The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (FRIDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

Your power has been out for days. You’ve been getting by just fine making quick and easy meals from your Food Storage. Today is a very special event (either a birthday, wedding anniversary, whatever you want to call it). You need to pull off cooking one of your family’s favorite meals without power. Spirits are low, and you need to try and lift them up with a good meal. Don’t forget, yesterday’s limitations no long apply so you can use your tap water today.
Today’s Goal: Practice powerless cooking skills and living without power.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook a “fancy” meal for your family for dinner tonight
  • Cook that meal without using any power
  • Make a dessert to go with your meal
  • All other meals can be easy or “no cook” meals
  • Do not use electricity AT ALL today (except to report your progress either here on the blog or on Facebook
  • Entertain your family and/or yourself after dark with NO LIGHTS

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
  • Don’t forget, yesterday’s limitations don’t apply, YOU HAVE WATER TODAY
  • You have no power for the whole day
  • The food from your freezer and fridge have all gone bad by now
  • Remember furnaces and air conditioners/swamp coolers will not work without power

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make the dessert a personalized cake
  • Use water from storage to cook and clean up after the meal
  • Cook three HOT meals today without using electricity (no cereal and PB&J)
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.


  • We have a solar oven gas stove and camp stove so we have ways to cook.
    Walmart had a solar lite that goes in the yard that has an on off switch for 10.00 really works well…..need to pick up another one.We have little fans that run on elec. or battery so thats a plus!

  • Bridget

    Ok, I was literally begging for this challenge to be over!  The kids drove me insane with their lack of electricity issues.  They are teens, so all they know how to do is argue and play video games.  They had cereal for breakfast, yes, they noticed the awkward taste of the milk.  I have to find a way to prepare the powdered milk for drinking.  It could also be that it just wasn’t cold, I know that makes a huge taste difference.  I did not have my coffee because I have not planned ahead enough to have instant.  Mental note– instant coffee a must!

    For lunch, we used the pie irons and made pizza hot pockets, this is one of the kids favorite camping meals.  Added some canned fruit and we were good to go. 

    I used the solar oven for the cake.  Wonderful!  For dinner, I made chicken stir fry on the grill (used dehydrated foods) and egg drop soup.  I had been wanting to try making egg drop soup using powdered eggs– it really works.  We also used some Ramen and mixed with ground beef (dehydrated) and some freeze dried mixed veggies– this was not a big hit. 

    Temps were fine with the windows open.  We have plenty of hand crank flashlights which keeps idle hands busy.  We also have lanterns (battery powdered) and oil lamps throughout the house, tap lights in bathroom and hallway.  We have solar powered lights on our walkway and I used this as an opportunity to see if they could be brought indoors at night for use.  They do not put out very much light, so this really isn’t a viable option.  We sat and played board games and cards.  Around 10 everyone decided to call it a night.  My 13 yr old daughter decided to sleep with me because she was afraid to sleep in her room with no TV on. 

  • Gendot

    We have the single burner butane stove, a BBQ grill with a side burner (propane), and a solar oven as choices for powerless cooking. The learning part of this challenge helps me get a REALISTIC idea of how fast we go through fuel. And that number is without your neighbors needing to borrow some!
    Also, after the mention of headlamps, I think everyone in the family needs one. I have flashlights and batteries in the kitchen and bedrooms, but many of the powerless tasks are better done using two hands.
    The water challenge (even though we have a couple of 55 gal and five of the 20 gal containers of water stored–these would not last that long) made me think in terms of extra bicycle tires since a lot of trips may need to be made to the river to replinish what we have stored. The trip would be made faster using the bikes and wagon to transport the water, as opposed to walking it every time.
    Does anyone have experience with how long the tubeless bike tires generally last?

