Even before those things take place she'd probably need to go to her pantry to make sure she set everything out that she'll need to cook dinner. At this point she might discover that she has only 1 Tablespoon of a critical ingredient when the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of it.
Not that any of those things happen at my house right before dinner. Oh no, certainly not. I'm just saying they might happen. You know at someone else's house. At my house the missing ingredient would smartly have the words "more in freezer" written on the lid. So I would confidently go to our freezer, pop the door open and proceed to spill a cookie sheet full of corn kernels all over the floor. (12 ears worth of corn kernels that had been blanched, cut off the cob and frozen on a tray, if you must know.)
Sorry Rachael, we had cold cereal instead.