The Last 48 Hours

by Holly on October 30, 2011

in kitchen fail,rambling,randomness

In the last 48 hours, I have managed to delete my last blog post without realizing it (and yes, I’m too lazy to rewrite it and post it again).

Put my hair mousse in the kitchen pantry and cooking spray in the bathroom cabinet.

Started packing for Europe.

Dressed up as a ghostbusting boxing Hugh Hefner (Halloween night #1).

Slept until noon.

Woke up just in time on Saturday morning to eat a mini spicy cheese empanada and drink a large coffee at the farmer’s market before going back to sleep for another hour.

Finished three freelance projects.

Dressed up as Toadette (Halloween night #2).

Got a horrible stomachache which prevented me from eating or drinking much of anything on Saturday…let’s just say a buffalo chicken sub at 2:00am is NOT the answer to that problem.

And upon the return of my appetite, opened my refridgerator to find this:

A can of cannellini beans, Halloween crack mix and eggs.

Oh yeah, and some pumpkin spice tea too.

Ummm…a little help please?

Luckily, I remembered that blog friends are the best kind of help and I saw a White Bean Blondie recipe from my friend Alison that looked delicious in the most healthy way possible. Why not add my beloved peanuts + candy corn to the mix? And the pumpkin spice tea! In honor of it being fall, I’ll add lots and lots of pumpkin pie spice too! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…spice, spice, spice…beans, beans, beans…we’ll even sing a song about it! These are going to be the most festive, most delicious bean blondies of my life – thhhaaannkkk youuuuuu Allison!

Then I realized I’ve never even eaten a bean blondie, so how would I know if this would be the best bean blondie of my life?

And I have no pumpkin pie spice. What’s even in pumpkin pie spice?

Two nights of Halloween partying has left me with no voice. How am I ever going to sing the pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…spice, spice, spice…beans, beans, beans song?

Most importantly, I leave for Europe in two days and have a to-do list 30 things long – why am I even thinking that making pumpkin spice bean blondies is a good idea right now?!?!?

Somehow, amidst this slew of realizations, I soldiered on with my most genius bean blondie idea because I am likely one of the most stubborn people you will ever meet.

But in my pig-headed stubbornness, the one realization I failed to make goes a little something like this: candy corn -> made from sugar -> sugar heats up -> when it heats up enough, it melts -> melted patches of candy corn don’t bode well in baked goods.

Looks like my next 48 hours will consist of me scraping off a baking pan coated with hardened candy corn goop.

Laws of science – 1, Holly – 0.

What is YOUR latest kitchen fail? Remember, we’ve all got one so sharing is caring!


Kathryn October 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I tried to make (decorative) fireworks out of sugar today. Twice. Now I just have a big pan full of hardened sugar. Win.

Enjoy your last couple of days on the wrong side of the pond ;)

Hannah(mindrunningwild) October 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

whoa. yum. I just made halloweenish themed brownies but I wish I’d seen this earlier!!
kitchen fail? I’ve had many. Like things that just wouldn’t cook, no matter how long you baked them. been there, done that :)

Sarah October 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Yay for Europe packing!!!

Gillian October 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Still looks so delicious…

Susan October 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Hahaha, last Halloween I tried to bake cookies with tootsie rolls and caramels and the same thing happened to me. Mind you, the end result was still delicious, but everyone was too put off by the mangled appearance. Whatever, more for me ;)

Alison October 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Those are seriously the scariest, most appropriate, gory Halloween white bean blondies I’ve ever seen! I call this Halloween Blood Bath Baking WIN!

Can’t believe you’re heading over The Pond in just two days! Part of me hopes you’ll be checking in while you’re overseas, the other part of me hopes you’ll forget about your internet friends for a spell and just have a rockin’ good time and come back with tons o’ fun pics and stories to share!

Either way, have fun and be careful!

(It’s the mom in me that has to say that you know…)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

The fact that you would even attempt this recipe makes me love you even more!! So that’s ALOT of love going on!
ps. can I stow away in your bag???

