My stove (and oven) have been broken for two weeks, and we haven’t yet replaced it.
My husband claims that he’s still doing research on a new model but I don’t for a moment believe him.
I think I’m being filmed for a reality show.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to feed a family of seven—eight if you include the five-month-old that’s feeding off of me—when you have neither a stove for frying nor an oven for baking?
Okay, it’s not impossible.
But it is really, really hard.
“What’s for lunch, Mom?”
“What’s for supper, Mom?”
“And for breakfast?”
You got it.
My children now run screaming from the room when they see that familiar red & white label. Their life for a slice of meatloaf!*
At first I lobbied long & hard for a gas range—which Julia Child wannabe wouldn’t?—but after considerable research (sigh) my husband presented his findings: Around $1,000 for the new hood & gas line & rewiring, etc. and another $1,000 (so he says) for the stove itself.
I do understand where he is coming from. If we were remodeling the whole kitchen then such an expense might be justified. We are not, however. We are just…replacing…the stove.
(Remodeling the kitchen would be more fun.)
If you have any recommendations for a tried-and-true electric range, please make them. My husband (the Consumer Reports guy) and I will be most grateful.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Ed. Note: Okay, so perhaps there’ve been a few crock-pot meals and grilled burgers for variety. It’s all a blur to my domestically challenged mind.
And speaking of my mind and what’s not left of it, this morning I went to make my coffee. I looked in the fridge for the half & half; it wasn’t there. Aargh! Mentally I blamed Son Number 2 (aka the grub master), who was packing for this weekend’s Boy Scout campout last night.
And then I saw the half & half on the counter. I had already taken it out and set it next to my coffee mug.
This is proof of two things: one, that I need my coffee in order to make my coffee…
…and two, that this No-Stove nonsense is getting the best of me.
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