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Bad karma and good chocolate

Have you ever had one of those days where you knew the whole day was going to be off before you even left the house?

You know the kind. You’re just leisurely walking the dog (emphasis on the leisurely because your dog suddenly walks like a 90-year old who needs a hip replacement) when your phone jumps out of your pocket and shatters on the wet cement.

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This weather has us all like…

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There’s something off in the universe, you think.

And how could you not wonder. Just a few hours prior the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. No seriously. They did. And they deserved it. Life will never be the same.

Do you ever think door frames and counter corners are out to get you?

Me neither.

Pop quiz.

Which of these items are essential for a successful post-work gym session?

A. Hair tie

B. Workout underwear

C. TWO socks

D. All of the above

Any guess what all these situations have in common? They require you to adapt. To shift. To consider wearing your glasses more often and to put out as much good karma as you can by texting your Cubs fan friends and family and telling them how happy you are for them.

Chocolate helps too. So here is a chocolate recipe I planned to post separately, but will now be forever linked to a really random few paragraphs about a string of bad luck and the team that finally broke the curse.

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Spooky Spiderweb Trifle 

  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 C Milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • Oreos (I used Halloween Oreos)
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Cool Whip

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In a large bowl, mix cold water (or milk) into chocolate pudding mix. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Chop brownies and Oreo cookies.

Fold half of Cool Whip into pudding mix.


Beginning with brownies, layer brownies, pudding mix, chopped Oreos in a trifle dish. Repeat until you run out of ingredients or reach the top.


Add remaining Cool Whip to top. Drizzle chocolate syrup in a spiral. Using a toothpick, pull toothpick from center out to edge as if you are slicing a pie or a pizza.

Bonus points if you have a fake spider to add in the center. I didn’t so my spider is hiding under the whip cream and all you can see are her creepy eyes.




Winning in October

Can we just start this post with a big old Hip Hip Hooray Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Hakuna matata for the Cardinals heading to the World Series? October is so much more fun when playoff baseball includes your favorite team. Even more so when they clinch with a 9-0 score. Whew!

I’m especially excited because I completely forgot that back in February I placed a bet for the birds to win the pennant while in Vegas.

I’ve only placed a few legit bets in my life (with my own money) and they have all been on sports teams while visiting Vegas. My Dad gets credit because he usually asks me to do it and coaches me through the process. Completely overwhelming by the way. Anywho, as the old saying goes, if you place it, you will win. Not really. Sorry Kevin Costner. I do know it is if you build it, they will come but that doesn’t work for this blog post. Please note that I am not advocating gambling as it relates to your favorite sports team. Mine just so happened to have pretty decent odds. If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. 


And let the record show that I purposely did not bet on them to win the World Series. I don’t want any money riding on that series. Just good ol’ fashioned watching each game through my hands because I get so nervous baseball. Please win. Please win. Please win. 

Speaking of ol’ fashioned, I traveled home this weekend to celebrate the birthday of one of my very best friends. I’m still on the mend from the marathon madness so I had time last week to whip up a batch of spooky pumpkin toffee chocolate chip cookies to bring with me.

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Per usual, Finn decided to photo bomb them. Kid loves him some pumpkin. I’ll share the recipe with you later this week. Don’t worry I was sure not to deliver the puppy-versions to my friend.

On Saturday morning, Finn and I went on a nature walk. He gathered sticks and I took pictures of pretty leaves. It was lovely.

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I did a little morning crafting in an effort to represent a few friends who couldn’t make the party. It’s sort of a tradition we have that when someone can’t make it we put them on a stick. And by we I mean I. Only for big occasions of course. And since our pseudo-theme for this thing was harvest party, I figured a pair of scarecrows were as good a representation as any. And let me tell you, those scarecrow girls had fun on Saturday.

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We had fun too. Starting at a local spot for lunch then riding the party school bus to a winery where we were treated with musical entertainment from the birthday girl’s brother-in-law, cake and later, a family strongman competition.

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The pictures don’t do it justice. Let’s just say my stomach still hurts from all the laughter. I can’t speak for the birthday girl but I’d say we all had a pretty nice weekend.

Here’s hoping you did too. If so, let me know in the comments. I get tired of talking to myself all the time.

Have a great week!