  • Brchbell

    I didn’t get this on the day it happened but I cook in my Global Sun Oven every day I possibly can. Yum the food cooked in it so good.   Once a year we turn off the master circuit breaker to our home and live like we have no power at all for a few days to a full week.  It keeps us on our toes ready for the next time it really happens!  We live out on the open prairie and winters can be brutal and you have to ready to survive when everything goes down.  Our first trial was 3 weeks in Dec ’08.  Chopping holes in the pond to get water when you have 40MPH winds and its -10 is no fun at all!  We made big changes and can go a long time without running out of water now!  (buried rain water cachment system)

  • Brchbell

    I didn’t get this on the day it happened but I cook in my Global Sun Oven every day I possibly can. Yum the food cooked in it so good.   Once a year we turn off the master circuit breaker to our home and live like we have no power at all for a few days to a full week.  It keeps us on our toes ready for the next time it really happens!  We live out on the open prairie and winters can be brutal and you have to ready to survive when everything goes down.  Our first trial was 3 weeks in Dec ’08.  Chopping holes in the pond to get water when you have 40MPH winds and its -10 is no fun at all!  We made big changes and can go a long time without running out of water now!  (buried rain water cachment system)

    • OutdoorsMom

      Wow, you guys are hard core!  We get similar winter temps and I always wonder if our fireplace could heat our home in the event that we lost power for an extended period.  We have a gas furnace, but the fan is electric.

      How do you heat your home when you do these drills?  Do you have a wood stove or a fireplace?

    • OutdoorsMom

      Wow, you guys are hard core!  We get similar winter temps and I always wonder if our fireplace could heat our home in the event that we lost power for an extended period.  We have a gas furnace, but the fan is electric.

      How do you heat your home when you do these drills?  Do you have a wood stove or a fireplace?

  • We have many choices for powerless cooking – small folding hiking stoves & fuel (we need to add more cans of fuel), charcoal grill (could use a few more bags), a butane stove that we bought at the self reliance fair (only 3 cans of fuel & having trouble finding more), propane grill w/ 2 tanks (only a tank and a half on hand), several of those disposable charcoal emergency grills (caught them on sale for a dollar a piece), and Teff’s cat food stove. 

    • OutdoorsMom

      My Wal-Mart sells the butane stoves and the fuel canisters, hope that helps!  I notice them every time I’m in the camping aisle although we have a propane stove.  You could buy a canister every time you go in there and then you’d be stocked up in no time.

    • OutdoorsMom

      My Wal-Mart sells the butane stoves and the fuel canisters, hope that helps!  I notice them every time I’m in the camping aisle although we have a propane stove.  You could buy a canister every time you go in there and then you’d be stocked up in no time.

  • April

    I made a veggie stir fry on the grill, and rice with my butane burner. we had smores for dessert(cant not make them when we use the grill)

    thankfully, its was fairly warm in here so it didnt get frezzing cold last night!

  • Laura

    SO I was only able to do this part way. I did all prep work for meals using non electric items but due to no fuel for our camping stove and no mo ney even if we could shop. I had to use my oven for food.

    I relaized I need to get powered eggs. I keep forgetting to order when we have money.

    So I made dinner for hubbys birthday, it was earlier this week and due to schedules were unable to celebrate today. So I made a homemade cake mix.

    Yummy, turned out too dry will try adding pudding mix next time. Recipe called for shorting yay because I have storage of that.

    For dinner I made chicken broccoli bake with canned cream of mushroom, (I used fresh milk because that is what I had on hand, but I would just use powered milk – which I have  but didnt feel like digging out.) canned chicken, rice and I used fresh broccoli beacuase it was about to go bad – I need to get some freeze dried veggies.

    We ate by candle light. Than we had FHE due to crazy week. The other no power stuff didnt go so well either because I had laundry and dishes to do so yes I used the machines to do that stuff. So I need to figure out how to do laundry by hand any tips?

    • We use a bucket & washboard in the bathtub. wash the clothes, rinse, ring them out by hand (one of those ringer they have at the car wash would be wonderful) & hang them up. Jeans are harder to ring out so it takes two of us.

    • Bridget

      I have a hand washer that kinda looks like a plunger, this is used in first bucket to clean clothes.  Step two is a mop bucket with the wringer attachment, rinse and wring and then hang on line.  I almost have this method perfected.  I have found that liquid, not powdered detergent is the way to go.

