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Take me Camping

And this is what you get…

My friends came to visit this past weekend and we decided to go tubing camping.  Of course, I said I would bring the food.  You can’t go camping without good food, but you don’t want to cook over a hot fire if its already over 100 outside.  Since we were only going for one night, I cooked all of the food before leaving my house.  Totally worth it.

The Strudel idea was borrowed from a friend who brought over almost the exact same dish as the one I made, he just didn’t braid the top or make the crust.  Its so very easy, and so very delicious.  You either buy or make a pie crust and fill it with whatever you’d like.  This time I filled it with roast beef, sauteed onions, peppers and garlic and this farmer’s cheese I got from the farmer’s market.  I think it’s hard to go wrong with fillings in this dish – if it’s good on a sandwich, it’ll be good in a strudel.

The Strawberry Shortcake was beyond amazing after a hot day.  I used this recipe for the whipped cream and strawberries and my own biscuit recipe.  These were the best, best, BEST biscuits I have ever made in my life and I plan on making them over and over and over again.  I usually like to add whole wheat, at least a little, to just about everything I make.  BUT every now and then, an entirely white flour biscuit is a good treat and totally worth it for the perfection of this strawberry shortcake.

The best part about the weekend?  SANGRIA SATURDAY!

I don’t have a picture, because we drank it all very quickly, but it was so pretty! And so easy!

  • Bottle of red wine
  • a cup or so of rum
  • juice (I used pineapple because I had it)
  • Fruit (I used cherries, peaches, an orange, and a lemon)
  • 2 cans/12 oz bottles of Ginger Ale

Mix it all, except for the soda, together in a big jar and refrigerate for a few hours.  Pour a little ginger ale in a glass and top with the rest of the mixture, or mix the ginger ale right in with the rest of it if there’s room.

I think camping is my favorite, even with the million bug bites I’m dealing with now.


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