This is one of my most popular projects.
A recipe wall.
I created it back when the blog was still learning to walk and it’s been facebooked and tweeted and shared and pinned thousands and thousands of times.
It always gets to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria.
Odes have been written about it. Poems have been composed it its honor. Ballads have been sung to it on fluted lyre.
Town criers have stood on street corners with proclamations dedicated to its name.
And all of that is so not even the point of this post.
The other day I was sitting in the kitchen talking on the phone to my friend.
See that galvanized bookshelf with all the white dishes?
I was just to the right of that sitting in a chair at the desk that’s next to the brick wall.
We were talking and laughing and I was wishing I had a phone cord to twirl around my fingers.
I know. I get it. That is so not even a thing any more.
So I twirled my hair instead.
And mid-conversation I noticed something.
I paused and looked at it and then looked again and then tilted my head to the side and wrinkled my nose and stared at it sideways, biting my lip in concentration.
I literally laughed out loud.
Because this recipe wall?
This amazing, incredible, super-pinned project?
The one they will talk about for generations to come?
It was totally crooked.
And not just a little .
Look at the first picture and then let your eye follow down the wall to the second.
I knew it was a little crooked horizontally because I was in a hurry when I made it and I didn’t use a level.
But vertically? This hot mess of a recipe?
It is literally two inches off from the top to the bottom.
Here’s another wall shot so you can see the slanted recipe better, especially now that I’m pointing it out.
But here’s the thing.
Here’s what I learned that day as I perched on the edge of a chair in my kitchen twirling my hair.
There is such a wonderful lesson in that crooked, off-center, lopsided, leaning tower of pisa recipe wall.
It’s still reciping it.
It’s still standing.
It’s still beautiful.
It just shows up every day with its recipe and its flaws and and its off center cinnamon and doesn’t apologize and guess what?
It’s still loved….
….flaws and all. 🙂
PS You can see the DIY for the recipe wall here.
You can see how I made the plate rack here.
And you can see the actual recipe for Cranberry Walnut Bread here.