Last week I traveled to Los Angeles to spend time with Jennifer Garner. Again. I really love that Jennifer but the real reason I love these events is getting to bring awareness to each seasonal Save the Children campaign.
The highlight of this event was watching renowned Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin cook Thanksgiving recipes while I asked her amateur questions like,
“How long should the butter cook before you add the vegetables?”.
She didn’t even laugh when I asked. Suzanne tried to make a brussel sprout convert out of me, but even her delicious, buttery, herb encrusted sprouts didn’t do the trick. They reminded me too much of the ones my mother cooked when I was nine. The ones I refused to eat, even after the table was cleared and I sat alone in the dark at the kitchen table while my family went to bed.
And I wonder why Precocious is stubborn.
It was great swapping Thanksgiving tips with Jennifer Garner. We swapped Thanksgiving horror stories, like the time I forgot to defrost the turkey until Thanksgiving morning, and the time Jennifer…well. Watch the video and let her tell you.
But please, for the love of all that’s holy, try not to look at my facial expressions. I was really in the moment, not thinking about the 20 crew members, cameras, Jennifer Garner’s personal team of 10, two body guards, and the PR team. I was literally talking to Jennifer like we were at lunch the Monday after Thanksgiving, swapping awful holiday stories.
“Your mother-in-law said WHAT? And your mom backed her up? Oh honey. Here, have another cupcake.”
“You did? She did? Your husband was on her side? Nooooo! And then she stayed? What, she’s still at your house? A HOTEL! Spill.”
My face did ridiculous things while we were being filmed. I have no recollection of them. And apparently I spend half my life with my mouth open, like someone constantly on the verge of amazement.
You really can’t take me anywhere.
Here’s where it gets awesome for all of us though: every time you visit the page with my scary facial expressions, the one where we swap holiday tips, Frigidaire will donate$1 to Save the Children. And, and! You can enter to win a new range from Frigidaire. The kind that has two ovens so you can technically cook your entire Thanksgiving meal at the same time.