Friday, March 18, 2016

Fly on the Wall: One if By Land

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 11 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. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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I often make fun of laugh at tease Hubs in these posts, but this past month when it came to not thinking straight . . . it was all me.

The Purdue basketball team has had a great year. PurDude didn't get to all the home games, but he got to quite a few. One night we knew he had tickets and we'd be watching on TV.

I hadn't turned it on yet and Hubs came up from the man-cave to tell me to turn on ESPN, they were showing students entering Mackey Arena.

Me: Oh, it's a home game?
Hubs: No, your son went to class, ate dinner and then drove to Michigan in the last half hour.


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Same night, minutes later, Hubs goes into the kitchen, comes back out, and looks at what I'm watching.

Hubs: I thought for sure you'd have the game on, searching the crowd for a glimpse of your son.
Me: I just switched to CNN but look, it's not on yet.
Hubs: Well, why don't you try ESPN instead of CNN, you may have better luck.

Duh! Seriously, either Hubs is contagious or I need to get more sleep.

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I always watch the Purdue games on TV and when it's a home game I'm always complaining because those damn camera men focus on the players when they should be very slowly panning the crowd. Screw the game, I want to see my kid.

One night the Purdue team was in our state playing a game here. I'm watching the game on tv, more interested in the game since I know my kid is 500 miles away. Part way through the game I hear that I have a text:

PurDude: I'm watching for you.
Me: Huh?
PurDude: You're at the game, right? I'm looking for you.
Me: Let me know if you find me.

That should keep him busy and out of trouble!

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We were expecting snow and needed to run an errand. Neither one of us wanted to go out. Hubs asked if I wanted to do best of five rock/paper/scissors for it. Of course I did.

Played once and he won. Again and we tied. Third time I won, next round we tied. Final round and Hubs won.

Me: OK, go do the errand.

Hubs: But scissors cut paper. 
Me: But food beats starving. 

Food for the win!

Jelly Bean Cake Rounds, Cake and jelly mixed, stuffed with a surprise jelly bean and coated with candy melts. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #Easter #dessert

Jelly Bean Cake Rounds
Jelly Bean Cake Rounds, Cake and jelly mixed, stuffed with a surprise jelly bean and coated with candy melts. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #Easter #dessert

Jelly Bean Cake Rounds, Cake and jelly mixed, stuffed with a surprise jelly bean and coated with candy melts. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #Easter #dessert

PurDude came home for Spring Break last weekend. I was worried I wasn't going to see him because there was a possibility he'd be going somewhere with friends, but they didn't make any plans in time so I flew him home.

You know how excited I get when I know I'm going to see him. This was the conversation the morning he was flying in:

Me: PurDude is coming! PurDude is coming!
College Boy: You know Mom, just in case you forgot to tell someone, maybe you should head up to the window.
Me: Window?
College Boy: You know, to spread the word like they did back in your day. One if by land, two if by sea.

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Finally the day arrived and PurDude did come home. He went into the laundry room, put his shoes in his locker, walked out into the kitchen and proved that his mama doesn't choose his clothes any more. Or do his laundry . . .

Fly on the Wall blog post | College Boys don't care if their socks match | | #humor #funny

Second verse (day 2), same as the first:

Fly on the Wall blog post | College Boys don't care if their socks match | | #humor #funny

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A Fly on the Wall would have seen me do the impossible this week. I shut down, and by "shut down" I mean completely silenced the conversation in the kitchen.

Hubs and the boys were getting a snack and chatting. I was in the den off the kitchen. You know how sometimes you say things out loud that you just kinda don't realize you've said out loud until you stop traffic, so to speak?

So I'm reading through my FB feed and apparently said out loud: "What is it with older women feeling the need to discuss every detail about their vagina? That information should be "need to know" and honey, I want to be kept completely in the dark."

And it all stopped. Hands with food stopped in mid air from the counter to mouths. Conversation ended. Dead silence.

OK, so maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud. On a side note I've finally found out that stopping time is apparently my superpower.

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I had made my Homemade Hot Fudge and had saved some in the fridge. Hubs was out of town, College Boy and I were home alone so it seemed the perfect time for sundaes. I took the pot out of the fridge and stuck it on the stove to come to room temp while we had dinner.

After dinner I was on my laptop for a while and went into the kitchen to start dessert.

Me: Hey, what the hell, you stuck your finger in the fudge.
College Boy: No I didn't.
Me: You certainly did, I'm not stupid.
College Boy (laughing): Really, I didn't. Why are you blaming me?
Me: Well, you're the only one here.
College Boy: I didn't do it. Where's your proof?
Me: I'm sending this Homemade Hot Fudge to the police for finger print analysis.
College Boy: There won't be any left, I plan to eat the proof.

