She’s all about 2010, and harnessing the power of the sun.

Well hello!

How the hell were your holidays!?

Mine were filled with love and presents, snow and fun. So basically, they were perfect. Except for the excessive food part. And the snow part. But there was also a beach part. Beach AND snow. Bonus.

I got some exceptionally awesome presents this year. Because even though I’m married, 26, don’t make a Christmas list, and try not to get overly excited about receiving, I still manage to rake it in.

One present in particular that will be enjoyed for years to come is the one that Eric asked for, and I being his ever-loving wife, was lucky enough to receive as well!

Eric’s parents gave us a Sun Oven.


Yes, a Sun Oven! An oven that can cook and bake things using nothing more than the energy of the sun!

It’s perfect for, you know, when the world ends, all the power is shut off, children are fighting each other in the street for scraps of moldy potatoes, you know fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes, human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!

And of course, camping.

I’m guessing we’ll use it mostly for camping.

However, in our almost two years of marriage I haven’t seen Eric bake one single thing, so I’m thinking that the Sun Oven, even though it was really Eric’s idea, will somehow fall more under my domain.

Even though I like to tease (Eric might say “criticize”) his conspiracy theory/preparedness tendencies, the Sun Oven is actually pretty cool.

The temperature outside doesn’t matter, it can be freezing cold, just as long as there’s sun, the Sun Oven will produce, moist, healthy, fabulous tasting food without wasting one precious joule of energy. If that’s how you measure energy. However you measure it, you won’t be wasting ANY!

The best part about the Sun Oven is the DVD that comes with it on how to use it. Where a 60-year-old hippie man teaches you to use the Sun Oven and how to love his dirty white beard all in one fell swoop.

Needless to say, as soon the weather is a little bit better, I will be inviting you all over to my home for a tasty meal cooked entirely using nothing more than the energy of the sun! It will be glorious. Not to mention uber-hip.

That’s just one of the many things you have to look forward to from me, Alison, in 2010. Because I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like 2010 is going to be a really awesome year.

I’m not making any goals to get skinnier, or eat less candy, or achieve anything crazy. No, I’m just going to make goals that will make me more awesome. And that I can totally achieve. Like here’s a goal: bake something using the Sun Oven. This is a good goal because I know I can do it, and I know that it will make me more awesome. This is already way better than trying to run another marathon!

Other goals could be like, posting more on my blog. Or, I could even do, post LESS on my blog. This is a totally achievable goal. But will it make me more awesome? That’s the real question.

The verdict is still out on that. But I hope that 2010 is YOUR year too. I hope my policy for goal making rubs off on you, and you don’t stress about anything that won’t make you more awesome. Together we can all make this our year! Our year to be nice! Our year to say positive things! Our year to eat more candy! Our year to quit drinking caffeine then start drinking it again not because we NEED it, but because we LIKE it! Our year to buy less and make more. Our year to be super awesome. And most importantly, our year to harness the power of the sun.

God bless you all in your quest.




  1. Mary

    Hi Alison glad your holidays were fabulous. That sun oven is really great my mom cooked us a delicious moist roast in it this summer and we couldn't believe how good it turned out. I've wanted one ever since!

  2. Mame

    I love your blogs. You're amusing, talented, and heart-lifting. I made that cake during the holidays, and had friends over, and we LOVED it. And my mother-in-law said it might be the best cake she's ever had.

    Just a thought – could you please update your she makes she makes blog, certainly you made some delicious items (or adorably cute items) that you want to share with rest of us?

    thanks, and many x&o's

  3. Nichelle

    thanks for not doing skinny resolutions or any resolutions having to do with candy. i love you!

  4. andrea

    i want more candy!

  5. diana palmer

    i don't know if i've ever been so pumped up.

  6. sam & alexis scheid

    my new years res is to GAIN weight! ah ya awesome! And also… i had the most fab dinner made in a sun oven this last summer in utah. u will looove it!!! xo

  7. JenErik

    And I think you might need to post a picture of this Sun Oven. What colors does it come in? 🙂

  8. ferociousnate

    Real excited for this sun oven. Your goal of posting LESS in 2010 is absurd.


    (read to the tune of "I just called to say I love you") I'm just commenting to say "I love you" and I can't wait to come visit you again…

  10. jenny

    this cracked me up. i love the way you write, i feel like we are hanging out every time i check your blog! it's wonderful! i am all for no diets this new years!

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