Thursday, November 27, 2008


WOW! What an ordeal! Who would have thought that cooking for 3 people could take ALL day. Well, if you know me, you know how much I just LOVE to cook AND bake (note the sarcasm). But, what is Thanksgiving without turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and a veggie (for good measure), not to mention the desserts!!!!

So, first thing this morning the preparations began! Drew began slicing and dicing the celery, apples and onions for the stuffing. I began clearing counter space for all of the food that would be donning it (I found my camera charger!). Broc's duties included sweeping and mopping.

In this age of technology, Thanksgiving wishes started coming in the form of text messages from friends. The turkey was in the oven cooking and the aroma spreading through the house. AHHHH......the anticipation!

Earlier this week, seeing that I am not a baker, it's not that I can't do it, it's that I choose not to do it. It's a looooong story! Anyhoooo, a coworker said that she was making and selling pumpkin rolls. WHAT?!?!?!? Could this be? Real homemade treats for Thanksgiving without having to prepare them? "I'll take three!", I told her. "But they are this big," she said holding her hands out to a length that made no sense to me since apparently I have no concept of length. And three. My coworker cut them in half making 6 total. They filled a very large rotisserie pan. This pan would have dwarfed my 14 pound turkey had I roasted the turkey in it! When she brought the 3 pumpkin rolls (cut in half) to me I though someone else had ordered some as well. These couldn't ALL be mine!!!! Yep, they were. How were we going to eat all of these for Thanksgiving?

The next day I sent Drew to get the "odds and ends" for our Thanksgiving dinner. You know, the celery, apples, onions, cranberries, potatoes......I get home to find not one but TWO pies from Costco on the kitchen counter. Did I mention there are only three of us at home? So now we have 5 1/2 pumpkin rolls (I opened one at work and shared!) and TWO pies to eat after dinner!!! What was he thinking?????

Back to the dinner......I may not like to cook, but I can cook. Give me a simple recipe and I can pull it off. I just don't like to cook. An even loooooonger story! hahahaha!!! So, imagine my joy when, I have everything timed out, to the minute, and the rolls decide not to rise.....ok, we can live without rolls....we've got TWO pies!!! Then, the mashed potatoes are done too early. I overstuffed the turkey, so it's taking longer. Now, the mashed potatoes are dry...NICE! Lastly, the gravy, although nice and tasty, is least we have TWO pies!!!! I wonder if anyone at work will care if the potatoes are dry or the rolls are burned on the bottom? Tomorrow will tell!

Needless to say we have tons of leftovers!!! How blessed we are!!! Next year I will be cooking in my new kitchen and enjoying Thanksgiving with our returned missionary and listening to all of his capers from his mission! How truly blessed we are!!!!


cttewhitney said...

it's nice to know someone else's potatoes didn't turn out so well!! :) sounds like you had a super fun thanksgiving.

Sandi said...

April honey I feel your pain. I am also not a big fan of cooking- sounds like you had a great adventure and I am so jealous of all of those pumpkin rolls that you didn't have to make! Hey I noticed that you had a message from crash-test dummies..small world, she has a whole blog entry about some cupcakes she made for Kasey's birthday, check it out sometime!

Funny Farmer said...

Hi April - thanks for your comment on my blog! I love the picture on your header!

I love how you keep looking on the bright side with the two pies! hee hee

I don't even know what a pumpkin roll is... I know. I live under a rock.

Lee-Ann said...

You should have come here for dinner. We had enough leftovers to cover three of you. Looks like you guys did a great job. Let me know if you are coming at Christmas.

Tyler and Kacie said...

I hate cooking too...but it's because I suck at it! (my poor family!) Well, I LOVED your leftovers!!! Especially because I didn't get any of mine- since I was at work when the whole fam damily devoured ours! So thank you, thank, you thank you- it was GREAT! oh and P.S. thanks for sharing your pumpkin roll it was freakin DIVINE!!!!!!! (note to self: ANOTHER reason why we are friends)

{angela} said...

Hey April! I am so glad I came across your blog :) Your son is on a mission? They were just boys when you moved... Wow how time flies! You look AMAZING! Brett walked in while I was reading your blog and wanted to make sure I told Drew hi for him... Sorry about your "cooking" thanksgiving, it looked yummy to me? Well I am glad all is well and so glad I hopped to your blog. Take care
Angela (Curt) Larson

The Papa's said...

Dang, I guess I missed out on the pumpkin roll. And you seriously crack me up!!! I can only imagine how freakin' hilarious your Thanksgiving was. But it does sound like other than a few mishaps, you had a great day!!