by Sharla

Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

August 19, 2014 in Cooking, Main Dish by Sharla

Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

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Ok, I admit, this Hobo dinner with cabbage burnt and wrapped around it might not look like much, but trust me, when you’ve been camping in the sun, with your kids, in the dirt, with no running water and no toilet paper, this picture is actually heaven.  Seriously, haven’t you ever noticed that everything tastes better when you’re camping?  I have been making hobo dinners for years and I think I have finally created the perfect hobo dinner.  It’s so perfect I’m surprised it hasn’t ripped a hole in the space-time continuum (a little Doctor Who reference for ya).  This recipe comes from years (literally) of trial and error.  And I must give credit to onesweetappetite.com for the finishing touch on this recipe!  Buckle your seat belts, you’re about to be blown away.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (the hight the fat content, the better)

1/2 pound bacon cut in half

1 yellow squash

4-6 potatoes, cubed

3 carrots, sliced

1/4 onion, diced

4-8 cabbage leafs

1 can cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce

salt and pepper to taste

heavy duty aluminum foil

charcoal briquettes

The Method:

First things first, you gotta have the right kind of heat to cook on a camp fire.  That does not mean big, devil-licking flames.  The best way to cook on a camp fire is when the flames go down and what you have left is burning embers at the bottom of the pit.  I cheat (don’t judge me).  The fastest and easiest way to get those perfect coals is with charcoal.  I do have wood in the fire on one side, for fun, then the charcoal on the other, for cooking.  Let those briquettes burn until the outsides are gray with ash and the insides are hot with flame (like when we all become senior citizens).

While your coals are burning, prepare the dinners.  One piece of foil per dinner (or two pieces if you’re using regular foil).  Put a large cabbage leaf in the center.  Layer 2-4 half pieces of bacon on the bottom, then 1/4 of the ground beef in a patty.  Some of you out there may not be into using a high fat ground beef (85% lean or less), but you NEED the grease and liquid this beef emits to have a good camp fire dinner!  Next, put on a little diced onion, then a healthy spoonful of cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce (depending on your taste), then 1-1 and 1/2 cubed potatoes, then a handful of sliced carrot, and last the sliced yellow squash (also known as summer squash).  Salt and pepper to taste, and last a small dollop of soup or BBQ sauce right on top.  If your cabbage leaf is too small to fold up around that beautiful mound, cover with another leaf and fold the sides of the foil up tight.  Place in the fire with the meat side down and cook….well, until it’s done.  It’s hard to say but I average between 20-45 minutes depending on the size of the dinner.  

Turn regularly from side to side to cook evenly, and check the meat after the first 20 minutes and then every 5-10 minutes after that.  I promise, the cabbage leaf will protect your meal from burning, even if the meat gets more done than you like.  :)  When you’re done pull those puppies out of the fire and enjoy!

The Theory:

The bacon adds flavor and grease along with the high fat beef.  I have used stew meat before, but it tends to over cook, and never has enough fat, and is hard to eat.  You can choose between the cream of mushroom soup or BBQ sauce depending on which you like better.  My kids prefer the soup, but my hubby (who likes a bolder flavor) chooses BBQ sauce.  DO NOT turn the dinners upside down in the fire, which is why I layer the hardest to cook ingredients closets to the bottom because they will receive the most heat.  You put those delicate yellow squashes at the bottom and they’ll be ruined, I promise.

Here is the Pinterest Critique I did of using cabbage in this recipe!

Here is the original link for the cabbage idea that took us over the moon!

