that I am not good at well, baking to be exact. I REALLY REALLY want to be. But, I am not.
I suppose I should clarify, if I am VERY careful, and I follow the recipe EXACTLY, and I set the timer and do not forget about it and go to Walmart... then, I can bake.
if I ever try to venture off on my own, or get slightly sidetracked, then I get in to trouble.
Okay, so I have been dying for oatmeal cookies. For some reason, I couldn't find my recipe, so I decided to take a chocolate chip cookie recipe and make it into oatmeal cookies.
Well, I didn't do it right.
WHY I didn't just google "oatmeal cookie recipe" I don't know. It seemed fun and adventurous to "make it up."
(I'd like to point out that when it comes to COOKING, I am not bad at making things up. Chuckwagon tacos are my most recent invention, and dang, they were good... But baking is just so stinking precise that I can't do it....)
The cookies were flat as pancakes. They tasted all right, but not great, so I shoved them all together and tried to make one big cookie. It wouldn't bake. It was sad. So I saved the dough, which tasted GREAT to put on ice cream, but they are NOT edible cookies.
THEN the very next day I decided to make banana bread. I forgot the baking soda. I was distracted. If you've never forgotten a levening agent, let me assure you, it is 100% necessary, so try not to forget it. I had to throw my banana-bread-bricks away, they did not taste good.
So, then on Wednesday, I had to make brownies, and I caved and bought a boxed mix. Then I was VERY careful, and promptly burned them. Poop.
I'm taking a break from baking for a while.
BUT, in my defense, I can make baby food that would make Mr. Gerber jealous.
YUM, manicotti, run through the food processor.