Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Working on the Fun-factor

They've been doing so great with school work assignments.
Especially in the attitude department - follow-through, cheerfulness, and completion
have been the norm, and occasionally I like to stir things up a bit to make life interesting.

Its good to refresh the spirit to keep on.  Life is not fair and rewards are not an entitlement
but giving them every now and then  is one of the wonderful perks of being mom!

This evening Susanna and I made campfire dinners by mixing in a large bowl:
*Ground Beef (fried with onion, garlic, and salt to taste)
*Diced Potatoes (uncooked)
*Diced Carrots (uncooked)

Then we layered two sheets of aluminum foil,
put a generous serving of the hash mixture in the middle
then folded the edges.

We also quartered an apple and removed the seeds,
laying the four pieces in the center of another double layered aluminum foil.
Then we sprinkled brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon on them
and brought the four corners of foil together twisting to close the top of the package.
Times however many campfire-cooker-eaters you have :-)

*[Disclaimer: I am not a tutorial person so good luck deciphering all this gobbledygook!]

If you have a 10-year-old boy in the family, you don't need to offer too much
help and advice on cooking the campfire fare.  It's all a big experiment and
10-year-old boys are always up for a challenge!

I will tell you that my 10-year-old boy achieved success tonight and how he
did that was by placing the aluminum packets around the edges of the fire
but on the glowing embers.
He turned the packets every so often with a couple sticks or with some sturdy
work gloves for roughly 45 minutes.
(I don't know for sure as I prefer to not watch these proceedings closely.
It can dampen the atmosphere of fun considerably :-))

survival chopsticks :-)

According to discriminating taste-testers everything turned out superb!
But do remember that one fine thing about eating in the outdoors is that
everything tastes better - even charcoal :-)


Rebekah said...

Oh wow!Its not even 8 in the morning yet and they have got me starving for camp fire food!! Tell the kiddos keep up the good work cooking on the campfire and helping mom with supper! Your family is so sweet.

Cinnamon said...

We love those little hobo meals. We make them in the oven during the winter months. They are soo easy and so yummy!

I love all your little munchkin pictures of them dancing around the campfire.

And I agree with you, I wouldn't want to look either :-/ hee hee.


grace said...

i love this! you are a great mama!

Sally said...

Who but you would have thought of a snow-campfire and picnic! What fun!!

outdoor.mom said...

oh fun!! great idea!!