Mosaic Monday – Thanksgiving memories

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Thanksgiving nov 22 09

Thanksgiving week… one of my all time favorites.

Reading through some of my old journals I came upon one of the funnest Thanksgivings I ever had.

Twas 1989 — My mother- in – law was the best entertainer and cook. She decorated her home to the nines and could put on a 5 course meal and never break a sweat and loved every minute of it. I so wanted to be like her in this area, she told me she had total confidence in me… so I volunteered to host TG at our home that year.

I planned the menu for weeks. I shopped and had everything laid out perfectly. I even went to our local Turkey Farm to purchase the “BEAST” as we were feeding over 25+ guests. Our family plus 4 others.

2 days before…I cleaned and decorated and borrowed long banquet tables from our church so we could all sit around one VERY long table. The moms from 3 of the families had volunteered to bring some of the feast so I could have some of my burden eased. My task was potatoes (mashed of course) dressing, drinks and of course the TURKEY…

1 day before… Prepared all the food and had calculated exactly what time in the wee early morning I needed to get up to put the Turkey in the oven. This Bugger weighed over 35 lbs!  I am serious as a heart attack… I scrubbed it and bought a special pan to hold it. I figured 15 minutes per pound… uggh would take about 9 hours to cook. 

I went to bed late — and got up about 5:30  getting it all stuffed thinking I should put it in around 6:30- 7ish to be ready around 5pm. I swear I got a hernia lifting that guy from the fridge. I tried to be as quiet as I could because my family was all still in their beds. I stepped back and smiled at myself — this was going to be a very cool beautiful bird, if I didn’t say so myself!

The oven was set perfect… I opened the oven door and grabbed the handles on the pan… 



HE was too big to fit in my oven!!!! No matter how I lowered the rack on the bottom he still couldn’t fit in! I had 25 guests coming… WHAT was I going to do? 

I’m guessing I had made a pretty big racket… as when I turned around from the oven  my entire family (2 boys and my daughter and their father) were all standing in their jammies starring at their crazed mother… they knew better than to say a word.

My sweet A (middle son) reminded me that we were “house sitting” for our neighbors across the street… so why didn’t I try their oven? — GREAT IDEA—So we put on our snow boots (still in our jammies) and trekked across the street, through the slushy snow, toting the nekkid bird. We were slipping and sliding– I can only imagine what a sight we would’ve been had anyone been looking out their windows.

I won’t mention that no one had brought the house key of your neighbors on the first trip… but we finally got in– to no avail…NOPE– still tooo big for the oven. I was saying things like… “why would they sell me a bird that I couldn’t cook???” “They must have seen me coming a mile away– I was so naive.”  I had a very smart family — none of them made any comments. 😉

*sigh* It all worked out in the end– We hacked the guy straight down the middle and cooked one half in different ovens. Ok, so the presentation was a little on the non-prefect side. BUT…

One of the best lessons I learned from this event was…  If you want perfect — your life is boring… it’s when everyone freaks out a little bit and works together that memories are made and some day — you too could tell your silly story on your blog!!

Do you have a fun Thanksgiving story? If so I would love to hear it!

Stop by sweet Marys for Monday’s Mosaics.

Susan at Southern DayDreamer is holding her Outdoor Wednesday celebration… visit her.

Have an awesome week… Aren’t you thankful you aren’t a TURKEY?  🙂

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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November 23, 2009 at 12:58 am | Mosaic | 37 comments


37 responses to “Mosaic Monday – Thanksgiving memories”

  1. sharon says:

    Hey Sis,  I laughed as I read your story.  I am still chuckling……I have never heard this story.  You were always such an awsome hostess.  Who knew you had a bad day in the kitchen.    Your blog is wonderful as usual.    Thanks for everything you do.     Sharon

  2. JSELEP says:

    Great story  🙂

  3. OMGosh, Claudia!  That is such a funny story!  Love it!   I would have loved to seen you going back and forth across the snow in your jammies!  Too funny! 

    Ok, my Thanksgiving dinner fiasco ….I was cooking for my boyfriend’s entire family…(25+) , did I mention this was my FIRST solo thanksgiving dinner?  Well, long story short, I blew up the turkey.  yep…Kablooie!  I packed that stuffing in like no tomorrow.   When it blew, the door flew open and suffing flew all over my spotless kitchen;  the ceiling, floor, counter and a turkey in shreds.    It all turned out good in the end.  We carefully scraped off parts from certain heaps around the kitchen  mixed it with Stove Top Stuffing mix.  Not to give too much detail, but, everyone loved the stuffing…neither my boyfriend or me ate a bite of it! ha!

    Hope you and yours have a lovely and safe Thanskgiving!



  4. Atticmag says:

    Claudia — your story is priceless!  Thanks for the early Monday morning laugh.  What a visual — arriving at the house across the street without the key.  L O L
    Jane T.

  5. Judith says:

    Hi Claudia
    What would life be without memories to look back on – perfect or funny!
    As I was reading, I thought – try the barbeque (assuming you had one) because we did a huge turkey outside in ours one year.
    Happy Thanksgiving from Ontario.

  6. MaryBeth says:

    Funny story but that is what memories are made of, right.  Thanks for sharing.  Happy Thanksgiving.  MB

  7. Oh Claudia I am still laughing. I can just picture it. My first solo cooking turkey time was pretty funny now, but not then. I overstuffed the bird and he blew right out of my oven breaking the door. We had pizza with all the trimmings that year. Don’t even ask about the chocolate chip cookie disaster.LOL Sharon PS Your photo’s are beautiful.

  8. bj says:

    OMG…I never even thought about a turkey being too big to fit in the oven !! Bless your heart…I’ll bet the turkey was delicious. I, too, learned awhile back that it is better to have 2 smaller ones ! Just because they cook faster…
    I hope this holiday is a great one for you and your family.

