We learned that the two Temporary Lodging Facilities we would be staying in (for 3 weeks to include Christmas) do not have ovens or full-size fridges. They said each mini-fridge could hold a turkey if nothing else was in it. But mostly there was enough room for a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs.
And I found out the commissary was 30 miles away.
I am thankful to my mom, my local culinary group, and especially thankful to my friend Laurie for calming me down and giving me really great menu ideas.
The day was not wasted after all. I may have eaten my weight in chocolate, but I have a really good list now of all the foods we can make for our large family in less-than-ideal living quarters.
I'm not going to dwell on the Laundromat option at this time...
I am grateful to know that friends and family are ready to help and lend good ideas from their experiences. :)