Last night I stayed up late making a Halloween dessert to take into the office. Have you ever had dirt cups? It was kind of like that--Cool Whip, crushed up Oreo cookies, and chocolate pudding. The whole thing was supposed to look like a graveyard with pumpkins, grave stones, and ghosts.
To disguise the pan, I spent some time cutting out fence pieces from cardstock that I planned to tape to the outside of the pan.
To make the grave stones, I melted chocolate and then used a paint brush to apply it to the fronts of five chocolate fudge cookies. Once that dried, I made a small batch of white icing and carefully piped "RIP" on the five grave stones.
I mixed up the cemetary "dirt" and spooned it into the pan to chill overnight in the refrigerator.
Next, I unrolled and laid out a green fruit jelly roll to harden a little overnight, so today I could cut it into "grass" shapes to decorate my graveyard.
Finally, I set the five grave stones on a plate so the chocolate and piped icing could set up overnight. At 12:45 a.m., I had finished everything I could and I headed to bed.
This morning, I went out to the kitchen to fix a cup of coffee and found Hubby admiring my plate of clever grave stones. Here's what I told him:
"Those are the grave stones for the dessert I made for the office. It's supposed to be a graveyard. It's made like the filling for dirt cups--the pan is in the refrigerator. It looks like dirt and you stick the gravestones into it. Oh, and I had some leftover cookies that I put in the cookie jar--you can have some if you want."
I then carried the cookie jar over to the kitchen counter where he was fixing his lunch and set it down next to his lunch bag. Off I then went with my coffee.
Here's what HE heard:
"Blah, blah, blah, leftover cookies, blah, blah, blah."
When I went back out to the kitchen a half hour later to feed the cats, three of my grave stones were gone.
Every now and then, I'm completely convinced Black Widow spiders have it right when it comes to mates.