Friday, April 14, 2023

7 Quick Takes about Failed Roll Recipes, Games for Ages 3+ That Are Too Hard for Me, and A Warm Welcome

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


I make special rolls for Easter, the ones where you wrap marshmallows inside that dissolve in the oven so the rolls come out hollow, like Jesus' empty tomb on Easter morning. I've made them every year since 2017.

I think I've been successful one time.

Every year they turn out weird, but never the same sort of weird as the year before. 

2023: the year of the exploding marshmallow

The worst thing is, these weren't even for my family's own personal consumption. They were being delivered to other people for a youth activity at church. 

We salvaged the least messed-up ones and delivered those, which I'm trying to think of as a public service: when people fail they can remember those wonky-looking rolls and know that they're not the only ones.

Also, I'm still relatively new working with the youth at my church and it's probably best that everyone knows up front that I should never be asked to cook or bake anything.


The night before Easter, there was a ward activity for our church congregation. We had dinner and then the kids were brought around to different rooms around the building where they learned about the meaning of Easter.

I actually didn't know about the part for the kids, I thought it was just a dinner. Apparently the other parents didn't, either. 

So when all the kids were unexpectedly led out of the room, it was dead silent for about 20 seconds and then there was a collective gasp/sigh/titter of laughter from every parent in the room. It took us about that long to process the fact that we weren't on call for the next 10 minutes or so.


My brain is not what it used to be. I can tell that as I've been trying to learn a new language. But am I really losing brain cells, or is it just that language is complex?

Maybe it could be both, but I know now that I'm definitely losing brain cells. My kids got a memory matching game in their Easter baskets, and it was a real struggle not to instantly forget what was where after it got flipped over again. I got second place, but only because I guessed lucky.

Matching Latter-day Saint temples around the world.

It was a fun game, though. Maybe I'll just cheat next time.


Fashion keeps getting stranger. I took my daughter shopping for a pair of sneakers and was pretty confused at what's popular now. It was multiple brands, too, so I know it wasn't just one corporate CEO who's gone totally off his rocker and started making crazy stuff.

When did bulky shoes become cool? The entire athletic shoe department looked like it was filled with my grandpa's orthopedics. I was trying not to laugh picturing kids actually wearing these things around, as if these weren't the same exact ones your dad wore to mow the lawn when you were a kid (although possibly more colorful.)

Actually, that was probably only half the shoes. The other half reminded me of what people in the '80s thought the future was going to look like. Actually, Google "Back to the Future shoes" and I'm pretty sure I saw those for sale. 


The 16-year-old did end up finding a pair to buy, even though she hated the chunky shoes fad and was pretty frustrated at her lack of options. She wore her new shoes the next day and I asked how she liked them.

"They're okay," she said. "A little thicker than I'm used to."


"I guess I'm a cool kid now."


"And I'm not happy about it."

That's how I felt about skinny jeans for so many years. You just have to wait it out. Everyone realizes sooner or later it was a bad idea.


Almost right on time after shoe shopping, I saw this hilarious music video parody about Millenials finally becoming "old people": 

As one of the oldest Millenials, I've felt this way for quite some time now (I also think having kids young accelerated the process) but it's nice to know I'm finally right where I belong.


I got a text from a friend of mine who was driving our kids to a dance. The sun was setting and she said that several times he stopped the conversation to point out the sky, and made everybody look at it.

As someone who frequently does the same thing, both in person and on my blog (Take #4 here), that made me laugh.

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