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Cindy Maddera

I rarely have a weekend where I feel like I've accomplished anything productive. This weekend was the exception. Chris and I got all of our grocery shopping done on Saturday. I started and finished more then half of the laundry, dusted and vacuumed the bedroom, and took a two hour nap. We cleaned up, dusted and vacuumed the living room on Sunday and I washed sheets, towels and the comforter. We even managed to get some scooter rides in.

The biggest challenge I faced was planning our meals around a broken oven. Thursday night, while baking our pizza, there was a crackling sound and then all the lights flickered off in the kitchen. Pop! The oven shut off. Luckily, the pizza was done, but the oven is out of commission. I have no idea when and if Mrs. Swan will fix or replace it. And I didn't realize how important the oven has been to us this last month. So...I'm learning some new tricks.

First off, the crock-pot is the new oven. Did you know that you could bake potatoes in those things? Just wash them, wrap up wet in aluminum foil and set up on low for about 6 hours. Perfect baked potato. Also, I had almost forgotten that it's chili season and it's the time of year for black bean, sweet potato chili. It's all ready to go and tomorrow morning all I'll have to so is plunk it into the crock-pot. Walla! Dinner is served.

I am also really excited about a raw "soup" I'm trying out this week. I made the base today. I put some onion, garlic, broccoli, avocado, almond milk, cumin, chili powder, and Bragg's liquid amino (have no idea what this is, but bought it at the health food store) in the food processor and blended until smooth. All I'll have to do is add hot water to it tomorrow. The base was yummy enough that Chris even said that he wanted some. Hope this works out. It was a recipe I picked up last weekend at the workshop.

Who needs an oven?!? At this rate, I can start using the oven to store sweaters in or shoes.