I was born and raised in Texas. I spent my summers camping and boating on the lake with my family. Up at sunrise, a boat ride at dawn, skiing on water that was as smooth as glass, wind in my face, basking in a glorious day that promised to be HOT, HOTTER, HOTTEST; returning to camp, I would hit the beach HUNGRY, HUNGRIER, HUNGRIEST! My mother was a great camp cook. She kept us very well fed, using a fire pit and a cook stove. Bacon & eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch. But the best was always dinner. There might be burgers or stew or grilled steaks, with fried potatoes or pinto beans. And probably some cornbread. I know it was hard work, keeping all those meals cooked. Looking back, I am amazed at all she did — and marvel at how much easier her camp life might have been if we had known about solar cooking back then.
Time has a way of passing on, and I grew up, married my sweetheart, and we eventually moved to Arizona with our two young daughters. As the circle of life continued, they, too grew up, married their sweethearts, and started families of their own — one daughter living close in town, but the other following her heart and her husband to the other side of the country. Now we are empty nesters enjoying our grandchildren when we are fortunate enough to see them.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and have spent much of my career as a public accountant. Currently, I work in the Finance Department for the City of Mesa, Arizona and my husband works in the Transportation Department for the Mesa Public Schools. We also run a small craft business, Desert Scrolling. He cuts beautiful, custom clocks from exotic hardwoods, many of them are our own custom designs, and in the fall and early spring, we travel the craft show circuit on weekends, setting up our tent and selling our clocks.
And that is where I first starting thinking about solar cooking. The days were long and hot. I just kept thinking there must be a way to capture and use that heat to cook — after all, my car routinely gets hot enough to bake cookies! Solar tea has long been a staple of summer – both in Texas and Arizona. And everyone has heard the saying, “It’s hot enough to fry on egg on the sidewalk”. So I began researching solar cooking, and quickly became aware of the many benefits of using solar. I soon had to have one, and now I have three. I love all of them. And yes! I do take my little solar oven to the craft shows, where it never fails to draw a curious crowd.
Thank you for stopping by to visit. I hope that you will love solar cooking as much as I do. Stop by often, Merry firstname.lastname@example.org