Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Favorite Campy Things, camping part 2

Monte Sano State Park Overlook
Most Favorite Place to Camp:
Just found this article by accident about my favorite place to camp--cause it's near home and situated in beautiful Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville, Alabama. Everything you need to know is in the article, however there is also an indoor aquatics center minutes away (really nice!).  ("That Huntsville Feeling," New Era 1/86) 

There is also a planetarium right next to the park. The hikes are so beautiful and there's a lovely Japanese tea garden near the State Park store and entrance to the campground. The State Park has rock cottages built by CCC workers in the 1930's that are well-maintained and have screened in porches with breath-taking views of the valley. Happy Camping!

While visiting Huntsville, be sure to see Constitution Hall Village in the beautiful historic downtown district.

Around the World annual event - When we studied and presented France...Bonjour!

Patriotic - We made these 911 Ribbons to pass out after the horrific aftermath of September 11, (and on another occasion, the G.S. troops put flags on veteran's graves at the local cemetery).  This swap can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Pearl Harbor, 911--anytime you want to honor our military and our country.  
Place a mini yellow ribbon and then red, white, and blue beads on one mini safety pin and use another safety pin to wear it.  One side of the paper says the following...
Red:  Meaning valor and hardiness, the heart of our country and the strength of our unity.
White:  Meaning purity and innocence, those innocent people who perished for our nation.
Blue:  For vigilance, perseverance, and justice, the very things we will need to rebuild our country.
Yellow:  For remembrance of all who have suffered and perished, civilian or military, to make and keep this country strong.
The other side says...
God Bless AmericaTake these pins, keep one for yourself and share one. As you share your pin, take time to have a prayer with your friend or family member for the victims and families of all who were lost or injured, for the government officials who will make tough decisions in the next few months, and for our Country. United We Stand.

Christmas - My favorite by far!  I love the "Gingerbread Man" theme.  This was so easy to make, just cut a little gingerbread man out of light-grain sandpaper and use fabric glue to outline and add details.

So many more SWAPS to share...

Master Camp List
For you regular campers, having a list handy really helps packing go more smoothly.  As you can see, my copy is well-used.  I keep it on the inside lid of my Rubbermaid box filled with everything I need for outdoor cooking.  What I call my "kitchen box" always stays packed and ready to go.

More Campy Recipes!

Rotate your dry milk powder from your food storage by making your own instant oatmeal and baking mix.
Camper's Oatmeal
2 c. quick-cooking oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 c. chopped dates or chopped dried apples
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. instant nonfat dry milk powder
Combine all ingredients in a heavy-duty, lock-top plastic bag.  To serve, spoon desired amount of oatmeal into bowl and pour boiling water over it, barely covering the oatmeal mixture.  Stir and let stand 2 minutes.  For thinner oatmeal, add more boiling water; to thicken, add more oatmeal mixture.  Yield:  3 cups oatmeal mix.

Wheat Quick Mix (Never buy baking mix again!  Click on the Wheat Quick Mix link for more great recipes.)
8 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. non-instant powdered milk or 1 c. instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/3 c. baking powder
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. salt
2 c. butter-flavored shortening
Combine dry ingredients; mix well.  Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  (Mix may be stored up to 6 weeks.  Store in fridge if kitchen stays warm.)  Can package for gift giving, and present with the following recipes.  Yield:  15 cups.

So good to eat on those early campy mornings!
Melt-in-Your Mouth Wheat Quick Pancakes
1 egg, beaten
1 c. water or milk
2 c. Wheat Quick Mix
Combine egg and water in a mixing bowl; mix well.  Add Wheat Quick Mix; stir just until moistened.  For each pancake, pour 1/4 c. batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle.  Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges are brown.  Serve with syrup.  Yield:  eight 4-inch pancakes.

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