Hello, dear friends, and Happy Thursday!!!
Hope you are all enjoying your summer and staying cool!!
It seems like FOREVER since I have blogged or commented on my favorite blogs
and as you can see from my post, there certainly have been reasons why I have been absent!!!
I'm sure the title of my post grabbed your attention and made you wonder
where Quiche fits in with the other two things, but believe me, it does!
Back in late June, my computer decided to die!!! Sadly, I lost so many things on it as it could not be opened to save anything!!! It has been so frustrating, to say the least, but things seem to FINALLY be fixed and I can now blog and comment again!!! It is amazing to me HOW MUCH we have come to depend on technology and when we don't have it, it REALLY affects us!!!!!
This past month we have had some very crazy weather here in the Phoenix area and the winds have been horrific, uprooting trees and causing lots of damage!!
We have also had 2 major power outages and as it happens, we were affected by it BOTH TIMES!!!
The first storm was several weeks ago and just came up out of nowhere!! Jeff had just left for a short trip to the Safeway, about a mile from us and I had just put a quiche in the oven for dinner! About 15 minutes later the wind whipped up and things were blowing everywhere!!! The windows were rattling and trees were almost bent over and I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!!!!
It felt like the house was going to start blowing away!
Then to make matters worse, the Power went out!!!!
At first I thought it might just be a breaker, but then realized it was more serious than that when I called Jeff and found out the power was out at Safeway, too!!! He said the wind had knocked lots of things over and people who worked there had to let you out as they had to stay by the doors!! It was just CRAZY, as you can imagine!!!! Then the rains came and it just POURED, and since our power was out, we couldn't open our garage door, so he got SOAKED!!!! I was just happy he got back safely as you could hear sirens everywhere!!!!
If you recall, I mentioned I had just put a quiche in the oven before all this started and it had been cooking for about 15 minutes when the power when out, but WHAT DO YOU DO TO COOK IT WITHOUT POWER????
I hated the idea of wasting all that good food and all of a sudden I had a thought and shared it with Jeff!!! What if we try to finish cooking it on the GRILL??????
Well friends, let me just say that we did try it and IT WORKED!!!!!!
I took a round pizza tin, wrapped it well in foil, and then covered my glass pie plate in foil, too!!!
Jeff put on his rain jacket and hat as it was just pouring outside and put the quiche on the grill and closed the lid! Sadly, we forgot we had not cleaned it off from our last time using it so there was LOTS OF SMOKE, but once that cooked off, it was fine!!!!
I was really worried that the pie plate might shatter, or blow up, but it miraculously survived and the quiche cooked perfectly, though had a noticeable smoky flavor!! Even the crust was done and flaky!!
I felt like an early pioneer woman and was so happy it turned out okay!!!! If you ever need to finish cooking quiche, you now know doing it on the grill IS POSSIBLE!!!!!
We actually had quiche, applesauce, and bread, by candlelight!!!
Believe it our not, the power stayed off for 10 hours, but we are so thankful that due to the rain, the temperature dropped, allowing us to open windows and stay cool and also that our fridge and freezer kept things cold enough so we didn't lose anything!!!
At 3 AM our power came back on and we both happened to be awake and both said, "THANK GOD!" We truly were thankful, I can tell you!!!!!!
We had another storm this past Monday and had almost the EXACT SAME THING happen, only this time, I didn't have anything in the oven!!! Very happy about that!!!!! We were without power again for almost 10 hours and again THANKED GOD when it came back on!!! Our food survived and we didn't suffer any damage!!! SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!!!
So you can see why I have been absent for a while and just hope that things stay normal now!! Too much excitement for me, to be sure!!!!!
I have actually been working on some things and will share them later but here is a little pillow I just finished recently for a friend!!! It is a pattern by Lori Brechlin called Coxcomb and Tulips, and I just love how it turned out!!!
Hope you like it, too!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for visiting with me today and catching up with all that has been happening here!!! I hope to be back very soon with some finished pieces, so stay tuned!!!!
I'll leave you with a fun picture of my Grand dog Charlotte!
Wishing each of you Sunshiny Days filled with Creative Bliss~