I have been a housewife for just over six years.
Which, in real life time, is like, 15 years probably.
Maybe even more.
And for quite some time, I’ve considered myself to be an expert in household engineering.
Due to my ankle injury, I’ve been forced to spend a good deal of time in bed. Which I thought was a bad thing.
But you know what? It’s really not.
Because it turns out that most of my favorite things do not require me being up and mobile.
Like taking naps.
Or going to fancy online stores and putting expensive stuff in my cart and not buying it.
Tweeting to famous people and staring at my phone in the hopes that they will tweet back.
Thinking about cool stuff to put as my Facebook status.
Catching up on celebrity gossip and then judging said celebrities–harshly.
Watching trashy television.
Watching trashy movies.
Eating trashy food.
Plus, if I shut my bedroom door, I can’t see all the trillions of chores that need to be done.
It’s like they don’t even exist!
And, I have discovered that all requests made while laying in bed carry a lot more weight.
For instance, if I was standing in the hallway and yelled for my son to come give me a hug and bring me a Tootsie Pop, he would look at me like I was a crazy person.
But if I yell it while laying in bed, he does it without a second thought.
It’s almost like I’m living in a parallel universe.
The only downside is that the living room is a ways down, so my voice gets a mite scratchy from having to yell for stuff. But that can easily be solved with a little pink bull horn.
Luckily, I prepared these Halloween treats for you a few days before my “the bed is a parallel universe” revelation. So you get a recipe, and I get to stay in bed.
We all win!!
Box of yellow cake mix, plus oil, eggs and water needed to prepare
Yellow food coloring
2 (4 serving size) boxes instant vanilla pudding, plus milk needed to prepare
Orange food coloring
8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Prepare cake batter according to instructions, adding yellow food coloring during mixing. Pour batter into a 9×13 inch pan and bake and cool according to box directions.
Prepare instant pudding according to directions on box, adding enough orange color to make it a bright orange. Place pudding in the refrigerator while you prepare the topping.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Mix in the Cool Whip until well blended.
Crumble the yellow cake into an even layer in the bottom of each mini trifle bowl. Remove the pudding from the refrigerator and spoon on top of cake layer. Smooth out with the back of your spoon. Pipe whipped topping/cream cheese layer on top with a large star tip. Or, just spoon it on. No one will care.
Top with a candy corn.
I bought the trifle bowls at Wal-Mart. They are Anchor brand and were very inexpensive.
May I suggest that you eat one of these mini trifles while you lay in bed? Your kid will take your empty bowl to the kitchen sink when you’re through. And then they’ll come back to lay down and snuggle.