Sunday, September 21, 2008

Good-bye Summer

Tomorrow is the official beginning of the Fall season. I have mixed feelings about that. This will be our first Autumn here so it will be neat to see what the weather is like. I must say that I was quite surprised at the Summer weather. It was hot...dang hot, just like I expected but there was a whole lot more rain falling than I anticipated. And lots of wind too! All-in-all, I must admit that it wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting it to be...which was nice!

Summer saw a lot of fun stuff for us...our move here, a visit to the in-laws, a camping trip, a pool visit, a new involvement in several different groups, a new vehicle and a trip to catch some football! It was a great summer and I'm sad to see it go but I'm excited to see what Fall has in store for us!

So...GOOD-BYE SUMMER & HELLO FALL!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Little Bummed

It appears as though our camping trip for Labor Day weekend is cancelled. We've been having some really rough storms here lately (especially in the mountains) with Tornado warnings and golf ball to baseball sized hail and have decided that it's just not worth taking the chance of being out in that kind of weather. That sure is a bummer! Was really looking forward to our last camping trip of the season.

On the upside, the raspberry fields nearby will be open for U-pick season on the 31st so we'll probably take the kids to do that instead. They'll probably have a grand old time! Hopefully we can get them to pick more than they eat! The farm might do well to weigh them as we go in and then weigh them as we go out! lol

Well, this is our first summer here and now that we know what to expect, we'll just have to plan for a few more 2-day camping trips throughout the summer to make up for not being able to go this year. Or...maybe the weather will cooperate next year and we'll able to go camping in September after all. We can only hope! We'll make the most of it for sure!

Happy camping to those of you who will be doing so!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Camping

To me, Summer means camping. Especially over the 3 day weekend holidays such as Memorial day, 4th of July and Labor day. Although we missed Memorial day weekend, we did manage to head out for the 4th and had a great time. It was the kids' first time camping and they loved it!

Some people choose to rough it and once upon a time so did we. But DH declared after our last tent camping trip, with below freezing temperatures at night, that he was getting too old to "rough it" and decided that we needed a camper. So, we got a small pop-up camper that was used twice and then sat in storage for 4 years while we were in Germany. Now that we are back, we have big plans to get some good use out of it. Labor day weekend here we come!

Our July camping trip taught us a few things for all future trips.

1. There is such a thing as too many snacks (we're still trying to finish them off)
2. No matter how long you think you might be gone and how little chance there is for rain...always zip everything up JUST IN CASE! Oh yeah, biggest rain they had all weekend and we left everything open! Can you say "makeshift clothesline"? lol
3. When preparing meals ahead of time, it helps if you write down ALL the ingredients so you don't forget what goes in the mix! Luckily, my guesstimate was close so we could have those pancakes I brought the mix for! :o)

So, my notes to self after that camping trip was to bring a lighter to start a fire, a tarp to put over the firewood in case it rains and keep a small 3x5 index card book with recipes of campfire meals so that I have all the directions when the time comes. In keeping with that, I thought I would share the recipe I used for the pancakes we made. Just put all the dry ingredients in a plastic bag to take with you.

Pancakes

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

If you are watching your waistline, you can use natural, unsweetened applesauce to replace the oil and 2 egg whites to replace the whole egg.

Mix everything together and pour by 1/4 cup onto hot griddle. Or, if you're in a hurry or want bigger pancakes, go for 1/2 cup!

The 1/4 cup makes about 12 small pancakes.

We don't really have very many good campfire meals so I get to search through all of my cookbooks and the millions of recipe websites out there to find easy and delicious food to eat while we are "semi-roughing it". lol I look forward to it. I need to find something like our camping buddies used to bring. Cubed steak or beef patties wrapped in tin foil with mashed potatoes and corn. Yum-O!

I'll let you know if I find anything good!