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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New Helpmate

So here it is, my birthday present. Have waiting for over two months, it is finally here. This is the before shot. Can you guess what it is?
This is the after shot. Do you know what it is now?
A brand new oven!
Back in December, the week after Christmas, my oven stopped working. At first the boys were going to fix it. Then Hubby said that maybe we should look for a new one. Then I put it off for a while because I was trying to be frugal and really what do you need a oven for? Well it seems that I needed an oven almost every other night! I thought that no oven would mean No baking, and maybe some lose weight.
Wrong! It was needed but again I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money.
Finally Hubby got involved. We where down at Lowes and he made me look.
Now the decision was buy the cheapest and make do? Which let me tell you, that would be an oven with no window and no timer or clock, but the up side is that is was under $300.
Next choice, buy what you love. "Really honey? I can buy and industrial Wolfe range?"
So I decided on second best, for me.
Old reverse new
And one of the best features, blue interior! Ain't it pretty?!
Of course this was no easy decision. I looked at the ovens again and again. Really liked this Kitchenaid, but didn't want to spend so much. But it has two ovens! And a convention! But the thing that sold me on this oven was the "bread proofing" feature. That means that in my old drafty house, I can still get my bread dough to rise in the winter.

So after the two hour installation, I got busy and tested everything.
Blueberry pie.
See that stripe on the pie? Apparently there is a heating element right where I put the pie. Lesson learned.
Than I had to make some pumpkin muffins, because I've been many, many months without them.

And I tested out some pizza dough.
And made 4 pizzas. This first one is a local favorite. Called the "garbage can". After it's cooked, you put on chilled tomato slices. Yum!
And our favorite, ham and pineapple.
The other pizzas were whatever the kids added. It was all good!

I don't plan to baked today. I made way too much! I'm going to be spending my day delivering goodies to friends.
So now that I've stretched some unused muscles, I'll slow down and try to get back to my regular patterns. Time to start quilting those baskets.
So good bye for now.
Take care, Brandie

9 comments:

Marsha said...

Brandie,
You made my day start with a laugh. Some goodies must be making there way to Pearson Road. : )

Linda said...

Congrats on the new beautiful oven!! You've been a baking machine! Everything looks so yummy!!

Sharon said...

If I got a new oven would you come over and test drive it for me? My goodness, everything looks so delicious! Love the blue interior.

Lizzie said...

Brandie, Wow you really did some cooking. Day to rest and not make heat in the house. Enjoy that pizza! Lizzie

"Lois Grebowski" said...

YAY!!!!!!!

Anita said...

Ooooo congrats on the new oven, bread proofing! I'd almost start making bread for that. ;-) Those pizza's look delish, I'd be the only one eating the garbage can though, the others in the fam don't like tomatoes. Crazy huh.
Care to share the pumpkin muffin recipe?

Lynn said...

Do you deliver to the Bay Area?

Carrie P. said...

Well, that must be very nice to have such a nice stove and oven. Looks great and I see it makes some great goodies too.

Chocolate Cat said...

Wow! Enjoy! I love the blue interior too, that would of been a deciding factor for me and the bread proofing!!