AUTHORS THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: A Chocolate Mess In the Kitchen

Good morning again campbellsworld visitors.
This morning Mary Hiland gives us a look into her kitchen.
If you’re a baker, you’re sure to enjoy this tale.
If you do please let Mary know.
As always, thanks for stopping by here in campbellsworld.
Please, if you would, share.

PS. A helpful hint.
When I cook I use a large tray or cookie sheet underneath my bowls etc.
Helps cut down on the mess.

Have you ever had a craving for a piece of cake, or a cookie, or maybe just anything chocolate? That happened to me today, so I pulled out a new recipe for chocolate cake cookies that looked easy to make.
It was indeed very easy, and that’s why it was so maddening to me that even with a simple recipe, I still made a big mess in the kitchen. Whenever I bake, I make a mess. It’s a fact of life. The good thing is that I clean up as I go. This recipe calls for a chocolate cake mix, so you’d think that just emptying the cake mix into the large bowl would be, well, a piece of cake. Wrong. Even though I was careful to make sure the opening of the package was aimed right into the bowl, I still managed to sprinkle some on the counter. Have you ever tried to wipe up spilled cake mix? Usually, my messes happen after I’ve added the liquid, like slopping the batter over the side of the cake pan or pouring the cooked frosting over the sides of the pan instead of over the top of the cake or being too enthusiastic about stirring the sauce and splattering it all over the stove. Then there’s always over-pouring the rice into the measuring cup and winding up with rice all over the floor. I remember the first thing I ever cooked for my fiancé was a can of Campbell’s chicken and noodle soup, and I spilled most of it on the counter. What a way to impress him with my culinary talents. I did the same thing when my daughter and her husband brought their first baby home from the hospital, and I was in charge of getting a meal together that night. I happily stirred together a mixture of cream of mushroom soup and some other stuff to make this delicious sauce for pork chops, and of course, I spilled some on the counter, and my son-in-law gasped. My daughter was used to observing such accidents and thought nothing of it, but seeing his reaction made me pause and slow down. Maybe his mom never spilled anything. Now here I am, years later, making the same messes. I realize now that my family never pointed out my spills and cooking disasters, and that’s a mistake a lot of sighted spouses make. They see the blind husband or wife trying to create something in the kitchen and going about it in a way that they would not use, or maybe it took longer than they thought it should. The next thing you know, the person who is blind quits trying, because she’s made another mess, or he missed a spot when he peeled the potatoes. Sometimes, it’s just easier to do it yourself seems to be the philosophy of the sighted on-looker. I’m grateful that my husband, my children, and my guests throughout the years have accepted my less than perfect methods of putting together a meal. Of course it was to their advantage to not find fault, but I’m still grateful anyway. It taught me that if they can forgive the mess, than so should I.
Want the recipe? Set the oven to 325. Mix together 2 eggs, ½ cup oil, 1 chocolate cake mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake about 18 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen. Note: Put all of the cake mix into the bowl, not on the counter.


The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Mary Hiland / C 2017
E-book: $3.99 / Paperback: $11.95 (209 pages)
Available from Amazon, Smashwords, and multiple other online sellers.

Short synopsis:
As a blind only child, the author enjoyed the single-minded love and devotion of her parents. So when her mother, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, was going blind and deaf and needed to move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland to assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother. She wrote her book with the hope of being helpful to others in this tough place in life.
Just one of the many glowing review quotes that accompany the book: “Most of us have faced, or will face, the problems of dealing with an aging parent, but Mary Hiland did it blind. Her book The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living captures the frustration, rewards, and incredible complications of the ordeal with feeling and humor. I was impressed that Mary handled it so well—and thankful that she tells us about it so vividly!”—Daniel Boyd, author of ’Nada and Easy Death
For a longer synopsis, author’s bio and photo, cover photo, text preview, full review quotes, and buying links, please go to:

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. She is now working on her third book which is to be a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.
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3 Responses to AUTHORS THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: A Chocolate Mess In the Kitchen

  1. Amy Wade says:

    Im a professional baker and I blow my kitchen up. I mean masss flower and powdered sugar casualties. Lol Love the story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Patty says:

      Here is Mary Hiland’s comment back. She’s having some trouble learning how to navagate WordPress.
      Mary says…
      Here’s my comment.

      Since I wrote this, I’ve tried to be more careful in the kitchen. I have a big glass cutting board that I use to protect my countertops from stains, and when measuring liquids, I hold my cup over the sink. All basic stuff you learn in blindness 101, but I get lazy or in a hurry. One other problem I had was getting raw spaghetti all over the stove top when breaking it into the pot of boiling water. Now, I break the spaghetti over a big bowl, away from the stove, and then tip the bowl into the boiling water. We live and learn they say, but it’s taking me a lot of living to learn everything I should have known by now.
      Stay tuned for another adventure in the kitchen in my story called “Ban Phone Calls While Baking.”


  2. Patty says:

    Hi I’ll let Mary know. Hopefully she will come visit here. Thanks. Yeah I blow up my kitchen too. Used to bake bread for a living out of my home and there was always flower somewhere.
    Even though my beagle was not allowed in the kitchen while baking he somehow had flower in his fur. LOL! Stuff gets airborn and woo hoo!


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