Our blender had been working less and less effectively. I am not really sure where the blender came from. I thought it was maybe one the dad brought into the house when we got married, but I recently came across THAT blender in the basement. So this one is newer. It was getting jammed a lot, and when you took the jar part off to pour, sometimes there was smoke. That didn't seem like a good thing. So I threw it away and set off to get a new blender. I really only need it to make smoothies and salad dressing.
I visited Target, Macy's, William Sonoma, and Crate and Barrel and got a little overwhelmed. So I searched on Chowhound for blender recommendations and got even more overwhelmed. I think I took less time to find a new dryer than I wasted on the new blender.
Then today, while exercising I listened to the Spilled Milk podcast about malts. I have 3/4 a container of malt powder left over from the Malt Cake that no one really liked. So I needed to get a blender today.
Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl's and Sears later, I came home with an Oster. I will report back after dessert. ***Updated to add, "it takes just like malted milk balls!"