No Apologizing – Learning to Be Authentic & Pesto Baked Potatoes

Learning to be authentic and real when you make a mistake takes humility.

Can you admit you made an error, and then move on? For those who struggle with this, you have to “forgive yourself” for not being perfect (who is really perfect?), admit your fault, and then move on.

Or, you’re a few minutes behind. Don’t apologize over and over.

Maybe you’re trying a new recipe, or you got a late start. It’s okay! Just don’t shine light on the fact that you are running behind. It actually makes your guests feel nervous and uncomfortable when the hostess brings attention to her struggles.

What to do
Let’s say these easy baked potatoes come out of the microwave, and you drop the entire pan. The cooked potatoes are rolling all over your not-so-clean floor. (That would be mine!)

Your guests are coming in 30 minutes.

See if you can create a diversion.

- Pick up the potatoes
- Wipe them off with a paper towel
- Proceed with the recipe

You really have no choice, unless you want to put more potatoes in the oven and push dinner back 1/2 hour.

What not to do
By all means, DO NOT TELL ANYONE that you dropped the potatoes. Move on! Enjoy the evening with your friends.

Even if your guests see your mishap, make light of it and move on. Say, “20-second rule” and smile big!

Everyone makes mistakes in the kitchen, even the most experience chefs. So for me, as a home cook, that makes me feel a lot better.

Again, no apologizing for the holidays is the goal to have. It will take a lot of pressure off of yourself as you realize you are human, you make mistakes, and everyone else does, too!

Our imperfections and failures can be a blessing to others
What? My culinary mistakes can actually bless others? Yes, because that is not why people are coming over – to critique, criticize, watch every move we make. Or look in our closets or cupboards, monitor our kids’ behaviors, check behind the couches or in pantries.

They are coming to visit us and our family.

When you make a culinary mistake, do you feel you need to apologize to everyone?

This recipe today is so easy for a dinner party! TIP: Pre-bake potatoes, heating on a plate in the microwave right before serving.

Tomorrow?
No Apologizing Holiday Season – Don’t Plan for Perfection.

Day 1: The Purpose of the Home, Roasted Grapes & Fresh Rosemary
Day 2: Culinary Mistakes and Beauchamp Orchard Salad

Photos in this post by David Gibb Photography.

   

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12 Responses to “No Apologizing – Learning to Be Authentic & Pesto Baked Potatoes”

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    Lori H — November 28, 2012 @ 6:13 am

    Good reminder…I have worked on not apologizing, but if there is an “oops” story to share I have trouble not telling on myself, especially after a glass or two of wine :)

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 28, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Love this – such an important lesson, especially this time of the year.

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    JulieD — November 28, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Very good reminder to forgive yourself and move one. Thank you, Sandy. Those potatoes look awesome. :)

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    Angie — November 28, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    These potatoes look amazing!

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    Maria — November 28, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Love the potatoes but love you guys more! xo

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — November 28, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I want my entire dinner tonight to be these potatoes! I have been so obsessed with pesto lately – such a perfect pairing.

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    Aggie — November 28, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Oh Sandy what a great message!! You’re right, overly apologizing does make things awkward…confidence & a smile relaxes things. :) what a great recipe!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 28, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    I really love this series! And your floor is not the only dirty one! :)

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    Carol Ann — November 28, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love you. You just made my week. “By all means, DO NOT TELL ANYONE that you dropped the potatoes.” You are an entertainer after my own heart.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — November 28, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Love this, Sandy!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 30, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    Love these “no apologize” tips Sandy. I’m terrible about over apologizing ….. sorry I said that! ;)

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 30, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Great tips to hear, Sandy – I’m trying more and more to curb my tongue and just roll with it. I LOVE these potatoes!!

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