How many times have you been perusing blogs or Facebook or Pinterest or other social media, and you start feeling inadequate? I know I’ve felt it. Most people put their best pictures, experiences, etc. out there on display, and it’s so easy to compare all of our worst qualities with everyone else’s best qualities. I’m determined to keep this blog real and uncensored, so I will regularly share some of my failures with you. Not all of them, because I don’t want you to lose all respect for me!
Yesterday and today, I’ve been making some quick bread to help a friend prepare for her son’s wedding reception tonight. No problem, right? I make stuff all the time. It can’t be that hard. Wrong! Look at how they’re coming out of my pans…
Maybe it’s time for some new mini loaf pans? Maybe some non-stick ones like these from Amazon?
Thankfully, I have some really awesome friends who understand that life is not perfect. When something looks too good to be true, it was probably photoshopped. I’ll bring the best loaves I have and love and support my friend the best I can.
Friends really make all the difference, don’t they?
Good friends remind you of your good qualities and don’t kick you when you’re down.
I’m blessed to have many great friends!
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May 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Oh, you have cracked me up! 🙂 Thanks for posting! I, too, feel inadequate sometimes when scrolling through my feed or Pinterest. When I first started to blog my recipes someone told me I’d have to go buy an expensive camera with all the do dads, wait for the right lighting, etc. What? I just want to cook! And, I am very impatient so I am not sure I’ll ever be able to wait for the right lighting! Anyway, I am sure the breads taste fantastic!
P.S. I made cookies last week for my husband that were basically crumbs in a container :).
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May 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm
I stay away from the nonstick pans because they release toxic fumes. They used to come with warnings that said that only happened at high temperatures but non-industry tests show fumes being released even at lower temperatures and when heated for short durations. They also are a concern because these toxins are persistent and for bioaccumulation issues.
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May 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm
“…it’s so easy to compare all of our worst qualities with everyone else’s best qualities.” You hit the nail on the head here – and it’s important to keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing a “failure” 😉
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May 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm
I think for loaf pans you can not go wrong with the silicone ones. I hate my silicone cake pans because they are floppy and inconsistent but love my loaf pans.
May 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Generally to avoid the food sticks on the pan I use some oil or baking paper 🙂
May 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm
Thanks for keeping it real! I sometimes wonder if some bloggers are real people or professional food stylists. I usually just hope that my pictures are at least in focus. I’m enjoying that you share both the success and failures. Keep up the good work!!
May 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm
I kinda think this one was for me. Thanks Laurie. 🙂
May 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm
I was thinking of you as I was writing it. 🙂 Sorry I didn’t call last night. It got crazy, and I knew I was forgetting something.
May 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm
When I make banana bread it sticks in the pan almost every time. Once it came out perfect. I think it has to do with the recipe. I made my banana bread in my muffin tin and they stuck bad. I thought it was because we have cheap pans. But then my husband made a different muffin recipe and they didn’t stick at all. It’s a real bummer when the loaves don’t come out looking great.
May 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm
I have to admit, I love making small loaves of quick bread. For me, it tends to be banana bread. Ever since I realized how easy it is to freeze overripe bananas, get a bag of 4 and I make banana bread. The smaller loaf pan allows me to make it lower fat with a bit extra banana and it stays moist. If I make the same banana bread in a large pan, it is dryer by the time it is completely baked through. I do swear by mini loaf pans. The ones you showed an image of on amazon look like mine, but I wouldn’t say mine are non stick. I do oil them, and the loaves tend to come out whole. I wonder if you slightly over baked. Your quick bread looks a bit darker than mine, but it could be a different fruit/recipe that is naturally darker. I do find my dishwasher can never get my mini loaf pans clean though. Yes, I am awful and dishwash many things I am not supposed to. If I had to hand wash many things, I wouldn’t cook. I hate cleaning, but love cooking and eating.
May 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm
This is great 🙂 I always feel a bit lame when I take photos of food with my iPhone… Unedited, no filters, no props! The technology goes over my head and it all seems a bit hard to try to ‘set up’ a good shot…
May 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm
Parchment paper is excelent to make tour pans nonstick, they have a new one that is foil on one side are parchment on the other pretty handy,enjoy your blog thanks
May 3, 2014 at 2:39 am
Wow I really understand where you are coming from. I actually stop writing post because I was getting frustrated at the lack of my equipment to support and make my blog fancy with the seasoned bloggers. I had come to terms with it an got back on the horse AND doing what I love. I never thought to post my failures and I am going to take a leaf out of your book. I think that it make you look indded human and not hiding behindsCGI. Thanks for an awesome post 🙂
May 3, 2014 at 7:45 am
good pans are worth the investment. Even with top of the line pans, I always suggest using parchment paper. Just makes everything come out easy and smoothly.
May 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I have parchment paper. I should have thought of that, huh?
May 3, 2014 at 10:36 am
Thanks for being so honest! I thought I was the only one just taking pictures as and when and not bothering with photoshopping them to perfection… 🙂
May 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Great post! It can be very discouraging when you compare yourself to others, even when we tell ourselves not to. I’ll never have a fancy blog with professional photos, and I definitely share my failures too. That’s being real which is why I started a blog in the first place. Glad to see its not just me! Thanks for sharing 🙂
May 4, 2014 at 8:49 am
Oh I hate when that happens…