Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen. 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

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

My Tiny Kitchen

This is one side of my kitchen. And, it is tiny! Since it is a "galley kitchen design" there is only one other side and that side is where the sink is located. OH, YOU ARE RIGHT, IT IS PURPLE AND ORANGE! All the painting was done by Moi.

In 2008 I was able to refinance my mortgage and upgrade my kitchen. The house was built in 1973 and it still had the harvest gold stove and hood. No dishwasher or even garbage disposal. It was nice that I could keep the expense down by doing a lot of the work myself.

I never planned on having a PURPLE kitchen, however after doing a colorful ceramic mosaic back-splash behind the kitchen sink (not the stove side) with lots of color, the rest is history. The kitchen sink side will be in my next post.


I enjoyed redecorating the kitchen and living with it. I think bright colors were a little more popular at that time. Sometimes, I think it might be nice to change the color scheme. You know, all shades of WHITE have become very popular!

After living in rental apartments/houses for so many years with all white interior, I never thought I would ever consider any decor with predominantly white.

One of the reasons I wanted to show you my little kitchen is because I made a few changes that will help me to get to my pots and pans a little easier. I had previously added a couple pull out racks but now it has been improved upon.


This is what I put in several years ago. The slide-out racks were helpful but see those things back in the corners on the right. Especially with my back problems it was so annoying to get down on the floor and either get them out or put them away. I found that many times it was just to difficult to put them away after cooking and then cleaning the kitchen so frequently they just stayed on the stove top until the next morning. 


Look-see! I found these pull-out shelves on Ebay at a very reasonable price. They fit the full shelf and they pull all the way out. Extremely easy to install was a nice bonus. Since there is so little storage in this kitchen, every little space is important.



I am delighted with them - yes delighted.

I do not know why I am having a lot of computer difficulties with blogging lately.  Many hours have been spent on trying to straighten things out. I have been using all three browsers, IE, Firefox and Chrome to get a post up on blogger! So many weird things continue to occur that are stretching my patience to the limit. But, I am hanging in there. Maybe, a programmer might help?

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