Oh no. An evil Christmas spirit!

Discussion in 'All Other Discussions' started by Gina B, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Gina B

    Gina B
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    16,944
    Likes Received:
    1
    Or some spirit has taken up residence in the electrical socket of our kitchen counter plug outlet!

    Today we bid adieu to both our toaster and our microwave. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. So be it and blessed be the name. Wait, that's the same thing we said when we ran over that poor bunny...

    Our coffee pot gets plugged in elsewhere and was spared, as was the coffee grinder. Which is good because
    that would have been the end of our world. Especially since I just bought caramel macchiato flavored creamer.

    Ever feel like a little voice is whispering "prepare ye your food the traditional way, forsake microwaves!" ?

    On the other hand, the message may have been a little more sinister considering the size of the flame that came out of the toaster.

    So, anything unexpected and not good, yet somewhat amusing in a "that could have killed me and didn't" kind of way happen to you this week?
     
  2. menageriekeeper

    menageriekeeper
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    7,152
    Likes Received:
    0
    My pound cake fell.

    I have strawberries just waiting on pound cake so the two can become one as strawberry shortcake, but the pound cake fell.

    I'm so sad.


    Alive.


    But sad.
     
  3. Gina B

    Gina B
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    16,944
    Likes Received:
    1
    THAT I have a solution to, since I had a cheesecake issue and refused to take it to church looking like it did!

    Here's two ways to fix it. Both involve cupcake holders.

    1. About an hour or hour and a half before serving, mix your strawberries with a bit of sugar and let it sit there so there at room temp for about an hour (lets it get juicy and the warmer temp brings out the flavor rather than the fridge)
    Break up the pound cake into pieces in a bowl and stir it together with the strawberries and juices, reserving as many pretty strawberry pieces out as you have cupcake servings.
    Simply spoon it into the cupcake holders, top with a spoon of cool whip or whipped cream, and place one perfect strawberry on top for garnish.

    2. This one contains many more calories and more work.

    Make chocolate cups. What you do is set the cupcake papers in a cupcake pan and spray them with cooking spray.
    Melt your chocolate and spread it in the cupcake papers, keeping in mind that you have to have a thick enough layer to be able to peel the paper off and not have them break.
    You're best off preparing this the day before they're needed. I swirled white chocolate in there to make it prettier.

    Then fill the chocolate cups the same way.

    I ended up making my chocolate cups in gold foil cupcake layers, then when I peeled it off, I simply flattened the gold foil so it looked like a little gold plate and put the chocolate cups on top, filled them, and surrounded them with red crinkled strips of confetti paper and laid one of those plastic disposable spoons over them that are colored silver and look real but aren't.

    Then nobody knows you screwed up, they just think you're really cool and artistic.

    Until you bust yourself by posting it online for the world to know. OOOOOOPPPPPSSSS

    LOL
     
  4. menageriekeeper

    menageriekeeper
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    7,152
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bwaaahahaha, there is no way I'm painting cupcake papers with chocolate! I am PREDESTINED to hate any and all frufru stuff in my cooking. If the pound cake is edible I'll slice the ugly thing, pile strawberries and whipped cream on top and SERVE IT UGLY. (there were two and one only fell on one side lol, looks like my oven is lopsided which it is but in the other direction!)

    Its only gonna be us chickens so I don't have to serve pretty (and probably wouldn't if I were serving someone else lol. Cooking is NOT something I do!).

    I do like a good homemade pound cake though and this is the second time in a row my tried and true recipe has failed me. I've made this one lots over the years and can't figure out what is happening.

    Anyhow, my divinity turned out well, divine in spite of a bad candy thermometer (which explains why the peanut brittle burned the other day!) And my pralines at least smell good, though they are still cooking Only 30 more degrees to go. The banana bread is fine and the rolls have the boys seal of approval. So, all is good.

    Tomorrow I'll make my strawberry cake, get Chris to make a couple of pumpkin pies and get started on Christmas dinner and LIFE WILL GO ON! :D
     
  5. Gina B

    Gina B
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    16,944
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ah man, them is fightin words! I'll meet you in the BB parking lot in five!

