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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How to Pack a Terrific Lunch for a Nature Hike

Several years ago, Merri Ann and I hiked up Burns Creek Canyon in the Big Hole Mountains and then up a side canyon called Hells Hole. (It’s not aptly named unless you’re trying to climb out the top of the canyon.) We found a beautiful meadow overlooking the canyon where we spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch from our daypacks. The Perfect Lunch for a Nature Hike To keep our food cool and safe in the summer sun, we packed insulated lunch bags, each with an ice a pack and then our food, and then buried them …

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Home of the Stuffed Burgers

Home of the Stuffed Burgers Welcome to the Cantina Burger Cafe! Get a Stuffed Burger Press Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press!  Click any arrow below to jump to that section. How to Make Stuffed Burgers Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes How to Make Burger Buns Click Here For Your Stuffed Burger Press Get a Stuffed Burger Press Now Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press! Get it now! Here’s How to Make Your Own Stuffed Burgers Stuffed Burgers Can Be as Easy as 1 2 3… Make crowd-pleasing burgers in just three easy …

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Homemade Burger Buns

Choose One! Get a FREE Burger Press or a FREE Bun Mix! Add it to checkout and use code “Z507” or “ZBUN” at checkout. The weather is warming up, and it’s time to let the neighborhood cookouts and family picnics begin. Burgers are the spotlight of the season, and it’s always best to impress. While you’re showing off your homemade burgers on the grill, why not also give our favorite homemade burger buns a try? As Dennis likes to say, “the buns make the burger,” and it’s true. I’m sure we can all remember eating a burger fresh off the …

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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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Mason Jar Salads

New Twists on a Familiar Theme -Alice Osborne The familiar theme? Salads served up in a salad bowl. The new twist? Layered, sog-free salad in a canning jar! This isn’t just a cute idea—it’s actually a very practical and a healthy, on-the-go lunch option, and you can use the same jar every day until the end of time (or until it gets dropped and breaks). So if you or a member of your family pack a lunch, you’ll love this new twist! Necessity was the mother of my invention. I learned the hard way that pre-dressed greens quickly turn soggy. …

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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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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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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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Apple Turnovers Recipe

Apple turnovers are a cousin to an apple pie: apple pie filling in individual-sized pastry pockets.  In this case, the pastry is loaded with cheddar cheese.  These are perfect for picnics and school lunches. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup shortening 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 1/3  to 1/2 cup ice cold water 2 medium apples pared and thinly sliced 2 tablespoon flour 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons butter For the wash: 1 egg white 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon sugar Directions Preheat the oven to …

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How to Make Hamburger Buns on the Grill

For that next picnic or family outing, consider making your own hamburger buns or sandwich rolls. They are easy and so much better than what you buy from the stores. And if you really want to impress your family or friends, bake them at the party. (Mix the dough at home and take it to the park. We’ll tell you how.) Take any bread mix. Be adventuresome and consider a bread with some flavor: one of our tomato breads or Sour Cream Onion or a rye bread or maybe Fully Loaded Baked Potato Bread. (We make mixes specifically for rolls …

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Make Bread the Sandwich Star

For a picnic, for your next road trip, or for that family get-together, make bread the star. Sandwiches made on really good bread are truly memorable, far better than ordinary. They can transform a meal into a special occasion. Here are some suggestions for making some extraordinary sandwiches for your next event: • Our favorite picnic sandwiches are Italian sandwiches made on Onion and Herb Focaccia. Read on to learn how to make Italian Sandwiches. Save 10% on Onion and Herb Focaccia this week–$2.69 per mix. • Several weeks ago, we showed you how to make pita bread. Pita bread …

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The Potato Salad Recipe Collection

We grew up with potato salads. They were standard at every picnic and family party. Church suppers had a battery of potato salads. But they all were pretty much the same. Now we know they don’t have to be. Table of Contents About Potato Salads Is Mayonnaise a Safety Issue? The Best Potatoes for Salads Potato Salad Recipes The Original Spring Potato Salad Bacon and Potato Salad Easy Italian Potato Salad Red Potato and Green Pea Salad Fiesta Potato Salad Sweet Pickle Potato Salad Confetti Roasted Potato Salad Old Country Bratwurst Roasted Potato Salad German Potato Salad Caribbean Sweet Potato …

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Picnic Checklist

We suggest that you start a picnic checklist, improve it over time, and keep it handy for picnic or camping preparation. Here’s a list to get you started. Scratch out the items you don’t need and add others until you have the perfect list for your family. If you keep the list on your computer, you can print out a new copy whenever you need it. We suggest keeping picnic and camping items in large containers in the corner of your garage where you can grab them in a moment and be ready for an outing. Cooler Ice for cooler …

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Tuna Wrap

This is a great wrap for summer. It’s light and refreshing, healthy and flavorful.  This is a great wrap for a picnic or a lunch in the shade at the park. Ingredients tuna packed in water, drained diced celery 1/2 teaspoon onion powder mayonnaise salt and pepper provolone cheese, thinly sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced sprouts tomato basil tortilla (Note: If you heat the tortilla for ten to fifteen seconds in the microwave before making the wrap it will be much easier to work with and they will stay together better after the wrap is rolled.) Directions Mix the tuna, celery, …

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How to Make Your Own Soda Pop with Fruit Juice Concentrate

Looking for the perfect beverage for your next family picnic or party? Consider make soda pop using fruit juice concentrate. The array of fruit juice concentrates at your grocery store is amazing and all you have to do is add dry ice. These soda pops make great floats also. Add a scoop of ice cream and you have a very nice beverage or treat. Consider a soda pop float for a wedding reception or other adult party. Carbonating your beverages is easy. Just add one to two pounds dry ice for every gallon of beverages. We’ll give the details (and …

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