Euro Fails, Europe Fails

I read this news sto­ry and don’t know what to think. Here is the mon­ey quote. “Nobody should take for grant­ed anoth­er 50 years of peace and pros­per­i­ty in Europe. They are not for grant­ed. That’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails,” Merkel said,... Read more

Project Update

I lament­ed two per­son­al prep­per issues here and here. A week after the solar oven fail, I suc­cess­ful­ly made the Arroz Con Pol­lo in about five hours in the sun. My lot’s shady pro­file pre­sent­ed a chal­lenge, but I made it work. The only issue was I had to... Read more

Out of Shape = Dead

Recent­ly, I have been doing a lot of work in my gar­den to get it ready for next sea­son. Since my urban lot is very small, it could not be that much work. So this is what I have set out to do this fall/winter (the best time in Hous­ton, Texas!): 1) Cut down an... Read more
Solar Oven Fail

Solar Oven Fail

This week­end I had an “epic fail” (as the kids say) with my new solar cook­er. I tried to make a sim­ple dish, Arroz con Pol­lo (chick­en with rice), but did not get past 100F. Why? The sun! As it turns out, Sat­ur­day morn­ing and after­noon was the time moth­er... Read more