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Initial post: Jan 19, 2013, 8:16:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2013, 10:10:45 PM PST
FREE Books and Chat sunday Jan 20th 2013

Everyone at FREE Books and Chat would like to welcome the newbies and the old timers alike for another amazing day of companionship, laughter and even consolation. In my short time here I've enjoyed all of these wonderful attributes the lovely people of this forum offer.

I am one of the newbies and as of yet have been unable to figure out how to do these fancy pictures with the keyboard so stick with me on this boring beginning of January 20th's thread 2013.

I was thinking of kitchen appliances as the poll of the day. Name your three top small appliances according to favorites and usefulness. In today's world of hurried and harried ,which small appliances deserve most recognition for getting you through the hard times. You all know what I mean. The oldest child borrowed the car and locked herself out leaving the keys in the ignition ( yes it happened and no she isnt a blonde lol ) , your husband is running late due to an impromptu business meeting ( he is salary so this isnt overtime wages ), UPS got lazy and didnt knock so you have to drive the dirty little yellow card to the nearest UPS site to pick up your package and the 6 year old gets car sick and pukes in the back seat, you're home and its 7pm. Youre thinking reprieve and order a pizza right? Guess again! Hubby needs to strike home plate so that impromtu business meeting is now reconvening in your home over dinner! Do you tell hubby no way after your brand new , beautiful , granite countertops you received for Hanukkah? Not if you want to live to talk about it lol ( or use them ).ok now that we are all settled in agreement that life is pretty much the same for all women in all walks of life and religion lets get to work!

1. Keureg coffee pot ( better than toothpicks under eyelids )

2. Breadmaker ( would have said dishwasher but daughter hates being referred to as large kitchen appliance ;@p )

3. Crockpot ( you invited who for dinner? Grabs from freezer and throws into crock on high and walks away and forgets about it. )

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Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 9:38:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2013, 11:42:49 PM PST
Whoo hoo! You did it Yid! Great job! You should be very proud of yourself.

These are the 3 small appliances that I could not manage without in my kitchen...

1. My Cuisinart Food Processor - I use it to mix cakes and cookies and even some doughs.

2. My Crockpot - Every mother who has children in Sports and other activities needs one!

3. My Microwave - I use it for everything from softening butter for baking to cooking snacks.

I have had all three of my kids lock their keys in the car and have had to go and rescue them. My middle son went to community college about a 40 minute drive from our home. He played baseball on the school team and would lay his keys in his trunk as he changed from his baseball uniform to regular clothes. Then he would close the trunk with his keys still in the trunk. He must have done this 5 or 6 times and I had to make that long drive with his spare key. No wonder I have gray hair at an age that is much too young! LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 9:45:07 PM PST
Rotfl! You have me beat! I just asked miss 21 why she learned so fast after the first key lock.
Her response? She wasnt interested in how that drive and stress would put her mother in an early grave or how to make her funeral arrangements before the next accidental key loss.

Chaya clears her throat and whistles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 9:49:22 PM PST
Girls are soooo different from boys! I would have loved to have a daughter, but I got 3 boys. Did I mention that boys are different? I grew up with two older sisters so boys were foreign to me. LOL

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 9:53:40 PM PST
KayKay says:
Great job Chaya!!! Thanks for being a starter, it gets easier every time. I just wanted to mention that you forgot to add todays link to yesterdays thread for ease of location.

Again, great job!!

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 10:00:22 PM PST
Courtney says:
Great start yid! By the by, when you post your start, you can delete yourself from the list :)

1. kitchen aid mixer. It makes bread making easy. And homemade cakes and cookies. And especially whip cream.
2. Food processor. Cheese shredded easily. Onions diced. And mayonnaise simplified.
3. Pressure cooker. Okay so this is technically a pot, but it functions more like an appliance in my kitchen. Tender pot roast in about an hour. Beans from dry in about the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 10:10:03 PM PST
@kaykay ty I added link

Courtney I deleted myself lol ty also do you find dragging out food processor and using it more work in cleaning than choping or grating? Or am i lazy? Lol

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 10:11:03 PM PST
Travelqueen says:
Great start Yid!
I'm having a hard time picking only 3 appliances.
Coffee maker definitely.
Microwave oven
Toaster or mixer, but then when I can't get the jar open the electric jar opener is a life saver!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 10:14:12 PM PST
Electric jar opener? Please post a link? Didnt even know there was such a thing! I use a rubber thing but it still hurts me to turn a stubborn lid.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 10:25:04 PM PST
Yid... I got this one for my mother who has arthritis in her hands..

Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 10:28:06 PM PST
4Nbahu says:
Convection Oven, Griller Microwave all in one....This has saved me so many times.
Meat Grinder.....I like to know which parts of meat go into my ground meat.....Kabobs are awesome!
Mixie or blender as known other places. It grinds my spices, coconuts, makes banana and mango shakes and cold coffee.....What a wonderful thing it is...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 10:28:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2013, 10:31:09 PM PST
Just went into wishlist for hubby to investigate. I had a feeling we would learn about some kitchen things that some of us were unaware of! This is awesome!

4n how the heck do you get all the meat out of the crevices? Im immunosuppressed and meat grinders scare me for fear of bacteria breeding but I would love! To make me own ground beef.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 10:44:52 PM PST
Eeyoregeo says:
Just wanted to say good job Yid (Chaya)!! Great start. And hello and good thoughts and prayers to everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 10:48:54 PM PST
Eeyor thanks! Whats your name mean?

