Today was interminably long but… things got done.
Work started at a breakneck pace, thankfully slowing a bit this afternoon. During morning break I sprayed the oven with Easy-Off, the fume-free variety because the other stuff kills me. I hadn’t used this type before, and my daughter had and said it didn’t work well for her. Since it was all I had, I figured it might help get off the worst of the crud, and I’d keep scraping at the burnt-on stuff over the next few days to reduce, if not eliminate it.
Only thing I can think of is the kid didn’t allow enough time. I let the stuff do its thing from 10:30am til I got off work at 4:30, and 99% of the burned-on grease and crud wiped away with one swipe with a wet rag. What didn’t come off with the rag alone, I loosened with minimal elbow grease and a stainless scrubber, then wiped it away.
My oven looks like new, y’all. I’m stoked.
I definitely won’t let it get that bad again. (It was bad. This is the first time it’s been cleaned in over a year and a half.)
My knees are screaming bloody murder. They can stuff it. I’m glad it’s done.
Since the oven was temporarily decommissioned, dinner was the world’s easiest chicken curry, pictured at the top of the page.
I started by cooking rice according to directions (other than the part about letting it stick, but we won’t talk about that.) I bought chicken pre-diced and dumped that into my biggest skillet, browned it and threw in veggies. I used bell pepper strips, diced onion, and a small can of peas & carrots, drained. Use whatever you like and have on hand. Stir-fried until the pepper strips weren’t frozen any more. Added two cans of cream of mushroom soup and two cans of water. Stirred and heated until it got bubbly, then stirred in a generous amount of curry powder. One lesson I learned a long time ago: never skimp on spices.
If that sounds like a lot of time and work – trust me, it isn’t. Prep time is fast and easy, and the end result is yummy. I imagine you could trade the rice bed and eat this with naan, but G doesn’t like naan.
I know. I don’t understand it either.
The photo run this weekend was fun. Unfortunately it’s too hot to do another unless we leave home at 5am, which isn’t a preferred way to start my day off. We didn’t pull into Tempe Friday until 10:30am, by which time it was already in the 90s.
Adding different photos here than I posted to FB, because I know most of my readers overlap.
Yard/garage sales have all but evaporated. I assume it’s a perfect storm of gas prices and people working umpteen jobs to pay for the sucker-punch of gas prices and housing, both of which are completely out of control here. We were lucky when we got gas a week ago for 4.29 a gallon. (It was over 5.00 a gallon in Phoenix proper and nearly everywhere else in the state.)
By this weekend the local gas stations had jacked up the price to 4.99 a gallon – except one station I found on Gas Buddy, which I’ll be using before we refill next time. Thank GAWD I work from home now, and thank Gawd for buying our house when we did.
If you’re wondering why I started adding the dividers to my entries, they’re to remind me to keep it short and sweet. One of my few readers pointed out my word-vomit (my term, not hers) made it tough to read and digest. So I’m trying both to break up the text with pictures and shorten the entry text overall.