Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scariest Thing Ever

A couple of weeks ago a group of bloggers and I posted a Secret Subject Swapiversary. My friend Outsmarted Mommy got my prompt at that time. It was “what is the thing you are most afraid of?” You can read her sweet and thoughtful response here: Don't Let Fear Take Over.

At the time, I was trying to decide whether or not to keep blogging. The month of October and Halloween in particular is just my favorite time of year. I get really creative with food. I get to play with ingredients to make them look fun or funny or gross or scary. What’s not to like, right?

But I was having trouble with the writing. Writer’s block had taken residence in my guest room . . . well, in my whole house really . . . for close to two weeks and I always vowed that if I had nothing to say worth reading, I’d just stop. I had reached this point before but had gotten past it. This time I wasn’t .

And then just when I though all hope was lost, inspiration hit me in the shower, which is its normal spot. But it had never happened like this before. Either way, I knew exactly what I was going to write about, the prompt I had given my friend Outsmarted Mommy: What is the thing you are most afraid of?


Spooky  Trifle - bakinginatornado.com
Spooky Trifle

So what are you most afraid of? For you it might be Norman Bates standing outside your shower with a knife. Not me. For me, the scariest thing I could think of was right in the shower with me.

Let me tell you that when you’re naked and standing in a little box, you do not want to look up to see this:

Spider in the shower - bakinginatornado.com
Because in that moment it looks more like this:


Halloween decor - BakingInATornado.com

So what did I do? What do you think I did? I’m a blogger, right? I flew out of that shower, crashed down the stairs naked and grabbed my camera, of course.

Happy nightmares, friends.

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Spooky Trifle
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
Brownies: You can use a boxed mix or make your own using this recipe without the candy bars and the baking chips:  Butterfingers Brownies
1 package of Cheesecake instant pudding mix
1 package of white chocolate instant pudding mix
4 cups milk, separated
3 drops of red food coloring and 12 drops of yellow food coloring
10 drops of red food coloring
6 Chocolate cookies, crushed
6 Ghost “peeps”
3 small plain cookies
3 large plain cookies
Food decorating gel
12 Mini M&Ms
1 Fruit roll up
Gummy worms
Opt: I made “grave stones” and letters out of white candy melts and food coloring
 
Directions:
*Using the decorating gel, attach candies to the rounded side of the cookies to look like eyes.  Attach a small piece of fruit roll up as a mouth. Set aside and allow to set.
*Coarsely cut brownies into bite sized pieces.
*Make the cheesecake pudding according to package directions adding 3 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow food coloring when mixing. Make the white chocolate pudding mix according to package directions adding 10 drops of red food coloring when mixing.
*Put half of the brownie pieces into a glass dish.  Carefully arrange the cookie people and ghost peeps rimming around the edge of the dish above the brownies.  Add the Cheesecake pudding into the center of the circle formed by the cookies.
*Add the rest of the brownies on top of the pudding, then the while chocolate pudding.
Sprinkle the crushed cookies over the top of the white chocolate pudding.
*Arrange gummy worms and any other decorations onto the top.
*Keep refrigerated.
 

32 comments:

  1. OH MY FREAKING WORD! You saw a spider in your shower and you lived to write about it?! You're my hero! Oh, and that trifle sounds amazing. OHHHH, and welcome out of the dark, icky world of writer's block. You rock... as always <3

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    1. I'm still shaking. Writer's block or not I NEVER want to see that in my shower again.

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  2. Happened to me once. Only it was a cockroach. Ugh. Still gives me the shivers. Now I make sure to thoroughly check out the shower stall before jumping in. :)

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    1. I considered never showering again, but I definitely check out the situation before I get in now.

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  3. I'm afraid I would have put the house up for sale as well!

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    1. Tried that conversation with my husband but it didn't go over well!

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  4. LOL!!!!!!!! SO sorry it happened but at least you made it work for you!!!!
    Besides, we would miss you terribly if you stopped blogging! Don't scare me like that!!! ;)

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    1. Ha, ha "don't scare me like that." Love it, perfect comment for this post!

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  5. My husband killed a spider in our shower last year and left it stuck to the ceiling.
    I asked him about this, because I think it's gross (but I'm not about to clean it up. Eck, eck EW!)
    He said he was leaving it there as a warning to all other spiders who may want to come into our shower.
    I'll admit, I've not seen one in there since the murder took place......

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    1. Thank you so much, the picture that created in my brain will have me grossed out and laughing all day long.

