Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Solitary Games and Community Benefits: Word Counters


Turkey Tenderloin Bake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

 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 37It was chosen by Me!

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 I'm talking about Solitary Games and Community Benefits. 

~ I play word and number games. You know this if you're a frequent visitor to this blog. And my Baking In A Tornado Facebook page. I even share one I've made up myself. They serve multiple purposes.

~ They exercise the brain, especially {{ahem}} as you age. There is the satisfaction of completing a challenge, and the temporary mental respite from politics, daily mass shootings. They can also provide insight into how we approach life.

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~ Strategy matters, developed over time, based on experience, specific to the game. And discipline to stick to it, when lulled into looking for an easier way when, in fact the whole picture is not yet in view.

~ But rigidity can be your enemy. If the whole picture just isn't coming into focus it's not that sticking to a strategy is always right, but acquiring the understanding of when to abandon it can be key.

~ You knew I was going to work recipes in here somewhere, right? Rigidity is required when baking. Don't follow the rules, your cake won't rise. But cooking? Go ahead and change ingredients, cooking methods, as you go.

Turkey Tenderloin Bake | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner
Turkey Tenderloin Bake

~ It's exciting, especially in a math game, to uncover all the pieces. Don't be deceived, having all of the information can be limiting. These are the pieces, you can add nothing else, to make it work. 

~ Conversely (hello, parenting), getting none, or very few of the pieces can initially be discouraging. But if you look closely, not just at what you have, but what you've eliminated, there's actually a wealth of information there.

~ I share game results twice a day on my Facebook page, morning games and evening games. Other players add the results of whatever games they play to the thread, and suddenly solitary games are a shared experience.

~ The last thing I want to mention is the most important. Build (or join) communities, share strategies, applaud successes, commiserate with failures. Build others up, look to them for support. No, I'm not talking games any more. 

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Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

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Turkey Tenderloin Bake       

Printable Recipe

about 1 1/2# turkey breast tenderloin
salt and pepper
1 bag (20 oz) frozen mixed stir fry vegetables, partially thawed
1/3 cup ranch salad dressing
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ginger paste

*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Slice the turkey into 1 inch slices. Season both sides with salt and pepper, and arrange in the center of the pan, leaving a border all around for the vegetables.
*Arrange the vegetables all around the turkey. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper.
*Whisk together the ranch dressing, sweet chili sauce, garlic, and ginger. Set aside 1/3 cup of this sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the turkey.
*Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Turkey must be completely cooked.
*Heat the reserved 1/3 cup of the sauce in a sauce pan or the microwave until hot (do not boil), pour over or serve beside the turkey.



  1. What is the recipe going to be without the sweet chilli sauce and what would you suggest as a sub. I am guessing sweet involves sugar. Donna

    1. Sweet chili sauce is a little sweet, but also tangy, and spicy. I think the best substitute would be a little hot sauce and some honey.

    2. Donna, I usually do a Google search for substitutions. I'm less rigid and more creative, which is why I'm a much better cook than baker.

    3. I and a son are diabetic, we can do in moderation.

  2. I'm so happy when I get to play! Things are settling down here. Maybe today?
    I love the mental gymnastics. The brain exercises.
    And, most of all, the positive encouragement and friendship!

  3. It's a joy when these things are applied to life.

    This recipe is a great way to incorporate turkey into more than just holiday meals.

    1. Yes, and life is in need of as much joy as we can find, wherever we can find it.

  4. From Menopausal Mother: I suck at games but I remember my mom was a pro at Solitaire. She said mental games kept her young and I really believe that--her mind was razor sharp all the way to her last day on earth. I need to be more like Mom!

    1. Both researching and writing articles should have you covered.

  5. I love turkey. It definitely is not for just Thanksgiving, and for those of us on Weight Watchers, it can be so prized. So can easy recipes! Your comment about cooking vs baking is so true. My husband never makes a recipe they way it is written. Never. And he still doesn't quite get that you can't do that with baking.

    1. I love the convenience of recipes as a starting point, and the ability to change it up according to what I have on hand, or our family's taste.

  6. I stopped playing wordle a while ago. I got bored.
    I change up recipes to suit my own tastes all the time.

    1. I missed you, if you ever decide to start playing again, stop by the page and share your scores.


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