Friday, October 20, 2017

The Sand and the Witch: Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 7 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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Sometimes I just wanted to be appreciated for who I am, not what I can do for others.

College Boy: What's for dinner?
Me: I'm not telling you.
College Boy: You won't tell me?
Me: Are you staying for dinner?
College Boy: That depends, what's for dinner?
Me: Exactly.
College Boy: Is that made with chicken?

Smart ass.

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Hubs knows how much I love sitting in the living room and looking out on the woods. The other day he came home and was surprised at what he saw.
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Hubs: Why do you have one of the windows blocked?
Me: There's a giant spider who had built his web on that window. I can't stand looking out and seeing it, gives me the creeps.
Hubs: You know that if you close the shade he's still there.
Me: No he's not.
Hubs: Yes he . . .
Me (interrupting): NO. HE'S. NOT.
Hubs: Of course not. But just in case, do you want me to go get him down?
Me: You can't reach.
Hubs: I can with a broom on a ladder.
Me: OK. But throw the broom in the woods, burn the ladder and don't ever come in my house again. No telling where he'd land and I'm not taking any chances.
Hubs: On second thought, you're right, he's not there any more.  

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College Boy: Are you watching another crime show?
Me: Yup. A woman was killed. The son found her and called the police. He did it.

College Boy: The show just started, you're pretty quick to make a judgement.
Me: He did it.
College Boy: Wow, if I see a crime I'm not calling it in, I don't want to be accused.
Me: Well if I'm the one who's dead it doesn't matter who calls it in, I've left notes all over the place saying you did it.
College Boy (laughing): You did? Really.
Me: Yes, you haven't found any?

That should keep him busy for a while. 

And me alive for a while.

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I was in the kitchen last Sunday evening prepping dinner when the doorbell rang. I answered the door to see a bicycle in my driveway and a boy standing at my door. Young, but not little, maybe 10 years old or so. He was holding a small rock, maybe 2 inches by one inch. Exactly the kind of river rock I have all around my house.

He holds up the rock and asks me if I'd like to buy "this paperweight slash rock." I thanked him and told him that I wasn't interested.

He got on his bike and rode away. I expected it would be just to my neighbor's house figuring he was trying us all.

But no, I watched him ride past my neighbor's house, and the next one and the next one. Watched him, in fact, till I couldn't see him any more.

I guess I'm the only one on this street who looks like I need a rock?

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It was lunch time when I was working at the kitchen counter when College Boy came in with a foot long sandwich, sat down at the table and started to eat. 

College Boy: Mom, do you want a piece of my sandwich?
Me: It's up to you, if you're really hungry, eat it. If not you can break me off just a bite.
College Boy (walking over with a corner of his lunch): Here you go, Mom, a piece of my sand. . .
Me: Sand?
College Boy: I brought the sand, you bring the witch.

And let me tell you, from the big smile on his face it was clear that he was very impressed with himself.

Brownie Brittle Monster Pops, fun Halloween treats made with caramel candies and brownie brittle | Recipe developed by | #Halloween #recipe

Brownie Brittle Monster Pops
Brownie Brittle Monster Pops, fun Halloween treats made with caramel candies and brownie brittle | Recipe developed by | #Halloween #recipe

I had thought I was alone in the house when I came down the stairs, but when I got to the kitchen, College Boy was there. He let out a scream, then started to laugh.

College Boy: Nice Halloween costume, Mom, you caught me off guard.
Me: This isn't a Halloween costume, it's a facial mask, it makes my skin beautiful.
College Boy: Ummm, Mom? You may want to get your money back.

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I come down later, after having removed the mask and College Boy is standing at the counter eating a sandwich.

Me: See, doesn't my skin look great?
College Boy doesn't answer, just stands there chewing his sandwich.
Me: No answer?
College Boy points to his mouth and exaggerates his chewing.

College Boy swallows and I ask again.
Me: See, doesn't my skin just glow?
College Boy quickly shoves another giant bite of sandwich into his mouth, then points to his mouth and exaggerates his chewing.
Me: Fine, I'll go ask your dad. He'll say "yes". If he knows what's good for him.
College Boy (quickly swallows and yells): Dad! Run! Hide!

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Still later that day I was sitting on the couch when College Boy was leaving the house. 

Me (holding up my fingers and wiggling my toes): Now look how beautiful I am, all of my nails are painted green.
College Boy (laughing): Well that changes everything.

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College Boy comes in another day and asks what's for dinner (he does that a lot, doesn't he?).

