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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

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Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

Yummy and fun to make campfire toasted cinnamon rolls.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls – In my last post, I mentioned that our family recently had our inaugural camping trip of the year. We went with some friends and had so much fun camping in the Pacific Northwest rain forest along the coast of Vancouver Island (see last post for some photos of our trip). I love trying new camping recipes and this time I’d seen some orange/cinnamon rolls cooked in orange peels over a fire on Pinterest that looked intriguing. Loved the idea but my daughter doesn’t like oranges at all so I had to take another route…what about simply cooking them on a roasting stick? I really wasn’t sure it was going to work and honestly I kind of forgot about them until our last camping night. Once I remembered, I asked the kids if they had any interest in trying a roasted cinnamon bun experiment and they were all over it.

We cracked open a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and carefully put them on some roasting sticks. We tried a few different methods but in the end the best way was to simply insert the roll (as is straight out out of the can) on a small double pronged roasting fork. We tried on a single prong but they kept twisting and almost falling off – too much stress. We also discovered that you needed to keep turning them to make sure they were cooked all over, especially in the center. You definitely want some hot, glowing embers to cook the cinnamon rolls, a roaring fire wouldn’t work well at all. As a final surprise, I discovered that these particular cinnamon rolls came with a little container of icing…truly the icing on the cake (or cinnamon roll). Sweet, fluffy, warm and toasty – why does camping food always seem to taste extra delicious! So in the end, it turned out that our campfire cinnamon rolls experiment was a huge success and I would highly recommend it.

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

What you need:

  • Can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • Roasting prongs (preferably with the prongs close together)
  • Campfire with hot embers

Directions:

  1. Pop open can and carefully divide the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Gently insert the prongs through the side of the cinnamon roll in the center of the bun making sure it’s near the back of the prongs.
  3. Slowly place your roll over hot embers, rotating frequently and on all sides.
  4. Depending on the heat in your campfire, it should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to toast your rolls so that they are cooked all the way through.
  5. Remove from campfire and allow to cool slightly before carefully removing the roll from the roasting prongs. Eat and enjoy!

You can download and print the directions here.

Preparing quick meals on camping trips is easy if you have the right recipes and ingredients. Check out this great book for your next camping trip: 100 Easy Camping Recipes

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: DIY Fire StartersDouble Chocolate Pecan Cookies,  No Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

Toasted Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

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Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookies

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Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookies - rich, decadent, soft, brownie like, nutty, chocolaty gooey goodness all in one tasty little cookie.

Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookie

Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookie – Last weekend we returned from our family vacation. My daughter was eager to see her best friend MacKenzie, so right away we set up a play date our first day back. MacKenzie’s mom, Kelly, was so sweet and brought over a big tin of cookies to welcome us home. I didn’t get a chance to eat any of the cookies until after Kelly had left but once I had… well, lets just say I had much more than my allotted share. While one part of me was cursing Kelly for bringing these rich, decadent  and sinful cookies into my house, the other part of me was thinking… must learn to make these!  Let me see if I can describe them to you – soft, brownie like, nutty, chocolaty gooey goodness all in one tasty little package. I then proceeded to text Kelly and beg her for the recipe, all the while keeping my fingers crossed that it wasn’t a special secret family recipe. Score! Kelly was kind enough to share her recipe and I made quick work of putting my first batch together. Wow, is all I can say!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PECAN TOFFEE COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp milk
3/4 cup chopped pecans pieces (walnuts would likely work as well)
1/2 cup toffee chips (or Skor chips)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Use an electric mixer to cream butter, vanilla and sugars and mix until fluffy. Beat in egg. At low-speed, beat in cocoa and milk. With a wooden spoon mix in the flour and baking soda until blended well. Stir in nuts, toffee and chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil or parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 13 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly before removing from baking sheets.

Print and/or download the Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookie HERE

Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookie

Double Chocolate Pecan Toffee Cookie

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Check out some of my other recipes including: The ultimate rice krispie squareBest salad everNo bake energy balls,  the best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean humus.

You may also want to checkout my popular Pinterest Boards and Follow me on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

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The Ultimate Vacation Packing List

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free printable packing checklist for vacatiion

Printable packing list for your next vacation

The Ultimate Vacation Packing List – Free Printable – Now that all the fun and craziness of the Christmas holidays are behind us, we’re hit with the realization that we still have quite a few more months of winter to go. I’m not a fan of long, cold winters (well, it doesn’t get below freezing often where I live but it rains a lot) so we try to save enough money for a vacation to a sunny destination each year. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love winter vacations – I mean I plan for it all year long. If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be to travel. I love experiencing other cultures, landscapes and food and I think travelling is the ultimate education.

This year we’re so fortunate to be going to one of our favorite destinations, Mexico (Manzanillo to be more precise). A big part of what I love about going on a vacation is the build-up and excitement before we go. I usually have everyone’s luggage pretty much packed about a week before we leave – I know, I have issues. Every year I go through my mental packing checklist but inevitably forget something.

Since we’re leaving shortly I decided to create my own printable packing list that I can pull out and print every year now from this point onward. I thought many of my fellow travelers may like to have this checklist too.

To download your free printable packing list click here. Happy travels!Packing-List-PDF

Looking for more printables: Master Meal List, Summer Fun Activity List Mandala Coloring PageBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading!  ~ Jamey-84-64-149

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Best Salad Ever

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Best Salad Ever

Best Salad Ever Recipe

Best Salad Ever Recipe – This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada… I’m still having trouble buttoning up my pants.  We were blessed to be invited to two Thanksgiving dinners and for the one at my mother-in-laws house I was asked to provide a salad.  As soon as I found out that a salad was my contribution to the meal I knew what I was making, the best salad ever of course.  I found this recipe many months ago and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.  It’s both yummy and beautiful. I’ve modified it slightly from the original recipe as we found that one way too sweet.  There is already so much sweetness in the fruit and candied almonds there’s no need for large amounts of sugar in the dressing.  I also added the croutons to have something a little salty to help balance out the sweetness. Give this salad recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Download the Best Salad Ever Recipe here.

Best Salad Ever Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 4 shallots or green onions, chopped
  • 1 can mandarin orange pieces
  • 1 diced avocado
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup bread to make homemade croutons (sourdough or focaccia bread works well)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp old fashioned (grainy) mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut up about 1 cup of bread into 1 inch cubes and place in a bowl.  Add 1 tbsp of olive oil (add a little more if it’s too dry) and sprinkle evenly with garlic powder. Mix well and then spread on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Place sugar and almonds in sauce pan or skillet and cook over medium heat until sugar melts and starts turning brown – keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly.  Remove from heat and place on a plate to cool.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and finish the salad with the croutons, nuts and salad dressing.

Modified from this original recipe.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Check out some of my other recipes including: No bake energy balls,  Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean hummus.

You may also want to checkout my popular Pinterest Boards and Follow me on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Recipe for the Best Salad Ever.

Recipe for the Best Salad Ever.

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