    • Desertonion

      Great Idea Stephanie, I can remember when I was ten we lived in Reno and we could not use the water for drinking for four days because of contamination. So my grand mama took that time to see how long our water supply would last and one of the things she did was after the dishes were done in the sink she took a skimmer and skimmed all the food bits out of it then that water she used to wash our clothes. She used the sink and a old wash board she had used for YEARS and washed cloths like this each time (she also had a old galvanized bucket). She did not do all the wash at once but made sure that vital clothing was done each time she did dishes. Then she took that water and fed all the plants around the house. I am not sure today I would use dirty dish water for my clothes but in a real pinch I guess you do what you have to. I love my grand mama she taught me a lot. She as a child traveled in a horse drawn wagon, went through the depression and lived to be ninety two years old and worked weekly all the years I knew her to keep us emergency prepared.
      Any way I digress here is a great resource if you have the budget for it to get non-electric items “Lehmans”       http://www.lehmans.com           they have a wash board and other items to help wash like a wash plunger, they even have a pressure washer although I am not sure how it works and a large wash machine with a wringer on it.  

  • Dpalmer242

    Well it’s night time now in California — time for bed after playing monopoly and scrabble — forgot how fun that was — I even won monopoly.  I enjoyed baking a cake in the solar oven.  It worked amazingly well — I need to invest in a hand mixer (the old fashioned kind without electricity).  Used the camp stove for the rest of the meals.  I learned that candles are really really dim and hard to see by.  We will have to change that up a knotch!  Couldn’t get to the camping gear because of all the stuff in front of it — that’s where the good lights were — too bad, but fortunately we had our head gear lamps on our heads.  We looked dorky but we could see!  It was a good day, all in all, and we felt prepared though some tweaking needs to be done.   

    • We do have regular flashlights staged all over the house because our power does go out frequently. I didn’t even think to use my headlight out of my camping gear! We use they constantly when we are camping. I am going to get an extra one to leave in the house in case the power goes out.

  • susan m

    We are blessed with propane stove so this was not as tough as I though it would be, but if the propane ran out  We would use the fire pit and the bbq and then the two camp stoves. Did not think about pressure canning meat! And I have a pressure canner, will be taking care of that situation soon! I also made a squah casserole not using meat but things out of the pantry and the garden. Hubby makes wine so we are set on the celebration part. Learning so much! LIke I thought I had enough candles and lamp oil but what i had on  hand will only last about a week!  Can’t wait till tomorrow!

  • Harveyo

    Had this been a real power outage, I would have fired up my generator that runs on propane. Our generator powers all of the important devices in the house except the hot water heater and the AC. This has been real handy during a couple ice storms when the power was out for real. My wife is out of town for a couple weeks and is not participating in the challanges and I am fending for myself. My “fancy meal” was chicken teriyaki which I made using home-canned chicken, a couple of summer squash from the garden, a can of mushrooms and some teriyaki sauce. A glass of wine and a melon from the garden for dessert and I ate pretty darn good!! This was cooked in a wok on the side burner on the grill. For light I have an Aladin Lamp and for entertainment, I can crank up the hand crank radio I bought for Y2K.
    Life is good!  (Actually, I’m going to bed early. I have to get up at 4AM to go to work in the morning.)

  • Heyyou63plus2

    Well, this was my 51st wedding anniversary!  Thank goodness last year I canned swiss steak so that is what we had today.  We heated it up on the grill, along with some peas and corn, made some instant mashed potatoes with water and canned milk and some home canned butter.   We don’t eat cake in this family but we do like the hobo pies made with a pie iron held over the hot coals.  I found a bottle of white wine in the pantry and we had that for our toast.  This has been an interresting day without air.  Thank God it was a bit cooler than it has been and we spent time sitting under a big tree in the shade and enjoying the antics of our puppy.  This day remindes me of the days in the past when we were recovering from a hurricane.  We just don’t dwell on what we don’t have and give thanks for what we do have, each other !  Well the old guy is calling me from the porch.  We are going to spend some time out there discussing these times and what we are preparing for and hope that it never gets here !   Good night All .     

