Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Pitfalls of Pinterest

Pinterest should come with a warning label.  "Dear foolhardy viewer of many boards, if you're not domestically inclined, tread with caution."

Just about everyone in my library cooks, bakes, or crafts.  These very talented ladies could host their own NPR show.  For outsiders, like myself, pitch-ins are a nightmare.  There is inevitably one dish that sits untouched, and that one dish would be mine.  I don't blame them.  My side times rarely look edible.  I do my best to hide them in the back, and there have been moments when I even skipped over them, but it would be nice, just once, to cook something that was both beautiful and delicious.

So I saw this picture on Pinterest and thought, "hey, I can do that."  Glancing through the ingredients, I realized I had recognized all of them (which rarely happens) and there were no directions that left me puzzled (which often happens).  I could do this; it was basically just fancy spaghetti.  I bought the few items I needed and prepared for a delicious dish of "Healthy Chipotle Sweet Corn Fettuccine."  Oh Emily, you dreamer. 

Twenty minutes later I had a HUGE dish of something that in no way resembled  "Healthy Chipotle Sweet Corn Fettuccine."  Did you know that when the directions say "greek yogurt," they mean plain and not vanilla?  That you should not, in fact, put vanilla anywhere near fettuccini?  Awful.  I mean, really awful.  The confidence I felt just an hour before was gone.  Stupid Pinterest.  So my not so tasty fettuccini get put on the list of yet another Pinterest fail along with candle making, canvas wall art, and corn chowder.

But it's fun.  It's fun trying new things, trying to put your own flare on a space in your home.  You don't have to be Martha Stewart; you just have to love the process.  Sure, the process often includes a spurt of choice words, but there are always a few laughs in there as well.

So I solute you, all you lads and ladies who aren't afraid to try new things.  And for those of you that come to domesticity naturally...take a bite of that dish that is a little less than perfect at your next pitch-in.  You might just make someone's day!

What's on your list of Pinterest fails?

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