Welcome to part TWO of the July Secret Subject Swap.
What is a Secret Subject Swap, you ask? Well, it’s a challenge taken on by a group of bloggers who are willing to push the boundaries of their writing ability. Each participant in the swap sends in a subject idea and is then assigned someone else’s idea to write a post with. All of the bloggers divulge their Secret Subject on the same day and at the same time , along with a link to the blogger who provided their subject, and of course, publish their piece.
For part two of this month’s swap, 11 brave bloggers participated.
My subject came from Tracy at Crazy As Normal. Aaaaaaand here it is:
I’m usually super pleasant and nice, but if ______________ happens one more time, imma go crazy!
My answer is:
I’m usually super pleasant and nice, but if someone calls me a “spelling and grammar Nazi” one more time, I’ll go crazy!
Those of you who’ve been around my virtual kitchen for a while know that the use of proper spelling and grammar sits near and dear to my heart. I’m not really sure why, but somewhere around the third grade, I began to love learning how to spell new words, and I especially enjoyed using those words. Shortly thereafter, my mom taught me how to play Scrabble. We played as often as possible and the more I played, the better my spelling became. I’ve been hooked on using proper spelling and grammar ever since. I can’t explain it, but I really enjoy editing other people’s work, too. So much so that I’ve been known, on occasion, to POLITELY mention a misspell or improper grammar use to friends, family members, and even a certain nameless editor working for a small town newspaper.
Dear Mr. Nameless Editor,
I have no interest in attending “you’re” annual charity fundraiser. I would be grateful if you’d please explain to me how you were able to achieve such a high level of success at your current place of employment without understanding proper use of vocabulary and sentence structure. Rather than attending your fundraiser, I would prefer to attend your company’s holiday party, which I’ve been told, will allow me to consume as many free alcoholic beverages as my stomach can safely digest in one evening.
A Passionate Speller
For the record, I don’t offer up corrections to be hateful or to bring about embarrassment to people that I care for, nor do I partake in the craft to make myself look awesome (as has been suggested by a couple of former acquaintances). I assure you that I do NOT do it to be name called a Nazi.
Dictionary.com defines a “Nazi” as:
“A member of the National Socialist German Workers’ party of Germany, which in 1933, under Adolf Hitler, seized political control of the country, suppressing all opposition and establishing a dictatorship over all cultural, economic, and political activities of the people, and promulgated belief in the supremacy of Hitler as Führer, aggressive anti-Semitism, the natural supremacy of the German people, and the establishment of Germany by superior force as a dominant world power. The party was officially abolished in 1945 at the conclusion of World War II.”
“( often lowercase ) a person elsewhere who holds similar views.”
That being said, there is one final definition listed. I presume that this may be why I’ve been compared with such a gross, disgusting, evil dictator like Adolph Hitler:
“Sometimes offensive. ( often lowercase ) a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to control a specified activity, practice, etc.: a jazz nazi who disdains other forms of music; tobacco nazis trying to ban smoking.”
To all of you name calling meanies, allow me to set the record straight.
1. I correct because I care. My personal mission is to improve my life and/or the lives of those around me. It’s as simple as that. I think it’s wonderful for our brains to continually learn new things. That fact aside, if you write on a blog, you owe it to your audience to show that you have enough self respect and education to use a spell check program before you hit that “publish” button.
2. I’m not fanatically dedicated to correct spelling and grammar, I’m just passionate about it, and if I were fanatical, then I would be considered a nazi… not a Nazi. If you must put a label to this passion of mine, I prefer that you call me a member of the Spelling & Grammar Police Force. After all, the fine men and women in blue exist to serve and protect their fellow man… as do I.
3. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but name calling will cause me to go crazy.
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Being the “cop” that I am, I suddenly have a craving for donuts. Specifically, maple bacon donuts.
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!! I just can’t leave you the recipe for these goodies without first correcting my OWN spelling error.
While Americans do spell the word donuts, D-O-N-U-T-S, the correct spelling is actually D-O-U-G-H-N-U-T-S.
Don’t believe me? Check it out here!
Here are links to all of the sites featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. So after you check out my recipe, sit back, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and check them all out. If you’re interested in participating, we’d love to have you! Just head over to the Baking in a Tornado Facebook Page and let Karen know that you’re interested in the Secret Subject Swap!
Crazy As Normal
Maple Bacon Doughnuts
Maple Bacon Doughnuts and a Secret Subject Swap
Mini-sized baked cupcakes, infused with pure maple syrup, then topped with maple drizzle and pieces of bacon. The perfect breakfast treat!
- 12.6 ounces (3 cups) all-purpose or cake flour
- 3.8 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
- 3.8 ounces (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 4 ounces (1 stick) salted butter, melted and cooled
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
- 1- 1/2 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
- 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
- 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked & crumbled
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray wells of a mini doughnut pan with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and maple extract until foamy.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined.
- Carefully fill wells of doughnut pans about half full with batter.
- Bake 8 - 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool in pans for 5 minutes before inverting onto wire racks to cool completely.
- For the glaze
- Whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup, and maple extract.
- Dip tops of each doughnut into glaze; lift, allowing excess glaze to drip off.
- While glaze is still wet, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
Recipe NotesSlightly adapted from Jo and Sue
One last thing… If you’re a bacon lover, or even a bacon liker, I’ve got some great news for you. August 28th is Bacon Day, and to celebrate, I’ve joined several other bloggers in the creation of Bacon Month 2013!
Beginning August 3rd, and running all month long, I’ll be blogging recipes with bacon, more bacon, and nothing but bacon! If you have a favorite bacon recipe that you’d like to see me make, please feel free to leave me a comment here, or click the “Contact Me” button at the top of this blog!