Thursday, November 23, 2006
I hope everyone has had a beautiful and loving day. (Whether or not you celebrated Thanksgiving today). There were only three of us here, today. My boys went to their grandmother's house with their daddy. And Caleb (Tim's son) spent the day with his girlfriend's family. She is really sweet. So it was just Tim, his mom and me but we had a very nice dinner.
Tim cooked tons of yummy food. I made the cranberry sauce. Yep, that's it. lol He loves cooking Thanksgiving dinner and this was the best one yet. The turkey was beautiful and all of the food was delicious. The whole day ran very smoothly and calmly. He would cook for a while and then I'd go in and clean up the kitchen so that he could start all over again. Now he's watching Eureka and I'm here, dishes are done and food put away.
I called the boys this morning and they were enjoying waking up at Grandma's house.
I talked to my mom yesterday and she was expecting a full house today.
We made an unexpected decision today. We have been without a stove for about a year or so now. We've gone out and looked at the drop-ins (because that's what we have already) and I could never find anything that I really liked. It's electric and the options are not as good as the gas ones. The electric ones are a lot more expensive, too.
We made a special trip Tuesday to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get a roasting pan that was on sale. With the rebate and everything it comes to about $4.00. It's really nice and was much easier to deal with than the smaller one we had been using. Only one problem, it wouldn't fit in the oven. Ha! No matter how we turned it, it wouldn't go in. We compromised and used it's floating rack with our old smaller pan..worked great. It was at this point that we decided to get a new stove/oven combo; the old fashioned kind. hehe. We decided to put it where I have the baker's rack (and I get it back for the dining room, yay). Then Tim was concerned with the hole that would be left by the drop-in stove (that is there but not working now) and I suggested a large chopping block to cover the hole. How handy would that be??? He loved that idea. Later he said that he thought he had enough nice wood to make one himself. That would be so nice. My chopping boards are never big enough for all I want to chop, plus there will be more counter space for other things if it isn't taken up by the chopping boards while I'm preparing a meal.
I am very excited at the thought of a real stovetop/oven. We'll have an extra oven. There's no need to get rid of the built-in oven. It works wonderfully, so we'll just have two. That will be really handy, too.
Tim was really irritated, at first, that the pan didn't fit but it ended up being a good thing. :)
You might be wondering how I make meals without a stove. I use a variety of things. It can get tricky sometimes. I have an electric skillet that I use for frying or boiling. It's about two inches deep, and it's great for cooking lasagna noodles or spaghetti because they can stretch out. I use the oven a lot and the crock pot. (Tim has soup from the Turkey broth in there right now, yum). I recently bought a sandwich iron and it works great for cooking vegetarian patties and hotdogs for Nick. We've even used it for eggs and to cook pork chops. I don't like using the microwave for cooking very often, but I do usually steam broccoli in there. A bamboo steamer works well in the skillet also.
Sometimes I forget and have too many things that need to be boiled and have to do some juggling but usually it's just fine. Having burners will be really nice, though. lol
I am really rambling on, aren't I? It's been a really good day even though I really missed my boys and I always miss going home and seeing my family. Debra reminded us all that we can choose to be thankful for what we have or we can wreck Thanksgiving (and every day really) by grumbling because things aren't the way we think they are supposed to be. I decided today that it's time for me to be grateful. God has given me so much. My life is so rich and full. I hope to keep this spirit of Thanksgiving in my heart all year long.