The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not exactly what I had in mind....

When I started this blog a couple of years ago, I thought I would post about once a month about some momentous adventures in my kids' lives. I didn't realize it would become a composite of confessions for the domestically challenged part of me. I didn't know I would be airing all my dirty little secrets (newsflash, I suck at housekeeping.)

But here we are, two years later, and it's pretty obvious that I am not a gifted domestic diva. Tonight I was making a potato bar for dinner. I was so cute, I had all my 'fixins' laid out in little bowls, made my bacon nice and crisp ahead of time and let it sit to firm. I was chatting with my friend Sonja while I washed the potatoes and popped them in the oven. I asked her at the time, "Why do I need to wrap these in tin-foil? Guess we'll see." (FYI, Sonja didn't know either... sorry Sonj, I need to validate my ignorance here!) Well, I found out that you wrap the potatoes in tin foil before you put them in the heat because, ladies, they will EXPLODE in the oven if you don't! Yes, that's right, pop right open and spew little bits of baked potato all over your nice clean oven floor. Then, since you won't realize that the potatoes are exploding in your oven, they will be burnt and baked on indefinitely (or at least until the cleaning lady comes and has a heart attack when she opens the oven.)

By the way, the really big potatoes did not explode, so we were still able to salvage enough to have a loaded potato dinner... but still.... there's this to deal with.

10 comments:

Takin' time to smell the flowers! said...

How awful but funny:) This is so something that I would have done thinking they might cook faster or something! Thanks for the comment:)

Tiger & Kar said...

ohmygosh - I can't stop laughing. As you know, I too am domestically challenged and would have absolutely thought leaving the tenfoil off would be okay. Thank you for saving me from embarrasing myself even farther! Love the photo of the evidence!
Kar

Anonymous said...

I thought you're supposed to poke them with a fork before baking, so the steam can escape & so they won't explode. I thought the tin foil was just to keep the outer layer of the potato from getting too dried out.

On the plus side, you will have the lovely smell of crispy potatoes next time you bake something!

findingourdaughter said...

I think if you poke holes in the potato before baking they won't explode, but the tin foil does help with not drying out and steaming the inside better.
I don't "bake" mine in the oven, I cook them in the microwave...with holes poked in them on a paper towel.....about 4-5 minutes per potato.....after I take them out I wrap them in tin foil to keep moist and continue cooking some.
Good Luck cleaning that oven....that is my least favorite job ever, therefore I do everything possible to avoid a mess in the oven LOL!

Katie@ThisCrazyLife said...

Yeah, I hate cleaning the oven. I really need to get mine done before Thanksgiving cuz the little burnt bits on the bottom are starting to smoke when I cook something!

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the candidate for most challenged in the kitchen - but you beat even me, you silly goose!

The above comments are right - poke each potato with a dinner fork before you put them in the oven or nuke-it and they will never explode!

The only time I wrap them is if I get really fancy - I poke about a million holes in each potato and then rub them all over with herb butter before sealing in foil. Oh, boy are those babies good!

Have a great weekend!
Grannie in Florida

hthr said...

You crack me up. Thanks for reminding me to clean the bottom of my oven out before my mom arrives Monday to visit. She will surely holla at me when she sees all the sweet potato sugar down there! That is one of those jobs I avoid. And I'm afraid of the self-cleaning option on the oven. I need to get over that so I can fire it up!

Kristine and John said...

Thank you! I always wondered the same thing, but just always did what I was told regarding potatoes and foil....good to know why. Thank you for being the one to lead us! Sorry that you have to clean that mess though....

Ron and Dinia said...

Too funny, especially with the included photo!

I am trying to work out a trip to Opryland afer Thanksgiving. Maybe we can share a cup of coffe as I pass through your area.

Paka!

Oatsvall Team said...

thank the Lord it isn't just me ... llol ... thanks for stopping by my blog .. both my girls are from Hunan and both very spicy in their own way .. your family is beautiful ...