  • Rhonnie

    More life experience, because things like this are fun.  And I’d be doing this whole thing right now if I were’t working at the same time that I’m blogging.
    There was a time that I had a gas stove.  When the electric was out, we invited the neighbors over to cook what they needed.  This is a great time for a pot luck, if you’re so inclined. (Sorry.  I like to party when things get weird).  At other times, we pull out the grill, or make a fire pit where we can.  Any excuse for a grilled meal.  If the food in the freezer or fridge was on it’s way out, we’ve already set up a cold storage where we could, found a different way to use or store it, or eaten it all out of sheer gluttony (still partying).  Why not? Not like it’ll be any good later, right?  But if we can find another way to store it, that comes first.  
    Heating and cooling – this was never a big deal until my internal thermostat broke (MS and other such dysfunctions).  Heavy blankets or quilts over the windows.  Regulates the temperature better.  In the summer, close that all up when the sun starts to come up.  Make sure that your North side is where you have anything open for ventilation, and the South side is ventilated but shaded.  This is imperative, keeping the cool air in the house as long as possible, and still keeping the air flow.  Especially if you don’t have a lot of greenery or shade in your yard (that’s a plus.  You have no idea how much unless you’ve done that).  All windows open at night.  If you have a basement, enjoy it during the heat of the day.  Then kick back and fan yourself with that magazine that you were going to throw away, and have your drink of something if you’ve got it.  In the winter, open everything that has the sun shining into it.  Utilize that passive solar energy.  And make sure that all places that are going to let your heat out are plugged, covered, or otherwise insulated.  Those heavy blankets and stuff over the windows are good here too.  stuff something at the foot of the door for the drafts.   If you’ve got extreme temperatures to deal with, and you have no idea how long it’s going to last, keep well hydrated if at all possible.  There’s other ways to do this than water, if you’re desperate.   
    And when the lights are gone in the evening?  Perfect time for blind sparring and hide-and-seek.  The kids loved it.  Also have had – chinese t.v. dinner over the campfire, chocolate pudding in a ziplock bag, campfire pop tarts, grilled pizza… just for the sole purpose if seeing if we could.
    A Favorite: some sort of cobbler in the cast iron skillit on the grill.  And grab that left over ice cream before it dies.
    ~Rhonnie

  • Stephanie

    These challenges are really opening my eyes about how unprepared I really am. I did okay on yesterdays challenge but when it comes cooking without power I am definitly going to have to learn and budget more.Opening a window works for the cooling part,and extra blankets work for keeping warm. When it comes to powerless cooking I’m definitley in trouble all I have is an electric stove.

  • Becky

    Oh I am so glad I canned the hamburger! Am planning on making the hamburger noodle dish my hubby loves and fresh beans,potatos,tomatos from garden cooked on the grill, desert? Pudding! I like the no power I won’t be tied to the TV or computor tonight, can finish my boo ” One second after and walk with the dogs and hubby.

  • Desertonion

    YAY! after yesterday’s challenge and the trouble it caused, I have great faith that I am really prepared for this challenge although I will need to adjust my emergency fuel amount as I realized that I only have enough for one month worth but I can stretch even that to two months as I have a wonder oven or eco oven to use so that will help with my fuel consumption. 

    As I was working on tonight’s dinner plans my son asked me what the challenge for today was and I told him that I had decided chose our wedding anniversary date for dinner and told him that I was trying to figure out what to fix my husband. With out missing a beat he say’s to me “Oh that is really easy just make your powdered milk and add cereal to it” HE WAS TOTALLY SERIOUS! 

    I laughed so hard that I could not breath and gave myself a headache from lack of oxygen.   This is what my husband eats just about every night although I offer to make him something hot he just likes cereal for dinner and my son knows that. I am still laughing as I type. My husband loves beef so I am looking into something beef…..we will see if he wants cereal tonight lol

  • Misti

    We were both excited about todays challange, hubby turned on the light to get dressed this morning as he asked what the challange was, I read it to him and handed him a flash light and lit a candle. He went to work and I took a nap this morning when it was still too dark to do anything else.

    When the sun was up I looked through my recipe books and found some recipes to choose from for dinner.

    Then he calls me from work saying hes a bad influence because his boss decided to try the resteraunt he recomended to him and wants us to join him there after work…. Can’t turn down dinner with the boss 🙂  so I guess I will keep my recipes for another challange day or after if they don’t fit the rules.

    We are still doing the no power part, and I heated my breakfast (cream of wheat) on the grills side burner.

    • Misti

      Well after dinner we got home to a dark house and hubby said ” so I cant get on the computer?” and then fell asleep on the sofa at 9:00. I got my beads out thinking now would be a good time to repair a broken bracelet and strung beads by candle light but didn’t tie the ends, I’m going to check my work in the daylight..

