This afternoon, just as I was getting ready to fix dinner, our power went out. This is a church night; dinner has to be on time! I waited a couple of minutes to see if it was just a flicker, but when it became obvious that the power wasn't coming right back on, I knew I had to do something. My first thought was ORDER OUT! Yay! But that was not my husband's first thought. Bummer! We talked about this. He suggested bringing out our Coleman stove that we use when we go camping (three times in our life!). I was making manicotti, so that would work for boiling the noodles and cooking the meat. But then it had to bake for 45 minutes. The grill! We have a gas grill, and it has a thermometer on the front! We didn't know how reliable the thermometer was (we do now), but it was our only option at this point.
So Wes set up the Coleman stove on the patio table and lit the burners for me. I boiled water for the noodles, and while that was heating, I cooked up a pan of Italian sausage, ground beef, and garlic. It smelled SO good! LOL Wes expected the neighbors to gather round. Just as the beef got done and the noodles were draining, the power came back on. Wes had already turned on the grill to see how well it would hold the heat. It heated up to 350 degrees and stayed there the whole time the grill was on. So we know we can bake in the grill if we ever need to - I guess that's a good thing to know! ;)
The power stayed on, and the manicotti turned out great. Wes said it was better than Spaghetti Warehouse! Isn't he the sweetest thing? It must have been good, because he ate three pieces of it. The kids all ate plenty too. So Wes and his beloved Coleman stove saved the day. He is just like his mother. She would never have even thought of ordering out if the stove didn't work. She would have thought of the Coleman right away. I may not have thought of it, but I did enjoy cooking on a gas stove again.