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In last week’s Quick Takes, I shared all about having to call the Fire Department about the burning smell in our house, as well as that we never did figure out what the smell was, well, not for almost 12 hours, that is. Then, we narrowed it down to our refrigerator and freezer that was running, but with a refrigerator temperature of 50 degrees and melted ice cream in the freezer.
That meant that we had to go out and we bought this thing…
Yeah, we took off the plastic. But, this was when it was newly installed. Isn’t it amazing? (I’ll have to share how it came to pass that we got this nice of a refrigerator in a minute.)
We just barely had enough room to fit it in, and we were thrilled when it did! Well, that is until I noticed that the left door was taking a chunk out of the wall when I opened it. Oops!
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Notice what is different about that area after Eric got home from work that day?
Do you know how annoying it is to get rid of the cabinet that holds all of your eating utensils, cooking utensils, dish towels, pot holders, and the like?
Taking out the cabinet gave us about an extra inch (or less) that made all the difference in being able to properly open that left door. It also meant that we had to add $200 to our cost for this, as we had to order a narrower cabinet. Sigh.
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In a shocking thing for us, we were able to pay for the new refrigerator/freezer and cabinet all with a surprise check we got in the mail.
We received it from Eric’s college because of a surprise overage and it arrived on a Saturday. It was on the following Monday that the refrigerator died. The check was enough to buy this refrigerator and freezer with also having $200 left over. Oh yeah, except for when we had to buy that cabinet for $200.
It was all amazing providential. Thanks be to God for us not having to charge the expenses.
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In case you’re not a regular reader, I have to share my excitement at having written a First Communion Preparation and Printable Banner Patterns eBook with my friend Rob from The Art of Rob Jensen and Art for Kids. Well, I wrote and he drew. It’s an amazing ebook, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I really hope that it enriches the experience for families, as well as to make that pesky First Communion banner making a whole lot easier with patterns!
I would love to have a few Catholic bloggers do a review of the eBook on their site. If you’re interested, drop me an email, and we might be able to make arrangements.
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That is one great big giant chair (especially for a seven year old)…
Wow! And, that’s just about all I have to say about that.
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I keep thinking about buying a pressure cooker because my eldest sister really loves hers, and she’s one smart cookie. (Well, as long as it’s a vegan cookie, I suppose.) I’ve been nervous about trying one though. Not only because of horror stories about old ones, but just because new experiences sometimes make me feel intimidated.
Just so I could actually see one in action, I took a cooking classes about pressure cookers. (It was a demo type of class, not a you get up and do it kind of class.) I was really impressed, and the food was so yummy!
First, we had a white bean dip and then a soup. Those were followed by butternut squash risotto and this beef dish that I can’t remember the name of…
It was all followed by a dessert of cappuccino pots de creme:
Yeah, that really was as tasty as it looks. (And I hate coffee.)
All of the recipes that they did were out of the Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to pick that one up.
In the class, they used Fagor pressure cookers, WMF pressure cookers, and a Cuisinart electric pressure cooker. I have yet to actually get one yet, but I think I’m going to have to break down and do so.
Do you have a pressure cooker? If so, what do you recommend?
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I reworked a painting that I was never quite happy with. I feel this way sometimes, so I suppose it’s fitting because after I did the painting originally, both Eric and my Mom declared that it was me in the painting, though I didn’t see that at all. Now the painting is more fun and whimsical than it was before.
It makes me want to write a bunch of whimsical things that like, just because it makes me smile.
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