Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Still Me


Raspberry Cocoa Cookies, a chocolate raspberry cookie with a sweet marshmallow filled treat on top. | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies 

I've decided not to change my name. 

Honestly, it isn't really anything I would have just arbitrarily considered on my own, but it came up. Well, in a roundabout sort of way, but I did give the possibility its due diligence.

It started with FB {{sigh}}. I have a FB page called BIAT by Karen B. I didn't want it, I don't need it, I already have a Baking In A Tornado page that I use, but FB forced me to create it, claiming that I use my personal page as a business and I could start this one or they would. Absurd, but whatever. We all know you can't argue with toddlers or with FB. 

I recently received a friend request on FB. It happens often, friends of friends might see an interesting conversation on one of my personal posts and send me an invite. I check them out (a little covert sleuthing being the prudent course of action on these occasions) and accept. A short time later, she sent me a PM: "I see you have a page called BIAT by Karen B. Can I ask what BIAT stands for?" 

Baking In A Tornado has always been my answer, of course. It's been my blog's name since day one, when my first choice for a name turned out to already be taken and PurDude helped choose this one. But should it be? Maybe, before I answer her, I should consider it, an identity do over.

It would have to work with BIAT by Karen B because, I'm not going through another name change on that page. The last time, when they insisted I change it from whatever they did when they forcibly created it, it required my providing everything but a clean bill of health from a proctologist. I'm not sure how that missed that requirement, but I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't added it by now.
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So, with no current intent to visit a proctologist, we're working with the BIAT acronym. I'm sure I can come up with plenty of options to consider.

Like BIAT:
Bitchy, Intentional, Acidic, Tactless
 ~ too honest?
Bodacious, Intriguing, And Transparent
 ~ too dishonest?
Bewildered, Imagining Alternative Truths
 ~ too desperate?
Blogger: Iffy And Taboo
 ~ too confusing.
Braless Is Actually Transcendental
 ~ TMI?
Banal, Idly Awaiting Transformation
 ~ at least I'm hopeful.
Babbling, Intending A Thought
 ~ if the shoe fits . . .
Bungling Into All Tasks
 ~ too obvious.
Butter Is Arguably Theraputic
 ~ wonder how many page views that would gain me.
Burnt Is A Technique
 ~ wonder how many page views that would lose me. 
Raspberry Cocoa Cookies, a chocolate raspberry cookie with a sweet marshmallow filled treat on top. | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies
Raspberry Cocoa Cookies
Bizarre, Illogical, Although Trying
 ~ at least I'm trying.
Banned, Illicit, And Tawdry
 ~ and not even trying? 

Busted In Another Tirade
 ~ I can just hear my boys saying this one is on point.

Basking In Alternate Temperaments
 ~ too openly delusional?

Best Intentions Are Trouble
 ~ forget a blog, I could write a book.

Berserk Is A Talent
 ~ at least I could factually claim to be talented . . .

All things considered (well, 16 things anyway), I think maybe I'd best stick to Baking In A Tornado. It fits.
Unless you've got another suggestion . . .

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Raspberry Cocoa Cookies   

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp raspberry extract
1 packet (1.25 oz) Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cocoa
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1 TBSP baking cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup canned marshmallow frosting
2 TBSP raspberry or black raspberry jam

24 Hershey's Hot Cocoa Kisses, unwrapped

*Cream the butter and raspberry extract, then beat in the raspberry cocoa. Mix in the powdered sugar, flour, baking cocoa, and salt until it forms a dough.
*Roll into a log, about 12 inches long, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour.
 *Whisk together the marshmallow frosting and the raspberry jam. Refrigerate.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.
*Remove cookie dough from fridge and cut into about 1/2 inch slices. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely (about 25 minutes).
*Place a dollop of the frosting onto the center of each cookie and top each with a Hot Cocoa Kiss, then immediately refrigerate to set.


  1. I'm so glad you're still you!
    I would add one last, AFTER all the rest: 'Boy! I am tired!!!'

  2. Diane wins! Actually, I'm in awe of all the BIAT's you came up with. I thought of "Baby I'm Amazed That"...but, then what? And it's 5 letters. That's why I don't do word puzzles...and "Don't Argue with Toddlers or Facebook" are words to live by! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. You've got a good start there. Maybe what follows "that" should be left up to interpretation.

  3. No other suggestions. Some people do think burnt is a technique, although they call it blackened. Real blackened takes some talent, though, and it's far from burnt. (Sorry, many of us are still sore about the idea a few years back that all you have to do to cook like south Louisiana people is cover it with pepper and burn it.)

    1. I love Cajun cooking, spicy and flavorful and most definitely NOT burnt.

  4. My brain is tired just from reading all of your ideas!

  5. Good to hear you are still you better then being some one else


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