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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Power Goes Out–The Food Must Go On!

So yeah, having your power go out is a pain in the butt.  Especially when it’s fro a full 48 hours, you have a refrigerator full of food, meals planned and are trying to stick to your weekly budget. I must say that we surmounted all of the hurdles and ended up just fine!  We are so grateful to our wonderful neighbors that plugged our fridge and freezer into their generator. Without them, we would have lost everything.

We had some Apple Oatmeal Pie Bars in the freezer that were easy to defrost for breakfast.  We did go out to lunch both days, but that was more to be social and share storm stories with our friends.  The biggest challenge was dinner.  Dinner out gets expensive.  I had all sorts of meat and veggies in the fridge that were just begging to be cooked!  Well, I’m a Wisconsin girl and grew up camping and vacationing to our cabin in the woods.  I’m no stranger to cooking over an open fire, or in this case a grill. 

Remember how I was going to make Slow Roasted Beef with Tomatoes? Oh, did I make it!  Camper pack style!  I took all the basic ingredients:

Beef round roast, carrots, celery, onions, baby Yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, steak seasoning, butter, garlic, rosemary and tomato paste.

Cut everything into small pieces, threw in an ice cube (for steam) and placed them onto large pieces of foil.


I rolled them all up into little packets and the Mr. threw them on the grill for about 35-40 minutes.  Once they are done, you smush them around a little bit to distribute the seasonings and you magically have dinner!


This was actually one of the best dinners we’ve had in a long time.  I loved that the potatoes and meat got a little crispy, but everything was nice and soft and juicy.  YUM! 

We actually did the same thing the following night with the garlic lime pork chops.  We cooked the chops as is, but made little packets of potatoes with some chili powder and cumin.  Not bad for not having power right?  We used the food we had, saved money, and had our own little camping adventure.  We topped each night off with game night by candle light and we actually kind of had fun!  It was a nice way to regroup and bond a little as a family.  I did feel a little disconnected from the world and missed catching up on the news, but it was definitely fun.

What do you do when the power goes out??

Until the next time …
The girl behind the lama

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