I have a really fun game for you.

Pick a cool and cloudy morning. One where you wake up excited to spend the day wrapped up in a warm hoodie and bum around the house.

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Take the cozy vibe up a notch by lighting as many yummy-scented candles, like Vanilla Cupcake and Warm Vanilla Sugar, as you can.

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Get super inspired by your neighbor’s tree and make the overly ambitious plan to spend the morning making Fall-inspired Pumpkin Cake Balls. You’ve never made them before, and you know there’s quite a few steps involved, but they’ll be totally worth it.


Take a box of spice cake mix and, instead of using eggs and oil like the box calls for, use a can of pumpkin instead. You’ll save calories and it’ll be SO FALL!


Feel your mouth water as even more sweet, spiced scents waft from the hot oven and into your kitchen as the cake bakes for 35 minutes.

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Then feel like you just wasted the last hour by crumbling it up into a bowl.

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Feel better by mixing an entire container of cream cheese icing into the crumbles.


So much for saving calories…


Place the bowl into the fridge to let the cake mixture firm up so you can roll it into balls, then realize your crisp, Fall-like morning has turned into a hot & sticky summer afternoon and your house is now 80 degrees inside.


Blow out aforementioned candles, as the scent and heat are making you a little nauseous at this point.


Go outside to finish reading Sarah’s Key and come back in a little depressed over the entire subject matter, and ending.


Roll the sticky mess that has become your cooled cake + icing into a million little balls and wonder how even an army could ever finish them all.


Attempt to melt white chocolate to cover said million balls with.

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Fail miserably.


Whip up a glaze comprised of powdered sugar, maple syrup and water to cover the balls with instead. Give it a taste, start jittering from the immediate sugar buzz, but move forward with glazing them anyways.

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Spend 40 minutes repeating this process wondering the whole time why you ever thought it would be a good idea to make powdered sugar glazed cake balls – they’ll never harden and you’ll be left with mushy sticky balls.


Step back, assess the situation, and realize that’s exactly what you’ve got.


And, great. They look exactly like Swedish meatballs. You’ve made sticky, glaze-covered, pumpkin meatballs.


Imagine how hilarious it would be to actually stick a toothpick in these, take them to a party on a platter, then watch people’s faces when they bite in and realize they’ve got a gooey, overly-sweet, pumpkin-spiced cake lump, instead of a savory, juicy meatball.


Boxed cake mix: $2.09

Cream cheese icing: $1.99

White chocolate chips: $3.49

Time wasted: 4 hours

Seeing the above situation happen to Ben when he gets home from workPRICELESS.

MUWAHAHAHAHAHA! I think I might tape this!!!!! Is that mean?!