From Croutons to Brownie Bites

by Phyllis Sather on June 19, 2013

Eric suggested croutons for our salad. We’re on vacation and keeping things simple, but I thought, I can do that – easy, just cut up some bread, add seasoning and bake – right? How difficult is that. I spent too much time trying figure out how to turn on the oven and never did figure out how to use the timer so I told myself I’d just remember to check them.

You know where this is going, right? Me remember…wrong. When I finally did remember I took them out and they were black. So much for my croutons. When the guys came home my husband looked in the pan and said, “Brownie bites?”

This led to a discussion of my optimism – apparently when cooking gets bad I tend to say, “It’s going to be OK.” Some examples are when the hot dish caught on fire in the oven, or when I poured the Thanksgiving gravy down the drain, . My girls said every time their cooking goes wrong they hear me say, “It’s going to be OK.”

That’s not a bad thing, right? After all, they don’t remember the hundreds of meals I cooked that turned out great, but the hot dish catching on fire, now everyone remembers that!

We’re making memories. We’re laughing at ourselves. Since laughter is so good for you, we’ll all live longer because that hot dish caught on fire – right?

I’ve also left them – and myself, with some important lessons.

It will be ok – we did eat that hot dish – after removing the burnt top and carefully browning the newly exposed top. We opened a jar of already made gravy that I kept on hand for just such emergencies and our Thanksgiving dinner was fine.

It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself. At one time or another we all so silly, dumb things. Where do you go with it if you don’t learn to laugh at yourself?

Don’t take yourself or your mistakes too seriously. They’re going to happen – learn to enjoy them. Make a memory.

Once again I’d like to share some articles that inspired me this week:

Raising Homemakers article 22Ways to Raise a Home-Wrecker really caught my attention.

Amy Bayliss has a post with links to several well written articles on marriage – Pure Hope

Finding Joy in the Journey,


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Phyllis June 29, 2013 at 7:47 AM

If we cook we’ve all had our moments – its now what happens, but how we respond to what happens. Thanks for stopping over.

Phyllis June 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM

I think learning to laugh at ourselves and not taking everything so seriously is great. I’ve definitely mellowed as I’ve gotten older. Thanks for stopping over.

momstheword June 29, 2013 at 1:19 AM

You are teaching your daughter’s some great lessons! I’ve had my cooking moments as well, lol! Thanks for linking up to “Making Your Home Sing Monday!”

Linda S June 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

You have me chuckling, Phyllis. There have been plenty of kitchen mishaps in my household. A wonderful testimony of a job well done when you hear your daughters echoing your own words “it’s going to be ok” :)
I enjoyed this peek into ‘real life’ – thanks for sharing!
(stopping by from Raising Arrows)

Phyllis June 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

That sounds like a post I should look up when I need a good laugh. I’ll just do that – I can always use a good laugh. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathy Penney @ Sparkles and a Stove June 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I have a post called Worst Lemon Bars ever. Nuff said. You cook you learn. :-) Thanks for linking up at All Things Pretty and come back soon!

Phyllis June 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Thanks Sarah, for letting me know that you were encouraged.

Mrs. Sarah Coller June 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, Phyllis! Thanks so much for linking up with my Homemaking Party. Hope you have a great week!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Phyllis June 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Amazing how often that happens – huh? Guess we just aren’t multi-taskers.

Rachel @ Wife, Then Mama June 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I did the same thing with re-heating pizza last week. We ended up getting McDonalds :)

Phyllis June 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I will be glad to do that. Thanks for the invite.

mfashforward June 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Would love for you to share this at my linkup

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