It Pays to Pay Attention

United States
March 22, 2016 9:25am CST
Last night I wrote about not wanting to cook. But, since my family would be staving when they got home I really couldn't sit here guilt free and chat with you guys. So, I put the chicken in the oven and came back here to the computer. Of course I got absorbed in what I was doing and wasn't paying attention to what was going on in the kitchen. It seems that the chicken was spitting grease on the walls and bottom of the oven and the oven started smoking. By the time I realized what was happening the house was filled (both upstairs and downstairs) with smoke and the smoke alarms started blaring. My family came home to baring smoke alarms, a smoke filled house and a half cooked dinner. I learned my lesson and will have to pay more attention to what I am cooking while myLotting. I'm sure there are many of you who can relate to being so involved in the computer that you are totally unaware of what is going on around you. Lesson learned!
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@Corbin5 (78264)
• United States
22 Mar 16
Glad you learned your lesson. I have let the kitchen sink overflow because I get involved in doing something else. Your post is a good reminder for me. I do not multi-task well at all.
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@Corbin5 If you and I lived near each other I would cook and do the dishes every day for you! Gladly! If you wanted all the meals, I would gladly cook them for you as I adore cooking! I decided on spaghetti tonight with either tater to r french fries!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I'm reaching the point where I'm not good at multi-tasking either. I have to concentrate on what I'm doing
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@salonga (27973)
• Philippines
22 Mar 16
I can truly relate. I almost burned my house one time because I got so involved with computer. Good thing my husband came and he saw the smoke. Cooking and doing online job can't go together.
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@SALONGA once when my mom cooked we had a cake box in the oven, and she heated the oven, and all the smoke came out, and all the fire alarms went off. She had to throw the cake out because the box was plastic! WE were afraid to eat plastic melted into the cake! Note to myself Bread in the oven before my potatoes for my dinner tonight! I am going to throw it out now because it is old we got new bread i put in the bread box!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
@salonga yup being lost on the computer and cooking don't do well together.
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@salonga (27973)
• Philippines
23 Mar 16
@Marty1 The melted plastic had contaminated the cake for sure.
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@Shavkat (44853)
• Philippines
22 Mar 16
I agree with you. It is a moral lesson. For me, I can still participate in myLot while having a class online.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Multitasking is fine as long as you aren't cooking
@Marcyaz (36126)
• United States
22 Mar 16
That is a good lesson learned and I hope it taught you something as it would have taught me no mylotting while chicken is in the oven. I hate when those alarms go off.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Those alarms are good for fire but not so much when you know everything is under control and they won't shut off. I'm glad the fire dept didn't show up
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@gudheart (12805)
22 Mar 16
Mylot can get in the way sometimes and makes us lose focus!
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@LadyDuck (118099)
• Switzerland
22 Mar 16
I always bring with me a timer when I have something cooking in the kitchen.
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@ladyduck Another good idea! Cooking spaghetti and potatoes for myself tonight! Never made it before! But I am willing to try! I have to it's that or don't eat! Also I am thrilled I get to cook I always had the great desire to cook! Hopefully, one day I will become almost half as good as you cook!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I don't think a timer would have helped in this situation as the grease from the chicken splattered the oven and caused the smoke. It did give me a scare and I'll have to pay more attention from now on
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@LadyDuck (118099)
• Switzerland
23 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 I set the timer to 10 minutes and I check the food every ten minutes. In ten minutes the smoke do not invade the kitchen, you are in time to fix everything.
@amadeo (45897)
• United States
22 Mar 16
This is not good.You are putting this over your family.Could cause some problems there.
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@sugartoes (33584)
• Greencastle, Indiana
22 Mar 16
@amadeo that just shows how addicted we are on here we're hooked like a fish out of water ha ha ha
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• United States
22 Mar 16
It's just too easy to get caught up here when reading interesting discussions
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@amadeo (45897)
• United States
22 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 One thing at a time there.Space it out
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@DianneN (57246)
• United States
22 Mar 16
I'm making a roast chicken tonight for dinner. I always bring my laptop into the kitchen for that very same reason.
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@DianneN I never thought of that! But I haven't actually cooked anything yet that requires time. But tonight I am making a whole wheat pasta spaghetti with sauce and non-meat ground, meat called Protein crumbles and tater tots or french fries so I t\am glad you gave me that idea! I usually don;t pay attention! But I promise to watch the food so don't worry! Thanks so much fort the idea! I usually keep my laptop in my room!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I don't have a laptop so I have to go into the living room where my desk is set up. Usually I'm aware when I'm cooking but last night was a wake-up call
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I have not had any cooking disasters while myLotting ... mostly because I avoid cooking whenever possible. I have had to reheat food in the microwave several times, though, because I was so absorbed in conversations on here that I forgot to eat what I had heated. Maybe we should ask Top ( @topffer ) if he has any cooking while myLotting stories he would like to share.
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@topffer (29858)
• France
22 Mar 16
Nothing to share. My cooking explosions during myLotting are private.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
@topffer I said nothing of explosions ...
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@topffer (29858)
• France
22 Mar 16
@purplealabaster Lol, I talk too much.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
22 Mar 16
It is so easy to sit down at the computer, and forget everything else. I am glad you were alerted before a fire started.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Me too as it was a loud and blaring alert to my inattention to the oven. Believe it or not I'm deathly afraid of fire
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 I have a severe phobia of fire even worse than bats, I check all the stove burners before I go to bed I check to make sure plugs are all sticking in and no papers on the cords. I am a compulsive about fire safety. I have always been like that! But yet I love to cook! I try to be as safe as possible I don't leave ,my food cooking even if I have to wait!
