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Oven Problems & Microwave Cakes


I have this thing where I can’t bring myself to buy store-bought desserts.

I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t do it.

Usually this is a good thing – I don’t buy them so I don’t eat them.

But it was somebody’s birthday recently

And, of course, our oven chose to die. And I mean croak. 20-minutes-later-the-frozen-pizza-is-still-frozen kind of dead.

To eliminate confusion: this is not an after photo. Just re-using photos here people!

The oven breaking was unfortunate for a few reasons:

  1. It was actually kind of new and the only working appliance that came with the house
  2. We were hoping to sell it on Craigslist and make a few pennies
  3. We weren’t planning on buying a new oven right now.

Such is life. Certainly such is the renovating life.

Anyways, back to the topic of cake. Specifically, birthday cake.

I “pinned” this recipe from Taste of Home ages ago for Moose’s b-day and bummed when I thought I couldn’t make it anymore. (There are bits of chocolate cake in one of the trifle layers – hence the oven problem.)


Welp, I have officially made “microwaved cake”. It wasn’t bad. Not great, but not bad.

We are now in search-mode for our next oven. But, like most of our projects, we are presented with a bevy of issues we inherited with the house.

I am pretty sure they built this entire kitchen around the stove.

Seriously. The oven fits quite snugly between the window molding and the cabinets.

More importantly, we are extremely constricted in our stove options due to the height we need the oven door handle to be. It has to be tall enough for the drawer to open underneath it. If we decide to go with the double oven or a warming drawer that has a handle we also need the handle to be relatively flat, so the cabinet door can open easily.

Also, if we end up choosing a gas stove (which we both prefer to cook with) we will need to run a gas line across our basement – adding cost to our project.

Ideally, we’ll end up with something like this:

(The Sprite sign is random, but one can only justify spending a minimal amount of time photoshopping their own kitchen photos.)

We will build an endcap on the left-hand of the stove and maybe some funky non-flammable and easily wipeable artwork.

Due to our handle restrictions, right now we are leaning towards the fancy double stoves (and no! not just because they are swoon-worthy to a baker like me!), because the top handle are more likely to give us the height clearance we need.

Until then, I’m not baking a single thing. : )

And before I forget – a note on switching from a wall-mounted microwave to a hood:

So far I love it. Our microwave was mounted really low, so it’s nice being about to see into the pots on the back burner. While we eventually will put a small microwave in our pantry, the old clunker is downstairs on the basement workbench.

I’ve discovered the main reasons I use the microwave are to reheat my coffee and melt butter. Now I’m just trying to drink my coffee faster, and a little less butter never hurt anybody!

What kind of stove do you have? Any recommendations?

The Kitchen is DONE!

Phase one is DONE.

After, oh, only 10 months. Yes. We started our kitchen renovations a whopping ten months ago. No wonder I’ve been so anxious to get this over with.

I first posted about our kitchen here when I posted about removing the wallpaper.

I can remember standing in our kitchen for the very first time when we looked at the house.

I must have a good imagination.

It was small. It had a huge creaky ceiling fan. A dank, old, dark pantry. A stained sink and chipping countertop. And the wallpaper. Oh my, the wallpaper.

We tackled the walls and cabinets with a vengeance. We ripped out the inside of the pantry. We knocked down a wall and made a cubby for our recessed fridge. Then we looked for the perfectly sized fridge for six weeks. We ripped out a dishwasher full of magenta water. Yuck. But enough of that. You’ve been hearing about that for ten months now.

Before we get to the final pics, here are a few renovation highlights.

I’ll do a before and after post later this week. You betcha I’m going to savor the flavor of this project being finished!

And now on to the phase I finished product:

Nary an exposed garbage can in sight:

Those last pesky cabinets that we procrastinated on:

I think I can cook here!

There’s miscellaneous paraphernalia on the fridge. We officially live here now.

And the beauty only lasted a week or so.

We just ripped out the microwave last night and I think we’re ready to order our backsplash tile!

This is the hood we got on clearance. The microwave (which is on the brink of death anyways) is now plugged in the basement until we buy a smaller one we will tuck inside the pantry. I will not miss that old clunker.

Do you know the definition of sadistic? Two words. Kitchen. Renovations.

Kitchen Projects left:

– Crown Molding
– Undercabinet lighting
– Shoe Molding
– Backsplash
– Endcap to the left of the stove
– New stove. Eventually.

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