The Time We (Impulsively) Bought A New Refrigerator

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Hi, guys! Happy Saturday!

After sleeping in this morning, Mal and I headed to Starbucks. We were out of iced coffee, which was, of course, no way to start our day, so we threw on some sneakers and headed straight there””no need to change out of our sweatpants!

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Of course, Murphy wanted to come along for the ride. He didn’t bother with “real” pants either.

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While Mal and Murphy waited in the car, I went inside to buy us a couple of coffees. I considered getting a Hazelnut Macchiato, but opted for just a regular iced latte since I was planning a sugary breakfast later on. Next time though”” the Hazelnut Macchiato looks so delicious! Has anyone tried it yet?

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I ordered Mal a sweetened iced coffee, and I went with a decaf iced latte.

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Back at home, Mal offered to take Murphy for a walk while I made us breakfast. But, first, we needed to “wrangle” the pug.

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Almost every day, either Mal or I play the “pug wrangle” game with Murphy, which basically involves us chasing him around the house with his harness. Murphy obviously thinks it’s a hilarious game because he runs away from us until we manage to corner him and “wrangle” him with his harness, so then we can go outside.

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Murphy’s little game sometimes gets annoying, but it’s mostly fun. He really loves it when we chase him.



Once Mal and Murphy headed outside for a walk, I started making breakfast, which was suppose to be Carrot Cake Soufflé Pancakes (I got the recipe from Twin Farms), but, sadly, I failed miserably at cooking them. The recipe called for all-purpose flour, but I used almond flour instead, which was a terrible decision. My pancakes weren’t at all light and fluffy like the ones we ate last weekend. Whomp whomp.

The executive chef at Twin Farms said I could share his recipe on CNC, so I’ll post it for you guys this afternoon. Tip: Don’t sub almond flour for the all-purpose flour. Bad idea.

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After multiple failed attempts at pancakes, I eventually poured the remaining batter into a baking dish and cooked it in the oven for about 35 minutes. I didn’t want to waste the ingredients, but I also wasn’t having any luck with the pancakes, so this ended up being a great solution. The batter firmed right up, so now we have a Carrot Cake Soufflé Bake for breakfast tomorrow morning. Sweet!

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Even though the pancakes didn’t look pretty, they tasted really good, and I ended up eating multiple servings with maple syrup.


When Mal realized our pancake breakfast wasn’t going to happen, he made himself a couple of egg sandwiches instead, which he ate with a pug close by on his lap.

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I love Murphy’s face in the photo below. We should have a caption contest for this one! Haha!

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While we ate breakfast, the mail was delivered.

My mom sent us a St. Patty’s Day card”¦

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And a copy of Taste of Home arrived.

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Guess who is in this month’s issue!?!

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Taste of Home did a short Q&A with me. So cool!

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The intro before my interview described Murphy as “part pug, part food vacuum.” Haha!


In the mail, I also stumbled upon a few flyers for sales on refrigerators.

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For the past several months, our fridge hasn’t worked properly. We’ve had a repairman come out two different times now to fix it, but the freezer keeps backing up and leaking water into the refrigerator. It’s super annoying and costs us $200 every time we have someone come out to fix it, so we decided to look at some refrigerators today.

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Lowe’s was having some pretty good sales, so we headed there first.

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I immediately fell in love with a French door refrigerator. I love how they look, and it makes seeing everything inside so much easier. I’ll have to do some research to see if these French door setups can be outfitted with refrigerator filters. I know we could have saved money and bought a regular fridge, but I just really wanted a fancy one. (Thankfully, Mal was on board with this idea too!)

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Lowe’s was offering 10% off all major appliances over $399 and we have a Lowe’s credit card, which saves us an additional 5% off our purchases, so we just bit the bullet and bought a new fridge.

Mal and I usually do a ton of research before making such a big purchase, but we totally didn’t today. (Who are we!?!) I think we ended up getting a good deal in the end, and I’m happy with our purchase, but, whoa, definitely wasn’t planning to buy a new fridge today. But, hey, now we have a new fridge that doesn’t leak!

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Since we were on a little bit of a spending spree already, Mal suggested that I finally buy my new iPhone. I’ve been putting it off for a few of months now, so Mal pushed me to get it. (I did my research and made up my mind and all that, I just needed a little encouragement to finally pull the trigger.)

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The iPhone 5 is amazing! It’s SO FAST! And light! And pretty! Ha! I love it already.

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Question of the Day

Do you consider yourself an impulse shopper?

Have you ever made a major purchase on a whim? What’d you buy?

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