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NEST + NOURISH … camp cobbler at wilson lake in kansas

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.

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


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!


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.


NOURISH … kale, cabbage, carrot slaw | 2 ways | with toasted sesame seeds


This is a favorite salad in our house lately. My kids even like it enough to take it in their school lunches. I have included two different ways that I make it. One way, using a favorite replacement for soy sauce and the other, a creamier version, using plain yogurt similar to a waldorf style salad dressing. For both recipes the kale is softened by massaging with olive oil and it makes all the difference for raw kale recipes, I promise.



here’s an image of the kale before it’s massaged and then after. You can see how the texture has changed  and looks more palatable.

Kale, Cabbage, Carrot Slaw w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds

1/2 bunch of kale (approx. 5-6 large leaves – chopped w/ribs removed

1/2 head of red cabbage, chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and shredded

1 t. olive oil  and a sprinkle of sea salt for massaging kale

3 T coconut aminos | a new favorite – I have been using this to replace soy sauce and it’s excellent!

2 T. sesame oil

1/4 t. sea salt

juice of one orange (if you don’t have oranges just use another T. of raw honey)

1-2 T. raw honey

top with 1 T. toasted sesame seeds  (to toast seeds, stir in a hot pan for 1 min until lightly browned)


After the kale is chopped, add 1 t. of olive oil, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and gently massage it by hand for a good minute. This completely transforms the kale, softening it and taking away the bitterness, making it more palatable for all. You will want to add this into every salad you make! Now mix massaged kale, cabbage, and carrot together in a bowl.

To make the sauce, add the remaining ingredients together and mix into the veggies. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

Creamy Version of Kale, Cabbage, Carrot Slaw w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds

Use same amounts of veggies from recipe above

for the sauce, mix together the following and add to the veggies. Add toasted sesame seeds on the top.

1/2 c. yogurt

2 T. apple cider vinegar (this is the one that I use).

6 T. apple juice

2 T. raw honey

1/4 t. sea salt

1 T. toasted sesame seeds

Note : for another variation, thinly sliced red or green apple can be added to either of the salads.

You can read more here and here for some great benefits of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Two ways that we use it frequently are adding 1/2 t. to warm water with a little raw honey to sooth sore throats and ease nausea and I add it to this Indian Clay, another favorite, for a soothing facial mask. This clay mixed with a little water is also soothing for mosquito bites and diaper rashes.