Friday, September 16, 2011

Rocket Stove Group Buy

I am organizing a group buy for the following product: Rocket Stove by StoveTec



Dr. Larry Winiarski, Mech. Eng. and Technical Director of Aprovecho Research Center, invented the "Rocket Stove" and established the "10 Design Principles for Wood Burning Stoves" in 1982. StoveTec offers an optimized rocket stove that burns as efficiently and as cleanly as possible.

There are two types of Rocket Stoves being sold:

- one-door stove - burns wood and biomass ("burnables" such as pine cones, corn husks, etc)
- two-door stove - burns wood and charcoal

There are three levels of quality to choose from in each category: economy, eco ceramic, and deluxe metal

Attached you will find the price sheet. Prices are based on how many units we order. There is a price break at 48 stoves and 96 stoves.

To sign up, please email/facebook/text me your name, telephone number, email address, type of stove, and how many you want.

EXAMPLE: Laura, this is Mickey Mouse. Email: Phone: 541-HAV-FUNN Stove: (1) Economy 1-door stove


Sign-up Deadline: OCTOBER 1st
Payment Deadline: OCTOBER 15th

For more information, or if you would like to speak with Todd,  the owner of StoveTec:

StoveTec Stove Store
3400 Franklin Blvd
Eugene, OR 97403 USA


Laura S. Cherry

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Do D Salsa


We love salsa. That's all there is to it. I'm afraid, however, that salsa is one of those things that just happens in the kitchen. We have never used a recipe. We gather tomatoes from the garden, we chop them all up, and we add the other ingredients relative to how many tomatoes we originally picked and chopped. I rely on D's innate ability to make incredible salsa rather than a recipe. His taste buds have never let me down! 

So, despite the fact that the title of this post eludes to us making poop salsa, this is really D's salsa. When we have an abundance of fresh, juicy, slightly firm tomatoes taking over our counter tops, we "do D salsa." 

Go ahead. Give it a little chuckle. 


As I mentioned, the first step is gathering your base: tomatoes. Some people will tell you that you must use certain tomato breeds to make salsa. 

Hog. Wash. Hogwash, I tell you. 

If you have tomatoes in your garden, use them for salsa! Tada! Simple. 

Chop up all the tomatoes you have and place them in a large pot. 

Like so...

 Now, start adding a few of your favorite things...

Like Anaheim Peppers... oh baby.

Anaheims are great for several reasons. They've for the flavor without the heat. If you like hot salsa, by all means, add things like jalapenos, habaneros, etc.

If you're like me, stick with these puppies.


And garlic. Lots and lots of garlic.

Your garlic will not be this beautiful. That is because you do not have a Kathy Awbrey in your life bringing you boxes of elephant garlic to show you how much she loves you. These babies were grown in Oregon soil not ten miles from here. They were cured on our rooftop. You don't get garlic better than this.

Some other essential "sidekicks" for great salsa include: onions and cilantro.

You can't have salsa without the cilantro taste. It's wrong.

Dice it all up, mix it all together, plant your nose deep down in the pot, and inhale.

Some other things to add include: salt, garlic salt, canned green chilis, cucumbers...

Get creative.

Add about a half a cup of lemon or lime juice to act as a preservative, and bring the salsa to a boil in this big pot. Then simmer for about ten minutes.

Ladle your salsa into hot jars, put a lid and band on, and process in a water-bath canner for 25 minutes.

And pray that you can't fit all of your salsa into jars. Hope that there is some extra that must be eaten right away.

Grab your bag of Juanita's tortilla chips (since they're the best chips on the face of the planet!) and dig in.

After your salsa is done processing, set the jars on the counter and wait for that glorious and very familiar "ping" of success. Then hide these bad boys in a dark cupboard somewhere so no one knows they exist!!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ladies Night Out: Food Storage Sampler

Every once in awhile, a group of crazy Oregon gals gets together for Ladies Night Out. It should, however, really be called Ladies Night IN, because we never go anywhere. We just commandeer someone's home, and spend time with one another talking about babies and birth, marriage and husbands, the gospel, and of course, food. Food, food, food, food. It's what we do best. 

A month or three ago *ahem - pay no mind that I'm just NOW getting to writing a post on this* the lovely Naomi Raven and I had an idea for a special Ladies Night In. A food storage sampler! We would buy a bunch of food storage from WalMart and taste test it. All of it. Below you will find the results... 

The ever-amazing Naomi opened her home to us for this event. She has to be one of the coolest women I have ever known! 


Click on an item to view nutrition information and cooking directions

Creamy Potato Soup (using the creamy soup base)
Dipping Veggies with cheese sauce (using the cheese powder)
French Dip Sandwiches: Au jus (using the MSG-FREE beef bullion)
Homemade Rolls (using the vital gluten powder)
 Chocolate Shakes (using the Morning Moo chocolate drink powder)
WHIPPED CREAM on top (using the heavy cream powder
Sparkling Peach Punch (with peach drink powder)

And now for a photo summary of the evening... 

Naomi's yummy rolls...

I can smell them.. all over again... Mmmmm...

Daddy came to get the baby so he could go to bed. Good daddy!

Man shall not live by bread alone... but it dang sure helps!! ; p

Oh. Yes.

The gals chatting...

The cheese sauce was a little scary. It tastes great, I assure you, 
but you'd better want cheese REALLY bad because it is not aesthetically pleasing whatsoever!!

The soup base was DELICIOUS! We added absolutely no spices, no salt, etc - it was wonderful by itself. A great must-have for every emergency pantry!!

We made chocolate shakes with the "Morning Moo" and ice cream. SO good.

Some of the ladies and their chitlins...



One Word: Spiff-E Whip... Okay two words. Kind of.

And our fizzy peach drink. YUM!