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Wordless Wednesday, Panzanella or "don't waste that delicious bread!


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Visiting Bob's Red Mill, Milwaukie Oregon

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen a tour of Bob's Red Mill! .We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post, all thoughts and enthusiasm are my own!


Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Mr. Bob Moore, playing the piano @ Bob's Red Mill.


Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Eat Wisely, you're irreplaceable. 

I lived in the Vancouver/Portland area for almost 30 years. And for all that time, employment and family duties kept me pretty busy. Now that we live on the peninsula, when we go back to Vancouver to visit family, it is fun to make sure one of the days spent there is a weekday.

The reason?

To be able to take advantage of and enjoy all the tours and sightseeing that never made it to the schedule during the previous 30 years. The first item on our list was to tour Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon. I have been a Bob's Red Mill fan since (probably before, actually) 2001 when I was watching a PBS series titled Frontier House.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Bob's Red Mill started out as Moore's Flour Mill.

Frontier House was not only fascinating, it brought back all the good memories I have from reading all of the Little House books. I read each and every book, many, many times over. I knew exactly where they were kept on the shelf at the library....but we should get back to the tour. Tours are Monday - Friday, starting at 10:00 a.m. and held every 90 minutes. This last visit to Vancouver included a Monday hold over so we could take a tour of the mill.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Welcome, Mill Tour ahead. 

We arrived in time for the second tour of the day. Tours are usually on time, on this day, however, the tour was delayed to allow the arrival of a group of homeschooled children to arrive. Bob's Red Mill is the perfect field trip for any group of children. Waiting was not a problem, there is plenty to see and do waiting for the next tour, including hearing Mr. Bob Moore play the piano! We were later told that his schedule is quite busy and there is never a guarantee he will be a part of the tour, but when he is there, he stops by to say hello.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Our tour guide. The lady knows her stuff!

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Window to view the 5# bag packaging lines. 

This is a working mill with lots of movement, in machinery and staff. Our tour guide was excellent in making sure everyone could see and hear as much as possible, yet made sure staff and equipment were not stalled. Like I said, excellent! There is so much history in the making of what is now Bob's Red Mill. They started out small, worked hard side by side and grew (with a few side tracks) into what is now a large group of building. But they are quickly outgrowing current space and are, making changes to keep up with demand. It is amazing how well the mill is organized and how efficiently it all comes together.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Product display offers an opportunity for questions and answers.

Here are more photos of the mill!

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Quartz Grinding Stones.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Front view, White Flour Mill.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Side view, White Flour Mill.

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Mrs. Charlee Moore, she did it all! Bagged product, cashiered at the store, and kept the books!

Visiting Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie Oregon.
Whole Grain, good food for all.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Butter Roasted Radishes.

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Who remembers eating raw radishes dipped in salt? Or sliced over a salad? Maybe grated and used in a roast beef sandwich (which is delicious by the way)? But cooked? I know; cooked radishes were a new venture for me, but after this salad, I was hooked.

Butter Roasted Radishes, buttery, salty and delicious!
Butter Roasted Radishes

These radishes are simple and just right for a weeknight feast. A little butter, a few radishes, some salt and pepper and you have a wonderful side dish.

Butter Roasted Radishes
adapted from: add a pinch
400 degree oven

2 bunches radishes, cleaned and cut in half
1 T butter
Salt and Pepper


Melt the butter in a skillet, add radish halves, toss to coat. Roast 10 minutes, stir, roast 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 2-4.

Enjoy!


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Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I have got this whole grain thing down!

Sorry, I could not help myself, can you tell I am pleased with my successes baking with whole wheat flour? And with that comment, I can now proceed with making our favorite foods anew with whole grains, specifically whole wheat flour. As I have complained about said before, it took awhile, but I have finally learned how to make delicious whole wheat bread and desserts that we love!