    Unfortunately, I'll only be able to arm myself with plastic frosting bags with plastic tips and a couple leftover foil cupcake tins and if I'm in luck there could be a bit of leftover Cool Whip.

    Let's make it in ten instead...wait...maybe we should just discuss this next time the moon lines up with the fourth star of the second constellation known to the ancient Mayans. In the meantime, g'night! :sleeping_2:
     
  6. abcgrad94

    abcgrad94
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2007
    Messages:
    5,533
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh dear. Sorry to hear that Gina. I hope you don't have a problem in your electric wiring.

    That reminds me of the first house we bought and lived in for 10 years. The place was hit by lightning several times while we lived there, and it usually affected the kitchen when it happened. Only one time it affected the living room. We had those "touch" lamps and I woke up to find the lights on in the middle of the night. Turned them off and went back to bed. This happened a few times and worried me, until I touched a pair of scissors I was holding to a lamp and watched some amazing things happen. After that, I was convinced I could microwave stuff with my bare hands. We got rid of those lamps after that. . .
     
  7. menageriekeeper

    menageriekeeper
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    7,152
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gina, I can't fight until I recover from cooking. My kitchen beat me up today! My scatia nerve in my right hip is pinched and complaining and my left leg keeps cramping up from the top of my foot (yes the top!) all the way up to my hamstring! Stupid arthritis!

    ABC that is pretty scary! I hope the microwave effect subsided after a while. Though there are times when I forget to thaw the supper meat that I wish I could thaw it on the way into the kitchen!

    Microwaves are just naughty things. We used to have ours on the same side of the kitchen as the deepfryer. Every time both appliances were turned on at the same time the breaker threw. :confused: Moved the microwave to the other side of the kitchen (glorified galley kitchen) and the problem stopped. Evidently there are two different circuts in my kitchen.

    Speaking of circuts and their weirdness. Just before Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband decided that all the garage plugs needed replacing. The plasticy parts had gotten broken. So we turn off the garage breaker and he proceeds around the garage and changes them out, with me behind him replacing faceplates. He gets to the last one, which is on the wall between teh garage and our bedroom and starts to loosen the wire nuts. He was using an electrical screw driver and it likely saved his life. That plug, even though it is in the garage, is on the bedroom circut!

    I don't know who wired this house, but their planning and organizational skills were lacking! :(
     
  8. abcgrad94

    abcgrad94
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2007
    Messages:
    5,533
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh, oh, I know what happened! It's the bacon's fault. The demons went out of the pigs and into the toaster!:laugh:
     
  9. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    Quote: Microwaves are just naughty things. We used to have ours on the same side of the kitchen as the deepfryer. Every time both appliances were turned on at the same time the breaker threw.
    ------------------------------------------------

    That's the job of the breaker. Should never plug two heating units on the same circuit. That is why in Ontario, Canada, it is required to have working circuits allowing double outlets on each circuit.

    A microwave has a heavy draw for a short time. That is how they work.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  10. billwald

    billwald
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2000
    Messages:
    11,414
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does the outlet have a GFI? My Kid is a fanatic about putting little plastic plugs in outlets because he thinks his his kids will electrify themselves. Anyway, his stove (gas stove, electric igniter) tripped day before Thanksgiving and I determined the plastic insert tripped the GFI. Doesn't make sense but removing it fixed the problem.
     
  11. Gina B

    Gina B
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    16,944
    Likes Received:
    1
    What's a GFI?

    No, no kid safety plugs if that's what it is!

    Anyhow, the electrician came and said it made no sense, there are no problems, and the only thing he thinks is possible is there was a power surge, but that he "hadn't heard anything about it."

    I asked if it there was any possibility that having both the microwave and the toaster there caused the problem and he said no, although since he can't say what caused it, how can he say what didn't cause it?

    Anyhow, I'm not touching that outlet for a while and will be the good, subservient woman and let my husband handle the manly plugging in of the next appliance in that outlet should he choose to check it out, and I know he's probably dying to stick something, anything in that socket so it shouldn't be too long!
     

Share This Page

Loading...