A series of unsavory events …

My coworker had a birthday over the weekend. The rest of the team put our heads together last week and decided to celebrate this birthday in this morning’s staff meeting. My coworker is gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. No problem. There’s a bakery near one team member’s house that bakes gluten-free, vegan goodies, some without nuts.

But when she arrived at work this morning and opened said bag of goodies, she discovered the perfectly wrong order: peanuts in some items, pistachios in others, gluten in all. Sad times.

We decided to pretend we weren’t acknowledging any birthday business today. We went on with our day and I let everyone but the birthday boy know that, since tonight was an early night for me, I would bake some gluten-free vegan goodness when I got home. I stopped at the grocery store and found all the things I needed. I came home and whipped up all the fixings, put them in the oven … and just opened the oven to find an even grander fail than the nutty cookies from this morning. At least those were yummy, just inappropriate for someone with allergies. What I pulled out of the oven? Really not edible at all.

I have no idea what I did wrong, but I don’t have another set of ingredients to give it a second try. And it’s too late, besides. I’m half asleep, and that’s surely no way to be while trying to bake.

Sigh. No plan for tomorrow, just lots of disappointment in my sometime-y baking skills. Super sad times. 😦


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4 thoughts on “A series of unsavory events …

  1. I say bring your ‘flop’ and a hardcopy of your slice in for the birthday celebration. To me, it’s the thought and the story that count most! I’m sure the birthday boy will feel so touched by your intentions.

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    1. I love this idea! I couldn’t share that flop with anyone, however! We bought some vegan, nut- and gluten-free cookies at the vegan restaurant around the corner from work, and all was right with the world! 🙂

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  2. johnrereads

    I SO agree with above. The gift of words is more meaningful that some baked goods.
    Perhaps you can crumble your “flop” over ice cream and make the most of it.

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