Butternut Squash Lasagna

This recipe is sure to please. No lie.

Whether its leftover squash from Thanksgiving, or you just can’t get the kiddos to eat this magnificent vegetable alone, this is the recipe for you! We loved it! My brother-in-law came over for leftovers one night and he loved it. It rocked.  I would also like to point out that Ryan isn’t a fan of squash but gladly took leftovers to work and ate it again for supper the next few days until it was gone.

It was easy enough to slop the layers on top of the uncooked lasagna noodles. Then while it’s cooking you just play a little candy crush while watching Wheel of Fortune (yes I am a wheel watcher) and dinner is served. The Beagle barely had time to really get into his nap and start moving his paws like he was running before it was finished.

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Cooking Squash

Last weekend was so much fun. We had my Aunt, Uncle, and Mom over to hang out with us and make Christmas cards. Yes I said Christmas cards.

The weekend ended a bit sad though because we had to officially put away the camper.

It wasn’t the chilly weather, frost, or the fact that I was starting to hum Christmas carols that made the fun in the sun so out of reach. Actually putting away our camping supplies signified the end of Summer to me.

I decided I needed to then do something fallish and I had some acorn and butternut squash to make. So I baked it to use throughout the week and the kitchen smelled yummy. It was cozy and warm with the oven going too.

I stole a couple of scoops as I put the cooked squash in containers. Wait until you see what I make with it!!!!

Enjoy and live well!!!!



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Halloween Cook Off

Today at work we had all kinds of fun stuff going on!! The main event besides actual work was the Halloween soup and dessert cook off.

We had little sample cups for taste testers to use, and boxes behind each entry for people to vote in. To vote people would simply put money in the boxes of the dishes they thought were the most delectable. 

The winner was a yummy chicken tortilla soup which I plan on making and posting. Alas, my potato chowder didn’t win, but I heard people talking about how good it was.

We were able to raise over $690 in votes!!! All of the proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. There were so many requests for the recipes that they’re going to sell them for 50 cents a piece to raise even more money for such a good cause.





It isn’t a Halloween cook off without co...

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Popcorn Balls and Trick or Treat Bags

Tis the season to be scary….or maybe just the season to be fun. Ryan and I decided to revisit some old memories that we both had as kids by making popcorn balls. Roscoe our loving and faithful beagle was sure to be on alert while the air popper was going. He hates most noises, but he is front and center when there’s a possibility of food flying out of one of the machines in the kitchen.

I remember Halloween as a kid. The excitement would build and I would smile from ear to ear as we took my plastic jack-o-lantern pail out from the holiday decorations in our storage room. I was “Bride Barbie” multiple times until the plastic mask broke. I had even stapled the rubber band on again and again. I remember the costume fit perfectly over top of my snowsuit...

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Loaded Chicken and Potatoes

A casserole that doesn’t have a can of cream of something soup? Ummm…..duh, yes please! I’m not a fan of cream of something soups (unless made from scratch of course). I do understand that there are different healthier versions of this product, but…still not a fan. So when I can find a casserole type dish that’s scrumptious, easy, and is minus that sodium filled ingredient….I immediately have to try it.

Please don’t let the hot sauce scare you away. I myself am not a fan of spicy. I’m actually kind of a big sissy about it. Ryan on the other hand would love to have his food so spicy it brings tears to his eyes and he’s sweating like he’s sitting on the surface of the sun. Ridiculous I say...

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Mountain Breakfast Casserole

What can I say about this recipe?  It is a simple and filling camping breakfast.  You can really make this with any of the traditional Omelette ingredients… Add Ham, Green Bell Peppers and Onions to give it a Denver taste or even Greek-style with Red Onions, Tomatoes, Feta and Spinach.  If your kids are picky, you may want to stick with the recipe here.  We gave it 3 fish, because it was a little bland for our tastebuds.




1 pound Turkey sausage links, pre-cooked
1 2-pound bag hash brown potatoes, diced
1/2 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 dozen eggs


Line 10″ Dutch Oven with Foil
Pre-heat Dutch oven, 6-9 bottom coals and 12-15 top coals.
Slice Sausage Links
Put Hash Browns in the Dutch oven. Stir occasionally to brown potatoes (15-20 minutes).

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Blueberry Strawberry Dutch Oven Camp Cobbler

This recipe is super easy and super quick. Make sure you use the 12″ dutch oven with this one, I used the 10″ the first time we made this and the cake topping was too close to the lid causing it to get over-done (it was still good though!) If you don’t want to deal with alot of clean-up, use a dutch oven liner (or a pie tin and some aluminum foil.) This is a great, quick and easy dessert for any camp meal.





2 lbs Fresh Strawberries (chopped)
1 pint Fresh Blueberries
1 box Yellow cake mix
1 7.5 oz Sprite
2 tablespoons butter, cold
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat 35-40 charcoal briquettes until white and glowing. Line a 12″ Dutch Oven with Aluminum Foil (or dutch oven Liner)

Wash and prepare fruit.

In a medium bowl...

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Monkey Bread Dutch Oven Recipe

I am sure many of you have Christmas morning traditions.  Monkey bread is a Christmas tradition for our niece and nephew.  Knowing they enjoy this treat at Christmas time, we decided to make it feel like Christmas when we were camping over the 4th of July.  Brianna was a huge help, shaking the cinnamon and sugar over the biscuits after Ryan cut them up and placed them in the bag…  She was pretty bummed, when Ryan forgot to seal the bag and and all her hard work was scattered on the ground in our campsite… Oops!!!  Luckily it was the last few buscuits, so all was not lost!  Hopefully Monkey bread will be a Christmas AND a camping tradition for our “little monkey’s” for years to come!

Leave a comment to let us know about any food traditions you and your family have...

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Dutch Oven Temp Chart

Here’s a quick little note about how to figure out the temperatures for Dutch Oven recipes.

Comment here if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!!!


Desired Temp Top Coals Bottom Coals
300 14 8
325 15 9
350 16 10
375 17 11
400 18 12
425 19 13
450 20 14
500 21 15
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Dutch Oven Pizza

Our first experience with Dutch Oven cooking came purely by accident.  We were out for a day of boating fun with friends and stopped off at a friendly fishing competition.  We arrived right as they were measuring the fish and preparing to fillet and cook them (I even grabbed a fillet knife to help out!!!) Among the “normal” items you would expect to see for cooking their fish feast there were large cast iron dutch ovens that piqued Ryan’s interest.  He asked about them and they said they were for making the dessert (apparently a “Legendary Peach Cobbler”).  Needless to say, the following week there were a “mountain” of boxes from Gander Mountain on our doorstep when we arrived home from work.

In the boxes were the following (which we recommend if you plan to begin cooking with Dutch Ov...

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