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Thanksgiving at the Barker's

This year we had a church Thanksgiving dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  I cooked 2 turkeys for that dinner and was pretty turkeyed out by the time Thanksgiving Day rolled around.  So, since it was just going to be the 4 of us, I decided I’d take my chances with cooking a duck.  This was the first time I had ever cooked a duck, but I figured – “What the Heck!”  It can’t be that difficult, right?  I read up a little bit on how to cook a duck and decided I’d give it a shot on the rotisserie I have for my grill.

The day before Thanksgiving, we invited some friends of ours (Fred and Beth) over to share Thanksgiving with us and figured the duck would be enough for all of us, so everything was ready to go.  So, about two hours before our friends are supposed to show up, I fire up the grill and get it ready to start cooking.  I had prepped the duck earlier in the day, and it was now time to cook it up!  I got it all ready on the rotisserie spit, put it on the grill, had everything just right, and walked away.  It was supposed to cook for about an hour and a half.  So, about 15 minutes into it, I look outside and see a huge amount of smoke.  I ran out there and found the entire duck burnt to a crisp!  On Thanksgiving Day and only an hour and a half before we are supposed to eat!

PANIC MODE!  Okay, so I will admit that I didn’t exactly keep my cool, but I did go into fix-it mode.  I had to think of what kind of animal I could throw on the fire and have cooked in time for dinner.  Fortunately, Thanksgiving is an American holiday so the German grocery stores were open.  I headed over to the REWE to see what they had.  So, if you can’t serve turkey (or duck),  why not serve chicken?  I almost bought a couple of whole chickens (since they come out great on the rotisserie), but since time was of the essence and I prefer dark meat, I decided to stick with thighs and legs.

Fortunately, it all came out just fine and we had a great Thanksgiving!   Afterwords, we sent the kids off to bed (after Fred whooped up on Gavin in Whack-a-Mole) and had a great time playing games and just enjoying each other’s company.  With the burnt duck behind me, I was reminded what Thanksgiving was really all about.  Giving thanks to God for all he provides – even if I did burn it!  Just kidding.


Wonderful Christmas

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We surely did! The boys were pleasantly surprised with what Santa left under the tree. We had a quiet Christmas morning at home. We first read the Christmas story from Tristan’s kids bible, then opened presents. After that, we had fun making “Omelets in a bag” where the kids got to make their own omelets and add what they wanted on them (except for jelly beans, of course!). They really enjoyed doing that and quickly scarfed down what they made. In the late afternoon we headed up to visit with some friends of ours in Darmstadt. It truly was a wonderful Christmas!

Click on the video below for a small video of our Christmas morning.