Me: We're having Shrimp Pot Pie.
College Boy: Oh, I like that.
Me: You know, you could cook dinner sometime.
College Boy (laughing): No, you're the woman.
Me: Did you really just say that?
College Boy: It's not me, Mom, it's genetic. You got the cooking gene.
Me: Then why do you complain about so many of my meals?
College Boy: It's not you, Mom, your gene is partly defective.

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I was talking through a Halloween recipe with my muse who, unfortunately, is College Boy.

Me: I want to make a ghost. I don't think I've done any ghost recipes before.
College Boy: OK, let me think about it.
Me: I have the body part worked out. I just need something white to cover it with. I don't want to just do fondant and I also don't want to just dunk the whole thing in white chocolate.
College Boy: A paper towel.
Me: A paper towel isn't edible.
College Boy: Neither is most of your cooking.
        {{ba um dum}}

In all fairness I do not blame College boy for this one at all. He set it up perfectly and I walked right into it. Well played, son, well played.

For more Baking In A Tornado, check out my piece on the Huffington Post: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Shmata by any Other Name.

Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

Menopausal Mother 
Searching for Sanity
Spatulas on Parade
Never Ever Give Up Hope 
Bookworm in the Kitchen 
The Blogging 911

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Brownie Brittle Monster Pops

Printable Recipe

NOTE: I used craft sticks in this recipe. You can easily make them without the sticks.

1 package (5 - 6 oz) Brownie Brittle Squares (you'll need 24 of them)
12 mini chocolate caramel cups candies
1/2 cup colored sugar 
8 oz colored candy melts (I used half light blue and half green) 
24 candy "eyes" (you can use mini nonpareils or mini M&Ms)
black or red edible writing gel

*Cover a small metal baking pan with tin foil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put a piece of parchment paper on your counter.
*Place 12 brownie brittle squares onto the baking pan. Place a mini chocolate caramel cup candy onto the center of each.
*Place the colored sugar in a small bowl. Place the candy melts on a plate and melt in the microwave for about 1 minute or until smooth when stirred.
*Using a knife, spread the flat side of a remaining brownie brittle square with the melted candy melts. Dip the top in the colored sugar and place onto parchment paper. Continue with the remaining brittle squares. 
*Dip the backs of the candy "eyes" into the melted candy melts and attach to each brittle on the parchment paper. Allow to set.
*Place the baking pan into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Gently move them to the parchment paper. Push a craft stick up into the melted chocolate caramel candy. Top each with one of the prepared monster faces. Press down very gently.
*Using the writing gel, draw a mouth on each of the monsters. Allow to set until the chocolate caramel candy has hardened.


  1. I love your fly on the wall posts!
    But they just make me want to spend more time with your family!

  2. So many funny conversations in your family this month! The spider thing---totally agree, but for me its cockroaches <>

    1. It's those creepy bugs that get you every time. Someone needs to put a bell on them so you can see them coming.

  3. I remember those type of dinner questions. Where's the spider now? I would have bought the rock just for the sheer ingenuity on the kid's part - maybe he thought you were special!

    1. No idea where the spider is, last we saw him he was on the lawn but he hasn't sent any postcards so we've lost track of him and his travels.

  4. Brownie brittle squares? Who knew? (and now I have to explain to my hubs, who is reading this over my shoulder, why I am reading a blog called "Baking in a Tornado". Alana

    1. Good luck explaining that one. Let me know how it goes.

  5. Your son has a great sense of humor! I choose to be ignorant of something called brownie bite because of my damn diet but really who doesn't love anything with brownies in the name? Super cute.

    1. Well, sometimes I can appreciate his sense of humor, other times not so much.

  6. See yours are hilarious, while mine are boring! Your son sounds just like mine. I'm hoping he comes home for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year.

    1. Yours was funny too, and I love those pics.
      My son will be home for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break, hope yours gets home too.

  7. I couldn't stop laughing. I would love to be a fly on the wall at your house on a regular basis!! <3

    1. You can! Stop by this blog on the third Friday of every month, I'll be letting you back in to my world.

  8. lol College Boy is just full of it! Stinkin' kid

    1. I think he thinks it's his responsibility to keep me on my toes.

  9. Oh my gosh! I have been sitting here laughing out loud. You have a defective gene? Do they not remember the countless meals they have devoured or eaten desserts BEFORE you were able to get pictures. Fed their friends, etc... boys!
    So, spiders are your weakness yet I just saw a spider cupcake on your page. LOL now that's funny.

    1. Yes, spiders are my weakness, but only the creepy crawly kind, not the yummy dessert kind.


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