The Best Time of Year for a Nature Hike

Take a hike in the woods, fish a mountain brook, and more. Since church is mostly shut down, on Sunday afternoons, Merri Ann and I pack a lunch, grab a lesson manual, and go find a quiet place in the woods for a picnic, time together, and a discussion. This was as quiet a place as you could find, tucked under the Continental Divide. It was an hour on paved roads and 45 minutes on rough dirt roads. That’s a long way for a prayer and discussion, but oh, was it worth it! A Nature Hike in a Quiet Canyon …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

To many folks, this is the original no-bake cookie, besides Rice Krispie Treats, of course. These chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies make great kid cookies. They’re almost confection-like, but they’re so packed with energy and hearty oats that you won’t mind giving your youngster a few. These cookies are best with a tall glass of milk. This is a range-top cookie. Because it is a no-baker and so full of energy, it makes a great camping cookie. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter 1/3 cocoa 2 1/2 cup quick oats …

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How to Make Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Perfect for on the go! These peanut butter buckeyes are perfect for when you’re rushing off to a picnic and so small and easy to pack. Quick and Easy!All you have to do for these cute buckeyes is make a peanut butter fudge, form some balls, and dip them into chocolate. It doesn’t take much time, effort, or even ingredients! So delicious!Who knew something so simple could be so tasty? You can never go wrong with the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. The Story of the Peanut Butter Buckeye A buckeye is a tree that forms a little …

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Easy Stovetop Cobbler–Slumps

Slumps: The Easier Way To Enjoy Fruit Dumplings and Cobblers So easy! All you have to do is pull out a biscuit mix, bring the fruit filling to a simmer and cook the biscuits on top of the simmering fruit like dumplings. No need to turn on the oven! This easy stovetop cobbler is exactly as it sounds, cooked on the stove. It’s perfect for the summertime when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. So versatile! You can use any fruit you want for these slumps whether it’s canned, frozen, or fresh. You can also cook it practically anywhere–on …

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How to Make Chapatti

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Chapatti: Your New Favorite Pancake A Traditional Indian Fried Bread If you can make pancakes, you can make this chapatti. So simple! There are only six ingredients and four easy steps. The name may be intimidating, but it’s as easy as a cross between making simple fry bread and pancakes. So tasty! You can serve your chapatti hot with butter, honey, jam, or cinnamon and sugar. Or you can eat them plain as a complement to a main dish. A new family favorite! Not even the picky eaters can hate this one. While …

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Camping with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Summertime means it’s time for camping, hiking, and backpacking trips. Some of the best camping memories involve munching on a crisp apple around the campfire as the rest of the food cooks. Unless you’re camping in an RV, cooler space is limited. If you’re backpacking, you have no cooler. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables will keep for three to five days without any refrigeration, so you can save the ice and cooler space for those foods that demand refrigeration. Fruits and Vegetables for Camping that Don’t Require Refrigeration Here’s a …

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How Long Will it Last? Keeping Food in the Cooler

With the weather warming up and cookouts and picnics coming out, it’s important to keep your food safe. The best way to keep yourself and your food safe this summer is by not eating food that has been sitting out in the sun for more than an hour and a half, sticking a kitchen thermometer at the top of your cooler to make sure the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees, and considering the source of your food.

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How to Make Biscuits Without Turning on Your Oven

These cathead biscuits, or skillet biscuits, are absolutely delicious! If you don’t want to heat up the house with your oven in the summertime, they’re the perfect choice for making biscuits, and they still taste just as great as coming out of the oven. You really can cook biscuits in a skillet on the stove, and this article will tell you just how to do it. What Are Cathead or Skillet Biscuits? I found a recipe for Cathead Skillet Biscuits in Alford and Duguid’s book, Home Baking. It was intriguing—they were making baking powder biscuits on a stovetop. I searched …

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ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

Every road warrior should have a supply of ANZAC Biscuits. They’re protein cookies packed with energy, tasty, and nearly indestructible. If you are going on a camping trip or packing a boy scout off to camp, you had better make some ANZAC Biscuits. About ANZAC Biscuits During World War II, the citizenry of Australia came up with a cookie—biscuits they called them—to supply the troops, something that would travel well, keep well, and provide lots of energy. Folks packaged them in tins by the thousands and sent them to the troops. They became a national institution for Australia and New …

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That’s a Wrap: How to Make a Sandwich Wrap

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Make Great Wraps with a Free Tortilla Mix. Add it to cart and use code “ZWRAP” at checkout. OR Choose 2 Free Breads and use code “ZBREAD” at checkout. Once you know how to roll a wrap, you can make wraps for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even desserts. It’s easy to make sandwich wraps, and there’s so much room for creativity. Load them with meats, cheese, and veggies to suit. Spread them with mayonnaise or a sandwich spread or drizzle them with dressing. For breakfast, you can make a wrap with scrambled eggs, grated cheese, …

