Laughter Please…

Yesterday I made macaroni and cheese for our supper. My recipe called for layering, first the macaroni, then the cheese, next the chopped butter, then the salt and spice mixture, and next combined milk and egg. After the milk and egg, lastly, bread crumbs and melted butter were to be spread over the top. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

First challenge: I didn’t have bread crumbs. I really wish I’d have omitted this step. BUT, I  had some fancy bread that I sliced, chopped, and put into the food processor. As I scooped up the chopped bread, I threw some on the floor. Not to worry. I went on and processed the rest of it. Then, as I tossed it from the processor bowl into the pan of melted butter, I lost more, spilling it on the stove top and again on the floor. I gathered as much as possible off the stove top and put it in the pan, and swept the rest from the floor and put it in the trash. My few salvaged bread crumbs were swimming in too much butter. With a prayer for blessing, I continued undaunted.

Next it was time to pop the layers into the baking dish. I went right along quickly spreading each layer, bread crumbs and butter last, thinking all was well. BUT, the bowl of milk and eggs was still sitting on the counter top. Oh well. I poured the milk and egg over the top of my pitiful layer of home-made bread crumbs. Was my macaroni and cheese doomed to failure? Good question.

Yes, it was doomed to failure. (Laugh here. I did.) The bread crumb layer with the milk and eggs made a glaze (a glaze from the bottomless pit, I might add), which became hard as it baked. HARD! After removing the top layer of beautifully browned bread crumbs and butter, the underside was delicious. Okay. Edible.

My husband, speechless, watched curiously as I separated the attractive top layer from the rest, placing spoonfuls of the soft underside on his plate. Silently, I looked toward Heaven as though to ask, Lord, where were you tonight? I think He laughed. He was there alright. As always. Faithful and true. Laughing with us.

One more thing you should know, if you want to fully appreciate this story. I made a double batch!


About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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34 Responses to Laughter Please…

  1. jacsprat says:

    This is so funny- sounds like my attempts in the kitchen. Glad you could see the humor in it so soon. It usually takes me a while to quit my pity party and get a good laugh out of my baking catastrophes! 🙂


    • If you will notice, my laughter came after it baked, cooled, and was tasted. I’m just like everyone else. It’s easier to laugh when someone else drops his bread crumbs on the floor than it is to laugh at oneself. Sometimes I get very upset over things that spill. This time I didn’t get terribly upset, but I didn’t laugh either. Now, this morning, when my hubby grabbed the place mat from under a full glass of thickened water, and the glass fell and broke spewing this pudding-like stuff all over the floor, just as I was putting our plates on the table, I wasn’t laughing at all. I was mad. Not mad at my hubby, of course. He is not responsible for such episodes. Just mad mad MAD. I cleaned it up, moved my hubby back into his bed, because Alzheimer’s was making him too active to be seated at the table, and we finally enjoyed our breakfast watching old episodes of Flipper. Blessings to you…


  2. jannatwrites says:

    This macaroni dish wasn’t meant to be, was it? When I goof in the kitchen, my first reaction is often anger. Sometimes I don’t get to the laughter stage 🙂


    • As my comment to Jacsprat reveals, anger is often my own reaction to distress. I’m not Super Woman. I’m more like Calamity Jane. But even I can laugh after the fact. Most of the time. So don’t be hard on yourself. We are all members of the human family for whom Jesus, the sweet Lamb of God, had to die to save. My Hero forever! Blessings to you…


  3. pattisj says:

    I’m glad you were able to laugh about it, Carol Ann. Maybe you should stick with toast. Or Panera. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your kitchen caper with us. Laugh and the world laughs with you…


    • Yeah. I used to cook a lot and enjoy it. Now, I want fast food at home. Campbell’s soup, frozen veggies, etc. Whatever made me want to bake macaroni and cheese? From scratch! I must buy myself a nice box of Kraft mac and cheese and be happy. I live in a different world now. Great suggestion. Panera. I will have to stop there during my Respite. Blessings to you…


  4. Sharmishtha says:

    sometimes we will feel like this, god deliberately messes up our clumsy attempts to laugh with us 🙂
    as long as it was tasty every thing else is worth ignoring to me.

    love and hugs.


  5. Toast the bread and then scrape on cheese grater. Instant bread crumbs. You can use croutons or dry stuffing mix for bread crumbs too. Bread crumbs go on last not mixed. Compliments of Carl’s bachelor kitchen.


    • Hey, Carl! What a fabulous idea! That’s easier than using the food processor. And, yes, all other recipes call for the bread crumbs separately placed and the melted butter strewn over it. What’s with this soaking of the bread crumbs in the butter? I must read that recipe again. That doesn’t seem right. Ha!

      Carl, I feel like I can’t slow down without the laundry or something else running right over me. I probably read it wrong in my haste. Blessings to you…


  6. Laura Best says:

    They say laughter is the best medicine. I’m not sure about that, but I do know it does help. We all need more laughter in our lives especially when we are facing tough circumstances.


    • I like to laugh, Laura. But it’s so much more fun to laugh at someone else’s blunder, isn’t it? Yet, when we laugh at ourselves, we lighten up and know not to sweat the small stuff. Someone once told me that it’s all small stuff. Hm. But I’m not sure about that. Blessings to you…


  7. Jeanne says:

    Sounds like the Mother’s Day treat I decided to make for myself. I made Chocolate Revel Bars and forgot to add the flour. They have a lot of oatmeal in them so the consistancy seemed fine when I put them in the oven. I set the timer and went for a walk only to come home to a smoke filled kitchen with chocolate goo burning all over the bottom of my oven. Not the Mother’s Day treat I had in mind.


