Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fire safety for children

Fire Safety for Children
The Christmas time is a fantastic time of lights and decorations, with paper and candles and plenty of other combustible material laying around.
Don't let the unthinkable spoil your Christmas this year.
View this USFA fire prevention for babies and toddlers program and have a safe and happy holiday:

For more child safety tips see:

And for even more safety tips see:

Monday, November 27, 2006

Campfire Turkey

Campfire turkey

This hunting season, why not cook one of the turkeys on your campfire? After you clean and dress your turkey, par-boil with spices tied in a cheese bag for about 30 minutes. Pour off the water. Rub your turkey with corn oil. Place a cored apple on the inside. Pour a can of coke into a Dutch oven with lid. Place your turkey in the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat (350°) for 4-6 hours depending upon the weight. Use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. When cooked, serve with corn bread dressing and fruit salad and your favorite beverage.
Remember while hunting:

Observe safety rules
Use good sportsman's conduct
Thank God for the bounty of His earth

Happy campfire cooking from our family to yours!!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Harlan, Ky campfire

This weekend an hardy band of adventurers set out into the mountain of Harlan County Kentucky. They found a bit more adventure than they bargained for.

I arrived on Friday night and met the group that already had a nice campfire going. We sat around the fire and I enjoyed listening to the stories of the adventures I had missed that day.

As we sat around the fire we dined on generic cookies - we call them guvmnt cookies like the no name cheese and peanut butter that is distributed as government surplus.

I broke out the peanut butter camping balls and every one was thrilled with the burst of flavor compared to the dull cookies. The large container of peanut butter balls did not last long in this hungry group.

The next night night after a huge adventure which is chronicled here ==> http://mikestrawbridge.com/jeep-offroad-harlan-ky.shtml

we set up our campfire under a small shelter near the helicopter pad. As this was one of the highest points on the mountain there was no protection from the wind. We attached a tarp to one side of the shelter to give us a break.

While we waited for the fire to form cooking coals, we had an appetizer of pan fried chicken dumplings.

There we dined on wonderful char grilled steaks, potato boats made with potato slices, onions and mushrooms. Then there was grilled corn and apple pie for desert.

Nothing tastes better than food cooked over a campfire after a hard day on adventure on the trail.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Corn in a Black Skillet

When you are on a camping trip, you can make your own gourmet food. Since you enjoy cooking, you can become a gourmet cook at your campsite. Raw foods like corn may not be available this time of year, but you can take along frozen corn. Melt some cholesterol lowering margarine into a black skillet and melt. Empty a package of frozen corn into the
pan and add 1 container of yogurt or 1 cup of evaporated milk. May add ¼ cup of chopped red peppers and ¼ cup of chopped onion. Stir and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve with grilled quail, sliced pears and hot corn cakes. Add plenty of margarine and molasses, if desire. Enjoy your camping gourmet meal!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Okra Cornmeal Patties

Okra Cornmeal Patties

When we are out camping, we don’t always desire gourmet foods. However, we do want healthy food that is tasty. Okra patties are easy to prepare on a campfire or grill. Mix 2 cups of corn meal mix, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil and a can of okra. Stir together and drop into a hot black skillet and cook for about 10 minutes. Flip and cook 10 more minutes. If you do not want canned okra, buy frozen okra or take fresh okra and slice. When done, serve with grilled doves or venison and sliced tomatoes. Happy camping!