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Beyond the Bone Store

Quiet Country Drives The Bone Store sits in Bone, Idaho, 17 miles down the Bone Road.  (Yes, there was a Mr. Bone, Mr. Orion Bone the town founder in the early 1900’s.) Bone is in the boonies. It was the last town in Idaho to receive telephone service.  In 2006, it had a year around population of 2.  It has probably doubled in population since then. I hear the Bone Store serves dinner weekend evenings. We had never been to Gray’s Lake.  There is a national wildlife refuge there and it’s not too far from where we live so we …

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Make Your Own Hamburger Buns and Sandwich Rolls

(with a Salted Water Roll or Other Bread Mix or with a Recipe) Consider making your own hamburger buns or sandwich rolls for that next picnic or family outing,. They are easy and so much better than what you buy from the stores. Our Salted Water Roll Mix makes fantastic burger buns and sandwich rolls but you can use any bread mix or bread recipe. The Salted Water Roll Mix comes with a packet of black and white sesame seeds plus Pink Himalayan Salt to put on the top of the buns and that is a very nice touch. The …

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Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun summer treats

By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidently shot a bottle rocket at my high school boyfriend (don’t worry, he was fine) going out on my good friend’s boat to the middle of Lake Washington to watch fireworks, and riding my bike with my cousins at our annual family 4th of July party. The 4th is coming and it’s time to make new memories with these fun and delicious red, white and blue treats. It’s gotten me in a …

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How to Pack for the First Road Trip of the Spring

Image by VisitIdaho.org Last weekend we took our first trip into the mountains of the spring.  It wasn’t long, a three hour loop up to Mesa Falls, through Island Park, and back.  The weather was gorgeous, the snow nearly gone, the hills green with new spring, and hardly anyone on the road. The overlook from where this picture of Mesa Falls was taken only had two or three cars in the parking lot. Without the crowds it was easy to strike up a conversation, one with a young couple from Rexburg with a cute little baby girl and another with …

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How to Have Great Picnics in the Fall

Dennis Weaver With the exception of the picture of the Tetons, the landscape images were taken in Eastern Idaho by Debbie Frantzen. This is our favorite time of year for a picnic. It’s not just that snow is coming; we’re savoring the last pleasures of the season. The sky is clear and blue and there’s a fresh crispness to the air. The bugs are gone. The sumac is red and the aspens have turned golden. The birds and wildlife seem restless and no longer hidden in the thickets away from the heat of summer and out of sight. The southerly rays …

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Fall Picnics | Ideas for Great Fall Picnics

This is my favorite time of year, September and early October.  I love the cooler weather, the crisp bite in the mornings.  I love the mountains in the fall, the medley of bright colors in the forests, the deeper blue sky that seems to go forever, the earthy smells of fallen leaves, and the crunch of dry leaves underfoot.  I love the crystal clear waters of gentle streams after the water has dropped in the fall with their quiet babble as they find their way over smooth stones.  It’s my favorite time for hikes and picnics in the woods. We …

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How to Make Focaccia Sandwiches

In my earlier years, we lived by a little sandwich shop that we absolutely loved. I was always so excited to try new things, so when I discovered the focaccia sandwich, it was love at first bite– the light and chewy, herb-infused focaccia with delightful sandwich fillings in every bite. These focaccia sandwiches are an answer to that childhood memory. About the Focaccia Focaccia is so easy to make, especially when you use a mix. You don’t even need to know how to bake bread to make the focaccia for these easy sandwiches. All you have to do is combine …

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The Versatile Santa Fe Sopaipillas

We like the versatility of sopaipillas. They are great at home as an accompaniment for meals, a vehicle for our favorite Mexican foods, or dipped in cinnamon and sugar and served as a snack for the kids.  But they also work as camping food.  They can be made ahead of time as a mix and they work as great, fresh bread on a backpacking trip.  And keep them in mind for emergency bread—they can be cooked over any heat when the power goes out.  Best of all, they are quick and easy. (We’re always interested in bread that can be …

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How to Make Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers are quick and easy to make, perfect for a picnic or an outing on the patio. Serve them with barbeque sauce or sweet and sour for kids or fancier sauce for the adults. We think you’ll find these good enough and easy enough that you’ll make them year-around. Ingredients 4 chicken breasts 1 1/4 cup crushed cornflakes 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 large eggs Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 1. Cut the chicken breasts into strips 3/8-inch thick. 2. Mix the crushed cornflakes, cheese, paprika, salt, …

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How to Cook a Steak

When I was young, I worked in a bake shop in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  It was a work camp and I baked at night.  The night crew came in after midnight each night for a meal.  Often they wanted steaks.  These were cranky old roughnecks and those steaks had to be right and the boss made sure I got it right.  He had three rules: Don’t press the steak with a spatula.  You want the steaks as juicy as possible, not with juices pressed out. Only turn the steaks once.  Every time you turn them, you lose juices. Cook them …

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