Mama Diaries

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mama Mess Up

I had planned to make chicken cacciatore for dinner, but when I started preparing it, I realized I didn't have all of the ingredients.  Instead of going to the store to get them, like a sane person would do,  I decided to go with  Plan B.  I pulled out a box of Cornflakes and looked at the recipe on the back.  Cornflake chicken.  Okay.  I thought I'd give it a try.  

I followed all of the directions, and an hour later, dinner was ready.  I put it on the table.  My son sat down and started eating it.  He made a face.  "Mama, this is your worst mess up ever!"

"Even worse than when she baked the ham with the wrapper on it?" my husband asked.  (Yes, I did do that.  Don't ask!)

"Yeah.  It's horrible."

"Oh, come on," I said.  "It can't be that bad, or they'd never put the recipe on the box of Cornflakes."

My daughter cut off a piece and put it on the floor for Schultz, our German Shepherd, to eat.  He sniffed it and walked away.  "See?" she said.  "Even Schultz won't eat it, because it's so disgusting."

I looked at the dog.  Then I looked at my family.  I speared my chunk of chicken and threw it into Schultz's food bowl.  "All right, dog.  Let's try this again."

He wagged his tail and gobbled it up. 

"See, it's not that bad.  Eat it!"

"Mom!"

I knew I wasn't going to win this battle.  So I made them chicken noodle soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which they happily wolfed down.

Note to self:  never follow dinner recipes that are on the back of cereal boxes!    

26 comments:

  1. You are so funny. The worst mess up ever, huh?! I'd say you're doing a fine job, then :)

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    1. LOL! Actually, I've messed up a lot worse than that!

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  2. Remember that saying, Don't change horses in the middle of the stream?

    Next time, go to the store. You can experiment when the kids are grown.

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  3. Ha, wow. Sounds like something I would do. Some of my "experiments" turn out okay...some don't! :) At least they were all happy in comparison to the soup and sandwiches!

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    1. I"m glad I had soup and PBJs in the house!

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  4. I made the cornflakes chicken once, long ago. It was decidedly mediocre. I never made it again because I strive to serve nothing but the best! hahahahahahaha

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. LOL! Yes, I'm sure - nothing but the best at your pad!

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  5. LOL that does sound nasty, cereal boxes must need some filler space.

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  6. I like Schultz. No words, just action.

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    1. It couldn't have been that bad if Schultz ate it!

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  7. I don't think I've tried a recipe from the back of a cereal box. Must remember this if I ever even consider it! Your kids are so funny!

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    1. Something is definitely wrong with dinner made from cereal! Learn from me! LOL!

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  8. Haha, I can't help laughing at Schultz reaction. I do that sometimes too- improvise for the missing ingredients and crazily throw in more than what the recipe says. Some end well but some in disaster like one Chinese stir fry where I threw in an entire bundle of cilantro stalks in the wok and that time when I botched a crepe batter when I dumped everything in the bowl.

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    1. Whoa! I bet that was one spicy stir fry! LOL!

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  9. Chicken cacciatore? Sounds musical... singing chicken? Reminds me of those piano exam pieces with the crushed notes... LOL.
    Give me a peanut butter sandwich any day, over some unknown cereal-based recipe!

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    1. Yep. I won't be making cornflake chicken again! LOL!

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  10. LOL I suppose this is why I've never heard of cornflake chicken before...?

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    1. They seriously need to take that recipe off the back of the box!

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  11. LOL. I've tried some of those recipes found on the back of cereal boxes. Can't remember having too many successes. At least Schultz enjoyed your cooking creation. : )

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    1. Yeah, and the amazing thing is that he didn't get sick from it!

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  12. *LOL* I'll remember that advice! Though I'd be leery, too, if the dog didn't eat it at first. Hehehe!

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  13. Hey, at least Schultz had a good meal!

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  14. Hahaha!!!! I HATE missing ingredients. And I have put out my fair share of "worst mess ups" ever!

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  15. Happens to the best of us, thank goodness for PB&J!

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