Yes, the holidays are a time of great preparation, stress, celebration and education.
Yup. I learned quite a bit.
In fact, one important lesson fell on Christmas Eve. I was hosting the in-laws with a traditonal turkey dinner. With all the fixin's. Stuffing, grilled carrots, cranberry sauce...
... and mashed potatoes.
But because I am currently obsessed with The Food Network, I got it into my head to try something from their Holiday Special.
Mashed Potato Snowmen.
I really didn't expect to be successful. I had visions of mushy white puddles pooling on each guest's plate, with me desperately explaining "Really, they are SUPPOSED to be snowmen!" as their little carrot noses floated away under slices of turkey.
But to my surprise, they did turn out!
Too well in fact.
For as each family member placed their very own little snowman on their plate, I noticed no one wanted to actually EAT them.
And too late I realized why. Those black peppercorn eyes peered up at us beneath jaunty mushroom caps, their green dill arms outstretched, as if pleading for their short carbohydrate lives.
I couldn't do it.
And neither could anyone else.
Until we screwed up the courage to wipe the little faces off leaving a simple heap of potatoes once more.
Except for Daughter. She was far more cruel... her little snowman got drenched with steaming dark gravy.
And as I watched it slowly cascade down, I shuddered; imagining that poor little snowman bleeding turkey au jus.
Lesson learned? Never put faces on your food.
Especially really, really cute ones.
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