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Quick and Easy DIY Car Air Freshener Hack

I use a vent clip air freshener in my car keep the inside of my car from stinking up the joint in between cleanings. My personal go-to is t his Fabreeze car vent air freshener , but I also love the scent of these Yankee Candle car vent air fresheners . Depending on availability and sales, I tend to switch between the two.( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) I stumbled upon a killer deal on Yankee Candle Sidekick refills. Without hesitation, I snatched them up, even though I didn't have the matching holder (the Sidekick air freshener looks like this ). My brilliant plan was to simply stick the refill in the car vent, similar to the air freshener sticks that look like this . It sorta worked but mostly didn’t. 

The Day the Breadmaker Died

I think I am one of the few people who actually use their bread maker to bake bread. Most people I know that have bread makers use them more to decorate their kitchen counters than to bake bread.

As soon as I got my bread maker I put it to use. Husband and I performed at the Ohio Renaissance Festival on summer weekends. I brought bread each day for the court to eat during The Queen’s Feast.

 I made our costumes from the hats on down and skin out with the exception 
of my shawl. Mother in Law made it for me as a gift.

One of my favorite winter meals is a homemade stew or 15 bean soup paired with homemade dark bread. So filling and so satisfying I want to roll on the ground and make happy tummy sounds after dinner.

One of my whoops! I need to bring something to a family dinner/potluck and didn't put it on the grocery list items is braided cardamom bread. I set the bread maker on the dough setting, divide the dough into three parts, braid it, and pop it in the oven. Big bang, big taste, little work involved on my part.

Homemade whole wheat pizza dough is another weekend time and effort saver. Do you believe this this spinach, onion, garlic, shrimp,  cheddar and mozzarella cheese pizza was a clean out the fridge meal? 

It only took me 14 years of having a bread maker to realize I could use it to make more than dinner bread. Last year I tried making our sandwich bread instead of buying it as a One Small Green Change. It was one of our favorite changes. It’s added variety to our diet because I bake whatever strikes us. I usually stick with pumpernickel, wheat, and rye breads although I sometimes experiment based with what ingredients we have on hand, like tossing our toasted Halloween pumpkin seeds into a batch of wheat bread. WIN!

It is with a sad heart I tell you after 15 years of loyal service, my bread maker took a dirt nap. The ball bearings in the paddle mechanism wore out. It. Won’t. Move.

I can’t repair it either. I tried.

Buying a replacement bread pan is almost as much as buying a new bread maker. I might as buy a replacement that has the horizontal bread pan I wish my current bread maker had.

This would have to happen the right before I planned on making the breadmaker version of whole wheat pretzel roll hotdogs for Memorial Day. Rats!

Since we’re in money saving mode due to Blitzkrieg's chemo treatments, I’m going to scout eBay and thrift stores for a used breadmaker. I’m sure it won’t take long to find one that’s in good shape since most people buy them and end up not using them.

I want my new breadmaker to have a horizontal loaf pan, a dough setting, and if possible a separate fruit and nut dispenser. Other than that, I don’t know what features would be helpful and which ones are not. .

Do you have a bread maker recommendation?  What features do you like? What features are more flash than substance?

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Traci said…
My dream machine is the Breadman BK2000B. It has everything you want plus collapsible paddles. Its reasonably priced but I can't justify buying it anytime soon because the one I have is only a few years old and works great. The one I have now is a Breadman TR520. Its fairly inexpensive. I love mine. It has a horizontal loaf pan and a dough setting. I've never had a bad loaf come out of it. Whatever you get I highly recommend getting a Breadman. They make awesome machines. Good luck!
Anonymous said…
The last time I went to goodwill I saw like 5 breadmakers. I was fortunate enough to score mine from my grandma. Only thing it did not come with a manual. No big whoop, there were plenty of blogs about how to work the machine. Good luck on your search and I like your blog!