Third Time’s A Charm!

From the early days of dating B, it was beyond clear that if our relationship was going to progress, HE would be the better chef in our family.  I love to cook and I think I’m okay at it, but B is INCREDIBLE.  Cooking is like art to him–he loves to research, mix and match, and work to come up with something amazing.  I tend to stick to a recipe, where B looks at a recipe and says, “How can we make this even better?”

Needless to say, cooking a meal for him is slightly intimidating.

Monday night, I had my biggest cooking fail in our marriage.  I set out to make turkey meatloaf muffins, but realizing I had forgotten the eggs, I had to improvise and attempted to make a “Mexican Ground Turkey Quinoa Bake” I stumbled upon in Pinterest.  Not only did it not look appetizing, but it tasted bland and yucky.

In an attempt to salvage the debacle that was our dinner, I went for three instant upgrades: oil, cheese, and corn tortillas.  I transformed the “quinoa bake” into quesadillas, and I will say on a scale of 1 to 10, our dinner jumped from a 1.5 to a 5–not too shabby!

Still, we were left with tons of leftovers that none of us, including Little B, wanted to go near.

In an attempt to be resourceful and salvage the quinoa bake, yet again, yesterday I decided to transform them into enchiladas.

I googled “simple enchilada red sauce” and stumbled upon a quick and easy recipe to whip up a sauce to hopefully add some flavor.

I then proceeded to layer the sauce, tortillas, quinoa bake, and cheese until the dish was full.

I put it in the oven for 25 minutes and waited…

At long last, after three attempts, I FINALLY had a dish that we could fully enjoy eating and even look forward to eating again. (Note: cooking anything with quinoa leaves you with leftovers for days)

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Culinary success, at last!


I don’t know about you, but I hate to fail.  Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

Often failure paralyzes me, causing me to retreat and hide, afraid to try again.

For me, this little escapade in the kitchen was a tiny reminder that sometimes, we’re not going to get the results we’re hoping for on the first try, but even when we fail, we can’t be afraid to get up and try again.  We need to be willing to keep trying, get creative, and think outside the box.  Just because your first attempt is a total bust, does not mean everything is over.

The end-result might look different than we initially expected, but we will only enjoy and appreciate it that much more!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24