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Mock lasagna dutchoven

Mock lasagna

1lb hamburger
1 onion,  chopped
1 /2 green & red peppers, chopped
12oz egg  noodles  / don’t cook
2 jars(24 0z.each) sauce add 1/2 jar water
24oz   cottage chesses
8oz  sour cream
4c    mozzarella cheese
1c   rot gut chesse, optional

Cook hamburger and onions and peppers until meat no longer pink.Drain off any liquid add sauce and water.Simmer sauce and in another bowl mix your cheeses and noodles .  Take out part of sauce and then add all the cheese and noodle mixture make sure you mixed well.Then add all the sauce to the top of cheese mixture. Let cook till it  bubbles cover turn off stove let site for 20 mins check noodles to see if they are done. May need to  reheat.Eat and enjoy!

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from SR7-B conclave at Camp Durant NC
cook on a volcano COLLAPSIBLE GRILL with propane and  used volcano dutchoven

Chili duchover


1-Red pepper

1-Green pepper

1-can yellow corn (sweet) 15oz

2-crushed cloves of garlic

1-can Dark Red Kidney Beans  15oz

1-can Light Red Kidney Beans  15oz

1-can Black Beans 15oz

1 large can tomato sauce 29oz

1 tsp cumin

2 lbs LEAN ground meat

3 Tablespoons of Chilli Powder

2 packets Taco Bell hot sauce or  1 Tsp of Red pepper

brown meat

leave meat in the pan after you drain off fat (if any)

add beans undrained  & corn drained

add tomato sauce

put chilli powder & hot sauce on top, stir to mix

cook simmer for covered 30 minutes…



Just like any good Frankenstein tale: mad scientist tinkers in his lab and raises the dead who, of course, decides to terrify the neighbors. It is befitting then that Hurricane Sandy which is currently heading for New York, is frightening everyone in her path. National Public Radio reports that “Sandy” has already left 40 dead in her wake.

A Perfect Storm
As reported on a number of news websites (see CNN, CBS News, FOX News and the National Weather Service, the so called, “Frankenstorm” is a possible weather model where Northeastern bound Hurricane Sandy collides with an Arctic storm moving South from Canada and the remains of a cold front that has swept across the nation from the West. Meteorologists say this is a perfect storm combination of weather patterns that only occurs approximately every 100 years.

Emergency Resources
Last year, a major storm in Los Angeles prompted us to write an article with tips to prepare your home and family in case of major storms, flooding, or emergency. FEMA is also tracking Hurricane Sandy and has posted additional preparedness instructions. Currently, the hurricane is scheduled to hit land on Monday, so readers still have 48 hours to prepare and check their flashlights, stock of batteries, gather extra food and water, stock up on your fire wood for heat, and discuss your evacuation and emergency plan with your family. Even if Sandy isn’t heading your way, she serves as a good reminder that the best time to plan for an emergency is before it happens.

Are we headed towards a “doomsday”?
I caught a doomsday preacher on YouTube recently discussing various grills that require fire wood, charcoal, or propane. He was encouraging his followers to be prepared for emergency situations where you may need to cook for your family for three days or more. Actually, he believes our country is heading for a massive economic decline that could potentially paralyze our retail food chains. In the case of a biblical doomsday, he wants to be ready. That’s another story, but it does beg us all to question our own sustainability in the event of a major power outage.

Cooking without Power
How would you handle a power outage if you were affected by the “Frankenstorm”?
Do you have an outdoor grill or fire pit?
Do you have pots and pans that can sustain the heat levels of grills and fire pits such as cast-iron? The Teflon covered pans used most readily in our households today with plastic handles and coating are not conducive to the unpredictable campfire heat levels and grill surfaces.

Summitoutdoors is a distributor of Volcano Grills and cast-iron cookware. I own one of the vintage Volcano Grills, but I am enjoying the flexibility of the new collapsible design. I have been preparing several meals a week during the past month or so testing out everyday recipes and preparing them outdoors using the cast-iron dutchovens and pans. Taking this time to learn how to adjust the cooking vents on the Volcano Grill for varying recipes makes me feel better prepared to feed my family should we lose power. The Volcano is compatible with wood fuel, charcoal, or propane.

