Trouble On The Homefront

December 2, 2008



Yes, that is our stovetop.

Heavy pot + clumsy hands = disaster.

I was out walking and came in the door when I hear “We’ve got a BIG problem.” from the husband. I panicked thinking about all the horrible problems there could be and was actually quite relieved when I saw what had happened. Actually – my first thoughts were

1) How are we going to make spaghetti for dinner!?

and then

2) OATMEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😥


You would think being a type A kinda girl that I’d be in a tizzy about this, but actually I’m the calm one in situations. I went to my computer, Googled the brand of stove, found the service department, found the model number and was on the phone in 10 minutes. Too bad it’s going to cost an arm and a leg to fix 👿 I was supposed to get my timing belts in my car replaced this weekend ($$$$$$$!) and I think I’m going to have to keep putting that off after this. GE is coming tomorrow between 8am and 5pm. I won’t be here from 8-10, but it was that or next Monday. I am crossing my fingers that the person actually shows up.

On to more cheerful things –

I met blog reader Rachel for coffee at 4:30! (A little blurry due to the barista’s shot) Rachel and her husband traveled all the way from Washington State to visit her parents for Thanksgiving. They just happen to live in the neighborhood that I run in all the time!! We were instant friends :)


I got the most delicious peppermint latte!


After we chatted on the cozy couches (Rachel works as a wedding designer! How cool!) we walked back to our house to say hi to the husband. Just moments before the accident in the kitchen!


I also came across this awesome looking soup on my doorstep from Meagan, who works at Frontier Soups and who along with Alex from Chicago gave me the first black bean one that I loved so much. I can’t wait to try this guy soon! Thanks Meagan!


Then we had to decide what to have for dinner. While we debated I polished off about a tsp’s worth of Barney Butter. I need a new jar ASAP!

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What to cook for dinner? Turkey sandwiches? Already had one today! Something on the grill? We had no food! Order a pizza? He wasn’t in the mood. AH-HA – the microwave can cook things!!

So we cooked up two frozen soups. Summer Gumbo for him and Oatmeal Sweet Potato Chili for me –


Topped with some Fage Total –



Along with the newest batch of Great Harvest bread – Flax Oat Bran with walnuts


We were so rattled that we decided to eat over Arrested Development again –


I’ve got a little Organic to do. I’ll feel a lot better when our stove is fixed. I think I’ll take the opportunity tomorrow to have a fun cereal we’ve had for a while unopened – Kashi Good Friends!


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1 Maggie December 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Oh nooooooo :( That stinks.

Your blogger meetup sounds fun though! And that soup looks great :)

Hope everything with the stove works out.


2 lexi December 2, 2008 at 8:17 pm

kath, im really sorry about the stove! that really sucks to have something like that happen! at least you have some cereal in the pantry! i hope you get it fixed soon!


3 Liz Turtle December 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Oh no, quelle disaster! :O

The stovetop looks so . . . *shattered*. I know the repair person will make it look shiny and new again for you guys tomorrow, though!


4 Lida December 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

poor kath! but at least you have a lot of frozen leftovers on hand… always a good idea.
Good luck!


5 Angela December 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Agh that is so disappointing about the stovetop! Good for you for keeping your cool though. 😀 Grace under pressure, right? :)

You and Rachel are beautiful! You could be sisters too.



6 Lindsey December 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

OH MY GOSH that is so terrible! I’d like to think I’d handle a situation like that as calmly as you did, but I think I would probably freak out. Mad props on the positive attitude!


7 Mel December 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Cute photo of you and Rachel.

Your stove disaster reminds me of a couple of years ago, when my mom did that not once but twice! :) I hope everything gets fixed tomorrow!


8 Becca A December 2, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I had no idea that could happen…ugh!


9 Jen December 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Oh nooooo! What a huge bummer! Thank goodness they can come out tomorrow! :)

We have the same stove, so I’ll have to remember that such a disaster can happen!

Sounds like a great outing with a new friend!

Enjoy your night.


10 haya December 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

i’ve always wondered what the inside of our stovetop looks like! hopefully i’ll never have to see it first hand. i would not handle that well, but it would be much worse if i was the one with the heavy pot and the clumsy hands!


11 Jennifer December 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

I’m SO sorry about your stovetop! I didn’t even know that could happen. I hope you’re able to get it fixed soon so you can get back to your Oats. :)


12 Laura December 2, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Yikes! At least you aren’t stressing too much about it. :) I’m impressed they’re coming out so quickly to fix it!