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 11:04:33 PM PST
Eeyoregeo says:
@Yid Eeyore is from Winnie the Pooh. The donkey with rain cloud over his head. Then Geo is my nickname short for Georgia.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 11:10:47 PM PST
Interesting! First time Ive heard georgia as a name. Eeyore is great! Ive seen him sometimes in kids books and clothing.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 11:15:23 PM PST
Eeyoregeo says:
Growing up I think I only met 1 other person named georgia. Then last year I moved to Missouri and I have met at least 6 people with my name. Lol

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 11:18:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2013, 12:35:07 AM PST
Janine says:
Good morning everyone Chaya great job you much more brave than I just shudder thinking of opening a day.
1. Microwave use it for everything.
2. Coffee maker/kettle
3. Mixer and have to say my handheld blender use this a lot for soups Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

Been very busy with RL went to a funeral of friend yesterday he was only 51 just feel so sorry for his children. Weather here miserable been raining non stop and it is cold now will ask you all to send a small prayer that this rain will ease off as my beloved Kruger is flooding and it is getting serious now talking of breaking the records flooding from the North to the South the Kruger being as big as Portugal this is very bad the rain has to stop here for it runs down to there and it is pouring there as well some pictures of it flooding there.
Edit spelling

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013, 11:27:41 PM PST

I'm sorry sorry for the loss of your friend. His family must be shocked and devastated.

I also love my immersion hand blender. If your gravy is lumpy the immersion blender makes it silky smooth in a flash. When I make Split Pea Soup I use the immersion blender to make it smooth and creamy. It's pretty handy.

Prayers coming your way for the heavens to dry over Kruger! ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013, 12:23:51 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
I knew another Georgia, and she is missed.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013, 1:18:29 AM PST
A few Free Books to start the day....

The Last McKenzie (The Chicago Collection) - Mystery

The future...and the very survival...of one unborn child hang on the skill and courage of one young attorney in search of his own redemption...

The McKenzies are dead. All of them. And thus the fate of one of America's largest fortunes is in limbo. Then the bank which controls the vast fortune suddenly produces a man it claims is the only surviving member of the family. Although no one had ever heard of this cousin before, his inheritance seems secure...

...until a McKenzie widow discovers she is pregnant with her dead husband's child. Should the McKenzie fortune belong to the child...or is it already too late? Attorney Jack Mitchell will do whatever it takes to make sure his unborn client receives justice...even if it costs him everything.

In Kirk Ross' just-completed legal thriller, the law is a battlefield, but it's the war outside of the courtroom that will keep Jack and the last McKenzie just one step ahead of a dangerously final verdict.

January Justice (The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs) - Mystery

Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there's another murder on Cutter's Mind. His own.

Discern (Discern Saga, Book #1) - Romance/Fantasy

Twenty-year-old college student, Haley Helms is compelled to return home to Boulder, Colorado, after her heart is shattered by love's betrayal. After a chance meeting with an alluring passenger on the plane ride home, her life will never be the same.

Thrust into a once-believed mythical world, she finds out the stranger on the plane--now her college professor--is no ordinary man. Andrew Alexander, an immortal called a Parevite, has spent many centuries, along with the others of his kind, altering much of mankind's beliefs.

Haley's soul calls to Andrew and he is hell-bent on winning her heart, no matter the cost. But will his dark side and catastrophic secret destroy any chance?

~~~ This book is suggested for ages 17+ ~~~

Yellow Banner....

First Class to New York (First Class Novels) - Romance

A year after losing her husband, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life to cancer, Janie Anderson embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City. Trying to escape the oppressive loss and hopelessness of a life without him, Janie sets off on the adventure she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. Exploring the Big Apple, New York City, she secretly hopes that this landmark event will free her from her grief and unlock a future as wonderful as the life she had lost with Robert's passing.

After a series of embarrassing encounters with a man in a dark grey suit during the flight, Janie wonders if this trip might be more than she bargained for. At 42, she is much too young to spend the rest of her days as a lonely widow, but is resolved to the fact that, like lightning, a love like that of her first marriage rarely strikes twice.

When she accepts his invitation to dinner that evening, Janie is terrified at the realization that she's actually attracted to him. The handsome and wealthy Matt Lathem is sexy as hell, but, as Janie comes to realize, has baggage of his own. Can they help to heal each other in time to realize that a second chance at love is within their grasp?

`First Class to New York' is a contemporary, adult romance novel, written by AJ Harmon. It is the first book in the `First Class' series, with Matt and Janie's story concluding in `First Class to Portland,' available now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013, 1:50:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2013, 1:50:46 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Yid
Had to come out of my recent lurkdom to say that you did a brilliant start (well we didn't expect anything else did we ?)
Full of your wonderful humoristic comments, (and I loved reading the run up on yesterdays thread - had me laughing) - the result ........... fantastic.
Kitchen appliances .... for me the non-cooker....
Electric Kettle
and you want a third one too ???

Posted on Jan 20, 2013, 2:49:24 AM PST
Arieswoman says:
My favorite and most used: Kuhn-Rikon Ultimate Auto Attach Can Opener from QVC. Multi use and no sharp lids!
Second: Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Third: Cuisinart Crock Pot

Posted on Jan 20, 2013, 3:10:27 AM PST
This cookbook looks like a good one.....

Mama's Southern Cookbook-28 Old Fashioned Cake Recipes From Scratch - Cooking

Old Fashioned Cake Recipes

From Mama's Southern Cookbook
get 28 Old Fashioned Cake Recipes From Scratch.
These recipes are simply some of the best southern cake recipes that are straight from Mama's kitchen.
Recipes Worth Noting:
plus 24 more recipes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013, 3:37:05 AM PST
Janine says:
LOB thanks was very sudden love my hand blender use it for bread crumbs as well.
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