Okay, I call uncle, time-out, I give…..

Do you ever feel that way? Today I am there…I QUIT!

I have yet another failed attempt at solar cooking. The beans were hard! I guess, unless it is just to heat up something that is already cooked, I am not going to waste another bit of food. DH has a problem with food cooked at low temps and it just goes to waste.

On top of it all, I just received notice that my solar cooker from Path to Freedom is on back-order. Well, actually I knew that part already , but NOT UNTIL MID JULY!  The air conditioners are going in tonight. I have puttered around with NOT cooking inside the house for long enough. Peanut butter sandwiches are getting extremely old, as are salads.

So please excuse me while I have a temper tantrum sitting here melting away in the heat.  I think I will go take a nap!

8 thoughts on “UNCLE!

  1. Thanks Lewru! I probably should not have vented in public..haha! I don’t know if the wind had something to do with yesterday’s failures or not. It would be a prudent choice to research this further. 🙂
    I have a parobolic panel on order also, which is essentially what I have built here. Maybe the dimensions will be better and I think that I might be able to get some online coaching from the seller.

  2. Thanks Anita! I think I just was stressed a bit…the heat, worrying about travel today, missing DD, and the feelings of inadequacy just became overwhelming.

  3. I haven’t ever tried beans but according to my solar cookbook they take “all day”. :(.

    Here’s my favorite easy no-cook recipe:
    Confetti Bean Salad
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 finely minced garlic clove
    1 can garbanzo beans
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can corn
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    3 Tbsp cup red wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper

    Instructions: First combine last four ingredients and shake. Then combine everything in a bowl! Let marinate for a few hours for best flavor. DH loves this one although he calls it a “side dish” not a “main dish”. Apparently the addition of tortilla chips makes it a main dish.

    Of course, the canned goods might not work out so well with the 100-foot diet challenge…. and your peppers might not be coming in yet…

  4. Thanks so much Frau. When I was in Wichita today, I purchased all of the items to prepare this recipe this weekend! Can hardly wait to give it a try.

  5. anajz, I went 15 years without AC here on the plains of Kansas. Many of those years I used a swamp cooler, which the hubby hated, but he didn’t have to cook in a hot house and damp cool was better than humid hot. What I did to keep the heat of cooking out of the house was to set up a sort of outside kitchen for cooking. I would use my electric grill or electric dutch oven. I know this doesn’t help to conserve energy, but maybe they could be set up to run on solar power. Have you checked out my blog? My second post shows my vacationyard and the following few post goes more in to detail. http://ksborn.blogspot.com/

  6. Moonshadow-During my junior high years, we lived in the small town of Whitewright, Texas in a 100+ year old house that had been fitted with a swamp cooler. I always felt that someone named it incorrectly..it didn’t cool anything at all…just made everything feel stickier…lol. I guess I didn’t mention, I despise humidity!
    I can’t remember if I read this on your blog before, or if somewhere else, about cooking outside. I have a friend in Texas that always cooks on her back porch during the hot months. Notice I didn’t say (only) the summer, because it is hot so far in either direction of summer in Texas…lol. (I am a self-proclaimed wimp in the heat and humidity.)
    On the way home from Wichita last night, I was trying to solicit ideas from DH for me setting up the crockpot outside. My side porch may just turn into a cooking porch! Stay tuned for further details and breaking news…lol!

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