  9. Candy says:

    Fall is in the air all over your mosaic. Happy Thanksgiving to you as the Pilgrims and Indians start to gather.
    So glad you shared another walk through your favorite place to  visit. That cottage is just breathe taking!
    Happy Thanksgiving blessings coming your way from me 😉

  10. Sheila says:

    Claudia, what a scream!  I have had things like that, and when it’s over, it’s such fun to look back and laugh.  Loved this.

    Happy Thanksgiving…


    Sheila 🙂

  11. Enjoyed your holiday story and LOVE the Fall Thanksgiving Mosaic!  Thanks so much for visiting Scenic Mosaic Variations at Sacred Ruminations.  I did share a touch of California ‘Fall’ I recently discovered at HRG 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

  12. Susan says:

    What a great story!  My MIL was not quite the good cook and decorator as yours.  The first year we had Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws home, the entire dinner was purchased from a local grocery store.  That was the last time we had dinner there and they were always guests at our home from then on 🙂

  13. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the chuckle, I am glad to hear someone besides me had a some bad luck cooking Thanksgiving dinners. Mine was when our electric was going on and off all day while my turkey was in the electric oven. Everything in the  house is electric.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Lori E says:

    You turned a Thanksgiving FAIL into a big success and have a great story to tell too.
    I was wondering if your last name might be Griswold? It would have been funny (to us at least) if the door to your house had locked when you all trekked across the street to the neighbors without the key.

  15. Jame Busher says:

    What a fantastic story!  It should be published like the ones at   Thumbs up to Lori’s point.  You turned a setback into a big Thanksgiving success.  Congratulations and we all hope you dig deeper into your old journals and find nuggets like the one you shared here.

  16. Jacque fivas says:

    This is hilarious!  good thing you had smart kids.  It might have been their last Thanksgiving.  This just made me giggle.  that’s one of the things I like about you best.  you make me giggle and you tell greattttt stories.  love ya,

  17. what a terrific tale!
    I am not one of those who suffer from  HPS (holiday perfection syndrome).

  18. such a funny story!  made me laugh out loud!

  19. Maggie says:

    Fab mosaic and a wonderful Thanksgiving story, I’m so glad that I stopped by today.
    Hope tomorrow goes even better than ever.

  20. Kathy says:

    What a cute story! I’m sitting here cracking up picturing you trekking across the street in jammies and snow boots. My husband always insists on having “birdzilla” regardless of how many are coming for dinner.  I never thought of what would happen if the bird wouldn’t fit in the oven! Priceless story and what fun memories. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Have a great one!

  21. angi says:

    what festive autumn/thanksgiving decorh

  22. Becky says:

    Great story Claudia!!!
    Happy Turkey Day!!!

  23. Joyce M says:

    This time of year we all seem to reminisce.   I love your story of the turkey doesn’t fit into oven and that you cut it in half and baked it in two different stoves.   Too funny!  My-daughter-in law had plastic gloves on and held her arms up against her body asking, “I put the dressing where?”  Her facial expression was a riot.   Too cute!  Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours.
    Joyce M

  24. That’s so funny! I would have done the same thing.

  25. Fifi Flowers says:

    I’m sooooooooo boring… I have NO story to tell… I’ve never cooked THanksgiving dinner… soooo it is my relatives who would have stories… I’m sure!
    LOVED hearing your story!!!

  26. Cindy S says:

    Very funny story!!!  Your whole family trekking through the snow in your pj’s with a gigantic turkey, too funny!  Thanks for the laugh and thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a sweet comment.  Hugs, Cindy S.

  27. Riet says:

    Oh my goodness I know what you mean. Things can go wrong but it was ok in the end. LOL
    Good story

  28. Your story made me giggle.  There is always a little chaos and craziness at our house during the holidays!  That’s why I always have a glass of wine nearby.  Have a great Thanksgiving! 

  29. gp says:

    thanx for stopping<a href=””>inn</a>.. a good LOL ..all the best from montana  a couple , three hours from Billings

  30. that story is too funny!
    and i just love your photos from the previous post.  stunning!

  31. carolynUSA says:

    Wow!  What problem solvers you all are!  This story is a hoot!  What would you have done without the neighbor’s oven?  Ohhhh…this story could have been even more hilarious.  Here I sit trying to solve that one…
    Thank you for visiting my Grand Canyon pics!

  32. That is way too funny! I am picturing you walking across a slippery street with a 35lb turkey. Just lifting it had to be a challenge.  Great solution to the problem. I love your mosaic.
    My Thanksgiving was dull and boring in comparison . Thanks for stopping by my photo blog. Hope to see you again.

  33. Irene says:

    Haha, what a story! Well, I can’t tell any Thanksgiving story, because we don’t celebrate here in Norway.
    Thanks for visiting my blog …. have a great weekend!

  34. Sarah says:

    What a fun story!  Thanks for sharing.  I’m still giggling.  Beautiful mosaic! ~Sarah

  35. Barb Boyack says:

    Hi Claudia, nice to meet you, you have an awesome blog, I will add you to my bookmarks and also subscribe to your posts…thanks for stopping by to visit..come by again!  And I hope you feel better!

  36. Susan says:

    Claudia…what a great story!  You are so right about the times when things go go quite as planned are often the times we make real memories.  That must have been a gigantic turkey! 🙂 
    Thanks for following me.  I was looking for your “follow” list but I don’t see it.  I’m following you on twitter now. 🙂

  37. Barbara Jean says:

    Hi Claudia.
    You can ignore my email with the request for your blog address.
    I found your website. =0))
    Thanks for coming by.
    I’m off to check your place out.
    Barbara jean

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