My Reflections On The 2016 A To Z Challenge: The Outtakes 

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, I finished the 2016 A To Z Challenge.  I know a few of you wondered about my ability to do this challenge, and I have to say bless your little pea-pickin’ hearts for being worried about me.

But you see, my gentle readers, this challenge did not, in the end, upset the apple cart for me.  I finished this challenge because I used my noodle to make sure that I didn’t end up in a pickle while doing it.

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Sure, some days the constraints of the challenge griped my grits;  but even though my writing process is slower than molasses, I did not allow that hard cheese to stop me from publishing each post.

I’ll admit that some of the things I wrote were about as sharp as a wet cornflake, which might have made me appear to be a few fries short of a happy meal.

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However, throughout the challenge, even though I didn’t consider it easy as pie, I remained cool as a cucumber and didn’t stumble ass over teakettle in the process.

While I’d never say that I was a huckleberry above a persimmon, I did finish the challenge, and came to the same conclusion that Snoopy, my spirit animal, observed years ago: “It’s amazing how many friends you have after your waffle iron gets fixed.”  

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THESE LAST 15 FOOD SAYINGS, THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE CHALLENGE CUT, ARE DEFINED IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Midwestern by chance. Kindhearted most days.

69 thoughts on “My Reflections On The 2016 A To Z Challenge: The Outtakes ”

  1. BUTTER MY BUTT AND CALL ME A BISCUIT = I’m amazed by what has happened

    BLESS YOUR LITTLE PEA-PICKIN’ HEART = a polite Southern rebuff

    UPSET THE APPLE CART = cause trouble

    USED MY NOODLE = thought it through

    IN A PICKLE = a predicament

    GRIPED MY GRITS = irritated me

    SLOWER THAN MOLASSES = painfully slow

    HARD CHEESE = bad luck

    ABOUT AS SHARP AS A WET CORNFLAKE = dull, obvious

    A FEW FRIES SHORT OF A HAPPY MEAL = dimwitted

    EASY AS PIE = simple to do

    COOL AS A CUCUMBER = calm

    ASS OVER TEAKETTLE = screw up things, put into disarray

    A HUCKLEBERRY ABOVE A PERSIMMON = to excel, be better than everyone else

    “IT’S AMAZING HOW MANY FRIENDS YOU HAVE AFTER YOUR WAFFLE IRON GETS FIXED.” = success attracts people to you

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  2. All of these food expressions are making me so hungry I could eat a horse. Well, I guess that doesn’t count as a food expression, though… unless you buy “beef” from the wrong place…

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    1. evilsquirrel13, good one! Not a fan of horse meat, but in some places they eat it, so I guess I could have used that saying… maybe…

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  3. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. “Griped my grits” is a cool expression. Will have to ask my husband about that, he is from the South, and honestly I have never heard him use that expression. One of his favorites is “Grinning like a Jackass eating briars” – we hear that a lot at our house or “Colder than a coalminers butt in Montana” – but of course neither of those things have anything to do with food – unless you like briars.

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      1. Oh – there are plenty more of them, they just go on and on. It would be a good topic. You are already planning for next year, I have barely recovered from this year.

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  4. Well kiss my grits! Once again, congratulations on finishing the challenge with style. I knew you could do it but I did wonder how you were going to handle some letters. You did not disappoint! It was a tremendous amount of fun reading your posts this month.

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    1. Zazzy, thank you. And I promise that with this post, I’m finished with this year’s challenge. It’s been good for me to do this, but enough already!

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  5. Nicely done! And congrats on being done, because that was…a lot. A lot a lot. But it was fun…I think. No really, it was fun.

    Can’t wait to see what else you write about! Though I was enjoying my phrase education.

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    1. I.L. Wolf, thank you. I’ll be happy to move onto something new to write about. This food thing has been fun, but ready to get back to my usual… whatever that might be.

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  6. Great adds! Loved reading your posts through the challenge. Congrats on making it through. It was my first attempt so I’m pretty sure I’ll do it again. I think my favorites of the above are Sharp as a wet cornflake and a few fries short of a happy meal. Thanks again!

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    1. Janet, thanks for stopping by to comment during the challenge. I’ve never done this before, either. I liked those two sayings you mentioned, but “holy crap on a cracker” and “another Froot Loop to add to the bowl” beat them out. The competition was fierce!

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  7. Congrats, Ally. I am officially impressed. That couldn’t have been an easy task! I always smiled when I saw the title of your daily posts. Great job!

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    1. Carrie, I like your saying. Dare I mention that it’s peachy-keen. Thanks for following along and commenting on my first [and possibly only] A To Z Challenge.

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  8. The downside is I no longer know where to go when I feel the need to not only learn something but also feel compelled to torture myself due to once again forgetting to pack a lunch.

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    1. Allie P, made me laugh on that one. While I appreciate your attention during this challenge, I feel the need to apologize for making you hungry during it. Mea culpa.

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  9. How funny that I’ve heard all these sayings and then some. I think it’s a right of passage for anyone south of the Mississippi (or living right by it) to learn and perfect them. I really like ‘Butter my butt and call me a biscuit.’
    If your spirit animal is snoopy mine must be Garfield.
    Til’ next year! (In which I’ll be doing it with you!)

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    1. bitsfromheaven, I like the biscuit one, too. I feel like I need to add it to all everyday conversations, just to keep things lively. So you’re going to do this next year, eh? Looking forward to it.

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  10. Sugar 😦 I don’t have a food-ism to add to the comments.
    … but I did have a good time. “Butter my butt and call me a biscuit” is another new one and I think my favourite so far 😀

    Brilliant recap of the Challenge and congrats on a successful completion!!

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    1. joanne, thanks for your support and comments during this challenge. You, sugar, are the best! I love the biscuit saying, too. Now how do I go about using it in daily life? That is the question.

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  11. A HUCKLEBERRY ABOVE A PERSIMMON…That’s a great one! Haha. Congrats on completing the challenge. That’s a great accomplishment. I’ve never even attempted it!

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    1. Amy Reese, this is the first time I’ve done the A To Z Challenge, and it was a challenge. I adore that huckleberry/persimmon saying, too. I don’t really understand it, but I like it. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    1. Margaret, thank you. It’s fun to do something different here every once in a while. After all these years, I need things like this to get my blogging mojo back.

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  12. Well, I’m smiling Ally Bean thank you, like a scone that’s almost gone, with thick buttery cream and blueberry jam. This is trés clever and well done to you for completing the challenge! First time round? Like a pro 🙂

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    1. Lissa Johnston, glad you enjoyed my reflections post, presented in my free spirit fashion. I just had to use those last phrases.

      [I’ll admit that it never even occurred to me to make a list of all the wonderful bloggers who I met along the way while doing the A To Z Challenge. What does that say about me? I don’t want to know the answer. Was I supposed to do a list? Still don’t want to know the answer.]

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