So you know how there are those people who always know just the right thing to say?
My husband is not one of those people.
He is the exact opposite of those people.
I mean, he has good intentions and all, but something occurs when faced with an upset person, and his brain starts sending messages to his mouth that defy all logic.
I’m seriously thinking it may be some kind of medical condition.
I might have mentioned that I was spending last weekend in NYC with my friend Shelly. I adore Shelly, she is my true sistah from another mistah, and we thought a fun weekend in the city pre-baby being born was the grandest idea ever.
For the most part, it was.
But then came the part where I boarded a plane to head back home, and a storm rolled in.
The first sign on rain I had seen on the entire trip.
Next came lightning and strong winds, and a frantic flight attendant informed us that the entire airport was shutting down.
I sat there for two hours, on a dark plane (conserving fuel), drinking room temperature water (why do people pass out ice-less water in emergencies?? Does it hold magical powers?), and knowing that I was going to miss my connecting flight in Atlanta.
The very same connecting flight that was the LAST FLIGHT HOME of the day.
I called my husband holding back tears, telling him that I would most likely be stuck in Atlanta over night. I was totally unprepared, all my toiletries were in my checked bag, I was hungry, pregnant, didn’t know where I’d be sleeping or when I’d be able to get home.
(And if you’re about to tell me that you always bring a carry on for such occasions, seriously don’t. First off, my pregnant behind doesn’t feel like dragging one around and SECONDLY, have you SEEN the way people fight over overhead storage? It’s a good thing they screen for weapons, just saying)
After explaining the situation to my husband, his reply was not a comforting murmur or even a “you poor thing”.
His way of comforting me was saying, “well, I guess that’s the chance you take when you book a late flight”.
Not only was the totally the WRONG thing to say to a hungry pregnant lady drinking warm water, it was also a little inaccurate. I hardly call 6 pm a “late flight”.
Regardless, I hung up and started Googling divorce attorneys.
Then I remembered about his medical condition regarding upset people, and I reversed the divorce and stayed in love.
But don’t THINK I’m not storing that nugget away for future reference. You know what I’m talking about, chickies.
So basically the moral of this story is, if you know a Wrong Thing Saying Person, don’t call them when you’re pregnant and facing spending the night in an unfamiliar airport. Just call someone else who will go through all the appropriate motions of sympathy.
In honor of my sweet sweet man, who loves me even though his sad person reflex is conspiring against him, I turned one of his most favorite cakes in to a whoopie pie.
You’re welcome, honey.
Make these for the special man in your life!!
German Chocolate Whoopie Pies
- 1 box German Chocolate cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Coconut Pecan Frosting:
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 11 oz bag caramel bits
- 1 1/2 cup coconut
- 1 1/2 pecan chips
- Chocolate Frosting:
- 2 sticks butter, softened slightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Mix on medium low speed until combined. Place small spoonfuls of batter (I used a small cookie scoop) on lined baking sheet, several inches apart — they spread a lot!! Bake for about 7 minutes, until edges are set and centers spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
3. Prepare Coconut Pecan Frosting: In a heavy saucepan, heat evaporated milk over medium heat until simmering. Add caramel chips and stir until melted. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Let cool before using.
4. Once Coconut Pecan Frosting is cool, prepare Chocolate Frosting: In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Slowly add cocoa and powdered sugar, beating on low speed until just combined. Increase mixer speed to medium high and beat for about a minute.
5. Put Cookies Together: Place cookies flat side up. Spread half with chocolate frosting and the other half with coconut pecan frosting. Using one of each, gently press cookies together.
Makes about 3 dozen whoopie pies.
If he can take his foot out of his mouth long enough to eat them.