Saturday Snippets…21st May 2022…Today’s one-word prompt “Surprise”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets this is one of my favourite posts of the week I learn much from my research and from your comments so please keep them coming…last week I learnt that the conker tree has candles how cool is that all these years and I didn’t know however my muse has been in fine fettle this last week she has stormed ahead and now my brain is in overdrive but it feels good as I have scheduled up until 9th July….I have never scheduled so far in front…but it actually feels good although it was hard work to get it up and running or time-consuming I should say…

Today’s word prompt is “Surprise”

Surprised I was as I didn’t know that “Surprise” is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona…of course, I had to ask the question…lol…Why Surprise?

The city is named after a quote by the original landowner. Flora said at one point that “she would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much” and yet today over 120,000 people call Surprise home…so there you go!

Surprise…an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing…which can be pleasant or unpleasant but we will dwell on the pleasantries today…almost from birth we are taught the art of surprise…who hasn’t played peep-bo with a baby that look of wonder on their faces and the laughter and giggles it elicits are priceless …Surprise as someone jumped out of a cake…Surprise as you receive an award or open a present…a bunch of flowers…an unexpected visit…one that I hope will happen very soon when I go to the UK…

Surprise Lillies...Lycoris squamigera, the resurrection lily or surprise lily, is a plant in the amaryllis family,  It is also sometimes referred to as naked ladies. It is believed to have originated in Japan or China.

Aptly described as the leaves die down and then the flower stalk appears…

Did you know?

Amethyst Bradley “Surprise” Ralani is a South African soccer player who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns FC in the Premier Soccer League.

Surprise, Surprise… was a British light entertainment television programme for ITV that originally ran from 6 May 1984 to 26 December 2001 with Cilla Black as the host. …it was regular Sunday evening viewing…my son used to run out of the room when he heard the theme tune it scared him so much…bless him we tease him sometimes even now…

Yes, I know I love Rock and Roll and acapella I also don’t mind listening to some classical music on occasion…

Secluded…pristine…undisturbed. Welcome to the remote high desert valleys of northeastern California- come discover Surprise Valley Hot Springs…Located on a geothermal active fault line, the water at Surprise Valley Hot Springs rises to the surface at temperatures nearing 200 degrees, cooling in pools and lakes. Artifacts found on the property have been dated back 15,000 years, proving that Native Americans made use of these waters long before the white settlers discovered them.

Both my mother and father used to ring the bells at our local church…Surprise methods are connected to the ringing of the bells…many churches ring a variation of Cambridge Surprise Minor…I always remember how pleased my mother was when she had achieved a quarter peel for the time…Bell ringing is an art its not just pulling o the rope it’s how you do it and the timing is very complex…

How glorious is the sound of the bells…

I have been “surprised”…no pun intended as to what I discovered with this word prompt… it’s been revealing…even in cookery lots of recipes include the word “surprise”…Chicken surprise, sausage surprise…sweet potato surprise..lots of chocolate surprises even Pecan Pie Surprise Bars…This recipe was the winner of the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest in 1971…have you made these bars? I am going to have a go at adapting these as I don’t buy cake mixes but they do look deliciously wicked..the nuts are healthy…but hey ho we have to throw caution to the winds and treat ourselves occasionally ..Don’t we?… These I think will be my guilty pleasure…You have the link to get the image but they look scrumptious…please tell me if you have made them?

Most home cooks recognize the Pillsbury Bake-Off as an American tradition — but did you know about its massive impact on the way we bake at home? Common kitchen staples like the Bundt pan and the sesame seed only became widely used and accepted in American homes because of winning Bake-Off dishes! …

 

 

26 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…21st May 2022…Today’s one-word prompt “Surprise”

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  2. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

    OH, Carol! We lived 12 miles from Surprise, AZ before we moved to Michigan! We were in the middle of the desert, and the heat was blazing! Surprise has grown in years as developers flooded in to build more homes. It was a decent town, but the heat killed me. Surprise lilies are beautiful. What a fun post this was. Thanks so much, I learned a few things, too. LOL! ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh wow… I’d never heard of either of them before until I was researching for this post… Thank you for your kind words, Colleen I am happy you thought it was a fun post… 😀 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Clive it was enough that I mentioned, Cilla.. I couldn’t in all honesty inflict her singing on anyone… I am happy you approved of the three I did include I hope you have a fabulous weekend, Clive😊 xx

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      1. Clive

        I never understood her popularity. That shrieky voice mangling the English language, and her dreadful singing. We’re a strange bunch, aren’t we. The tunes were great – and you don’t need my approval! You have a lovely weekend too – what’s left of it 😊 xx

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        We are indeed, Clive there is no acounting for some of our British taste…she had a good manager in her husband Bobby…yes there is not much left of my weekend now its been raining all day..tropical showers although I did hear that the rain has been coming down over there to…Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, Clive 🙂 x

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      3. Clive

        He was very supportive, and she really missed him. Sorry to hear about the rain, but hopefully tomorrow will be better. No rain here yet today, though the sun has had a job getting through the cloud. A typical English spring day, really 😊 x

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  3. Darlene

    I love surprises but not everyone does. My girlfriend made her husband a surprise birthday party. When he arrived home and saw a number of cars parked near their house, he just drove on and didn’t return home until everyone had left! Oh, dear. They are surprisingly still married.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh dear that was a bit drastic…I bet the air was frosty for a while…My hubby and my children well and truly surprised me for my 40th…they told me they had arranged a meal and would pick us up then one of my sons phoned and said mum so sorry but I have been called out so won’t be able to come then one of my daughters said she couldn’t get a baby sitter as her regular one had let her down…then another said mum can you walk over to us as we’re running late by that point as it was windy as well I was stomping over and walked in stilll moaning as the back gate was locked and we had to walk all around to the front of the house to be greeted by surprise for once I was lost for words because I just didn’t have an inkling …they got me fair and square the person who always could sus anything that was going on…it was a fabulous night…so yes I do like surprises….x

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      1. Darlene

        How special. It looks like they did a great job of pulling it together. I made a great surprise party for hubby for his 60th and he was delighted. In fact, he didn’t even catch on at first and was surprised at how many people kept showing up. I loved the look on his face when he realized it was a party for him! I’ll have to come up with an idea for his 70th next year.

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  5. beetleypete

    I used to detest that Cilla Black show, especially her nasally rendition of the theme tune. Luckily, I didn’t have to watch it! It ran for so many series, there didn’t seem to be a time when it wasn’t on. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know my son would run out of room he hated it. He was only little but for some reason he couldn’t stand her singing or the intro he would be gone… Yes she was very popular for a number of years one way or another with Blind Date, Cilla, The moment of Truth she dominated the TV screens… x

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  6. petespringerauthor

    I’m a big fan of Daughtry. I’ve yet to make it to one of his concerts, but I’ll get there someday. By the way, It must be a different TVshow from the one you are referencing called Surprise Surprise, but this is one of my favorite videos involving Pharell Williams on a show called Surprise Surprise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gx6sNYUJRQ

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I hope you get to see Doughty I really like him, Pete …It definitely is a similar context to the one Cilla Black hosted she was a British Institution loved by the nation… Holly Willoughby came after Cilla when they revived the show she is good and I suppose it had to be updated and evolve…I never really watched it with Holly hosting it… the clip with Pharell Williams was great I do like him, thank you for sharing it with me, Pete…I hope you have a great weekend, 🙂 x

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