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  1. Tammy

    Didn’t remember this phobia of yours Hannah. Can you get a cat? They are wonderful at warding off the critters.

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    :::Shudder::: Not much of a spider fan myself, but I’ve been dubbed official spider killer in my house because Jeff is even worse!

  3. Vivian - vxdollface

    Haha I do the same thing with spiders and insects! Put a cup/bowl over it and scoop paper underneath!! My friends think I’m weird for doing that 🙁 Another great way is using a vacuum cleaner to suck it up 🙂

  4. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Eek. I don’t think I would have been able to get close enough to it to put the bowl on top! I don’t think I’m scared of spiders, exactly, but I do find them horrifying. WIth the big, disgusting ones I normally spray half a can of spider spray at them, and then cover them with close to a whole newspaper before wrapping them up to take outside. Unless I can find someone else to deal with the situation, and then I stay out of the room altogether 😛

  5. ck

    Ohhhhh, nothing healthy in that cake at all, but, I LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Almost more than anything edible known to humankind. I could seriously live on them. I am an addict. There, I’ve said it! But, as I have zero metabolism, I have to restrict their entry to my cakehole, or pay the price – obesity (and presumably diabetes at some point in the future). But, I really do love them. I have to tell you that I recently found AN ENTIRE BLOCK of Reese’s butter cups at the Asian grocer at the Fyshwick markets. I also have to tell you, I could not stop at a couple of pieces, I tried, really I tried, but I was not satisfied until I ate the entire block :o) Whoops! Haven’t been brave enough to go back to Fyshwick markets since though. And spiders, they really are tricky, aren’t they? I can’t kill things, and have a red back who lives at my front door and several in my garage, but I just can’t bring myself to hurt them, so I tell myself karma will look after me and thus they won’t hurt me. I hope I’m right…!

  6. hungryandfrozen

    O no! I had a feeling I’d be clicking through to a microwave recipe. We don’t have one, evidently I’m going to have to awkwardly befriend my neighbours so I can knock on their door at all hours saying “yoo hoo! I have a sudden cake craving! I’ll only be five minutes, seven tops!”

  7. Anna johnston

    Blehhhhh, spiders totally freak me out. I’m with you on all counts. 🙂

  8. penny aka jeroxie

    I hate spiders.
    Now I want a chocolate mug cake too…. ughh! Tomorrow!

  9. chopinandmysaucepan

    How would you deal with someone who has xocolataphobia then? 🙂

  10. Johanna GGG

    I have a bit of a rational vs irrational argument when I encounter spiders but I usually insist that E is the one to take it outside – just in case!

  11. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    i love flowers and i love wearing one in my hair. if only i lived in hawaii! chocolate pb in a mug sounds amazing!!

  12. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    Its strange – spiders, bugs and even snakes……meh…. no problems. But put a bird within 50 m of me and I am running for cover!

  13. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I grew up with a house that backed bushland. Learning to cope with spiders was a matter for course. When my parents first moved in there was one so big they could hear it walking on the wall – I kid you not. All that said, I still absolutely loath them, however I am an efficient killer. I find a thong gives you the required springiness and dexterity combined with superior killing velocity.

    I’ve never made a mug cake, I hear mixed reviews. But yours looks great, I might have to finally give it a go.

  14. Brooke (Tea and Tofu)

    Oh my goodness, I was going to comment on the spiders but that image of the PB cake seems to have prevented me from thinking about anything else! It looks delish! 🙂

  15. Mike

    My favourite (?) spider story Hannah. Once upon a time (when I was about your age) I was sleeping in my bedroom in Adelaide and woke up in the middle of the night hearing this humming noise and feeling a kind of vibration in my left ear. I lay there for a while wondering what this noise was. I couldn’t work it out so went to turn my head on my pillow to go back to sleep. That’s when I felt a tugging at my left ear. I turned on the light and guess what? A lovely surprise. There was a huge hunstsman, spinning a web between my ear and the bedpost, about a foot from my ear! Hail holy hairy huntsmen! One day I will tell you what I tried to do to that spider overnight. Well, anyway, when I let him go in the backyard the next morning he scurried away and I hope he found a happy life elsewhere. His rellies still come back to haunt me in my garden (dozens of them) and occasionally inside my home!

  16. Margaret

    I LOVE this post! I love saying vee-hick-el!
    Many years ago I worked from my boss’ home. She lived in the bush and we all encountered frightening spiders most days of the week – there were funnel web spiders and white tail spiders. It was actually very helpful in that I became desensitised to spiders!

    I was always paranoid that I’d take a spider home in my bag or car, but luckily it never happened!
    I ended up killing two mice in my house a few weeks ago. I was worried that the mice were only playing dead when it became time to dispose of the dead bodies!!

  17. Fiona

    Flowers have spiders

  18. Emma

    I was going to tell a creepy spider story from yesterday, but Mike’s story above has anything I could possibly think of to say beaten by a mile. Or a kilometer, perhaps.

    Instead I will say this: I had a deep-fried Reese’s peanut butter cup last week. Om.

  19. Kath (My Funny Little Life)


    I have my issues with crawling, many-legged things as well, be it spiders, cockroaches, bugs, or whatever. Eek. Now that it’s getting colder outside, they like to come in …