Friday, March 18, 2022

Good Gravy and Ghost Pepper Chips: Fly on the Wall


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 Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 3 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.

My name is Karen and I'm a Fresca addict.
Hubs (coming up from the man cave): Today's your lucky day.
Me: Sorry, I've got a headache.

Hubs looks at me, rolls his eyes, shakes his head and goes back downstairs.

I guess he can't take a joke. But then I think I lost out, 'cause I really want to know how it's my lucky day, so I go down to the man cave.

Me: So how is it my lucky day?

We played that "now I'm not telling you" game for a while (don't roll your eyes, you know you do it too), and finally he gives in.

Hubs: I just read that they're coming out with alcoholic fresca.
Me (with my eyes lighting up): Really?
Hubs: Yes. Now you're going to have to be careful when you reach for a fresca.
Me: Not hardly.

That, after all, is the the epitome of a win/win.

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Hubs asked me to help him with something online (which he does fairly often) one morning while I was pouring my coffee.

Hubs: When you get a minute, can you help me with this order I'm trying to place?
Me: Do you need me right now?
Hubs: No, I'm running out to put gas in my car, how about around lunchtime?
Me: I'll see if I'm done by then.
Hubs: That's in 5 hours, what are you doing, baking?
Me: No.
Hubs: Laundry?
Me: No.
Hubs: Are you writing a blog post?
Me: No.
Hubs: What are you doing that takes half the day?
Me: Well, I've got Wordle, Wordle2, Quordle, my Curdle, Heardle, Nerdle, the second Wordle2 . . . maybe Jewdle, and Lewdle
Hubs: Ha, ha, see you at lunch.

I guess he thinks I'm kidding.

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I had made my Potato Crusted Meatloaf. I have to admit that I'm not a meatloaf lover, but this one I do like. Obviously a lot of other people do to, the post has 25,000 page views.

But since I don't love it, I make it for Hubs. I go to all the trouble of mixing up the meatloaf, cooking it, making the mashed potato topping, applying to the hot meatloaf and continuing to cook while I make a mixed vegetable to go with it. The whole process takes a couple of hours. I serve a beef gravy over the meatloaf, but it's the only thing I don't make myself, I buy a name brand gravy.

I call Hubs for dinner and after 2 hours of cooking, I'm excited to see him enjoy the dinner I made him. He looks at the meatloaf and I can see he's happy with dinner. He sits down and starts to eat.

Hubs: The gravy's really good.

You know that old saying "if looks could kill?" Yeah, that. I gave him such a wide eyed dirty look I think my eyes almost popped out of my head. 

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I grew up with Dunkin' Donuts, pretty much on every corner. Of course, when I moved to the Midwest, there were none here. But eventually the coffee made it into the stores and a few of the shops opened up.

I love their donuts, and especially their little munchkins, but I rarely had them at home, and almost never here. One day recently, Hubs had gone out in the morning and on the way home stopped by a Dunkin' that he saw on the way.

Hubs (walking in the door): I got you something.
Me: What?
Hubs (handing me a box of Dunkin' munchkins): Those donut holes you love, I got a box of assorted.
Me: Wow, thank you. Just for being so nice, you can have one.
Hubs: Laughing, I know you're usually sarcastic, but I'm guessing that this time when you say one, you mean one.
Me: Did you know today is National Women's Day?
Hubs: I didn't know that.
Me: Duh, you're supposed to say "I knew that."
Hubs (laughing): I knew that.
Me: Sorry, you're a day late and a donut short.

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I had made dinner and was trying out a new recipe, Garlic Spirals. College Boy really liked them.

College Boy: You should open a restaurant.
Me (laughing): No way, my food is just everyday family stuff, nothing special.
College Boy: You'd do fine, do you have any idea what kind of crap some of those places serve?
Me: {{blink, blink}}. Did that maybe not come out right?
College Boy (laughing): Maybe . . .
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Garlic Spirals

Something I've been trying to get through to Hubs for years, he finally learned the hard way this month.
PurDude like really, really, hot spicy food. In fact, he puts sriracha on pretty much everything. College Boy and I like hot food too (but don't put sriracha on everything). Hubs prefers his spicy food more of a medium hot.

College Boy had brought some ghost pepper chips (yikes) and was telling me he likes the flavor, but can only eat a few at a time. He was handing one to me, chiding me to try it when Hubs walked in the room. He only heard College Boy tell me to try it, but nothing about it.

Hubs grabs the chip, laughs and says "I'll take that," as he goes to put it in my mouth.

Me: NO!
Hubs: What, you can't share? He has more.
Me: Don't . . .
As I'm in mid sentence, Hubs puts the chip in his mouth and heads downstairs.
. . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1
Hubs: Aaaargh.
After about 1000 years of marriage, I think he's finally figured out that maybe he should listen to me. 