Summitoutdoors Video Review of the Collapsible Volcano Grill

How have you prepared yourself or your family for disaster? Do have your emergency supplies stored in an easily accessible area of your car or home? Time to check!

Be safe everyone.

My new Volcano grill and all of the attachments arrived yesterday.


As the Fall season begins, the weather is cooler in the south; and it was a perfect day to test drive the new grill.

One of the things I really like about the Volcano Grill is that it is light-weight, comes with a nice carry case, and it can use three different sources to heat: wood (chips), charcoal, or propane. I chose to use wood as it smells nicer to me, and burns much more clean. The grill heated up very quickly, and I was ready to begin cooking.

Carmelized Onions & Kielbasa
Lightly oil a castiron pan
Large dice two white onions
Large cut a package of kielbasa sausage
Add salt and pepper to taste

You’ll need to stay close and continually stir the onions to avoid them charing up before carmelization.

Cooking on the Volcano Grill

Cooking on the Volcano Grill

Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby! Cooking outdoors is just so much more fun.

Another good ending. The dish was delicious, and I look forward to grilling with my Volcano Grill again soon.

Castiron pan of camelized onlions and cooked Kielbasa

MMMmm Carmelized Onions

What was the last thing you grilled?

National Parks News shared a fun announcement recently on Twitter:

National Parks News (@NPCA)
8/29/12 9:23 AM

Epic Journey: Couple completes tour of all 58 national parks:… How many have you visited?

It took Karen and Tim Demonbreun 12.5 years, but they visited all 58 parks including the American Samoa Park and successful filled their National Parks Passport Book with a stamp for each location.

Read the complete article from

Karen and Tim are just one in five couples who had completed the passport in the past two years. Peak inside the Passport Book and learn how to use them to discover more of our American history.

Don’t forget Sept. 29, 2012 is the next Free Entrance Day at numerous national parks.

Got five minutes, a weather poncho and a reflective emergency blanket?

Then you have the tools to make an emergency shelter. I found this video on YouTube. Two smart guys show us how to make a quick survival shelter to protect ourselves from the elements.

Watch the video and tell us what you might have done differently to improve the survival shelter?

Credit for this video goes to Roy Hutchinson of Wilderness Discovery LLC.

One improvement might be to build on higher ground, not a downslope. If it was raining, water would funnel right down into the shelter.

What would you substitute for leaves if they were not available or the grounds were wet? Chime in! We can all learn from each other.

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Bungee Trampolines, Rope Courses & Family Fun!

Guest Author:  Lynny Young

What happened to the Summer days of adventure?
Summer is coming and for many kids, this means sleeping late and logging long hours on their gaming systems.  I think it is time to bring back the days of adventure and exploration!

If you were a child of the ’60’s like me, your childhood was spent cherishing every minute you spent outdoors exploring with your friends. We played soccer and baseball on the front lawn, the boys and girls joined in hop scotch and jump roping, and we zipped along the sidewalks with roller skates strapped to our feet. Times were simpler then.  Our parents didn’t think twice about allowing us to ride our bicycles across town just for the possibility of capturing polliwogs in the creek.

Boredom rarely happened!

Last Summer, I noticed a number of my young Facebook friends repeatedly updated their status by saying they had nothing to look forward to in their day.  Several just flat out posted, “BORED AGAIN!”

Let’s awaken our sense of family adventure!
This is the first blog post in a series where I will be showcasing some outdoor adventure parks, and obstacle course locations where you and your family can improve your balance, test your strength, and find new successes while having an amazing time outdoors.

Ready to start?
Squaw Valley Adventure Center
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Squaw Valley, CA – (530) 386-1044
Rope Courses, Headwall Climbing Wall, Skyjump Bungee Trampoline

Located a few steps away from Squaw Valley Ski Resort off Highway 89, you and your family can find many opportunities for adventure, team building, and opportunities to strengthen your body while pushing yourself beyond your fears.  The Adventure Center is open April through mid-November.  This site has both indoor and outdoors courses.

