Mama Diaries

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Spoonful of Sugar

Before I begin this post, I want to take the time to thank all of you for being here and being so supportive. I'm always amazed by how many of you visit the blogs where I am a guest and leave such thoughtful comments. You're awesome and I appreciate every one of you!

Now for the story:

The other day, I decided to make chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I have makes four dozen. I didn't want four dozen. So I split the recipe. Everything went fine until I came to the sugar part. For some reason, my brain turned off and I dumped in the amount of brown sugar and white sugar the recipe called for, which ended up being about two cups: twice the amount I should've put in.

Fortunately, I realized my mistake before it was completely mixed into the batter. I tried to scoop out half of the sugar, but inevitably, there was more sugar than there should've been.

I baked the cookies anyway.

When they were done, they looked slightly different. The extra sugar gave them a shiny glaze. Hmmm, I thought. I wonder if they're edible.

I tried one. It was actually good.

My kids smelled the cookies and ran into the kitchen to get some.

They thought they were good, too.

"Mom these are the best cookies you've ever made!" my daughter said. 

Isn't it funny how sometimes a mistake ends up improving something? Have you ever unintentionally messed something up to discover that your mistake improved it?

36 comments:

  1. That's cool. Yes, sometimes our unknown mistakes turn to be good. Hope your family enjoyed the sweetened cookies :)

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  2. Hi, Sherry!

    There's one thing about your story that I don't understand. With two bottomless pits under your roof, namely Bubba and Shultz, why didn't you want to make four dozen cookies? I doubt any of them would have gone to waste. :)

    It was nice of you to acknowledge your many devoted friends, Sherry. As I wrote on my blog a moment ago, it always makes me happy to make you happy. :)

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Well, Schultz can't eat chocolate, and Bubba is on a health craze where he doesn't eat much junk. So that leaves me, my husband, and daughter, and we don't need any extra sugar!

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  3. I used to secretly put a bit more salt in my mother's soups when I was little and the rest of the family would always say You're soup is lovely today, Mom :)

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    1. You must've added just the right amount!

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  4. My eldest son used to say "Everytime you cook you make mistakes" this brought back memoreis.
    Thanks Sherry.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I do that, too! (make mistakes every time I cook.)

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  5. When I was newlywed and had never baked cookies before I thought I would make some chocolate chip cookies. I followed the recipe and got the mix together but assumed you must shape the dough into a cookie and then bake them. Well, I put them in the oven and watched them melting into one giant blob! I quick took them out and scraped the whole mess back into the bowl. When I stirred it all up the dough was all brown and on the smooth side. I decided to bake them anyways--using a tablespoon this time, lol! They turned out to be these thin chocolate crispy cookies. But you should have seen my husband's face when he said, "These are really good!"--and he asked, "What kind of cookies are these?" :)

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    1. That's a great story! Did you ever make them like that again?

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    2. No, I never did. I don't know if I could ever reproduce the exact amount of melting in the oven--LOL!

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  6. I love those happy mistakes. Now if only we could repeat them! Just bought Don't Feed the Elephants. I'm reading it first before passing it on to an avid reader.

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    1. Thanks for getting the Elephant book! I appreciate it! Hope you and the avid reader enjoy the book.

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  7. Sometimes things just turn out grand from a mistake. I think we've all had experiences like that.

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  8. Glad they turned out. Now, if it had been salt...

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  9. That is funny. I agree with Liz about the salt.

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    1. Extra baking soda wouldn't have been so good, either.

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  10. A disaster in the kitchen, if only my culinary mistakes resulted in improvements.

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    1. Haha. Most of my mistakes aren't so good, either.

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  11. I'll have some:) A friend in college made great cookie, she just doubled the shortening, sugar, and butter:)

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    1. That might taste like shortbread. Good!

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  12. Note to self, double the sugar next time I make chocolate chip cookies.

    I once made pumpkin bars (I think it was pumpkin bars) and forgot to add the eggs. They still tasted amazing, so the next time I made them, I just intentionally left the eggs out (since the science behind whether eggs are good or bad for us is always changing I'm not sure if I can pretend that makes them slightly healthier or not, but they're at least marginally cheaper to make when I don't add the eggs.)

    Have a great week. - Katie

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    1. I never thought you could leave out the eggs. Interesting.

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  13. Haha...yes all the time! I make mistakes like this all the time too!

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  14. What's that old saying, there are no mistakes?? Makes you think! LOL! I bet your cookies were delicious!! We appreciate you too Sherry! Big Hugs!

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  15. I've made plenty of mistakes in the kitchen. I'm sure some have turned out well, but I can't think of any.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Make a note next time you have a successful mistake!

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  16. Amazing what extra sugar can do, isn't it? But the next time, just go ahead and make 4 dozen and send the extra two dozen to some starving blogger friends :)

    blogging now at www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Haha! Okay. I'll box them up and send them out.

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  17. Sometimes mistakes are the best discoveries!
    ~Jess

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