Tuesday, November 10, 2015

campfire cooking - the girl scout way!

one of the things i get to do as an advisor to the cadettes in our troop is learn. i am never too old to learn something.

i attended enrichment training to explore beyond the basics of campfire cooking (involving putting something on a stick and heating it). this focused on using cast-iron dutch ovens and foil packets.

onion, ground beef, baby carrots, sliced red potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, cauliflower & garlic powder

properly prepared foil packets will nicely steam the contents
at our last meeting, we invited our certified camping/cooking girl scout dad to teach us how to bake a cake using a box oven. the girls worked at lighting charcoal briquettes (instead of building a fire) to use in the box oven and for the cast-iron dutch oven to compare baking methods.

diana preparing an area for the dutch oven

blinky removed the very hot dutch oven lid

to reveal a perfectly-baked spice cake
photo by someone else of the very decorative box oven

photo by someone else of the very functional box oven - look at that beautiful chocolate cake!
so many ideas, so many opportunities!

Monday, November 9, 2015

autumn tradition

yes, i believe this is definitely one thing we'll be doing every year.

diana got to run through the night corn maize at temple hall farm with some of her cadette besties already this season, so ander and i headed out alone to revisit last year's best fall adventure.

pump water powered duck races

corn hole - he's got great aim

spider web silly selfie

the best thing of all

jumping pillows

samson. same as last year. simply the best.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


hallowe'en is a big deal around here. a holiday favorite, second only to christmas in terms of anticipation, preparation, and celebration.

diana changed her costume up just a bit from the air and scare event. ander did a 180 and went from the dark side of the force to the light - instead of darth vader, he was obi-wan kenobi.