Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Word To The Wise

On a cold, dark December morning you may feel you have the world by the tail.

You've gotten up an hour earlier (5:15am, thanks Gus) and the house is lit by the tiny Christmas tree,  oatmeal quietly cooks away on the stove, laced with dried cranberries and chunks of apple and you sip your latte and read the food section of the NYT.

You're showered, dressed and a lunch of homemade potato soup with chunks of ham is packed and ready to go.

Yes, all is good until until you take that first bite of oatmeal drizzled with honey and realize you're spiced it with chili powder, not cinnamon.

Rethink day.





44 comments:

  1. I say when life gives you chile powder, just add lots more honey!! I've done the same thing: salt in my lemonade instead of sugar… no remedy there!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing, add more honey. I hope it wasn't a total loss... At least you still had your time and tiny lights and NYT, etc.

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    2. Sorry ladies, not being as philosophical as you two, I dumped the mess and made a fresh batch.

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  2. I just scraped a tin of sweetened chestnut purée into a soup by mistake. Had to add lots of lemon. Still too sweet. You have my sympathy

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  3. Oh, no! I was totally enchanted by your morning, and then... You are a good story teller, my friend.

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  4. I would laugh, but that would be mean. I suppose you could have added chocolate, and had chili chocolate oatmeal, which is the kind of thing we Californians actually eat:)

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    1. My thought exactly, only I didn't know the location to assign such a dish to. Thanks. You can laugh. I did.

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  5. It's all Gus' fault! He should eat it ;-)

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  6. I swear my husband would have that divine...but yeah. No bueno.

    We are up way too early here as well-no doubt it's all the craziness surrounding our impending move ( OR to CA on FRIDAY! )

    When you host your flowers in the house again, I'll have some fun new native plants to toy around with :)

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    1. Now this is one crazy Christmas week! Good luck.

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  7. Oh no ... you poor thing.

    Our family is still snickering about our daughter's first attempt at Chess Pie years ago. She misread the recipe and added a CUP of flour instead of the tablespoon.or two that the recipe called for.

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  8. Haha! That must have woken you up!

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  9. We use to keep the paprika near the cinnamon and my husband who puts cinnamon on his toast mixed them up one time. They now live on different shelves.

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    1. At least it wasn't cumin I told myself.

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  10. Chili powder and maple syrup is amazingly delicious...added to sweet potato tacos. But on oatmeal? Not so sure.

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  11. Oops! Reminds me of a morning when we were kids and my mom made this chocolate gravy that was poured over biscuits - a once a week breakfast for us (yes, you read that right). Our first bites were followed with "eeeeewwwww!" and she was not very happy about that...then she realized she'd forgotten to add sugar.

    I hope your day picked up! Merry Christmas, Flower Jane! :o)

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    1. Actually, when I got to work, I took a big swig of my iced latte and discovered they had sweetened it. Bad mouth day.

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  12. Now that was a wake-up call for sure!
    Once, I had my mouth set on a baked potato with greek yogurt (use instead of sour cream) I got the potato all loaded up and took the first bite..what a surprise to find it was flavored with 'honey'! xo

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  13. Funny girl! But easily done..... My mother once topped a beef pie with marzipan instead of ready-to-roll pastry from the store. She was not amused, although we were!

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  14. Katie C has a point...
    I'm not telling any of my blunders!

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    1. If I didn't talk about my oops I wouldn't have anything to say:-)

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  15. A good excuse to leave early and stop at Starbucks ... their oatmeal rocks! Hope the day improved. xoxo

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    1. Incrementally. Yes, I love their oatmeal. Usually love mine too.

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  16. Ay, que bueno! Out here, that would probably be considered a great hearty Western breakfast! Especially next door in nuestro estado vecina, Nuevo Mexico. Life is good," Jane, "life is good" indeed. Thanks for snother great tale of daily life in Small but Charming land.

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    1. p.s., these stories are great. I once blackened a small piece of fish, suitable for msybe 3 people tops, with enough pepper to handle a 110-lb marlin. We've all been there; thanks for a great laugh.

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  17. HA! That's something that I'd do ;)

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  18. Jane, need your help. Invited to Christmas Eve dinner - bring dessert. Will your Chocolate Ganache Tart feed 8 adults after a heavy meal, or should i take two? can I use "regular" chocolate and butter, or does it need the soy to work right? thanks.

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  19. Webb, it is so rich one is plenty! I used regular everything and it was delicious. Love the coconut milk in the ganache.

    xo

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    1. Thanks so much. This is definitely going with me! Thanks. xoxo

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  20. I can't tell the difference between chili powder and cinnamon either. (Just kidding, trying to make you feel better, did it work?) On another note, is it me or has the food section of the Times deteriorated badly?

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    1. Yes, I was looking for some inspiration for Christmas dinner. Nada.

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