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Fire in the Hole and Other Excitement 
Jan. 17, 2013 8:57 pm 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 6:55 pm

Yes.....Mama Said there Would be Days Like This...  

This has been the week of kids, craziness and chaos.  


The day started off with poached eggs on toast.  Sounds innocent, doesn't it?  

Homemade bread, sliced thin (maybe too thin) into the toaster - ready to toast.

Water simmering for poached eggs - all is good.  

Plates readied...

Swirl the water for the eggs, hit the toast, drop the eggs into the simmering water....

Suddenly I look over and see FIRE IN THE HOLE!   

Not just a little smoke - FIRE - FLAMES!

The toaster was quickly unplugged and a damp kitchen towel was tossed on the toaster - once the towel was removed and the offending toast was removed, was fire out? NO - there was a flare up, what the heck?  The bottom tray of the toaster was on fire.   I think I am in the market for a new toaster.


By the Way, my granddaughter was really impressed with how I handled the fire, 

"Nana, do you always have a damp towel handy?"

"No, that was just pure luck."  

We pressed on - Grands Breakfast Sandwiches were on the menu.  I thought this would be a great project to do with the kids.

Grandwich Breakfast Sandwich

I popped the biscuits and Michael and Alexis placed them on the baking sheet.  

We looked at the recipe and Michael decided we should microwave the eggs like we used to do. 

Great idea!   

While the biscuits were baking Michael and I set about greasing the ramekins and scrambling the eggs.  

He set them in the microwave oven and set them to cook. 


Yep, you guessed it. The eggs exploded in the microwave - Eggs everywhere!  

Sigh - Michael had set the microwave for 10 minutes instead of 1 minute.  An easy mistake....

I have been told that disasters come in groups of three.  

I should have thrown in the towel and gone to bed once the kids went home.  But no, I pressed on.

The Ham and Bean Soup Incident     

I will keep this short and sweet but do you know how hard it is to clean up exploding jars of Ham and Bean Soup?   Bean Soup has a way of adhering to everything it touches - including the spice drawer, the cabinets and the counter tops.    It was not a good night.   

Sigh...  I think I should call it quits and head to bed.  I have had my string of 3......

