Friday, April 15, 2011

Fabulous Friday Food - From Great to Average

In the interest of keepin' it real around here, I thought I'd let you in on a few secrets and call it a Fab Friday Food post.

1. I didn't cook anything fabulous this week. In fact, I really can't remember what we ate this week. Do you ever have weeks like that?

2. I may be a great cook, but not everything I cook comes out great. How is that possible, you ask? Well, take a look at these pathetic pancakes.

I burned made these while on Spring Break when I was forced to cook on an electric stove.

3. I hate electric stoves.

4. Here's another flop from last weekend. Ree, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, gave this recipe for a grilled Romaine salad with a strawberry balsamic reduction. I thought that sounded really good. I still think it sounds really good.

It tasted like dirt.

[Ree, if you're reading this, I am sure it has nothing to do with your recipe and everything to do with me. And if you're reading this I think you probably have too much time on your hands--don't you have a conglomerate to run?]

5. Just yesterday I was trying to do something nice for my girls, so I made their all-time favorite cookies. These . . .

. . . for which I actually have already given you the recipe. They are delicious, unless you put them in the oven and then go upstairs and get completely sidetracked and leave them in the oven for about 15 minutes too long and then you smell something so you go check on the cookies only to realize that the oven timer has been going off for 15 minutes. Oh my heavens.

But, being the troopers that we are, we soldiered forth, cutting away the really brown parts from the edge and diving right into the middle of the pan. They were pretty good, but not great.

So, see? Not every week is a bang-up, wonderful, fantastic food week. Some weeks are just your average I-can't-even-remember-what-we-ate-for-dinner weeks.

I'm still a great cook, but I had an average week.

How about you? What did YOU have for dinner this week?



  1. So glad to know that even the perfect homemaker has some imperfections. I'm definitely right there with you. We had my favorite - cappelline Pomodoro - last night for dinner. It's just angel hair pasta with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and such. So light and fresh. The only problem is that whenever I make it I eat way too much of it. So that kind of defeats the light part. I finished it off at lunch today. That was probably 3 portions. Ugh!

  2. I cooked up a storm this week, with a houseful of ministry partners here for a leadership retreat. Everything turned out great . . . and I am now ready for a week of average or less than average meals. Pancakes sound great.


    PS. I am not good at breakfast foods - pancakes, french toast etc. My husband always has to make those.

  3. This is oddly encouraging, being that the kitchen is not my friend.

  4. You're supposed to wash lettuce before you eat it. ;)

  5. Shelly,
    I love your blog. I have every single one of your intentional parenting posts bookmarked and my husband and I refer to them often as we begin our journey of parenthood (our daughter is 8 months old). I also love your recipes and have used quite a few. Another thing I love is your Good Reads - I look forward to that every week and have started doing something similar on my own blog. But I don't think I've ever loved reading a post as much as did this one. Thanks for being honest. :)
    - Kelli
    PS - My pancakes almost always look like that!

  6. Thus, the life of a foodie! I am forever ebbing and flowing in the kitchen. I have to say, I'm loving everyone's dinner suggestions today. And you're right - that PW salad looks good! I just bookmarked her Greek salad, too. Yum-a-num!!

  7. I LOOOOOOVE that attitude. I was saying just this to a friend the other day. When I knocked something over, I used to say 'Oh, I'm so clumsy' but now (thanks to my husband!!), I say 'Oops, that's not like me'. I think the things we say about our selves make a big difference.

    You ARE a great cook!!!

    Even your bad pancakes look good!!


  8. LOL.

    Bless your heart, I've SO Been there! I'm so glad that you linked this up in my post today!

    I've burnt many a thing by forgetting and getting sidetracked and I've made recipes that others swore were heavenly and divine and I've thought ''REALLY''