Monday, September 27, 2010

A mini cookie meltdown...

Over the weekend I decided I wanted to make a nice fall treat for the new parents, Keith and Kerry. I found the perfect recipe for gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. You can find the recipe here. The recipe is really quick and yummy!

We were in a hurry and trying to get dinner ready to take as well. I was on cookie duty and read the recipe over and over. I am one of those cooks who has to go exactly by the recipe. As I was mixing it together, I thought to myself "this is a little gooey" but baking gluten free is always unpredictable. So I really didn't think much of it. I kept checking on the cookies and they just didn't seem to be all! Poot asked me if I forgot any ingredient and that is when I realized what I had done. I had put the entire can of pumpkin in and the recipe only called for 3/4 cup. Oopsy...

For some reason I did not take this mistake lightly. I just sat there and cried over the cookie dough that wouldn't cook. Poot tried to calm me down but nothing was working. He suggested that I go buy another box of cookie mix and just double the recipe. Simple fix but I wouldn't let it go. I just kept beating myself up over a silly mistake.

On the way back to the grocery store we had just left, I realized that I really am too hard on myself. I put way too much pressure on myself. It blew me away when I actually sat and thought about it. I make all these lists and then get angry when I don't accomplish enough. I am always complaining that there are never enough hours in the day. When in reality I need to just give myself a break! Why do we seem to be our worst critic?

In the end, doubling the recipe was the perfect solution. The cookies were fabulous! Why is it that the silliest things become our breaking point? I guess I just needed a good cry.

So with my mini meltdown out of the way, this week I vow to breathe a little more, go easy on myself, and maybe just maybe only write one list. And I am NOT going to beat myself up if it all doesn't get done.

On a lighter note...we got to spend some time loving on Oliver. He is such a cutie! I couldn't put him down!

We of course had to welcome to the family with a moustache photo:

I think from now on when I am having a bad day... I will just go and visit Oliver and eat a few pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! Oh yeah.... and go a little easier on myself.



Meg said...

Eating cookies and snuggling a baby is always a great way to feel better. And usually a lot easier for us to do than go easier on ourselves.

kym said...

Cookies = Yummy.

Cute baby with moustache!! lol

Kristina said...

I hear ya. I'm too hard on myself too. I am a compulsive list-maker, and I rarely accomplish everything I set out to do in any given day, which stinks. But maybe, if I put it on the list, I can learn to relax. :)

Laurie! said...

I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I make them every year. If my gluten-intolerant husband liked pumpkin, I would make them gluten-free! lol

And I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who gets upset when a recipe turns out wrong. Over the summer I tried to make gluten-free red, white, and blue cupcakes, but I measured the water wrong and they turned out disgusting. I was SO upset b/c it was the only box of gluten-free cake mix I had (and that stuff isn't cheap) and I didn't have time to go out and get another one before the event for which I was making them. Yeah... you're not alone!

amylou said...

awww what a cutie!

Denise said...

Sometimes I think emotions just get bottlenecked up inside and you reach a point where it needs to release. Aren't you glad it was over cookies instead of something else! I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Have a great day.

Becky Farley said...

awwww amber!!! hahaha I know that crazy little feeling - I've cried over the silliest things - one was a cooking related cry :) I HATE cooking Amber - sometimes I do the dingiest stuff while cooking - which turns to tears! Thankfully we have good fellas to point out that it's not the end of the world!

Oliver is so tiny and so precious!! The mustache photo made me laugh out loud literally! :) He has so much hair! If I was you I'd be asking Kerry a zillion questions - I'm so curious about pregnancy! haha My sister calls me from her family blah blahblah class and tells me she's NEVER having kids bc they make pregnancy so terrible sounding :) but then you get a tiny little ball of sweetness!