microwave under cabinet_opt
Appliance reality check. We have never had a “real” microwave. In fact, I was given our first 3′ by 3′ microwave a few years ago and then only used it to reheat single size portions. Last year, we “upgraded” to a brand new $50 microwave which we kept under our cabinet island. Since I cook so much from scratch, primarily using the oven and the cook top, I didn’t see as much of a need for it.
Some of you who follow me on Twitter may remember my cry for help a few months ago.  Through the hazy coating of smoke, I tweeted,  “What takes out a burned popcorn smell” Yes, nine minutes of microwaving popcorn leaves more than just a small fragrance… after ten different solutions, the answer is “Nothing.” We could never get  the smell out or the burn mark, for that matter. But we lived with it, and were grateful the house didn’t burn down.
So when I found out that I was receiving a professional microwave from Frigidaire, I honestly didn’t have a clue how much I would use it, but I sure was ecstatic.
Do you remember what this area looked like before the new range/microwave ?
chalkboard paint
When we built the house, we intentionally had them install the plug for an above range microwave. I admit,  it took twelve years to finally get one, and then we had to have them move the plug for it to work. 🙂
Frigidaire microwave_opt
Can you believe the difference? It ties everything together. I miss my chalkboard menu planner tray, but my already purchased Dayspring “Welcome” Sign was a perfect quick fix. (I’m now on the hunt for something just a tad bigger.)
Honestly, my favorite appliance is hands down the range, but I had no clue how much I would use this microwave. We couldn’t put a plate flat in our little one. Yes, don’t laugh. I wish I had a picture, but every day the kids would angle their plates at just the perfect angle so that the food didn’t roll off. Now, I can put whole, huge casseroles in and there is even a two layer rack. Can you see it? Such a great feature.
So, I want to have a little fun and find out what one or two appliances you could not  live without.
I’ll compile the results and see what everyone loves the most. It may not even be a traditional appliance. I know there are a few odd kitchen investments that I have made over the years that were worth every penny.

**I wrote this while participating in a Test Drive Campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Frigidaire and will receive a Frigidaire Refrigerator, Range/Microwave, Washer/Dryer set, and a Dishwasher to facilitate my review

I can’t wait to be inspired this week.
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