If you like to laugh, then you might like this post. Have you ever had one of those days where you realize the day is half over and you haven’t smiled a genuine smile or laughed a good laugh yet? Oh, those are tough days—we’ve all had them. Hopefully you don’t have too many of those. Well, if today is one of those days, then take a minute and check out this post. I hope it makes you laugh.
2016 is underway, and it seems like everybody has a plan to be better at xyz, to feel better, to eat better, to look better, (fill in the blank with whatever resolution you like). People are doing their thing, and that’s great. Personally, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I look at my shortcomings and failures on an ongoing basis. There are simply too many of them to wait until the end of the year to inspect and make improvements. I am a work in progress in every area of life!
Today, I’m sharing my failures associated with me in the kitchen and my new blog venture. I’m always learning from my mistakes, but am not beating myself up over them. Making mistakes is one of the ways I learn. Mistakes are frustrating, but they can also be funny. It’s important to not take things too seriously in the kitchen. With that in mind, I want to show you how NOT perfect things are here. I want to show you some things I’ve done wrong and the messes I make. I try not to make them all of the time, but things happen!
People have commented on my baking/cooking, telling me how beautiful things look and how great they taste. I sincerely appreciate that. Thank you! But please know what happens behind the scenes isn’t always so pretty. I spill things. I forget to write down how I did something and then have to make it all over again to make sure I have the instructions as precise as possible. Not every day ends with perfectly frosted cookies and perfectly baked breads. Sometimes I end up with a chunk of brown sugar down my shirt that flew out of the mixer, or a gingerbread man wearing a bulletproof vest. Read on….
I shared my gingerbread cookie recipe with you in December. Those were cute little guys, weren’t they? Well, say hello to the first cookies to meet the frosting that day before I thickened it up a bit.
Gingerbread Men, you say? I’m not so sure about that.
Is this Christmas or Halloween? Boo! My husband said this one is looks like it was covered in concrete.
If you’re wondering if I was frosting this with a blindfold on…No. No, I wasn’t. It was supposed to be a Christmas tree.
This started out as a button on the gingerbread man. The button didn’t look good, so I turned it into a tie. Then the frosting sort of morphed itself into something that resembled a bulletproof vest. Have you ever seen a gingerbread man wearing a bulletproof vest? You have now.
Entertaining is fun-I love cooking for people. Here’s a boo boo I made this summer when we were hosting a home brew beer tasting event at our apartment. I made soft, hot pretzels to pair with my husband’s home brewed beers. Prior to baking the pretzels (which I will be sharing in an upcoming post – my gluten free version!) I give the pretzels a little bath in baking soda to help them brown nicely. The baking soda bath, which boils on the stove, overflowed and went all over the stovetop, onto the floor, into our oven, and between the glass panes of the oven door. Huge mess! Our guests arrived 10 minutes after I made this mess. Luckily, my husband cleaned up most of the mess while I finished making the pretzels. The lesson I learned from that was to not fill the pot too high with water! Noted!
I’ve been taking pictures for my blog since October, having never owned or used a nice camera before. I don’t know the first thing about taking pictures. In fact, one day I called my husband and told him the camera wasn’t working. He suggested that I charge the battery. So, I did, but the camera still wouldn’t take pictures. Then my husband asked me if I had taken the camera cap off of the lens. Oops. I was trying to take pictures with the cap on the lens. I have a lot learn, but it’s coming along.
I call this photo, “Turd Zucchini Cake”. I’ll just say it. I know you’re thinking it. I started experimenting with taking pictures of my food back in July and took this one of my mini chocolate zucchini cake. It’s delicious! Don’t be fooled by its poo poo appearance. I’ve made it 3 times since then. But I remember thinking at the time, “This is NOT a good picture, Denise!” And now I’m looking at it and not only is it not a good picture, it looks like a giant turd fell from the sky and onto a green plate. The walnuts standing guard around the zucchini cake only makes this picture worse.
Since then, my husband showed me how to use his very nice camera and I’m working on taking pictures that capture what I see right in front of me. I’ve found that taking good pictures is much harder than it looks! My goal is to capture the images of what I make so you can experience what I’ve made as much as possible without smelling, touching, or tasting it. I will continue to work on my photography. Baby steps.
I hope some of these made of you laugh. We do a lot of laughing over here, and it’s usually because of something I did wrong. See, sometimes failure can be funny.
More recipes on the way!