I will be the first to admit that cleaning is NOT my forte. I would rather cook, work in the yard, garden or clean a chicken coop, then dust and vacuum, etc.
However, yesterday, I had no choice. The stove/oven was a hot mess (literally!).
Let me start out by saying, we have had two smoke detectors sitting on the counter for over a month. They were old and no longer worked. So with only one smoke detector in the whole house, I had my son go out and buy two brand new ones and my other son installed them. Then as usual, I cooked. and the smoke detectors kept going off. But I wasn't burning anything, but my oven was (as I stated before) a hot mess, so hubby, said to me, "Maria, I think you need to clean the oven"! That was mortifying.....Yes, obviously, I needed to clean the oven. I can't remember the last time I did it.
So overnight on Wednesday, the oven cleaned itself (yes, I know I can't even do that!). We had to take down the smoke detectors (we hid them in the bathroom) and close off the bedrooms and open the windows a little bit - it was that bad!
I woke up really early on Thursday to take care of the new chickens (blog post to come this weekend) and then got to working on the stove/oven. Knobs came off, the under drawer came out, I took apart the whole thing and scrubbed and cleaned and I think I have to buy stock in S.O.S. pads!
It took well over an hour. And I felt like I needed a shower after I did it!
So, now my stove is SO clean, I don't want to use it....and guess what? Easter is coming this weekend and I need to be the cooking and baking fool......so here we go again!
(What is your dreaded chore?)