Wednesday, September 21, 2011

If you got a flat tire, what would you do?

Am I the only one that gets way too emotional about cooking? Seriously, nothing ruins my day faster than burnt food.

This morning, I ran across a recipe for homemade granola and remembered how long it has been since I last made some. I gathered the ingredients and put Libby on the counter to help. She "stirred" the granola with her hands. (It was all going well until she started shoving fistfuls of raw oats into her mouth.) It came together super quick and I was getting really excited to try it. About 10 minutes into the oven, I started to smell smoke. I was bummed, but hoped it was still salvageable. It wasn't. I don't know why it burned so fast, or why it bugged me so much, but I was just not in a good mood after that. I put the 2 pans full of burnt granola on the porch and aired out the house. 

And then, after a couple hours of sulking I decided to try again. While I was whipping up a new batch (this time with a new recipe...just in case that was the problem), I was reminded of an interview with Jillian Michaels I read in a magazine the other day. She was talking about eating healthy through the holiday season and specifically, not giving up when you make a mistake.
“Think of it this way: If you got a flat tire, what would you do? Change the tire? Or get out of the car and slash the other three tires? No! Get back on the road. Don’t dwell on it, don’t beat yourself up. That gets you nowhere.”

I truly never thought I'd be quoting Jillian Michaels on my blog, but there you go. 


  1. I clicked on the link and totally related to the next point on focusing on what you want....Well I relate to the fact that every morning she wakes up and wants donuts! Sometimes we still cave for donuts (Beyond Glazed here in UT sells a maple icing with bacon one!!!!) but fast food is easy to pass up when I remember how icky I feel after. But sometimes I need McDonalds fries to remind myself when I forget. =)

  2. Yes! I get totally emotional when I cook. When something goes wrong (which isn't uncommon) it totally puts me in a bad mood. I've had a few cooking meltdowns. Kyle can tell you all about the first time I tried to make manicotti, and I posted on my blog a couple of years ago about when I tried to make my own birthday cake... that went hilariously wrong.

  3. I get emotional about cooking too. There was this one time i spent forever on these special cookies and mom let them burn while i was in the shower. Seriously, theres a lil rage inside me right now. Also, mum doesnt understand how much i value food. I made a cake for starlas bday then half of it was still there 3 days later & we (against my will) served it to the missionaries. I was so embarrassed. I am determined to have a name for being a good baker. I can't have 3 day old cake kind of street cred. Haha.

  4. I'm right there with you. I get emotional too when I screw up dinner.