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  6. At least you didn't have to clean up a puddle. ;-)
    I hate, hate, HATE spiders. I've gotten a little slack lately with my reconnaissance, but you may be sure I'll look the shower stall over thoroughly from now on. Ugh.

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    1. You may be sure that I'll be looking the shower stall over thoroughly from now on too!

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  7. Ohhh Karen! That spider sure looks scary:( and I hate SPIDERS....but enjoyed your post:)

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    1. I hate them too. When we have one in the house I can call my husband or one of my sons, but the other one would be running away with me.

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  8. First of all, writer's block or not, you had better not leave the blogging world or I will stalk your ass in a giant spider costume and drag you back in! You think I'm kidding. Don't test me, woman. You are far too creative, talented, and awesome to ever leave me, ahem, I mean us.

    the trifle looks really good, and low maintenance enough for even me! I've been wanting to try one. I'm going to a book club thingy next weekend. If I make this I'll post it on FB.

    I'm not too afraid of spiders (cockroaches are the worst!), but one over my head in the shower would freak my freak. Ick. Good for you for snapping a photo of it!

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    1. I have to tell you, about this dessert, that the kids loved it but it's really, really, really rich. I could only eat a spoonful (or two).

      And the spider, if there had been a fly on the wall in my house that day, he would have seen one very freaked out naked lady!

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  9. Ha! That must of been a scene! Hope the kids were not around to see that!

    That trifle looks delish! Hand me a spoon!

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    1. Nope, lucky for the world I was alone in the house. Of course I screamed loud enough for them to have heard me at school.

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  10. That dessert looks decadent and the spider--GAHHHHH! I would have to burn down the house at that point and walk away.

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    1. Thought about it but I couldn't burn the house down, I was nekked.

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  11. All I'm saying is that you should never, ever live in a 100 year old drafty house with lots of cracks and crevices in the foundation, in the middle of farmland, if that eensy weensy spider scared you ;)

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    1. OMG, Cathy, I don't even want to think about that.

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    2. We've had all sorts of critters ... a raccoon in our attic, mice in the pantry, various bugs and creepy crawlies in every room, frogs, toads and snakes in the garden ...

      The scariest though was once when the neighbor's cat got into our mechanical room (we can only access it from outdoors) and somehow got through the crawl space into the basement of the house. I was home alone one night when all of a sudden a paw came snaking out under the basement door. The dog and I both practically jumped out of our skin!

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    3. We back up to woods so we've had some interesting critters too. But I do not want them in my house. That paw snaking out under the basement door would have killed me of a heart attack long before I ever would have been able to find out it was a cat.

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  12. Spiders don't scare me, now if I would see a mouse I would not be running... not for my camera... I would just be running. Karen really cute post.

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    1. We've done the mouse thing too. Unfortunately they only showed up when my husband was out of town. Not sure how they got his schedule but somehow they did.

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  13. I HATE HATE HATE Spiders myself! It would be a long time before I'd be able to relax in a hot shower again!

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    1. Yes, inspecting the shower before getting in has become a part of my routine, I'm afraid.

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  14. Why do spiders always end up in the places you don't want them to be? Why can't they just stay outside playing in the grass with their mates? Or why can't they just observe us from outside? I don't know.
    You're lucky you had time get a camera, because I would have freaked right out and most probably done myself an injury before I managed to get that thing down the plug hole. What a way to cure writers block though. And don't ever stop blogging Karen or I'll be sending you spiders for the rest of your life mate.

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    1. Oh, I freaked out alright. It was not a pretty site. Send me spiders for the rest of my life? Yikes. I may have to go into hiding.

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  15. First & most important...Don't stop blogging!!! We would miss you too much! Congrats for having the courage to take a pic of the spider. I would have flooded & burned down the house neeked or not. The only thing worse for me is mice. Once woke up to the phone ringing & while going to get the phone noticed my 4 cats in a circle on the kitchen floor. In the middle of them was a mouse that they were playing with. I screamed so loud that they heard me 5 miles away. The only thing I could do was to cover it with a bowl & call the hubby home from work to come & get it. It was running around the inside of the bowl when he came down the road but by the time he got in the house it had died. We are assuming of a heart attack. Did I feel silly but relieved! :/

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    1. Thank you, Carey for being such a consistent supporter. I do hope to have more to say as I love writing, but Writer's Block beat me down for a while there, we'll see how it goes.

      You're mouse story is hysterical. We had mice a few times in our last house but only when my husband was out of town. He doesn't travel any more. Wonder why . . .

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