Southern Survival

Submitted by Christi

Well, they say it is coming. An ice and snow storm. Last year we had the terrible ice storm that left us without power for seven agonizing days.


It was not fun, but somehow, we managed.

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As I am writing this, I already have seen reports of 15,000 without power already in our neighboring state and home to many family and friends in Oklahoma.

We are really hoping and praying that we do not lose electricity with this storm, but if we do, we are prepared. Got firewood stacked on the porch, candles out and oil lamp ready, plenty of food that can be cooked on the gas stovetop or the grill, or doesn’t need to be cooked. We really, really hope that this is all unnecessary!

I have posts planned for Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t see them, you’ll know why. Maybe, it will jut be  pretty snow!

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Today’s Lagniappe: Grilled Steak My Way
This is how we grill steak around our house. The grill can be used even if the power goes out! And, by the way, It’s

With Designs by Gollum

With Designs by Gollum

Season steaks with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.  Fill a charcoal chimney with coals and light them. Let them get red hot and then place them in the bottom of the grill. While the coals are getting hot, soak some wood chips (we like Jack Daniels chips) in hot water (alternatively, you can soak them for several hours in advance). Place the soaked chips over the hot coals. Grill the steaks 5 minutes per side (for 1″ steaks) for medium.

Remove steaks from grill and let them rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

13 Responses to “Southern Survival”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Hello..daughter in Shawnee Ok..just loss power about 30 min ago.She has never loss power. They are prepared..stove you can heat the house with and cook on. I pray you will not loose power.Good luck!!

    Texas Mama and Nana..Cindy

  2. Treasia Says:

    We are prepared as well this time. We are in Marked Tree, AR up close to Jonesboro. I am really hoping and praying it’s all snow and no ice, or sleet. Stocked up on groceries, are heat is natural gas so no wood needed. Stay safe and warm.

  3. Pat@Back Porch Musings Says:

    We heard you were to have this storm. I hope you don’t lose power. Our guys from up here in NE Missouri, will be there to help, if your electricity is lost. Stay warm and safe!!

  4. Susan Says:

    Stay warm! I love the fireplace photo 🙂 We are in frigid conditions here in Wisconsin but this is normal for us in January. Steak sounds like a wonderful idea.

  5. Yvonne Says:

    The ice looks beautiful, but I can’t imagine being out of electricity for seven days!!!! Great recipe for steak. I am such a carnivor. I often forget to use wood chips and they make a big different.

  6. Sheila Says:

    Seven days??? You poor thing! That must have been awful. I pray that your power doesn’t go out again. Will be thinking of you.

    Those steaks sure sound delicious. I’m glad you told us about the Jack Daniels’ chips. I wouldn’t have known about those. Thanks much!
    Happy Foodie Friday…


    Sheila 🙂

  7. The Muse Says:

    Bundle up…it is headed our way… 🙁
    For us…it will be chili soup in a cast iron pot over the firepit!

    Sometimes life gives us welcome surprises!

  8. Joy Tilton Says:

    So glad I found a fellow Arkansan as I visited Gollum’s blog this morning. We are in NW Arkansas near Rogers on Beaver Lake. Looking forward to reading your blog! Come over to GrannyMountain for a visit…

  9. susan Says:

    Sleet outside my window as I read this. I hope YOU are able to read my comment. I love snow–ice, not so much 🙂 I’m glad to have your recipe if I need it. Stay warm.

  10. Jane Says:

    Your recipe sounds yummy and perfect for hunkering down during a storm.

    My son lives in Nashville. He called me this morning and told me Nashville was supposed to get 7 inches of snow today. Wow, that’s more than we have on the ground right now here in New England!


  11. Kathleen Says:

    Hope you keep your power. I remember an ice storm years ago when that heat for 7 days..we had to move out..the house was below freezing..
    Stay safe and WARM!

  12. Gail@FaithfulnessFarm Says:

    We got those blasted ice storms like that in Nebraska. Hope you keep warm and safe!


  13. Gollum Says:

    I was in Arkansas right after last year’s ice storm. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. We’re getting snow/sleet as I type.
    Take care,

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