Friday, October 14, 2022

Candy and a Hose: Use Your Words


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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: hose ~ candy ~ beast ~ moss ~ leeks ~ soap
They were submitted by Jenniy of Climaxed.
Good luck is as sweet as candy. Bad luck can be a beast.

Halloween candy disappears around my house. It shouldn't, there are no little kids here anymore, but it does. I start buying it early, adding a package to my weekly groceries starting in the end of September, until I think I have enough. Which isn't easy. Because I have a sweet tooth (there, I admitted exactly why the candy disappears). I always tell myself to just buy the kinds of candy that aren't my favorites, but that never happens. You know how they say "don't buy groceries when you're hungry," well don't buy candy when you have a sweet tooth. Which, for me, is always {{sigh}}.

But I was talking about luck.

I just came up with a recipe using leeks. I'd never bought them often, and with the price right now, I buy them even less. In fact, I think the recipe I came up with is the first one I've developed using leeks. No candy in the recipe, no soap either (although it is soup), but the recipe would have been perfect for today's blog post, right? 

Lucky timing. Or not.

Unfortunately, I'd worked that recipe into next week's Word Counters writing challenge post. I wrote iahead, and fit the recipe into the post perfectly, while waiting for my assigned words for today's challenge. Since I'm not doing two leek posts in a row, today I'm sharing a recipe for Scallion Crepes. Scallions are, after all, leek's kissing cousin. 

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Scallion Crepes
breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Now that I've explained my leek-less recipe, my luck, and my sweet tooth, on to my assigned words. Which are perfect for passing on some Halloween season parenting wisdom.

There's a lot of discussion as to whether it's harder to raise boys or girls. I'm sure a lot of it depends less on their birth gender and more on their individual temperament. Well, until the high school years, the great parenting equalizer. We all suck at the high school years.

But there are a lot of years before then.

I have 2 boys, but no reason to be sexist, though my parenting experiences were quite male-centric, this advice could easily apply to any active, growing pre-high school aged. kids.
But you have to be sure not to have eaten all of that Halloween candy. Easier for some of us than others.
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First, you need to know that candy can bring out the beast in any young child. Sugar rush is real. Save the candy for nights when you have a babysitter coming.

And second, with respect to kids playing outdoors, it's often said that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but playing kids will. Along with gathering a layer of leaves, bark, grass, and a suspicious smelling something that could be mud . . . or maybe not. If you'd prefer that your house continue to smell like leeks (or scallions, or whatever's for dinner) as opposed to sweat and . . . other yucky stuff . . . take my advice, get a bar of soap, grab the hose, and meet those kids out in the yard.

Don't worry, if they complain (whine, moan, yell), and they will, just give them a piece or two of that Halloween candy. 
And then call the babysitter.

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Scallion Crepes 
(breakfast, lunch, or dinner)        

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes 6 - 8): 
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP dried chives
1 TBSP olive oil
4 1/2 TBSP butter, divided
2 scallions, thinly sliced
OPT (breakfast): serve with whipped cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, smoked salmon
OPT (lunch or dinner): serve with teriyaki dipping sauce, sour cream with bacon bits, or roll around a stir fry filling

*NOTE: these crepes are delicious plain, served with a topping for breakfast, or filled.
*Whisk together the eggs and milk. Add in the flour, salt, and chives. Vigorously whisk until smooth. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
*Heat the olive oil and 1 TBSP butter in a small skillet over medium high heat until hot and bubbling. Reduce heat to medium.
*Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the pan and swirl so the batter covers the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle about 1/8 of the scallion pieces over the top.
*Cook for 1 - 2 minutes, until the edges start to brown. You may need to turn the heat down a little if they start to get too brown. Carefully lift, flip over, and allow the other side to brown. Remove to a paper towel, and keep warm.
*Melt 1/2 TBSP butter in the pan before making each additional crepe.


  1. I just told hubby this morning I am banning m & m's from this house! I have eaten SOOOO many lately. Like industrial size bags full! I have gained 5 lbs back and I'm putting a stop to it now! Boys are way easier in my opinion and that's with my hardest being a boy! Less dramatics.

  2. Sounds like solid advice! Can't say that I'm sad to have left this chapter behind me though.
    The other day I read that people who suffer from Alzheimer's will develop a sweet tooth. I feel like I was born with it.
    PS: nobody's doing two leek posts in a row, very clever to work in some relatives!

    1. Yeah, I'm glad to have left this chapter behind too but, spoiler alert, the next one was no piece of cake (sorry, couldn't stop myself) either.

  3. I live with the sugar king of the world. and what seems like 500 grandchildren within spitting distance. Sigh. So I will NEVER leave that stage behind.
    I think I was just blessed with really good kids! I had no problems with my 2 girls. And 3/4 of my boys were SO easy to raise. So I really have no opinion one way or the other as to which was easier. I enjoyed them all. And enjoy them still. I'd rather visit with my kids than with almost anyone!
    P.S. I LOVE the soap and hose method of cleaning. So much could simply be left there in the yard...

    1. Yeah, soap and hose for the win, pretty much 3 seasons out of 4.

  4. "Save the candy for nights when you have a babysitter coming."

    Only if you're prepared to offer a HUGE tip if you want them to come back!

  5. Nice to know I'm not alone in the "I'm buying Halloween Candy for the kids, not me" department. Every year I swear I will buy lollipops, or a certain brand of candy I detest, but somehow, Kit Kats, crunch bars, and Reese's peanut butter cups sneak in. (Then my son comes and helps me finish the excess over the next several months.) Also, you left me with a mystery: The NOTE immediately below directions: filled with....what? A clue, please? I'm guessing the two OPTs listed above the directions. Myself, I would fill with cottage cheese (drain first) this is such a nice recipe!

    1. Yes, the options I listed, of course there are so many options, cottage cheese sounds delish.

  6. I've never tried leeks. One of these days I will have to.

  7. The candy goes here, too, but it's not me. There's a hidey hole he hasn't found yet.

    While i never did meet them out there with soap, we did have a watermelon rule. Watermelon outdoors only, in your swim suit, and you hose off before coming in the house.

  8. I'm not sad tricker treaters don't frequent our street any more (bunch of old farts on my street). But it took me a few years of buying candy in case to seal the deal and stop buying it completely.

    1. I'm not sure I would have stopped buying it completely, just sayin'.


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