Friday, August 23, 2013

August Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado

When you’re done, click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado
Just a Little Nutty
Follow me home . . .
Stacy Sews and Schools
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Menopausal Mother
Moore Organized Mayhem
The Insomniac's Dream
The Momisodes
Spatulas on Parade
Dates 2 Diapers
Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others
The Rowdy Baker
Trashy Blog 
Barbara & 1923 

Welcome to Fly on the Wall, the new car edition. Anyone who follows me on FB knows that I got a new car last moth. I had a car. I loved it but it was taken away from me. You can read about it here: Make an  Appointment.

I stuck it out as long as I could, but clearly my car was not going to be returned to its rightful owner. So I finally told my husband to go out and get me a car. And he did.


Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado


Me: Tell me it’s not red.
Husband: It’s red. And I’m not painting it.
Me: We already have 2 red cars, now we have 3 red cars. The neighbors are gonna think we’re nuts.
Son: Um, Mom, that ship has sailed.


Fly on the Wall - three red cars - bakinginatornado.com
Who likes red?

We go to pick up the new car and bring it home and, because I’m smart and I think ahead, I bring the spare remote control garage opener so I can get in when I get home. I drive home, pull into the driveway and, all proud of myself for thinking of it, grab the remote out of my purse. Nothing. I can’t get in. Yes, I brought the remote. Did I check the battery first? Nope.

Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado

The way to set the radio stations in every new car is a little different. But I spent the time and got them all set. About a week later when I finally managed to get the car again, I’m driving and I turn on the radio. First station is not set where I had it, obviously the boys changed it. OK, on to the second and not mine. Third, fourth, fifth even sixth, not mine. They couldn’t leave me ONE stinkin’ station of my own?

Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado

The car has buttons programmable to our garage doors. I sent my husband out to the garage to program the button at least for the double side of the garage. Whatever he did didn’t work. Son came home from work and the remote in his car suddenly wouldn’t open the garage door. He got out of the car and went to the keypad on the outside of the garage. That didn’t work either. I went and tried the button for that garage door in the third car and that no longer works either. So now we have 3 cars and NO ONE can get in the garage. Perfect.

Easy Cheesy Potatoes - bakinginatornado.com
Easy Cheesy Potatoes


I’m excited that I can once again run out to the store if I run out of an ingredient without checking anyone else’s schedule. So the first morning after we bring the new car home, I go out to the garage to find that my younger son has taken my new car to work. OK, I’d like to get a chance to drive it, but no big deal, I’ll take my old car.

Second day I go out to the garage to find that my younger son has taken the new car again. And my other son has taken my old car.

I go in the house, call my husband at work and say “I need a car”. I hear his phone clunk as it falls and him yelling in the background “what happened to the one I just bought you?”

Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado

We had to clean out the garage to get all three cars in. My husband filled the new car (it’s an SUV) as full as he could and took a trip to the dump. He had told my younger son to take the other car to work. My son comes home and the new car is pretty dusty from the trip to the dump (which is on an unpaved road). He walks into the house, indignant:
Son: “who made such of mess of that car?”
Me: “are you all aware that it’s MYYYY car?”

Fly on the Wall - Baking In A Tornado

My neighbor saw me standing in the driveway holding keys and looking bewildered. He came over to see what was wrong. I told him I had lost a game of musical chairs, AGAIN. He looked at me like I was nuts (so my son was right). But the situation is this; when the music stops, I’m always the one standing there without a (car) seat.

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Easy Cheesy Potatoes
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
6 medium sized new potatoes
1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
3 pats butter
½ cup half and half, divided
Salt
Pepper
paprika
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use one pat of butter to grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
*Slice all potatoes into ¼ inch slices. Put half of them into the casserole dish. Cover with half of the shredded cheddar, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
*Break one pat of butter into pieces and scatter chunks over the cheese. Pour in ¼ cup of the half and half.
*Repeat all layers. Sprinkle top with paprika. Cover tightly. If your casserole dish doesn’t have a cover, use heavy foil.
*Bake for one hour. Uncover very carefully as steam will be extremely hot.

