7 Quick Takes: March 30, 2012 (Vol. 118)

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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…

french door refrigerator with bottom freezer

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!

First Communion Preparation and Printable Patterns eBook

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.

She Thought About Visiting Paris

(Click to see the print in my Etsy shop.  I don’t have the painting listed yet.)

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Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    We have been looking at refrigerators lately even though ours hasn’t died yet. It is just amazing to me how big they are making the refrigerators now. There are so many we can’t get because they are too big for our space (which isn’t small). I’m wondering why everything has to be so big! How wonderful that God provided one for you!

    I would recommend getting a non-aluminum pressure cooker. They are more expensive but I just really believe that we shouldn’t be cooking in aluminum pans because of the risk of alzheimers.

    • says

      Our last refrigerator (that came with the house) was actually also really large (and a side by side), so we could never properly open the freezer door. So, this is a step up. We can actually open all of the doors. LOL 😉

      Yes, I had intended to buy a stainless steel pressure cooker. They are just better quality. Of course, I still haven’t managed to pick out exactly which one yet.

  2. Ann-Marie says

    It always amazes me how God so beautifully provides. But the cabinet thing was a bummer. Enjoy your new fridge! I have never used a pressure cooker, so I am now intrigued. My only experience is viewing a few debacles on Top Chef. Good luck with it.

  3. Mimi says

    I want one of those French Door refrigerators, sigh! How providential indeed. God is good.

  4. says

    I love love LOVE my pressure cooker! I use it mostly for roasts & ribs but they turn out so tender and in 1.5 hours. Yes please! My MIL bought me a large-ish Presto. Stainless steel. Nothing fancy but fabulously yummy. I’d like to use it more so I’m going to have to check out that cookbook :).

    Good luck!


  5. says

    Bummer about the cabinet, but that is awesome how you had enough from the check to take care of all of that. We have a pressure cooker, but I’ve never used it. My husband does. He likes it and uses it for meat and soups. It always cooks well and is easy to clean. It was from Costco, but I don’t remember the name of it.

  6. Mary says

    How Providential to receive that check just 3 days before you would really need it! :-) I love the refrigerator, by the way!

    I am not Catholic …. A Lutheran here. My youngest is having first communion instruction over the next couple of months. It is HARD to find good resources for that.

    Have a great weekend, Angie.

  7. Rebecca says

    Oh, I am sorry about your cabinet, but I really love your refrigerator…and that dessert looks yummy. LOVE how that check came…what a true blessing – can’t help you with pressure cooker feedback…they ‘skeeerrrr’ me!

  8. deborah says

    How nice! We NEED a new refrigerator and praying ours will hold out until we have the money. So cool about the check!
    I’m Anglican, but thought the First Communion book sounded neat. My 2nd grader has not had his first communion yet…I am wondering what to do…I just don’t think he’s ready for it or understands how important it is and I don’t want him to do communion without being truly ready. I will have to talk to our Priest.