Tuesday, September 13, 2011

1000 Ways to Die

Actually 1001 if you count death by peanut shortage.  Have any of you ever seen this show--1000 Ways to Die on Spike?  They were running a marathon of it yesterday, and I happened to catch an episode. It was AWESOME and of course I recorded the rest of the marathon. It's kind of morbid, but it's a show about actual (and very strange) ways that people have died. You would never actually think that these things could happen, but they are based on true stories.

For example, one guy was throwing lawn darts (in the 70's, of course) and his girlfriend flashed him. He ended up throwing the dart straight up in the air, and it came down right through his head. Another example: There was a driver's ed. instructor that was really frustrated at one girl, who walked away. He leaned across the driver's seat, and started banging on the steering wheel while he was yelling at her. He set off the airbag, which broke his neck.

While morbid, and kind of graphic, the show is kind of tongue-in-cheek. I laughed just as much as I said, "NO WAY!" while watching it. The titles of each story are hilarious. It kind of reminds me of a real-life version of the Final Destination movies.

Anyways, this is a lucky week for me!! I have never ever won a giveaway before... and I actually won TWO this week. I won CLIF bars from Donald at Running and Rambling, and I won a Burt's Bees package from Ellen at Fat Girl Wearing Thin.

Oh! I made something a few days ago that I'm super excited about. One of my favorite snacks is a chocolate Vitatop with cool whip. But Vitatops are insanely expensive--$1 each on SALE. So I decided to try and make my own from scratch, that would have similar calories, fat, fiber, etc... and TASTE, of course. At a garage sale on Saturday, I found a muffin top baking sheet, so it was meant to be. I found a recipe online, and then altered it to my liking, and they turned out perfectly--just like Vitatops. I will never again be spending $4 on a box of 4 Vitatops.  I posted the recipe here, if you'd like to try it out.
The only thing missing is the few chocolate chips on top. But you know I can't have chocolate chips in my house, ever again.
Well, my laundry is not going to do itself, so I better do some housework.



10 comments:

  1. I agree with you about death by peanut shortage! I buy the HUGE jars of Adams Natural PB at Costco 3 at a time. I have to admit that PB is one of my favourite foods. I would really miss it if I couldn't have it...now that you mentioned the peanut shortage I'm wondering if I need to increase my stockpile!

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  2. I've never even heard of vitatops...

    All the stories I know about strange deaths are actually pretty sad, like the one dad who accidentally locked his daughter in the car, ran inside while his wife called 911, got a knife to try to wrench open the window, tripped on his way out and fell on the knife. Stories like that just make me so sad...

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  3. OMG I love that show! As a nurse I just can't get enough.

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  4. Hi Katie, I sent your recipe to a friend of mine. She's a vitatop addict and was JUST saying the other day that she had to cut back because they were getting expensive. She'll LOVE this. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day.

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  5. Oooh, I could eat all of those. Yum. :) Hey, there's a blog award for you on my blog.

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  6. I have to check out that show, I keep scrolling past it on Hulu!

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  7. Hubby likes that show. I'm not a fan, but I have seen a handful of episodes. The one that always sticks in my mind is the guy that poured bleach down his toilet when it was clogged. He had a septic tank, and it caused a poisonous gas to form and killed him. I think of that every time I clean the toilet! LOL!

    I've never tried Vitatops, but I don't think eating a chocolate muffin would be a good idea for me. I'd probably end up eating all of them at once!

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  8. My fiancee loves that show! I actually brought a Vitatop as my afternoon snack at work today! I will definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I can't wait to try that recipe. My husband and I both love the chocolate Vitatops, but our Costco here in Windsor, ON has stopped carrying them. I refuse to spend $5 for 4 in the grocery stores when we were paying $9.97 for 12 at Costco.

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  10. On my list of recipes to try! I know someone who will love having her own recipe for Vitatops, so I'll pass it along!

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