42 comments:

  1. MMM. Cheesy Potates, my favorite. Maybe you should park your new car in the backyard? I'm sure it would be a hit with the neighborhood association... When I saw that pic of the clean garage, I was like What the... I din't think people actually lived like that, you know, having a usable garage, but maybe that is just me. Thanks for hosting again.

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    1. LOL, all the crap from the garage went into the back of the new car and out to the dump. Now we get a garage crap do-over.

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  2. Oh, Karen...it's time to confiscate the keys and award them to the guys when they earn them somehow! DANCE, MONKEY, DANCE!!! You have the power :)
    And those potatoes look amazing. We have a bumper crop this year and I was just wondering what to make with some of the red potatoes. Perfect!

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    1. The potatoes are so simple I almost didn't post them. But I was in the mood for comfort food and these fit the bill so I decided to share.

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  3. I'm for sure trying that potato recipe. Those look AMAZING.

    Either you need another new car or we need to work on getting the younger son his own set of wheels. Either way, let's hope you can find another red car!

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    1. LOL, no more red cars. And no more garage space either, I might add!

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  4. YILES!!!!! I think I would start hiding all the keys! ;)My goodness!!!
    My stomach is rumbling and my mouth is watering! Those potatoes look amazing!



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    1. Well, we dropped one kid off at college so now we have 3 people and 3 cars. That should give me at least a fighting chance at one!

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  5. Gah! This would drive me CRAZY if my kids did this to me. But we own all old, crappy cars---it's a fight over who is forced to drive the crappiest one if all. I am dying over here though seeing that you have THREE red cars! Must be your husband's favorite color???

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    1. It was honestly a coincidence. Each time we found a car we wanted they happened to be red. But it does seem ridiculous when you look at them all like that.

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  6. Somehow I feel this will be me and my boys someday. Complete with the garage that won't open (because we break shit).

    I love the last comment, "But the situation is this; when the music stops, I’m always the one standing there without a (car) seat."

    I love that they're all red.

    -The Insomniacs Dream

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    1. Yeah, house full of men and still no one "handy" in sight!

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  7. OMG...I can't...this is just too funny and sad. Again...visions of what my future holds, LOL. I just can't stop laughing with tears.

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    1. Yeah you're laughing 'cause no one's leaving you without a car . . . yet . . .

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  8. Last red car I had was a convertible in high school. It's gone down hill since. One day I'll have another red car. ;)

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    1. I hope you do. And I hope one of your kids lets you drive it now and then . . .

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  9. Oh no, my boys would have not made it past the first month with a license if they were to just take my car and leave me stranded over and over. No way. Someone would have a sore behind.
    Love that they are all red. it was my dads favorite color. Every car or truck that my parents owned and still own was red, but 3 and they owned A LOT because he owned a garage.
    Love the potatoes!

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    1. No one here has a sore behind. They can all drive away faster than I can catch them. Of course I don't have a sore behind either cause I end up walking everywhere. . .

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  10. 3 red cars Karen, 3 red cars. I wonder what your neighbours think. Reminds me of my parents and I when I was little, I used to hog the deodorants so they just never bother asking who took them they'd instead go and buy new ones.....which I would exchange for one of the old ones I hogged, lol. Your boys and I are sure kindred spirits.

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    1. Ha ha, that sounds EXACTLY like something my kids would do. You'd fit right in around here.

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  11. Okay, Girl. First of all the three red cars are exactly the same shade of red. You need to put a pink fuzzy steering wheel cover on it, or hang some some girly crystals from the mirror. They won't want to be seen in a girly car. Second, exchange it for a stick :) Third, you are the nicest mother anywhere. You know that if someone took my car without my permission I'd slash their tires. Where ever they were, because,yes, I would hunt them down. But that's just me. Last, I need a picture of YOU smiling from that new car. Shall I send you some circus peanuts for the glove compartment? You can never have enough, you know <3 <3 <3

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    1. Oh, I SO should have thought of that stick thing. Like 3 cars ago. And yes, I'll need to have to add Circus Peanuts. They'll make me think of you and smile.