Fun times on Bungee Trampolines:

Holiday Valley Sky High Adventure Park
 Ellicottville, NY – (716) 699-2345
Aerial Adventure Courses, Zip Lines, Mountain Roller Coaster

The Aerial Park offers 8 bridge and rope platform courses built over a four acre region of the park. The courses vary in elevation and difficulty. Children ages 7 years or older can participate.  In addition to climbing, do your best Tarzan and Jane impressions as you fly through the air on one of the courses six zip lines.  

Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT – (800) 222-7275
Flying Eagle Zip Line, Alpine Coaster, Adventure Climbing Zone, Alpine Slide

Of all the adventures open at Park City Mountain Resort, the Alpine Slide caught my eye.  You and your family can sled down a 3,000 foot luge-like track! Children at least two years of age can ride the slide when accompanied by and adult. Kids who are at least 48″ tall can pilot their own sled just like the adults.

Roller coasters more your speed? Hop into the one person coaster car and experience a rush to the the end!

Where do you set your adventurous side free?
Have a favorite place your family frequents for outdoor adventure?  Leave a comment and help us build this resource for other families.

If you enjoyed this post, consider subscribing to the blog and stay tuned for our next round of outdoor activities for families and thrill seekers alike.

How to Avoid Dehydration on the Trail

Guest Author: Lynny Young

Best Laid Plans
When planning for a hiking or exploration trip, I recommend implementing a hydration plan as part of your trip preparations. While most people can rely on thirst to trigger the need to replenish their bodies with water, thirst is a indicator of dehydration. Plan to carry a hydration pack, canteen, water bottle(s), or sport drink(s) for continual hydration. Proper hydration starts before you embark on your trip.

Temperatures Rising
Why is water so important for safety on the trail?

When you exert yourself physically through exercise or sport, your circulation system quickens the pace to speed up the delivery of fluids and oxygen to your organs and muscles. This increase in exertion causes and increase in your body’s core temperature. Yes, in that moment, we are all hotties! If your royal hotness is properly hydrated, the quickest way to expel the heat is through good ol’ sweat which cools the tissues beneath your skin.

Okay, I will admit it! I dislike being sweaty. In fact, my lack of love for sweat is part of the reason I gravitate towards swimming, kayaking, and water zumba. However, my marbles are all firmly intact, and I am well aware no one ever looks sexy lying on a stretcher experiencing heat stroke.  There is zero chance, zip, that Dr. Dreamy will be administering my IV. Did I just hear all them men scowl with disgust? Okay, Okay! Insert image of your favorite nightingale. 🙂

How much water do you need?
Back to basics. Depending on your body’s unique needs, you may need to drink 8-10 ounces of water or sport drinks every 15 minutes when crushing it outdoors! Drinks that include small amounts of sodium, chloride, and potassium improve the quick absorption of water by the intestines. This is key in speeding the replacement of water in your blood. There’s a reason we’ve been watching football gladiators guzzle down Gatorade for years: Pro athletes’ bodies take a beating and they must hydrate to cool down fast!

Symptoms of Dehydration
So, aside from major thirst, how will you know if you or your trail mates are exhibiting symptoms of dehydration?
Look for signs of:
– Fatigue
– Loss of Appetite
– Flush Skin
– Heat Intolerance
– Dry Cough
– Dark Urine

Urine? Yes, the color of your urine is one of the fastest ways to determine if you are dehydrated. Clear, wheat color, or light yellow urine indicates safe hydration levels. Darker or brown urine indicates your body’s water levels are depleted.

Be a good trail buddy!
If you or a trail mate exhibit any of the above symptoms, find shade, cool your body in a lake or a stream, and drink water and/or sport drinks to regain water loss. Seek medical attention immediately for yourself or others if warranted.

Proper hydration is a very simple holistic approach to ensuring you will be ready for your next adventure as quickly as possible.

