Monday, March 31, 2014

I Baked Bread in the Sun Oven Today!

      I just love trying new things! And today, I used my weekly bread machine recipe and cooked it in the Sun Oven! It took a little longer than anticipated but turned out delicious! I just miss the smell of fresh baked bread in the kitchen! Homestead cooking never tasted so good! You can even hard cook eggs in the Sun Oven! I haven't tried it yet, but whenever I want to make deviled eggs, I'll give it a go! I'm also going to bake cookies in there whenever I finish this. I need the cooker to get back to 350 so the cookies will bake. I hope they turn out good and I don't have to turn on the oven inside! It's 74 out and the sun is shining in the kitchen! We haven't turned on the a/c yet but we probably will this week as it's supposed to get up to 80! Wow! Last week cold and rainy, this week hot! Good ole Alabama weather for you!

      We did have a couple of nice weather days last week and I got to plant some blueberry bushes and some Concord grape vines. I think the way the blueberry bushes look, they will have berries this year. I bought these at Walmart, then I found a local who sells them from her home. I hope to get a couple of those soon. The kids love grapes so as soon as they produce, they will be gone! Speaking of kids, they were all here the weekend before last, and two were here this past weekend. I was exhausted before they left! I don't like to feel that way! Am I getting older? I try to take care of myself and stay active but I just can't seem to keep up with them! Guess that's why God wanted us to have children in our youth!

      I have been very fortunate that I haven't gotten sick all winter! That has changed as of today! Of all the pretty days! I need to be out there planting the Chinese cabbage I bought the other day, but no, I don't feel like bending over and letting all that sinus drain! I'm glad I could at least fool with the Solar Cooker! I got this from Skylar; he just got over it. It's sneezing, sore throat, low temp. kind of thing. Doesn't last too long however. Hope ya'll don't get it!

      There's a lot more I would like to say but I will have to save it for another day! Just remember: God's Not Dead! Have a great week! Blessings from Bama!

Cool day for a ride!

We have beautiful sunsets everyday here at our homestead!

Funny how babies need babies! Even when jumping!

Blowing bubbles in my 'jammies'!

They do lots of golf cart riding when they visit the homestead.

Don't you just love these looks?

Uh oh! Lulu got her hand stuck! Winterlynn to the rescue!

Lemon thyme, Chinese cabbage, two blueberry bushes.

Do you know what these are? Peonies!

Can you tell this is mint?

One last stand of beautiful daffodils.

Grapevines soaking in water for planting.

Wondering how the two will do.

The bees of our neighbor are doing a good job cleaning the old hives.

First grapevine planted.

Second grapevine planted.

The forsythia is still showing out!

Win loves her big wheel!

She is so fearless!

Pushing baby sister.

A goat will even try to eat swimming pool hose!

Just two girls this time.

She actually walked around with this big shoe on!

Bread rising nice and high. Made the dough in the Cuisinart.

Baking at 350.

I didn't know I was getting a selfie!

Perfectly baked!

And delicious!


  1. What a positive attitude you have!!! I am amazed that you can bake bread in a sun oven! How wonderful that would be to save on the electric bill. The little ones wear me out too. I am much older than you but I guess that is why they call us grandmas! Hope you feel better soon! Nancy

    1. Thank you Nancy! It is amazing! I baked cookies too! Thank you! Blessings!

  2. Thanks for your encouraging comment on my blog! Your bread looks delicious! I can't wait to hear more about your sun oven adventures. I live in an apartment but when we buy our house this summer, I'm hoping to experiment more without outdoor cooking. Not having to use the oven on hot days would be wonderful!

    1. Hi Tracy! Your welcome! Thanks! Oh I think you'll love outdoor cooking! There's nothing like it in the Summer-time! Blessings!

  3. I left a long comment - but, it didn't save. Anyway...neat oven! You live in a perfect place to do this. Poor LuLu her little face...Yea for Win for helping! Such adorable girls! You garden is looking good. Yes, I think that is mint. I can't wait for my peonies! Have a great day.

    1. Hi Jacky! I hate when that happens! Thanks for writing another comment! Yes, we get so much SUN! Thank you! Blessings!

  4. Nice! The sun oven looks like it works great! Love the pictures of the kids too. :)

  5. That is so cool you baked bread in your sun oven! You've always got so many wonderful things going on around you. Good luck with the grapes and blueberries. Your Forsythia is gorgeous!!! What a show! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks! I hope they produce well for us this year! You too! Blessings!

  6. The bread is wonderful (so are all those adorable photos). I'd hoped to try solar baking last summer, but it was the cloudiest, rainiest, coolest summer we'd has so far. As much as I dread a return of our scorching summer heat, I'd like to learn solar cooking.

    1. Hi Leigh! Yes, our weather was exactly the same! I hope to do a lot more this year! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!


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