I got my jar of Barney Butter from the giveaway tonight! I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!


13 VeggieGirl December 2, 2008 at 8:44 pm

YYYYIIIIKKKKEEEESSS!!! Thank goodness you weren’t hurt though!!


14 Ellen December 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Not to be to worry! I make your banana oatmeal in the microwave every morning! I use old fashioned oats and it only takes 3-5 minutes and still tastes fabulous. It makes me wonder why people use the stove top unless they’re making huge portions…


15 Ellen December 2, 2008 at 8:49 pm

haha “not to be worry!” I should really proofread before I comment. I mean not to worry, of course.


16 Megan December 2, 2008 at 8:49 pm

So sorry about the stovetop! Yeah for leftovers saving dinner time! The rest of the day seems awesome! How fun to meet a reader!


17 Lynette December 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I’m sorry about your stove top, but you seem to be taking it well. The oatmeal sweet potato chili sounds scrumtious. Can you tell me how you made it?


18 Marianne December 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Doh! But kinda cool to see what those stovetops look like inside – my parents have one. Good thing no one cut themselves.

That soup mix looks interesting – will have to wait for the review!


19 Victoria December 2, 2008 at 8:54 pm

So junky. I’m impressed with your calmness. I am definitely the freak out one in our household.


20 Kath December 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Thanks guys!

Lynette ,
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21 Biz319 December 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

That’s the only problem with electric stoves.

My twin sister and I moved in together when we first moved from our parents house at 19.

I come home and she’s like: “don’t be mad!”

She put a tea kettle on the stove and FELL ASLEEP! All the water evaporated and when she woke up, she noticed it and tried to remove it when it was still hot! Now, this is going back 20 years almost, and we lost $200 of our security deposit to replace it.

There are worse things to happen though! Good job on keeping your cool!


22 Melissa December 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Oh man, that’s not cool!! At least you were able to have a yummy looking dinner!! : D


23 Bev December 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Bummer !!! I think Tina ( Carrots & Cake uses microwave for oats too )


24 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm

kath, sorry to hear about your stove! thats intense damage-especially for foodies like us!

hope all goes well the rest of the night—


25 ashley (sweet & natural) December 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Yikes! Hope the repairman comes at a good time for you.


26 Tiffany December 2, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Kinda makes you wonder what people did before microwaves, huh? We’re having the opposite problem at our house – our microwave is broken so our oven is standing in :)


27 Betsy in Pittsburgh December 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Uh oh! My parents just got a new stove like that a week ago, and have never had one before. I’ll have to warn them!


28 Shelby December 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Oh my gosh!! That is crazy, I hope you get it fixed soon =(

Your oatmeal chili looks amazing though!!!


29 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 2, 2008 at 9:20 pm

That stinks. I hope GE can fix the problem tomorrow, and then you’ll be back to stove top oats before you know it!


30 Justy2003 December 2, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Oh no! Sorry your stove is out of commission! You can’t make the oatmeal on the other burners? If not, you could always use the microwave! I use it for my oatmeal every morning and I think it tastes delish :) I’ve had stove-top as well, but I guess I just can’t tell a huge difference.
Crossing my fingers that the GE guys don’t show up til after you’re back home!


31 Rose December 2, 2008 at 9:21 pm

OMG. I was just saying to the boyfriend how much I wanted a stove like that… I didn’t think that was possible!


32 claire December 2, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Yikes! That is horrible. I guess times like that are when traditional, ugly, horrible electric stoves are good!


33 Mara December 2, 2008 at 9:48 pm

OH NO!!! That would be my constant fear with a glass cooktop like that! Good luck fixing it…

at least you had backup food!


34 Halie December 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Gee Wilikers!! What a shame! The woes of home-owning…you have to fix things on your dime when they break! I can relate.

What a great reader meet up! Sounds super fun!

Good job on problem solving and getting dinner on the table despite kitchen problems!


35 stacy December 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm

does anyone soak their overnight oats in the greek yogurt itself? or do you have to soak them in water and then add the greek yogurt in the am? thanks!!!


36 Lee December 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Oh no! Beware though, if you make your oatmeal in the microwave, use a big bowl. I have had an microwave oatmeal explosion more than once.


