Monthly Archives: March 2015

Roasted Chicken, solar oven style

I will not lie. We use our solar ovens often. Anyone with a southern view from the U.S. can use a solar oven most any day of the week.  During the spring and fall, we use our oven 4 or 5 times a week. During the summer, we use it on days that monsoons are not expected. Heavy rain puts a damper on cooking with the sun. (If I get it out first thing in the morning, we don’t have issues, but I do have to reheat for dinner.)

We were lucky enough to have roosters ready for culling so I was able to use really fresh meat today. Yes, we do harvest our own meat on our farmstead.

Roasted herb chicken is a favorite in our house.

  • Chicken – we used whole, but you can use thighs, legs or chicken breasts.
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon dried herbs, like oregano, parsley and thyme or use an Italian blend. You can use fresh herbs if in season.
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, pressed or 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic

Place chicken into solar oven pan. Pour oil over top, try to get as even as possible. Sprinkle herbs and garlic on top. Cover pan and place in solar oven. Bake for 4-6 hours or until meat is cooked through. Serve with baked potatoes, fresh spinach salad and slice of French bread.

You can also make similar chicken by throwing it into a crockpot, adding a 1/2 cup of water to bottom, and drizzling oil and herbs on top. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Building a Goat barn out of pallets


We have taken the week off from many of the “extra” projects that we have to get done around the house. It rained and snowed over 2 inches on Monday. And on Tuesday, we took a field trip to the Rennasance festival down in Gold Canyon, AZ.

Last weekend before the crazy wet weather arrived, we had barely finished our pallet barn for the goats. It was super easy to build. Each stall is 4 pallets x 2 pallets. We picked up 2x4s for the framing for the roof… Boy did we learn many things that we wouldn’t do “next” time. But we did bond building it.

I learned that Griffen is a Ninja Cowboy….monkeying up on the frame to screw in the metal roofing. I learned that not all pallets are the same size and consistency in wood. I learned that it took about 3times as many 2x4s as I thought that it would. I learned that The chickens like this barn as much as the goats. I learned that we can tear up drill bits trying to get everything screwed together.

And I learned how much fun my kids and I can have working together on a project like this.