Multi-tasking is rarely if ever a good idea. It leads to accidents, errors and possibly other unplesantness.
This past weekend I decided to make a carrot cake for my family. It’s a recipe from my Mom that I’ve been making since I was 20. I know it by heart—but I still pull out my 7th grade Home Economics recipe book, where I have always recorded my favorite recipes.
I was rushing, so I decided to pull out two bowls so I could make the cake at the same time as the frosting.
After I put the cake in the oven, I started to whip up the frosting ingredients that were in the bowl. My first thought was, “Wow! This frosting is really brown — must be that new bottle of vanilla.” My first taste of the frosting really confused me. I couldn’t figure out why it tasted so different —but I still chalked it up to the new vanilla. I moved on to other tasks until the cake was done and ready to be frosted.
So as I pulled the cake out of the pan, there was no doubt that something was wrong. The two layers resembled hockey pucks.
Suddenly it dawned on me. The frosting bowl got the baking soda and the cinnamon that were supposed to get into the cake batter.
No major disaster, but the cake and frosting were both inedible.
Point of the story? This is a cake I cook regularly. It’s a household favorite. I’ve cooked it countless times. Yet, distracted and multi-tasking, I ruined it. Think long and hard before multitasking — especially when it involves driving, operating machinery, conversations or anything else important. No matter how many times we’ve done something, our lack of attention can still cause a major fail…or worse.
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