37 katie December 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I just blogged about trying the Puffins Honey Rice flavor as well. I tried them for the first time this morning and they were great but I agree with you, the PB ones are so much better! But I’ve been snacking on the honey rice ones all day. and yayyy for no more chem lab ( i just got out of my last one tonight!)!!


38 Tracey C. December 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Oh, ow! I was really surprised to see shards – I just figured it was some kind of safety glass. (I mentioned this to Jeff and got a five minute disquisition on how safety glass is actually made, which was actually pretty cool. I love that boy’s brain) Hope the repair goes without hitch!


39 Madison December 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

OMG to the stove!! hope the person shows up!

oh..and i love polishing off the peanut butter jars =P!


40 zestycook December 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm

WOW Kath – i h ave never seen that before – Sorry to hear. I hope things work out



41 Kristie December 2, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Oh my gosh, what a disaster. Sorry to hear about that! Especially that it’s going to cost so much to fix.. what a pain eh. :(


42 Stephanie December 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Kath, I just recently found your blog, and absolutely am IN LOVE. You make me want to make these nice, well portioned meals that just looks so lovely and delicious. And you give me HOPE for oatmeal!! I’m definitely going to be experimenting this weekend with some of your recipes.

Ive recently lost 45 lbs (!!) and have been looking for good blogs to help motivate me that are more personal. Your blog is absolutely perfect!!! I’ll be starting a 1200 cal diet for the next 2 weeks, and Ive been looking for good recipes.

Anyway, Im REALLY sorry to hear about the stove, that’s just awful! But its these somewhat minor things that happen that always remind me that it could definitely be worse!

I really look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you through it. Thanks for being such a great inspiration!!!


43 Runeatrepeat December 3, 2008 at 12:05 am

Boo :( that really sucks. Sorry to hear about it, good thing no one was hurt though.


44 Moran December 3, 2008 at 1:01 am

Kath, our stove is already SHOWING THE CRACKS! Which means the breakdown will be happening soon…:( We figured we’ll be buying a new one since the fixing costs are so high


45 sonia December 3, 2008 at 5:46 am

Sorry about your stovetop. We moved to a steel gas cooktop when we moved into our house – hopefully I won’t be able to break that. :)
I tried eating an egg with oatmeal after reading your posts – awesome. I am thinging cottage cheese in my oatmeal today. DO you add it while you cook the oats?


46 Kath December 3, 2008 at 7:31 am

Stephanie ,
Thanks for your comment and welcome to KERF. And congrats on your outstanding weight loss thus far!!!!!

I stir it in at the very end. If it gets TOO hot, the proteins will denature and it gets runny. It’s a delicate process. It does make the bowl a little runnier, but I’m willing to give up a little good texture for good taste.



47 K December 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

OH NO! Hopefully it gets fixed ASAP. We have the same stove though :)

Looks like your meet up was another success!


48 Andrea (Off Her Cork) December 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

Yikes! And hubs is okay, nothing flew up and hit him? Wow. So sorry about your range! I got a new range this summer, it’s a dual fuel one, gas range electric oven. I love it!


49 Meghann December 3, 2008 at 9:23 am

OMG, I hope everyone is ok that was involved in the stove top accident. I have never seem that before, it must have ben a hard hit. I hope your stove gets fixed ASAP!


50 Krista December 3, 2008 at 11:28 am

Geez! Sorry about the stove! What a bummer!


51 Greta December 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

The same thing happened to my stovetop a few years back! Flat stovetops and heavy Le Creuset saucepans are not a great combo. I also accidently melted tinfoil on it one time too – total mess!


52 Cat December 3, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear about your stove! :(


53 Andrea December 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

My heart skipped a beat when I saw that picture. Then I had to laugh because I could only imagine how someone would react to having done that. That sucks, but “knowing” you, even if it took a week to fix, you’d still have wonderful and amazing stove-less meals!


54 Ruby Red Vegan December 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Oh no, Kath! What awful news about the stove! “How am I going to have stove-top oatmeal?!?” would have been my first horrified thought, too.

Awww, looks like the blog reader meet-up was fun! You’re a celebrity!!


55 Erin December 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm

There’s always money in the banana stand, Kath. 😉


56 musicfan December 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

an opportunity for RAW food. my husband caused a grill cheese fire and ruined some cookery/stove burner. heh heh. no fun.


57 Kath December 3, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Erin ,



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