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Pinterest fail, a Christmas tale


As I promised in the last post, and the one before that, I’m going to show you my very own Pinterest fail, because it can happen to everyone, and I don’t want you to think it’s just you. It’s OK, we can talk. This is a safe place.

Pinterest, that land of amazing stuff where everyone is some sort of Martha Stewart, and everyone seems to have the most incredible houses, kitchens, children, pets, etcetera.

I spend quite a lot of my spare time on Pinterest, not as an addicted person (OK, maybe a bit… a lot, fine) but mostly in between stuff I’m doing. For example, while waiting for the pizza to finish cooking, I might steal a cheeky look at different boards. Or waiting for the bus to arrive, or during my commute. Actually, my commute is the time when I catch up with all the blogs I follow, so not really, but you get the idea.

There are many things I love that I’ve pinned (bookmarked) as inspiration for future projects. Some of the best, cutest things I’ve done were born out of a Pinterest idea.

When I signed up for a project called The Perfect Stranger, I decided I wanted to make something. This project is just that you sign up and they pair you with a stranger, and then you send each other a box with gifts and trinkets. I thought it was a great idea!

Since we were approaching Christmas, I thought it would be great to create some Christmas potpourri with dried fruit and spices, and send it in a cute jar and packaging. I was confident I would make something awesome, but my first step was to find inspiration, and learn. I turned to Google, and Pinterest. Ideas on decorating the jar, on which fruit to include, but most importantly, on how to dry that fruit. I found a lot of ideas! If you check my DIY board, you can see the different links, along with many other ideas for future projects.

It seemed easy enough. I just needed to grab some oranges and apples, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anises.
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The steps were also easy enough… Slice the fruit in about one-centimetre thick slices and then put them in the oven to dry.
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Up until this point, I was confident. I checked the oven temperature and the timings, and decided that I was going to keep an eye on it, so that it didn’t become a disaster (because I’m that clever), so I sat down to read, and kept going back to the kitchen to check on the oven. Please, note that I was very tired from doing a 24 hours shift at the charity house!
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At some point, I decided it would be a good idea to prepare the jar. Now, this wasn’t going to have any edible stuff inside, so maybe I didn’t really have to use boiling water, but I decided to be thorough, and tried to clean it as best as possible, while still keeping an eye on the oven.
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And suddenly, the gods of Pinterest decided to play a trick on me and my kitchen started smelling like something was burning. I quickly opened the oven door, and a puff of smoke went up in the air. I took the tray out as fast as I could, making sure that the caramelised juice that I had just found had dripped onto the kitchen foil wouldn’t drip anywhere else.

To my dismay, it had already dripped a bit through the partition between the foil sheets, and onto the tray at the bottom of the oven, where it had caramelised, solidified, and burnt.
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As you can see, the project didn’t go according to plan. I had to wait for everything to cool down before I could clean the oven and trays properly, because I was going to bake a cake right afterwards, so in the end, something that I thought would be quick, in and out of the oven, and on to project two, turned out a bit of a disaster.

I have to say that I started laughing because I should have known that the juice, that has a lot of sugar, would caramelise at some point if I wasn’t careful, but you know, we live and we learn.
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So there you go, my very own Pinterest fail. Of course, I wasn’t on time to send my parcel to that person (sorry about that, stranger!), and I must report that I wasn’t sent anything either… But that’s not the point, the point is that I am now intrigued as to how do people make that work in the oven!

I still have two oranges left, and I’m tempted to try again, but I need to come up with a better plan. Do you have any suggestions?

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3 Comments

    • Haha! That’s a really good advice… I should have done that from the start, to be honest, save myself some time!

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