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Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Top 5 Don't Do's For Thanksgiving

Some of these things – like the pies and tablecloth - I admit to doing. Others – like the gross stuff - I was on the receiving end.

5. Don’t try to pass off a bakery pie as one of your own. Just fess up as you’ll be found out.
4. Don’t offer to make pies that you’ve never made before. I pride myself on being a pretty good cook and baker -- now. But when I was in college I offered to bring pecan pie – something I’d never made before. I forked the crust before putting the filling in and baking. The filling oozed under the crust making a soggy mess.
3. Don’t go off and leave a stick of butter defrosting in the microwave and then be surprised when you come back that it has melted all over the bottom of the microwave. Especially don’t try to use a pastry brush to sop it up to put on the bread anyway. Eeewwww.
2. Don’t drop off your tablecloth Wednesday afternoon – the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. You’ll find yourself at Kohl’s late Wednesday evening purchasing a new one and then asking your mom to iron it Thanksgiving morning when she gets to your house.
1. Don’t clean your oven the morning of Thanksgiving. One year my mom got up extra early to do just that. Never having cleaned that oven before, she was surprised when after 3 hours she still couldn’t get the oven door unlocked. I think for the first time in her life a meal wasn’t done on time.

Bonus: If you are having overnight guests and having them stay in the neighbor’s camper trailer, don’t forget to check the bed for dead mice.

Here's wishing you a safe, enjoyable, and uneventful Thanksgiving!

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