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Thursday, July 28, 2016

How to make Campfire Cakes

Have your cake and eat it too, while you are camping! Here are two fun ways to make cake over a campfire.

Campfire Orange "Cup" Cakes

This is an easy idea to use on your next camping trip. Bring along an orange for each person, cut in half and eat it for lunch or a snack by scooping out the flesh with a spoon. Try to keep the half orange peels intact.  This will leave the peel in a cup shape.


Mix cake together according to cake mix directions. (I used a spice cake which tasted great with the orange flavor) We mixed ours in a ziploc bag since we were camping it was easier this way. Either use your baggie, a jar or empty can you might have available and pour cake batter into each orange peel.  Wrap up in tin foil.


Place in campfire coals and bake about 10 minutes or until cake is cooked through.


 Unwrap and eat up!

Cake in a Can

Tin cans-one per person, clean, spray with cooking spray
cake mix in a box
campfire
long tongs to retrieve cans

Buy a box of instant cake mix of favorite flavor, mix up batter as directed, fill used clean, soup cans 3/4 full and place in fire with tinfoil over can or lid of can on top. Bake until toothpick, or skewer comes out clean.

When done, take off foil or lid and tip upside down, cake usually falls out, or run knife along edge in can and that will work. You could also let cool, and eat right out of can, with jam, syrup, or packaged icing.
Enjoy reusing tin cans!



What do you like to cook when you are camping?






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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

10 Summer Activities

As the final weeks of summer come to a close now (in the USA) it is time to savor the summer. Before packing up the kids for the first day of school and harvesting the last of your garden, try enjoying some of these best summer activities.


1. Homemade Ice Cream

Make your own homemade ice cream. You don’t have to have a special ice cream maker for this, you can make homemade ice cream with a can. Making a basic vanilla or chocolate ice cream is easy and delicious. However, try creating your own summer flavor like mango strawberry or watermelon sorbet.

2. Water Fun

Amazingly kids and adults don’t tire from a simple water hose on a hot summer day. Fill some water balloons, hook up a sprinkler or squirt each other with hoses. End the activity with a popsicle outside and a simple activity becomes a super fun summer activity. 

3. Beach Picnic

Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. If you are lucky enough to live close to one, take a special trip to the beach. Pack a picnic lunch, bag some sand toys and don’t forget the sunscreen.


4. Pool Fun

Almost every community has a great community pool or/ and park that you can visit for a day of summer play. Taking along a frisbee, picnic or a ball can add more fun to the day, too. 

5. Garden Recipes

Preserve the summer’s goodness by making homemade salsa with fresh homemade tomatoes. Do you have an abundance of zucchini? Make several batches of zucchini bread and freeze some for later. 


7. Star Gazing

Stay up late and watch the stars come out. You can even take it one step forward and even camp in the backyard with a tent.
 

8. Summer Campfire

Find a safe place for a campfire whether it is your backyard or a fire pit elsewhere and do some campfire cooking. An easy meal to prepare is to wrap a chicken breast or hamburger patty with fresh vegetables in several sheets of tin foil. We like to use sliced potatoes, fresh green beans and onion slices. Season with salt and pepper add a spoonful of gravy and seal tight. Cook in the campfire for 30 minutes or until meat and potatoes are done. 

End the evening with smores or roasted marshmallows and you will all go home smelling smoky, having a full belly and having a family memory to tuck away.

9. Watermelon

Another famous summer memory is cutting through a juicy watermelon and sinking your teeth into its juicy goodness. This is one fruit that can only be enjoyed during the summer when it is fresh and in season. As the water drips down your chin savor it for it will be another year until watermelon is back and plentiful. See this post on watermelon recipes.

10. Community Activities and Events

Gather the kids, the friends, the neighbors and family and head to an amusement park, water park or county fair.
Last but not least summer is for leisure activities! After all the song says “summertime and the living is easy.” Nothing is quite so leisurely than fishing. Gather the fishing gear and spend a day at the lake, river or ocean. Don’t like to fish? Then just enjoy a backyard hammock.

Have you done any of these this summer?


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fun summer recipes for kids

Summer is a great time to seek out cooking activities to do with your kids. Most often children are home on school break so I like to get them more involved in the kitchen. Whether it is cooking dinner or doing special projects. Here are some favorite summer ideas to incorporate.


