Friday, May 19, 2023

Pork Cutting and Mole Feeding: Fly on the Wall

Barbecued Pork Enchiladas by Baking In A Tornado

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 2 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.

I was on a grocery store website, trying to make some decisions for dinner next week. College Boy had asked for fish, so I typed in cod, just as I heard the door open.

Me: Here, what do you think about me doing something with this for dinner on Monday?
College Boy (looking over my shoulder at what I'd brought up on the website): I don't know, Mom, you're good but . . . how were you thinking of cooking that?

Not sure why he didn't think I could cook cod, I turned to see that the page that had come up wasn't for cod, the fish, but Call of Duty, an Xbox game.

Yeah, I'm not so sure I'm up to that challenge either. 

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I usually shut down the TV and the laptop sometime between 9:00pm and 10:00pm and read for a few hours. I'd gotten to a good part of the book so I just kept reading, didn't get to sleep until about 2:30am.

The next day, as you can imagine, by about 3:00 in the afternoon I was pretty tired. Hubs wanted to know if I wanted to go out back and do some work in the garden.

Me: Why don't we split up the chores?
Hubs: OK.
Me: You go pull the weeds.
Hubs: Alright, what do you want to do?
Me: I'll stay here and get a head start on the obligatory after gardening nap.

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I have a 2 shelf cabinet in the kitchen where I keep all of my food storage containers. I put them in there with their covers, but they never stay together. I think gremlins come in at night and move everything around.

After dinner one night I was looking in the cabinet for a container of the size that I needed. First I couldn't find one, then I couldn't find the cover. I had containers all over the floor and was swearing under my breath.

I finally found what I needed, but then had to put all the others away. I shoved them all in, slammed the door and held it. Gently letting go and stepping away, everything stayed in and the door stayed shut. Phew.

About an hour later, I was walking by the cabinet and the door was open just a crack.

Which is how Hubs came into the kitchen to see me wagging my finger at the cabinet and saying "don't you threaten me."

Hubs must have assessed the situation and correctly decided that it was in his best interest to not say a word and just keep walking.

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I was writing up a recipe that included an apple. It needed to be cored and chopped. Although I'd decided not to peel it, I wanted to leave that up to individual tastes. 

As I was writing it up, I'd said "Core (and peel if desired)." Proofreading, I decided to add a comma after "peel," which I did.

Once done, I was proofreading one final time. Apparently when I added the comma, I put it in place of instead of after the "l" in "peel."

So my recipe read "Core (and pee, if desired)."

Not exactly what I meant . . .

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Hubs and I were watching the Red Sox. It was in between innings so I got up and headed to the kitchen.

Me: Let me know when it comes back on.
Hubs: Where will you be?
Me: Just over in the kitchen, cutting the pork.
Hubs: Cutting the pork? What's that a euphemism for?
Me: Nothing. I'm literally cutting the pork.

I had bought a pork tenderloin and was cutting it into pork chops to marinate for dinner. But now I'm not sure I'll ever look at a pork chop again without wondering about dirty double entendres.

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Barbecued Pork Enchiladas

Same day, watching the same game:

Hubs: Some of these new players are barely out of their teens, watching them play makes me feel old.
Me: You feel old when you're watching baseball? I just have to try to stand up from the couch to feel old.

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I bet you know that the MLB network shows baseball games, but did you know they solve word puzzles?

While watching the game, I was working on a word game called Phrazle, where you have to guess the phrase. Through your previous guesses, you know which letters are not in the puzzle, which are in the puzzle and in the right place, and which are in the puzzle in the wrong place. 

I'd taken 2 guesses. There were 3 words. The first word was "A," the second word had 7 letters with an "i," an "o," and ended with an "e." I was fairly confident the third word was most likely "mistake," but I was stuck on that second word, "a costly mistake" didn't fit. Nor did anything else I was trying, for almost 15 minutes. I was frustrated. Then, suddenly . . .

Me: OMG. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Hubs (looking at the TV): That run was the other team, you're supposed to be rooting for the Red Sox.
Me: Oh, I wasn't thanking the team, I was thanking the sportscasters.
Hubs: Why?
Me: They just solved my puzzle.

The run, according to the sportscasters, was made by a rookie.


A rookie (has an "i," an "o," and ends with an "e") mistake! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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We back up to woods, so we often have issues with moles. They're really destructive, creating tunnels all under our lawn and in our gardens. Hubs has put these sticks in the back yard to try to keep them away. They semi work, and now he's had to put them in the side yard too.

One day, though, I caught a glimpse of one in my outdoor reading nook, to the left of the front door. No way, not sharing my spot.

