09 April 2013

bippity boppity frog!

This post is a bit out of the norm. I've been in a bit of a poetic funk ... Maybe some of you out there in Poetry Land know what I'm talking about. Maybe some of you even have an idea of just how grim that kind of funk can be when it decides to plant itself in the midst of National Poetry Month! But, never one to be kept down for long, I decided that if I can't think straight for a poem or two (or ten), I should still be creative some other way and get the juices flowing 'til they find their way back to my poet heart.

So, I give you my distraction ... a chocolate frog.

Some of you may know about the Read 1 Watch 1 challenge currently being hosted by Sopphey Vance. It's a ridiculously fun challenge that has us reading through the first Harry Potter book, engaging in trivia, and earning "house points"! Well, recently, Sopphey invited the challenge participants to engage in a little mini-challenge: creating a chocolate frog. I was overjoyed at the possibilities. I went to the grocery store and gathered the supplies I'd need to make a big ole ball of fudge and sculpt away a frog. It took all of ten minutes to make the fudge, all of an hour to sculpt the frog ... and all of two tragic minutes for the frog to die.

Out of excitement over the frog-making venture, I invited a friend (who we'll call She Who Must Not Be Named) over to watch at least the first film with me. I was finishing up the frog when she got to my apartment, let her in, and went to retrieve my camera to take a picture. I came back into the room to see She Who Must Not Be Named starting my DVD player ... and no frog.

"Where's the frog?" I asked.

"That was so cool," said She Who Must Not Be Named. "Did you make that?"

"I did," I said. "Where is it? I need to take a picture."

"You were going to take a picture of it?"

"That among other things," I said, forcing a smile.

"I might have eaten it."

We didn't engage in a discussion or debate about why she ate it, or why she thought it was for her to eat. We did enjoy the movie. But she only got to watch one with me.

So, tonight, I set about remaking a batch of fudge (I gave her the rest of the first batch, too ... it had already hardened and, honestly, it just seemed tainted to me), and made a miniature version of the first grand frog. It's not as great, but I'm finding it pretty adorable (so much so I can't quite make myself eat it yet). And I made sure I took pictures:

I didn't actually use Dove for this. I just forgot it was in the background.

That's a cherry stem tongue ... and a HUGE ball of fudge.

The feet might be my favorite part.

I used the chopstick to "sculpt" the toes.

I just love this shot of him. It's like he wants to jump at the camera!

And this one kind of looks like he's crawling at me :)

A top angle, so you can see all the feet.

See? He's crawling!

And to really "make the magic" ... just throw in some wands!



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19 comments:

  1. Holy ... Wait, I was going to say cow . . . But frog seems more appropriate. I know where you can get your next job. Candy sculptor extraordinaire! Your post is too funny! Glad it had a happy ending. :-)

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    1. You got me, Linda ... All this is part of my wild bid to get hired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando! Ha-ha, just kidding, but thank you; I'm still surprised it came out the way it did!

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  2. At first when I read that you were going to make a frog out of chocolate I thought it was a croak, I mean, a joke but OMG...this is an awesome chocolate frog. The details are great. The feet are very good and I LOVE the cherry stem tongue. Great idea. From the form of his body and the markings, he looks a bit like a European frog, perhaps a tad-Polish. ;-) Sorry your friend ate all your hard work.

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    1. Honestly, Linda, I'm almost glad she did, so I could wind up with this little guy. The original one took longer and was bigger, but this frog just makes me smile (to the point that I STILL haven't eaten it!) :)

      (Also, "a tad-Polish"? I just laughed so hard it hurt a little!)

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  3. A delightful post, Khara. I'm smiling. The feet and cherry stem are the best.

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    1. Thanks, Sabra! I was a little worried about the cherry stem tongue, but once I got a picture of it, I fell in love :)

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  4. You are single handily saving the house! What an inspiration! How guilty does "she" feel? But then again, you still had more fudge...

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    1. She Who Must Not Be Named is not a blog reader, but she did beg me not to tell people on Facebook, ha-ha ... She texted me after she left that she knew I must have been angry. Honestly ... well, yeah, but there are worse things she could've done than eaten a frog!

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  5. OMG, I would've had a conniption. There may have even been a fist fight. You are to be commended for your calm and tolerance.

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    1. Ha-ha, I have very *quiet* conniptions, Becca ... I was fuming for a bit, but Harry brought us together, and Harry was going to see us through that evening :) Anyway, if she hadn't eaten the big guy, I never would have made the little guy, and I like the little guy a lot more!!

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  6. Where there's a will there's a toad.

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    1. These frog puns are making me think we need to have a contest, ha-ha ... Thanks for another "laugh-out-loud" moment, Barbara!

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  7. Great job! I love the pictures and it's a beautiful frog.

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    1. Thank you, Sopphey! I keep wanting to set the first, fifth, or sixth picture as my desktop background :)

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    2. Warts and all, I do think, she who must not be named, should still be turned into a toad...what was she thinking? "Oh look - Khara has left an exquisite hand-made chocolate frog here for me to gorfle down while she's out of the room...I'll just do that...ribbet, ribbet...whatever can be happening to me now?" Yeah, I wonder. The new one is gorgeous tho' and beyond magical...

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    3. Ha-ha, thanks, Sharon :) We'll see if I can't "work a little magic" the next time she comes over ... Mwa-ha-ha :)

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  8. Q: did getting mad help you to kick the funk?

    (I've been noticing a lot of that olive drab mood around. Looking for a quick cure)

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    1. It got me feeling creative, but not poetic. I still have a ways to go before I get there. I think I need to just dig into a good book of poetry and let the inspiration flow from there!

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  9. Excellent Frog,Khara. I love how you took all those action shots. Everyone needs a frog like him . . . her . . . um, it.

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