Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Retro Camping Recipe: Hobo Dinners

I hope you enjoy this retro recipe from Betty Crocker - nobody takes pictures of food like Betty, am I right? In fact we make something just like this on camping trips - Stew in a Can. It's fun to put all the ingredients in a can, cover it up and let it cook away on the grill - or right in the hot coals of the fire. Kids can put whatever they want in their own "hobo can" and check it as often as they like. So maybe this recipe isn't so retro - or maybe I'm the one who's retro. ;)  Have fun! - Maggie

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Tablecloth weights: who knew?

I was sitting on the patio at my in-laws’ house enjoying a nice cup of coffee when something gently bonked my leg. It was a teeny, tiny silver elephant, which was clipped to the corner of the tablecloth. This wee pachyderm appeared to be weighing down the tablecloth so it wouldn’t flutter up and blow away. A tablecloth weight! How genius! Who knew?

It turns out, after an exhaustive Google search, that there are about a zillion kinds of clip-on tablecloth weights that you can purchase instantly, and for not too much $$, either.  Check these out:

First off, how about the cute, little pewter RVs pictured above! Come on, campers, you know you want ‘em.

Or these slightly creepy 2” large black ants (these ones won’t spoil your picnic … in fact they might save it). You can find these at:

And who doesn’t appreciate a little encouragement at the table? How about some Happy Luck Smile Love pebble clips?

But if you're like me you're probably thinking, hey, I could make those! So here are some instructions to make ‘em yourself: think once you figure out the clippy things, you can attach just about anything, like a painted rock, seashell, or even a little bag of sand or pennies.

If you do craft a set, please send me pictures! I want to see what you created.  Meanwhile, I guess I don’t have to weigh down my tablecloths with ketchup bottles anymore…

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