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Greg is married to Jennifer. They've got five kids.

Good Thing We’re Not In The Cloffice

As we’re getting into the groove of the daily talk show, I’m more and more glad that we moved our office and recording gear out of the cloffice (our master bedroom closet/office) and into the bonus room upstairs.

Especially with Adam our producer here this week, the extra space has been great, and the desk we got for the studio has worked out exactly as we hoped it would.  Jennifer and I can do the show while facing each other, and if we have a guest, such as Adam, he can still work at the end of the table.

At the moment, I’m sitting on the studio futon (something else I’m VERY glad we got), putting the finishing touches on today’s shownotes.  But I looked up and had to chuckle (yes, I use the word chuckle) at the sight of our busy little office.

But we need a name for the studio/bonus room/office.



Hmm.  They just don’t have the same ring to it as “cloffice” had.

Paper Weaponry

Sam’s latest creation. He saw a picture of a Gatling gun and decided to make his own to add to his collection of paper guns, swords, and other items if destruction. It used to scare us, but now we marvel at his ability to make 3D representations of just about anything simply with paper and tape.

Minutes to go

We’re about to launch. Producer Adam just took this picture. Here we go!

Wacky Willits Wednesday

Jennifer just came walking into the studio decked out for our official premiere broadcast of The Catholics Next Door. I was fine before, but now I’m worried. Our dog is apparently worried, too.

Producing with the Producer

Our producer Adam arrived about an hour ago from The Catholic Channel in New York. We’re working on getting everything ready for tomorrow’s launch of the new show.

This is Adam, on the phone, looking busy.

Those are our show notes on my computer. I should be working on those.

The way we do phone interviews

We were just on “Seize the Day” with Gus Lloyd on Sirius 159 – The Catholic Channel.

We were supposed to connect via the ISDN studio hook-up, but we have a couple of ISDN issues we apparently need to work through today (prayers would be appreciated).

Whenever Jennifer and I do a phone interview, we can’t be in the same room or else you’ll hear the echo of us both talking on separate phones. So instead, we go to different rooms and use iChat to see each other during the interview so we don’t talk over each other (too much).

Here was my view during this morning’s interview.

And for the record, we refuse to get in the middle of Gus Lloyd and Lino Rulli! They may try to drag us in, but we’re not going there (hopefully). 🙂

Early morning view from the studio

We’ll be on Gus Lloyd’s Seize the Day program on the Catholic Channel in just over an hour. Then on Bob Dunning’s Across the Nation at 3:30 this afternoon.

I’m up in the studio to make sure our gear is ready.

Producer Adam arrives this afternoon and will be in the studio with us until Friday.

Should be a fun, exciting, and BUSY week. Can’t believe the show launches tomorrow!

The Catholics Next Door officially ON THE AIR!

We’re live and having tons of fun with our brand new daily talk show, The Catholics Next Door with Greg and Jennifer Willits exclusively on The Catholic Channel – Sirius 159.

The show has been a long time in the works, and we couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. Read More

Boy or Girl?

As most of you know, we’re expecting our fifth kid, due in January 2009. A lot of speculation has been going around about whether it’s a boy or girl.

Well, check out episode #240 of the Rosary Army Catholic Podcast as we solve the mystery! All is revealed as you join us for an actual trip to the doctor for the official ultrasound.
RA #240 – Boy or Girl?

Greg’s way of wearing headphones

A lot of times when Greg wears his headphones, he often swings the earcup thingies behind his ears for a most comical look. But really it’s his attempt of trying to listen to me and some audio program at the same time. Some how I think he still tunes me out.

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Yummy

Haven’t made this desert in years. Between this and carrot cake, these have been my two birthday choices my entire life. Made it for Labor Day tomorrow, but me thinks I’m going to test it right now. It may look ugly, but it is frozen perfection.

By popular demand, here’s the recipe:

1/2 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:
1 can (14 oz) evaporated milk
1 package miniture marshmellows
1 pkg (6 oz) chocolate chips (we used dark chocolate chips)

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 can (3 oz) shredded coconut
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

To make the crust:

  • Melt butter in heavy pan, add coconut and saute until coconut is brown
  • Remove from heat, add crumbs
  • Mix thoroughly, put 3/4 of mix on bottom of a 13x9x2 inch pan.  Pat it down lightly for the crust.
  • Save the other 1/4 of mix for later in recipe.

To make the chocolate sauce:

  • Heat marshmellows, evaporated milk, and chocolate chips in top of a double boiler until everything is melted together.
  • Remove from stove and cool.

Bringing it all together:

  • Cut 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream into slices.  Use half for bottom layer, the other half for top.
  • Lay down half of the vanilla ice cream slices to cover the crust at the bottom.
  • Add half of the sauce over the ice cream.
  • Repeat ice cream and chocolate layers.
  • Top with remaining crumbs, mixed with nuts (if desired – we leave out the nuts because of the kids)
  • Cover with foil and freeze.
  • Makes about 16 large servings.

The studio futon

Sunday morning. We went to Mass last night so we’re hanging out in the studio and Jennifer is breaking in the new futon.

The Catholics Next Door

Greetings, folks. Welcome to A wee bit pretentious name for a website, eh? Well, the alternative was and that just didn’t sound right.

You may be here because of our daily talk show, The Catholics Next Door with Greg and Jennifer Willits (thus, the address of this website) or perhaps from our non-profit apostolate, Rosary Army.

In case you didn’t know, you can listen to us live Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST on Sirius Channel 159 – The Catholic Channel!

We also produce and host the weekly Rosary Army Catholic Podcast and are the creators of the popular That Catholic Show video series. We’re willing to bet you might enjoy those, as well.

Either way, we’re glad you’re here!