Actually, that is probably an understatement. When it comes to things that don't really matter, to the frivolous and trivial things, I am the WORST at making decisions.
For instance, I will agonize over paint samples for WEEKS. I'll buy no less than 6 or 7 shades of a color and spend extended periods of time just staring at the walls. Is this one too warm? That one too cool? Does it make the cat look fat? Because God forbid I pick the wrong shade of neutral brown.
And I really get tested at the grocery store. If you're alive and paying attention these days, you know it's tough to navigate through everyone's opinions on organic foods, natural vs. processed foods, sneaky MSG ingredients in food labels, sugar content, fat content, etc. Each week I canvas Trader Joe's and Whole Foods like a maniac looking for magical foods that are low in calories, have no saturated fat, are all fiber and protein, and contain no funny ingredients that I can't pronounce. And each week you can find me in the cereal aisle helplessly comparing 3 or 4 nutrition labels while a thin sheen of sweat develops on my forehead as I crunch the numbers. Ultimately, I make the executive decision that I probably don't need the carbs anyway.
Don't be like me.
My latest decision-making calamity took place at the mall. Looking for a necklace to match a dress at home (and fully prepared to analyze every choice and take an hour to do this), I learned that New York and Co. was having a "buy one get one free" sale on pants. BOGO...pants?! Wait, is this real life?
I don't usually shop at that store for pants because something about the fit and quality doesn't really work for me. Personal choice, don't hate. But on my way to the accessories I found a pair of skinny jeans that actually...made me look skinny. Girrrrrrrl.....you lookin' good in those skinny jeans!
I channel the Fly Girls when I shop sometimes.
No decision needed, those jeans were winners. But...ugh! BOGO (said similar to the tune of Jerry Seinfeld's "Newman"). From there, I wandered around the store looking for another pair of pants that I could deal with owning, considering I'd be getting them for free. And this was all in an effort to avoid the check-out girl's face upon learning that I, in fact, only wanted one pair of pants even though I could have another for free. Something told me the reaction would have been surprise, confusion, disbelief, and ultimately fear. After an hour's worth of critical analysis, I ultimately settled on a pair of boyfriend jeans. They're the polar opposite of the skinny jeans.
Again, don't be like me.
So what's the take away? In the long run, analyzing all angles of two options for an hour doesn't necessarily mean that you'll make the "right" decision. Critical life advice right there. Just dished it out.
And so now I bring you an appetizer recipe for your next party or barbecue, so that you don't ever have to make that "what do I bring to your party?!" decision again. See how I tied it all together right there?
Original versions of this recipe include mozzarella, tomato, and basil for an alternative take on a Caprese salad. I chose to kick it up a notch with roasted red pepper and prosciutto instead. These are the perfect mini-bites for your next get-together, and the "recipe" couldn't be easier!
Let's stay friends, k? I know I'm weird, but I promise to keep making you dinner.
Italian Antipasto Skewers
Adapted from a recipe by Food Network and Williams Sonoma, among others
Yields about 25 mini skewers
1/4 lb thin-sliced Italian prosciutto, cut into 3-inch strips
1 c fresh basil leaves, torn in half
1 small jar of roasted red peppers in water, drained and patted dry, sliced into 1-inch squares
25 mozzarella balls, patted dry
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Gather your cut up ingredients and make yourself a little assembly line.
Take a toothpick, and start assembling your skewers. You can do this in any order you want, but here was my preference: roasted red pepper at the bottom, prosciutto folded up paper fan-style, basil leaf, mozzarella ball.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. You get the idea. Place the skewers on a pretty platter.
Combine the vinegar and oil, and drizzle over the skewers with a spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt, and enjoy!