Friday, December 16, 2022

Lonesome Furniture and Shredded Cheese: Use Your Words


Apricot Mozzarella Crostata | recipe developed by | #recipe #appetizer
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: shredded cheese ~ capital ~ lonesome ~ furniture ~ lopsided ~ future
They were submitted by Jenniy of Climaxed.

We were coming to the end of PurDude's visit {{sob}}. I had finalized the assignments or this Use Your Words post, and was looking at my prompts without a thought in my head.
It's no secret I've asked my boys a million times to write me a guest posts, always to no avail {{sigh}}.
Nothing wrong with a little persistence though, right? In the spirit off nothing ventured, nothing gained? Although with these boys, so far something ventured is also nothing gained.
Me: I could use a little help here.
rDude (looking at me skeptically): Help in what way?
Me: Well, I have to write a post, about anything at all, but it has to use certain words.
PurDude: What words?
Me: I'll show you the list.
PurDude, who doesn't cook, even needs specific detailed instructions, and copious amounts of cajoling to heat up the leftovers I send home with him (along with disposable pans, btw), looks at the first prompt: Forget it, mom, you don't need any help. Shredded cheese, really? You'd know what to do with that better than I would. Just put it in your recipe.
Me: Just put it in my recipe? Do you know much work is involved with the food? I have to develop a recipe, name it, cook the food, photograph it, edit . . . that requires working a month out. I already have a recipe for his post, and there is cheese, but it's not shredded.
PurDude: That's easy then, just add shredded cheese over the top. Everything tastes better with shredded cheese spread over the top.
Me (exasperated): Ugh! It doesn't work that way.


Apricot Mozzarella Crostata | recipe developed by | #recipe #appetizer

Apricot Mozzarella Crostata

Me: And anyway, what about my lopsided future? My lonesome furniture?
PurDude: It's OK, Mom, you're not alone, since covid, everyone's future is a bit lopsided. And the furniture is only lonesome because we'd all spent so much time at home with it and now we're going out more. it'll get over it. And if not, there's always therapy.
Me: That may be (illogical) logic, (lopsided) advice even, but not so much a blog post.
PurDude: Listen, Mom, I've done what I could here. And you're welcome. But for the rest of it, you're on you own.
A lot of help he was. Although . . . I guess I could capitalize on the whole conversation . . .


Use Your Words, a monthly group writing challenge | developed by and graphic property of | #bloggingchallenge #MyGraphics
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Apricot Mozzarella Crostata       

Printable Recipe

1 refrigerator pie crust
2 oz prosciutto wrapped mozzarella (can substitute chopped prosciutto and sliced mozzarella)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
about 4 dried apricots

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
*Unroll the pie crust onto the parchment paper and, using a rolling pin, roll out to about 13 inches in diameter. Roll the edges in, just barely, then roll once more to form a border. Your crust should now be about 12 inches in diameter
*Slice the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella into about 1/3 inch slices and spread around on the crust. Top with the pecans.
*Bake for 25 minutes. 
*Chop the dried apricots and sprinkle over the crostata. Cut and serve.




  1. Well, a partial victory. He did help you write this post and he helped the furniture be less lonely.

  2. My Oldest Step Son is coming. I haven’t seen him in over 3 years. I need a fatted calf, a cook and a house cleaner. This is for a friend. Donna

  3. Hahahaha! Yep. That boy has the answers! I think you could hire him out! That recipe looks fairly straight forward. And yummy! I think I'll try it!

  4. Isn't it amazing how kids can get things done even when they're trying not to!

  5. "And you're welcome." lol That's funny.

  6. That apricot dessert looks yummy, it reminds me of an improv scene I did about bras smoothies.Highly inappropriate but fun nonetheless, wink.

    1. It's actually an appetizer, but I suppose you could have it for dessert, no bras included in the recipe.

  7. Bingo! Shredded cheese on brownies ;-) For what it's worth, he did help you, and we're all having a good laugh.
    Happy Monday!


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