Monday, August 3, 2015

Camping Hacks... do they work?

There are camping hacks all over online and I wanted to see if some of them actually worked, here is what I found! 
I have been doing this for years and it CHANGED my camping forever! I can’t believe I ever let egg cartons go soggy.  PLUS, you can put them in small containers and they take up a fraction of the space in your cooler. The original pinner used a Mason Jar. I like to use disposable containers so I can just throw them away (I hate doing dishes while camping)
I have seen this pin over and over and the curiosity was killing me. I tried it in my pantry… I liked that it gave a luminous “soft” light but guess what… 
Just the head lamp alone gave the same amount of light so I am not sure why I would haul this giant water jug with me… The original pinner said this was better for reading and I do agree but honestly, I would rather have the light a bit brighter than haul this jug around! I think I will have to label this a fail!
Frozen Water Bottle Ice
There isn’t a pin for this one, because this idea is my own tried and true AWESOME idea! I have had to camp for up to a week with my family and using water bottles has SAVED my food from getting soggy and gross!  Plus, as I empty a cooler, I left the ice melt a bit and have an ICE COLD water to drink… heaven when you are camping in Lake Powell in July… (Yes, I am that crazy).
Campfire Cones
Items needed:  Strawberries and/or bananas, sugar cones, marshmallows, chocolate chips, tin foil.
Instructions: Load up your cone, wrap it in foil and throw it in the fire.  HOLY COW it is delicious.
I also do this trick. You can do it at home and use it throughout the week. I love it for camping because you can put the powder in the container at home, add the water while camping and just shake!  The best thing about not having it in a big open bowl… no surprise bugs fly in your food while you are waiting to cook it!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Screen Free Summer Activities!

For summer, it can sometimes be hard to entertain kids with activities that don’t include a screen.  I have found 3 ideas that I think are both fun and easy.  I was able to do them while on a family vacation in Lake Powell, which was a fun break from all the crazy water sports as well!

Homemade Ice Cream 
pin here
Items Needed:
1/2 cup whipping cream 
1 t vanilla
1.5 t sugar

ice cubes, 6T salt
Place the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in a baggie. Put it in a second baggie to help keep it from leaking. Put those baggies in another baggie with ice and 6 T of salt. Play with the bag for 10-15 minutes. You can play catch, hot potato or just shake it.  Get creative!  Your kids will be amazed they made their own homemade treat in the process! 
This was so yummy Brayden had to fend off his Dad from stealing from him!

Lava Lamp 
pin here
Items Needed:
baby oil 
food coloring
alka seltzer (I just buy generic brand) 

Fill your jar 3/4 full with baby oil. Fill it the rest of the way with water. Add quite a bit of food coloring. Throw one alka seltzer tablet in and you have your own lava lamp!  I tried putting two alka seltzer tablets in and it was not twice the fun, it was actually just way to fizzy!  You can add the Alka Seltzer over and over. 
My son thought this was pretty dang fun. 

Ice Treasure Hunt 
pin here
Items Needed:
I froze some little toys into a big block of ice. It was fun and entertaining for the kids to work on creative ways to get the toys out of the ice!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Patriotic Strawberry Pie

This pin was a fun patriotic dessert found here:   

The recipe is super easy to follow and yields 2 pies.
2 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts
1 pkg 6 oz. Strawberry Jello
2 C Diced Strawberries
1/4 C Sugar
2 pkg 8 oz Cool Whip
1 pkg 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 8oz can of Crushed Pineapple, drained
Blue Food Coloring

Make the Blue cream layer first.
1.  Add softened cream cheese and sugar, mix with a hand mixer.
2. Add in drained pineapple and 1/2 of 1 of the Cool Whip containers. 
3. Mix in drops of blue dye to turn mixture blue
4. Pour 1/2 of this blue mixture into each of the pie crusts. 
5. Add the other half of the mixture to the other pie crust. 
6. Chill in the fridge while making the Jello
Strawberry Jello layer
1. Add 1 1/2 C boiling water to Jello mix and stir until dissolved.
2. Add 2 C ice, stir until melted
3. Mix in Strawberry slices… I love to use my little strawberry core tool called the Stem Gem. It also makes my kids think it is fun to help. 
Then, I slice the strawberries in my egg slicer. SO FAST!
4. Chill in fridge until it starts to firm…about 5 minutes
Filling the pies
1. Spoon the Jello mixture over the blue cream filling 
2. Chill for 4 hours or so so the Jello will fully set. 
3. Top with Cool Whip when you serve
This recipe is I will say, it was EASY to make but I definitely wasn’t able to make it as pretty as the photo! I think I need to get the whip cream figured out!