30 July 2010

The Robots Have Gone in for Tea

Just finished a new fabric for my Robot Fabric line; this one is all Gear Garden and no robots.

25 July 2010

Surprise Pear

We have a pear tree on our urban apartment deck. We bought it with wedding present money. And we love it all the same, even if it's never beared fruit. One day, we thought, when we have a yard, we'll plant it with a another one so they can pollinate their little hearts out.



Surprise! After more than 8 years, our tree is sporting its first pear! Just like that. I think someone's been up to some funny business behind our backs.

23 July 2010

Birthday Party: "A" is for Ava


And "P" is for Picnic Party.

We were lucky enough to be on the guest list of this adorable garden party for a wee friend who just turned the 1! Ava's mama put so much creativity into every element of the party that I just had to share.

Grab a bag and fill with your choice of goodies, pull up a blanket and party.


"G" is for Guess how many cheerios in the jar. That's 365! One for every day of little Ava's life. So clever.


Activities for the kiddies included giant beach balls, croquet, mini-badminton, and some arts and crafts.


So much fun.

13 July 2010

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

A FAVOURITE CAMPING DESSERT | APPLE CRISP



Filling
9 large apples; peeled, cored, and sliced
1 lemon juice
2 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
3/4 t. salt

Mix, cover and set aside 1 hour.

Topping
1 C. flour
1 C. old fashioned oats
1 C. brown sugar; packed
3/4 C. walnuts, chopped
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 C. + 2 T. butter

Medium mixing bowl. Combine topping ingredients except butter. Cut butter into small pieces. Add to other ingredients. Use fingers to work into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Place on 10-12 hot briquettes and put 18-20 on top. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown on top and bubbly. Rotate the base and the lid 1/4 turn in opposite directions every 15 minutes.

Serve with caramel sauce and/or cream.

12 July 2010

Campfire Vegetables

CAMPING SIDE DISH FAVOURITE | FOIL VEGGIES



· 8 Cups of a combination of mixed chopped vegetables [e.g. cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, mushrooms, red pepper]
· Parmesan, grated, 8 oz
· Onion Soup Mix packet
· Butter .25 lb

Double wrap in foil packets. Place carefully on hot coals. Check frequently for desired tenderness after about 20 minutes.

11 July 2010

Easy Camping Breaky

BREAKFAST WRAP ALFRESCO

This one is from our camping buddies, "Team E", and it's both delicious and simple.



Tortillas
Scrambled eggs
Shredded cheese
Black beans combined with salsa, warmed together

This recipe has officially been added in our camping repertoire.

07 July 2010

Outdoor Oatmeal Brulée



Oh that heavenly crunchy-crispy-sugary crust on a crème brulée brought to you in a breakfast form? That's right. We packed the kitchen torch on our last camping trip and made oatmeal brulée for breakfast. It turned out to be a comforting meal on a sprinkling, chilly morning.

06 July 2010

See you at ohdeedoh.com too!



So, did I mention that I am officially a part-time contributor at ohdeedoh! My first post as a team member just went up ... in case you are interested in some ideas for yummy campfire desserts.
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