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I fell for the promise of this cookbook hook, line and sinker. Of course I wanted to learn “simple secrets to get my kids eating good food”. It didn’t hurt that it’s by Jessica Seinfeld either, since the TV watching contingent in our house can cite any line in every episode of the entire nine seasons of Seinfeld. They like watching Seinfeld, they’ll eat the food in this cookbook…you can see where my logic went hopelessly off the rails.

The whole premise of the book is you add pureed vegetables to each recipe. A fine idea in theory, but it didn’t take long before blending my own broccoli and chopping up butternut squash in order to bake it, puree it and freeze it in tiny quarter-cup portions seemed like an excessively fussy use of my time.

They make baby food in jars already. I could just add that to the recipe, right? But adding a jar of strained peas to spaghetti sauce didn’t seem as effective as I’d hoped. I got complaints about the funny taste and everyone noticed the odd color.

I shelved the book, thinking I could try again later. Brownies with spinach puree – what’s not to love? But it’s just been gathering dust. My kids don’t eat vegetables and I guess I have to be okay with that. If I’d started spiking their meals with vegetables when they were babies, that could have worked. They’d have gotten used to the taste. But trying to sneak vegetables into your teenagers’ meals is a recipe for uneaten meals.

Time to send this cookbook to join all the other copies in my local thrift store. Do you have a cookbook that overpromised and underdelivered? Can you clear it out yet?

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These little glass bowls have been lurking in the back of the bottom cupboard in my kitchen for longer than I remember. I’m pretty sure I thought they’d be cute little ice cream dishes. But in a house with two teenagers, there are no small portions of anything and these dishes never get used.

How about you? What did you find to send away today?

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My daughter and I started a new tradition this year, making Christmas cookies together. We came up with the idea of making twelve different cookies for the twelve days of Christmas and had lots of fun picking out recipes, amassing supplies (I have way too much butter in my fridge right now) and making the cookies.

As with any project, there’s how you think it’ll be and how it actually is. In my mind, I saw the cookies all popping effortlessly out of the cookie cutters:

But these three cutters turned out to be way too fiddly for the dough to come out in one piece. Instead of stars, reindeer and bows, we got lots of tiny crumbly bits to decorate.

I imagined us presenting the perfect cookies on this lovely plate

and was sure my family would appreciate the extra touch of being offered the use of these very special napkins.

But of course, what actually happened is they swooped down like locusts and devoured the cookies before they’d even had a chance to cool much less hop onto the plate. And napkins? Locusts don’t use napkins, they just devour everything in their path.

It was a fun tradition to start and we’ll definitely do it again next year but we’ll have more realistic expectations. We’ll pick the recipes everyone really liked and ditch the complicated ones. I’m still finding fragments of crushed candy canes underfoot, casualties of the recipe that had us mixing them with cream cheese and food coloring to stuff a cookie made from dry, crumbly dough.

We’ll forget the special supplies and just enjoy having everyone in the kitchen at one time. And so this Saturday I’m sending away a Christmas cookie plate, some lovely unused Christmas napkins and a few fussy cookie cutters.

How about you — do you have any project supplies that you thought you’d use but didn’t? Can they go away now?

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lucy@joyfulsurroundingsllc.com

Everything feels better with an organized home!