I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We did, other than one "little" issue!
No, the new kitten didn't climb the tree and knock it over, whew - that actually was a concern we had!
Our kids were surprised with their gifts - they liked everything.
My Mom made it here from Upstate NY to spend the holiday with us.
I actually remembered everything I needed at the grocery store.
Hmm....so for the perfect Christmas day.
This innocent looking appliance was just waiting...
waiting for me to put in my Orange - Cranberry bread for breakfast, the first of several foods that needed to baked on Christmas day: homemade cinnamon rolls were going in second, dinner rolls and the ham for Christmas dinner.
For 15 years this WONDERFUL oven has done it's job perfectly - why did it have to pick Christmas day to go on strike?
Here's a quick recap of the morning - I had just closed the oven door after checking on the orange cranberry bread - it had maybe 5 more minutes to bake. No sooner than I close the door, there is a very bright light (like a welder's torch) snapping noises and sparks flying inside the oven. In my state of panic I open the oven door (If I had read the manual I would have known this was NOT the appropriate course of action!) I'm now screaming for my husband and trying to remember which side of the sink my fire extinguisher is on. Thank goodness my husband is a little calmer than I am, he walked over, closed the oven door and waited for the show to be over. (he did admit later that he knew I needed him immediately by my scream - it wasn't my "big spider" scream!)
Can you tell from this picture that the element is fried? It is completely bent out of shape and detached from the plug in. The whole fireworks took only about 6 seconds and was contained to the oven, thank goodness, but my heart was racing for another 30 minutes!
The dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls went into the garbage. The ham, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes went into crock pots instead of the oven. A new element was ordered within minutes and I'm expecting it today.
I've told all the other appliances that New Years Eve is going to pass by unnoticed.