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With the oven possessed, I looked to see if there was anything on cheap Craigslist. My oven just isn’t worth fixing. For the near the same amount it might be better just to find a used oven. Sorting by lowest to highest – I found two ovens listed in my $150 price range – one was a white Bosch oven with no picture. I didn’t even know Bosch made ovens?
The lady had redone her kitchen and loved her Bosch range but went with all stainless steel. (I know I’m going to offend EVERYONE here but I hate stainless steel appliances unless they’re used in a modern industrial look) She texted me pictures and told me it was gas and convection. She took my offer of $120.00, assured that it went to a good home.
Dr. Malibu came over to test it out. We put the oven in the self-cleaning mode, lit up the burners and made dinner. Sautéed breaded chicken, risotto and cauliflower were cooked to perfection.
This delayed my plans of baking. So Saturday morning with Thing 2 at my side we made another batch of gingerbread and started piping, flooding and flocking. My kitchen and dining room looked like a bakery exploded.
The pressure was on this year. I had to step up my game because last year Kendra pulled out the Salted Carmel Shortbread cookies. I went with a giant Santa Claus face. Thing 2 and I were dubious about the design. We’d seen enough pictures on the internet to know this had the potential of a Pinterest Fail. But those Santa heads turned out great and I was flattered that a few people at the Cookie Exchange were taking pictures with them. I was especially happy to have the time to spend with my friends who I sometimes only see once a year at this party. I know I’m not the only mom who feel’s like Cinderella, when every weekend is hijacked by your kids social/school/sport calendar. This is a mom only party where we can all relax, catch up with each other’s lives and take a moment to breathe! Oh, and the cookies! The cookies are just an excuse but there is something so lovely and magical about a table bedecked with a large assortment of delicious baked goods. It means its Christmas!