Burnt Offering Redemption



“Remember the last time you attempted to bake?” Her friend Julie pointed out. “You almost set the kitchen on fire.” 

Emily shrugged her shoulders and answered, “But I didn’t set the kitchen on fire. It was just my smoke alarm telling me, third time is not a charm.”

She was attempting to try again. Julie valued her life and was not going to hang around to see how bad this time would be. She didn’t have too much faith in Emily, because she knew that Emily is not someone that should be making ANYTHING in the kitchen. Well, except for boiling water for her tea. That is about the only thing she doesn’t screw up.

After mixing all the ingredients together, Emily put spoonfuls of dough on the pan and slid the pan in the oven. She set the timer and went back to her desk. Checking emails and playing a few games of solitaire. Every few minutes, she would get up and check the timer. She was determined to not burn them. The timer had about five minutes left. While she is waiting for the timer to go off, she put on some water for some tea. Everything is better with a cup of tea. After a few minutes, the water boiled and she poured the water in her mug and let the tea brew for a few minutes. Then the timer went off for the cookies. She turned the timer off and put on an oven mitt to take the cookies out.

Before she opened the oven door, she took a deep breath and prayed that they were not burnt. When she opened the oven, she looked in and saw the cookies were not burnt, they were golden brown.  I did it!! I didn’t burn them!! She said to herself. Setting the pan on the stove for a minute, she grabbed a metal rack to put the cookies on to cool. Once all the cookies were on the rack, she placed the hot pan in the sink. Emily was so excited about not burning them, she went to get her phone and take a picture of them to send to Julie. 

Taking about a dozen pictures of the cookies, Emily decided on the one she wanted to send to Julie. With the caption ‘I did it!’. A few minutes later, Julie calls Emily back.

“I am so proud of you! They look delicious.”

“Thank you, I was so excited they weren’t burnt, I almost dropped the pan.” Emily giggled as she told Julie that she bought an egg timer that she sat at her desk so she wouldn’t forget. They talked for a few minutes more and then hung up. 

After dinner, Emily put a few cookies on a plate and made a cup of tea. With the plate of cookies and her tea, she went to the living room to watch tv and enjoy her cookies and tea. Emily enjoyed her cookies so much, by the time she went to bed a few hours later, she had eaten up the whole batch. 

So proud of herself, as she was falling asleep, she was thinking that she would try baking something else but wasn’t sure what it would be. Tomorrow she will look through her cookbooks and see what would be fun to make. 




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