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When my daughter was younger, she loved shrimp. She still does, but it was much more fun to watch her eat them when she was a three year old toddler. It was awesome to see this little teeny girl, busy with a plate of shrimp. She'd peel and peel, industriously stacking the shrimp on her plate - and when she'd finished with the peeling, she'd pop them all into her mouth as fast as she could. 

One evening, we had a co worker of my husband's over for dinner. I placed plates of chilled shrimp in front of each person at the table, and went to sit at my husband's side. The adults were busy talking, and no one really paid much mind to the children, who were, miraculously, eating quietly and not interrupting. My little daughter, seated to our guest's right, reached over and pulled on his sleeve.

"Mister! Mister! Don't eat the tails!", she said, pointing to his plate - and when he looked down, it was to discover that she'd quietly eaten all of his shrimp, returning the empty tails to a neat pile on the plate. 

We still laugh about this story every time we have shrimp. It's become a family joke, and it's one my daughter may never live down. She's already promised that she's not going to have shrimp served at her wedding reception - the teasing will be too great.

Kids are always full of fun at the dinner table. They can often help you turn a kitchen disaster or an embarrassment into a memorable experience. They may not be well behaved all of the time, but, often, in their misbehavior can appear some of the best family memories. Often, we strive to serve a "perfect" meal, but in the imperfections are often found the most fabulous times.

Have you ever experienced a funny “dinner disaster” with your family? What funny surprises have made mealtime a special occasion in your household?

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by on Sep. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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sukainah
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

What a cute story to remember! :-)

We don't really have any funny or memorable moments though.

sukainah
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Wow, what great manners.  My son would have been complaining so much about it as he really dislikes spicy food.

Quoting Bmat:

That is funny!! LOL!  We had dinner at a friend's house, and she had made the main course much too spicy, but my kids, being very polite, ate it anyway. The adults could barely get it down. I was so proud of my boys, and sorry that for them for eating that hot dish, too.


sukainah
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

LOL...surprise lol

Quoting saraface5383:

All I can think of is when I was going to vegas i was leaving the boys with dh for the weekend abd my oldest kept asking" how are we going to eat!" i said daddy is going to cook and he got this horrified look on his face and was like "WHAT!"


goddess99
by on Sep. 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I just started cooking so no disasters yet.

Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Interesting!

Charizma77
by Carissa on Sep. 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM
That's cute :)
Bmat
by Gold Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM

It really was the most amazing thing.  If they had spoken up, they wouldn't have had to eat it.

Quoting sukainah:

Wow, what great manners.  My son would have been complaining so much about it as he really dislikes spicy food.

Quoting Bmat:

That is funny!! LOL!  We had dinner at a friend's house, and she had made the main course much too spicy, but my kids, being very polite, ate it anyway. The adults could barely get it down. I was so proud of my boys, and sorry that for them for eating that hot dish, too.



SabrinaLC
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 6:46 AM

not yet, but my kids are still young, it's bound to happen

momw2teens522
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 5:50 AM
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   Well I cannot remember one of my own, but lean your ear my way! One eve we had dinner at parents friends' house..Kids were eating in kitchen.Perhaps I should say, trying to eat. We had shake n-bake pork.(type of breading S&B) I could not even cut meat up to chow down because meat was tough & bit burnt too.I had room for dessert since no food was in my stomach~ too bad I don't recall  if we did have any dessert!

grammajuie
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM
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Our family gatherings always subject to disaster.  My uncle didn't realize the ketchup lid was screwed on and he gave it a big shake.  We all cracked up because my aunt had a big gob of ketchup on her face.  There so many like that when I was growing up.  But here is one of my own.

Once I had both sides of family over for a homemade, from scratch, chinese dinner. I had done a lot of prep work, so it was easy to cook everything at the last minute.  So I got my chicken broth hot and tossed in the wontons.  When they were warm I dipped them out into individual bowls for wonton soup.  I passed the bowls around to each person and everyone started to eat.  When I sat down and started eating mine I realized I hadn't "cooked" the wanton.  There were no raw ingredients inside, but the dough was raw.  No one had said anything until I tried it and said "Oh no. I forgot to cook the wontons."  So everyone stopped eating and I collected the bowls and tossed the soup in the sink.  The rest of the dishes were good.

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