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.

One of my sons roasting hotdogs on a stick.

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.


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

  2. 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.

  3. Good fun!

  4. What fun you all have!

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

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



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