Blackout Cooking

To be fair, cooking during a power outage really isn’t that difficult. You can use any camp stove, a solar oven, your barbecue, or anything else that starts on fire (like a fire). But if you have a lantern and a pot, you can cook and light the house at the same time.

We used our lantern to cook Myzithra cheese spaghetti because all you need is enough heat to boil water. And it is made entirely out of ingredients that can last for a while outside of refrigeration. And we really like it.  Continue reading


Conference Cabin Weekend

For the past several years, we’ve spent the fall sessions of LDS general conference at Gordon’s family cabin. I love listening to Church leaders in the mountains.

The fall leaves are beautiful, everything smells amazing, the only other noise comes from birds and chipmunks, and no one has cell reception. There are no distractions, and the radio signal comes in loud and clear. If I have anything to say about it, we’ll keep doing this forever.

Of course, there are only eight total hours of conference. That gives us the rest of the weekend to light things on fire, build stuff, shoot targets, and pretend we live in the 1800s. Continue reading

How to Succeed at Dutch Oven Cooking Without Really Trying

Gordon and I both grew up with Dutch oven cooking. Many of my childhood memories include pine trees at a mountain campground, dirty knees, and the smell of chocolate cherry cobbler cooking in a Dutch oven. My mother-in-law cooks almost everything in cast iron. We’ve never been intimidated by Dutch ovens because we spent too much time around them as children. Continue reading


Easy Dutch Oven Barbecue Pork and Rolls

If you want to impress people with your Dutch oven skills without necessarily having skills, this is a great way to go. First, read our basic tips for Dutch oven cooking here. Continue reading


Solar Eclipocalypse Part 3: Eclipsing

We ended up in Thermopolis, Wyoming for the eclipse. It was a great spot, just far enough in the path of totality to see the total eclipse without being surrounded by other people. Continue reading


Solar Eclipocalypse Part 2: Surviving

The danger and crowds for the eclipse were greatly exaggerated. It helped that we decided to go to Wyoming instead of taking I-15 to Idaho. Of course, Wyoming natives told us that they had never seen so many people as ten cars drove past the window.

The lack of looting and traffic jams didn’t stop us from making use of all of our prepping, however. Continue reading


Solar Eclipocalypse Part 1: Prepping

We first heard about the total solar eclipse in April, when Gordon misread the date and we almost drove up to Idaho four months early. We had a good laugh about the misunderstanding and decided we should plan a trip in August. The closer we got to the actual event, the more dire people’s predictions got. Continue reading