  • Kay

    Due to a previous obligation, we will have to postpone this and combine it w/ tomorrow (or perhaps as an 8th day.) 

  • Paul

    The lack of power thing is hitting my wife the hardest. She is milling around saying there is nothing she can do lol. Not bothering me at all. For us no power still means no water since we can’t pressurize the house from the cistern or well. So it’s a combination of yesterdays challenge and todays. Not a problem for us really since we live at the end of the electric line and power outages like this are very common. We normally only each brunch and dinner anyway so we’ll have some tuna sandwhichs and veggies for brunch. Dinner we’ll heat up some water on the grill and have some gormet mre’s. If it was really our anniversary i would go bag a turkey and we would feast! To windy today for a solar oven and a storm coming in too so we’ll have to skip any kind of baking for today. No airconditioning is not a problem since we don’t have it anyway lol. Just open the windows.

    • Paul

      Update: Trying to cook on the grill with pots that have wooden handles is NOT a good idea 🙁 Need to replace one of the wifes pots now and get at least one that can be used on the grill or over open fire. Wish we hadn’t given away all our camping gear when we moved.

  • Mrndr67

    Okay, day two and I’m a mess!  But I sure am learning a lot especially from the comments of others!  Thanks for your input!  Keep up the good work and I will be working towards a better end!!! The light is coming on – literally!!LOL

  • Thankfully, we as a family have several cooking redundancies. We have an outdoor fire pit with a grill and hooks for hanging a dutch oven over it. We also have a large gas BBQ grill and a small picnic stove that runs off of canned butane. But I promised my son to make Snickerdoodles today so  either I will have to use the BBQ as an oven or I will make an apple box oven today. Not sure yet…
    Oh and for us, it will be an anniversary dinner because it actually is our anniversary. Thankfully, earlier this week we canned up some Tamatar sauce that will be great with canned chicken over pasta and a salad from our garden….

    • OutdoorsMom

      Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  • kdonat

    Boxed cake mix prepared with powdered milk and eggs using old fashion eggbeater.  It’s baking now in the sun oven before the afternoon showers come.  Breakfast was pancakes cooked on sterno stove.  Lunch is tuna salad. Birthday girl’s favorite dinner will be tacos made with precooked/canned hamburger on tortillas, heated in the sunoven or over sterno stove.  If there was no sun out, camp stove could be used for baking.  Solar shower provided hot water for dishes/clean up to save on fuel use.  

  • Dianne

    Since I have a gas stove, I was able to still use it this morning for breakfast by using a match to light it.  My kids were excited because they love pancakes for breakfast.  🙂

    I am going to need to get creative to create a cake without using my oven, though… And since my wonder box oven doesn’t do well with making a dessert, then I will need to get that figured out.  And, making our favorite dinner requires meat, and since that is not an option, I will need to figure out something that my family loves other than that.  Hmmm… this ought to be a fun day!

  • OutdoorsMom

    We still have plenty of storage water after yesterday (we used the rain barrels for the occasional flush for solids and I even used creek water for the dishes) so I think we’ll do the Advanced tasks and continue to live without tap water today (although DH has already taken a shower as he gets up before I do).

    We’re doing Orange Muffins for breakfast in our Coleman camp stove-top oven, we could also bake them in the bbq if we wanted.

    ——
    *Orange Muffins*

    Cut 6 oranges in half, remove the pulp and juice without poking holes in the half-orange rinds, and then replace all the liquid required for your favourite muffin mix (we are using Blueberry) with the same amount of juice and pulp from fresh oranges and mix up as usual. 

    (Your kids will happily eat the rest, but we usually don’t have much leftover.)

    Fill the orange rinds half-full with muffin mix and bake as usual–makes 12 muffins.
    ——

    Lunch will be home pressure-canned Split Pea Soup heated up on the camp stove with soda crackers.