Hobo Dinner for Camping
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef (the hight the fat content, the better)
  2. 1/2 pound bacon cut in half
  3. 1 yellow squash
  4. 4-6 potatoes, cubed
  5. 3 carrots, sliced
  6. 1/4 onion, diced
  7. 4-8 cabbage leafs
  8. 1 can cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. heavy duty aluminum foil
  11. charcoal briquettes
Instructions
  1. First things first, you gotta have the right kind of heat to cook on a camp fire. That does not mean big, devil-licking flames. The best way to cook on a camp fire is when the flames go down and what you have left is burning embers at the bottom of the pit. I cheat (don't judge me). The fastest and easiest way to get those perfect coals is with charcoal. I do have wood in the fire on one side, for fun, then the charcoal on the other, for cooking. Let those briquettes burn until the outsides are gray with ash and the insides are hot with flame (like when we all become senior citizens).
  2. While your coals are burning, prepare the dinners. One piece of foil per dinner (or two pieces if you're using regular foil). Put a large cabbage leaf in the center. Layer 2-4 half pieces of bacon on the bottom, then 1/4 of the ground beef in a patty. Some of you out there may not be into using a high fat ground beef (85% lean or less), but you NEED the grease and liquid this beef emits to have a good camp fire dinner! Next, put on a little diced onion, then a healthy spoonful of cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce (depending on your taste), then 1-1 and 1/2 cubed potatoes, then a handful of sliced carrot, and last the sliced yellow squash (also known as summer squash). Salt and pepper to taste, and last a small dollop of soup or BBQ sauce right on top. If your cabbage leaf is too small to fold up around that beautiful mound, cover with another leaf and fold the sides of the foil up tight. Place in the fire with the meat side down and cook….well, until it's done. It's hard to say but I average between 20-45 minutes depending on the size of the dinner.
  3. Turn regularly from side to side to cook evenly, and check the meat after the first 20 minutes and then every 5-10 minutes after that. I promise, the cabbage leaf will protect your meal from burning, even if the meat gets more done than you like. :) When you're done pull those puppies out of the fire and enjoy!
Notes
  1. The bacon adds flavor and grease along with the high fat beef. I have used stew meat before, but it tends to over cook, and never has enough fat, and is hard to eat. You can choose between the cream of mushroom soup or BBQ sauce depending on which you like better. My kids prefer the soup, but my hubby (who likes a bolder flavor) chooses BBQ sauce. DO NOT turn the dinners upside down in the fire, which is why I layer the hardest to cook ingredients closets to the bottom because they will receive the most heat. You put those delicate yellow squashes at the bottom and they'll be ruined, I promise.
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You’re welcome.  I just made camping that much more bearable (pun intended).

<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Hobo Dinners in Cabbage-Pinterest Success

August 18, 2014 in Pinterest Critique by Sharla

Wrapping Hobo Dinners in Cabbage to Keep From Burning-Pinterest Success!

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Sooooooo, I had the great fortune of taking my kids on a camping trip this summer (if you can’t sense my sarcasm, let me just spell it out for you).  I know, we are the worst parents ever for not taking them sooner, seeing as how my oldest is now, officially, 12 years old.  What can I say?  Matt and I don’t like our kids!  Just kidding, we actually love spending time with them, just not out in the wilderness with no bathroom, no beds, and no TV (as in, for us)!  However, what’s the one thing our kids wanted to do this summer?  You guessed it, camp.  So here we are…literally the week before school starts finally putting on our big-boy pants and giving the kids what they beg for, our personal hell.

Having said that, at least camping lends itself to some seriously creative fun, and what promotes more creativity than Pinterest?  Nothing.  The answer is nothing.  Thus, here is a full week of Camping Pinterest success and failures hot off my Pinterest Critique Board.  You’re welcome.

I have been making hobo dinners since I can remember.  Matt has gone on many “Mountain Man Rendezvous” which is like a scrapbooking retreat for dudes but with more, well, everything girls don’t want.  I make him hobo dinners every time, but I have never seen the advice to wrap the hobo dinner in cabbage (thank you, Pinterest).  I just had to give it a go.

The verdict, two thumbs WAY up!!!  Total Pinterest success!  Before I found this pin, every time I made these we had had to scrape away the cooked meat from the charred remains at the bottom of the tin foil, but not this time.  I don’t know who thought of this or where the magical properties of cabbage leaves come from, but all I did was lay out the tin foil, put a large cabbage leaf down, load it with the hobo dinner ingredients, cover it with another leaf of cabbage, then wrap the whole thing up tight with foil, and viola!  Non-burned, beautiful, moist hobo dinner!!!  I will never go camping with  out cabbage leafs again (quite possibly the weirdest statement ever).

For my recipe for Hobo dinners, which is excellent and has taken me years to perfect, click here or the picture below.  And feel free to follow me on Pinterest for more camping and tons of other fun pins (seriously, I pin all the time…like twice a day)!

