“Pinterest fails,” you’ve probably heard about them and maybe even had one or two yourself. The basic concept? You take a recipe, craft or some other D.I.Y. (often found on the website Pinterest) and recreate it. Except, the finished product looks nothing like the pictures online. Recently, there was a “Kansas Country Living magazine fail," and one of our members shared with us the result of it.
Last week, a Victory Electric member (Andrea Stegman) stopped by our office, bringing with her a white box and asked to speak to the editors of Kansas Country Living (KCL).
Just as a note, KCL is a magazine distributed by Kansas Electric Cooperatives (KEC) and is sent to every Kansas cooperative member. The majority of the content of the magazine is produced by KEC, except for a section in the middle of the magazine that is specifically created by your cooperative (i.e. Victory Electric) which serves as their monthly newsletter (i.e. The Victory Electric Electronews.)
She met with the vice president of communications, Jerri Whitley, who oversees the Victory Electric newsletter in the magazine.
As Andrea sat down, she explained that every year she likes to make treats for her coworkers as a way to celebrate the holiday season and thank them for their hard work during the year. This year, Andrea decided to try a new recipe for cinnamon candy, one she found in an issue of KCL. She reached for the lid of the box and revealed a large red shiny slab, that didn’t quite look like the recipe pictured in the magazine.
Here is where we find the “KCL fail.” Andrea followed the recipe in the magazine to a T. She used the ingredients listed in the correct amounts and she executed each step as per the instructions. Still, the finished product was not right and it was not because of anything Andrea did.
The featured recipe in Kansas Country Living’s (KCL) December issue had a misprint. The recipe called for twelve cups of sugar instead of two. Though magazine did their best to reach out to KCL recipients to let them know of their mistake, they unfortunately could not reach every reader. And the evidence was now sitting on Jerri’s desk.
Jerri explained what happened with the recipe and apologized for the miscommunication, and the two shared a laugh over the sugar loaded cinnamon candy brick.
“Pinterest fails” happen, or in this case “KCL fails.” With the best intentions a recipe was shared with cooperative members, and with the same good intentions the same recipe was made. Though the result was not what either party had in mind, it is a reminder to all that mistakes happen. The best thing to happen when they do is to correct them, apologize and have a good laugh about them when you can.
Thank you to Andrea for bringing in this “KCL fail,” and laughing with us. She even let us keep it, so stay tuned as we plan on having a little fun with this recipe for disaster. Below is the corrected recipe, if you would like to try your hand at some old fashioned cinnamon candy.