Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coca Cola BBQ Chicken

Melissa shared this recipe with us, and we tried it when we went camping this past weekend. It was super yummy!


  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can coke
  • 16 oz BBQ suace
  • 1 T. worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Arrange chicken in an oiled dutch oven.  Mix the BBQ sauce, coke and spices and pour over chicken. (Optional: I put it all together in a bag in the morning and left in our cooler all day so the sauce could act as a marinade. It made things super easy when it came time to cook.) Cover the dutch oven and cook over coals for 60-70 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. 

*Even though this is a dutch oven recipe, it would be easily adjustable to make in the oven at home. 

Dutch Oven Potatoes

We made these classic potatoes when we went camping last weekend. They were perfection!


  • 1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks 
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 

Preheat a wood fire or outdoor charcoal grill to medium heat. In a Dutch oven placed on the grill grate or directly on the embers of the fire, cook bacon until crisp. Add onions and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Put potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add parsley, seasoned salt and pepper, to taste. Mix all ingredients well. Put potatoes into the Dutch oven, and add water and butter. Cook, covered, until potatoes are browned and tender, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mom's Easter Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


  • 1 head romaine lettuce*
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce*
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries 
  • 10 - 12 small cherry tomatoes, halved (mom prefers to leave this out)
  • 1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 avocados, pared and cut into chunks (mom prefers to leave this out)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • juice of 1 grated onion (grate and then put through sieve
  • 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c. vegetable oil

Wash lettuce, spin dry, and tear into pieces. Combine with celery, mandarin oranges, apples, cranberries, tomatoes, and cheese in a large serving bowl. Toss.

In a 9-inch nonstick skillet, cook almonds with a 1 T. sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and almonds start to caramelize. Cool.

To make dressing, whisk together all dressing ingredients except vegetable oil. Gradually pour in vegetable oil, whisking to combine. 

Add almonds and avocados to salad just prior to serving. Toss with dressing. 

*You can substitute one package mixed green sin place of the romaine and green leaf lettuce.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Brittany's Easy Maple Syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T. maple (Don't use maple extract, it won't taste as strong. Use real maple.)
Mix together sugar and water and stir constantly over heat. Right when it starts to boil, remove from heat and add the maple extract. Tip: Make sure you are watching and stirring or it will boil over.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Brittany shared this treat. They look yummy!!

  • 1 bag of square pretzels
  • 2 bags Rolo candies
  • 1 bag M&Ms
Spread pretzels on a tinfoil-lined cookie sheet.  Add a Rolo on top of each pretzel. Bake in the oven 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees. You want the Rolos soft but not melting.  Take out of oven and immediately push an M&M down into the middle of each Rolo. Cool and enjoy!

Roasted Vegetables or potatoes

Delicious side dish to any meal!

Roasted vegetables:

  • red onion
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • other veggies of choice
  • olive oil or vegetable oil
  • seasonings of choice
Dice up all the vegetables the same size and coat them in oil and salt and pepper (and other seasonings if desired). Bake them until cooked through. 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 

Roasted potatoes:
  • sweet potatoes or red potatoes
  • oil
  • seasonings of choice
Dice the potatoes into cubes. Coat in oil and salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes or until soft and cooked through. 

Brittany's Muddy Buddies

Brittany has revised the original recipe to be even better!


  • 1 regular box Chex mix
  • 2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. margarine
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar
Make normally as directed and dump as much powdered sugar as you like. Yum!