The Last Frontier

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cookout In The Snow

Dutch Oven

During our last shopping trip into town, I was able to find some Hebrew National Beef Hotdogs. I rarely buy hotdogs or deli-type meats, but I thought it would be a nice change for a quick dinner some night. A few evenings ago as I was opening the packages to heat them in the oven, my youngest son asked if we could build a campfire and cook them on sticks! He was so excited about the idea that I couldn’t resist. It did sound fun. The look my husband gave me when I said yes showed his lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. Nevertheless, once he got the fire going out in the garden, and his appetite grew, he was a little more into it.

Zeke1
One of my sons roasting hotdogs on a stick.
Zeke2

The boys gathered willow shoots they found popping out of the snow, Chuck sharpened them and tended the fire, and I found our last jar of sauerkraut that I’d made and canned a few years back. (Glad I ordered plenty of cabbage seeds this year!) The boys wanted to eat the dogs right off the sticks, but Chuck and I (being co-dictators in the family ;) overruled that one and decided to heat them back up in the Dutch Oven with the sauerkraut. Mmmmmmmm. Delicious!
Roasting Hotdogs

A good time was had by all. But that was the smokiest fire! If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought we were trying to burn alder. With all of our red, watery eyes, you’d never know we were having fun. We still have about 4 to 5 feet of packed snow on the ground, and when the fire burned down through the snow, it was in sort of a pit and hard to keep our faces out of the smoke.
Jed

7 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

The boys will remember that meal as long as they live, I bet!

The Last Frontier said...

Hi George. Thanks for stopping by. I think you're probably right. They seem to remember every single campfire we've ever had, and we do this sort of thing often! I don't know how they keep them all straight, but they'll sometimes bring up conversations something funny that happened or other details about each campfire that I'd almost forgotten. I hope they have good memories and stories to share with their own children and grandchildren someday. What I really hope is that their children and grandchildren are able to live like this and that the stories don't seem strange to them.

Le Loup said...

Good fun!
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Dawn said...

What fun you all have!
Blessings,
Dawn

Freedom Acres Farm said...

Nothing beats a winter-time bon fire!! Great fun!

Wendy said...

M-m-m...mouthwatering! What fun. Makes me excited for camping this summer. The post brought a smile to my face. :-)

Blessings,
Wendy

Louellen Lawson said...

Wow, the boys are really growing!

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