Well, actually, the story starts back in my childhood, when my mother was fond of saying, “We don’t need to buy _____, we can make it at home with what we already have.”
Ah, the frugal Desi mom (perhaps you have one?). Though she bought my brother and me all of the necessities (and even splurged on us frequently), she always wanted us to be resourceful.
So figuring out how to accomplish what I want with what I already have has become second nature. *Subtly shoves aside pile of impulse purchases with foot*
I recently purchased the Cuisinart Griddler to add some variety into our dinners. I love grilling veggies, tofu, paneer, fruit, and basically anything I can get onto the grill (see above). Indian American Dad loves waffles so asked me to get the waffle plates. At $40, the waffle plates, sold separately, were 1/2 the cost of the Griddler itself.
Sooooo, I decided to use what I had and make waffles right on the grill portion. Sure the waffles would be shaped funny, but they’d taste the same. Right?
When I poured the waffle batter onto the grill, it spread out alarmingly fast. It ran toward the back of the grill onto a hole in the back and here’s what came of that:
|Waffle batter spilling out of the back, onto the counter and on the electrical cord. In case you are wondering, the green blob is the previous night’s palak paneer.|
As a blogger, I love to check out other bloggers’ work, ooh and aah at their amazing photos and clever recipes, and generally experience blog envy. At times, it feels like like everyone else has it together.
Facebook friends are off climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro or getting their dream jobs or posting photos of their gorgeous homes/apartments or looking enamoured with their well-behaved
husband kids. Meanwhile, you’re trying to get your act together to make a road trip 2 hours away, your dream career is years away, you live in a tiny apartment, or can’t stop bickering with your spouse.
On blogs and Pinterest, superwomen serve gourmet breakfasts on designer plates, color code their kids’ toys, and have organized closets. Oh, and in their free time they take breathtaking photos of exotic locales.
So while Pinterest is fun to peruse, and even the best of us has stalked/envied friends’ lives on Facebook, I think it’s important to give ourselves a reality check at times. Fails are all around us (albeit rarely pinned on Pinterest or featured in a Facebook feed). Remember, “Yes” lives in the land of “no.” So fails are a part of life, and I Am Moms will celebrate them!
What are your recent fails? Do you have pictures? I’d love to see some reader epic kitchen fails. I’ll put them up on the Facebook page. You can e-mail them to me at email@example.com.
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