The truth is, I'm really not sure.
I am, however, quite convinced that it was some sort of food.
Nobody even came close to guessing where I found it. This strange looking morsel was tucked down by the hinges in my dishwasher. I'm not positive how long it had been there.
Here's my best guess of what happened.
One of the kids was loading the dishwasher, and decided that it was probably OK just to put the bowl holding the spaghetti sauce in the dishwasher without emptying the remaining amount of sauce from the bowl. I discovered this the next morning, after the dishes had been "washed" with spaghetti sauce. Apparently, when there is more sauce in the dishwasher than dishwasher detergent, the spaghetti sauce wins and all of the dishes turn a not so lovely shade of orange/red.
They also have a really great greasy feel to them.
Anyway, I emptied the remaining contents of the spaghetti sauce from the bowl (yes, there was still some in there. I shudder to think of how much was still in the bowl when it was put in the dishwasher) and I re-washed the dishes. This time they came out clean.
My guess is that some sauce slid down and got stuck by the hinges of the dishwasher door.
It was a pretty solid chunk when I found it, and I think I recognized the remnants of a slice of mushroom on the side, which is really strange, because I don't put mushrooms in my sauce.
So, it looks like the winner of the GUESS THE MYSTERY FOOD game is Katie who said "It looks like a mushroom with pizza sauce"
So Katie, CONGRATULATIONS!!
You win THE RESPECT AND ADMIRATION OF YOUR PEERS!!
Which, when you really think about it, is about the best prize anyone can win!
(plus, it doesn't cost me anything in shipping, because that could get costly ;0)
And to those of you who guessed anything to do with chocolate, you should know better. I would never let chocolate go unnoticed long enough for it to look that way. I am able to search out any unattended chocolate in the house.
What can I say, it's a gift, kind of like a sixth sense or something.
Join me tomorrow when I sort through Max's dirty clothes hamper and we play the exciting new game "IDENTIFY THE STAIN"