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The Ruckus: A new stove and doing some baking

So, there has been some ruckus around here lately. I was cooking for a friend recently and the carbon monoxide detector went off a bit after our meal. It was a reading of 77 in the hallway and 256 in the kitchen. (It should be 0 at all times.) So, I called the fire department.

They said it was coming from the kitchen and might be the stove. I was told to open all the windows and that the gas man would be coming. Let me just say, I rent. I've lived in this place, with this stove from surely 1970 (it was that awful goldenrod color) for 13 years. The gas man said it wasn't the stove, but that the gas line needed to be replaced anyhow. It may have been the carbon build up on my pots and pans burning.

The landlord's son in law came to replace it and saw what awful shape the stove was in. It's always been crooked and the oil in a pan will all fall to one side, and the feet on it were so rusted there was nothing that could be done to even it out. The oven never worked right and all the numbers were worn off the dial so we could never use it anyhow. He said that it was junk, that he would talk to my landlord, his mother in law, asking her to get us a new one. They got it that day and it was delivered the following day.

I have wanted a new stove for years. I'm SO excited about this! It's difficult trying to write a cookbook and having to use a toaster oven and make very small batches because I don't have a working oven! Not only that, this stove is beautiful. :)

To celebrate the oven, I baked today. NOT the healthiest things either. I made peanut butter blondies and lazy samoas from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. To save me from myself, I gave most of them to the landlord as a thank you. I saved some for joey, and figured he can take what is left to work the next day, and I can take some in on Friday to my job as well.
Here are some pics: 
Melting the chocolate for the samoas

The finished product

Now on to my awesomey stove!:
I LURV these burners!

I also recently painted my cabinets reese cup colors: 

Extra counter space since the toaster oven is gone! 

So anyhow, that's what's been up lately. I'm still not totally on board, I've been having some appetite issues with this new medication. Augh. I'm trying to decide if I should try something else or not. That effect may be wearing off though. For the last week, I've noticed I NEVER feel full. I ate a qdoba burrito the other day and those things are massive! Did I feel full? Not a bit. Today I had some 'chicken' parm and felt a little full so hopefully it's just a side effect that will wear off.


  1. Hopefully the appetite issues will continue to adjust as your body gets used to the meds.

    Having said that, I did *not* need to know about that website! *teehee* !


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