Reality Check Wednesday #2

In the land of social media it's often hard to remember that there are endless filters to pretty up our not always so pretty lives. This is my attempt at keeping it real, so to speak.

My life is far from perfect and Reality Check Wednesday will convey that message perfectly.

I hope this series of posts will inspire you to post your own "real life" stories in the comments below as a way of reminding each other that nobody has it all together all the time.

This past week I spent a day with my friend, Jenn. She blogs at Homesteading On Grace. Check her out! Anyway, she was so kind as to take time out of her busy schedule to teach me about sourdough bread. She has been baking sourdough for many years and felt very comfortable explaining the ins and outs without any notes or recipe cards (these people amaze me!)....

Well I left her home with a bag of barm (or sourdough starter, if you're like me and didn't know what "barm" was) and great intentions! I was pumped about making some sourdough bread! Little did I know, a lot can go wrong. At least with me.

I started out trying to feed my barm with measuring spoons instead of weighing the ingredients on a scale (Mistake #1). Jenn warned me of this, but did I listen? No.

Then I pulled up her recipe we had practiced at her house. And tried to follow the instructions but quickly had to make up my own (ahhhh what am I doing!?) when I discovered I didn't have enough starter for 2 loaves as the recipe prepares. So I started doing my own math in my head (Mistake #2) and halved the ingredients.

All in all, I believe I would've had a decent first loaf in the end had I not decided to line my loaf pan with freezer paper instead of the suggested parchment paper (Mistake #3). What was I thinking? You can't bake freezer paper! It will ignite! the time I realized this, my dough had been rising all night. Genius me dumped my starter out into the empty pan (minus the freezer paper). I didn't have any parchment paper, in my defense, and I can't exactly load up 3 kids and drive 20 mins to get some on a whim. So I let it rise a couple more hours (which it didn't) and decided to go ahead and bake it and end this nightmare. 

And as you might have guessed it, this is what it looked like....

It was an inch thick! One inch! Have you ever!?! And yes, half of it is gone because my sweet husband took pity on me and ate it. And even told me it was delicious! (Bless him!)

And thankfully I was able to redeem myself with my second loaf the next day....

Whew, what a rough start to bread making! But I'm trying to learn to laugh at myself. And this experience provided much humility. So for that I'm grateful.

Can you share your reality check moment from this past week with us in the comments below? Maybe a baking fail like mine?

Here is last week's Reality Check Wednesday.


  1. lol! You just decided to learn all the mistakes in one go, so now you should be good to go!

    1. Thank you for finding the bright side to this whole experience! Haha

  2. This is awesome! I had a sourdough starter for years. Just last night my husband asked me if I'd start making it again because he loved it so much. Don't give up you will figure the recipe out! :)

    Reality Check Wednesday. This is a cute idea!

    1. Aww thank you for your encouragement! I'm going to keep practicing!

  3. I don't have a baking mistake to share today, though I do have some doozies! Most involve math in my head or even written out that was misfigured. Maybe not so much a mistake, but I am pretty far behind on, well, everything around the house. I am going to finish up here, get laundry and dishes going again and start supper and lunch for tomorrow. Then onto the living room, that's more of a play room. Clearing the table for dinner, more dishes and laundry, diaper changes and hopefully some vacuuming! I do love the idea of a link up, I already do a topic driven one on Wednesdays, how long would yours be open?

    1. Hey girl, thanks for checking out my post. I'm really very unfamiliar with link ups and haven't had a chance to do much research on how that would work with this recurring post. But I like the idea. Something to be working on....