Mike and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the 2nd time in 17 years of marriage. The first time was about 6 years ago, and it was such a disaster the entire family silently agreed to kick us out of the rotation.
Somehow it ended up back at our house this year. Mike and I knew this was our chance to redeem ourselves. I made a delicious turkey breast (and I do have to say, it was one of the best roasted turkeys I have ever had. Ryan not only ate the turkey, he even asked for more. That is your Thanksgiving miracle right there!) as well as a glazed ham, and then the normal Thanksgiving food. I even made Leah's stuffing, which I overcooked a bit, but hey, at least I branched out.
My Favorite Pan
This is what my favorite
pan looked like.
So things were going along just great. The cousins were all playing together (except for 15 1/2 year old Daniel, who spent much of the day texting his girlfriend), Mike and Jeremy were watching football, my mom and Randy were helping me cook...your typical Thanksgiving day. Then it came time to take the turkey out of the oven and make the gravy.
Since I was just making a turkey breast, I was able to use my 9x13 Pampered Chef cranberry glazed stoneware baker. It is my favorite pan. I hosted a Pampered Chef party a couple of years ago and was able to get it with my hostess points. I love this pan and use it all the time. And, with my permission, this is what Randy and my mom placed on top of the stove to make the gravy.
Not so favorite pan
And this is what
it looks like now.
About 5 minutes into the gravy-making, the pan exploded and broke into 3 large pieces, with gravy splattering everywhere. I was nearly in tears because I lost my favorite pan, and Randy was nearly in tears because we lost the turkey gravy.
But after we cleaned that up, things went back to normal and I really have nothing more to report (except for all the dishtowels I ruined by accidentally sanitizing them with my tablecloth and now they are all this disgusting grayish-pink color. The are still in the dryer. I can't bear to take them out and fold them yet). We had a really fun family time.
Ryan, Eric, Jack,
Ellie, and Ben