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Campfire Recipe: Easy Dutch Oven Garlic Rolls

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Nothing beats freshly baked bread at camp but……….do not start sweating and saying it cannot be done.  Yes, it can and with a little help from a hot roll mix you too can have homemade hot bread to go with your dinner.

Campfire Recipe:  Easy Dutch Oven Garlic Rolls

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

1 package of hot roll mix

Flour

1 stick of butter

Fresh Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

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Steps

  1. Start a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Grease the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Set out your butter to soften.
  4. Grate 1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese and set aside.
  5. Take the hot roll mix and prepare as directed.
  6. Sprinkle a little flour on a board and dump your prepared hot roll mix on top of the flour.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough so that it is about 8 by 18 inches.
  8. Place the butter in a bowl and soften it so that it can be spread.  Once soft, spread on dough.
  9. Top the butter layer with 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and the spices.
  10. Roll the dough like a cinnamon roll, starting at the long end.  Gently push the dough together when you get to the end.
  11. Using a knife or dental floss, cut the dough into slices that are 1 ½ inch thick.
  12. Place in Dutch oven and top with lid.
  13. Allow to rise until the dough has doubled.
  14. Once that has happened, move the 12 inch Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  15. On the heat resistant surface, make a circle of 12 hot coals.
  16. Top the lid with 22 coals and cook for 18 minutes.
  17. After that time period has passed, remove the coals from the lid of the Dutch oven and then remove the Dutch oven from the coals.
  18. Serve.

As delicious as this recipe is, I have changed it up a bit to go with certain dishes.  While the recipe above is wonderful with stews, and pastas the flavor just does not seem to fit with dishes like chili.  To accommodate this type of dish, I do a few substitutions.  This includes adding chili powder in place of the garlic and Italian seasoning.  I also use cheddar cheese in place of the Parmesan.

Camp Fire Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions and Black Pepper

Friday, May 13th, 2016

My great grandmother was a wonderful cook that never followed a recipe.  She could take a hodgepodge group of ingredients and make a 5 star meal out of it.  The recipe below is a take on a biscuit recipe she used to make in the spring.  Why in the spring?  This is when her wonderful green onions would be breaking the surface and ready to pick.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions and Black Pepper

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

3/4 to 1 cup of very cold buttermilk

Several bunches of fresh green onions

2 cups of self rising flour

½ cup of yellow cornmeal

3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar

Coarsely ground black pepper

½ cup of very cold unsalted butter plus 1 Tablespoon

Sea salt

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Steps

  1. Prepare a fire to start the charcoal briquette preparation.
  2. Take a 10 inch Dutch oven and lightly grease it with spray or liquid oil.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Cut the ½ cup of unsalted butter into little cubes.
  5. Using your fingers or two forks, work the unsalted butter into the flour mixture from step 3 until it becomes crumbly.
  6. Take the green onions and finely chop ½ cup.
  7. Add the chopped green onions to the flour mixture and stir.
  8. Add ¾ cup of buttermilk and stir.  If needed to combine, add another ¼ cup of buttermilk.
  9. On a table, sprinkle flour on the surface.
  10. Using your hands, take the dough in the bowl and form a ball.
  11. Place the ball on the floured surface and knead until the flour is combined.
  12. Using a rolling pin or bottle, roll out the dough until it is about ¾ inch thick.
  13. Take a biscuit cutter or glass and cut out the biscuits.
  14. Place the cut biscuits in the 10 inch prepared Dutch oven.
  15. Once all biscuits are cut, place a small sauce pan on a grilling rack above the fire.
  16. Put the 1 Tablespoon of butter inside and melt.
  17. After the butter is melted, brush on the prepared biscuits.
  18. Top with coarsely ground sea salt and pepper.
  19. Put lid on Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  20. On the heat resistant surface, arrange 10 prepared charcoal briquettes in a circle.
  21. Top the circle with the Dutch oven.
  22. Completely cover the lid with prepared charcoal briquettes.
  23. Cook for 20 minutes.
  24. After that time has passed, remove the prepared charcoal briquettes from the lid and move the Dutch oven off the heat resistant surface.

Serve.

How to Plan for a Family Wilderness Trip

Monday, November 30th, 2015

I have been a camper all my life and while I do like the luxury of camping at a already prepared campsite, nothing beats hitting the trail for some true primitive camping.  No, I am not talking about the kind that you find in a campground where you do not have electricity.  What I am really talking about is where you pop up your tent where ever you would like along the trail. Also one of my favorite parts about camping is fishing with the best fishing rod and reel combo for beginners and hunting with my daughter that started using rifles two months ago and she is amazing now. Want to know which is the best airsoft sniper rifle for beginners? Technomono has the best answers ! Check this one that I gave my daughter for her to learn. For a more experienced hunter, I highly recommend making practical and effective use of a 9mm silencer.

But……….being a parent this has been a challenge.  Many people thought I was crazy when I took my 8-year old twins on a weeklong backpacking trip.  While I sit back and wonder what I was thinking, the memories of that trip put a smile on my face and laughter in my voice.  If you are thinking about breaking away from modern life for awhile with your family on a camping/backpacking trip, take a look at my hints below.  These hints may allow you to keep your hair while creating lasting memories. Other than this if you need truck and other vehicle for your wild trip, you need to look for Flex Fleet Rental.

