I don’t have it. Not really, anyway.
I have the patience for things like…
…yeah, no patience.
It’s become very clear to me, more than ever, that life is full of trial and error. And because of this realization, it has also become very clear to me, more than ever, that I have a hard time being patient with that.
Today, I attempted making churros. I forgot the water. I was forced to add it after I already had the sugar and oil on the heat, to the point that it was smoking. Turns out it didn’t really matter, because once I added the flour everything seemed a-ok.
But then, when attempting to push the dough through a bag/star tip, it wouldn’t budge. I wasn’t strong enough, and I seriously did not want the dough exploding out of the bag and end up all over my hands, or worse, the floor.
I wonder if there’s some baker’s workout on Pinterest?
“Okay, no problem, I’ll just roll the dough into balls,” I thought to myself. Cool. I heated up the oil and began to fry. Everything seemed fine. Rolled them in the cinnamon-sugar mix, and took a sigh of relief. They looked great!
So I took a bite…and spit it right back out.
They had not cooked through. Ugh. I’ll have to do this again, another day. Keep an eye out for that post.
Everything is trial and error.
Waking up in the morning is a pretty good example.
Will my alarm clock be effective? No? Hmm…maybe I’ll set three for tomorrow.
Styling my hair is trial and error.
Okay, the fancy new volumizing shampoo I bought makes me look like Mufasa. Big fat error.
Dating. Dating is definitely trial and error. No italicized examples necessary.
Cleaning the fish bowl. Another example.
I’m pretty sure my roommate didn’t MEAN for the fish to fall down the sink drain…
All of this trying and error-ing becomes overwhelming, but you have two options:
1.) Try, try again.
2.) Surrender and abandon ship.
There are times when you just want to throw your hands in the air, throw in the towel, and throw other things around because apparently that’s the theme when giving up. But don’t! Learn to adapt. As Eric from Boy Meets World once said, “Life’s tough. Get a helmet.”
Option #2 is for quitters. We’re not quitters, we’re winners, dagnabbit! And I’ll be damned if I let some churro travesty kill my baking mojo, a crazy shampoo continue to make me look like a native to the Amazon, or let a few slightly more meaningful setbacks crush my spirit. On to bigger and better things, I say!
Things like…Key Lime Pie.
I love Key Lime Pie. It’s such a refreshing change from chocolate, and gives my texturebuds (it’s a thing) a run for their money when I’m not putting cake or cookies in my mouth.
Initially when I made this, it didn’t set. I decided to have some patience, and let it chill. Boom. Key Lime Pie.
Lesson of the day? Patience gets you pie.
I think we could all practice patience for a result such as this, dontcha think?
Key Lime Pie
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup lime juice
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp lime zest
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a small mixing bowl.
3. Add melted butter, and press into mixture with a fork until thoroughly combined.
4. Press into a pie pan and bake for 5 minutes. Set aside.
1. Beat egg yolks, lime juice, vanilla and heavy cream until combined. Add zest and combine.
2. Add sweetened condensed milk until completely combined, and then on high for 5 minutes. The filling will begin the thicken.
3. Pour filling into prepared crust.
4. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
5. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Top with whipped cream when cool. Visit the Fruit Tart Cupcakes for that recipe here.