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I did some research, then went back out front.

Hubs: What are you doing?
Me: I noticed a mole out here, I'm spreading around coffee grounds.
Hubs: Umm . . . just for clarification . . . are you deterring them? Or feeding them?

And now I’m wondering what “feeding the moles” might be a euphemism for . . .

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Sometimes (OK, often) I wonder about how Hubs thinks.

I walk around the house barefoot, pretty much year round. I'll put on shoes and socks when it's cold out, if I'm going somewhere.

Hubs wears socks every day, even if he's not leaving the house. And, of course, shoes if he's going out.

But when he mows the lawn, he takes his socks off and puts on his sneakers to mow.

Just me? Or does that seem backwards to you too? 

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Hubs: It's a jungle out there.
Me: Fine, I'll shave my legs. 



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Barbecued Pork Enchiladas

3 boneless pork loin chops, cooked
3/4 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
2/3 cup canned black beans, drained
1 (8.75 oz) can corn kernels, drained
1/4 cup sliced pepperoncini
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 medium soft flour tortillas
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan, and pour 1/4 cup water into the pan.
*Finely chop the cooked pork chops and put into a bowl.
*Set aside 1 TBSP of the barbecue sauce for serving. Add the remaining sauce into the bowl with the pork, along with the beans, corn, pepperoncini, and shredded cheese. Mix well.
*Lay out the tortillas. Divide the pork filling into the center of each of the tortillas. Roll up, keeping the filling in the center, and place into the prepared pan, seam side down.
*Top with the slices of cheese, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
*Drizzle the reserved 1 TBSP barbecue sauce over the cooked enchiladas.


  1. I've never seen a mole before! I love rodents but that one sounds a bit icky. Also--as for cod, the ONLY way I'll eat it is if it is fried and served with chips! Meanwhile the pork sounds yummy--I can totally go for that recipe.

    1. I love fish and chips too (have a great recipe for the fish here on the blog).

  2. Never seen a mole that I am aware of, my culprit is the armadillo. He is a nasty looking varmint and digs holes in my yard. I haven’t seen one since I put up a fence in the back yard, which I guess keeps them out of there.
    Rodents are rodents and are destructive so only squirrels get a pass from me. They get a pass because I feed the birds and if you feed the birds you feed the squirrels.
    Speaking of feeding, recipe looks great. If I can stand up long enough without having to go pee, I will try it.

  3. We all have animals to fight in our yards - it must be a natural law. Our main villains are groundhogs and (sometimes) chipmunks. And, in season, squirrels. I don't think we have moles and now I hope we never do. And, I really hope I never find out about cutting the pork.

    1. We have so many animals in our yard, the ones we hear screach at night, I think, are the possums.

  4. Moles are not something I am familiar with never seen one but have heard of them, we do get possums in our roof which is bloody annoying, I had a laugh while reading this

    1. We get possums too, but fortunately not on our roof.

  5. Moles are usually found in rich soil that has a lot of worms and insects in it. So ironically, when you're improving your dirt you're also improving the chances you'll have moles.

  6. I love enchiladas. I make an enchilada casserole that I love but don't make too often because of the carbs in it.

    1. We really liked this one. There were a few leftovers, but my son took them home when he left.

  7. Cutting the pork, i'm going to remember that. Thanks for the laughs!

  8. I loved learning about that coffee bean hack. people in my building throw a lot of peanuts to squirrels and basically invite all the rodents in our building.

    1. I like my squirrel viewing to be from afar, no rodent invitations issued here.

  9. I like your discipline in reading at night. I'll usually try to get in 10-15 min daily at night to read but I really have to be immersed in the novel for that to happen.

    1. I read almost every night, but I've gotten to the point where, if I'm not really into the book, I just stop reading and move on to the next one. My Kindle is always fully loaded.

  10. Thanks for the morning chuckles…I can relate to so many of those situations!

    We live in the city, so some of our backyard rodents are a little ickier, yes, rats, though thankfully we don’t see them too often. We also get the occasional possum and a few skunks, but we’re overrun by “rats with furry tails”, squirrels, the most destructive in my mind!

    1. Our squirrels aren't destructive at all, but the moles sure are.

  11. I commented the other day, but, because it was on my phone, of course it didn't go through... Sigh.
    Loved this glimpse, Karen! As we speak, Husby is in the back yard, gardening and I am in here, starting on the obligatory after-gardening nap. I love this division of the chores!
    Oh, and if you need me, I'll be in here... Don't know if I'll be cutting the pork or feeding the moles, but I'll definitely be 'watering the piggies'. ;)


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