Fly on the Wall, a peek into life in the home of a blogger. Fingerprint in the Homemade Hot Fudge | | #humor

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Me (looking into pantry): What the HELL happened in this pantry. It looks like a tornado hit in here. Someone better clean up this mess.

I'm sitting on the couch and from the kitchen I hear wrappers and crunching. I make the mistake of looking and piled on the counter are cookie containers, chip bags, candy wrappers . . .

Me: What are you doing? 
College Boy: I'm eating. 
Me: Why are you eating all those cookies? And fortune cookies? And chips? And candy? Hey, I bake with that candy . . . 
College Boy: I'm cleaning out the pantry. Why did you ask me to clean it out if you're just going to get mad at me?

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Me: That is quite a sweet tooth you've got.

College Boy leaves the room, comes back and hands me a mirror.

Me: What's this for?
College Boy: So you can see where I got my sweet tooth from.
Me (handing back the mirror): Smart Ass.

College Boy doesn't take the mirror, just stands there.

Me: Why won't you take this back?
College Boy: You may need it. In case you're wondering where I got the "Smart Ass" from . . .
Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

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Jelly Bean Cake Rounds
Printable Recipe
1 box white cake mix and ingredients mentioned on the box
3/4 cup seedless jelly, berry flavor of your choice
about 35 fruit flavored jelly beans
1 package (12 oz) candy melts, color of your choice
1 cup multicolored nonpariels

*Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Preheat the oven according to the directions on the box.
*Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the fridge.
*Mix the cake according to instructions on the box and bake. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1/2 hour.
*Place the jelly into a bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth.
*Break the cake up into a large bowl, add about 1/2 of the jelly and mash together (I just use my hands). If the cake is the correct consistency to hold together when you form it into 1 inch balls, don't add any more jelly. If not, add more of the jelly until the cake balls hold their shape.
*Form the cake mixture into rounds, working a jelly bean into the center of each ball. Make sure the jelly bean is completely encased. Place the cake rounds onto the baking sheet in the fridge. Cool for one hour.
*Melt 3/4 of the package of candy melts until smooth (I use a microwave safe tea cup). One by one, drop each cake ball into the coating until completely covered. Remove from coating by placing a fork under the round and, holding over the mug, allow the excess to drip off. Place back onto the baking sheet, sprinkle with nonpareils and repeat with all of the cake rounds. Melt more of the coating as needed. Allow rounds to set completely.


  1. What's with grown kids and mismatched socks? Do they suddenly go colored-blind when they leave home? You must share your hot fudge recipe. You are sounding better this month.....

    1. Click on that "Homemade Hot Fudge" link and you'll find the recipe. It is SO good.

    2. IDK, I can see it. Anyway, it's here:

  2. Ha ha - love the comments about Purdue! I'd want to see my kids too. Someday I'm sure I'll be just like you. I typically root for Big Ten teams, though Wisconsin is always my #1! Enjoy March Madness!

    1. Boo. Purdue is already out. March Madness is over for me!

  3. LOL your boys are full of it, mischief, smart assery and quick come backs.
    Now for the fudge..candy rounds, whatever you call it. Send me some

  4. I love the banter between you and your boys. "College Boy" was totally right about that sweet tooth thing......

    1. Yeah, and he was right about the smart-ass thing too!


    1. Laughing with not at, right? Wait, don't answer that.

  6. No flies on those . . . flies. Erm . . .

  7. Food beats starving! Excellent! ;-)
    Also "life is too short to match socks" ;-)
    College boy seems to have inherited not only the sweet tooth but also the quick-wittedness from his proud Mama!

    1. Yeah, and life is too short to worry about your grown kids' socks.

  8. They crack me up, they got an answer for everything!!!! But snark is a great skill to have!!!!

  9. Did he borrow socks from a girl?! I think my daughter has some similar to those. lol Don't you hate it when kids try to prove they get something they so didn't (but obviously did) from us?

    1. Hmmm, now I'm wondering where he got those socks from. . . .

  10. PurDude sounds like a great kid! I like his sense of humor and his fashion sense! Also, "cake rounds" sounds much better than "cake balls." I can't call them that without laughing!

    1. Both of my boys have a great (sarcastic, wonder where that came from) sense of humor, I've gotta give them that!

  11. I'm so glad you got to spend some quality time with perdue, it seams like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

  12. I was, literally, laughing out loud....all by myself!! This is EPIC!! Sharing on Desserts Required's FB maƱana!


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