winning: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. The bloggers who are joining me this time all picked a number between 12 and 74 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments to other bloggers who are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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I got the number 31. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Winning. I chose it because I've written so many posts lately about being sick for 3 months (sorry, when you're sick nothing much is happening in your world so there was little else to talk about), that I thought I'd go for something positive. I choose Winning.

~ Although you're legitimately overly alert (terrified), when it turns out that a cough is just a cough or a sneeze is just a sneeze, no indication of any new plague. Winning.

~ You know how it only snows on days when you're out of everything and have to shop? Well the one time it snows the day AFTER going to the store. Winning. 

~ When you're on your way to the store, turn on the car radio and instead of hearing the last cords of an old favorite song, you hear the first ones. Winning. 

~ You forgot to consider the consequences of those grocery choices. Yet you get those pistachios open without ripping out a nail and that orange peeled without ruining your nail polish. Winning.

~ When you finally start cleaning out the bottom of the hall closet, find an old forgotten still wrapped gift you never delivered (oops), open it and it's something you like. Winning.

Spicy and Sweet Meatballs are versatile, they can be made on the stovetop or in a crockpot and are ideal for an appetizer or a main dish. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Spicy and Sweet Meatballs, Crockpot or Stovetop
Spicy and Sweet Meatballs are versatile, they can be made on the stovetop or in a crockpot and are ideal for an appetizer or a main dish. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ After a long day you finally get a chance to sit down. Bad news, that crunch you hear is you sitting on your glasses. Good news, you didn't break them. Winning. 

~ That spider on the floor that startled you into jumping up from the couch screaming ends up just being a black thread. AND no one saw you jumping around screaming. Winning.

~ You find a show about the worst cooks which makes you feel like you're doing better than you'd thought. And, Alton Brown's pained face is priceless (hysterical). Winning (me, not Alton).

~ The new season started and I'm excited for my favorite Oxygen murder shows . . . so much to learn about new ways to kill a spouse. And if I ever need it? Winning!
~ You've created a recipe and would actually {{gasp}} like a bite. You go to the fridge and there it is, one last piece (yes, still counts if you'd hidden it). Winning.

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:
Spatulas on Parade 
Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border
Medicated Musings 

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Spicy and Sweet Meatballs, Crockpot or Stovetop

1 bottle (16 oz) Russian dressing
1 jar (11 oz) jalapeno pepper jelly
1/3 cup pineapple juice
2# lean ground beef
1 egg
3 TBSP dried minced onion
1 TBSP seasoned salt
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

*In a crockpot on high or in a pot on the stove on medium, bring the Russian dressing, jalapeno jelly and pineapple juice just to a boil. Mix well.

*Meanwhile, just barely mix together the meat, egg, minced onion, seasoned salt and bread crumbs, just until incorporated. Don't over mix.
*Roll the meat mixture into about 1 inch balls and drop into the sauce. Reduce heat to low for crockpot or medium low for a pot on the stove.
*STOVETOP: cook the meatballs for 1/2 hour, gently stir then cook another 1/2 hour.
*CROCKPOT: cook the meatballs for 2 hours, gently stir, cook for 2 more hours or until the meatballs are cooked.


  1. YES winning! Great idea with the theme especially after all the sickness. You are still top side, on the dirt not under, WINNING
    You posted each week, without skipping a beat. WINNING
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. I have to admit that I'm finding many mistakes I made during that time but at the moment I'm just concentrating on feeling healthy and gaining back my strength.

  2. Winning is still having a sense of humor after your past few months. For me: Winning is finding a blog that makes me smile. Winning is falling when no one is around and you haven't hurt yourself (much). And it's having vacationed in Florida before this week, when it's going to be cold cold cold. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Hope those Florida memories help you through the cold snap.


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