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PurDude and I had been talking about Tom Brady. I had been a big fan while he was with the home team, but thought he should have retired from New England and didn't like his choice to go to Tampa. 
I lost all respect for him when his retirement statement did not mention the team that gave him his break, the fans who loved him, or anything else about the first 20 years of his 22 year career.
PurDude, like many people, felt that Kraft should and would sign Brady so he could retire as a Pat. I, like many other people, felt that he dissed us all and really hoped that didn't happen.

PurDude: You're delusional if you think Brady dissed the Patriots or the fans.
Me: Could you maybe think of a nicer way to talk to your mom than calling her delusional?
PurDude: Sure. If you think Brady dissed the Patriots or the fans, you've finally lost your grip on reality.
OK, guess that's what I get for asking. 

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Hubs: You forgot to remind me to work on the sink this afternoon.
Me (to College Boy): You forgot to remind me to remind dad to work on the sink this afternoon.
College Boy: You never asked me to remind you to remind dad to work on the sink this afternoon.
Me (to Hubs): Well, you forgot to remind College Boy to remind me to remind you to work on the sink this afternoon.
Hubs: Well, PurDude forgot to remind me to remind College Boy to remind you to remind me to work on the sink this afternoon.
Me: So it's PurDude's fault. And he'll never know, 'cause he's 8 hours away and none of us are going to remember to tell him. Genius.

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I'd been trying different juices for Hubs to have with breakfast. I walked into the kitchen and he had the cereal, milk, and juice out and was grabbing a bowl and a glass.
Me: What are you thinking about the different juices I've been trying?
Hubs (pouring juice): I've liked them all, actually.
Me: You must really like this one, though.
Hubs: It's as good as all of the others.
Me: Looks like you like it a lot better than most.
Hubs: Why do you say that?
Me: Because you just poured it into your cereal.

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I'm a very light sleeper, the joke is that if the neighbor sneezes in the middle of the night, I'll wake up. Obviously the light sleeping was only enhanced by having kids. Even now, with adult kids, whenever they're in the house, I'm hyper aware of them.
Hubs, on the other hand, has been known to sleep through the tornado sirens, and those things are pretty loud.
As I age though, I find that I need my sleep more, or maybe I need to make up for not sleeping through the night. Either way, although College Boy was here, I was admittedly only semi awake when I talked to him in the middle of the night.  
College Boy (whispering from my doorway): Good night.
Me: What was all that banging coming from the kitchen.
College Boy: I had to kill a man.
Me: OK, sleep well.



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Garlic Spirals        

Printable Recipe

1# frozen bread loaf
4 TBSP butter, divided
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder, divided

*Wrap the dough in greased plastic wrap and refrigerate to thaw overnight.
*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Melt 3 TBSP of the butter with the clove of garlic. Set aside.
*Flour your counter, unwrap the dough and roll out to about 10 inches wide to about 24 inches long.
*Pour the melted butter and garlic over the dough. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter to completely cover the dough. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp garlic powder.
*Roll the dough, using the long side, as tightly as you can, to form about a 24 inch log. Cut into 24 one inch circles. Place them into the prepared pan. 
*Melt the remaining butter and garlic powder. Gently brush onto the tops of the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and place into a cold oven for about 5 - 7 hours, until they rise. Don't turn the oven on.
*Remove the rolls from the oven, discard the plastic wrap and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 25 minutes.



  1. The chip story is HILARIOUS!! I like spicy but not THAT spicy. Garlic bread looks delish!

  2. I sleep like a rock but hubby always says hes a light sleeper but I call BS. Ive shattered a glass right beside him and he never moved. Now when the kids were little I couldn’t sleep very well. Come to think of it I dont sleep very well now haha!

    1. I have my good nights and bad nights, but I'm always a light sleeper no matter how much of the night I sleep through.

  3. Fresca and donuts and chips? With good gravy (!), and fresh juice. Sounds like a recipe for FUN! ;)

    1. Well, I don't know about them all together in a recipe. Although April Fools Day is coming up . . .

  4. I immediately pinned the garlic spirals. I almost bought garlic knots today but decided it wouldn't go with the St. Patrick's dinner we are having Sunday (long story). I was looking for a good recipe. So: Fresca (long story about my relationship with Fresca) ghost pepper (I can't have any kind of peppery food; it and my bladder do not get along, long story there, too). Donuts: I have a long story about them too. I guess I'm full of long stories right now, in addition to (probably) other things, too. Alana

  5. Don't forget Numberle (, an unlimited Nerdle game. You're welcome, your husband can wait.

    1. I don't know that one, heading over there to check it out now. I thank you, although my husband most likely won't.

  6. The conversations between me and hubby used to be pretty funny too. Even when he was fighting the lung cancer before he passed away he was trying to make me laugh. He always made jokes about how we should have cameras a live feed to our apartment so people could see how funny we are. Our daughter now says the same thing. I must be hilarious.

    1. I'm glad you have those kinds of memories to make you smile.


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