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IMPROVISE WHEN YOU GRAB THE WRONG SPICE!

By CATHERINE

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE — used to say that life is more interesting and enjoyable when it includes many different things
— Merriam-Webster

I am a spice nut. Yes, my spices are arranged alphabetically on a prominent shelf in my kitchen.

I keep the cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg on a separate shelf -- away from the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

This morning, however, the cumin, having made its way to the wrong spot on the wrong shelf, landed in my hand and performed a sprinkling dance over my oatmeal.

After a split-second of Ew! I grabbed the cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves. I surveyed the other spices, and grabbed the ground ginger. Why not turn a mistake into an adventure? 

I eat the same breakfast every day: half a cup of oatmeal with a banana and blueberries. I put a scoop of peanut butter in the cooked oat concoction because I like the taste and I know the added fat will prevent me from feeling hungry for hours. 

Turns out, the added spices on the oats made today's breakfast the best I can remember in -- well, let's just say that although every breakfast is yummy (or I wouldn't eat it), today's was memorable.

A public service announcement from cumin:  mistakes are mistakes when we choose to let them be. During my Ew! moment, I flashed on dumping the whole thing in the trash!

Glad I didn't! I'm fueled and ready to rock and roll and write!

(c) 2017 Catherine M. Greenspan

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