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I was fairly timid in the beginning, coming up with new recipes to introduce my family to whole grain food, but once we enjoyed those new recipes it seemed a good idea to simply make our favorites, with whole grains. So I did. The results have been great and it is fun to make our favorite recipes to share once again, only in a whole grain formula.

And with that let me introduce you to...

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from: The best cookies I have ever made!
makes 24 large cookies OR 36 regular size cookies

1/2 c butter

1/4 c butter, cut into 4 slices
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar

1 egg
1 egg yolk (save the white for another use)
1 T vanilla

2 c whole wheat flour - pastry grind is best for all desserts
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 - 2 c chocolate chips (we always use the full 2 cups!)
1 c nut pieces, walnuts or pecans

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Place the 1/2 c butter (1 cube) into a small flat pan, melt over medium-low heat, then carefully let butter brown to a golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly.

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Place the 4 slices of butter in bottom of the mixer bowl, add the brown sugar and sugar, add cooled butter and mix until creamy.

Next add the whole egg, the yolk, and vanilla, beating well.

Add whole wheat flour, soda, and salt, mix well. The mixture will be smooth and creamy.

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Quickly mix in chips and pecan pieces.

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

For large size cookies, using a large cookie scoop (2 T size) scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until done in your oven. Edges will be golden, do not over bake.

For regular size cookies, drop dough onto prepared sheets and bake 10-13 minutes, or until done in your oven. Edges will be golden, do not over bake.

Whole Grain Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Let cookies rest on baking sheet 3 minutes (whole wheat cookies are fragile when fresh from the oven, use a timer if you wish.) remove to wire racks or cotton toweling to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
good morning monday @ darling downs
modest monday @ modest mom
art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
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full plate thursday @ miz helens

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How to make Almond Milk, for your homemade pantry, updated for rich or standard versions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

This post has been updated to include additional options for making homemade Almond Milk.

I have never been a milk drinker. For the most part, I have been lactose intolerant for dang near my whole life. I have had times when milk was consumed in small amounts and I did OK with digestion, but I was also eating yogurt at the time and I believe yogurt helped with digestion of fresh milk. Now oh so many years later, yogurt and I have parted company and fresh milk is all but off the table. 

I have found that sometimes I need a little something to pour over a bowl of cereal, hot or cold. I began purchasing Almond milk at the market. And I must say it was watery and personally I did not like the long list of ingredients beyond water and almonds. So I decided to make my own...

This is a richer almond milk than you can purchase in the market and you will enjoy it over cereal or in a smoothie. I have not served it warm, yet. Maybe a cup of cocoa is not out the question...

For those times when you would like to use almond milk in a recipe and standard almond milk (commercially prepared almond milk) is what you are looking for, we have a version for that as well. 

How to make Almond Milk, for your homemade pantry. Much better than store bought!
Homemade Almond Milk.

Homemade Rich Almond Milk
by the seat of my pants
makes 1 pint

1 rounded cup of almonds - Tip, toasted almonds make a delicious flavored milk.
water

2 1/4 c water - divided
1 t vanilla
1 t sugar

Place almonds in a container and cover with water, allow almonds to sit 24 hours to soften.

Drain well.

Rich and delicious, learn how to make a rich Almond Milk, better than store bought.
Making Almond Milk.

Place drained almonds in a blender jar along with 1 1/2 cups of the water, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until smooth. Add remaining water and blend until creamy and the almond bits are very tiny. This may take a minute or more.

Line a fine mesh sieve with dampened cheesecloth, and set over a catch bowl. Pour the blended almonds into the sieve. Let drain completely. To extract all the milk, take the four corners of the cheesecloth and bring them together to gather up the drained almond meal. 

Homemade Almond Milk. Better than store bought.
Straining the almond puree to make Almond Milk.

Holding firmly to the cheesecloth, gently squeeze the remaining almond milk through the cheesecloth, without dropping blended almonds into the milk.  

Place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate. Note: Almond milk will separate during storage, shake before using. 

