Really it was two things that saved our Thanksgiving… one was that my wife had us plan ahead and make the pies on Wednesday night and two the World Wide Web.
We woke up Thursday morning and starting cutting veggies then pulled the brined turkey from the refrigerator. Turned the oven on to pre-heat for the bird and less than 5 minutes later there was this horrible sound from the oven. There was a glowing, flickering orange light coming from the oven. The heating element had just fried. No oven… no oven on Thanksgiving.
It seemed like Turkey Day was not going to be Turkey Day or Green Bean Casserole Day or Stuffing Day, but then as we re-grouped to make a plan something fairly cool happened. Each of us grabbed an internet enabled device to start exploring options. In just a few moments, we learned that you can grill a turkey, found a recipe for stove top green bean casserole, and a slow cooker option for making stuffing. There were videos, recipes, feedback for others who had tried the recipes, and pictures. We had one of the best Thanksgivings ever at our house. The food was great and the camaraderie was better. It would not have been possible without the Internet.
PS – We still left our devices at home when we all took our after Thanksgiving walk.