Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A Valentine's Surprise

I figured that it would be nearly impossible to get anyone to watch Ella so Brett and I could go out for Valentine's Day. So instead of planning a date night out, I decided to cook a nice meal for my man. I'm going to make broiled flank steak (so Brett doesn't have to grill it), rice pilaf, and veggies. For dessert, I thought I'd try making "Chocolate Lava Cakes". So, since Ella was napping I thought it would be the perfect time to prepare them. I prepared the batter while the oven was preheating. Just as I was about to put the cakes in the oven, I noticed that there was a strange smell emanating from the oven...a sort of plastic-like smell. Now, from early on, Ella has had a fascination with the broiler and learned long ago how to open the broiler drawer. She is equally fascinated by our tupperware cabinet and likes to empty it on a daily basis and distribute tupperware around the house. As I noticed the smell, I knew what she had done. With a quick pull on the drawer, I discover, yes indeed, Ella had put a disposable Ziploc container lid in the broiler and yes, it was now a pile of blue goo. It wouldn't be such a bummer but I planned to use the broiler for the first time in my life tonight for dinner. Now, I just have to figure out how to get now-hardened blue goo off of the broiler tray. Fun times....

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