Homemade Standard Almond Milk
by the seat of my pants
makes 1 1/2 pints

1 rounded cup of almonds 
3 1/4 c water divided
1 t vanilla
1 t sugar


Place almonds in a container and cover with water, allow almonds to sit 24 hours to soften.

Drain well.


Place drained almonds in a blender jar along with 1 1/2 cups of the water, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until smooth. Add remaining water and blend until creamy and the almond bits are very tiny. This may take a minute or more.

Homemade Almond Milk. Better than store bought. No chemicals or artificial ingredients.
Making Almond Milk using a "nut bag". 

Line a fine mesh sieve with dampened cheesecloth or you may use a nut bag, set over a catch bowl. Pour the blended almonds into the sieve. Let drain completely. To extract all the milk, take the four corners of the cheesecloth or the two corners of the nut bag and bring them together to gather up the drained almond meal. 


Holding firmly to the cheesecloth and/or nut bag, gently squeeze the remaining almond milk through the cheesecloth, without dropping blended almonds into the milk.  A nut bag helps prevent nut pieces from dropping into your strained milk. 

Place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate. Note: Almond milk will separate during storage, shake before using. 


Enjoy!
How to make Almond milk, rich and delicious. Much better than store bought.
"Spent" almonds from making Almond Milk, these will be made into almond flour.

The almond paste left from making almond milk is easily turned into almond flour for baking, stay tuned for directions for this process. 

UPDATE: How to make Almond Flour, a simple frugal process. 


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pintastic party 144 @ the whole serving
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weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
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weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner sunday @ the lazy gastronome
art of homemaking #145 @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday 187 @ modest mom
inspire me monday @ create with joy
tickle my tastebuds 142 @ loris culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
homestead blog hop @ oak hill
full plate thursday @ miz helens
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
create bake grow gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
wasteless wednesday @ skip the bag
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
full plate thursday @ miz helens

simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
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Wordless Wednesday, Garage Sale Stew

Garage Sale Stew, for Wordless Wednesday.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Apple Crisp, a slow cooker recipe!

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp, a slow cooker recipe.s
Apple Crisp, from your slow cooker.

It is rainy here, very rainy in fact. The leaves are falling off the cherry tree in the backyard and the Japanese Maple is turning scarlet. The scene is ideal, except for the rain. Only one thing to do, make something with the apples sitting on the counter.

They are not large apples, but there is enough once peeled and sliced to make this wonderful dessert. I made a crisp like this years ago but lost track of the recipe. And when I went back to find the blog I got it from, I could not find that either. But the taste, well that I did not forget. There is an unusual ingredient that makes all the difference, peanut butter. Oh yes, it is peanut butter, so please don't leave it out.....

Apple Crisp, a slow cooker recipe
adapted from:  modern mommy hood


6-8 apples depending on size peeled and sliced thin
1/3 - 1/2 c sugar - depending on the sweetness of your apples
1 T cornstarch
1/2 t cinnamon
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 T water

Combine well, turn into a greased 6-qt slow cooker. Set on high.


1 c old fashion oats*
1 c flour (we used pastry grind spelt)
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c butter
2 T peanut butter OR almond butter

Pulse the oats in a food processor to mince up, add remaining ingredients and pulse until completely mixed together.


Spoon evenly over the top of the apples.


Cover and cook on high 2 hours. Remove cover and cook another hour to crisp the topping. Serve with vanilla Greek yogurt, vanilla ice cream or of course whipped cream.


Serves 8-10

* if you prefer you may use quick oats and simply pulse all ingredients until combined.

Enjoy!

The final clean up, always the last step in cooking!

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weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
create bake grow gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
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foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
good morning monday @ darling downs
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Our "Dave's Killer Bread" Style Daily Bread, whole grain and delicious!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

You can find countless posts on this blog where I have shared my attempts and developments of a whole grain bread delicious enough to be our daily bread. And while I have actually posted recipes where I stated this was our daily bread, and it was at the time, I continued to work and improve upon what we were eating to finally come to this recipe.

