You must have a secret, a disaster or a hilarious experience that has happened during holidays in the past.
Let’s hear them….your Holiday Secrets Exposed!
Ok, ok, I’ll start…..
When my husband and I were not yet married and living in our first basement apartment, I was super excited to entertain all of my friends. I had never entertained before, so I was a tad nervous how all of the food would turn out, so I would often do a “trial” meal to ensure that I knew what I was doing. Go ahead, call me a geek! It’s ok!
I don’t remember what we had for dinner this particular time, but I will NEVER forget what we had for dessert. It was Grasshopper Pie – Amanda’s version. Now, the first version that I made turned out beautifully! It was creamy with a hint of mint and I absolutely loved it as did my husband. The next week, I made the one we would serve to our guests. All went well until we actually bit into the pie. Oh my goodness! Everyone swallowed their first bite, but that was all that they had because the pie literally tasted like mouthwash, it was SO minty! To this day, I still remember measuring the proper amount of mint extract, but clearly I was wrong! From then on, whenever we have them over for dinner, they always ask if we will be having Amanda’s Famous Grasshopper Pie for dessert.
My husband reminded me of his best Christmas ever when I shared with him my memory of the Grasshopper Pie disaster. We were up at my parents’ cottage celebrating Christmas in a small town with very limited grocery options. My Mom started to prepare the turkey, when she learned that the turkey had gone bad. It was immediately thrown in the garbage, but luckily she had a beef tenderloin in the freezer which she promptly prepared for that night. That night, we ended up having a delicious beef tenderloin with all of the fixings (including stuffing) for a Christmas turkey dinner. This was the best holiday meal my husband has ever had as he isn’t a huge fan of turkey and he loves beef and for my mom, it is the Christmas she will never forget because she didn’t get to have her favourite turkey dinner.
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Even though We planned and timed out the turkey for cooking when it came to dinner time it wasn’t done..Ham to the rescue!!! 🙂
Turkey is hard to time sometimes!
i forgot my sister in law didnt like mayo and all the dressings/dips had mayo in them…
I was taking the turkey out of the pan and it slipped and fell, and landed on the door of the oven. So I just quickly scooped it up and placed it on the serving dish and carved it as best I could (was a bit mangled.lol)
All that matters is how it tastes, not how it looks, right?
I burnt the turkey!
Oh dear 🙁 Did you still enjoy all of the fixings?
Title: it couldn’t get any worse than this – could it? thanks
I did a turkey dinner and forgot to put the savory in my dressing. I did not realize it until I took some myself during dinner. In my family you don’t make dressing without the Newfoundland Savory. Florence C
Oops – the turkey dinner you will never forget, right?
I forgot I had appetizers in the oven and they were like one giant burnt on the bottom cookie. they all lifted off pan at once.
I’ve done this before!
UNCOOKED HAM WITH THE IN LAWS
Oops! Isn’t all ham already cooked and we just have to re-heat it?
I use packet gravy but mix it with the roast juices so people think I made it
That is how my sil makes her gravy!
Name of confession Frozen Turkey! shoot forgot you used this form (Doris Calvert on raff)
EXTRA STUFFED TURKEY
One year I was responsible for cleaning and getting the turkey into the oven. I thought I has done great until my sister went to pull out the stuffing and pulled out paper towels as well. I forgot to take them out before I stuffed the bird, I still get reminded of it every year!
Hehe! That’s a funny one!
My mom kept telling me to try the new recipe where you wrap the turkey in cheese cloth to cook. It looked incredibly delicious when we took it out of the oven. We all thought this would be the best turkey ever! That was until we sliced it and there was nothing inside the meat had completely disintegrated and all we had was a shell just like the turkey on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I have never listened to my mother since!
LOL that is hilarious! Oops!
LOL yes it is now. At the time I was in shock because I never thought that could really happen and we were without the main attraction for Christmas dinner.
At the time, mishaps are never fun!
forgetting to buy some crucial ingredients is by far my worst. And I do it quite often even with the list in hand 🙁 We rarely drink alcohol, so usually only buy it for the occasions and not getting enough wine once was very embarrassing.
It’s hard to know how much to buy sometimes.
Well, after 2 times of this lesson finally learned – there is never too much 🙂 Anything extra is luckily not perishable and can wait until the next party 🙂
One time on Christmas Eve, my dad had to many cheerful holiday drinks and while dancing, he fell into the Christmas tree squishing 2 gifts underneath. We all laughed it off.
Convection Confession is the name of my submission
We had gone to my husband’s brother’s house one year for Thanksgiving. He assured us they had everything for the dinner and insisted we not bring a thing. When we arrived at nine o”clock the night before Thanksgiving the 20 lb turkey was still in the freezer, his wife was too “sick” to cook (but could stay up and drink and play cards until four in the morning), and I was to have Thanksgiving dinner cooked and ready for everyone to eat at noon. The turkey never unthawed enough but as ordered I made sure it was on the table at noon. I would not let my children eat the turkey and we have never been back.
last year we had company over for the holiday and the finger foods
in the oven. Did not pay attention to the temp I put the oven on and when I went to check them the outside of lots of them where burnt. Had nothing else at all to serve so I hid in the kitchen to “scrape” off the first layer. I served them and they were not too bad!
one christmas i made my first turkey..epic fail..it was raw we had a late christmas dinner
We were having company and I was making pretzels. I forgot to put the yeast in. I thought the dough hadn’t risen much, but it was nice and relaxed so I made them. They were so chewy.
One time we left the turkey into long yummy crispy dry as dirt. Had to use processed ham. Thanks for the chance.
Turkey Timing Disaster is the title of my confession.
Last year we were getting ready for a family dinner and when hubby was taking the turkey out of the oven and getting ready to sit it on the counter it slipped out of his hand and felt to the floor with turkey,drippings and onions flying all over my freshly painted cupboards.We still had an amazing dinner with veggies and stuffing and family.
I was invited to dinner at my mum’s house and my sister’s daughter was being a total brat and pushing my (much younger) son. I told her off, my sister lost it on me, and we spent Christmas dinner hardly talking while my mum cried. Oops.
I was invited to my partner’s house for Christmas eve and hours before the dinner I dropped the cheesecake I had baked! Luckily it landed right side up but it was a bit misshapen — I served it anyway!
Im cooking my first turkey this christmas!
I once cooked a ham with the brown paper wrapping still on it, I am not sure if they still package them that way but I always check now when I remove the plastic to make sure there isn’t a layer of brown paper.
My confession was a deviled egg flub involving paprika being stirred in rather than sprinkled on top – bright orange eggs 😛
Cookies not turning out right after moving to a much higher altitude.
The oven conked out on Christmas day, off to another location to save the day.
I overcooked the turkey one year.
OMG, overcooked , burnt turkey.. Wow, prize gift basket is fab. &
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for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me!
Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.
Starving artist here desperately needs the gift basket to eat
Oops…Sorry about that…Canada only…please disregard my entry above: Brian E.
one time i was baking cookies and grabbed the salt instead of the sugar. it didnt’ turn out so well
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I love these Reindeer Cupcakes, they are absolutely adorable.