As of this moment, my oven is out and the dishwasher is not bolted in. The washer dances across the room, and the dryer tosses the clothes but blows cold air. That’s just the list of things I know aren’t quite right yet as we prepare to have Thanksgiving dinner at our ranch home for the first time since it’s been “finished.”
We are preparing madly to make sure we have all kinds of food, dishes, tables, chairs, but if the bird won’t cook, we’re in a little hot water!
Our Thanksgivings are never dull. Once I almost set the kitchen on fire just minutes before the guests arrived. My mother had requested a corn casserole at the last minute and I accommodated. I threw it all together and as soon as it was ready, I pulled it out of the oven and put it on the back of the stove (which was left on high) and ran to get my shower. Minutes later, Mike was yelling “Come here. The pyrex is imploding on itself.” Sure enough, the glass dish was not only cracking and dropping melted glass on my linoleum, but Mike had pulled it off directly onto the formica counter, and left a burn ring on it. The vision of a wonderful smelling home vanished as burnt plastic permeated the air. That was the year insurance paid for us to remodel the kitchen. On another occasion, I cooked the turkey to perfection, only to find a plastic bag right in the middle of a very inappropriate cavity. Who knew there were two bags of that goop? I won’t bore you with all the Jello failures I have had–no kidding–Jello! Truth be known, I can put a meal together when I want, but there is nothing like a crazy morning when lots of company are on their way. There simply are no guarantees.
What’s on your menu this year? Will you be home or away? Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving. Wherever you are, remember with me our Gracious Provider.