pants on fire

A soap bubble explosion in the kitchen put Martha Stewart on my official “do not trust’ list.  Fizzy bath bombs went off like rockets in the night when I followed her instructions.  Not a pretty look for my kitchen.

To be fair, it was sort of fun to relive the volcano explosion experiment from 7th grade, and my apartment now smells like a soap factory.  Not the worst, right?

I tried to make Bath Fizzies, which I was told would look something like the picture below.  I wanted to keep mine clear, however, and so I opted for no food coloring (only difference).

Here are pictures from what actually happened — first, the mixture began puffing up up up from the mold:
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and it eventually covered the entire plastic:
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I had faith that the puffiness would settle over night, and that the magic fizz bombs would appear by morning.  I was wrong. After 12 hours, the mixture turned into a crumbling piece of… well… fizz:
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I’m calling out Martha, but I think it’s a lesson for the blogging community in general.  How often do bloggers post about projects, recipes, or other activities gone terribly  wrong?  I know this isn’t the first time *I’ve* gotten disastrous results by following a blogger’s suggestion.

I think it’s time for a revolution – let’s stop posting about how we made THE BEST cookie, art project, outfit, etc, and just be honest. Maybe say: this cake was OKAY but I would never make it again – it was too much work and confetti cake from a box tastes the same.

That might be an extreme example, but what I’m advocating for here is honesty.

I’m also a fan of resilience, and so I turned the experiment around and made something much easier — alphabet soap.
4.5 4 5 6 7 8

15 thoughts on “pants on fire

  1. I am SO with you. I actually recently found a food blogger who has a whole section dedicated to the recipes that didn’t work out. I loved it! It was nice to see that even bloggers with perfect pictures have some disaster before they get to that point.

  2. Although going off on a slight tangent, I think the majority of authors in the blogging world feel the need to always display their best selves and ideas to their readers. It is actually quite refreshing to see that not everything works out where magical unicorns and sunshine grace our presence 😉 It shows that we are human and authentic. Although with your positive outlook and can-do attitude, you seem to always find a way to turn a less than desirable outcome into something much better than originally planned. And that may be the best take away from this post 😉

    • hey dave, you always make me look at things a different way — it’s definitely desirable to put your best foot forward, especially on the internet, but i think honesty can still fit in there 🙂 maybe if a recipe or project is a disaster then just don’t post about it?? on another note, do you cook??

      • Personally, I think it is a good idea to share things that don’t always quite work out. It’s a distorted version of reality if we go through life believing that everything is going to work out as planned. It’s how we react and adapt to those times that define us.

        Absolutely, I love to cook. As I stated in one of my very first posts on my blog, it is one of the few activities that allows me to use all of my senses simultaneously. It is extremely engaging and you get to enjoy the end product (often with a glass of wine which makes it even better). And even if the recipe doesn’t turn out as planned (which it often has), you still have the wine 😉

  3. LOL! I have this happen a lot with my baking! I try a new recipe and it bombs. I blame the big name chefs/bakers. I watch them on television and it looks so easy. I try it at home and it turns into a big pile of goo I have to scrape out of my oven. :-O

    Case in point, for several years, I have tried making fudge for Christmas. I tried ten different recipes and followed them to the letter. NONE of them turned out! I was so mad because MR N LOVES fudge! Two years ago, I was determined to make it work. I looked at the recipe and thought to myself, “I am a baker and I need to go with my intuition.” I changed a few things and lo and behold, I made fudge! MR N said it was the THE best he has had! 🙂

    I think that bloggers should be honest and showcase the things that didn’t quite work out. I know that we all want to appear like we don’t have explosions or big piles of crappy writing that not even our loved ones would tolerate. If we are honest with ourselves and say we are authentic, then we HAVE to be willing to show our mistakes too. 🙂

    Your alphabet letters are so cute! I love them! 🙂

  4. Those bath bombs are rediculous! And yes, I’m right there with you, girl! If we were to share what doesn’t work as well as what does then the blogging community would be able to be much more reputable. At least your alphabet soaps were adorable!

  5. Love this! How funny! I think my go-to keyword when I search for recipes on Pinterest is “easy”…haha. And even then there’s no guarantee! I’m glad you documented the craziness. 🙂

  6. I’ve been lead astray by Martha before, too! Kind of funny after her recent comments about bloggers not being experts in their fields. (And maybe she does have a point, but I think it’s rich considering lots of her recipes go awry!)

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