Around the campfire
One thing we love to do on the grill or campfire is cook in foil packets . An all time favorite is the potatoes
• 3-4 large russet potaoes
• 1/2 of a medium onion diced
• 1/2 of a bell bepper diced
• 6-7 nice sized mushrooms diced
• 1/4 cup finely diced jalapeno slices
• salt and pepper
• kelbasa sausage (optional)
• 6 pieces foil in approx 12×12
Start be washing you potatoes and cutting them in to bite sized pieces like you would for fried potatoes , and lay out your foil and put equal amounts of potatoes on each foil .
Then add the onion , mushroom, bellpepper and the S&P (sausage if you choose to go that route )
Put a 1/2 teaspoon of butter on top and close your pouches beign sure all edges are pinched and folded over to prevent leaks as it cooks .
Place the pouches on the grill of coals in indirect heat and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender with a fork .
Open them very carefully away from you as the steam will release when opened. chow down they are delicious !
Maiden voyage was a success ! Jezabel did great ,we went to our favorite lake spot for the weekend and pretty much got all the kinks worked out of our new process of setting up a motorhome now instead of a fifth wheel . I must say she is nice and comfortable . A few things we noticed were the stability , In the fifth wheel you could feel when someone walked from one end to the other and this this a rock , cant feel a thing . Also the noise reduction , it is virtually silent when the doors and windows are shut . Great nights sleep , plenty of fridge space and storage inside and out . overall a good trip for the first time having it out on the highway . I was very impressed with the ride and how smooth it is for being such a big coach , it wasn’t rocking us around and the noise level wasn’t an issue . We jammed out to some oldies and just cruised . The wind was a little sketchy at first but he handled like a pro ! Got her home and washed down and ready for the next trip !
Until next time…Cheers !
With tornado and storm season coming it is going to be in your best interest to be prepared when traveling . I am the first one in my house to throw on a football helmet and a set of goggles at the first sight of bad weather and lord get out of my way if the tornado sirens go off ! But at home most of us have the safety of a basement or storm shelter available but what if you were out at your favorite camping spot and mother nature desides to takes a turn for the worst ? Most state parks will always have a emergency shelter of some kind , rather that be a public building, shower house , or simply a bathroom . You should always ask the park ranger or attendant at the registration building where those shelters are know the way there in case you need to high tail it in a hurry . It is also a good idea to keep fresh batteries in a weather radio and a flashlight and any emergency supplies ready to grab up on your way out the door . Common sense would tell you to NEVER stay in your RV , motor home , or tent . Stay off of the water at the first sign that a storm is moving in and pull the boats and or jet skis out in case of waves and rocks you dont want damage . Lightning is a angry demon and does not discriminate when it come to zapping ya . Be sure all members of your family know of a meeting spot after a storm in case you get seperated . Also a good practice to put the cell phone on a charger if bad weather is possible that way you will definately have a way to communicate if need be, if your a re camping with now electrical hook ups they do have some really cool solar cell phone chargers on the market right now . Remember that if you travel with your dogs they get nervous too and a dose of benedryl can definately help them to stay calm and much easier to handle when in a tight area with other people . I hope you all stay safe and have beautiful weather but just in case be careful and just be prepared so you wont have to panic and scramble without a plan at the very worst time of a storm .
Until next time … Cheers !
