Camp Cooking – Halloween Edition: Funny Bones

For all of you fall campers, here is a sweet and salty halloween treat that can easily be made with the family at the campsite or made ahead of time at home.

Funny Bones (photo from www.epicurious.com)

Funny Bones (photo from http://www.epicurious.com)

They’re so simple and very spooky.  We took them on last year’s Spooky Run and they were a big hit.

FUNNY BONES

Ingredients:

1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate chips (2 cups)
36 pretzel sticks and rods of various sizes
72 mini-marshmallows (about 1 cup)

Directions:

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

2. Place the chips in a double boiler over just-simmering water and melt, stirring frequently. As soon as the chips are just melted (there may even be a few solid ones left), remove the pan from the heat and remove the top section of the double boiler so the chocolate’s temperature doesn’t keep rising.

3. Stick marshmallows onto both ends of the pretzels, with the marshmallows’ flat sides parallel to the pretzel.

4. Dip each pretzel in the chocolate and lift out with a fork, letting the excess drip back in the bowl. Lay the bones on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at a cool room temperature.

You can find more Halloween treats in the Ghoulish Goodies cookbook:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603421467/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1603421467&linkCode=as2&tag=livi08a-20&linkId=PCWMVJVOFJRSMZF3

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Camp Cooking: S’moradillas

Labor Day is fast approaching, which means the unofficial end of summer. Many folks spend their last summer weekend enjoying the great outdoors by going camping, hiking, or just spending some extra time outside.  So I thought it would be a great time to share one of our favorite campsite snacks….S’moradillas.  They are a fun alternative to the traditional S’more.

This great camping recipe is from the book Campfire Cuisine by Robin Donovan.  I first found it at my local library while searching for recipes for a camping trip we a took earlier this year to Pawnee National Grasslands.  It was a such a great book, that I had to buy my own copy. Anyways, here’s the simple and tasty recipe for S’moradillas.

S’MORADILLASSmoradilla

Ingredients:

4 small flour tortillas
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

Place 2 tortillas on a grill over high heat. Top each with half the chocolate chips, marshmallows and cinnamon.  Place the remaining 2 tortillas on top. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the bottom tortilla is lightly browned and crisp.  Carefully flip the tortillas.  Cook for 3-4 minutes more, until the second side is lightly browned and crisp.  Cut each into quarters and serve.

Make them at camp or make them at home…we’ve done both!

Grab your copy of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors here…

A Meeker Visit with Harvey Wallbanger

Welcome to Meeker!

After a long Friday evening drive on I-70 in the snow, we arrived in Meeker, Colorado for a weekend visit.  Escaping the cold ‘teen temps in Denver, we enjoyed unusually warm 50 degree weather in Meeker. With only a dusting of snow on the ground, it was hard to tell that it was the middle of winter.  But no matter the weather, we were here on a mission – to build our new mobile camp site.

We love our roof top tent, but once you set up camp you are unable to drive your vehicle.  So J came up with a great solution; to mount the tent on our ATV trailer and make it more off road capable with a new heavy duty axle and 16 inch all-terrain tires.  Luckily, we have good connections in Meeker and they just happen to be handy with a welder, so off to Meeker we went.  The weekend was spent hard at work modifying the trailer and creating a base for the tent.  After a day and and a half, the modification is well on its way, but a few more trips will be in our future to finish it.  This summer we plan to be camping in style, have room for our ATV and still have the Cruiser available for adventure.

www.MeekerChamber.com

Our visit wasn’t all work for J, we visited a few local Meeker sheep and enjoyed dinner at the Meeker Bistro.  We also enjoyed a sweet treat from our gracious hosts — a Harvey Wallbanger cake.  This bundt cake is delicious, moist and the recipe is easy.

Harvey Wallbanger

1 pkg. Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1 small pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup vodka
 3/4 cup orange juice

Mix all ingredients together and beat 4 minutes.  Pour into a well greased and lightly floured bundt pan (9 cup size).  Bake at 350 for 40-45 min. Dust with confectioners sugar and ENJOY.