May 7, 2013

I'm Curious...What the What?!

Can I ask you something?  Do you ever feel like you're doing a wonderful job in the kitchen?  You know what you're cooking for dinner or baking for dessert, you have all of your ingredients raring to go; mis en place is all set. :)  You personally feel awesome and like a kick-ass Iron Chef, also raring to go?  Okay, maybe not an Iron Chef but I think you catch my drift.

Totally random: but how adorable are these measuring spoons!?

I came across these the other day because I couldn't find my 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon. These were all the way in the back of the silverware drawer. Just thrown in the back. Neglected.  How could I! Shall we blame it on the hubs?  Ha!  Who am I kidding!  He wouldn't be caught dead holding a measuring spoon. :)

Annnnd the tangent has ended.  Back to my point. Well, I had a point earlier. I hope I remember it and then make it...eek.

I think I just wanted to ask you if you have ever been SO NOT on your game in the kitchen but it felt like all was going so well?  You just could not make sense of it? Of course that's happened.  Because no one is perfect. And cooking is all about mistakes and learning from them, right? I know this!  I really do.  But lately with me, in the kitchen, when I'm 'raring to go,'  the things that happen seem so silly. It seems the cake batter, or bowls, or oven racks and even those pesky knives have other plans for me.  Just call me 'Ditzy Dana".  Hey!  I know some of you pretty well.  If you're reading this, be nice.

It's so true though.  What's up with slicing and dicing things nice and slow and on appropriate surfaces, only to still end up nicking yourself?  Or when your entire prep area is clean and pretty with all ingredients laid out, ready to be used, when out of no where, the cake batter becomes alive and decides to jump up and land on a total random spot such as the paper towel holder.  Like, really?  I'm sorry!

This would come in handy right about now.

I will admit that I tend to do most things in my life really fast. I'm proud to say that I'm a pretty kick-ass multi-tasker at most things in my life and I thoroughly enjoy it.  Before you think, "psycho-talk".  Let me explain a little further.  I don't know why I am "fast" with things.  It's not like I'm pressed for time or that I'm rushed.  I have just always been that type of person. I've always wanted to be ahead of the game with everything I do.  I'd say since high school, this funky-weird-fast-multi-tasker personality came about.  At my tender age of 30 now, I have definitely tried my best to s.l.o.w d.o.w.n. I've noticed it more and have realized that I cannot get everything done in one day, I just can't.  No one can.  It's impossible. And it also gets boring after a while.  That ritual Sunday, I can do it on Monday night. Who cares? I've learned to say that more often now.  But routine is still nice to have in this crazy life.  You do need it still.

I'm glad I took notice to that.  But it is stressful at times when stupid things keep occurring as you cook or bake and are questioned with, "why, man!?!"  Like why did that teeny tiny corner of the paper towel have to touch the open burner and catch fire for 5 hot seconds as I had a heart attack?  Or why did the cap of the veggie oil become so greasy when there was hardly any mess of oil to make that happen?  Or maybe this all just happens to me?  The unexplained in the kitchen? Hmmm...that could make a cute blog name...Hey! Don't steal that one!  Please enlighten me.  I've recently discovered to stop and smell the coffee again.  So now when I cook, cake batter still gets on random surfaces but I don't burn my fingers or forearms anymore because I'm not as fast with things.  I take my time.  That's a good thing I think.

How do you feel about all of that nonsense I just mentioned above?  I have to confess that at times I do wish I could look as perfect and cook as perfect as Ina Garten does. Everything is so neat and pretty.  I know that's T.V. for ya. Whatevs.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  It's chilly, rainy and gloomy here in Philly today.  I'll make the best of it somehow.

Love you, mean it.

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