YOU GUYS. Having a food blog isn’t all about eating amazing food meal after meal. There are a lot of foodie fails. A lot of recipe fails. A lot of great ideas that don’t really work in real life. Funny thing is, these fails stay on my camera and I never transfer them to the computer because they aren’t worth sharing. Eek, way harsh.
I’ve noticed everyone on social media posting their “best 9 of 2015.” I love the idea of going back and recapping your year and remembering the good times. But, 2015 for me was about taking chances and going for it when everyone was like, “what the hell is she doing with this blog thing?” Everyday, on social media and on this blog, I share my best with you. I share the most delicious recipes that are “blog worthy.” Instead of recapping all the yummies you already know, I want to share the stuff that doesn’t make the cut. The stuff that turns out horrible. The miserable fails. Because that’s more fun, right?
This post is meant to be funny, but also a tale of someone that had an idea and went for it. I had a blog idea and went for it. I have recipe ideas and I went for it. This post is to show you that you never really know how things will turn out unless you go for it. Whatever is in your heart, do it. And be fearless about it.
In a effort to start the new year fresh, clear out my memory card to fill with new memories and recipes, here they are my worst nine of 2015:
ONE: Flax Seed Crackers. I wanted these to be amazing. I hate going to parties and being so restricted to dipping veggies. I mean, I love veggies, blah blah, but I also love crackers. Sooo, I wanted to make a flax cracker that was low carb, dip-able and delicious. Fail. Some people have made their own version of these and rave about them. Go look for their recipe because they’re doing something right.
TWO: Broccoli Soufflé. This was such a great idea. Soufflé sounds so fancy and add broccoli to it, healthy, right?! This was like eating lime green pillows of air that had zero taste, zero flavor, and zero excitement. Hello, you are now entering underwhelming city, feel free to continue looking at your cell phone because there’s nothing to look at here.
THREE: Carrot Cookies with Hazelnuts. Truth be told, I’m not sure if these are carrot or sweet potato cookies. I really wanted a healthy, savory cookie. Or maybe I just needed a cookie, period, and making it “veggie based” one was my way of making it okay. Verdict? Think chunky baby food with random hazelnut bits. They sucked and I abandoned my efforts after the first batch.
FOUR: Hi there, Spinach Pea Soup! Ugh, this was right around springtime when I was desperate for a delicious spring soup. I had made some yummy soups for winter and I felt like spring needed a fresh, green bowl of slurpiness. I don’t know what I was thinking. Oh yeah, and in the process of taking pictures of it, I spilled it EVERYWHERE.
FIVE: Remember those flax crackers above? I made multiple batches, determined one would turn out. When I realized they sucked yet again, I crumbled them up and made flax cracker granola cereal. I felt like this was my answer so I didn’t
waste feed Jaryd yet another batch of bleh. I couldn’t bring myself to eat more than one spoonful.
SIX: dairy free Neapolitan Popsicles. It was summer, popsicles were fresh on my mind, and I wanted to experiment with flavors and layers. The store only had the most ginormous popsicle sticks which should have been my first clue that these babies were not in the cards for me. I ended up ditching the whole Neapolitan thing and going for a chocolate fudge which turned out oh so heavenly 🙂
SEVEN: Raspberry Chia Pudding. Oh chia you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey chia. What what. Chia pudding has been a go to breakfast for me for, um, a while now. I did a whole post on different flavors and I knew raspberry would be my next big chia pudding flavor. I don’t know what happened, but it was basically a random mush that never actually turned into chia pudding. There was something about putting the raspberry in before the overnight sit that threw the whole thing off. I think I’ll stick to adding the raspberries on top! kthxbye.
EIGHT: Coconut Lemon Walnut Bars. There is something about this flavor combo that speaks to me hard. Spring time has me craving lemons like whoa and walnuts and coconut seemed like a natural step. I made these bars, which were tasty in their own right. The bottom layer was more soft and cake-y while the top layer was like a layer of frosting. Ugh, my belly hurt so bad from these that I couldn’t bring myself to post about them. I don’t know if I used a bad ingredient, or if it was just too too much of everything, but belly ache central right hurr 🙁
Drum roll please…
NINE: Corned Beef. Sometime shortly before St. Patty’s day I resolved to make a traditional corned beef to celebrate. I found a recipe I liked, bought all the ingredients, spent hours upon hours marinating and cooking this bad boy. It smelled HEAVENLY. It looked TO DIE FOR. Then we ate it and… it was the saltiest damn thing. I bought the wrong thing. It was already brined and I had again brined and boy oh boy. SALT-TAYYY. I mean, we still ate it, just wit gallons upon gallons of water.
So there you have it, my friends, my worst nine of 2015. Hoping that after airing these dirty deeds I can finally put them to bed and start fresh in the new year. Hope you guys have a happy and safe New Year, and so so so much love to you all!! xo