Have you ever gone a day with out power? Ever just given it a dry run to see how it would go? Well that is exactly what my neighborhood did a few months ago. It was actually a lot of fun. I didn’t know when the day would be until I got THE EMAIL stating what the “disaster” would be (we have two more coming….time to make sure my water is good!) Lucky for me, I had just watched a Curious George about the power going out and solar cooking with my preschooler-so she was totally game for it!
Here were the rules: 1. No electricity 2. Turn the heater off 3. Only open the fridge 3 times 4. No cell phones (YIPES!) 5. still had access to water
To be honest, I thought about making it really fun and eating ice cream for breakfast…after all if you knew the power was going to be out for a couple of days wouldn’t you eat the ice cream before it melted? Also, I was pretty sure my preschooler would think I was the coolest mom EVER-but I did refrain. First thing on the agenda was to break out the Sun Oven (YEAH FOR GOOD WEATHER!) I knew I would have to cook lunch and dinner in it since I had used the last of my bread the day before feeding the masses. We warmed hot dogs for lunch and I tried a NEW Sun Oven recipe for dinner which was actually a great way to use some food storage and solar power. I spent a whole day with my kids unplugged, made some Halloween decorations to hang in the kitchen and had a wonderful day. The kids loved playing with the flashlights (you know the ones that go off when the power is out) but here were the things I learned
- I officially learned how to exit the garage with no power!
- I forgot that the fridge water wouldn’t work with out electricity (meaning no super nice filtered water)
- I need to learn how to apple box or dutch oven cook-because what would I have done if the sun weren’t out?
- Living life unplugged for a day was awesome!
- 1 lb. beef stew cubes
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 4 medium potatoes, cut in large chunks
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (1oz.) pkg. lipton dry onion soup mix
- 2 (10.75 oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 (10 oz.) package frozen green peas
- Grease pan. Place beef cubes on the bottom. LAyer carrots, then potatoes, placing bay leaf on top. In a separate bowl mix remaining ingredients and pour over beef and vegetables. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Set out in your Sun Oven for 4-6 hours. YUM!