Monday, May 4, 2015

Maytag drying center ****update at bottom***

Maytag Neptune drying center with upper drying cabinet. 

This post is dedicated to all the do-it-yourselfers and tinkers like me.

Model numbers 

MCE8000AYW maytag neptune electric drying center.

MCG8000AWW maytag neptune gas drying center. 

I found a company that will fix the heating tube element for the upper drying cabinet.

Steamer/heater until for the upper drying cabinet.
Part #31001666 

Our upper dyer stays on at a low ambient temperature. I've replaced the thermistor and the steamer fuse. At first after I replaced the steamer fuse it worked no problem, but once we ran it, it started back to its old habits. 

Going to replace one more fuse to see if that's it.

I didn't replace the other fuse. Instead I had the idea to reset the whole dryer.
If you think about it, you reset your phone, computer and other devices when they act wonky, why not the dryer, after all it does have computer parts.
It's page 5 in the troubleshoot guide, which is inside your dryer behind the control board. 

Open the upper cabinet doors and behind the control board are 4 screws, use a 1/4 socket to remove them.
Gently pull out the control panel and set inside upper dryer. If you disconnect the control panel, take your time getting the connectors out. 
There are 5 screws that hold the front lower panel in place. They are all at the top and you can see them after you remove the control board. 
The front panel will naturally tilt forward. There are two connections to pay attention to. One is on the lower right as you look down, it's a yellow wire, disconnect it. The second is for the door switch, take a quick picture with your phone of this connection, so when you reassemble you will know how it goes. Once they are disconnected, pull up and the door should slide off two beakers at the base.
Now you have access to most of the dryer parts. 


Any questions, please email me. 

Mypresidents period Lowry at

I spelled out . and @ so computer programs won't auto grab my email address and start sending me email, it's sad that those programs exist.

Thermistor for the upper dryer

Heater/steamer unit in the maytag drying center.

Heater/steamer unit out of the drying cabinet.

Me, taking apart the dryer, after I removed the drum and belt.

Maytag drying center, heater/steamer, upper drying cabinet, button fuse, 

Friday, April 3, 2015

You gotta have faith faith faith

So I stumbled upon a craigslist find for Reagan. A cafekid white desk with hutch that is $350 brand new. I found it for $100.

We were so excited, it's a big step for Reagan as she is entering middle school next year. 
I made plans with the lady to pick it on Friday. 

On Sunday night I prayed that God would provide the money we needed.
Monday morning my battery died twice and we had to buy a new battery for the van. Thankfully our old battery was guarantied for a certain amount of months and we were able to get a partial refund. Tuesday I sold some of Reagan's clothes and we had $51 for the desk. 

Wednesday the washing machine started to making a horrible noise. I dreaded to think how much it would cost. Thankfully it was an easy fix.

I figured that the money I saved fixing the washer was the rest of the money for the desk. Well, I got an email late Thursday from the lady informing me she had sold the desk to a coworker. Wait, what'd she say!? She did what? But we had a verbal agreement?!  

I knew Reagan was going to be so sad. There is no way we could afford the desk brand new. I called my mom and she said, Praise God! You asked him to provide this desk and the money, God has this under control.

Before picking Reagan up from band after school I did a quick craigslist search again and couldn't believe my eyes! 

The same exact desk for only $40!! I emailed and called the lady and she said I was the first to call and that I could pick it up after she got off work. 

Can you believe it?! I should have had more faith, God cares about the things that we think aren't important. It was important to Reagan and God knew it. And not only did he provide the desk, it was only $40!!! This is a very heavy, high quality, $350 desk.  Needless to say, Reagan is over the moon excited!!  

God is so good!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Christy - 1, Washing machine - 0

Yesterday the washing machine made a horrible high pitch whining sound, during the spin/drain cycle. 

Today I scoured You Tube and found some very helpful videos. 

McKinley and I learned how to disassemble (no disassemble, that never gets old 😉) our whirlpool washing machine.

After reading thru some forums I determined that our problem was most likely the pump. My suspicion was that a tiny earring was stuck.

Side note.
I've determined that a man would have had this fixed in a quarter of the time because they wouldn't care about all the dirt and filth that was found. So, it took me longer and now I have piece of mind that the inside of the washer is clean. Full disclosure, I couldn't get the spanner nut off and so it's not as clean as I would like. 

Nasty dirt and dog hair.

I can't even, let's just pretend it's not even there. 

 I want a spanner wrench for my birthday.
Below the metal round spanner nut sits on top of the metal tub (not the long round thing sticking out).

I forgot to take a picture of the pump. 
But I found a small metal staple. I kept looking for something bigger, not convinced that it was the cause for all this noise.

