The burnt popcorn story from a few weeks ago makes even more sense now that you know I'm pregnant, doesn't it? Burnt popcorn smells awful anyway. But a popcorn bag smoking in your microwave is torturous to a pregnant woman. We spent the next few days trying all kinds of experiments to clear the stench. We cooked baking soda in water. We heated lemon juice. We tried vinegar, which might have been worse. We scrubbed and cleaned, but the smell wouldn't go. Finally, on the advice of a South African friend at church, we stuck the thing on the back deck to air out in the cold.
And there it lies.
The first few days it was out there we researched the cost of a new one. Considered the possibility that it might need to be replaced. But now that it's been out there for more than two weeks, we're ready to accept a slightly unbelievable truth.
We may not actually need a microwave.
Shocking I know. But so far we haven't missed it. The extra counter space is nice and no one has to clean out the food splatters. Monday night I made popcorn on the stove - in a large pan -and it tasted so good! We've been reheating foods on the stove or in the oven. I cook canned vegetables on the stove and heat water in the kettle. Best of all, it hasn't been inconvenient.
A microwave is a standard kitchen appliance in most homes. At our house, though, it's become deck decor...maybe I should set a plant on it.