Yesterday I found myself in a situation where I had to present myself in public. I had to sing on stage in front of a crowd of about 200 people. Not a big deal? Sure. Whatever you say Mr. I’m-So-Sexy-For-My-Shirt-That-It-Hurts. The entire day I was having mental conversations with myself in an attempt to get excited. There were times where I even told myself out loud to “Man up.” and that “I could do this.” This of course was accompanied by several wigged-out looks from people within a two meter radius. Then, about two hours before the performance, I freaked. Typical. I stood on stage for a dress rehearsal and couldn’t remember any of the words to the song, or what I was wearing. I think I even freaked out because I couldn’t remember what I had for dinner. Then I was sent off stage to remember the lyrics and the purpose of what I was even doing. I was practically crying. On the inside. And a little bit on the outside. And I was sweaty. And my shorts were riding up my ass. And the tag on my bra was digging into my back like a machete. So naturally I retreated into the corner of the theater and watched all of the other performers be amazing and dazzling and fabulous. *insert sarcastic comment on why that was a “good move” here.* And that hurt. A lot. I resorted to think of a songstress or actress that is in my situation on a daily basis. Names such as Beyonce, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian crossed my mind. But then, I decided that the only way for me to not (entirely) embarrass myself in public was to work it like Kristen Wiig. I went on that stage and sang like she sang to the bride at the engagement party in Bridesmaids. In other words, it was incredibly awkward and the crowd was practically silent. But I worked it, and left the stage feeling prouder than I have ever felt in my life. I took a risk. I put my reputation on the line. I probably changed the way people think of me. Do I care? Nope. Not at all. Because nobody can judge me for not trying, and they certainly cannot judge me for lack of spirit.
Do you know what else Kristen Wiig would do? Eat these Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones. Yup. Maybe she would.
Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones
Recipe Slightly Adapted from Joy The Baker
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups oats
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
10 Tbs. butter
3/4 cup raspberries
1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2) Whisk together egg and buttermilk. Set aside.
3) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and ground ginger.
4) Cut the cold butter into small pieces and quickly rub the butter into the dry mixture (using your hands) until pebbly.
5) Pour the buttermilk mixture over the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the dough comes together.
6) GENTLY fold the berries and fresh ginger into the dough.
7) Use an ice cream scoop to portion out 12 scone dough balls (about 2 inches in diameter.) Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and firm.