Posts made in February 14th, 2012
We all want to put our best foot forward into the world. Bloggers are no exception. We want our best recipes, our best words and our best photographs to be what is out there for all to see on the interweb. We get so wrapped up in this picture of perfection, that I think sometimes we forget that it’s important to share our mistakes and failures, too. No one is perfect, and trying to project the image that you are perfect is not only completely inaccurate, but it’s also totally exhausting. Sometimes it feels so good to just share the mistakes, mishaps and misadventures. Trust me, there are a plenty. So now I’m going to peel back the curtain and show you some of my recent fail whale-level events. Some are comical. Some are sad. But I promise, they are all real.
Those beautiful nests were supposed to be a Valentine’s Day dessert that’d I’d share with you guys. Meringue nests with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries. Sweet, but still light. Too bad I totally forgot the meringues were in the oven when I cranked it up to cook something else. Meringues are supposed to cook at 200° not 450°, in case you were wondering. 15 minutes later, I went to stick in my other dish and BAM, realized I had ruined my meringues. You can hardly tell in this photo, but they were burnt on the top and not at all cooked in the middle. Looks are deceiving, if you would have lifted one of these off the platter, you’d have a bunch of sweetened egg white run out the bottom. Not good eats. Although, we totally still ate them.
Have you ever tried to take a good picture of chicken tetrazzini? Well, it’s impossible. Especially when you are trying to shoot it with the last remaining rays of sunlight before the sun sets. Terrible horrible no good pictures. Delicious dish that didn’t make it on the blog thanks to a photography fail. There is a lot you can fix with Lightroom and Photoshop, but photos this yellow and washed out are a lost cause. Dinner was yummy, though!
This recipe you’ll see later in the week (200 calorie brownie sundae, people!) but this fail was a fail because of the case of the slipping whipped cream. I didn’t whip it, whip it good. And as soon as I put it on the hot fudge, it just slid down the side of the sundae. Because of this, I was forced to eat this sundae and then make another, prettier version. Sometimes you gotta take one for the team. And if the success of BTHR means I gotta eat two brownie sundaes for lunch, well, so be it.
It took me 33 tries to get a decent picture of my circle skirt for this post. I had this idea of an awesome swirling skirt picture, but I ended up using one where I was standing still because I was getting too dizzy to keep trying.
Have you ever tried to make a baked bloomin’ onion? Don’t.
We almost always eat my failures, but this burnt, mushy, weird thing went straight into the trash. I’m not even sure why I photographed it. I knew from the minute I took it out of the oven, it was a failure. We have been using the sauce as sandwich spread, though.
There is this crunchy Ramen noodle slaw recipe that has been a staple in our family for years. I’ve made it no less that a dozen times with the exact same, delicious results. Then I go to make it for the blog and the whole world caves in. The end result was TERRIBLE. I’m not sure how I broke a tried-and-true recipe so badly, but I did. It was somehow both flavorless and too salty. I also managed to use my food processor incorrectly and the cabbage came out half pulverized and half in giant chunks. It was a fail all around. I took it as a sign that this recipe is supposed to stay at our family pot lucks and not be on BTHR.
No less than a dozen times, I’ve started taking photos for a day in my life post and then totally forgot about it halfway through the day or got really bored of my life and figured you guys would, too. One of these days, I’ll actually make it through a whole day again. Maybe on the one year anniversary of the first post.
What are some of your recent bloopers?
1. Valentine’s Day
Yes, I’m one of those people who loves everything about today. I love pink and hearts and candy and flowers and balloons and stuffed animals. I don’t need Valentine’s Day to celebrate love, but I think there is something very nice about having a full day dedicated to loving the one you’re with. Even when I was single I couldn’t hate on this day. I’m a sucker for some candy hearts. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
2. My Kindle
In preparation for our beach trip next month, I shelled out the cash and got a bottom-of-the-line Kindle. I have an iPad, which I love, but it is not good for reading, especially in the sun. The Kindle ROCKS. So light, easy-to-read, and I can get lots of great books for free from my library.
3. The Neti Pot
In an attempt to hold off another sinus infection in 2012, I’ve been using the Neti Pot like it’s my job. If you’ve never heard of the Neti Pot before, it’s a small plastic tea pot that you mix a warm saline solution in. You then use it to stream the solution through your sinuses. Sounds disgusting and painful, but it isn’t painful at all (and only a little disgusting). It almost immediately takes away sinus pressure I have and makes sure my sinus stay clean and infection free.
4. Junk Food Clothing Colts Sweatshirt
This sweatshirt was a Christmas gift from Babyface and it’s amazing. Other than being Colts-erific, it’s also incredibly soft, cozy and warm. I had it on over my Recipage shirt and a pair of old lounge pants and I turned to Babyface and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been this comfortable before.”
5. Your generosity
Getting sick of me plugging this yet? Well, you only have four more days to endure. Seriously though, I am so in love with how open and charitable you guys have been with the Cook for the Cure Raffle. I am in complete awe of the numbers that are coming in. I always knew BTHR readers were amazing, but with this, you’ve totally exceeded my wildest dreams. XOXO. Even if you can’t join in the raffle fun, you can do your part by spreading the word about it on your blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. I understand that not everyone has money to spare, but by spreading the word about the raffle, you’re helping save lives, too. There are even graphics to use! Thank you for supporting me and this cause.