Saturday, November 26, 2005

Like old times...

My Thanksgiving Dinner went off like a Norman Rockwell painting.  Total reality in color.


We bought a foil roasting pan that didn't have handles, so when we tried to lift the turkey into the oven, all the water at the bottom of the pan poured over the sides onto the floor.  At least we managed to catch the bird.  Lisa ran out to the store and bought a foil pan WITH handles, and the turkey was in the oven by 7am.


I figured it would be finished cooking around 3:30pm so I asked everyone to be here at 1:30.  My sister, her son and his girlfriend weren't able to come, and my ex-brother-in-laws' ex-wife had the flu so she couldn't make it either.  That left a total of only 20 people for dinner.

By  3pm I noticed that the little popper on the turkey still hadn't popped.  The mashed potatoes were already finished cooking, and I still had a sweet potato casserole and extra stuffing to warm up in the oven.


Somewhere around 5:30pm I brought out more hours' derves and opened a bottle of wine.  I was in a great mood though, and nothing seemed to bother me.  Of course those 2 glasses of wine on an empty stomach didn't hurt, either.


My vegetable tray had been quite a crowd pleaser right up until my ex mother in law announced that she lost one of her capped teeth and hoped that it hadn't fallen into the vegetable dip.


It was nearing 6:30pm when I slowly came to the realization that my oven temperature gauge must be wrong.  So I turned it up to 500 degrees.  Now the spilled juices on the bottom of the oven kept burning and setting off my smoke detectors, and my grandson kept screaming every time they alarmed.  He hates loud noises.


I finally gave up at 7:30 pm.  I took the turkey out of the oven, carved it, and then nuked it in the microwave.


By then,everyone was REALLY thankful.

And isn't that what this holiday is all about?


dbp2000 said...

Not sure how I stumbled onto your journal but I am glad I did!  Sorry about your drama filled Turkey Day but it did make for some wonderful reading!  LOL


blondepennierae said...

I loved reading this.  A Thanksgiving story that had a REAL tale about thankfulness.  hahahahaha  Pennie  

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Somehow...this sounds EXACTLY like something that would happen to me.  <grin>

Happy Thanksgiving (a few days late!)


saleenm98 said...

Lol...your holiday sounds like a tradition in our family!  We *must* burn the rolls.  No matter what holiday:  Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving...whatever!  The rolls burn.  Family tradition.

Also, looks like you're my counterpart:  I'm from the journal, "The Vacancy." ha!

shaz19743 said...

That turkey just didnt want to lay down and take the carving knife did it !
Glad you finally managed to nuke it into submission and had a great meal in the end x

tillysweetchops said...

Hi Lisa,

I read this at least a week ago and I can't work out why I didn't comment. Oh well,  I probably had to drop everything and rescue a kid from some disaster or other; either that or I've got early onset dementia!

Anyway, about Thanksgiving and the foil roasting pan - I bet the air turned blue, not only from the smoke!!!

Tilly x

onemoretina said...

    Some holidays are like that.  Glad you decided to just 'go with the flow.'  Sounds like it all ended well.  And THAT is the most important thing.  Thanks for letting us all know that these days happen to everybody !  Tina

globetrotter2u said...

I hate those darned pop-up thermometers:( They either pop-up too early or never come up at all.

Hmmm... sounds like my hubby's weenie lately! JUST KIDDING!!!!

Sounds like you had a lot of fun, though having 20 people for dinner would have had me drunk by noon, that's how stressed I would have been!


spunkyxmasangel said...

Glad dinner went well for you. Stumbled across your blog and I think it's great. Here's the link to mine if you ever get to stop by. -Dawn-

frankandmary said...

I live alone  I think a pre cooked chicken from A&P & a power bar with the bottle of wine sounds easier