I don’t know about you, but I tend to fall into a baking rut. A “I always make this meal, but it is a great go-to meal, I’m in a hurry, should I really make something different, I really don’t have time to try something new” baking rut.
I’m sure a lot of you would agree. In fact, if comments can be trusted, many of you make the same thing over and over for suppers because making something familiar is easy. It’s quick. You don’t have to think with tacos, ya know?
Several years ago, when I was in charge of a M.O.M.S group at our church, we were challenged by a member to make something new for dinner and try new recipes. Each month, a different mom would make several new recipes, then write up the recipes and tell us the good, bad and ugly about them. It was a great challenge and it encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones when it came to dinnertime.
There, I said it: comfort zones.
We all have those comfort zones, the “don’t touch” area. It can be with anything in your life, including cooking and baking. Familiar is comforting. Probably why it is called “comfort zones”. 🙂
(By the way, in my new ebook coming out in the next couple of weeks, I will talk about comfort zones in ministry. Be sure to watch for Supercharged to go on sale!)
In an effort to break free from the familiar and the comforting, I am issuing everyone a challenge:
Find a new recipe to make and make it.
It doesn’t have to be a rack of lamb with mint sauce over sauteed onions and asparagus. It can be a new dessert you haven’t tried before. Maybe a crockpot soup you have been wanting to try. It can even be homemade lemonade. Find a new recipe on Pinterest or check out the recipes here on Bakingwithmom (scroll through the recipe box). Dust off Grandma’s recipe cards and try a favorite recipe that you remember from childhood.
Make something new and tell me about it. I am going to do it too. Every Tuesday, I will have made something new and will post about it. Join in and tell me about it in the comments. Leave a link if you blogged about it. Have a recipe you want me to try? Send it to me! I’ll gladly consider it.
Let’s break out of our baking comfort zones together. 😉
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