Life is full of lessons. Some are profound ~ some are just little reminders to 'think' before you 'do'.
Exhibit 1 ~ a cute little owl cookie cutter. I had been looking for an owl cookie cutter for quite some time. I finally found one on Amazon.ca for $1.50 where I always order books from. I popped it into my 'shopping cart' and left it there. A month or so later, I went to order some books (ensuring I was ordering enough to receive free shipping and handling), and happily clicked the 'purchase' button. Much to my shock, I realized too late that the owl cookie cutter was not covered with the free shipping and handling of the books. My $1.50 purchase was costing me $12.49 in shipping and handling fees!!!! What???
Lesson 1 ~ double check what you are paying for before you click the 'purchase' button!
Exhibit 2 ~ happily I set out to make owl cookies on Saturday. As my mom had brought me some pure vanilla from Mexico, I went onto cooks.com and found a vanilla cookie recipe. I mixed the ingredients together, excited to be making my owl cookies and looking forward to decorating them. After putting candy beads on for the eyes (expensive little things they are...), watching them puff up in the oven, after one cooled, I took a bite (one must always test their baking before passing it on to friends and family)....GAAAKKKK!!!! Blahhhh! They were gross! I asked Kurtis and Wayne to have a bite. Yup ~ they agreed ~ disgusting cookies! So into the garbage they went.
Lesson 2 ~ do not use untested recipes from the Internet. Especially do not make a double batch.
Exhibit 3 ~ after throwing the rest of the uncooked dough and cooked, undecorated cookies into the garbage, I set about cleaning up my mess. I filled the sink with hot soapy water, donned my rubber gloves and washed my dishes. I pulled out my new owl cookie cutter and...what??? How come my owl is so skinny? What the heck?
Lesson 3 ~ be careful with metal cookie cutters in hot dishwater. They contract.
sigh...not to worry...I was able to bend it back into shape.
It's ready to use again another day...on a more dependable sugar cookie recipe!