Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's an honorable goal

It would be fair to say that I am a bit more than a bit domestic.  I like domestic activities.  Truly, I do.  I even occasionally do my vacuuming in heels.  Which just automatically makes me way more of a dork awesome than everyone else I know.  It dawned on me a few weeks ago that while I have this freakish obsession love of all things domestic, I can not cook very many things from scratch.  What I mean by that is I can only cook one thing from scratch.  So I've been attempting to learn to cook, all on my own with no outside help.  It's been going really well, actually.  Except...for the whole baking thing.  I remember that my Granny made basically every baked good that she and her oven ever produced from scratch.  I want to do that.  First though, I should probably learn to not burn the boxed supposedly "super easy" version of baked goods from scratch.  This part, well...this part of my challenge has been a bit harder for me.  I have been successful twice though!  Chyeah!  *high fives to everyone who reads this*  Yep, I'm that excited about it!

I produced some totally tasty yellow cupcakes that managed to make it out of my oven looking like *gasp* yellow cupcakes instead of weird deformed hybrid yellow cake on the top funky rock hard chocolate cake/brownie on the bottom.   That means I did not burn them!  Not in the least!  I was so proud of myself that I tried something I have never been able to master.  The stupid rolled dough cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury, the first time the bottom was a tad browner than the top.  My husband and my 3 year old ate them like they were starving and told me they were good, bless their hearts.  The second time though, I mastered the premade cinnamon roll!  Yay!

These are some of my cupcakes by the way!  I put food coloring in the icing for my son.  I even used my Granny's plates to sit them on.  (=

So now I think I'm ready to actually try to bake something from scratch.  It's probably not going to be pretty.  Okay, my first attempt will more likely not be edible or pretty more realistically.  I somehow have gotten this very rare "skill" of being able to read a recipe, do everything it says exactly and have it still turn out tasting like...WTF.  Yeah, don't ask me how I do it.  It's a gift!  I'm determined though.  I don't know what my first attempt will be though.  I'm thinking that maybe I should go with the easiest thing I can find and work my way up to the harder stuff, so I've still got some research (read: googling) to do on that.  I would try peanut butter cookies, because  I used to help my aunt make them when I was little, and as I recall that is probably about as easy as it gets, but unfortunately the hubby and most likely my oldest son are allergic to peanuts.  (I only say most likely because we haven't had a formal allergy test yet, I'm about 99% sure he is allergic, we're awaiting a referral to get his tests done)

So wish me luck in my quest to be able to bake at least one thing from scratch and have it taste at least moderately good and not burn it into a state where it is unrecognizable. I'm probably going to need all the luck I can get.  No really, I burnt corn on the cob once a few years ago.  I am completely serious about that too.  *sigh*



jsmommy9804 said...

Wow, you burned corn on the cob? How does one go about doing that? LOL
Baking is fairly easy, you just need to stop psyching yourself out about it. Chocolate chip cookies are just as easy I promise.
Cupcakes look delicious!

Babes Mami said...

Start with biscuits, they have limited ingredients!

Love comma Ashlee said...

I actually can make biscuits and gravy! I can make 3 things from scratch, I just forgot about those cause I don't eat gravy and my husband hasn't requested them in a while.

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Kristy said...

I made 4 cheese ravioli today...but not from scratch lol...I bought the noodles the other day at walmart and cooked them and warmed up some pizza sauce and mixed it together lol....which sadly, is still a huge step foward for me. Mom liked it, but I thought the noodles were just a tad bit hard...but it was still pretty good. I'm proud of myself lol

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