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<3, Sharla

by Sharla

Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven-Pinterest Fail

August 13, 2014 in Pinterest Critique by Sharla

 Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven-Pinterest Fail
 
 
 
Pinterest fail.  And it’s not my fault!  I followed the instructions perfectly and it so didn’t work.  I had a horrible time peeling the eggs.  It was as if the shell had fused to the egg itself creating a new and evil version of something that heretofore had been soft and tasty.  When I did finally get the shell off the egg was a tattered wretch.  Not to mention I was promised a better tasting egg, they tasted pretty much the same (and that’s saying something because I’m easy to impress when it comes to food…I really like food).  Finally, the yolk was impossible to get out (no good for deviled eggs or kids who hate “the yellow ball”).  Stick to the stovetop and water.  
 
If you’re looking for a quicker, easier way to peel eggs, I suggest using a spoon.  My husband taught me this little trick and we do it every time eggs are boiling.  Stick with the tried and true method.  Click the picture below for full instructions on how to easily and quickly peeling eggs, and follow my Pinterest Critique board for more Pinterest fail and success stories.
 
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<3, Sharla
by Sharla

Bacon in the Oven-Pinterest Success

August 8, 2014 in Pinterest Critique by Sharla

 Bacon in the Oven-Pinterest Success!
 
I love a Pinterest Success!  Two thumbs way up!  This pin has literally changed my life.  Yes, bacon changed my life,  I am not ashamed.  And not just my life, my entire family LOVES bacon in the oven.  It comes out light, ultra crispy, and doesn’t make an enormous mess on your stove top or leave that lingering bacon smell in the air, on your clothes, in your hair (I hate that).  It takes about the same time to cook if you cooked a whole package on the stove but because you just pop it in the oven it leaves you free to do other stuff (like search my Pinterest Critique board for more success and fail stories).  
 
There is some advice I would give: 1)make sure to not over lap the bacon at all.  If they overlap they stick together and also won’t cook evenly.  2) You must use parchment paper or it sticks to the pan.  I only made that mistake once, a whole package of bacon down the drain.  One of the saddest days of my life.  3) Take the bacon off of the pan as soon as it is done and drain on paper towels.  4) Check the bacon regularly as it cooks.  Sometimes the pieces on the ends are done sooner than the middle and sometimes I flip a few if they are looking done on the side touching the pan.  5) I use two pans to cook one package, dividing the bacon in half.  
 
I know that sounds like a lot of work, and I admit, it took a little practice, but it’s well worth it.  I will never cook bacon on the stove again!  Trust me, you’re about to have a Pinterest success story of your own.
by Sharla

DIY – Spooky Material

August 7, 2014 in Halloween, Halloween, Halloween Creations by Sharla

DIY Spooky Material

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Check out my spooky material.  Spooky, right?  Spooooooooky…… Well, I didn’t buy it, I made it!  Why?  Because it’s fun!  The only thing I had to buy for this project was a packet of cheese cloth from Home Depot (in the paint supplies).  It was about $4.00 for the pack but it came with a ton.  What I loved about this project was how easy, fun, cheap and quick it was.  Plus, I could customize my cloth to be any color I wanted!  Shall we begin?

What you Need:

Ink Pads (I used red, black, green, and purple)

CLICK HERE for Joann.com or Shop Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Supplies at Michaels

Cheese cloth (Home Depot is my favorite spot for this but this is my recommendation from Amazon)

 

The Method:

Ok, this is super complicated, so just bare with me.  What you need to do is open you cheese cloth, cut the desired amount (or keep it whole) unfold it, and blob it onto the ink pad.  Seriously, here’s a picture of my 3-year-old doing it.

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Man, that kids needs a hair cut.  I did one cloth that was just red, kinda gross looking but also cool if you’re into the gory Halloween look.

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Then I did one that was a mixture of purple and black and one that was black, green, and purple.  Go crazy with that ink pad.  The more ink you use the better it will look.

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And just to mix things up you can always leave the cheese cloth white and drape it like spider webs.  I have used this piece year after year.  I draped it and then just made long cuts into it to shred it a little.  I like it much better than the spider webbing you get that is just one use.  Just slap some creepy crawlys on there and you have a more than convincing spider web.

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Ok, who’s convinced?  It’s all the things I love about crafting, plus its for Halloween, sooooooo, yeah.  AWESOME!

<3, Sharla 

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