bthr bloopers.

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. beebea says

    Your meringue story reminds me of an incident of my own two weekends ago. I had washed my cloth oven mitts and they were taking forever to dry, so my hubby (UNBEKNOWNST TO ME) put them in the oven as it was cooling down after dinner. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Next morning, I get up to make breakfast, turn on the oven to get it preheated, and start cooking something on the stove top. After being unable to figure out why my eggs were smoking so badly, I realized the smoke was coming from the oven. By the time I got the door open and yelled for my hubby to come help me, they were smoldering, and the process of carrying them outside caused them to literally burst into flames. He threw them in the fire pit, and by the time I checked on them 30 minutes later, they were completely gone, not even a pile of ashes. So now I have no oven mitts. >:(

  2. says

    Thank you for this! We all need to worry less about putting our perfect selves out there and focus more on putting our most authentic selves out there. A great reminder.

    Recently, I was setting up a quick WIAW picture of my yam & peanut soup. I carefully carried the bowl of soup over to the table, put it down, and went back for garnish, napkin, and a spoon. I turned around from the kitchen to come back, and my little grey cat was up on the table drinking the soup!! I chased him off and still ended up taking the picture… at least I know that my 100% vegan soup is 100% carnivore-approved!

  3. says

    Oh boy, my bloopers are way worse. I’ve definitely had them. I get so frustrated with recipe photos because I’m only home during daylight hours on the weekend. I’m usually busy on Sunday, so basically I only have Saturday. I’ve been known to make a recipe again on Saturday so I can get a good picture! I’ve tried some recipes that were just total flops – my two biggest were cheesy mashed cauliflower and zucchini pancakes.

    • Cassie says

      Haha, these are just the bloopers I have photographic evidence of. There are some MUCH worse ones that never made it into the camera.

      But the cheesy mashed cauliflower sounds so goood!!!

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