Kristin October 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Don’t worry. I made peanut butter cookies with chopped candy corn and didn’t exactly understand the recipe when it said “make sure the pieces of candy corn are tucked in” – thought my pan was ruined. Just soak it in hot water and you’ll be good… the sugar dissolves pretty quickly. Oh, and I ended up remaking them and adding candy corn the to top during the last few minutes of baking – worked like a charm :) Good luck!!

Hillary October 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I tried to make my noodle kugel from memory last week. I left out half of the (very important) ingredients. My boyfriend still ate it, so I don’t know if that counts as a fail or not…

Take me to Europe with you? I’m little. I could totally fit in a duffel bag.

Erica October 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Om gosh-love the toadette costume! I put have put the tv remote in both the pantry and linnen closet (if that makes you feel better). Have so much fun on your trip!!!

sarah (sarah learns) October 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

so jealous of your europe trip! have an amazing amazing time!

and hmm…i’m not very adventurous in the kitchen, but my latest fails recently have been forgetting about bread/other treats and going to eat them some time later to see that they’re moldy. :(

Jessica October 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

An attempt at vegan brownies turned into gloopy brownie batter that wouldn’t set and had the consistency of gak (please tell me you remember gak!!). I of course ate some it since I couldn’t let all that chocolate go into the trash. Have fun in Europe!!!!

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Heheh, did the blondie at least taste good??

Also, your toad hat is incredible in its hugeness–did it actually stay on your head all night? I feel like it would keep falling off of mine! Though I guess it would make a good pillow if you got tired hahaha :P

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Gah! It would seem like such a brilliant idea to bake with candy corn. At least Europe is on the horizon. :)

I failed today… I dropped an entire bag of popcorn kernels all over the kitchen floor. I’m going to be finding those little biyatches for months.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

take your extra candy corn and make the homemade butterfinger bars i just blogged about. 3 ingredients and you can make them in a microwave in 5 mins and you will not have a flop, i promise!

my latest kitchen fail…well, i managed to drop a dozen eggs all over my counter, all at once, last week. oh, fun times indeed.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef October 31, 2011 at 1:57 am

Honestly, I have been having a pretty good run of it this week… no major disasters lately. My sister did manage to set her kitchen on fire but luckily, she was fine :)

Have fun in Europe!!!

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport October 31, 2011 at 3:16 am

I tried baking chocolate cookies for my pumpkin carving party [in the convection contraption that is suppose to be an oven] and they flattened out into a pancake. So for the next batch I was one step ahead… I poured the batter out into a tart pan! :) I am a genius.

As for packing… I need to get on that. And just a reminder. Pack an umbrella. 60% chance of rain. Boo. But rain has nothing on us!

Alisha October 31, 2011 at 3:23 am

You guys are so lucky you have candy corn readily available this time of year. We don’t get it down here in Australia and that makes me sad because it’s SO good!

Carolyn October 31, 2011 at 9:15 am

I think I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t like candy corn! While I envy your trip, I don’t envy that cleanup job! If it was a cheap pan, I’d be inclined to toss it and buy a new one! LOL!

My latest kitchen disaster was making my mom’s chicken rice soup for the first time a few weeks ago. I royally screwed up the amount (and type) of rice to put in the soup and ended up with a thick, gluteny porridge. Blech. :(

AmandaRunsNY October 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

I was really hoping your blondies were going to turn out. They sounded like a really awesome combination.

I would say 50% of my kitchen “adventures” are fails. Latest one involves burned pumpkin seeds and a blistered pinkie finger. :(

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Oh man, I love that Toadette costume- did you buy it or make it? PS, those blondies still definitely look pretty good, and at least edible. :)

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Such a great idea for a costume!! I think even though it was a fail it is still probably delicious to eat;D Have so much fun in Europe!!

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo October 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I wish the blondies had turned out, because they looked delicious! My last kitchen fail was when I was making baked beans on the stove and my mother called me on skype. One hour later, I came back to a smoking pot and burned beans. Whoops.

janetha October 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

you can’t win em all, it’s ok. i love you.

Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel October 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm


Linda November 1, 2011 at 1:07 am

Those blondies look yummy!!!!! Did you try them?
SO excited for you!!! EUROPE!!! :)

Charlotte November 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

You know what Nick and I were for Halloween?! Mario and Luigi. You SO need to bring that Toadette costume to MN next time!

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