Tonight was our BSA District Dinner. I put together a dessert table to show how easy it is to come up with a good Scout themed dessert table without breaking the bank. I simply used the gear from our Troop cooking supplies: pots, pans, camp stove; Dutch ovens and frying pans did double duty as my serving trays.
On the campstove, in the frying pans, we served peanut butter cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.
At one end of the table, I had a large Dutch oven filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies; a blue enamel pan filled with our Boy Scout Trail's End popcorn; and a tray of Dirt & Worms Chocolate Pudding.
The other end of the table featured Indoor S'mores; Pinewood Derby cupcakes; more Boy Scout popcorn and Brownies.
In the center, on either side of the camp stove were two trays of Trail Mix from Trader Joe's - one with chocolate and the other - just fruit and nuts. I snapped the picture before the tray of Lemon Bars made it to the table.
Here's a close-up of the Dirt & Worms chocolate pudding cups - a very small plastic cup; about 2 tablespoons of chocolate pudding; crushed Famous Wafer cookies; and half a gummy worm.
The Indoor S'mores are delicious and so fun to make. I melted the chocolate chips, dipped the marshmallow into the melted chocolate and then pressed it into a pan of crushed graham crackers. It's important not to use pre-packaged graham cracker crumbs. You want the texture of broken graham crackers - not just crumbs. I put them in the refrigerator to cool and solidify the chocolate. These were surprisingly delicous. If you like you could serve them all upside down on the skewers. I wanted to serve then this way in our blue enamel coffee pot - but we couldn't find the key to our Troop trailer. Maybe next time.
Here's a close-up of the candy pinewood derby cars on top of mini cupcakes.
The final piece was a homemade bunting using yarn, a stapler and some brown paper lunch bags. With two markers, I printed the letters S-C-O-U-T-I-N-G on them. I thought they were really cute and added that extra charm to the theme.
There you have it. Here's a nice and easy dessert buffet table you can replicate for your own Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing or other Scouting themed event. Please share the ideas. Let's see how many shares we can get on this idea.
Tomorrow night is our Boy Scout District Dinner. I'm busy making some goodies for the dessert table. I'm trying to add a Scouting theme to some of them. After a quick google search, I found these little Pinewood Derby cars which will be put on top of cupcakes.
They're so easy to make as there are only 4 ingredients.
M&Ms (but you MUST eat all the brown ones)
Bite sized candy bars. I used Twix. You could use Snickers, Milky Way, etc.
Teddy Grahams. With a sharp knife, carefully cut off the legs
One tube of icing to be used to "glue" the candy pieces together
There you have it - cupcake toppers for your Pinewood Derby or other Scout related event.
Growing up in Iowa, my family had a fondness for this little odd sandwich - peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. We knew it was peculiar. In fact, we grew up knowing better than to take a PB&P to school, offer it to our friends, or even mention it in public. It was a fringe food item and dare I say "odd" food item. I've rarely revisited this childhood treat in the many years since Iowa.
But last month I went to the indoor farmer's market in Southport, Connecticut and bought a quart of the most delicious bread and butter pickles.
Today I was looking in the refrigerator trying to figure out what to have for lunch when this comfort food popped to mind.
I'm in full cookie baking mode around here. But rather than give you images of beautifully decorated cookies, delectable looking tidbits, or mouthwatering cookie trays - I give you the behind the scenes look
This is the mess left behind after baking a batch of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - which are one of my favorite holiday goodies. There are more cookies to bake - once I've cleaned up this mess. After I've completed the mess... I'll share some pictures with you.
I caught the pot holder bug this past weekend when my sister was here with her children. I had so much fun reliving my childhood that I decided to incorporate these potholders into my BSA Textile Merit Badge class. It's a quick and easy way to demonstrate some simple weaving patterns.
These are all pretty simple potholders to make. I think all these patterns come with the kit.
With these, I started to get creative and do my own patterns or do my own research. They're also pretty easy.
Of course, now I think I must make some to match my kitchen. Do you have a favorite pattern? What's your favorite color combination?
Since we bought so many apples during our apple picking expedition, we needed to act quickly with the apples. The kiddos were great helpers - they helped me wash, core, slice and place the apples on the trays.
Pierce in action.
Gracie in action. Look how beautiful the apples look on the dehydrator trays.
Here are the dried apples - 24 hours later. Yummy!
We stored them in a glass jar to keep them dry. I don't think they'll last very long. The best part about these snacks is that the kiddos picked, sliced and dried the apples themselves - so they thought they were absolutely delicious. (They were, actually). I also got to remind them how we saw the dried apples at the Noah Webster House and remind them that drying food was a common way to preserve it for the winter instead of letting it rot.
If you thought that was all we did with the apples, you'd be wrong. Tomorrow, I'll show you another thing or two that we made with our bounty. The fun never ends!
After a day of blacksmithing on Saturday, I chose to spend my Sunday morning relaxing by standing on my feet all morning in the kitchen with my friend Joyce turning our share of farm fresh vegetables - specifically the onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers into a batch of homemade salsa for canning.
I texted Joyce before she came to pick up a few extra things at the grocery store - namely a bag of Tostito's so we could sample our wares. We quite possibly made a meal out of chips and salsa. Mmmm.
Heres' the recipe we used - but we most definitely boiled/processed our sealed jars of salsa for ten minutes. We learned that next year we need to quadruple the recipe. If we're going to spend that much time in the kitchen, we need to have more salsa to show for our efforts!