Monday, April 11, 2022

Dress Rehearsal: Pets Poetry Monday


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Poetry Monday's once a week.
I bet you know which day.
I don't participate every time,
But today I've come out to play.

My friends assign each week a theme,
Pets is what they chose.
Now it's up to all of us,
to put our thoughts into prose.
Dress Rehearsal
Quite early in the morning,
newlyweds discussed again.
Liked the idea of adoption, still
must be sure, and then pick when.

Her mom'd arrived the day before,
in the guest room, fast asleep.
Over coffee, they were talking, but
quietly, barely making a peep.

He started with expenses,
toys and beds and all things strange.
"We'd have to think of safety,
our whole house we'd rearrange."

"We'd be right up to our eyeballs,
in bodily fluids and, well, poop.
Medical visits for health and weight,
we've read up, you know the scoop."

"Honey, you still love your job,
you'll want to be here too.
You must consider seriously,
would day care work for you?"
"And sorry, hon, but special foods,
need to keep his digestion stable.
Which means, of course, that chocolate is,
you know . . . well . . . off the table."
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Caramel Chocolate Frosted Caramel Cake

"Yes," she said, "and sleepless nights,
would soon become our norm.
At least for the near future till,
his schedule can conform."

"Unconditional love would be,
worth everything to me.
I'm ready, I know you are too,
we'll do great, just wait and see."

"A baby!" came an excited voice,
from right beside the door.
They jumped, surprised to see her,
that she'd heard, startled even more.

Didn't know quite how to tell her, 
there's no baby, not quite yet.
Yes, they'd be adopting but, 
a little puppy, their first pet.

They're the ones who'd be surprised,
she'd be thinking that just maybe,
it could be a dress rehearsal here,
you know, a practice baby.
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Caramel Chocolate Frosted Caramel Cake        
NOTE: This recipe calls for a partial can of milk chocolate frosting. My Fudge Rounds Ice Cream (no churn) recipe utilizes the rest.
3/4 cup caramel baking bits
1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2/3 cup caramel topping, divided
1 1/2 cups canned milk chocolate frosting
2 TBSP heavy cream
*Crush the caramel baking bits in a food processor or clean coffee grinder.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan.
*Whisk together the cake mix and crushed baking bits, then beat with the eggs, milk, and oil for 2 minutes. Pour evenly into the prepared pan. Drizzle 1/3 cup caramel topping over the batter and swirl in with a toothpick.
*Bake for about 25 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Whip together the chocolate frosting, heavy cream, and remaining caramel topping for 2 minutes. Spread evenly over the cake. 




  1. I am not a fan of chocolate, but caramel is another story! I could eat it everyday. Have to try this very soon!

  2. If my daughter liked caramel I would make this for us. She's not big on sweets so I have to be careful what I make for us. Sounds good to me though.

    1. It actually sounds sweeter than it really is, but certainly not health food.

  3. Nice twist. Hope the mother got over her disappointment quickly. Alana

  4. Heeheehee! Yep, pets are like practice babies, only they don't grow up to need college tuition and borrow your car keys.

  5. I know a lot of people who have grandpets instead of grandchildren.

  6. Good that the mom spoke up, imagine her surprise if she had kept quiet and maybe even gone shopping for the expected "baby" :)
    Your cake al always looks and sounds delicious, but the ingredients also as always have me baffled (non-American here), and I would have no idea of how to re-create those from scratch.

    1. Any time you want to, send me an email and we'll see if we can work out ingredient substitutions that work for you.

  7. I liked this post made me smile and cake is always good, well usually good


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