Monday, February 25, 2008

Fun Monday #54: the how-did-I-get-here-and-what-do-I-eat edition *EDITED*


I am hosting Fun Monday for March 3. You can start signing up in the comments on this post, and come back tomorrow to find out what fun I have in store for you...

Mariposa tells tales on her blog, and as the Fun Monday hostess for this week, she wants us to tell a tale or two ourselves.

In fact she wants more than a tale -- she wants pictures of ... COOKING????

Here is the challenge she has put forward:

(1) Please share to us how the NAME of your BLOG was made? I can't wait to hear interesting funny stories!

(2) Please share to us (in words or photo, though a combination of both will be a bonus!) your favorite/ most common dish!

OK, kids. The number one challenge is a piece of cake.

When I was about 8 or 9, we used to go as a family to a farmer's market. It wasn't a typical farmer's market, in that it was open pretty much all the time and included some stores, as well as produce stands, etc.

The location isn't so important as the stationery store that was there. There were all kinds of notepads that you could have printed with funny expressions with your name.

Now, Janet is not necessarily an uncommon name, but it isn't all that common either. I have met a few Janets through the years (summer camp, school dorms, other bloggers) but it's not exactly Jennifer, ya know?

So to find something with my name printed on it already was pretty exciting for me. I mean, seriously, other than that ... that ... SONG, Janet is not really a happenin' name.

So what did the notepad say, you might ask?

Why ... it said From the Planet of Janet, of course!

When I decided to start a blog, it seemed only logical to name it after my old notepad.

Voila, a blog is born.

Now, part 2 of Mariposa's challenge. Are we talking about something I have to COOK? Don't you all know that I am allergic to the kitchen? (Not really, but I'm not all that talented with a mixing bowl.) I like to bake, but cooking? Not so much.

So I really puzzled over how to respond to this quest.

I have favorite foods, but usually not stuff that I make at home. However, I make the most AMAZING brownies EVER.

Here are my secret ingredients:


Now, I am NOT going to give away state secrets, but let me just say that I basically follow the directions on the box ... and then I add my secret ingredients.

It looks like this when I mix it up:


Yeah, kinda nasty, I agree. But hey, kids, I'm not her. It does become this though:



Then I melt the caramels in the microwave. This is not something I have perfected yet. I used to get this great brownie mix with the caramel included, but I can't find it anywhere and I have been on a mission to find a replacement. Caramel sauces don't cook up right, so this time I melted your basic Kraft caramels and attempted to dribble it around.


OK, still not beautiful. Usually, I take a knife and drag it through the lines to make it swirly, but the caramels hardened too fast. Anyway the end result was this:


Eh. Still not beautiful.

But put it in the oven for 45 minutes and this is the result:


Nothing left to do but eat 'em!

And there you have it. Not my favorite DISH, exactly, but definitely the one I am known for.

Now, go see what the other Fun Monday'ers are up to. I'm gonna have a brownie before I go!

42 comments:

karisma said...

Well, I think that could be my new favourite dish! It looks divine!

Faye said...

That's a great blog name story--how many years ago--and that you still remember the header for the notebook.

Memorable brownies.

Huckdoll said...

Mmmmm...that looks delish...not something I want to be seeing when I'm starving at 12:15 at night. I might just go find some chocolate something right now.

You know, the first person that comes to mind when I think of Janet is Janet from Three's Company! I've never known of another Janet till you :)

PS. I am a Jennifer, heh :)

ChrisB said...

I love the story of how you named your blog.
How could you post such 'wicked' food when I've just made coffee and I'm trying so hard not to open the biscuit (cookie) tin!

Mariposa said...

Now I know...why the name! ;)

And gosh, I want a bite of that brownies!

Burfica said...

still looks good enough to eat. hehehehehehe

Maria said...

Damnitt. I'm mass produced chocolate free and you hit me with some ghiradelli brownies...

nikki said...

Brownie taste so damn good that they don't have to be pretty. Yummm brownies.......[insert Homer Simpson voice here]

Jenni said...

Mmmm...brownies!

I've never seen that movie or heard the song, but the clip was hilarious. And being able to find your name on stationary and pencils easily is not that exciting. Really. Take it from one of the gazillion Jennifers. Our planet is much more crowded.

Kaytabug said...

Yum yum YUM, you gotta tell me how much Kahlua and coffee you put in, please?!

I can understand the excitement at finding something with you name on it, I had to go to Germany to see that. I have a cousin named Janet, I also associate the Rocky Horror Picture Show...Damn it Janet!

Junebug said...

Mmmm...brownies with caramel cut through. Your blog name is very fitting. I like it.

Around The Funny Farm said...