I decided that I would put it all back together and test her out.

She works perfectly, doing the first load now and I sure hope that it goes smoothing.

This really happened, this is not some weird April fools joke, because that's just not funny.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cream of Asparagus Soup redone

This is so good and so simple.
I used two bunches of asparagus
Cut off the ends and discard.

Steam the remaining stalks until tender. 
Put in an ice bath then purée with submersion blender.

In a separate pot;
Melt 2-3 tablespoon of butter over medium heat and then add 1 cup of whipping cream until it boils. 

Then add puréed asparagus to cream mixture in pot and add salt and pepper to taste. 

I add a few croutons for texture.

So yummy!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Presidents' Day!

OI'm a week late. But here is our Presidents' Day card for this year.

Happy Presidents' Day!! 
Much love,
Tim, Christy, Reagan, Lincoln, McKinley and Ditka too :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


McKinley turned 4 in December, I can't believe it. 

McKinley arrived on her own schedule and has been keeping us all on our toes since.  

She had a Disney princess party.

Elsa even came!

Happy birthday sweet beautiful girl! We love you so much ❤️❤️❤️

Monday, January 19, 2015


Lincoln tripped in his classroom on Friday. He had his hands in his pockets and couldn't catch himself. His right ear hit the edge of one of the students desks and sliced his ear open.

We went to the doctor and I kinda freaked out about how many people with the flu were sharing the same waiting room. 

Thankfully since Lincoln had an injury we were moved right away to the procedure room. Where I promptly wiped my purse and our hands down with Cavi wipes (I need some of those). They were concerned about cauliflower ear and had to open the wound back up to relieve the pressure (that was very painful). 
Then they made him look like a zombie and I think he rather enjoyed that part. He is on his way to a full recovery.  Moral of the story, if you have to visit the dr during flu season, hope for an injury so you won't have to use the same exam rooms.

Saturday morning after the injury.

Sunday night and I can see the swelling and the bruising have gone down.  It's still very sensitive to the touch, so no rough housing for him.
We are very thankful that it wasn't worse.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lasagna soup ***The easiest soup you will ever make***

This soup was given to me by a dear friend. I asked for the recipe and she made a copy of hers and mailed it to me.  The recipe had hand written notes for adjustments. I love that others before me found improvements and wrote them down.  I'll look for the picture and add it to the post if I can find it.

This is the easiest soup you will ever make and its full of flavor.

Ingredient list

1 lb sweet Italian sausage (We like it from Roth's) you can also get a spicy sausage for an extra kick.

2 cups onions, chopped

1 cup of carrots, diced or sliced

2 cups of mushrooms sliced

2 T. Minced garlic

4 cups or more of chicken broth

1 can of Italian style stewed tomatoes chopped (14.5 oz)

1 can of tomato sauce (10.75 oz)

1 cup of mafalda pasta  (we use rotini because mafalda is hard to find)

2 cups of fresh spinach

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

4 t of thinly sliced fresh basil


-Brown sausage in a large pot over medium-high heat.  

-Add onions and carrots; sauté for 3 minutes. 

-Stir in mushrooms and garlic, and sauté another 3 minutes.

-Add broth, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce, and bring to a boil.

-Drop in pasta and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes. 

-Stir in spinach and cook until wilted.

-Serve and garnish with Parmesan & basil.


I slice a baguette, rub it with raw garlic, drizzle olive oil over bread and toast it in the oven until it's lightly golden brown. 

You can also serve it with croutons.

Friday, November 28, 2014

I love a good deal

I found these jeans at our local Costco outlet for $6.59, they are Reagan's size, so I bought them.
Tim inherited his late fathers work cabinet that has all sorts of odds and ends. One of the items I found, was a snap repacement kit. I was just itching to use it. 

Here is a closer look at the finished product.
Reagan likes the snaps much better, because the fancy jewel buttons hurt when she sits down, so they are perfect.

I also found a real disney Elsa costume for $10 for McKinley's birthday and 3 ultra allergen 1900 3M air filters for our furnace for only $25.
I love this store! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Polish Popcorn

This recipe is from one of my longest friends, her mom use to make it all the time and its a big hit here at our house.

Today I seasoned plain oyster crackers with this recipe.

1 pkg of oyster crackers
1/2 tsp of dill weed
dash of garlic salt
1 pkg ranch dressing mix* (if you buy in bulk or make your own, use less, I use about 1/2 to 3/4 of a package.)
2/3 cup olive oil

mix everything in a large bowl and then spread out on a pan that has an edge.
Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes
Serve and enjoy