    • Wooo hooo! That’s a good one. I doubt that you laughed for a good while over that. What a good story to tell again and again. That’s as good as the one often told in my family where, uh, I better not tell that one. It’s so embarrassing that it’s an insider tale! But we laugh uproariously and refer to it from time to time. We say of something funny that it’s ALMOST as funny as the day grandma la la la la la la…. Then we go into hysterics laughing about it again. Blessings to you…


  8. Bonnie says:

    Oh, Carol Ann – your post made me laugh so hard this morning. As I read it I felt like I was in the kitchen beside you while you cooked. God does provide us with humor when we need it most, doesn’t he? I’m thinking that macaroni was one of the best ever, and I’m betting Johannes did too. 🙂


    • Bonnie, your words are so kind. It was edible. We were hungry. We ate it. I have leftovers. We will eat it again. Ha! Maybe not ALL of it. I’ve had a good time sharing the laugh with others. I must find another recipe. A simple one. There are too many steps for Ms. Simple Simon to accomplish in this one. Blessings to you, Bonnie…


  9. elizabeth says:

    Carol Ann,
    That was hilarious. I honestly thought you were going to say you put the breadcrumbs you’d brushed off the floor into the pan! LOL. And a double batch no less! Well done for keeping your cool and seeing the funny side of it.

    Actually, this reminded me of the time I made home made Mac and cheese from scratch. It called for a spoon of flour, but I put a cup of flour. My future Mother in law sat there and tried to pretend it was delicious. Haha.


    • I like your mother-in-law. She would have pointed out how delicious my mac and cheese looked, not mentioning the sorry fact that the top layer was hard. So far very little of the leftover mac and cheese has been consumed. I believe that it will find its way into the trash barrel soon.

      Enjoy your trip to Scotland. Blessings to you, Elizabeth…


  10. fivecats says:

    Your husband was wondering what you were making, mac & cheese or something else. The can’t miss dish, though, is always tuna casserole. Tuna from a can. The cream of mushroom or whatever cream soup you choose, from a can. The macaroni or egg noodles, easy to do. The bread crumbs on top – Carl’s bachelor kitchen tip.

    God decided your blessing for the day was comic relief.

    Many continued blessings to you and your Johannes.


  11. Tuna noodle casserole, yes! My family always liked that dish. It’s easy, too. Carl’s bachelor kitchen tip was a good one for sure. I needed the comic relief, alright. Laughter is good for relieving stress. Thanks for stopping by with an encouraging comment. Blessings to you…


  12. careann says:

    It’s easier to laugh when the misfortune is someone else’s! I remember the first baking powder biscuits I ever made as a new bride. They were overmixed and overcooked, hard little lumps that I threw into the trash before my hubby even knew I’d made them. I think he wondered why the kitchen smelled like fresh baking when all he got for dinner was stew and bread and butter, but at the time I couldn’t admit my inadequacy.

    Macaroni and cheese is one of our comfort meals. I use my mother’s recipe… a very simple one, with cooked macaroni mixed together with a cream sauce that’s flavoured with grated onion and lots of cheese, and topped with more cheese. Your recipe sounds tastier, but mine is quick and easy… and the dog cleans up any grated cheese that lands on the floor!


    • I have several mac and cheese recipes. I like simple best. Especially at this time in my life. Your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for stopping by to enjoy the story of my kitchen blunder. Blessings to you, Carol…


  13. gloryteller says:

    I needed your humor! Thank you so much. I am “pit crew” to an elementary school teacher and a senior in high school, so I try to have hot meals cooked for our evening meal because they come home late and hungry. I have a good repertoire of many exciting and delicious meals – been cooking since I was 13 – but sometimes I need a quick solution – Kraft Mac n Cheese! It’s fast, but I perk it up with extra milk so it’s not so dry. Then I either incorporate extra parmesan or sprinkle it on top at the table. Really perks it up, and our son can hardly get enough! Blessings to you and your hubby. Maybe you could read him my Christmas story. In the love of Christ,


    • Thank you, Len. Kraft Mac n Cheese is good. I used it often when I was a working mom. Your perking-up with extra milk and parmesan sounds delicious. So. You know what it’s like to be the one that must think up and prepare food on a regular basis. Quite a challenge. I’m learning to depend on shortcuts like frozen vegetables and packets of gravy and sauces. It was fun to prepare foods from fancy recipes when I did it two or three times a week. Cooking daily more than one meal calls for a new tactic. Bring on that Kraft Mac n Cheese! Blessings to you, Len…


  14. Cmsmith says:

    Sometimes I’m a disaster in the kitchen. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself. I provide myself a lot of entertainment on a daily basis.


    • Better to laugh at ourselves than not to laugh at all. When we see humor in the little irritations of life, it helps us lighten up and enjoy our many blessings.

      Thanks for stopping by, Christine. I appreciate you. Now that I’ve read Dancing in Heaven, I feel like I know you and yours. What a sweet family. Annie was (and is) a treasure. Blessings to you…


  15. Tammy says:

    Funny Carol. I have a limitless number of kitchen flubs and two fat little dogs because of it.


    • Ha! Your little best friends enjoyed your learning experiences. It seems that the more I have to cook, the bolder I get in trying out different recipes or ideas of my own. The more I experiment, the more I have learning experiences, also known as “kitchen flubs”. I like that name for it. Blessings to you, Tammy…


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