Monday, June 27, 2011
It only cost $10 and all the money went to purchase Pet Oxygen Masks for the fire departments.
They are very important to have because a human mask does not work that well on pets. So, sadly many pets die when in a fire.
We were shown what to do if our pets were choking.
What to do in case of Heat Stroke, snake bites, Heart stop, not breathing, bee stings and several other things that could happen to our pets.
One tip was to keep your emergency kits near an outside wall. That way, should you have to knock down walls to get to them, it will just be one wall.
Also, keep your pets vet records in there in case something should happen to your vets off.
We sure did learn a lot of great information and I've very happy I went. I had been waiting to learn First Aid/CPR for my pets and I feel so much better now knowing I would know what to do rather then just panic.
I was thrilled when my number was called for the 2nd basket. Then when they called the number for the 3rd basket I couldn't believe it when they called another one of my tickets.
Rather then be greedy though, I told them to draw another number so someone else could win too.
The items that were in my basket that I won't use will be getting donated to one of our local Pet Shelters.
If you ever get a chance to take a class like this or join in a fundraiser to raise money for pet oxygen mask, I hope you will.
Your pets will thank you for it.
Friday, June 24, 2011
So, last night I went to my class. It was basically to learn different ways to cook outdoors.
Since the first thing a cook should do is, wash her hands, they had an outdoor "sink" set up.
Just fill up a large water container with water, put a bar of soap in a clean old sock or nylon and use a pan to catch the water. After all, you don't want water running through out your camp area.
Keep this near you in a bucket of water while you have a camp fire going and should anything catch on fire you will be ready to put it out. Plus, when you are finished with your fire, just sprinkle the water over fire or hot coals and it quickly goes out.
If you are building your fire to cook over, it's best to stack your wood in a square or "log cabin" style. This will allow the fire to burn more low and spread out. Therefore, making it easy to put a grill over the fire.
Or just use it to heat up your water to wash your dishes later.
By doing so, it will be easy to wash off the soot that builds up on them from the fire.
Just heat your coals up. Use one of these charcoal chimneys to get them ready much faster.
There are charts you can find either in your booklet that came with your dutch oven or on line that will tell you how many coals to use on the top and how many on the bottom. It will depend on how hot you wish to cook your dish as to how many you should use.
Just get a cardboard box and line it with a few layers of foil. Tape the foil to the outside to keep it attached. That's it! You now have an oven to bake whatever you want.
Place a cookie sheet or even a pie tin down first. You don't really have to do this but it will help to keep your oven clean and you can use it over and over again for many trips.
Put your hot coals down on the pan (or directly on the foil if you like). Use one coal for every 40 degrees you want to bake your item at. This means, if you are baking at 400 degrees then use 10 coals.
Then put four empty cans down. Place a rack (can use a baking cooling rack) on top of the cans. Place your cake, pie, bread or whatever you are baking down on the rack.
Put the top of your box on. Be sure you lined it with foil also.
Then bake your item for as long as the recipe says.
In order to build your fire and keep it going you may wish to use a fire starter. Sure you can buy them at the stores. But why? You can make your own for free.
Just use an empty egg carton. Make sure it's the paper kind and not the Styrofoam ones.
Fill the cups up with lint from your dryer. Finally a use for all that lint!!!
Break or cut the cups apart and light these on fire. They will burn great and get your fire off to a great start.
Easy and free. Now who doesn't like that?
Add a little butter to keep things from sticking. Season it with whatever spices you like. You can even top it with cheese.
Once everything is cooked through, pull off the heat, unwrap and enjoy.
This works great on a BBQ as well.
Using the coals allows them cook slower. Then will lightly brown outside but still be all melted inside.
What a great way to end your meal.
I hope you had fun seeing all the different ways you can cook outside. Now you can eat anything you like while camping. You are not limited to just a big fire any more.
Being a Girl Scout leader has really been a lot of fun for me. I have done so many new things and gone so many places I don't think I would have gone otherwise.
I love the girls in my troop and it's been so great to see them grow over the past year.
They all said they wanted to have a tea party and use fancy china and get dressed up. I was thrilled to have a reason to host a tea.
I had no idea what the theme would be or what colors I should use. But, I just started to add things one by one and the girls loved the way it turned out.
They enjoyed eating on china plates that were almost 100 years old.
They loved having all the tiny finger food. We had egg salad sandwiches, cream cheese with homemade strawberry jam sandwiches and ham and cheese sandwiches. All cut in small small sizes with no crusts, of course. Colorful cheese crackers were also enjoyed.
There were fresh strawberries, carrots and celery sticks with ranch dip.
Mini eclairs, mini pink frosted cookies, German chocolate cake, white cake with white frosting and white chocolate covered pretzels satisfied even the biggest sweet tooth.
No one really wanted tea so we had pink lemonade served in china tea pots.
But the biggest hit was the warm, freshly baked mini cinnamon rolls.
There were flower cookies on a stick for each girl to take home and enjoy later.
I used my real silver and even my real silver tea pot napkin rings. The girls said they felt like they were at a fancy restaurant.
Of course there were fresh flowers on the table and they were flanked by candles in crystal holders.
All the tea cups were from my collection. I was impressed that the girls were so mature and grown up acting.
We did discuss proper manners while we all enjoyed the food and drinks.
I loved seeing each girl dressed up in her fancy clothes and most even wore hats.
They all had the best time and said they can't wait for our next tea party.
I surprised them and gave them all bags full of goodies to take home. They said they never expected to get a goodie bag. They thought the tea party was a big enough present. Of course, they were still thrilled to get a little something to take home though.
I learned that bringing out the fine china, real silver and cloth napkins and tablecloths is not scary when you have children around. In fact, what it does is make them slow down and appreciate the table setting.
The girls had a great time but to be honest, I think I enjoyed just as much, maybe even more.
Posted by Joanne Kennedy at 12:21 AM