<— See this? It was supposed to be a Key Lime square. As you can tell, I failed miserably. I pressed the crust into the pan and baked for 8 minutes as instructed. Then I made the filling and baked for another 35 minutes as instructed. (I baked both at the correct temperature.) Then I refrigerated the pan as instructed.
And then I tried to cut it.
I couldn’t get the knife through the crust. Not even a little bit. I tried sliding it down the sides of the pan. I tried digging at the corner. I even tried twisting the tip into the crust in the centre of the pan. All I got was a bent knife tip. Eventually I scrapped off the key lime part and threw the pan in the sink to soak. For an hour. At least I salvaged the pan. (By the way, we ended up with peanut butter squares and candy cane cookie leftovers for dessert.)
Recipes will flop. Things will be broken. People will either cancel or show up with three extra people in tow with no notice whatsoever. Life happens, especially around the holidays.
You will survive. Nobody will starve. Christmas will not be ruined for all times. Trust me, I have Christmas stories that would make your head spin. I’ll bet you do too. That is what the holidays are all about. It’s not about what’s under the tree, it’s about who’s around it. Anybody who complains about something that has gone wrong doesn’t get an invitation back next year.
One of my favourite quotes is from Marie Osmond: If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
So when a minor disaster strikes this Christmas, laugh it off. (If a major disaster strikes, call the fire department.)
Merry Christmas to all!