euphrasyne Posted March 22 Share Posted March 22 (edited) I'm making a thread here so as to not hijack the what are you doing today thread. I dated my first husband a year, engaged a year, then married 12 years. He was very bad with money no matter what I did. I worked the first 6 years we were together, one of which he was unemployed and I supported us. Then kid19 came along, was sick in the hospital constantly, so I quit working and stayed home with them--who was never sick again. Right choice. Because money was so tight, I had to do everything on a very tiny budget. If we went to visit family (which we did several times a year) we drove for hours or days (we did a 27 hour straight van trip from Vicksburg to Vegas to see my Mom and steps). I would pack a picnic for car meals and snacks. If we needed to get a hotel, we stayed somewhere inexpensive and I was creative with the meal plan and we cooked with what was available. I'd pack the food and a can opener as well as a few dishes which I'd wash in the bathroom. I finally left him because he cheated on me so many times that it was obvious forgiveness had become permission. I'm lucky that I'm in a much better situation now. Dated DH 2 years, married 9 years anniversary in less than 2 weeks. He works hard, I mostly control the finances, and everyone is super happy. I no longer have to do weird things to get by since we are in a very good place now, but I enjoy the creativity of food preparation and I still do some things for novelty, fun, or learning experiences. Things I have that I can cook in currently: (when i say cook, I mean make chicken or rice) Double oven (stand alone not wall, the top is just 1 rack the bottom 2 racks, but I can heat them at different temperatures) Gas stove attached to oven Microwave Double coffee pot that makes single cups on one side and a carafe on the other 2 round crock pots 1 oval crock pot 1 mini crockpot (2 cups for dips or appetizers) 1 giant turkey roaster (basically an enormous metal crockpot. ) Instant pot (electric pressure cooker) Deep Fryer 2 Gas fireplaces 3 showers that run very hot water. Dishwasher on high heat Washing machine on sanitary cycle Dryer on high heat. (bread rises great in a dryer that has been run and emptied. ) portable heater (I'd probably only use this to heat sandwiches or melt cheese, no meat.) Sterno cans for chafing dishes. (again I may heat things but I'd start with tinned chicken instead of raw.) Lots of lighters, matches and fire starters to set things ablaze to cook with. Perhaps some of those Amazon boxes as fuel. 1 plastic crockpot for paraffin. It goes up to 300F. Bottle warmer (it will heat water which will poach whatever or put a jar of premade food or soup in it. ) Mid sized blowtorch (it belongs to the husband) Extra large gas grill with a side burner for pots. Metal fire pit for roasting weenies and smores Metal burn barrel with hole in bottom so it gets HOT. Just set a grate over the top and it is a rocket stove. Around 20 huge trees to provide various types of wood, though I think 2 of them are poisonous and I'd not use them. Car engine Car dashboard (this is basically a solar oven. Use aluminum foil. Standard and usb plugs in van to plug any of the above in. Car converter to run car battery to a plug that any of the above can plug into. Works as long as the car is on. I could probably come up with more, but I haven't had my caffeine yet. I have been looking at hot plates vs tabletop grills with hotpots. I want to have fondue night once a month and do Korean hotpot/ BBQ at home. With a hot plate, I could just put any of my pots or cast iron griddles on it. The electric grill are set up for multiple people though. It is a hard decision and I keep wavering. I'll probably make a decision by my birthday or Christmas and get one then. If I get a hotpot, I was looking at something similar to one of these: SEAAN Electric Hot Pot Grill Removable Shabu-shabu Pot Grill Detachable Barbecue Grill with Large Capacity Baking Tray Non-Stick BBQ Pan Adjustable Temperature Double Flavor Hot Pot 110V (amazon.com) Amazon.com: Hot Pot with Grill, 2000W 2 in 1 Electric Hot Pot Grill Cooker with Dual Temperature Control for 1-8 People, Multi-function Smokeless Shabu Korean BBQ Grill for Simmer, Boil, Fry, Roast (Black) : Home & Kitchen *I forgot to add in the toaster oven. Its the flat rack type, not the pop up type. Pop tarts, toast, leftover pizza, etc. Edited March 22 by euphrasyne 2 Quote Link to comment
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