Friday, January 17, 2014


Ooops.  Mistakes.  Whoopsies.  We all have them.  We all make them.  It happens.  

I initially began thinking about this when someone made a comment about me and my gardening knowledge.  Most people are surprised to know that I grew up in the city, although we moved around a lot, my childhood was mostly Erie, Pennsylvania.  I was a newlywed when I was moved to the country.  I had so much to learn!  I had far more than my share of mistakes in the garden.  I could probably write a book on the mistakes I made those first few years!  LOL 

I had just recently found a couple on Facebook who'd been very important to me when I was little.  This brought back a wonderfully funny "Whoopsie" memory as my dear Mother would call it.  Someone had given us a bunch of freshly dug potatoes.  Think, just pulled out of the dirt, literally.  I took the box home, my Mom was at work and my dad was napping.  I woke him and in his barely awake state, he said they had to be washed before we could use them.  Being like 10, I took him seriously.  I ran a sink of hot soapy water and a sink of cold rinse water, just like you would for doing dishes.  Then I washed each and every one of those potatoes in that hot soapy water.  I rinsed them and laid them out on a towel to dry.  It's funny  NOW!  LOL

Today, I had a mistake as well.  I had planned to bake bread today to go with beef stew for dinner.  I put the bread dough in the oven and went to tend to my sick children.  The little guy wanted some cuddle time and I forgot the bread.  Yea, it baked for probably an hour, dang sinus' kept me from smelling it.

This doesn't look terrible in a picture.  The hard crust is probably an inch thick all the way around, leaving very little of bread edible unless you enjoy eating something that turns to powder in one bite.  It doesn't have to be a total loss though.

Love the food processor!

I took the soft insides out, what little there was, and turned the rest into bread crumbs.  We may not be able to eat this loaf with our stew but it will become coating for chicken nuggets later!

Keep in mind that even if you have store bought bread that goes stale or leftover dinner rolls, hot dog buns, any bread product, that you can lay them out on a baking sheet and put them in a warm oven and let them dry out.  Breaking the bread into smaller pieces will help it dry out faster.  Toss them in the food processor, or if you don't have one you can put them in a Ziploc and crush with a rolling pin, meat tenderizer or even let your kids crush them with a canned good.  Either put the bread crumbs in an airtight container (think Tupperware or Rubbermaid type) or even just put in a new Ziploc and toss in the freezer.

So, when you make a mistake, think outside the box and try to come up with a way to spin it into something else.  The exception is to NOT eat the potatoes that were washed in dish soap.  TRUST me on this!  LOL

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