Do it by the book? What if you haven’t read the book? Have you ever been tempted to say, “it would be so much easier to give up and just quit” or “this is too hard?” I was almost there while working on an excel spreadsheet. Deep into the night/early morning, with the little knowledge I had about how formulas work, we, hubby and I, managed to complete the task. Quitting had not been a viable choice. I kept thinking: this is figure-out-able. (thanks, google)
Everything is figure-out-able.
Let me just preface these thoughts with this comment: there are some things over which you have no control and therefore can do nothing about them. Those situations may not be figure-out-able. You may have to just accept them “as is.”
Today’s handle must have been the theme of my week. The morning (after the “excel” night before) brought another challenge: make buttermilk brownies for the basketball banquet. (no, I did not set out to make that an alliteration)
As I began, I discovered a close-to-empty powdered sugar container. First response: run to the store to buy some powdered sugar. Time was short. This has got to be figure-out-able. The Vita-Mixer caught my eye. Ah, yes, blend the granulated sugar into powdered sugar. Excellent. (Have you ever done this? Did it work for you?)
Are these duck eggs still good? That is figure-out-able: put egg in cold water and see if it floats. If it does, it isn’t good. (too much air had gotten inside) Done. Two good duck eggs.
Brownies made, iced, and set aside, cooling, to be covered later. (that’s a lot of commas in one sentence!)
What to do with the rest of the buttermilk that needed to be used???
Buttermilk biscuits…the best!
Biscuits made and ready to be eaten. The hungry eaters quickly cleared the breakfast counter of large, heavy school books to make room for their plates. Home school convenience: kitchen island bar = school desk = eating space.
Somehow, the sheet of cooling brownies looked like a great place to rest the stack of books…(out of the corner of one’s eye it might have appeared to be a brown place mat? giving the benefit of the doubt for the “starving student”)
This IS figure-out-able!!! It has to be. No time to make a second batch.
Using a spatula, I strategically shoveled the icing and thin half layer of cake-like brownie off the laminated library book and replaced it into the odd, book-sized rectangular space in the center.
It wasn’t the prettiest sheet cake. Now what? How can this be figured out?
Ahh, cut the rest of the brownie sheet cake in diagonal pieces, eat a few of the “middle” pieces. Tell friends to take the weird servings from the middle if they want buttermilk brownies for their dessert choice. Serve sample pieces from the ‘bookmark” to the cooks in the kitchen preparing the rest of the banquet meal. Then, place the pan on the table with all the other offerings from other parents and hope it blends in with the rest.
If anyone asks why I cut the servings diagonally, I’m prepared to tell them I did it “by the book!”
How about you? Have you faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge? Was it figure-out-able? Please, share with us. You may be helping us figure it out, too.