Friday, December 17, 2021

MIschief: Use Your Words

 

Spicy Turkey Meatballs, a healthier version of meatballs, and these have a bit of a spicy kick. | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

 

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.





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:  gold ~ kids ~ cool ~ mischief ~ challenge ~ friends
They were submitted by Jenniy of Climaxed.

                          
It's holiday time. You may be aware. It's a hectic, busy time, filled with more challenges than usual in this second year of covid precautions. So I've decided to make this a quick post. I'm using my words to share some well known quotes, sayings, and cliches and . . . well . . . critiquing them. 'Cause despite this being a short post, if there's one thing I'm never short on, it's opinions.
 
Some of these assigned words, although at first glance they may not seem it, can easily be intertwined. Like challenge, mischief, and cool. I can relate them all to kids.
 
A popular quote (in one incarnation or another) is an inspirational version of "every challenge you face today makes you stronger tomorrow" (Roy T. Bennett). You know, the fairly new "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" version of the old "rise to the challenge." But I've actually learned (through the years of cars lit on fire and broken legs) that sometimes it's best to just stay in bed and pull the covers over your head. Yes, there may be value in being stronger tomorrow, but there's also value, maybe even more value, in just making it to tomorrow.
 
Because Henry Fielding nailed it when he said "when children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief." Let me just add that when children are doing something, it's often mischief too. And sometimes it's mighty hard to keep your cool. But whatever you do, don't recommend it. Because I'm here to tell you that when you're angry, there's nothing that can make you lose your sh!t faster than someone telling you to keep your cool. 

I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: "a child is a curly dimpled lunatic." Amen, Ralphy. Amen.
 
But I can't have a prompt like the word challenge and not give a quick nod to challenges. Not just because I developed and run blogging challenges, but because, as Adam Richman says "a good spicy challenge creates balance between flavor and fear." I can totally relate.
 
 
Spicy Turkey Meatballs, a healthier version of meatballs, and these have a bit of a spicy kick. | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Spicy Turkey Meatballs
Spicy Turkey Meatballs, a healthier version of meatballs, and these have a bit of a spicy kick. | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner
 

 
When it comes to gold, the phrase that first pops into my mind is "good as gold." Although I can see the value (get it . . . gold . . . value?) in that statement, I'd like to say, for the record, that I have a much better version. Good as cupcakes. Now that's a cool (see what I did there?) quote.

And finally, friends. Here are my thoughts when it comes to friends:

A boy's best friend may be his mother (Norman Bates), a dog may be man's best friend, and diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but me? I'm a little different. You see:
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine (Grateful Dead).
Why?
'Cause I've got friends in low places (Garth Brooks).

I kids you not.
 


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



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Spicy Turkey Meatballs
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Ingredients:
1 cup jalapeno potato chips
1# lean ground turkey
1 egg
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking pan.
*Place the potato chips in a food processor and crush to crumbs.
*Gently mix together the crushed chips, ground turkey, egg, green onion, red pepper, parmesan, garlic powder, and pepper. Form into 16 equal sized balls and place into the prepared pan.
*Bake for 45 minutes. The turkey must be completely cooked through.


16 comments:

  1. I love it when you wax philosophical! Spot on with kids, values and friends!

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    1. I'm glad you could follow my thoughts, they seem a bit disjointed, but at least you, for one, got me!

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  2. The last thing I would have thought of using in turkey meatballs is potato chips, but the more I think about it, the more it works. Turkey meatballs do need a bit of extra fat or they are so dry (we were just discussing this!)and the potato chips would do it, I'm thinking. Just not jalapeno ones; I can't eat spicy foods any more. But wait - my spouse is staring at me with "those eyes" meaning, no, he's not making Italian turkey meatballs for Christmas with potato chips in there. Sigh. maybe one day. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. No, I wouldn't make them for Christmas either, but I do hope you get to try them one day.

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  3. Well done! That Emerson quote, i could have used it earlier in my life.

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    1. I think most moms have had a front row seat to the validity of that one.

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  4. I've never seen jalapeno potato chips, but I can see how they would add a nice kick,

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    1. My son puts them on his turkey sandwiches, that was my inspiration for this recipe.

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  5. "Balance between flavor and fear." Cue the spicy meatballs. Brilliant order. I wouldn't mind "Good as cupcakes" either :-)

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    1. Maybe we can get that "good as cupcakes" thing started!

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  6. Wow, I love meatballs! I can eat them anytime and sometimes buy steamed ones to pop in a meal anytime. I also loved your apple nachos from last Tuesday. I hope you have a great week.

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    1. So glad these latest recipes have hit the mark with you, hope they've inspired you to try them.

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  7. Interesting, my friend, very interesting........................

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    1. Yeah, sometimes my thoughts wander, glad you could follow me!

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  8. My dad always said when children are quiet you better run! Growing up with 4 brothers mischief was the main entertainment in our house growing up. Luckily, I was second to the last so watched what NOT to do from the older three!

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