Welcome to the place where your two bloggers ask each other one question each week. We hope you enjoy them as your learn a bit more about us – sometimes we even learn more about each other!

Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: What is your current favorite kitchen/cooking appliance?

A: Well, I would have to say the current favorite is my Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer. I haven’t had it for very long, but it’s a beauty! I also haven’t gotten any attachments for it yet. I am really looking forward to making an attempt at some British sausage one day. Let me just give honorable mention to my rice cooker. I have an inexpensive multi-cooker from Aroma. It will cook rice and oatmeal. It browns, slow cooks and steams. It even has a setting for quinoa (which I have yet to use). Gotta love a multitasker!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: What appliance do you have that sadly sits unloved in the appliance graveyard and why?

A: Before we were officially engaged, Lori and I had gone to Disney during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. We decided that one night in place of dinner at a restaurant, we would spend the evening at the festival and “eat our way around the world” by sampling the different foods and drinks at the kiosks in each country pavilion. We were feeling quite happy by the time we had reached France after stopping in Italy for a Bellini. We decided our next stop would be at one of the French kiosks for a sweet treat – crepes. There were several options, but we opted to try one that was simply sprinkled with powdered sugar and another that had just a bit of melted chocolate folded inside. We were amazed at how good crepes prepared in such a simple way could taste.

Fast forward to our engagement and building our registry – the memory of those crepes was so strong that when we came across an electric crepe maker, I just had to have it on our registry. When Lori received it at her shower, I was excited that I would now be able to learn how to make all of these amazing crepes!

So, why didn’t I and why does the poor thing still sit unused to this day? I think the answer is simple – a lot of life happened for us in a short period and I never found the time! After the shower the wedding preparations continued, then came the wedding and then we continued to set up our new apartment. Just 7 1/2 months after we were married, we found out we were going to be parents and so began a whole new stage of planning and preparation. We then walked through the first year of our son’s life in a tired bliss and crepes were not even a remote thought in my head! Then we decided to buy a house and crepes again took a back seat – we unpacked all of the less frequently used appliances to a shelf in the basement where the crepe maker sits to this day.

I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the point – we’ve all been there! Funny how such a simple question can evoke such a huge set of strong memories. Perhaps now that we are in a more normal routine without a big series of major life events coming at us at record speed, it is time to give that crepe maker a little love. I can see a series of crepe related blog posts somewhere in the future….

I think I may have just won the award for the longest answer ever to a Wednesday question – is everyone still there?? 🙂

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