1. Campfire Cooking

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go camping or just make a fire in a fire pit. Try these:
Kid's Campfire Cooking Recipes











Or
these 5 Hobo Dinner Ideas 
 










Or experiment with some Dutch Oven Cooking for Kids
 








2. Cool off from the Heat Recipes

Ice Cream Recipes













Popsicle Recipes













Slurpee or slushies













Parfait Ideas














Homemade Gatorade 














Smoothie Recipes









3. Eat Outdoors

Picnic Ideas and Recipes
15 Favorite Picnic Recipes










Food at the Beach Ideas













Easy Grilling Recipes
Grilling Tips and Recipes 












4. Grow and Eat It

Watermelon Recipes










Grow your own Italian Pizza Garden









See our food facts for more vegetables and fruit theme recipes.

What do you like to do in the summertime with your kids?



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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Homemade Gatorade

If your kids like Gatorade, try having them make their own version. Store in the fridge ready to drink in a pitcher or pour into individual bottles.


Simple Homemade Gatorade

1 Cup 100% natural apple juice, grape or lemon juice
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
6 Cups water
2 Tablespoons sweetener -*sugar free substitute, honey or white sugar (whichever you like to use at your house)
Add ingredients to a pitcher or large juice bottle and shake until well blended.

 *Tip -if you blend with hot water it will help blend your sweetener and salt. Allow to cool and chill in the fridge.


Fruity Gatorade

Want a little extra flavor? Here is my favorite homemade Gatorade combo.

8 Cups water
1/4 Cup sweetener -*sugar free substitute or white sugar (whichever you like to use at your house)
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
1/2 Cup cranberry juice (substitute orange or lemon juice if you prefer)
1 pack unsweetened Crystal Light or Kool-aid

Add ingredients to a pitcher or large juice bottle and shake until well blended.

 *Tip- if you blend with hot water it will help blend your sweetener and salt. Allow to cool and chill in the fridge.



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Homemade Slurpees & Slushies

Homemade Slushies and Slurpees are a great way to cool off on a hot day or just enjoy a cool treat. They really aren't hard to make and kids will love experimenting with different combinations. 
Share your slurpee combo down in the comments and will add it to the site.

Watermelon cherry Slushie

by Cheryl
I make these watermelon cherry slushies for my grandkids.

1 medium watermelon, cut off the rind and take out as many seeds as you can.

Put it all in a blender and liquefy.

Strain it out so you don't have any seeds

Add one packet of watermelon cherry koolaid.

About 3/4 cup of sugar (to taste)to watermelon puree

Add about 1 cup mixture in blender. Add ice about 1/2 way and let the ice crush up to make a slush.

Fruit Punch Slushie

1 can fruit punch frozen concentrate
2 Cups apple juice
3 Cups ice cubes
Add ingredients to your blender and blend until ice cubes are crushed. You can mix and match ingredients as you would like such as different juice flavors or frozen juice flavors. 3 Cups of ice cubes are an estimate. Add more if you want more slush.

Kid's Slush

by Roxie
(Wisconsin)
46 oz can unsweetened grapefruit juice
46 oz can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 large can frozen lemonade made with 7-up
1 large can frozen orange juice made with 7-up
1 quart cranberry juice

Start with 2 ice cream buckets and pour 23 ounce of unsweetened grapefruit juice in the first bucket and the remaining 23 ounces of grapefruit juice in the second bucket. Repeat the same process with the pineapple juice.

Pour the thawed frozen lemonade into a pitcher and fill the empty lemonade container three times with 7-up. Stir completely. Pour half of the prepared lemonade into each bucket. Repeat the same process with the orange juice.

Pour 1/2 quart of cranberry juice into each bucket.

Stir the contents of each bucket and place lid on top. Set in freezer and allow to freeze 1-2 hours before stirring. Return to freezer and freeze completely.

To enjoy: chip out a glass full of slush and top with 7-up.

Apple-Lemon Slushie

Ingredients 
2 Cups crushed ice
1 Cup frozen apple juice concentrate
4 Tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation 
Take a blender, and put apple juice, lemon juice and crushed ice in a blender. Then blend until it become slushy.


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