Live like a local.
If you are familiar with services that provide all the recipes and ingredients for you to prepare the meal intended, you will be able to imagine what I am talking about. When COVID broke out we were introduced to Baked In. All the Pre-measured ingredients delivered to me in a neat little box. Now I possess everything necessary to make the dessert of the month! We did not have any kitchen tools or ability to store excess food because, at the time, we were living in temporary housing and our shipment had not yet arrived from the USA. This is way back in April, so we signed up for Baked In and thought that the premeasured amounts would be of great help. Of course, the desserts were far too big for two of us, so after gaining more weight then we intended, I kept two additional month's boxes and then canceled my subscription. I held onto the boxes waiting for the kids to come, hoping we would bake together.
… it is time to start the frosting. Cole reads out loud, “mix the mascarpone with bag #5, so I do this. We whip it, and again, taste it, and there is no doubt something is wrong, it tastes strange. THAT bag #5 ended up being yeast. Then the light bulb goes off. He had been reading the recipe for the cake but, all the while, using the ingredients for the pretzels. We laughed SO hard when it became obvious. We had to throw away the frosting too. We looked in the fridge and found some cream cheese and in the correct box we found icing sugar… we made an ad-hoc frosting. I hold my head in shame convinced the mistake was the company’s when it was ours and ours alone.
Between our fits of laughter, we did the best we could to finish the cake. …It is true, the cake looks horrible. As we learn to be flexible in difficult times, it becomes crystal clear that joy is not obtained by the result, but in the journey making the sweetest memories.
Take it from me, throw out your recipes. Create your own. You might find that your pretzel cake is just what you were after all along.
Don't take life so seriously.
I'm Jody. I love to travel. I love to take pictures. I love to meet people and find interesting places. I also love to write about and post pix of what I've found. But, I've been told that I write like I talk - in streams of consciousness. So, if proper grammar and well composed sentences are a must for you - my posts will make you crazy. If you want to follow my journey as I learn about really cool places and offer some great tips about living abroad, read on!