It was pretty much the worst Thanksgiving ever. My boar gored my leg, the kids got lice for the first time, the sink wouldn’t stop leaking and the fireplace broke. Like a cherry on top, the washing machine decided to follow suit. Here’s how we survived hand washing clothes for three months. Continue reading “When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes”
Are you a new canner and need all the advice you can get? Worried about which canning jars to use and which lids are the best? From canning jars to equipment to recipes, here’s a great round up of newbie canning information. Continue reading “Canning Jars and Other Newbie Canning Tips”
I am constantly on the prowl for 72 hour kit and backpacking food that’s healthy or, at least, healthier. Here are a few ideas for healthify your hiking and backpacking foods, as well as your 72 hour kit food preps. Continue reading “Healthier 72 Hour Kit and Backpacking Food”
Our family loves lasagna and I try to make up a big bunch at one time because if you’re going to make a pan of lasagna, you may as well make five pans. Last time I made up a big batch, though, I ran out of time and room in my electric oven. The solar oven came to my rescue for that last pan of lasagna and it acted as a slow cooker until we were ready to eat dinner.
Do you have a podcast or Kindle book in your queue on the topic of emergency preparedness and it’s been there for months, waiting for you to peruse it? Do things just keep coming up and you never quite get to making that emergency kit you know you’re supposed to have in your car? Emergency preparedness is a difficult topic for some but I’m convinced that people are only uncomfortable with it because they’re not as prepared as they could be for the emergencies that might come to their families. Let’s stop worry and start working! To that end, here are a few ideas to help with emergency preparedness for families. Continue reading “Emergency Preparedness for Families”
I had no idea that you could use a solar oven as a dehydrator until I read it somewhere. This is really one of the coolest things we’ve done with our solar oven! Continue reading “Solar Oven: Making Apple Chips”
So, this month we’re celebrating National Preparedness month and we’re going to share a few of the off-grid cooking methods we’ve been practicing this summer. I am NOT an expert in this DIY stuff, just so ya know! Growing up, I went “camping” every year with my family but we always went to a KOA Kampground…at the beach. So, does that actually count? Anyway, one of my favorite off grid cooking options is definitely my solar oven. So, here we are sharing an easy, peasy solar oven recipe: Budget Chicken Dinner. Continue reading “Solar Oven Recipe: Budget Chicken Dinner”
If you don’t like burning your fingers over an open flame, try these solar oven s’mores for an off grid twist on a classic campfire treat.
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For today’s solar oven challenge, we’re supposed to be doing muffins and cookies and stuff like that. I chose to share my very favorite solar oven tip with you and an easy way to make grain-free (Paleo) cherry breakfast scones. Continue reading “Solar Oven: Paleo Breakfast Scones”
I haven’t done a lot of baking in my solar oven since I mostly use it for dinners. Although we don’t eat a lot of baked goods anymore, I sort of lost my head and decided to make yeast rolls for Easter dinner. Yeah, actual yeast – I haven’t used that stuff in awhile! I did a batch in the solar oven and a batch in my electric oven to see what the resulting differences might be. Continue reading “Solar Oven Vs Electric Oven: Dinner Roll”