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The first thing that you will need to do is to really know your family’s limits.  Frankly, my family has problems.  Bad backs, knees, and allergies can make camping and backpacking a problem.  When I planned our trip, I had a few weigh stations by which my husband would leave a few supplies.  This really lightened the load.  I also taught my twins the real meaning of want verses needs.  While this may seem a little drastic for 8 year olds, I did tell them that if they took toys and extras they would carry them.  Once they put their little packs on, they very quickly reevaluated their wants and needs.  This saved on the disagreements. I love going hunting when I go camping, but when I'm with my kids, I teach them with warriors archery bows how to shoot cans and trees.

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If you leave for a camping trip without packing these five items, you're in for a rough time.
1. A RELIABLE TENT.

There's no more classic symbol of camping than a tent. Pick up a quality tent with strong fabric, especially if you need protection from thunderstorms, snowstorms or other harsh weather.
Be sure to pick an appropriately sized tent for your trip. If you're going on a family vacation, you'll need a large tent with about 30 square feet of floor space for each person. If you're camping alone or with a family, you can probably get by on about 18 square feet per person.

2. A KNIFE.

You can use a knife to build a fire, prepare food, cut cords and handle dozens of other tasks. Multi-purpose knives are an excellent option for regular campers, but don't buy a cheap multi-purpose knife or you'll get frustrated the first time that you need to gut a fish or handle any other precision task.
Look for a high-quality knife designed specifically for camping and read plenty of user reviews before making your selection.

3. A Tomahawks

Your knife can't handle everything, and a good Tomahawks serves several purposes on a camping trip. You can use the Tomahawks to cut through wood to build a fire or to clear away brush during a hike, and you can use the blunt side of the Tomahawks when you're setting up your tent or handling any other task that requires a hammer.Again, don't skimp. Pay for a high-quality axe designed specifically for camping and make sure to put your axe away every night to avoid rust. Tomahawks were first used by the Native Americans as a hunting tool and to chop wood but now days we have a different purpose for our tomahawks, The hunting is one of the most popular hobby these days if you are a beginner in this activity you must keep the
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We use it to accomplish many different tasks like using it as a self-defense tool,combat tool, setting up a camp and how can I forget – slash some zombie heads off.Just Kidding! On a more serious note,it is commonly used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan where it is a required object in a combatant’s arsenal of weapons where it is used both as a tool and as a weapon. However, finding the perfect tomahawk is tough, so we have put together this resource-a one stop-shop, all-inclusive guide dedicated to helping you to find the best place for
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to a deer.

4. HEAVY-DUTY FLASHLIGHT.

You'll need to get around in the dark, and small pen lights won't provide enough illumination. Pack a good heavy-duty flashlight or headlamp and an extra set of batteries.
If you want a light that you can keep on for long periods of time without worrying about running down a battery, pick up an LED light. Battery-powered LED lamps can provide great illumination for 30 hours or more per charge. Have you ever gone snorkeling in key west? Check out this amazing place for you to go with your family.

5. A HANDHELD EMERGENCY GENERATOR.

Most campers bring their smartphones or other gadgets along for the trip. We recommend shutting off your phone to enjoy the camping experience, but there are some situations where a gadget could come in handy–most newer phones have global positioning systems, for instance, which come in handy during a hike. It's also a good idea to keep your phone around in case you need help in an emergency.

Unfortunately, smartphones have limited batteries that only last for 4-12 hours depending on usage. You can make sure that you're phone's ready for you when you need it by picking up a solar charger or a hand-cranked generator. Several companies offer generators with USB outputs, although you'll need to crank for about three minutes to get a minute of talk time, so don't plan on browsing the Internet from the comfort of your tent. Some generators also have built-in radios, flashlights, solar panels and other features that will make your camping trip a lot easier. However we all know how beautiful it is to keep memories con tape or photos. If you're camping and you need to know what is the best spotting scope tripod go to https://ballachy.com/blogs/reviews/best-spotting-scope-tripod to learn more about tripods that can handle dirt, water and more.

Having said that though when having you kids carry gear for a backpacking trip, always make sure that the load is not too heavy.   

Next, practice the trip before you go all out.  What I mean by this is to take a few short trips before you spend a whole week camping and/or backpacking.  In my situation, we started off “hiking” to school.  I then extended it to our local state park and stayed a few nights there. 

To keep the kids going down the trail, we made snacks and played an assortment of games.  At the end of each of our little trips, the twins could earn stars for their camping chart.  Stars were earned for not complaining, helping out, and continuing down the trail.  These stars at the end of the camping season could be used to buy new camping and/or backpacking gear. 

Encouragement is a great tool when it comes to exploring the outdoors but do not be pushy.  Younger children will need to take frequent brakes not only to rest but to also explore their surroundings.  When in doubt about the length of a trip, always plan on the shorter end verses the longer.

While I did have the luxury of my husband meeting us along the trail with fresh supplies, always pack as light as possible.  Come up with a packing list with your kids and then cut that in half.  You always think that you need more than you actually do.  Believe it or not, you can wear jeans and a shirt for more than one day. 

Once you have packed lightly, choose the right trail.  While I can hike for several miles at a time, my young backpackers could not.  The trail needs to be a fun challenge for kids but not so long that it seems impossible.  To help my kids understand the length of our trip, we mapped it out on the streets around our home.  Every day we would walk part of the “street trail” and about a week before the trip we walked the whole thing with our packs on.  Once they could see that they could walk it, the trip was not as scary. 

Lastly, have fun.