Because I never know where we will have internet I am doing as I did in previous years writing blog posts and scheduling in advance – I will almost always be some place else when you read the blog – sometimes I can only get on line for days in a row if we happen to stop at a Wal-Mart or some place else to pick up groceries and eat lunch in the camper in the parking lot –sometimes I check and see if the hot spot on my phone works and if it does I get my computer out while eating lunch and get on line to schedule the blog posts that I have written at the campsites. Rarely do we get internet service out in the primitive places that we sometimes camp at. National parks rarely have wi-fi in the park campgrounds – oddly enough though if I bring my phone with me on hikes at times I will check my phone to see if I have a signal and I will find that I have one. Then I stop for a break and check mail, check facebook to get in touch with family and tell them where we are. Sometimes if you get an answer to a comment you have left me I might be on a trail some place! I enjoy keeping in touch with you all – I have been addicted to the computer for years!
Yes I know – you really can’t say we are really roughing it when I have a tiny kitchen, a bed and a tiny bathroom right – but when you are dry camping you have no hook ups so it is a little more rustic then camping at a place that has a swimming pool and laundry facilities
While we were at Wind Cave National Park we roughed it – no hook ups. I made a small cake in my Dutch oven and learned a lesson of making sure to count my coals right so the whole cake is baked through! Part of it was good!! I should have put less coals on the top so it the top wouldn’t have cooked faster than the bottom – live and learn – I’m still new to Dutch Ovens.
Here is my ingredients for my cake – don’t count the measuring cup to the side with the tea strainer – I was brewing some green tea for iced drinks at the same time. Tiny kitchen and not a lot of room to work!! So this is Pumpkin Quick Bread with a few things added and I called it cake!
Pumpkin bread mix, 2 small snack packs of golden raisins, 4 pieces of Dove dark chocolate chopped in bits – 2 eggs and 1 cup of water I think – I used the recipe on the package and added the chocolate and the raisins. I sprayed a layer cake pan and set it in my Dutch oven and then carried it outside.
I swear to God it looked finished – I wouldn’t want it much darker than this – I tested it with a substitute cake tester as I had no toothpicks – I used a plastic dental floss stick LOL – I thought it would test correctly – no dough stuck to the pick. I let it set to cool for about an hour and cut into it and the center wasn’t done well I did what you do when you camp – scrape off the part that didn’t cook and eat it!! LOL really – it was good.
Eating the evening meal on my quilted large tumbler quilt that I made last year before we left on our trip then. It is getting some use and the colors are so bright that if you spill anything and it doesn’t come out in the wash it is not noticed!
Our campsite that we had for 4 nights.
Hope you all are doing great and keep on quilting!!
(edited 8/11 – I have been busy scheduling some post in advance as I know there will be times I won’t have internet, I accidentally posted the date wrong on one and some of you might have seen a post out of order from the badlands and others will not have seen it at all – that’s ok – it will be on the schedule as it should have been on the 17th)