NEST + NOURISH … camp cobbler at wilson lake in kansas

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Our summer is going by way, way too fast as they always do but we’re trying to savor our time together and fill it with some great memories. We just came back from a roadtrip west that I will really try to tell you about soon, but in the meantime I will share this camp cobbler that we made on a camping trip we took a few months ago (actually when the kids were on spring break at Easter). In blogland that seems like ages ago, right? When summer hits, the blogging subsides to make way for all of the gardening and landscape work. It was such a memorable 2 night camping trip and this cobbler was definitely a highlight. We camped at Wilson Lake after spending Easter with our family in Wichita and the terrain was not typical for Kansas, it was filled with some great rock formations and trails for the kids to explore.
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Now for the camp cobbler. We used this cast iron pot and made a couple of meals while we were there.

We didn’t have a grill rack to keep the pot off of the flames so my husband rigged up a fallen log braced by a picnic table for the pot to hang from.

I brought 4 c. of washed strawberries and sliced them at the campsite, added 1/2 c. sugar and cooked them in the pot over the flames. While the sliced strawberries were cooking in the covered pot (about 25 min.) I added the chilled butter and the water  to the pre -made mix for the topping and we played waiting for the strawberries to cook.

4 c. strawberries ( you can certainly bring a mixture of other fruits to create your cobbler)

1/2 c. sugar

PRE-MADE MIX (to make at home)

2 cups Pamela’s baking mix

3/4 c. sugar

2 t. cinnamon

BRING  THE FOLLOWING ALONG and ADD to the PRE-MADE MIX

6 T. butter (chilled in a cooler of ice)

2 cups water (or milk or a non-dairy milk)

It works well to bring the pre made mix in a container large enough to add in the butter and the water or milk at the campsite.

Start by adding the 6 tablespoons butter. Chop butter into small chunks and mix into the pre made mix to combine. You may have to use your fingers to completely combine the mixture.

NEXT add

2 cups water or milk to the pre made mix, combine well. Remove lid (be sure to pack an oven glove for this) and drop spoonfuls of the cobbler topping mixture on the berries, cover, and continue to play and let cook for another 30 minutes. Check to be sure the topping is cooked (you may have to play for another 10 minutes).

Let the cobbler cool on a nearby picnic table on a pot holder while you continue playing.

Then Enjoy!!

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 Until next time Wilson Lake and the next campfire cobbler!

 

CREATE … bubble bombs | a simple experiment perfect for the 4th

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It’s great to be home after a fantastic, but long, family road trip out west. We started out driving from Kansas City to Moab and explored Arches National Park (which is truly unbelievable) journeyed on through the desert, took a drive through Yosemite, connected with dear friends in California and hiked through the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  It was an unforgettable adventure and will post more about our hikes soon.

In the meantime … This boy was cooped up in the car way too long and could not wait to make something the day he came home. We found this simple experiment he could do himself with a little assistance the first time. He had a blast and it’s much safer than a real explosive!! We moved it outdoors after mixing up the vinegar and water, because it indeed explodes. It’s perfect for the 4th and requires a few simple ingredients… vinegar, baking soda, plastic bag, and a paper towel.

Simple directions here for Bubble Bombs from Exploratorium. They have a great website that I’m anxious to further explore.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Julie

NOURISH … after the harvest |a new local kansas city organization harvesting food for the hungry

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Remember the food gleaning that we volunteered for last growing season? It was called SOSA West and was part of a large, national organization. SOSA West has closed doors but the two incredible women that organized SOSA West are now involved with a new local Kansas City based organization called After the Harvest. They will be working with some of the same great farmers to host volunteer days to harvest food for the hungry, that would otherwise be wasted in the fields. I’m excited for their new adventures and the strength of creating this local network. Currently, since they are a new organization and the harvest season is in full swing, their website is under construction. You can find their upcoming events posted on their Facebook page with a contact number for the coordinator Karin Page in the about section. To be placed on their email list for volunteer days or to schedule a morning to volunteer as a group just contact Karin.

Please support this fantastic organization providing healthy fresh food for the hungry!! You can sign up to harvest strawberries tomorrow and Friday and they have more opportunities listed on their Facebook page.

The images above are some that I took last year when we volunteered to harvest food and we’re all anxious to help out again this year! You can read more here and here about past volunteering we have done harvesting food for the hungry.

Julie