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  12. I think it's cool that you coordinate your cars so well. It's kind of like matching your bra to your underwear, except different. ;-) Your husband's "That ship has sailed" comment made me guffaw, that's because we have had a very similar conversation about what the neighbors think of stuff about 3 million times at our house.

    A couple of years ago my husband got me a stereo for Valentine's Day. I wanted one I could plug my ipod into and that had bluetooth. I still haven't figured it out. In a strange and rather indirect way I can relate to what you posted. :-D

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    1. LOL, maybe I should match my bra and underwear to my cars?

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  13. I have two words for you, girlyfriend... get Lojack! :)
    Oh, while I'm at it, I think you deserve a beautiful car of your OWN choosing. Perhaps a sunshine yellow minivan will keep the kids out of the driver's seat!

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    1. Well, they wouldn't get in it. But then I wouldn't either, LOL.

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  14. You poor thing. I guess I'm lucky that I have my own car, and anyone who wants to borrow it needs to get on their knees and beg before I hand over the keys (OK that's a lie, I just hand out spare keys to everyone as they get their license.) so I never get left stranded anywhere without a car. (unless I lock my keys in the stupid machine. Or forget to turn the lights off and kill the battery.)

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    1. We'll see how it goes with this new car, at least I've increased my odds so that's good.

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  15. I love that they're all red--that picture is perfect! And then "What happened to the one I just bought you?" Too funny! Thanks for having me along for the Fly on the Wall this month, Karen. I had so much fun and have met so many bloggers. I'll need to start saving up quotes for the next one!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'll be storing up little tidbits for next month too.

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  16. I have to laugh (in a good way) at all the Red... Up until recently, everything we owned was black. My most recent is blue pearl, and just last night, we bought a new car for my wife and she selected Liquid Silver. So, we have gone off the charts from our 'norm.'

    My favorite line: "Um, Mom, that ship has sailed." Absolutely brought a smile.

    The potatoes look amazing!!! Enjoyed. Have a great day, Slu

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    1. I'm really hoping that the next time we get a car we'll go off the charts from our norm too. Cause all the same color is really feeling a bit ridiculous.

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  17. Those potatoes look delicious! I love cheesy potatoes!
    And three red cars?? Yep .. you are all nuts for sure. LOL

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    1. Nuts? Me? Could that be why I got that Squirrely Award?

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  18. You need to get that car alarmed mate, so as soon as anyone touches that wheel a loud voice begins to shout 'GET AWAY FROM MY CAR PLEASE', and as long as the voice is activated the car won't start. Now that will mean you'll have a car whenever you want it, ha ha ha.
    And those cheesy potatoes look very tasty.

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    1. If my kids listened to the "get away from my car please" the way they listen to everything else I say it would do no good. Now disabling the car's ability to start while the voice is activated, that could work. My husband may object if he tried to take my car but I can live with that!

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  19. Maybe you should invest in a Schwinn? But preferably not red ;)

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  20. We used to also play musical cars with me, my sister, and parents. I used to hate when the radio stations were changed on me! Or when one of them borrowed my car and returned it with little gas or it was a mess. Three red cars? That is crazy!

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    1. I hate that whole radio station thing. I mean really, the few times I actually get a car can I PLEASE just listen to music without having to search for stations?

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  21. I understand the car thing. Hubby has his & our daughter has mine. She does have college & work & I don't work, but still, it's a pain.
    Those potatoes, mmmmm, so simple, yet so comforting ;)

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    1. Yeah, I lived like that for a while until we found me a car but it was really difficult. Wouldn't want to do it again.

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