If your family’s like mine, when the power goes out, the iPad/video game withdrawals kick in. We hope that’s not the case during this weekend but if so, here are some “Lights Out” cooking recipes. Courtesy of The Organic Prepper.
Layer Organic Tortilla chips with canned cheese sauce, salsa, and canned jalepenos.
Top graham crackers with Nutella (or other chocolate-nut spread) and marshmallow fluff
Soft tortillas filled with canned meat, a touch of mustard or mayo, and veggies from the fridge
No-cook soft Tacos
Soft tortillas with canned meat (canned chicken or taco meat) salsa, and canned cheese sauce
Main Dish Tuna Salad
Combine a can of tuna, a can of white beans, chopped onion, chopped peppers, and chopped black olives (veggies optional). Top with Italian dressing mixed with Dijon mustard to taste.
Drain canned fruit of choice and stir it into vanilla pudding (or yogurt). Serve in ice cream cones for a kid-friendly treat.
Mexican Bean Salad
Combine 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed; with 1 can of organic corn, drained. For the dressing mix ½ jar of salsa; ½ tsp each of chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder; 3tbsp of lemon juice. Toss well. Serve as a salad, in a soft tortilla or mixed with a pouch of pre-cooked rice.
Read on for some helpful tips to help you cope with this dangerously cold weather at home, in your car or when caring for your pets:
AROUND YOUR HOME
Important Utility Numbers include:
— Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
– Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
– SMECO: 1-877-747-6326 or 1-888-440-3311
– Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 or 1-703-750-1400
– Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): 1-800-828-4002
KEEPING YOUR CAR SAFE AND RUNNING
KEEPING YOUR PET(S) SAFE
HELPING THE HOMELESS
Those seeking emergency shelter in Frederick County, Marlyand, can go to one of three shelters. The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs will open their shelter at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The shelter, located at 27 DeGrange St., has 80 beds and provides shelter to both men and women.
The Frederick Rescue Mission, at 419 W. South St., will operate a day shelter, serving breakfast every day between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and lunch Monday through Saturday between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Frederick Community Action Agency at 100 S. Market St. will operate on its usual schedule. Free meals will be provided between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD
301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030, fax 301-749-4161
Peppermill Village Community Center
610 Hill Road, Landover, MD
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
Bowie Community Center
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD
301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, MD
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030
Kentland Community Center Park
2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive, Landover, MD
Camp Springs Community Center
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD
Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD
The City of Manassas is opening one warming shelter:
Manassas Hope for the Homeless
8730 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA
Open Tuesday and Wednesday; possibly Friday and Saturday.
In Charles County, the following buildings will also operate as warming centers this week:
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Department of Community Services
8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, MD
Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nanjemoy Community Center
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Charles County Public Library, multiple branches:
– La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata
– P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village St., Waldorf
– Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
– Waldorf West, 10405 O’Donn
– All branches open now through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Richard R. Clark Senior Center
1210 Charles St., La Plata
Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.