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Monday, 8 July 2013



                                   My grand-nephew, Nathan, grade 2, in 2011

Nathan’s birthday is being celebrated on the family camping trip that his mother, Crystal, has been anticipating and preparing for:
Back , on June 8th, Crystal wrote:

 finished up my jerky in the smoker today (for holidays).  Defrosted on Tuesday, sliced it all and got into seasoning & cure on Wednesday, smoked it all day yesterday, and finished it up today. 4 days of making it for it to last 2 days of camping! anyone else see something wrong with this picture??? and of course the boys & Dave had to "taste test" some of it yesterday. Dear God, let this survive until we go camping in a month!
(might have to hide it way at the bottom of the freezer that has the pad lock on it)?

Then, a few days ago, Crystal noted:

camper is all packed, except for fruits & veggies. (that will be Friday afternoon), and Dave's clothes....which he can be in charge of, that way if there's anything he forgot, it's NOT MY FAULT!! 
Getting food, and clothes for myself and the boys is enough for me to remember. Then we'll add on the toys and other crap like cooking utensils and propane that we need and "MY BRAIN IS ON OVERLOAD'!!!! all for a good reason, and am soooo looking forward to 10 days to spend with my kids! Summer Holidays really need to happen more than once a year. 

Now, they’re away on their holiday and having a wonderful time, I'm sure! 

If you have any campfire marshmallows left over when you get back home, Crystal, here’s a great recipe that I’m sure all of you would enjoy:


2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
3 cups milk
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
6 slices white bread
4 to 8 ounces marshmallows (cut large ones in half)
Vanilla Ice Cream

·        Cut bread slices in half.
·        Cut marshmallows in half.

·        Preheat oven to 350.
·        Bring water to a boil in a teakettle.
·        Grease a casserole dish.
·        Set out another casserole or 9x13 pan that is big enough to hold the first casserole dish.

·        Melt chocolate in the milk in a saucepan over low heat.  Set aside to cool.
·        Lightly beat the 2 eggs with the sugar, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl.
·        Line the greased casserole with half the bread slices.
·        Place half the marshmallows on the bread.
·        Make another layer with the rest of the bread.
·        Top with the remaining marshmallows.
·        Slowly combine the chocolate milk mixture with the egg mixture.
·        Pour chocolate mixture over the bread and marshmallows.
·        Set casserole into the other pan and pour boiling water around it.
·        Bake for an hour.

The resulting pudding doesn’t look great (especially if you forget the second layer of marshmallows!) but it will look much better and taste fantastic when you serve it hot with vanilla ice cream.  J