Solar Oven Cooking- So Mike is getting pretty savvy with cooking in his solar oven. I finally took pictures of the whole process to show how easy it is to use. Basically you set it outside on a flat surface (or desert landscaping as in our case) facing the sun and set up the silver reflector thingies. Those flaps are similar to flaps on a cardboard box so if you can open a box, you can set up a solar oven. Wait a while and then go and check the temp on the thermostat that’s inside the solar oven. When it’s hot (and it doesn’t take long) then use oven mitts to open the glass top lid and put your pot of food on the little swing inside the oven. Go and check like every 1/2 hour to poke food and see if it’s done and also to rotate your oven since the sun moves and your box may be in the shade.
We’ve done things backwards in that we’ve only cooked meats in our oven. It’s sooooo juicy and delicious. Even something as common as a hotdog takes on a whole new flavor when cooked in the sun oven. We think meat is much better tasting after cooking in our solar oven. Most people start with bread or water to try out the oven. Here’s some great recipesfor cooking with a solar oven. Maybe we should have a BBQ without the grill and make hot dogs in our solar oven.
Joshy Milestones- We’re growing by leaps and bounds and walking! Josh took his first steps at 15 months while Mike and Mikey were in St. George visiting Grandma. What was interesting is that he didn’t take 2 steps and fall down. He walked across the family room from the tv to the couch and then preceded to walk from 1 piece of furniture to the next. My sis-in-law the kid expert (or so we all believe) said that kids who hit milestones “later” tend to do better at them. In this case, taking lots of steps before falling down and having hardly any time between learning to walk and then taking off and running. Another biggy is that he is weaned. Freedom!! Not too bad when all was said and done, but getting to that point sure seemed like forever. He’s still pretty small (3rd percentile) and hasn’t hit the magic 20 lb mark yet so we’ll wait until his 18 month appt. to turn his carseat forward facing. He doesn’t seem to mind facing backward since he can see and play with Mikey pretty well while we’re driving.
Staycation- One of the vendors Mike’s company uses had a customer appreciation event way in the middle of no where, seriously! We packed up the car and headed north to Apex then west past Coyote Springs. Discount Dumpsters is a family owned and operated business which has a ranch, landfill, man made lake, airplane runway, and animals all out there for family and friends to enjoy. They had a BBQ, landfill tours, and lots of excitement in such an unusual setting. We had a blast and would love to get to know these people better.
Being the house hunters we are, we couldn’t help ourselves being that close to Coyote Springs to go exploring. There’s just a golf course so far.