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
22 Mar 16
@Marty1 Better safe than sorry
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Set a timer any time you turn on the stove or oven. If you become distracted, the timer will yell at you before anything bad happens. You've cooked long enough to know how long things take, subtract a minute or two when you pick the time on the timer. Works for me!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
A timer wouldn't have helped in this instance @elizabethwallace as it was only halfway done when it started to smoke up the oven. Guess the skin was extra fatty and splattered on the oven walls
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 Ouch. I don't bake like that in the oven anymore. There is only one of me living here, and I eat messy foods in restaurants. Let them deal with it. I only cook easy things now.
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace you're lucky you don't have to cook for anyone but yourself these days. I"m back to having a full house once again so dinner is usually cooked every night now
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@much2say (34373)
• United States
22 Mar 16
Oh no! But I know, isn't it amazing how we can be so absorbed in myLot? Yah, we know where our priorties are The other day I wasn't even myLotting and I managed to blacken the bacon that was in the oven !
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• United States
22 Mar 16
At least I'm not the only one who has burned food while myLotting
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@much2say (34373)
• United States
22 Mar 16
Whole turkeys take a long time in the oven - we need to cook more turkey !
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@LdeL0318 (6498)
• Philippines
22 Mar 16
You should really pay attention next time. Good thing it doesn't get into extremes.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I am very lucky and count my blessings that the smoke alarms alerted me before something terrible happened
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@LdeL0318 (6498)
• Philippines
22 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 That's right. Good thing you have that in your house. Be very extra careful next time.
@yalul070 (1764)
• Manila, Philippines
22 Mar 16
Oooh be careful next time. No, this never happened to me because I only MyLot in the wee hours of the morning so I can focus when I do this.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
From now on I'll have to pay more attention to what I am doing
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@jaboUK (49988)
• United Kingdom
22 Mar 16
Oh dear - was the chicken eventually edible?
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Yes, the chicken was fine and we had a good dinner once we got the alarms to stop blaring and opened the windows to get the smoke out. Duh on me
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@marilynda1225 I usually cook just for myself, and I am afraid of burning down the house, so I usually stay in the kitchen! Nobody else eats in my house! Especially my vegetarian fake meat! I like it! Tonight is whole wheat pasta spaghetti sauce and crumbles that are like ground, meat but have no meat in them! MY aunt was telling me that my Uncle likes to burn food because he likes it and their smoke alarms are always going off! They go off every time he cooks himself something as my aunt doesn't cook. I am just learning and absolutely love cooking! I think I am going to have either French fried or tater tots! I just remembered that! I have cooked my mom meat and she won';t eat it, so my sister is hiring a cook! HOIpefully she doesn;t burn down the house. She is supposed to be coming to talk to my sister who is coming over and talks to us Wednesday! Since these are the fist two months, i am cooking my sister said maybe I can lear something from this lady. But my sister isn't going to get rid of the coo as we don't think my mom will eat my meals! I even made meat once! I ate something else, and she didn't eat! I like my cooking and that is important to me! I eat!
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• United States
22 Mar 16
@marty1 if you like to cook then I'm sure you'll make some great meals. Good luck with you kitchen adventures!
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@Marty1 (25445)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 My mom suddenly woke up, and I offered to change ground my spaghetti and not make it whole wheat and not add fake meat! She might consider it! Or she might have a cookie, but I am thrilled she is considering a cookie as she hasn't eaten in two or three days! Thanks for the good wish! I haven'[tmeven touched the surface as I will be making vegan food soon as I just have to get recipes! I got some recipe books I the library on my Kindle!!!! I will make it without the fake meat and regular pasta in case she changes her mind! She is told her she has to eat that is why she is so weak and why she has to sleep! So I will always be there to do anything she wants me to do! I felt so bad she said she planned to do what she asked me to, but I told her I am never too busy for her!
• United States
22 Mar 16
When the smoke reaches the computer I react. Sad about the chicken! I was very hungry for chicken last night and all I found was one chicken leg in the freezer. I heated up the whole oven to cook that one little frozen chicken leg. I did add a sweet potato but it was one of those that never got soft even after an hour in the oven so I tossed it in the trash.I had my chicken leg and some cookies for dinner.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
It's disappointing when dinner doesn't turn out good but I guess the cookies helped??
• United States
24 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 Haha. Yep. The cookies helped. I was not too sorry to toss the sweet potato. I'm getting tired of those healthy spuds and really want a regular unhealthy white potato anyway!
@jstory07 (57114)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Mar 16
I sign off the computer when I am cooking meals
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• United States
23 Mar 16
That is a very smart thing to do, because then you avoid any temptation.
@Asylum (46760)
• Manchester, England
22 Mar 16
So it was crispy chicken for supper.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
Actually the chicken was super crispy @asylum as it was only about half done when the grease started spitting on the inside of the oven and caused the smoke, So we had smoked chicken rather than crispy
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@sugartoes (33584)
• Greencastle, Indiana
22 Mar 16
I know it's not funny but YEAH I can relate to this, but when ever I put something in the oven I make sure it's covered so that DON'T happen & everything is safe from burning the house down I bet the family was shocked when they came home.
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• United States
22 Mar 16
I should have covered the chicken and usually do but for some strange reason I forgot last night. Duh is all I can say to myself