Do You Like To Be Scared?

Good morning, friends!

I wasn’t in the mood for CrossFit or running yesterday, so I took Murphy for an extra long walk and counted that as my exercise for the day. The weather was a little cool, but bright and sunny, so we strolled along and enjoyed the afternoon. Murphy sniffed everything in his path while I listened to the most recent episode of the Balanced Bites podcast.

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After our walk, I came home and snacked on a couple of Mini Babybel Mozzarellas.

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After that, I finished up some blogging/writing/emails and then started to make dinner, which was one of my favorite childhood meals.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make boxed macaroni and cheese mixed with ground beef for dinner. It was a quick and easy meal, and my sister and I loved it. I don’t remember how old I was when my mom taught me how to make it (maybe 12 or 13 years old?), but it’s been one of my favorite comfort food dishes for as long as I can remember. It was actually one of the first “grown up” meals that I could cook myself. Sure, I could make a sandwich, fix myself a bowl of cereal, or microwave a TV dinner, but this meal was one of the first that involved a few different steps and using the stove.

Last night, I used ground turkey and added some grated Parmesan cheese for some extra cheesiness to this meal. I also served it with some steamed spinach with sea salt and white vinegar on the side for some added nutrients. Yum! This meal totally hit the spot.

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After dinner, I enjoyed a couple of Justin’s peanut butter cups.

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And then Mal and I met a couple of friends at Barrett’s Haunted Mansion!

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This year, Barrett’s added a new attraction called “The Cell,” which was a spooky maze with smoke/fog and scary-ass characters trying to scare you at every turn. I definitely jumped a few times. I even screamed once! Haha!

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For $20 (there’s a $3 off coupon online), you get tickets for both The Cell and the Haunted Mansion, and it is totally worth the money!

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The line at The Cell was fairly short. We maybe waited 15 minutes. The line for the Haunted House, however, was a lot longer. We waited for well over an hour, but it was definitely worth it in the end.

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We were also “entertained” while we waited in line. A variety of monsters and creatures tried to sneak up and scare people while we waited in line. The costumes and makeup were quite incredible, so it was pretty creepy.

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The Haunted Mansion was really freaky with all sorts of different rooms and scary scenes, like stuff you would see in a horror movie. I was pretty creeped-out at times, but I stayed close to Mal and our friends, and I made it through the mansion without any issues.

Being scared was actually kind of fun, which isn’t something I would normally say. I actually didn’t think I liked being scared at all, so I am really glad that I went last night. Good times!

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Questions of the Day

Do you like being scared?

What’s the first “grown up” meal you learned to cook?


  1. There is something that looks really comforting about that meal for some reason…no idea.

    And I am the jumpiest person in the world — I’m AWFUL at scary houses or scary movies.

  2. we go to barretts haunted mansion EVERY year! usually its the first haunted house we go to (we try to go to one every week in october) but we havent made it there yet. do you know of any other haunted houses in the area?

    there is a great one in lakeville, cumberland, and galleria mall has one this year too

  3. Oh I love Justin’s PB cups… so good. I personally hate Haunted Houses. I refuse to go to them. But I like watching ghost shows. So I guess I like being a WEE bit scared but not in real life.. just as a curious outsider I guess haha

  4. I love Barretts! I have so many memories going there growing up, a group of us would go every year. It is definitely the best haunted house on the south shore. Though to be fair, it’s probably one of the few that I’ve been to. But it’s still top notch!

  5. I hate being scared! I live alone and on the first floor, so I freak myself out all the time. I even have to mute commercials for scary movies!

    I think the first grown up meal I learned to make was baked spaghetti. It’s spaghetti mixed with crushed tomatoes and Velveeta! Soooo good (even though Velveeta is sooo bad).

  6. I have a love- hate relationship with being scared. I love being scared, but I hate it as well. I love going to Haunted Forests during this time of the year, but I work myself up the whole time.

  7. Oh Barrett’s! I used to work at that haunted mansion when I was a kid and they would let all the town teams take turns, so I did it with my softball team(s). I have no idea what it looks like today (since I graduated in ’97) but my favorite room was the meat locker where it was all black and white and they had a strobe light going. We would dress up in matching checkered coveralls so we blended into the wall to jump out at people. It was awesome!

    Nowadays, I’m a bit more of a wuss. I’d rather scare somebody than be scared. I still love a good horror movie, but I now sometimes watch it through my fingers. No idea why!

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE mac and cheese! My all time fave comfort food. I’m always looking for an excuse to make it! It was one of the first things I learned to make as well, along with burger patties (I was 5). A for being scared? Yeah I love it. Love scary movies so watch them all the time and always on the lookout for more good ones (not much anymore sadly).

  9. Um…I absolutely hate getting frightened/scared! Always shied away from thrillers and scary shows – they always make me feel sick…Used to watch them but as I grew older, I realized that scary stuff gives me nightmares and make me fall sick more often, so I avoid scary stuff nowadays…

    …for the more light-hearted love comedies and shows like Bones! =D

  10. My first grown up meal I learned was chicken in cheese sauce over rice. Simply browned chicken breasts in Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup served over rice. I haven’t had it in years!

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