Friday, August 18, 2023

The Not So Ready Whip: Fly on the Wall

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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.

There was a bee in the house, on the window in the kitchen eating area by the slider to the deck. I was freaking out and, of course, no one was home.

I grabbed the fly swatter and smacked the window. I could swear I got it, but it didn't move. That's when Hubs comes in and walks up behind me.

Hubs: What are you doing?
Me: I saw a bee. Where were you? You can't be gone when I see a bee.
Hubs (carefully removing the fly swatter from my hand): It's OK, why don't you go sit down, maybe put your glasses on, he can't get you.

Yeah, the bee was on the window. The outside of the window.

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Anyone who follows my Baking In A Tornado FB page had a little glimpse into what I'm dealing with here:

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I'm telling you, the struggle is real.

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It was the middle of a broiling hot afternoon, and all I could think of was cooling off.

College Boy called, he was at the Taco Bell around the corner from the house getting a volcano something or other and wanted to know if I wanted anything. I don't like Taco Bell to begin with, but hot spicy food is the opposite of what I was thinking. I told him that since they don't serve milkshakes, I'd pass.

Later that night, he called again. He was driving by another fast food restaurant and thought he'd stop and get milkshakes for himself, Hubs and I.

Hubs (walking into the room): Oh, who were you talking to?
Me: College Boy, he's bringing us all milkshakes. You're welcome.
Hubs: Umm, thank you. But why am I thanking you?
Me: Because subliminal messaging. It's a thing. And I am the master.

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Hubs was just hanging around the house so it didn't matter but, of course, I had to say something:

Me: I think your shirt is on inside out.
Hubs (looking down): I don't think so, looks fine to me.
Me (rolling my eyes): Well, unless you're James Bond, I'm pretty sure the pocket goes on the outside.

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I had tried a new recipe, a Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cake. When I went to take a picture it, I wanted just a little dollop of whipped cream in the center of the top. I decided, rather than making a whole batch of whipped cream just for the 1 TBSP I'd need for the pic, to just use Redi Whip.

We were all out. I checked a few grocery store websites to see who had it in stock nearby, and at what price.

At the second nearby store website, I typed in "Redi Whip," and besides the actual Redi Whip, some other options came up, like the store brand version, and Cool Whip, and . . .

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas any more.

Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cake | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #dessert

Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Listen, everyone knows that you don't leave just a tiny bit of something. It's just rude. Finish it off and open a new one for the next person, that's what I believe.

I was making dinner, Fiery Shrimp. Hubs wasn't home yet, and College Boy was coming for dinner too. I got to the part where you add 2 TBSP white wine. I pulled the bottle out of the fridge, added the wine and the rest of the ingredients.

When I went to recork the wine and put it back in the fridge, I realized there wasn't much left, maybe 1/4 cup  1/2 cup  1 cup . . . I don't know, not much. I was obliged to finish it off and put another bottle in the fridge to cool.

Which was how Hubs and College ended up walking into the kitchen as I was guzzling wine straight from the bottle. 

I tried to explain that I was just being considerate but . . . let's just say that didn't go over so well.

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It's amazing to me that someone always shows up in all of those moments that I'd prefer no one witness.

So, of course, Hubs walks into the kitchen just as I'm taking my shoes out of the fridge.

Hubs: Are those your shoes?
Me: Yup.
Hubs: Are you taking them out of the fridge?
Me: Maybe.
Hubs: Why would your shoes be in there?
Me: Think before you answer . . . do you really want to know?
Hubs (walking away): I think I'm good.

You better be good too, 'cause I'm not explaining it to you either. 

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I was in the kitchen putting the groceries away when my fingernail bent all the way back. I yelled "ouch."

Hubs was down in his man cave and I must have screamed louder than I thought, because he came up to see if I was OK.

The next day, we were out front when I noticed that way low on that fingernail I bent back, just under the skin, it was black and blue.

