Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Spooky Month: Word Counters


Leek & Bak Choy Soup (crockpot or not) | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #soup

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

 This month's number is 28
It was chosen by Mimi of Messymimi'sMeanderings.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month's theme though? It might require a little explanation.




~ Today I wanted to acknowledge Halloween season. But somehow "limerick" got stuck in my mind. So, a triple challenge: word count, Halloween themed, and in rhyme? Why not?

~ Little witch Tab liked to zoom,
flying to play by the tomb.
"You must," mom said,
"clean your room instead."
Tab thought "what a waste of a broom."

~ Vampire says "how do you do?"
Running's no option, it's true.
You see, he can fly.
Kiss your blood goodbye.
Your neck's headed for a big boo boo!

~ Don't anger the cook at meal time,
the revenge she'd take? Sublime.
Big toe of frog,
hairy tongue of dog,
your soup's how you'll pay for your crime.


Leek & Bak Choy Soup (crockpot or not) | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #soup
Leek & Bak Choy Soup
(crockpot or not)

~ Black cat, I don't want to see,
under a ladder . . . especially.
Then ladder fell flat,
splat went the cat,
seems the bad luck had all come from me.
~ There was a spider named Fred,
who'd frequently land on my head.
"Try stopping me,
and we'll have to see,
if you'd rather I hide in your bed."
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Happy spooky month!

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Leek & Bak Choy Soup 
(crockpot or not)       


Printable Recipe

2 leeks
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil
2 tsp gochujang
1 clove minced garlic
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP sweetened lime juice
1 head Bak Choy
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 can baby corn, drained
6 oz fresh snow peas

*Trim the leeks by removing just the roots from the bottom and about 3 - 4 inches of the darkest green from the top. Wash well, rinse, and thinly slice.
*SLOW COOKER: Turn the crockpot on to high, add the leek slices, broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, gochujang, garlic, and brown sugar. Stir. Cook on high for 1 hour, then lower the temperature to medium and cook for 2 hours. 
*Cut off the end of the Bak Choy. Separate the leaves and rinse well, making sure to remove any dirt. Pat dry and coarsely chop.
*Mix in the lime juice, add the Bak Choy, mushrooms, baby corn, and snow peas to the broth. Cook for another 90 minutes.
*STOVE TOP: In a large saucepan over medium high heat, bring the leek slices, broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, gochujang, garlic, and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
*Add the lime juice, Bak Choy, mushrooms, baby corn, and snow peas to the pan. Cook for 45 minutes, uncovered, over medium low heat.


  1. When I think of Halloween I always think of you because I know it's your favorite. I've never been a fan although I know Thanksgiving is next and that's my thing!

    1. Halloween's a lot less fun now that the boys aren't little any more. I'm looking forward to Thanksgivng, it'll be great having both boys here.

  2. Hahaha! BRILLIANT!!! I absolutely love this season!

    1. So glad to have made you laugh, hope you're feeling better!

  3. I DID laugh! And enjoyed the recipe, to boot.

  4. Wonderful poems. Triple challenge - five times success

    1. Thank you, so glad you enjoyed my burst of seasonal humor.

  5. Brilliant! You pulled it off quite well. I agree with Tab, that is a waste of a broom.

  6. I, too, agree with Tab. Liked all of your poems. I had to look up gochujang, as we rarely indulge in Thai cooking (my digestive system and hot spices do not play well together). It's an interesting paste.

    1. I much prefer sriracha, but have been buying gochujang because sriracha is so hard to find.

  7. I love Halloween season and your soup looks so good.


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