I love the story of how you got your blog's name.

Mail me some brownies! ;-)

Beth

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I love it. And, I must disagree with the one of million Jennifers. Your name on stuff is huge. Enough that I spent about $100 a month getting it put on my son's clothing.

Lil Mouse said...

yum yum. i am not big on brownies, but my husband loves them i make a from scratch recipe that ends up being 'double chocolate' .. he was coveting that ghiradelli?sp mix the other day, but i didnt get any, about the only way i would eat them is if they did have caramel or pnut btr in them.. yum yum.. therefore, i DONT make them that way! then i dont eat them! yours look great though!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh I love how your blog got its name. It's such a cool name too.
And the Brownies? Wow. I want chocolate now.

Heather said...

Oh my gosh, those brownies look amazing! I have some Kraft caramels leftover from some other recipe, I may have to make brownies this afternoon!

By the way, I love you blog name!

Heather rhymes mainly with feather and weather - not sure either would make good blog names!

Heather said...

I went to junior high with a Janet. Only one I can think of!

Mandy said...

WOW those photos made me soooooo hungry!! What a cool idea for a recipe!!!

DIXIECHICK said...

Great recipe...wished I could make it..I am a chocolate freak, and you have officially broken my will on my Nutri system diet....that picture is the death of me...thanks Janet!

Simply Jenn said...

Hey what's wrong with Jennifer? Sheesh. I still answer anyone who calls out Jenn or Jennifer anywhere- I think I would rather have been Janet.

Joy T. said...

Well you could be her...if not better :o) That cake looks so good. Of course I'm a huge sucker for Kahlua so that might have something to do with it! And your name? I really thought you were into astrology or something like that. This is so interesting to find out how the names came about. And so far? I'm WAY off with how I thought the names came to be.

Sauntering Soul said...

I have an Aunt Janet!

I didn't have a super hard time finding pre-printed stuff with my name on it, but the nicknames were not fun to endure - Beverly Hills and Beverly Hillbillies.

Carrie Sue said...

Did you get the notepad? That's a great story! OH.MY.GOSH.those brownies look like heaven!

Hootin' Anni said...

...and all this time you've kept it a secret from us!!! A notepad. Cool.

Amanda said...

You have a really cool blog name and it must have been REALLY cool to have that notepad.

Mariposa said...

Hi there...yes, you may host FM next week!

Michelle said...

Love your blog name. So cute and creative!!

As far as the brownies go, they look delish!! I love anything with chocolate and caramel!!!

dawn224 said...

looks good to me! I think it totally counts!

Sandy said...

My name was never preprinted on anything either so I can totally understand your remembering that notepad!

The Ghirardelli brownie mixes are, without a doubt, the best I have ever used. Your recipe looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!

Celeste said...

Secret ingredients make the brownie! Looks yummy.

Pamela said...

you sinner! hee hee. That stuff is just bringing out chocolate caramel lust in me.

I like the story. Somehow it fits your orbiting schedule just perfectly.

swampy said...

I have a "favorite dish" you can come over and bake those brownies in. I'll provide all the ingredients.
Now, what planet did you say you were one?
HEY! I'm in for next week's Fun Monday. Please sign me up.

mama speak said...

OMG!!! SO MEAN!!! It's almost 12:30 AM, where am I going to get brownies at this hour????

Damn, I think those thin mints are doomed!

Sayre said...

Great. Just great. Now I need a paper towel to wipe the drool off my keyboard.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

I want a brownie....YUM

my4kids said...

I like you blog name and your template goes perfectly with it.

Ooh brownies...I haven't met a brownie I didn't like yet and those look too good!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

That is not nice to post pictures of food that I want to run out and cook right.this.second without telling me approximate quantities. You don't have to get all techncial, just approximate quantities of the extra-special magical ingredients that I MUST HAVE.

Please?

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Oh, and have you ever noticed how many Jen's, Jenn's, and Jennifer's comment over at my place? It's like a Jen convention some days. Either that, or it's all the same person getting a little stalkerish.

Happy Campers said...

Can I puhleeeze have some of those brownies??? YUMMO!

lisa marie said...

I'm allergic to the kitchen too. :) I never knew your name came from a notepad. :) I need my own planet. :)

Irish Coffeehouse said...

I really thought I had previously commented on your blog. I guess not?

I think your blog name is fantastic! It somewhat reminds me of my own childhood days with the Garbage Pail Kids. I believe there was a "planet" reference in that too.

Those brownies look divine! Thanks for sharing your steps and recipe!

texasholly said...

OMG. That looks totally amazing. I CAN bake (because it involves carbs. I am all about the carb loading).

Yummmmmmmmm.

Thanks for linking today!

 
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