I had an easy bake oven when I was little. (Which by the way... they still make and they look way cooler than I remember!) It was a present, either for my birthday or Christmas, and I luh-ovvvved it! I thought the mini desserts were just the best and whoever invented cooking by light bulbs is still a genius!
If any of you were lucky enough to also have an Easy Bake you may remember two things:
1. The miniature kitchen appliance came with packets of mixes to make brownies and cakes. You may also remember that it only came with like three mixes for each. Additional mixes were available, but you had to purchase them separately and I remember they were kind of pricey.
2. You may also remember the mixes resulted in desserts that were not actually.... delicious.
But here's why I might be a hoarder....
I loved that toy so much that I was afraid to use up all my packets. It drove my mom nuts, she probably thought I didn't like the gift but I did which is why I was afraid to run out of mixes. I had the same problem with my bedazzler, my paint by number velvet painting kit, and my teach yourself origami book. I was so excited to be in possession of the things I loved, I hated actually using them!
So fast forward umpteen years since that Easy Bake, and well, I have the same problem. For example, I was given a jar of saffron from Santa for Christmas and I'm so excited about all of the possibilities those beautiful threads hold that I'm terrified to actually use them. Same goes for a really good bottle of wine, a fancy jar of olive oil, or a fancy bag of beautiful tea leaves.
I think this hoarding of specialty foods would be ok if it didn't translate into my life choices. The problem in saving easy bake oven mixes is that by the time you're finally ready to use them, you're old enough to know that easy bake items don't taste so hot. Instead of holding on so tightly to things I think I'll love, I need to actually experience them and share them with those people I love. I guess that's partly what this blog is about.
So I'm working on it. And it's too bad you all aren't close enough to enjoy the best paella you've ever seen full of spendy saffron, delicious olive oil and gourmet sausage! It's going to be fabulous.