Sunday, April 28, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #166


                                                                     HELEN WARD

THANK YOU, Tales...


(or why he can't chew and give a speech!)


3/4 cups chunky peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose baking mix (you know, Bisquick)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 ounces best dark chocolate morsels in the world *


Stir together peanut butter, eggs and vanilla in large bowl.
Stir in brown sugar until mixed.  Add baking mix and 3/4 cup dark chocolate morsels, stirring until just moistened.  Spread mix in a lightly greased 15x10 jelly-roll pan.
Bake at 325 deg. for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 1/4 cups chocolate morsels.  Let stand until chocolate melts.  Spread melted chocolate evenly.  Cut into triangles, squares, etc.

* THE 10 BEST CHOCOLATIERS IN THE WORLD, from "The Ten Best of Everything", by N and A. Lande

1. Tauscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2.  Vosges Haut (Chicago, Ill.)
3.  Scharffen Berger Chocolate maker (Berkeley, Cal.)
4.  Jacques Torres Chocolate (New York, NY.)
5.  Norman Love Confections (Ft. Myers, Fla.)
6.  Valrhona (France)
7.  Godiva (Brussels, Belgium)
8.  Richard Donnelly Fine Chocolates (Santa Cruz, Cal.)
9.  Rickart (Paris, Fr.)
10. Puccini Bomboni (Amsterdam, Netherlands) fav...just saying the name makes me feel good!!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #165

                         MONHEGAN'S SCHOOLTEACHER/ 2004/ Jamie Wyeth

THANK YOU, Tess, at Magpie Tales...


I held close a towel,
tousled my hair,
let traces of love
drift like sap
down the drain.

You whispered
a bit of a Sonnet
that came to mind,
"Thou art now
the world's fresh ornament"...

Your fingers strummed my spine,
setting a place on my back.

I'll just pretend
I slept the night through,
not let a trickle of sweat
shine my brow,
as I teach the morning's lesson.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #164

                                                  SPRING/ 1935/ Kuzma Petrov-Vodin

THANK YOU, Tess...for Magpie Tales....


Face your misgivings, Jack,
forget harebrained notions
like fetching water to the valley.
And if you're still pining
for what's her name,
She didn't even send you
a get well card.

Here we are, bucket free,
time to get close to the edge again.
I'm not a metaphor you know,
though I look like a cherry tart.

So straighten your crown,
I've better plans than she did.
There's more than one way
to take a tumble, you know.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #163

                                           WOMAN WITH a TOWEL/ 1898/ Edgar Degas

THANK YOU, Tess...for Magpie Tales...


You set your sights on me
at La Classe de Danse.
An age ago,
in my partner's grasp,
his hand to my waist,
we finished with a flourish.

The fan in my hand flirted,
resting from an Arabesque.

Your hidden eye
counted the stitches
as I sewed silk ribbons,
like poured cream,
onto my slippers.

Today the daylight
bathes my shoulder.
Allow me a moment
to warm within my reverie.
My hair still red,
falls across my face,
my flesh casts shadows
in its podgy folds.
My foot in secret,
sets en pointe.

There I stand,
feet together at heels,
first position,
before the Promenade.

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