Saturday, February 24, 2007

Thanksgiving in February

Even though the tryptophan probably wore off several hours ago, I am still sleepy and drowsy after this evening's wonderfully successful Thanksgiving Dinner. Getting the turkey cooked was quite an adventure, primarily because... carbon monoxide detector went off. Again.

Now, this is the 5 billionth time this has happened (well, probably only the 6th). But this time, when the gentleman came over to take the reading, we got a definitive answer to our monoxide problem: it is the oven (not the stovetop!) that is generating lethal amounts of this gas. So we aren't supposed to use either the oven or the stove until Monday, when someone is going to come over and dismantle this thing to see what's wrong. Hopefully, I won't die before then (we aerated the place, so don't worry).

This posed a logistical problem in the turkey roasting, however. We were already an hour and a half into the cooking of this 20 lb. bird...and now we had to figure out where to finish it and how to get it there. We ended up at Ben's place for the afternoon, using a huge cardboard box to transport the thing in his car back to his place. Despite this mishap, we ended up with a gorgeous bird that was quite tasty. I'm looking forward to making turkey stock tomorrow.

In light of the exception I made in my Lenten Discipline for this community event...I'm not sure how veggie I really am going to be. We seriously have tons of leftover turkey, and we're planning on using the carcass for making broth...we probably have enough to make two crock pots full. Turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey...everything. We will be eating turkey...for awhile. I am a vegetarian...minus the turkey.

The dinner was fun, and I enjoyed meeting a few friends of one of my friends who were visiting for the weekend. We hung out, cleaned, and played Apples to Apples! All in all, an enjoyable night. :-)


Kristen said...

Sorry i missed it.. I love hanging out with you guys and gals. I had closing night of v mons.. hope you had fun!

Melissa said...

I hope it went well...I was hoping to go, but I ended up not being able to make any of the nights!

Pastor David said...

In my experience of leftover turkey, eating it until it's gone is almost as difficult as a vegetarian Lent.

Sounds like a spiritual discipline either way--and good practice for ministry (frugality is an oft-overlooked virtue).

Melissa said...

Haha, you certainly have a point there! All of our turkey has gone into soups. When all is said and done, we'll have made enough broth to last until next Thanksgiving!

The way I see it, frugality will be my life...I'm sure not in ministry for the money! ;-) :-)