The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 82 83 and 84

March 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

I know, I know, I was incognito for a couple of days, but it was SO worth it!  Had a really cool weekend with my scouts, went to an event instead of planning badge related things for them all day, and they all really enjoyed themselves.  If you are in the Tampa Bay area this time of year next year, check out Planes, Trains and Automobiles at the Plant City Airport.  It’s a nice day out, very family friendly, food isn’t completely unreasonably priced (hot dogs for $2, icees the same for small ones, sodas for $1…  definitely cheaper than the fair!), and kids between 6 and 17 get a free airplane ride if you don’t mind waiting a while.  Plus, if you have a Boy Scout (not a Cub Scout, sorry), they can do activities to earn a merit badge.  Classic car show, with prizes.  Model airplane show, R/C mostly, from tiny little 6″ planes to 5′ long, or more!  And model trains!  Here are just a few photos….

So, on this little weekend adventure, I still managed to at least HELP cook some things, and William and I cooked for ourselves Friday night and Sunday morning, then he helped me make dinner tonight, so I’ve got a couple of outdoors things for you, and two oven dishes as well.  Here they are in order…

Friday night:

Chicken Sausage over an open flame, literally Johnsonville chicken sausages, cooked in William’s mess kit on my Sterno stove.  Sliced up and served warm, with fruit snacks and chips on the side, plus Cranberry-Pomegranate juice, which William has now decided is his favorite!  We also did standard S’mores over the campfire, but I think everyone already knows this ooey-gooey marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker treat!


Breakfast – egg, cheese and potato burritos, made from Scramblers ready made packets that we cooked in boiling water on a camp stove instead of in the microwave.  Could have been hotter, but it’s just so hard to tell when you’re cooking this way!  William and I packed sandwiches, cheese sticks and fruit snacks for our lunch at the event, rather than buying a bunch of food, but we did get fresh squeezed lemonade and Rita’s Italian Ice, and of course a big bag of kettle corn to bring home.  Dinner was a group meal for all the scouts, spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and green beans.  Each parent brought something to contribute, I brought the pasta, and cooked it on a camp stove, never done that before, so I guess that counts!  Also helped make the garlic bread on a griddle on the camp stove, that was interesting.  Then, the coolest new treat on the block, sort of like S’mores, but better!  Toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two candy chip (M&M) cookies!  YUM!!!  Thanks Ms. Lisa for that idea!!!


Breakfast, also using William’s mess kit and my Sterno stove, we had ham, egg and cheese scrambled together, almost an omelette, but better, the last of the cranberry-pomegranate juice, and some powdered donuts.  Not the healthiest breakfast, but it helped us get through packing up all that wet dirty camping gear without hurting each other, so it was all good!

Came home, unloaded and unpacked stuff, laid out the tents, tarps and chairs to dry (it rained overnight, a LOT), got some laundry going, and sort of snacked instead of having a real lunch.  BUT, William and I made dinner, his way:

Pigs in a Blanket

About half a package Little Smokies (maybe a little more than half)

1 can crescent roll dough

Unroll dough onto a flat surface, separate triangles, cut each triangle into three smaller triangles, roughly the same shape as the original.  Roll one Little Smoky in each triangle and place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes (my oven took 12) or until golden brown on the edges.  Serve with dipping sauce of your choice!  We like ranch, BBQ, ketchup or salsa.

Ham and Cheese Crescents

1 can crescent roll dough

4 slices cheddar cheese

8 slices lunchmeat ham

Unroll crescent roll dough, separate into triangles.  Cut slices of cheese diagonally, and place on crescent rolls so that they roughly align with the shape of the rolls.  Arrange ham slices so that they will fit into rolls when rolled, and then roll up just like you would if making regular crescents.  Bake at 375 degrees 11-13 minutes or until golden brown (my oven actually took 15 minutes for this one).  Serve warm!

So, that was our busy weekend!  Hope you had a great one, too!  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!


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