Everyone has heard of cast iron but not everyone has used one . I personally LOVE mine . when taken care of properly it will literally last a lifetime .”Seasoning” the skillet is the most important thing in keeping it around and worthy of the cabinet space . Most new ones bought at the store come pre-seasoned to a point and the more you use it the better it will be . But if you are like me and found a hidden treasure covered in rust and looking like a train wreck there are ways to bring it back to the original beauty it once was. The way that I found that worked for me is to first use steel wool and remove the rust and bake the skillet in a 250 oven turned upside down on a cookie sheet for 1 1/2 to 2 hours to allow all the oils and grease to drain off as it heats up. Remember you just baked a piece of cast iron so it will melt your skin off if you touch it , Take it out and use oven mitts to handle it and again with the steel wool to take off any rust or grease that is left , WATER IS THE DEVIL when it comes to cast iron but once you have scrubbed it clean rinse off any steel wool fibers and in order to prevent rust put it on a medium heat burner and allow it to heat up and evaporate any water and the pores will open up once hot , heat it for about 10 minutes to be sure all the water is out and then the you are going to rub it down including the handle and outside with the oil of your choice , olive oil , bacon grease, whatever you want and as it cools the pores will shrink locking in the oil and therefore “seasoning’ the skillet . Then once seasoned it will be non stick for the most part and every time you use it the seasoning will build up and be amazing ! I have a certain way that I clean mine after using it that works great for me , After im done cooking it i put about a half inch of water in the bottom of it on top of and pan drippings that are left and i heat that up to a heavy boil and use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the skillet to break up and thing that may have stuck and then pour it all out and put the skillet back on the burner empty to evaporate any water for about 10 minutes and the rub it down with a paper towel with another layer of what ever oil you want as it cools and then it is perfect and ready for the next time . for heavy use or for stubborn pan drippings I use a coarse seat salt to scour the pan and then back to the steps I listed before . I have a nice heavy 10 inch skillet to use when making something in the oven in it or a big batch of fried chicken on the stove top but it is rather heavy so i also have a 8 inch skillet that is perfect size for me . then the holy grail .. the dutch oven , this thing is built like a tank it can be used in oven or on the grill or directly over a bed of hot coals . I hope the next time you see that sickly looking cast iron at a garage sale you will pick it up and try the things I have told you about to bring that beauty queen back to her original state , I promise you will not regret it ! There are a ton of recipes for cast iron for the camp fire or even the oven , google it and give it some of them a try !
Our dogs are very adapted to the lake life . I swear they know when it’s time to go and they wont get 6 inches off of your ankles to insure that they aren’t left behind . We have an elderly chihuahua (11 years old ) “Mimi” and a boxer (8 years old) “Roxy” that are very much spoiled and they love the lake . Be sure to check the leash laws at your local lake or reservation you are visiting our dogs usually free roam unless there are other dogs close by until we let them get aquainted and be sure of the temperment of the other dogs . Always take plenty of food ,treats, water, meds if necessary and even a dog safe first aide kit because you never know what could happen and would hate to be caught without the proper thing to care for you fur children . Mimi likes the water and Roxy is just now starting to get used to it , she is a huge baby when it comes to being cold . If you plan on taking your dogs boating it is a good idea to get them lifejackets just like you would any other passenger just in case they decide to take a swan dive with out permission . Also think about the fact that mosquitos can carry the infected larvae the cause heartworms so be sure to spray the dogs with a dog approved bug spray or there are plenty of homeade recipes you can find on pinterest or anywhere on the world wide web . Something else to think about is other campers who dont have dogs , I mean we as dog owners all know the risk of a open trash can or unattened dinner plate . Just watch that they aren’t nosing around someone else trash bag and getting into something that they shouldn’t or could hurt them . It is probably a good idea to keep someting in your camping supplies just in case the frisky pup tries to get a little to friendly with the local skunk… We had a couple next to us last year that let the dog out after bed time and didn’t know he had been sprayed and let him back in their camper and you can imagine to hell they went through not only to get the dog clean but also to get that smell out of the camper . When you are ready to leave the lake and head home be sure to not leave your dogs piles of “suprises” for the next camper and always check the dogs extra good daily for ticks especially if you are in a heavily wooded area . I will leave a link below for a bug spray I found on pinterest and as the weather is warming up Happy Camping !
I have added a section to the blog titled “Around the campfire” with the season peaking its little head up its time to start finding new recipes and camping hacks that I will share with you guys !! Be sure to subscribe to the blog and stay on top of all of the newest stuff ! Ill start by sharing this pin from pinterest with some yummy things to try ! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/212091463679332921/
Until next time …Cheers !