We’ve been in our new home just over a week and we’re starting to get settled in. In addition to the new climate, we are adjusting to multiple changes in our daily lives. We’re getting up earlier. Mark is no longer working from home and on some days neither am I. We’ve gone from a two car to a one car family (not sure how long that will last). And to top things off, the indoor oven and stove are gas, not electric. I much prefer a gas stovetop but I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t figure out how to turn on the oven. I’m afraid I’m going to have to swallow my pride and call the landlord.

We love our new neighborhood and despite my earlier concerns, the back yard does get enough sun for solar cooking. So far I’ve made a batch of muffins (improvising with ingredients I brought from AZ), a disastrous loaf of bread that was overflowing out of the pan like lava from a volcano while it baked, some pulled pork, meatloaf, and a rutabaga. I haven’t had time to come up with any new recipes to post, but cookbooks are unpacked, I have a new bike to ride to the market, and my Sun Ovens are ready to get cooking.

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