Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Disasters

Well I hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Our day was most certainly NOT a typical Thanksgiving!!! It seemed that every time you turned around something else went wrong that day.

It all started with not getting up on time. Mike and Nick both had to work Thursday night due to the Black Friday sales, so I wanted to get the turkey on by so that we would be ready to eat by . I didn't get up till though, so the turkey went in 2 hours late.

No biggie ... we'll eat at instead ... still plenty of time to take a nap. J

A few hours after the turkey had been cooking it was time to pretty much start everything else. Zach and Nick made egg noodles the day before and I was putting them into the pot. As I went to grab another handful of noodles off the pan the wax paper they were on went “poof”! I had gotten the wax paper too close to the burner and it was on fire!!! **Do you know your first instinct is to blow the fire out? I think that comes from blowing out birthday candles. J **  WARNING: Do NOT blow on wax paper if it’s on fire!

Zach and I were cracking up at this point, hurrying to get the noodles off the pan and thrown into the pot, and then dashing to the door to throw the pan outside. I’m sure we looked as silly as we felt. We managed to save the noodles without any bodily harm.

Mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, deviled eggs … these all went well.

Time to take the turkey out of the oven so that the sweet potatoes, rolls, and pies could all have their turn in the oven. So out comes the turkey and we turn the heat up on the oven and wait for it to preheat. And wait. And wait. And wait. The oven doesn’t seem to want to get any hotter. Actually it seems to be cooling off. L 

Mike! To my dismay my husband can’t figure out why the oven isn’t working. But then he spots the problem. The heating element in the bottom of the oven in burnt in two!!! What!?! I have more stuff to cook!

Good thing I was talking with Nana when we figured the stove wasn’t working. She reminded me that we had a little oven thing (it’s a rotisserie/oven thing … I don’t know what you call that) that I could put stuff in.

So the turkey went back in the oven to help it keep warm, the mashed potatoes went in the microwave on the keep warm setting, and the egg noodles just sat on the stove top … they can be reheated. In go the sweet potatoes to the little oven thingy. The breaker kicks. Oh! That’s right, I can only run extra appliance at a time. Ok, so the microwave is turned off and the sweet potatoes are on again. This little oven thingy is only big enough to cook one thing at a time.

30 minutes later … sweet potatoes come out … stuffing goes in … 30 minutes after that stuffing comes out … rolls go in. 15 minutes later oven thingy gets turned off.  Microwave gets started to warm up the potatoes, noodles get turned back on to warm them up.

Table gets set, Mike carves the turkey, say prayer and eat. Finally! J The younger boys are loving all the Thanksgiving Day dinner stuff I had on the table. I made a menu this year and they thought it was great and wanted to order like they were in a restaurant. I have pictures of our table below.

We’re talking about what everyone is grateful for, eating our dinner (and yes it is dinner time by the time we did get to eat), so thankful the replacement part for the oven is less than $20 J, and just really enjoying ourselves.

Then pie is mentioned! Ack!!! I forgot to start the pies! So half way through dinner the first pie goes into the oven thingy. It’ll be at least an hour before it’s cooked and then it has to have time to cool off. Only 1 pumpkin pie got made. At least we were able to have some before the younger boys went off to spend the night with Nana and Pawpaw. Mike and Nick had to work that night. Zach, Alex, and I were shopping (that’s another story).

All in all … we had a good Thanksgiving. Didn’t go as planned, but we were altogether, we are all happy & healthy, the oven lasted at least as long to get the turkey fixed (no way it would have fit in that little oven) and we had plenty of food to eat.

Even though it didn’t go as planned … we were thankful for what we did have … and that’s really what Thanksgiving is all about anyhow! J

Ok ... maybe I won't have pictures of our table ... it doesn't seem to be working for me now.

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