02 June 2011

Peaches and Lace


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Cardigan: Xihiliration by Target lace (worn here before - similar here)
Top: Gillian & O'Malley by Target (worn here before - similar here)
Skirt: NY&Co. abstract print (worn here before - similar here, pencil here, as dress here)
Belt: J. Crew metallic skinny (similar here)
Necklace: Laila Rowe (similar here, here)
Shoes: Sofft vivian (worn here before - similar here)

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Juicy sweet Georgia peaches are in season right now, which should have been a sign for me to leave well enough alone. Why mess with nature's tasty perfection? See the sweet little white peaches nestled innocently in the springform pan, unawares of the baking-disaster to follow?

I don't bake a whole lot because I'm really a salty-things gal and I don't have an awesome track record with it. I've done the occasional cheesecake or yellow cake or some partly-made Pillsbury something before, but I don't really like having to precisely measure, take out big equipment, excuses, excuses.

But since BF is a peach and dessert fiend, I thought I'd try my hand at this recipe - even though I didn't have all the necessary ingredients. Like real butter. Or a skillet. And too lazy to break out the mixer.

So I ended up with this:

Though the cake in the pic appears mildly salvageable, I assure, it was not. The whole thing was about an inch thick, which totally means it didn't rise. And it took 3x longer to cook than the recipe recommended, which still resulted in a goopy middle and now completely shapeless melted soured peaches.

Brave sweet BF still took for himself a piece though and insisted it was good. Though the rest of that thing is still sitting by its lonesome on the counter, waiting patiently for the merciful trash can countdown.

I could go all day with my past cooking fails (ever try to cook puff pastry in the microwave? or puree chickpeas in a blender? or make anything that involves chicken and peaches together? or use cayenne powder in place of chili powder?), but I'd love to hear from you.

Do any of you have any cooking-tastrophes you want to share?


  1. I have a problem with beans and burning them, no joke. I know how it feels to have a cooking disaster! My husband tells me that the first 3 meals I cooked for him when we moved in together were perfect; over the next year I either burned, under-cooked, or over salted the food. Currently, things are much better (6 years living together, and me cooking)- but I still have the occasional disaster. I'm not a baker either, but when I bake I stick to simple recipies- and I try them out with my mother first before making them on my own!

    BTW- I love that skirt & top together.

  2. That's such a cute outfit! I love how you combined lace, stripes, and a petal-ish print and kept it all looking cohesive. As for cooking disasters, I haven't had toooo many, but when I was younger, my best friend and I used to make tacos a lot. We had no idea what we were doing, and it's a wonder we didn't get food poisoning somewhere along the line!

    (In other news, I'm giving away a gift certificate to my etsy shop over on my blog. There's no subtle way to work that into a comment, so I'm just puttin' it out there! It's at http://julierosesews.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/etsy-shop-giveaway-yay/ . )

    Hope your day is great! ...And that some merciful soul washes the cake plate for you so that you can pretend it was never made. "Cake? What cake? There was never a cake." :P

  3. Do I have any cooking-tastrophes? DO i ever! Lets see...leaving the cake too long in the oven (ive done that several times - i blame it on the oven), burning the wooden chopping board, overcooking chicken...i can go on for days.
    One problem I have with springform cake tins is that if not lined properly, the batter leaks and burns the oven. This happens to me ALL the time.
    Love the outfit!!

  4. Oh jeez! hahaha I'm actually a pretty good cook and baker, but I totally messed up tacos a few weeks ago. I'm pretty sure tacos are one of the hardest things to mess up, but I managed.

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  5. I'm actually pretty good in the kitchen (I've even won a few baking competitions!), but one time last year I decided I was going to cook pan-seared scallops for my boyfriend for dinner. I didn't realize that olive oil has such a low smoking point, and when heating it up, I caught the pan on fire....thankfully the fire went out almost immediately, but not before making smoke damage all over his cabinets and ceiling. Whoops!

