The bombs bursting in air...
Or in my kitchen. Because I had another "lesson learned" moment on Wednesday.
I'm a former Tupper-lady. Never made it to status of Tupper-whore (I just couldn't find the life-long-love-affair-feeling for those particular petroleum products). Wednesday morning, a beautiful Summer morning, without humidity, but with beautiful blue skies and fluffy clouds, I was inspired to make Jell-O. It's easy, and I don't make it often, (that will become more readily apparent in the next few sentences...) so I gave it a whirl--and hey, the kids love it.
Digging into my Tupperware cupboard (yes, I still have a lot of product!), I selected a container with a seal that I could find. I poured in the cherry Jell-O mix, and boiled up two cups of water in the Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. When it was boiling, I stirred it into the mix, and was inspired!
Why not seal the container and shake it? I hate grainy Jell-O so, this seems like a good idea. I thought I was being so industrious.
I was being incredibly stoooooooopid.
Because if you put boiling hot water in a container, close it, and then attempt to shake it, do you know what happens?
I'll tell you what happens. No, I'll do you one better. I'll show you what happens (be sure to click the photo for the full effect):
I made the decision to not photograph myself after this incident, but let's just say that I immediately showered, and scrubbed the cherry splotches off my face (mostly my neck, actually) and arms. Under the warm shower, I was able to feel each and every spot on my arms where minute drops of boiling (and grainy! grrr) gelatin had landed on me--offering a quick pinprick of searing heat, before cooling and sticking.
No worries, these were minor, minor mini-burns. The damage, most certainly, was to my ego. I really can't believe I didn't think this one through before I executed.
So, there you have it. Another cautionary tale of explosives...
Use care when igniting fireworks this Independence Day, Kids. And always, always use care when making Jell-O.