"Look at this," I called out to Hubs, holding up my finger to show him.

Apparently, the neighbors were just coming out of their house. They took one look at me, on the front lawn giving my husband the finger, and abruptly turned around and hurried back in their front door.

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For the past year or so, College Boy has been eating very little meat, he prefers fish and vegetables. Sometimes, in some ways, he may eat beef or chicken, but not often.

This can be a problem when he comes in at dinner time and I'm making something he doesn't necessarily want to eat. He wants to stay, and I want him to stay, but we need to figure something out. 

This day, I had grilled chicken. I suggested I chop up some of the chicken, mix it with mayo and green onions, roll it up in a tortilla with lettuce and cheese. 

College Boy thought that would be a good way to get dinner into him.

Get dinner into him? My grown son needs a way to get my cooking into him? Well, that's a stab to the heart.

PS: The chicken roll up was delish.
PPS: No one seemed to have any trouble getting the Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cake into them.

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I was in the bathroom one afternoon when I saw that there was no toilet paper on the roll. I was so angry, this is a pet peeve of mine and everyone knows it. So inconsiderate.

After I was done in the bathroom, and had replaced the roll, I was ready to give someone a piece of my mind.

I went out into the front hall, so you could hear me on all 3 floors.




I was trying to decide whether to start upstairs or downstairs, when I realized everyone was at work, I was alone in the house.

So, who didn't replace the toilet paper? Ummm . . . me?



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

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Mint Cookie Ice Cream Cake

7 - 8 mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
1 carton (48 oz) cookies and cream ice cream
12 chocolate covered mint wafer cookies, divided
2 TBSP chocolate syrup

*Take the bottom off of a 9 inch springform pan. Using a very long piece of plastic wrap, cover the sides of the pan so there is a little hangover at the bottom, the rest hanging over the top. Place the bottom back on the pan.
*Cut the ice cream sandwiches in half. Arrange them, cut side down, along the plastic wrap covered sides of the pan and place in the freezer.
*Crush 8 of the cookies to crumbs and set aside. Chop the other 4 cookies into pieces.
*Place the cookies and cream ice cream in a bowl on the counter for 10 minutes to start to soften. Cut in the 4 chopped cookies and spoon the ice cream into the springform pan, leaving the ice cream sandwich pieces along the edges. Press down gently and make sure the top is even. Freeze for one hour.
*Drizzle the chocolate syrup over the cake, then sprinkle the cookie crumbs along the sides. Freeze until hardened (works best to just freeze overnight).


  1. A lot of funny convos in you house this month--that whip thing cracked me up! Love the ice-cream cake--looks very yummy and ambitious. My daughter would freak out for this cake. Wanna mail one to me? Oh wait--it will melt!

    1. You know I can't mail it, but tell your daughter it's pretty simple to make, assembly only.

  2. Oh, you make me laugh! Next time I have a bee buzzing my outer window, I'll know who to call.
    And watch those hand gestures!
    Yummy cake!!!

  3. Nothing this funny ever happens in my house.

  4. They make mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches? (You can see how behind the times I am)

  5. I didn’t even read the recipe. That’s too much temptation. I have my own bathroom, if things don’t get changed, I can only think it was me. Donna

  6. Thanks for making me laugh we all need a good laugh

  7. It can get so hot here sometimes I almost wish I could put my shoes in the freezer a few minutes or find a way to slip an ice pack in there. Your reason for refrigerating shoes may vary, and that's fine by me, I won't judge.

    Thanks for all the laughs, and the great cake recipe. This one would be fabulous for a party.

    1. Next time I make it will probably be in the end of November. When my son comes home, I know he's going to want to try this one.

  8. I don't like bees so as you can imagine I would have been freaking out. Oh my goodness that ice cream cake looks so good.

    1. I was freaking out, but the only thing worse than going after a bee in the house (or one you think is in the house), would be to do nothing and worry about getting stung.


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