May 2015 archive

Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

| Cooking, Kids Fun, Outdoors

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.

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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Bugs & Butterflies Coloring Page

| Kids Fun, Printables

Bugs & Butterflies coloring page

Bugs & Butterflies coloring page

This weekend we did our first camping trip of the 2015 spring/summer camping season along the breathtaking Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island. Camping along the Pacific West Coast is one of our family’s favorite past times. We had an amazing time spending three days out in nature.

During our camping adventure, we saw a myriad of wildlife, sea life and interesting creatures including a close encounter with a black bear (see photo below). Camping in the forest and on the beach among all the flora and fauna, I was inspired to get out my sketchbook and draw some cute little insects and butterflies.

Download and print your bugs and butterflies coloring page here.

Please note, these drawings aren’t really anatomically correct but rather fun “interpretations” of bugs and butterflies in general. My daughter loves these coloring pages and the butterflies are her favorite insects to color. I’m sure there’s lots of nature lovers out there who will enjoy these coloring pages. Happy coloring!

Juan de Fuca camping

Camping along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island.

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DIY Fire Starters

| Crafts & DIY, Outdoors

Easy and frugal DIY fire starter.

Easy DIY fire starter that lights instantly and cost almost nothing but your time.

DIY Fire Starter – I can almost smell it… salt water breezes and the crackle of a campfire; roasting marshmallows and wieners (check out my amazing Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows here). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the spring/summer camping season. Luckily we have the good fortune to spend most of our summer at the beach. It is without a doubt my favorite time of year.

Every camping season my husband stocks up on wood for our campfires and then we usually find driftwood for the kindling but being right on the ocean means that the wood often stays a bit damp – not the best for trying to start a fire. I did a bit of research and found out that lint was a great fire starter and there’s rarely a shortage of lint in our house. I combined the lint with a few more items that most people already have in their homes and made this fantastic DIY fire starter. I have to say that these are amazing – they’ll get your fire blazing instantly (I used these all last summer and I’m preparing my next batch for the upcoming camping season). Start saving your lint today! You’ll be happy you made these when you’re struggling to get the campfire going this summer.

DIY Fire Starter Instructions

Materials:

  • Lint
  • Newspaper
  • Toilet paper rolls – cut in half
  • Candles
  • String
  • Herbs – Sage helps keep bugs away (not essential but nice if you have it)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet

Directions:

  1. Place wax or parchment paper on cookie sheet and place toilet paper rolls out on the tray.
  2. Stuff each roll with lint until its pretty full.
  3. Light a candle, tilt on the side and drip wax into the roll onto the lint (always taking care not to burn yourself or light the roll or lint on fire).
  4. If you have fresh herbs, place on top of the lint in the roll.
  5. Roll a sheet of newspaper around the toilet paper roll and tie off with string so that they look like Christmas crackers.

Download your easy to make DIY Fire Starter instructions here.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: Double Chocolate Pecan CookiesThe Ultimate Rice Krispie SquareBest Salad EverNo Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

How to make a fire starter

Easy & inexpensive homemade fire starter – perfect for camping, backpackers and home fires.

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