Not only were there recipes changes, but changes in equipment as well. And looking back I now realize that no matter what I thought I knew then, I know so much more now! We enjoy a bread that is moist, not too heavy and full of nutrition. This is a large recipe making 4 loaves, but it is enough of a process that not even I would bother with this much work to only make a single loaf. I'm not lazy, but I do try to do as much as I can, in any process.

I have asked my husband, do you like this bread and bless his heart he proceeds to give compliments and while they are always nice to receive, what I gently tell him is that I am looking for constructive criticism. His only response is, "it's really good", which speaks chapters to me because he is my main taste tester and the one I cook for!

With this bread tucked away into the freezer waiting, we can always eat well, no matter which meal we are enjoying. This bread makes great sandwiches or toast and is the perfect "raft" for pulled pork or a hot meatloaf sandwich. Plus the dough accepts raisins, diced cheese or even sauteed golden onions (well drained) when being shaped into loaves for the final rise, giving additional variety to your bread.

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread. Whole grain and delicious!
Our Daily Bread, a Dave's Killer Bread Style Whole Grain Loaf. 

And if the above does not impress you, just know that I take slices of this bread out to an injured duck who has taken comfort in our yard while she heals a broken leg. She loves it!

If using a stand mixer, you will need one that has the capacity and strength to knead up to 12 cups of flour/grain. If not, you will want to knead by hand and consider that your exercise for the day...

Please note, this is a 3-day process, for soaking, mixing and baking. 

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread
adapted from years and years of baking!
makes 4 loaves

DAY #1
4 c very warm water
2 t apple cider vinegar
9 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c whole millet
boiling water

In a large bowl, combine the water, vinegar, and whole wheat flour. Mix well leaving no dry pockets of flour and no wet pockets of excess water. Cover with a lid, set aside to rest.

In a small bowl, add millet and cover with boiling water, cover if desired. Set aside to rest.

DAY#2
Check the two bowls, they should be fine. (that's it for today) Later in the day, you may see some "ferment" holes forming in the whole wheat bowl, this is nothing to worry about, do nothing.

DAY#3
Important: drain the millet, very well. If need be, after draining in a colander dump out onto a towel to absorb any excess water.

In the bottom of a very large bowl add the whole wheat and water mixture, drained millet and the following in this order:

1/3 c gluten flour
1/3 c cornmeal
1/3 c flax seeds
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/3 c chia seeds
1/3 c lentil flour - see how to make lentil flour
1/3 c brown sugar

1/4 c real maple syrup
1/4 c honey
1/4 c oil - we like avocado oil
4 t salt

1c rolled oats
2 T yeast
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
additional whole wheat flour is needed

oat bran for shaping into loaves

Begin kneading, only adding more flour if dough is so sticky it will not leave the sides of the bowl. Note: this is a sticky dough overall, but you will be able to tell the difference between wet sticky and a dough that is coming together as desired in the kneading process.

Knead 12-15 minutes. Remove from the mixer bowl and place in a very large oiled bowl. Place in the oven with the oven light on (for warmth) let rise 1-1/2 hours until doubled. Fold down dough, return to the oven for a second rise, approximately 1 hour.

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread.

To shape into loaves, fold down dough.

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread.

Turn out onto a large surface sprinkled (heavily) with oat bran. Divide into 4 pieces for standard loaves, or smaller pieces as desired.

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread.

Shape into loaves and place into prepared pans, return to the oven for the final rise, approximately 45 minutes.

Remove loaf pans from oven, preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread.

Place dough pans into the oven and bake 35 minutes for standard loaves or until done in your oven. Adjust baking time for smaller loaves as needed. When bread tests done, let rest in the pan for 1 minute, then turn out onto racks or cotton toweling to cool completely before wrapping to store in the freezer.
Our Dave's Killer Bread Style Daily Bread.

Enjoy!


