Making biscuits is quite possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Don’t get me wrong, I can cook a mean Bisquick, but that doesn’t count. My sweet mother got Will and I a Batch subscription (really cool, I’ll tell you about it soon) for our anniversary. In our Batch was a biscuit mix from Callie’s Biscuits in Charleston, and naturally I wanted to bake them while in the mountains.
So in my last hour as a 24-year-old, here’s what I was reminded of that I hope to take into my 25th year. Because, y’all… Biscuit making is a great metaphor for life 🙂
1. Don’t try to show the world how perfect you are. My full intention was to take super cutesy photos of every step of the process and post about what a great housewife I am… Let’s move to #2.
2. Life gets messy. Especially when we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, life can get super messy super fast. One second your meticulously putting all the ingredients together and the next second you’re screaming for help because your wedding ring is still on and you can’t even see your fingers anymore. (They weren’t lying about the dough being “sticky”.)
3. You have to rely on others. Me: “Heeeeeelp! I lost my ring in the dough!” Will: “What?! Like it’s gone?!” Me: “Nooooo it’s still on my finger, but I need help. Also, dust EVERYTHING with flour.” Will: is the perfect assistant. You can’t do life alone. If you do, #2 only gets worse.
4. Maintain the hope. There was one moment when I thought about throwing everything, pan and all, in the trashcan. But then I remembered that this was something I really wanted (I may have suggested biscuits with every meal for the past 2 weeks), and that I was way too invested to give up. Also, what would I put my apple butter on if there were no biscuits?!
5. Take ownership of your mess. I’m “that guy” that leaves the dishes in the sink to “soak” (and somehow my husband still loves me). But as I was walking through this epiphany of life lessons via biscuit baking, I decided that I was not going to be “that guy”, and I would actually clean up my mess before I got “busy” doing something else. And you know what? It was way easier than usually… Pre-soaking doesn’t make things better, people. It prolongs the inevitable and make you “that guy”.
6. Enjoy the process as much as you enjoy the outcome. Have we tasted the biscuits yet? YES, and they’re amazing!! But tonight am I going to be more proud of the biscuit itself or the fact that I didn’t give up and pushed myself through (not exaggerating here, people) one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Obviously, the answer is that I’m much more proud of the process than the product. If only we did everything in life with that attitude.
So that’s it. At 10:26 on the evening before 10/26, I conquered a challenge and was reminded of how precious life is… and how much I need to pay attention to it a bit more. As I enter Year 25, I hope I carry these things with me. And thanks, Callie, for providing me with these sweet little reminders through your biscuits.
Also, maybe I’ll add a #7. Cook more so that biscuit making isn’t so hard! 🙂