Jan. 17, 2013 9:23 pm
Good night lady. If I were closer I would come help you clean the bean soup. I know there is nothing worse then dried beans.
Jan. 17, 2013 9:25 pm
Nitey nite, Ba'Nana! You've had your share of adventure for one day!
Jan. 17, 2013 9:27 pm
Oh Joey - there are few things worse than Bean Soup. It was just the end to a long day.... I am still cleaning up the bean mess....Sigh.... Tomorrow is another day....
Jan. 17, 2013 9:29 pm
More than enough for one day, Marianne. I should have called it quits early in the day - I could have avoided the bean mess. Sigh....
Jan. 17, 2013 10:11 pm
Geez Louise! Hope tomorrow is a better day for you! Have a good night Baking Nana!
Jan. 17, 2013 11:17 pm
Surely tomorrow has to be better! Just think, give this a little time and you'll be laughing about it.
Jan. 17, 2013 11:18 pm
There would be days like this, Mama said (=
Jan. 17, 2013 11:21 pm
Remind me to tell you about my toilets [yes, plural!] flooding when I shower, and spending all day with the plumber [instead of sleeping )=]
Jan. 18, 2013 3:16 am
Baking Nana - I, too, am impressed with the throwing of the damp towel! When I was just a small child (maybe 5) my mom had myself, older sister, and baby brother (in a high chair) around the table (where the toaster sat) making breakfast. She pushed down the 4-slice toaster, turned to make oatmeal and the toaster did the same thing as yours. My mom, however, did not handle it quite as well - she ran screaming from the room to the back porch. My older sister (who was maybe 8) pulled the plug and grabbed our little brother and followed my mom. All ended well, but it was then I learned to never depend on Mom in an emergency! And - since you threw the towel in on the toaster, you couldn't throw the towel in on the day! Aye' yi' yi' what a day! Hope today is a better day!
Jan. 18, 2013 4:21 am
Well they do say trouble comes in threes, but they also say good news comes in threes...maybe a better day today.
Jan. 18, 2013 4:49 am
As Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day!" I'm so glad your quick thinking prevented any other casualties besides the toaster!
Jan. 18, 2013 5:12 am
Trouble comes in 3's in my house too and their names are Caty, Amity & Brad....great blog - glad no harm came from all of your excitement
Jan. 18, 2013 5:19 am
It's a brand new day here. Seems to be a bright one. I think today is apologising for yesterday. Have a great today, Baking Nana!
Jan. 18, 2013 5:42 am
LOL @ Dad-Dude Doug (=
Jan. 18, 2013 5:43 am
. . . and I love Mike's observation that today is apologizing for yesterday (=
Jan. 18, 2013 5:57 am
Good morning Denise - today is off to a good start, at least the coffee pot didn't blow up.
Jan. 18, 2013 5:59 am
Hi Paula. I was able to laugh about the toaster and the egg incident was hilarious. But the beans..... it will be a while before I can laugh about the beans....
Jan. 18, 2013 6:01 am
gammaray - OH NO, not the toilets! Yikes, that is the worst. Yes, even worse than beans. I guess I should feel thankful.
Jan. 18, 2013 6:11 am
Mother Ann - I can just see you mother running from the kitchen, thank God you have a level headed sister! What is scary about the toaster is that I very well could have been out of the room. I don't know what the kids would have done. Well, at least they both know how to put out a toaster fire now.
Jan. 18, 2013 6:12 am
Good morning Sherri - lets hope that today brings that string of good luck. Maybe I should stay out of the kitchen, just in case.....
Jan. 18, 2013 6:13 am
That was this week... I can also tell you about the time that I was turning on the burner [to poach eggs!] while holding my newborn, and my robe caught on fire! You have NEVER seen anyone disrobe [haha!] while holding an infant, ever in your life! I am SO thankful for flame retardant clothing!!!
Jan. 18, 2013 6:17 am
Baking Nana-That is scary-your toaster that is now toast so to speak. The only good thing is you will get something new, a toaster. I was curious what did the kids get for breakfast finally?
Jan. 18, 2013 6:23 am
Bibi - indeed, the toaster can be replaced, it could have been a lot worse. Today is a new day, one that I am starting without toast....
Jan. 18, 2013 6:36 am
BN: Oh, my! What a trooper! After the first incident with the toaster, I probably would have offered them a choice of Frosted Flakes or Honey Nut Cheerios!
Jan. 18, 2013 6:46 am
Baking Nana,you sure had a rough day,today will be much better.Likr bikerfamily,i would have taken the cereal out.Have a great day.
Jan. 18, 2013 6:54 am
Good morning Doug. There is always some kind of excitement when the kids are around. The look on Michael's face when the eggs exploded was priceless. Once he figured out that he wasn't in trouble he started laughing hysterically. I think he is trying to figure out how to turn this event into a science project. I better warn his mother.
Jan. 18, 2013 6:55 am
Thanks Mike - today is starting off sunny and bright here too. Mind you, the kids haven't arrived yet and the day is early.
Jan. 18, 2013 7:03 am
Gosh Barb, I have never caught my robe on fire but I have had a kitchen towel or two go up in flames. It is amazing you didn't drop the baby! Yikes!
Jan. 18, 2013 7:05 am
Lela, the toaster is indeed 'toast'. I am off to find a new one this morning. We did have poached eggs. I buttered some bread and 'toasted' it is a cast iron skillet. The kids were pretty impressed with that too.
Jan. 18, 2013 7:09 am
Good morning bikerfamily. Cereal wasn't really an option, I am out of cereal. The big boy locust had been through earlier in the week and wiped me out. I was making the bean soup to fill them up. I better go get some more cereal.
Jan. 18, 2013 7:13 am
manella - so far so good. Mind you, it's still early. In this family it pays to have a sense of humor.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:10 am
Oh yikes
Jan. 18, 2013 8:39 am
Oh Yikes is right LindaT. Michael just showed up with a big grin. "I had so much fun yesterday, Nana! What are we making today?"
Jan. 18, 2013 10:41 am
