Showing posts with label appliances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appliances. Show all posts

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Look What I Did Last Night

At about 10 P.M.- - - uh huh, I really did bake cupcakes!  In the afternoons, I usually run low on energy but it is not uncommon for me to get bursts of energy in the evening even when I have not had a chance for a little afternoon siesta!


These are the cupcakes direct from the oven. They are baked just fine even though the tops look a little odd.

That may be because my oven thermostat has been a big pain in the - - - you know what for quite some time. First off, when the signal chimes that it is preheated to the set temperature it is usually about 100 degrees under the set temperature. It takes about 20 minutes more to reach the correct temperature. And, it does not stay consistent.



This time the thermometer went all the way up to 400 degrees when the oven was set at 325 degrees. The recommended remedy in the oven manual does not correct the problem primarily because there isn't a consistent pattern. $2,300.00 in February 2008 for GE Profile and this is what I have. Many reviews I have read on various websites describe similar issues. Service technicians don't seem to be able to remedy the problems. Oh, and I have used three different oven thermometers to check for consistency.

The oven has never seemed "quite right" but did not become such an issue until this past four years when I have had reason to use the oven a lot more frequently.

I remember a period of time that it seemed like I could not cook anything that required the oven and have it come out as wished.   A good example is Baked Alaska, Dutch Baby Pancakes and Yorkshire Pudding. All of of these items require a very high heat. It is absolutely a must. And, I had made these many times prior with excited accomplishment! Because, I think they are a lot of fun to make and it is not your everyday fare. It is so nice to have real validation that I have not lost my mojo.

I guess I will just continue to bake/roast with a "watchful eye" on the oven thermometer that I have placed inside the oven!  But, it still is a pain in the - - - - ! Hopefully, there will be a time in my lifetime when I may be able to replace the stove/oven.. And, while I am at it, I could probably use a new automobile. Oh, And, I definitely need a new bed mattress, a good one for my troubled back! However, I have enough technology toys for now. It may take me years to learn everything about them! All but my desktop computer were gifts that I appreciate. 

Time to put some yummy frosting on those cupcakes. If you were here I would share with you - and a cup of tea or coffee.

Mary

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lunch For One And A Little Vintage

Plain and Simple and Quick.


Winter weather or any weather for that matter is a good day for fluffy "love" waffles. So often, waffles don't even come to mind, But, in reality they are so simple to make. They are always good served "nearly naked" as I did today. If you can - be sure to use real butter and real maple syrup!!!

Or waffles can be served all gussied up with fancy fruit, sauces and maybe even some whipped cream. Serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's kinda like pizza!

Oh! And if you have leftover heart waffles they make the cutest sandwiches filled with your favorite fillings.


My waffle maker isn't quite vintage but I have had it for a long time. And, I think it is so cute with the playful hearts.

 However, I can remember having one that looked a little something like this next picture.


And, it was made in the USA. It had to be a Sunbeam just as most of my kitchen appliances were. You see when I was a very small child my father worked as Western Region Sales Manager for Sunbeam. I was told. As a new bride I think all my appliances were Sunbeam. I fondly remember my Sunbeam Mix-Master that was a wedding gift in 1959. I loved that mixer and I hung onto it until about five years ago when I had a very eager buyer at a very large yard sale.


















If of interest open my blog post about
2009 Yard Sale (scroll to bottom)

Mary


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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014