On pinning and pining: Pin Fails

After I waxed poetic about Pinterest a while back, I want you to know that I also LOVE pin fails.

Good Housekeeping  had this showcase of 44 pin fails, but I gotta say that their definition of “fail” is different from mine.  First of all, I’m not sure these folks followed any instructions for these recipes/projects.  Second, I bet a second attempt would yield way better results.  Practice makes perfect-er.

FAIL #1: Peppermint Plate


One of the most serious pin FAILs I have had is the now infamous hard candy bowl/dish/plate/ornament.  The one above was made by Jessie Jane over at the Hallmark Channel.

I’m not sure why I didn’t take an “after” picture to document the truly terrible fail that it was.  Maybe because it was a scorched stinky mess that set off the smoke alarm?  I am not one to leave any sort of food or craft unattended on the stove or in the oven.  I am telling you that I looked at the pan and the candies were intact, and then they were molten and smoking. That 0.0027 seconds was enough to turn the pretty candies into a puddle that resembled the puddle of candy in the picture below and to the right, but with more barfy colors.  That picture belongs to CraftFail, a blog that is full of more pin fails.  Be sure to click through for more cringe worthy accounts.

*Side note: a friend of mine from Nevada says that she thinks our east coast humidity is partially to blame.  She used to make peppermint ornaments with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and it was a breeze with their desert air.  She’s tried the same project here in North Carolina but with much less success.


FAIL #2 Hot-Dog Spaghetti


I’m not sure who originally thought this idea up (I’m guessing it was the mother of a 7 year old weirdo kid) but it is so fun.  Below is a picture of the dish and here is a link to a pretty good set of instructions.  There are tons of accounts of this as a fail, but I think that’s just because it doesn’t look very appetizing.  In reality, it tastes like spaghetti and hot-dogs.  Sort of weird but also pretty tasty.


Below is a picture of my dish in process.  I used veggie hot-dogs and whole wheat pasta, because, you know, hippie nerd alert.  I served mine drizzled with honey mustard sauce and a little Parmesan cheese grated on top.  And red wine.  Of course!  It was pretty delish and I would make it again, especially if I had a 7 year old weird kid.



FAIL #3: Cakes of all kinds

All of this talk of failed food reminds me of one of my old time favorite blogs, Cake Wrecks.  If you need a good laugh during the afternoon office slump, go over and scroll through a few pages of glorious cake fails.  The next time you’re at your favorite grocery store, walk through the bakery and see if you can spot any fabulous fails.  I guess I should county myself lucky that the Bi-Lo closest to my house has pretty decent decorators on hand.  One of the parts I really like about this otherwise sort of negative blog is Sunday Sweets.  In a world full of hideous cakes, it is nice to take a weekly break and enjoy some seriously gorgeous works of cake art.  But seriously, check out the naked mohawk baby carrot jockeys.

And also from Cake Wrecks, my life’s motto:


Have you had any hilarious pin FAILs?  Are there any funny blogs like Cake Wrecks that you like to follow?  Please share so we can all have more things to giggle about!

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