So Jean, this past weekend I traded in all the luxuries of my city slicking life for a little camping. For the weekend I was no longer King Crabby, but Guider Crabby. I took about 30 girls camping at Sandy Lake. We had a great time singing around the campfire, making crafts, going on nature walks and best of all – eating! The greatest thing about going camping with my Guides is the food. The girls generally do all the prep, cooking and cleaning. It is like being on a wonderful wilderness vacation. Camp also has a wide range of delicacies such as Pass Around Fudge, baked apples and homemade ice cream.
Friday night we made mini pizzas, but I was so busy helping set up camp I didn’t have time to take any photos. It’s a Friday night tradition at camp to make Pass Around Fudge. It’s a delicious treat made with 1/2 cup butter, a half a bag of icing sugar, a few tablespoons of cocoa powder, and half a container of cream cheese. To be honest we don’t measure any of the ingredients.
You put all the ingredients in a ziploc bag and pass it from person to person while everyone sits around the campfire. As you pass it around you squeeze the bag, mixing the fudge until it looks like this:
Before everyone was worried about germs, we used to eat it straight out of the bag. Now we cut it up and put it on a plate. It tastes just like fudge, but with more sugar.
The next morning we made pancakes – hundreds of pancakes. Here is a sample of some of the dishes we used to make the pancakes:
One thing to remember is pancake batter rises, so if you put it in a jug for easy pouring leave room for it to rise. Otherwise the batter will erupt out of the jug like a volcano.
After all the pancakes we made we only had one left!
During the cooking of the pancakes we had a small grease fire. Guider Crabby stayed calm and easily put it out with baking soda. However we decided the adults should cook the bacon for the clubhouse sandwiches for lunch.
Now I present to you… the motherload!
Yes, there are two layers of bacon! The girls made 45 clubhouse sandwiches.
After lunch we made ice cream. How do you make ice cream? You pour 1/2 cup heavy cream into a medium-sized ziploc bag and add a tablespoon of white sugar. You can also add any additional flavouring at this stage. I always add vanilla.
You then place the medium ziploc bag in a large ziploc bag. You add a few cups of ice and 1/2 cup coarse salt.
Then you shake, shake and shake some more.
After ten minutes of shaking your ice cream is ready.
This one was mint ice cream.
For dinner we had hot dogs.
I really like hot dogs, but I only have them at camp because I know they are so bad for me.
Later that night we had baked apples over the campfire. We make them by removing the core and filling them with brown sugar and cinnamon. Then we wrap them in tin foil and roast to perfection. We didn’t have marshmallows or smores at this camp. My co-leader likes to refer to marshmallows as flaming torches of death. No matter how many times we tell the girls not to wave their flaming marshmallows wildly about in the air, they still do it. We have had too many close calls and therefore we tend not to bring marshmallows to camp.
The next morning we had oatmeal with apples, raisins and brown sugar. We always have oatmeal on the last day of camp and all the girls love it. Something tells me that must be a camp thing, as I can’t see the girls eating oatmeal at home.
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