  6. This is so funny. I was almost salivating when I saw the peaches and then to see the end result! :) Sorry to laugh at your misfortune. I can laugh 'cause I've been there - many times. My parents can both cook/bake very well, and while I normally cook up a decent meal, I've sure had my share of catastrophes!! For instance, just yesterday I posted I somehow managed to ruin a frozen pizza. Really?! How does this even happen? :)

  7. Loving that outfit combination!

    Years ago I wanted to impress a group of guys I knew by making them a big pan of lasagna, only I didn't realize when the recipe called for two cloves of garlic it didn't mean two HEADS of garlic. I don't think they were impressed. ;)

  8. Ahaha, one time, when I was like 9, I accidentally put 1 cup instead of 1 tablespoon of oil into a brownie batch, and used olive oil instead of canola. They turned out...awful. They were all goopy and tasted a little like I'd tried to fry them or something.

  9. Such a cute look, love the lace :) I am TERRIBLE in the kitchen, all I can make is ramen...which I set on fire once leaving it on the stove too long :( I'm horrible.

  10. Hahahaha, I love this post :) I have had a ton of cooking disasters, so it's nice to see that other people get into the same messes as I do every once in awhile (although, you're right... it doesn't look bad at all... in fact it made me really hungry). I once tried to make homemade pesto but I didn't have a food processor at the time so I tried using my blender. It did NOT work. I ended up using this mini chopper thing and had to put less than a cup in at a time. That didn't really work, either, so I had to try chopping it all up into a paste by HAND. It took me almost an hour to do it all, and it was a huge mess by the time I finished. I didn't even have the energy to enjoy eating it afterwards!

    BTW, your outfit is amazing. You are the print-mixing-queen!!!

  11. I hate it when I spend all that time and it flops! wahhh.
    Love your pattern mixing!!

  12. Oh my goodness, I could BURN WATER. How's that for a cooking catastrophe? Seriously, I've done it.

    I love your skirt and kudos to you for even trying the recipe!

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  13. Super cute skirt, Lisa! I love how you mix together lots of prints and textures with ease.

    I burnt cookies the first time I used an oven. And I haven't touched one since, hahaha. The cookie dough was even straight out of a box, so I couldn't even take credit for anything that could've gone right :)

  14. I finally managed to make meringue for my lemon meringue pie on mother's day, but then the actual lemon filling didn't set! Grrr!

    I love this bright floral with the blue lace.

  15. lisa!! i love your outfit.. the mixing of prints.. florals, stripes and lace! just stunning you look beautiful my dear!!

  16. you are so adorable! I love the outfit and I love the peach pie story!!! LOL!!! I tend to be very meticulous when following recipes, so I don't have any interesting food stories. Drinks, on the other hand are NOT my forte!! When we were first married I made a huge pot of chili for my husband, with really good cornbread muffins...at the grocery I remembered how much he likes coronas and they were absurdly inexpensive. So I got the 6 pack and I got a bunch of lemons. {I guess it was supposed to be limes} Oh...and the coronas were cheap because they were miniature. Ooops. At least the food was good!

  17. I feel like cooking is always a trial and error thing so most of the time I have cooking catastrophies but it teaches me to perfect what I messed up on. :)

  18. You gals warm my heart with your kitchen "tales!" I guess it is true, to err is human, so at least we can all have a good laugh over our cooking mishaps - at least no parties were burned, maimed or poisoned due to our "efforts", haha! And the best thing is that we keep trying and have some cooking successes along the way!

  19. Oh know, sorry to hear about your cooking-trastrophe. I can't really think of any that I have had, and that's probably because I don't do much cooking. I agree with Jen though, some ovens just don't work properly :)

  20. This skirt is too awesome! Love how you paired it with the stripes!

  21. When I follow the instructions with a little concentration, I'm good. Except for the time I subbed baking soda for baking powder. Or maybe it was the other way around. Anyway, I ended up w/a flat mess of some sort instead of dessert.

  22. Very cute outfit and I love the print on your skirt.

    Here is my baking horror story. I'm usually pretty good with cooking and baking, but yesterday I burnt my Pecan Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. :(

    Instead of bringing the time down since I converted the recipe from loaf to muffin tin. I kept the 35 minutes and they came out hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Let just say the birds are having a great meal. I'm going to make them again though! :)

    ps. I may try your recipe out and see how it goes.


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