Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Be Kind to a Kvetch: Word Counters

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Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers 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.

 This month's number is 40. 
It was chosen by Me!

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 Be Kind to a Kvetch.

~ Today is National Do a Grouch a Favor Day. The point? To cheer someone up, whether they're having a bad day, week, month, or year. Do it to make the world a better place (or just to piss them off).  

~ For the grouchy morning person: there are coffee makers with automatic brewing features. You order it online, they bring it to your door, chances are anyone around you in the mornings will set it up. Grouch mitigation in a mug.

~ For the grouch fighting with the automated voice labyrinth to get a credit card question answered: cut that card up into tiny little shards. It's freeing, incredibly satisfying. Hang up that phone. There's many other credit card companies out there.

~ For the grouchy winter hater heading to the mailbox: Stop right there. There's a new winter mail strategy (I know, I'm a beta tester), leave the mail where it is until spring. Why rush out just to get bills, anyway?

~ For the grouchy hungry dieter: it's a pandemic, you're at home, eat the damn food. All of it. Not just the carrots and celery, the brownies, cookies, cakes and pies. Secret scientific fact: sweets will turn that frown upside down.
Peanut Butter Creme Brownies, dense chocolatey brownies baked with a peanut butter creme swirl. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #chocolate
Peanut Butter Creme Brownies
Peanut Butter Creme Brownies, dense chocolatey brownies baked with a peanut butter creme swirl. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #chocolate

~ For the grouch whose waistband is cutting off their circulation: that may be my bad. But we're all not going anywhere anyway, stop wearing pants. Helpful hint: this is not a good time to wave to the Fed Ex guy.

~For the (legitimate) grouch who doesn't get enough sleep: there are some . . . ahem . . . herbal solutions. Check for legal forms in your area. You'll thank me. Oh, and stock up on those Peanut Butter Creme Brownies, you'll need them {{wink, wink}}.

~ For the grouchy victim of whoever was in the bathroom before you and didn't replace the toilet paper roll: I offer you my wholehearted support. You go, girl, work that anger, make them pay. You're doing it for us all.

~ For the generalized, no idea why and who needs a reason anyway, perpetual grouch: What exactly do you think the liquor cabinet was made for? A pitcher of My Mai Tais never hurt anyone (OK, that may be a lie).

~ In case you didn't catch on, may as well admit it. Those grouchy people above? They're me. And any favor you might care to bestow, well, today's the day. Get out there and do a grouch a favor. I'm waiting . . .

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

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Peanut Butter Creme Brownies

NOTE: I used a box brownie mix (with canola oil), and reduced fat peanut butter in this recipe to lower the fat content. You can use any brownie recipe and full fat peanut butter if you choose.

1 box (about 18 oz) dark chocolate fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
2 TBSP milk

*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Prepare the brownie mix as per box directions, or prepare your own brownie recipe as you normally would.
*Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan.
*Whisk together the peanut butter, marshmallow creme and milk until smooth. 
*Place into a sealable plastic bag, snip the corner and pipe onto the brownie batter. Using a toothpick, swirl the peanut butter mixture through the top of the brownie batter.
*Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges have browned and the brownie are fully set. Cool completely before slicing.



  1. Mail call is the highlight of our day! We couldn't possibly leave it till spring!! LOL
    Carol C aka JulieO

    1. It's probably not -22 degrees where you are. It is here today.

  2. I agree mail is the one time a day that I hear from people. I love being "occupant"!

  3. "Kill them with kindness" is one of my favorite expressions, and the best approach I've found, when dealing with a grouch.

  4. Bwahahahaha! Okay, I had to actually stop reading to laugh! All I could picture was Husby (sans pants), waving at the Fed Ex man! (You have to know that pants-wearing is optional in his world...)
    As a non-coffee drinker, the joys of coffee eluded me before. But I have to take caffien pills for my (uber stupid) headaches and I just feel so happy and positive about 20 minutes later. I totally get it now!
    Sooo...yummy food, no nasty mail, no waiting on line to talk to someone I really would rather not talk to and drugs? This is the best advice I've ever been given! This grouch is totally in!

  5. If it has chocolate and peanut butter, I'm in. Best food combination ever! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. My younger son would agree with you. My older son and I are chocolate and mint lovers.

  6. The mail carriers don't do winter here. They had yesterday off because it was President's Day, they took today off because it is still cold outside from the winter storm. The newspapers were late, too. We swamp creatures just don't know what to do with this level of cold.

    Go ahead and be a grouch, i'll make the coffee in the mornings.

    1. Our trash guys took yesterday off (they were supposed to work) because it was -11 degrees. They ended up working today and it was -22 degrees. I feel so bad for anyone who has to be outside when it's this freezing cold.

  7. Coffee and munchies sound like a great way to go.


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