Friday, August 5, 2022

Splat: Secret Subject Swap


Street Corn Rice, a favorite summer treat interpreted into a rice side dish | recipe developed by | #recipe #sidedish



Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This month 4 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.



My subject is: The First Friday in August is "National Water Balloon Day" - Let's celebrate!
It was submitted by: Tamara of Part-time Working Hockey Mom.

National Water Balloon Day? Since I've been invited to this celebration (thanks, Tamara), I call dibs on being the thrower! 
Oh, this is gonna be fun. 
First of all, let's get down to the specs of this operation. First, these aren't going to be any baseball sized balloons. Size matters and, as long as we're talking about sports, I'm thinking basketball.
Second, in deference to my pitching arm, and your reading time, I'm limiting myself to 10 subjects. I'll have to choose wisely.

And third, no one's off the table. Unless I take them off.

There are a few (well, a category of) people who I do want to take out of the bullseye, I know you'll be surprised, but I'll tell you why. I'm going to stay away from politics. OK, I may not succeed, but I'm going to try. Because if I really wanted to target every political figure deserving of a good cold soaking, a day won't do it, I'll need a week. Maybe two.

Speaking of trying, I'm going to make an attempt to be respectful of certain positions (deserved or not), meaning, although it pains me, I'll be taking Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett off the list too. 

That said . . .

1) Ginni Thomas. And really, if her spouse is standing close to her, well, that's out of my control, collateral damage.
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2) Patrick Byrne. A former Overstock CEO in an unhinged White House Election Deniers Anonymous support meeting? I'm not sure if he needs to be hit with a water balloon, or bonked over the head with a My Pillow guy. Two birds, one stone, I like it!

Speaking of birds:

3) LiMu Emu (and Doug).
4) Alex Cora. Yes, you read that right. I'm a huge lifelong Red Sox fan. I've always respected the of knowledge and leadership of their managers, Alex Cora, and Terry Francona before him. But this year? I could manage the team better. In fact, I do. Loudly. From my couch. Ask Hubs.

5) Front door litterers. You know who I mean, everyone who puts flyers and circulars in my door daily. Political, lawn service, pest control, painters, window installers, religious evangelists . . . This is an easy one, I don't even have to go anywhere, just hang out the window upstairs, and let 'em fly (or drop, actually).
Oh, but note to self: put on your glasses before the "whole bombs" away thing. DO NOT, I repeat, do not let that thing go until you're sure the stranger standing at the door isn't from GrubHub, DoorDash, or UberEats. Because a wet dinner? No bueno.

Street Corn Rice, a favorite summer treat interpreted into a rice side dish | recipe developed by | #recipe #sidedish
Street Corn Rice
6) Caitlin Jenner. Come out as transgender? Good for you. Come out as a trump supporting Fox "news" contributor? Splat.
7) The self-checker militia. I rarely go into Walmart any more. Not only do they expect me to check myself out, but to stand in line to do it. And as if that's not enough, when I get to the door, they want me to put down my bags, find the receipt, and prove that I did a good job of doing their job.
8) Kid Rock. He's no kid, and that's not rock.
9) Gloria Allred: The embodiment of an attorney dedicated to protecting women's rights who lets her notoriety go to her head and becomes a self-aggrandizing media hound.
10) Ginger (not so) Luckey Gaetz: "Oh look, a guy under investigation for sex trafficking, I think I'll marry him," says no sane woman ever.

The only problem is something I'm reminded of from a few years ago. It was the beginning of August, like it is now, and I was out mowing my back lawn. Just as I was getting to the rows along our property line, the neighbor's sprinklers came on. And on a 90 plus degree day, I was not unhappy. It felt great.
So maybe, instead of punking my list, I'd be doing them all a favor? Joke's on me?
That just won't do.
I submit, and someone please tell me who I need to talk to, that we move this celebration. Not much going on after the first of the year. How does January sound? 
And don't worry, I won't be taking away your summer fun. After all, July 1st is Pie in the Face Day.


Secret Subject Swap, a multi-blogger writing challenge | developed and run by | #MyGraphics Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 


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Street Corn Rice        

Printable Recipe

1 ear of corn, shucked, silk removed
1 TBSP mayonnaise
1/2 tsp chili powder, divided
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp lime zest
1 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup instant rice
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp chopped cilantro
1/4 cup crumbled Cojita cheese

*Preheat the grill to medium/medium high (about 375 degrees). While the grill is heating, mix together the mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp chili powder, salt, pepper, and lime zest. Using a pastry brush, coat the corn with this mixture.
*Place the corn on the grill and cook until the bottom browns, turn slightly. Continue to cook and turn until all sides are brown, about 10 minutes total). Remove from the grill and cool.
*Cut the thicker end of the corn, just to flatten. Place the corn, flat side down, and run a knife from the top to the bottom along all sides to remove the kernels. Discard the cob (or save for soup).
*Place a pan on the stove over medium heat. Melt the butter, then add the garlic. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the corn kernels, cook and stir another minute.
*Add the vegetable broth and remaining chili powder to the pot. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, remove from the stove and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Stir the lime juice, cilantro, and Cojita cheese into the rice, mix well and serve.



  1. I only know the two people you took off your list 🤪, but I can relate to the everyday annoyances.
    Your corn rice sounds delicious. I'm ready for dinner, however, I have to wait for one more hour.
    Happy Friday! 🍷

    1. I guess you may have to google the rest. Maybe in that hour before dinner?

  2. You managed to sneak politics in there also. Politics are interwoven into our lives whether we want to recognize it or not. Well done!

    1. Yeah, I didn't do the best job of keeping politics out of it, but I tried. Sort of.

  3. I have to agree about the Wal-Mart 'police' at the exit. I don't mind self-checkout (and sometimes I would much rather do that and bag my purchase the way I want it done), but if you can't trust customers to do the job don't offer the opportunity!

    1. Although I don't feel that they offer the opportunity, more like demand you do it or leave your shopping cart behind, but I do agree with your sentiment.

  4. People hate on Kid Rock but he has some older songs that I actually like. lol
    I stopped using Walmart years ago. Not only is it intrusive for people to want to go through your bags but the cashiers used to be so slow. I would rather go to Smith's and have them treat me better and bag my stuff for me faster. I refuse to use the self check out. They will have you arrested for making a mistake and they don't care that it's a mistake. Not happening.

  5. Brilliant! But keep it in summer, no rule says you can't put permanent dye in the water in the water balloons, right? Give them something to remember and mark them for a good, long while, right? Ooooh, did i say that? Heeheehee!

  6. The dishes reminded me of some Somalian dishes I've had in the past. I thought about getting pasta from Sarapinos yesterday but thought to cook some instead. Great job cookin'.

    1. Take out is fun now and then, but cooking at home is always hot, fresh, and comforting.

  7. I figured better late than never! I'm only 19 days late lol! I agree with your list but could add a few more of course I'd rather wait until January!

    1. I'm betting the majority of your list will be politicians.


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