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NEST… family nature hikes | with five and one

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Well, I don’t seem to have much time these days for blogging, but scheduling time outdoors is always at the top of my list. Join us this fall for a couple of hikes at local Kansas City trails.

FALL FAMILY NATURE HIKE SCHEDULE

Here are some great nature resources from the Children and Nature Network and the following articles are great motivators to engage in more nature based activities.

NPR article on children and screen time

This is always a great article to revisit. The Hybrid Mind

Enjoy this last bit of summer!

Julie

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!

 

NEST … with a peaceful walk in the woods + a little foraging for wildflowers and edibles

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WOODLAND PHLOX

Taking a walk through the woods behind our house has to be one of the most peaceful activities for me. The wildflowers that I see are precious and we try not to pick too many of them since we want them to thrive there. This is VERY hard for a certain 4 yr old girl. She could wipe out the entire ecosystem in one walk around our trail. I do let her pick a few here and there but try to explain to her that we want the flowers to keep coming back year after year. It’s hard enough to keep what we have with all of the invasive bush honeysuckle that we have crowding out most native plants and flowers. I recently found this great resource for identifying many of the flowers and edible plants that we have growing in the woods and in our own backyard. It’s called Edible Wild Food and it has great images of plants and flowers that are edible and easily found in the wild. They also have some recipes and great tips on foraging. We have a huge variety to explore and try. I guess that’s one great thing about letting our backyard get wildly overgrown. I’m very slowly figuring out what to keep and what to pull out. We use no chemicals so this is a tedious project that consumes me once spring hits. The photos I took above are just a few non-edible wildflowers we have but some edibles we’ve discovered are lambs quarter, mullein, wild bee balm, wild violet, sweet rocket, goldenrod, and yarrow, and of course dandelion. You may also like this previous post with many resources for native wildflowers.

Take a peaceful walk and see what you can discover, but watch out for this!!

Julie