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Feb. 1, 2010 10:06 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2010 10:15 pm
Did you ever cruise along, thinking you got this whole "adult thing" figured out.  We were in the zone today.

Started the process of buying a new car, applied for an Amex(and qualified) , looked in the checkbook and everything balanced.  We got the tiger by the tail!!!

Then I go (about 10:30pm central) to make a pizza in the pizza oven --simple right??

Some how or other the door to the upright freezer in the back hall never got closed tight--LAST FRIDAY. 

Commence the chicken (with its head cut off) dance.  This is dead, this can fit in the tiny bit of freezer space left in the refrigerator, this has to go out on the back deck(luckily it is only 13 degrees right now).  Alot of the stuff that was a loss was toast before, this was just a good excuse to throw it out.

We can be thankful that the $200 worth of meat in the refrigerator had not been vac-packed and put in the freezer.

Be interesting to see if the critters try to run off with the turkey or the ham.  We have raccoons, opossum, fox, coyote, deer, rabbits up the ying yang, and assorted cats.  The dogs all seem to have the invisible fence.

Well, tomorrow is another day to get the "adult thing" right.

Feb. 2, 2010 7:01 am
Hi. After experiencing all kinds of similar catastrophes (mine, plus hearing about others') around the house---finding door wide open, faucet on all night, freezer door not sealed, etc---I've forced myself to two rules: (1) no matter how tired I am, I haul my carcass to each floor, checking for locked windows, turned off faucets, locked doors, and also noticing appliances, water heater, and furnace/ac. (2) Check my wallet for cash, credit cards, and ID's. I've also learned, the hard way, that it is prudent to walk around the house and the rest of the property at least once a week (try to do it every day, but make certain I don't let more than a week go by), and the car, at least once each day, looking at the tires and anything else that might be amiss. I've also learned to put the back of my fingers against wall plates and the walls beside them when I flip a light switch or unplug anything, and mentally note how warm the cord is. I've saved myself grief so many times I couldn't count, but it took some bad experiences before I added these precautions to my routines. I also taped cheap paper towels to the bottoms of all sink plumbing, since the cheaper paper always shows a leak immediately, at a glance, whereas the more absorbent towels can hide a minor leak. Sorry you lost your goodies; hope my suggestions keep you from further disaster!
Feb. 2, 2010 10:15 pm
Thanks for the tips. It does make for a good story though I will wait to tell my dad about after I wrote a note in big black marker "Shut Bathroom Faucet Off". He will get a big kick out of the irony.
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I am 38 years old. I love looking at cookbooks and searching for new recipes to try. Luckily my husband likes more stuff than I do so I know if I would probably like it so will he. After his cancer diagnosis we are trying harder to make the things we eat a little better for us.
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My mothers veggie soup. I get requests for my lemon bars and macadamia nut cookies.
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When my mother was alive we would come up with any reason whatsoever for a potluck.
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When I went to make my husband my mothers bread stuffing and he was EXTREMELY skeptical of it. I stuffed a 15lb turkey and filled a 6qt crockpot and there were no leftovers. Now we make a turkey so we can have stuffing.
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Hands down--EGGPLANT PARMESAN. The recipe called for the eggplant to be grilled on a standard grill pan until pliant. Seemed simple enough but we did not notice the smoke filling the kitchen,kitchen eating area,tv room and den(it is a very large open area). All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and the alarm company was calling to see what was going on. His quote to the operator "my girlfriend is just cooking." I could have just died--thankfully the fire trucks didn't come all the way to the house. What was really a bummer is the smell of grilled eggplant took forever to go away and the dish was definitly not to our taste. It's a couple years since I first found this site and the Eggplant Parmesan is still my biggest disaster....and one of our biggest laughs.
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