Hot and cooking too

It is amazing, after days in a house in the 30's, the furnace comes on and 60 seems hot. Our amazing bodies get use to what they need to.

Top things we didn't have for the power outage, but will next time.

More candles, you can never have too many and don't forget the dry matches or lighter.

Wool socks, yes, I love all of our hand knitted socks, but we really LOVED them this last week.

A battery powered radio, that takes no more than 4 C batteries, if this is your sole source of info you would be surprised at how fast it goes dead (I am going to buy one of those crank ones). They have some that even charge your phone and are solar.

Water, we have a well, no power, no water. I have found some 5 gallon boxes to fill up, with a spout, these can be used to manually flush your toilet.

We are big campers, so my husband manned the camping stove. This was a life saver, when your house is in the 30's even a cup of tea is a luxury.

Happily for my husband, I am in a big cooking mood. We are appreciating running water and heat.  We didn't miss the cable TV. Well maybe the food network and sci fi. I did miss my Internet!!  We are pondering giving the cable up and seeing what we can get with an antenna. Does anyone out there operate with just an antenna?? I would love some input.

I'm making mac n cheese tonight and Black forest cake, my modified version below.

I like this photo, I wasn't sure how it would come out. I like the sun shinning through all of the ice on the trees.

I did knit a pair of slippers, thanks to Paula the Quilter while we were freezing. I used left over wool yarn from the purse I felted. Thanks Paula, from my warm toes!!

I'm so behind in my blog reading, apologies to all, I can't wait to catch up.

Black Forest Cake

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cups cocoa

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup milk or buttermilk (skim OK)

1 teas. baking soda

1 teas salt

1 teas vanilla

3 eggs

1 21 oz can of cherry pie filling

Combine your eggs, oil, sugar and mix

Add cocoa, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and continue mixing, now add your flour and milk alternately until totally mixed.

Now add your Cherry pie filling and fold in.

Pour batter into a 9 x 12 cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30 min or until center springs back if you press on it gently with your finger.

Now you can serve warm and plain, I usually dust the top with powered sugar, to make it look festive.


May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...


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  1. You are so very welcome for the pattern! Glad you are back. Can't help you on the antenna, but remember about the analog going away and only digital being available -- this might affect your current antenna.

  2. I know how much it suck being without power we were without it for 6 days 2 yrs ago glad you got it back. I am drooling over your Black Forest Recipe lol I will have to try it.

  3. Wow. We have one of those hand crank radios and we love it! We keep it in our camping stuff in case weather gets bad or something. And yeah, we went to Sam's and bought 5 gallon containers (like the kind that go on office water coolers) for about $5 each. One of our local grocery stores (in Atlanta) had a thing where you could fill them up. So we filled up about 4 of them and always keep them around. However, now we have a pond and a creek so I don't think we will be lacking for water!!!

  4. You survived better than I would have without power. I just would have invaded a friend's home.
    We thought about giving up TV (during the months baseball isn't on), but didn't do it. Though we did dole down to the lowest rate available. We do watch it occassionally. Get NetFlix and you'll never need TV again.

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