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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I've had people laugh at me because I tend to think inanimate objects have personalities, but you'll never convince me they don't. I've known for years that computers are not only alive but malevolently intelligent. Well, I'm discovering that my stand mixer is also quite an "individualist."

(And yes, that's my actual mixer.)

Kneading dough in it has turned out to be an adventure. It does a fantastic job and definitely beats the socks off of fifteen minutes of hand-kneading and trying to clean flour and bits of dried dough off the counter. However, I've noticed that the dough likes to try to climb up the dough hook to the top of the bowl. I have to stop for a second periodically to push it back down. Also, the thumping and banging of the kneading process tends to loosen the lock that holds the head down. Basically, I stand there with one hand on the lock knob. I don't know if it's actually supposed to do that, but I'm not finding it enough of a problem to spend the money to get it fixed (it's out of warranty by now). It's still going to get a workout, with my next batch of bread getting baked on Saturday. I found a recipe for honey-whole wheat bread with bran cereal in it. It makes a single loaf and doesn't require a loaf pan. I suspect it's going to be my go-to bread recipe. Well, with an occasional side-step to try to make baguettes.

I finished preparing Friday's grocery order. I'm ordering a fourteen cup glass container with a snap-on plastic lid. That's going to be my "bread box," if you will. I was going to buy plastic wrap, but this generates no waste and is a one-time expense as compared to having to replace rolls of wrap.

I stayed home sick with a sinus headache today. I'm better tonight (the face no longer feels like it's going to explode), so back to work tomorrow. Meantime, I just knitted (a little) and watched TV. I saw a commercial for a famous ramen noodle maker who refers to cooking their products for your family. Meaning no disrespect, but I'm just not sure that pouring boiling water over something constitutes "cooking."

Watching Chopped and getting ready for bed. Okay, I'm a dirty old lady, but I think Marc Murphy, Ted Allen and Aaron Sanchez look a lot more delicious than the food!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DARLENEK04 9/21/2013 11:42AM

    David has been wanting one of those have to tell him
your story....


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CAROLJEAN64 9/19/2013 4:02PM

    My mixer does the same when I knead bread. I just stop it, push it down and keep going.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/18/2013 9:12PM

    I don't have that problem when I kneed dough with my stand mixer, it may be that I am not making as dense dough you are. I do remember having a problem when I made a recipe for pumpernickel. Glad you are feeling better.

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SKIRNIR 9/18/2013 8:42PM

    My go to bread that I make about every other week is homemade English muffins. Just love them. :) Great for making sandwiches, great for fairly even divided calorie counting, rather than weighing the loaf and then weighing each serving, etc. I tend to do breakfast for dinner about every two weeks with either homemade biscuits or my homemade english muffins, then we have left overs for breakfast. I often times make pancakes, french toast. And yes, the point is to have left overs and have homemade pancakes or french toast rather than store bought frozen waffles.

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CARRAND 9/18/2013 8:00PM

    Your bread sounds great!

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CATLADY52 9/18/2013 5:08PM

    Your mixer sounds as if it needs a stern lecture. I talk to inanimate objects all the time. It's not weird behavior to me. emoticon

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MONETRUBY 9/18/2013 4:44PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. We have one of those mixers, too, and we'd be lost without it! Haven't used it for bread, but perhaps we should. Yours looked delicious.

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TJWGCT-SPARK 9/18/2013 2:37PM

    HA!! Glad you're feeling better!

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NANCYPAT1 9/18/2013 1:47PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Have a truly blessed day.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/18/2013 12:57PM

    Hope you feel better!

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/18/2013 12:42PM

    If you stop looking at and appreciating beauty - how sad! The fact you do look at it doesn't make you a dirty old lady - it makes you a fan of great art. emoticon

Some inanimate objects - especially if they have a power source and moving parts - do have personalities and they do act up and have behavior patterns. I talk to them nicely, try to make them my friend and hope for the best. emoticon

good luck!

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LIS193 9/18/2013 11:57AM

Totally agree with you on the "cooking" - I avoid processed "food" at all cost.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2013 8:52AM

    You're right about Mac, Ted and Aaron! LOLOL Glad you're feeling better.

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BARBARASDIET 9/18/2013 8:25AM

    I hate processed food of any kind. Very rarely does it seem worth the few seconds it saves in the kitchen.........

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/18/2013 6:28AM

    It sounds like your mixer needs a good talking to. LOL

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2013 2:31AM

    emoticon Of course they have personalities emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 9/18/2013 1:24AM

    I'm the same way. My family doesn't get it.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/18/2013 1:22AM

    I know what commercial you're talking about and I agree with you. With a little time on your hands you can make your own bowl of noddles with fresh veggies in them.

I'm sorry that you're were not feeling well today, but hopefully everything will be fine .

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SUSANBEAMON 9/18/2013 1:09AM

  i agree that lots of inanimate objects have personalities, and most of them will do just what they want, whither they are made to do those things or not.

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JILL313 9/18/2013 12:41AM

    emoticon Just we appreciate looking at a good looking man especially a capable one doesn't mean we're old, Just Alive, dear Mary. Even I at my age do enjoying seeing a handsome guy, young or old. . .But, it does seem the older I get I rarely see a good looking man in person but mainly on TV or in a magazine. I'm happy you're feeling a lot better and ready to take on a new work day. So, your kitchen appliance, Computer, etc. are actually Alive!! That's interesting to me and I do remember years ago thinking all my dolls even paper ones were real. I sometimes feel my old car is like a real live person with feelings so I try to be nice to it so it'll run well for me emoticon We're entitled to have a few funny Quirks in our Senior Years and I just call it happy thinking. . .Get a good night's sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIRYMIST35 9/18/2013 12:36AM

  Glad you're better from the headache!

Hope the mixer continues to stand up to the dough!

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