Graveyards and Cheese Spreads

No one can scream louder than a preteen girl.

I was in fourth grade at a slumber party for a friend’s birthday. Now, as I said in my last post, I’m not the biggest fan of scary movies since I get far too involved in the stories. Unfortunately for me, my friend’s dad had rented only Twilight Zone episodes (and of course, only the terrifying ones- I vaguely remember something about ants and evil rabbits) for us to watch.

Therefore, by about midnight, we were all quite terrified, but attempted to act like we were brave.

I should take a brief moment to say that my friend’s house was located next to a cemetery, and you could very easily enter it from a back through a gate in her backyard (I have no idea why they had a gate to the cemetery in their backyard- they just did and it was never something we questioned as kids).

Therefore, what do preteen girls attempting to be brave do? Challenge everyone to a graveyard walk, of course.

We quickly bundled up into sweatshirts (April in Michigan can be a bit chilly at night) and ventured outside, holding onto each other as we made our way into the cemetery, accompanied by my friend’s mom. We were just starting to feel like we were all brave when a huge creature in a horrific mask popped out from behind one of the gravestones and came running at us while yelling.

Twelve preteen girls then shrieked at the top of their lungs (it truly is a wonder we didn’t wake the dead) and disappeared in all directions of the cemetery.

I at least ran towards the house, where we discovered my friend’s mom and younger brother laughing hysterically. Turns out my friend’s dad decided to play a prank on us during our graveyard walk, and had managed to run around to a separate entrance with mask in hand so he could be ready and waiting by the time we ran outside.

Granted, her parents then had to spend the next hour tracking down the girls still hiding terrified in the cemetery and stay up with us until daylight as we were far too afraid to sleep.

Ghoulishly Good Cheese Spread

worth shrieking for


  • 10 oz goat cheese, softened
  • 8 oz fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz feta (I used whole feta and cut it into chunks, but feel free to use pre-crumbled feta)
  • 1/4 c pesto
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 shallots, sliced thinly
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Crackers (I prefer pita crackers) and peppers


  1. In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer (though feel free to just whip this up in a bowl, but you’ll need some strong arms!), cream together goat cheese, cream cheese, feta, and pesto.
  2. In a small saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and allow them to sweat, stirring fairly regularly, until they just because translucent.
  3. Add shallots and butter to cheese mixture and mix on medium for 1 minute.
  4. Now is your time to get creative. Line whatever container you’d like to use for shaping your cheese spread with plastic wrap. Add in the cheese spread and cover. As an alternative for a free-form shape, place into a bowl and cover.
  5. Let cheese spread chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour to firm up and let the flavors mingle.
  6. Invert container onto a plate and top with freshly cracked black pepper and sesame seeds (this adds a nice crunchiness). Or, to make the spider I made above, make a spider “body” and “head” on a plate, then pat on the sesame seed/black pepper mixture. Add in sliced peppers for “legs” and “eyes”.
  7. Serve with crackers and veggies!

As an alternative, you can also stuff this mixture into mini sweet peppers for another delicious appetizer. Feel free to spread leftovers onto sandwiches or melt onto paninis!

22 thoughts on “Graveyards and Cheese Spreads

  1. I enjoyed your story very very much. And what a “scary” photo!! Thanks a lot domestic diva

  2. Never seen anything so scary … when it’s about food. Love you story.

  3. P.S. I Love Soap Co. October 29, 2012 — 12:56 pm

    Have to tell you that is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.IK! That being said it’s probably very tasty!

  4. Mmm…that ghoulish cheese looks good

  5. Wow, looks pretty spooky!

  6. I absolutely love your blog! You are hilarious!

    1. Thanks! Work has kept me pretty busy but I’m trying to post more often!

  7. that is absolutely adorable!!!! and i loved the scary story too!!

  8. Great story and I love festive fall/Halloween treats 🙂 Such a cute idea!

    1. It works for non-Halloween parties, too!

  9. Fantastic story. Sounds like my teenage years!

    1. Agreed- I’m at least smart enough now not to wander graveyards at night 😉

  10. ha ha ha ha ha lololol funny ghoul!

  11. Great story and wonderfully scary cheese! 🙂

  12. You glanced at the Twilight Zone being scary. When I was young, less than ten years old by the house we lived in, I snuck out of my room one night after bedtime because mt friends had told me about the Twilight Zone. The episode I saw was about a disembodied voice of a little boy and his parents frantic search for him. It turns out that the boy rolled over in his bed and rather than hitting the wall, passed through a door to another dimension. The scientist that was brought in to help find the child said that a dimension door could appear in thin air, on any surface, at any time and you might never find your way back. I could pass through without knowing and be forever lost. I walked with my hands in front of me, mummy style, for weeks just in case. The Twilight Zone can freak you out.

    1. That series was terrifying! I’m definitely content never watching it again!

  13. I think if I was one of the girls, I would have been traumatized. Sorry for the late comment. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get my much need blog reading done. 🙂

  14. My best friend and I watched Candyman once (we had a knack for renting horror movies from Blockbuster even though we both hated watching them from under our blankets on the sofa bed in her living room). For some unknown reason, I said candyman 5 times into the mirror in the bathroom – we all know where that can lead. I freaked myself (and my friend) out so badly that we wouldn’t go pee without her mom in the bathroom with us. I still hate horror movies…

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