    ——
    ‎*Split Pea Soap* NEEDS PRESSURE CANNER 1 lb split peas 3 cups water 6 cups chicken broth 1/4 lb thick bacon, chopped (I cooked it separately first) 1 onion, chopped 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced carrots 1/2 tsp dry mustard freshly ground pepper to taste salt to taste 1 cup diced ham
    Combine all ingredients except ham and simmer 2 hours until peas are
    tender, puree in food processor or blender in small batches and return
    to pot, add ham and heat through again. Pack into clean hot pint
    jars leaving 1″ headspace, seal, and process in
    PRESSURE CANNER at 10 lbs pressure (adjust for your altitude) for 75 minutes, following instructions
    for your PRESSURE CANNER to the letter.——

    Dinner was going to be home made pizza, but that’s not really a special occasion dinner (except my teens love it so maybe it could be for one of their birthdays?)  So maybe I’ll make it anyway–not sure how it will turn out on the camp stove or bbq.  If all the fridge and freezer food has gone bad we’ll have to skip the cheese and load up on storage foods–I think we’ll do home pressure canned hamburger, home-canned tomato sauce, dehydrated bell peppers and mushrooms.

    ——
    * Homemade Pizza Dough*

    soften 1 tbsp yeast in 3/4 cup warm water till frothy

    mix in 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil, then stir in up to 3 cups whole wheat flour until you get a good doughy consistency, mixing with your hands at the end. 

    Knead for 10 minutes, then let rise for an hour in a warm place.

    Punch down dough, cut in half, and use each half to make a 12″ pizza (can use pizza pans or stones) with toppings of your choice.

    Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until toppings are done.
    ——

    Dessert will be brownies from a homemade mix (pretty much same as store-bought mix except I know what is in it) baked in the Coleman camp stove-top oven.

    • OutdoorsMom

      Ok, my soup recipe copy/paste messed up the formatting for some reason, I apologize that it is hard to read, but hope it is useful to someone.

      • Beth

        cant wait ti try making the split pea soup alreadt canned- I love it and hubby does nit so I can make a big batch, can it and have when ever I want!! Thank you!

  • Beachy1mom

    Well, during Hurricane Irene, we bought a fairly large generator that kept fridge/freezer computers/tvs working, but since we have to be without power, I’ll be using my propane camping stove.  I also have a bar-b-que that uses both propane and charcoal briquetts.  Breakfast was scrambled eggs and bacon from my dehydrated food storage cooked outside on the bbq.  Snacks will be crackers & peanut butter.  Lunch will be soup from food storage with fried bread.(I made bread dough this morning before I read the challenge)  Dinner will be strogonoff using all food storage/dehydrated supplies.  Green beans and apple slices from dehydrated food stuff.  I’ll be frying up all the bread as soon as possible.  I’m making a cake in my dutch oven.  Pineapple upside down cake all from food storage. 
    I just love these challenges.  Keep up the great work.  You sure keep us on our toes.  You guys are the best!!  Love the recipes too.

  • Georgina

    This is perfect for me today! I have the day off of work, its actually my birthday on Monday anyway and I really need to practice other forms of cooking. We’ve started the morning by eating some hot porrage oats. I have some you just add hot water too and I heated the hot water on my BBQ!  We will have jacket potatoes and beans for lunch. Dinner I’m thinking tomatoe soup to start – I have some tomatoes still growing in my garden I need to use up. I have some breadrolls you just need to heat up to go with it. Then I will make chilli tacos (chilli out of a can) and jar salsa’s etc, thats a family favourite. For desert a chocolate pie using a prebaked graham cracker base and a chocolate jello with powdered milk.  I might pop a banana on the top. Its hard not having a freezer or fridge ahhh. Certainly food for thought. This is my 3rd year of doing this and it never gets easier!! LOL

  • Georgina

    This is perfect for me today! I have the day off of work, its actually my birthday on Monday anyway and I really need to practice other forms of cooking. We’ve started the morning by eating some hot porrage oats. I have some you just add hot water too and I heated the hot water on my BBQ!  We will have jacket potatoes and beans for lunch. Dinner I’m thinking tomatoe soup to start – I have some tomatoes still growing in my garden I need to use up. I have some breadrolls you just need to heat up to go with it. Then I will make chilli tacos (chilli out of a can) and jar salsa’s etc, thats a family favourite. For desert a chocolate pie using a prebaked graham cracker base and a chocolate jello with powdered milk.  I might pop a banana on the top. Its hard not having a freezer or fridge ahhh. Certainly food for thought. This is my 3rd year of doing this and it never gets easier!! LOL