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Campfire Southern Mex Taco Recipe

When I was at the Conclave this passed weekend, I was invited to join a friend’s campfire dinner. Chicken, Black Bean & Rice Tacos were on the menu. The recipe was simple and packed with delicious flavor.

Campfire Southern Mex Tacos
(Serves  3-4 person)
2 – 2 cups white or brown rice
(Boil in the bag rice works best when camping)
1-15oz. can of cooked black beans
1 can if chicken meat
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
2 corn tortillas per person

Suggested Toppings:
Fresh chopped cilantro
Shredded cheese
Sour Cream

Substitute tuna or ham for chicken
Substitute jalapeno for bell pepper
Add carrots, celery and garlic if desired

Cooking directions:
Cook rice, following package directions.
Dice onion and red pepper. Pour olive oil into 2 quart pot. Over medium heat, sauté the onions and pepper until they are soft. While cooking add salt to taste.

Drain liquid from canned beans and chicken. Pour in cans of black beans and chicken. Bring to boil. Add rice and stir all ingredients together. Heat soft corn tortillas in a pan and stuff with rice and beans mixture.

Top with shredded cheese, sour creme and chopped cilantro if desired.

Depending on your palate, don’t be afraid to kick the heat up with some hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

Do you have a delicious campfire recipe you would like to share?

Let’s Go Camping!
Last weekend, I and over 1300 other members of the Southern Region – Order of the Arrow Section B trekked to upstate North Carolina for the SR-7B Conclave 2012 located at the Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville.

As the weatherman predicted; the weather took center stage! Many scouts ran for cover as the the rain pelted camp on Saturday evening.

SR-7B Conclave at Camp Cherokee

SR-7B Conclave at Camp Cherokee

Even though the rain caused the cancelation of some of the Conclave activities, the scouts were troupers and made the best of the wet circumstances and found shelter from the rain.

The Wise Grasshopper Stays Dry!
Since I was expecting rain, I had packed my lightweight Explorer Deluxe A-Sym Zip camping hammock and Hex Rainfly from Hennessy Hammocks. I love the roomy features of this particular hammock. What you may not know about me is that I am 6′ 7″ tall. The Explorer Deluxe model is perfect for me as it is designed to accommodate campers who are tall and are in need of more room to stretch out. The support of the hammock cradles my back perfectly, and I find that I have fewer back issues when sleeping in the Hammock verses sleeping on a pad in a tent.

Quick Hammock Setup
As I set up my hammock on Friday night before the rain, it wasn’t long before several curious scouts gathered around to watch me set up the my Explorer Deluxe with it’s tree hugger support straps. As you can see from my photo below, I also set up my Hennessy Hex Rainfly to shield my hammock from the rainfall. Had the weather forecast expected sunny skies, I would have spread the Hex Fly open and used it as a shade canopy.

Hennessy Hammock - Explorer Deluxe Asym Zip and Hex Fly

My Hennessy Hammock - Explorer Deluxe Asym Zip and Hex Fly

Sleep Like A Baby
For some, the thought of sleeping outdoors means sleeping on thin sleeping pads and waking up with the aches and pains caused from sleeping on the ground. Others who have mobility issues or arthritis may decide to forgo camping entirely as getting up and down from the ground is cumbersome for them. I can recommend Hennessy Hammocks as a solution. I slept very comfortably. I had no need to worry about waking up in a soggy tent or a damp sleeping bag. There was no mud or mess as the proper placement of my Hex Fly kept my shelter grounds dry.

Simple Pack Up
As we broke camp on Sunday morning, the surrounding woods were still wet from the storm. The scouts shook water off their tents and packed them up while they were still wet. When they reached their homes, they would be saddled with the chore of setting their tents back up to air dry to avoid mildew damage. My shelter pack up was simple. I packed my dry hammock in my backpack and put the damp Hex Rainfly into the hammock’s stuff sack. When I arrived home, it took me just a minute to hang up the Hex Fly to dry.

Ready for your own Hennessy Hammock?
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