Elaine is in the kitchen cooking several dishes ahead for her family's coming visit. She has tried to wash the pots and pans and various dishes as she goes, but they got away from her. She is cooking chicken for chicken and noodles as well as chicken chili.
The chicken is set aside to cool while she makes Cheesy Broccoli Soup. After the chicken cools, she debones the chicken and places the chicken hunks in the Kitchen Aide mixer and shreds it with the blending paddle. (Elaine read this tip in pinterest.) Everything went well except she didn't have a pouring shield and some of the chicken was flung at her and onto the floor. She picks up the chicken from the floor and throws it to the barn cats.
She presses on and reaches for the flour in the cabinet and the overflowing cabinet burps out a canister of powdered sugar which bounces on the countertop and bursts open all over the counter and floor. Elaine is covered.(This actually happened.)
She is on a mission so she presses on and mixes up the noodles in her mixer. She is a mess and the soup is done so she puts large portions in several freezer containers. She finishes cooking the massive amounts of noodles and sees the mountain of pots and pans growing in her sink.
The washer is running and the dryer indicates it is done with its load. She wipes her hands and retrieves the clothes from the dryer and puts them in a laundry basket. The load is towels, thankfully, so she puts the basket next to her chair so that she will remember to fold while she is resting after the cooking marathon.
After loading the dryer again and starting another wash load, she is back in the kitchen when the phone rings. It is her sister. They talk while she sets pinto beans to soak. When she hangs up from that conversation, Terry calls on the cell phone. She begs him to help her with the dishes when he gets home and he agrees.
Elaine stirs up a batch of homemade bread and Terry arrives home. He gives her a big kiss and jumps in doing the massive mound of dishes. They enjoy a supper of broccoli cheese soup and freshly baked bread.
The Hallmark Christmas Movie Version
Actually, this was sort of like a comedy version of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Terry was so nice when he came home. He realized how hard I had worked to get things ready so that some of the work would already be done while I love on my family.
He joked and laughed with me about the mess and cleaned the kitchen top to bottom. The next day we went to town in an ice storm to buy some ingredients we lacked and one more Christmas gift. Then we made some yummy Christmas snacks made out of Rice Chex and Honey Grahams with nuts, coconut, and a slurry of boiling butter and white syrup. We made huge batches and separated them into three portions for our waves of company. We laughed so hard at Everyone Loves Raymond and The King of Queens and went to bed at 2 a.m.
We slept late and are enjoying being snowed in. To me, this is better than a Hallmark movie!