PS, here are our duck friends, enjoying a dinner of bread and fresh water. The drake always stands "guard" while she eats. Her leg has healed enough to now hobble. When she has had her fill and no longer hungry, only then will he eat. After a bit of a rest, they fly away until they return and I can offer food to help her continue to heal.


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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

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homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
create bake grown and gather @ shabby boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday @ modest mom
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
grandmas house @ grandmas house diy
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
good morning monday @ darling downs
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Our first camp-out of the year and how to be a "happy camper".

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We went camping this past weekend, our first for the season. We met up with family and enjoyed good food, good conversations and the beautiful outdoors. And to be perfectly honest we also enjoyed camping camped with less than what one would hope to be equipped with to be a happy camper.

To illustrate, the motorhome was filled in the following manner, "Do we need this? Well, for now, let's just put it in the motorhome.". And we continued on with that process until the cupboards were full. Which gave the illusion that we were properly stocked for camping. But I can tell you the truth, far from it!

Ideas about camping and suggestions for camp food.
The Peter Iredale, 111 years after wrecking on the coast. Warrenton Oregon.
You see, while I had 3 colanders, there was no foil wrap. And while there were 3 whisks, there was no waxed paper. And while there were two sets of small bowls with covers, there were no measuring spoons. And while there were....but I think you get the idea.

So today I purged the un-needed and made a list of the needed. It is not a long list, but once filled and put into the motorhome, will make for a much happier camping experience. And isn't that what it is all about? Having fun, seeing the great outdoors and enjoying delicious food.

Since you never can never be sure about open fires, we usually plan our meals in advance, without an open fire being needed. It is fairly easy to change the cooking method to an open fire, but not necessarily so easy in reverse. Since we do have a rig with a propane stove, cooking a healthy meal is easy. But we would continue to eat the same foods, whether we cooked on an open fire or used the stove.

Ideas about camping and suggestions for camp food.
Ft. Steven State Park, Warrenton Oregon. 

Which got me to thinking about the recipes we use regularly and which ones are perfect to enjoy while camping. These are perfect to add to any burger, chicken or hot dog meal or to start the day. We like to offer a couple choices at each meal, that way each person can eat the way they want and need. Plus we still start our meal planning with fruit and vegetables as the center, rounding out with meat/protein and sides of beans etc.

Cooking is very personal to each family, with likes and dislikes taken into account. But one thing holds true for most families, meal time is often where your memories are built. I hope you enjoy your summer in the great outdoors along with all your favorite foods. Who knows, you might find a new favorite below.

Breakfast:

Easy Oven Baked Pancakes - this is also easily adapted to baking in a muffin tin, should you be short a rectangle pan....PS drop pieces of cooked bacon in the batter for bacon pancakes.

Fluffy Biscuit Muffins - biscuit flavor in a muffin shape, offer peanut butter and jelly for a quick and easy breakfast.

Overnight Chocolate Almond Oats - stir up before leaving, so good and so easy at breakfast time.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Capers - this is too good for words, and yet so easy. Perfect for camping! (we made it in the motorhome, not at home)

Side dishes/salads:

Tuscan Beans with Tomatoes - this delicious salad is nothing more than a can of beans, and fresh tomatoes diced. The dressing ingredients are also easy to pack for camping.

Black Bean and Mango Salad - again a can of beans and some fresh produce.

Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad - this is great to make ahead and take along!

Watermelon with Mint and Feta - on a hot summer day, this is so good!

Kiwi and Grapefruit - a simple and delicious pleasure.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad - make ahead and keeps well.

Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw - another make ahead because it keeps well, recipe.

Dessert:

Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars - make ahead and take along. These keep well.

Good Old Raisin and Peanuts Honey Cookies - another delicious make ahead dessert.

Not a Fancy Name No Bake Cookie - who does not need a chocolate cookie at camp? Perfect keepers.

Kiwi Slices in Banana Sour Cream Sauce with Lime - easy make at camp dessert!

Enjoy!

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