The Daring Domestic Diva

I rarely stick to a recipe word for word and I am often found looking for that one missing ingredient that will really make a great recipe ‘pop’ even more.

This rarely works out for me, but I keep trying.

Often it will be okay, sometimes it is a disaster, but I have fun, and I keep trying.

I do this for a couple of reasons. The first being that I am occasionally out of an ingredient (or three). The second is because I do a lot of baking with my daughter. She helps me measure and mix, and together, we bake memories.

And while we are baking, I’m trying to teach her that it can be fun to take a walk on the wild side and add some of her own personality to the recipe and see where it takes her. I am also trying to show her that its okay if a recipe doesn’t always work out and that we can even learn from our failures.

Last week, we attempted to make double chocolate chunk cookies. I think I was missing a few ingredients from the package, but I was pretty confident that I could make it work. According to my husband, they tasted great, but I’m still not convinced that he was being nice, because I didn’t like them very much. My daughter and I had a good giggle over the fact that we weren’t too keen on them, and we moved on.

From this experience, I take away all of the laughing we did while we baked. I also remember my daughter’s confidence when she suggested that we add more chocolate (she totally takes after me). Finally, the next time she is unnecessarily hard on herself, I can remind her about this baking mishap, and she will realize that there are things to worry about, and things not to.

So what about you? Have you had some cooking or baking go really wrong on you? What happened?

What tips do you have for baking with kids?

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  • Laura B. Mar 15, 2012, 12:32 am

    I have SO MANY. Most times I make myself eat the failures (I currently have a batch of soup in the freezer labelled “bad soup”, but sometimes there’s no saving them.

    We rank new recipes in our house this way:

    1. Make it again!
    2. Make it again, but next time do something differently….
    3. Never make it again.

    Peanut brittle is my one epic fail that really stands out. Three failed attempts back in 2001, and I’ve never made it again.
    Another time I was baking at a friend’s house, and she had her flours and grains stored in UNlabelled glass jars… I mistook something for flour, and the recipe was a decided failure. Lesson? Always label your storage containers.

    (Nice meeting you at BlogWest!)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Mar 19, 2012, 10:08 pm

      Hey Laura, It was so nice meeting you too. I love that you have ‘bad soup’ in your freezer. That is something I would do.

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