I love hosting. Whether it is dinner, drinks, a book club, bible study, you name it, I would love to cook and have you over! This is especially true for holidays.
I remember my excitement hosting my first Thanksgiving meal. I planned out the menu days in advance and did all the prep work the day before. Everything was going nicely until I began to smell something burning...I realized I did not take my oven off of the pre-heat setting (which means the oven is getting as hot as it can as fast as it can) and my lovely sweet potato casserole topped with brown sugar and pecans is ON FIRE. Smoke begins to billow from the oven and is shortly accompanied by the lovely sound of the fire alarm. I remove the casserole and run outside with it (as to not add any more smoke to the house and so that the piercing sound of the darn alarm would stop). My entire family (yes in-laws too) were there, as well as a few friends, and they are all staring expectantly at me pondering, "will she cry, did she screw up her first Thanksgiving, can we laugh"? Luckily, I had an extra casserole in the fridge so the crisis was averted and I had a good chuckle about it.
I have not hosted since, not because anyone is afraid the house might go up inflames, but because we have moved into a new place the week of thanksgiving two years in a row. So I have had to improvise and have created some non traditional Thanksgivings! If you find yourself far away from home with your belongings all packed up around Thanksgiving, you can:
How do you handle the holidays when all of your belongings are in boxes?
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