Wednesday was my day for kitchen mishaps, though none as dramatic as yours. I think the kitchen gods just get fractious now and then to keep us humble. I bet you are finding beans in places you never imagined!
Jan. 18, 2013 10:42 am
My mother was pretty wise and a pretty good cook but for some reason she repeatedly tried to make split pea soup in the pressure cooker and shot it all over the kitchen. I guess she kept at it because sometimes it worked out alright and the pressure cooker was big enough to accommodate the ham bone. There are days like that. Hopefully another one won't come along for a while. I got into my car this morning and as I backed out of my driveway, my recently repaired (repaired on a wing and a prayer) muffler dropped onto the pavement! Better days are ahead!
Jan. 18, 2013 10:50 am
Hi BSM - Beans and bean juice! Did you know that dried bean juice makes an excellent substitute for glue? Lesson learned, do NOT place hot Mason jars onto a cold granite counter top. I think the kitchen gods were getting even with us for laughing in the face of disaster!
Jan. 18, 2013 11:12 am
janet - Those pressure cooker stories scare the heck out of me! Can you imagine? Your mother was a brave woman! Sorry about your muffler. I hope that it is an isolated incident and easily repaired.
Jan. 18, 2013 6:01 pm
Hi Baking Nana . . . I think you’ve presented a case for why some people migrate to a raw food diet. Now when your grand daughter calls, she might be asking what’s on fire rather than wondering if you’re baking. BTW, you would look good in a firefighters helmet :) Better days ahead!
Jan. 18, 2013 6:07 pm
Hi ConkyJoe - it seems I may have to migrate to that firefighter helmet - along with an EMT cert. Michael, the egg boy - fell while riding his bike and broke his wrist. (Not on MY watch, BTW) He is all boy and it seems that skidding in gravel is a fun male 8 year old past time. Raw food might be safer but who the heck invented the wheel?
Jan. 18, 2013 6:56 pm
Geez, what a day... I was wondering about how the beans blew. Glad your day didn't go entirely up in smoke.
Jan. 18, 2013 7:31 pm
Aw you poor thing, betcha that doesn't happen very often! Blogworthy indeed when it does! Have a good glass of wine and some expensive chocolate.
Jan. 18, 2013 7:49 pm
Fire in the hole...I was running for cover. When the beans EXPLODED it would have been a good time for an emergency roundup. We would all help clean up.
Jan. 19, 2013 6:09 am
Good morning, Magnolia Blossom. It is days like this that make memories, isn't it? I doubt if the kids will remember all the perfect poached eggs on toast but they will never forget the day that the toaster went up in flames!
Jan. 19, 2013 6:30 am
Hi Randy. I'll take the wine but pass on the chocolate. Thanks though! You are right, I haven't had many days like this, which is a good thing. I need to find a way to entertain the kids without burning down the kitchen!
Jan. 19, 2013 6:36 am
bd.weld - I am sure if you were all here someone would have stopped me from putting those hot jars on the cold counter top. What was I thinking? Oh that's right, I wasn't thinking! Komi did her best to help in the clean up effort but I am sure you would have done a better job.
Jan. 19, 2013 6:34 pm
Oh, I have had the exploding eggs in the microwave. Those things could be marketed as glue! I have been lucky not to have a fire in the toaster...your skills are putting out a fire sound impressive. : ) And exploding jars of bean soup? Sounds pretty bad, too. Hope the old saying that bad things come in 3's means you'll have better luck now!
Jan. 20, 2013 11:30 am
Great memories...The kids will pass these on for generations, I'll bet! I actually clicked on your blog because "fire in the hole" is one of our fav rides in Branson at silver dollar city, but was mightily entertained by your exciting story!
Jan. 20, 2013 11:37 am
By the way, I'm sorry for all the wasted bean soup. At my house, clean-up step one would be to call in the dogs! They do a very thorough job whenever there's a food emergency, although I've never had one quite as bad as yours!
Jan. 21, 2013 12:01 pm
Nana Your telling of the story is so much fun, however scary it must have been. Nothing like creating memories for those grandkids. This will be one they tell for years. :) Thanks for your help in my getting pictures onto my blog posts.
Jan. 22, 2013 6:05 am
Aha! I knew these things happened to others, not just to me! Although I am laughing now, I can imagine how frightening this must have been for your grands...and you. What a great lesson you taught that day, be prepared and stay panicking and take control. And of course, down the road..'Nana, remember the time we almost burned down your kitchen???"!!
Jan. 22, 2013 9:58 am
Good morning wisweetp - At least the eggs were contained within the microwave - if not they would have hit the ceiling! Last night I had to washing down the cabinets AGAIN - I am still finding splatters of bean juice!
Jan. 22, 2013 10:01 am
Hi mimi - My dog understands English! At least swear words. If she hears me swear she comes running, eager to help with the clean up. The beans were too big of a mess for her to deal with. She did get the remnants of the exploding eggs though.
Jan. 22, 2013 10:03 am
You are welcome, Marjorie. Blogging on AR is a challenge, isn't it? I am sure we will be laughing about this day for a long time!
Jan. 22, 2013 10:06 am
Thanks for stopping in Wyattdogster. No, you are not alone and yes, this day will become one of those "Remember when ...." stories that the kids like to drag out when we all get together. At least when they have their own kitchen disasters they will know they come by it naturally!
Feb. 8, 2013 6:35 am
Timmy's in the well! Where's Lassie? BN you are too too funny :)
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
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I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
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In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
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