Divinity Candy

December 6, 2017
Divinity Candy Recipe

Growing up with a mother who holds Christmas open houses nearly every year, our neighbor Leona would always bring her divinity. Though this is not her recipe, it is fun making it while thinking of her at Christmastime.

Pumpkin Soup

October 4, 2017

A family fall favorite. This pumpkin soup reminds me of cold days when I was in Australia for two years.

Ramen Pad Thai

September 6, 2017

I saw this recipe on a YouTube video and tried it. It's remarkably good and easy to make on the trail. It's a favorite of one of my daughters and some of the scout's I've introduced it to have also liked it.

Australian Slang Vocabulary

August 15, 2017

In the mid-1990s I spent a couple years in the Melbourne, Australia area. Shortly after I returned, I compiled this list of over 550 Australian slang vocabulary terms while I learned how to build websites as a hobby. I recently found my old files and decided to repost the list.

Dutch Oven Peachy French Toast

August 2, 2017

Serves 8

Dutch Oven Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts

July 5, 2017

This was an awesome recipe that satisfied the cravings of our scouts at our week long camp this summer. These pull aparts were gone fast!

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

June 7, 2017

Serves 8
Requires 12-inch, 6 quart oven

Cinnamon Syrup

May 3, 2017

Looking for an delicious cinnamon syrup recipe for your french toast, pancakes, waffles? This five ingredient recipe is so easy to make.

Dutch Oven No Knead Bread

April 5, 2017
Dutch Oven No Knead Bread

This artisan bread is super simple to make, only has four ingredients, and each loaf looks different every time. Your active prep time is less than 10 minutes, but it takes 12–24 hours to make.

Finding One's Self at Camp Loll

March 8, 2017
Camp Loll's Lake of the Woods in Wyoming

Isolated from electricity, plumbing, telephones and other modern conveniences by 17-miles of thick forest located between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Camp Loll is a week-long summer camp for Scouts and a high adventure base for Varsity and Explorers.

Dutch Oven Hasselback Potatoes with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic

March 1, 2017

These delicious potatoes are easy to make and quick to disappear. You'll be surprised how fast they go!

Zion's Subway

February 8, 2017
The Subway, Zion National Park

The initial trail is not clearly marked with signs leading you to The Subway, though as we make the first descent down a sandstone hill, we encounter a sign that points the direction and indicates that it is a "permit only" hike.

Dutch Oven Buttermilk Biscuits

February 1, 2017

These biscuits are super easy and a favorite with large groups; especially when paired with a goulash, hearty soup, with country gravy for breakfast, or any meal.

An Immigrant's American Life

January 11, 2017
SS New Amsterdam brings immigrants to America

The fog was light on a cold, gray December morning in 1955 aboard the "New Amsterdam," the vessel that was bringing many immigrants to the new world. All aboard have spent the last seven days wondering whether this was the right decision.

Dutch Oven Temperature Guide

January 4, 2017
Dutch Oven Temperature Guide

Dutch oven cooking is usually done with barbeque briquette charcoals. A good quality briquette works best for consistent heat and ease in lighting. 12 inch (6 quart) ovens are the most common size.

Calibrate Your Candy Thermometer

December 7, 2016
  • Fill the pan you’re going to use 2/3 full with water
  • Bring the water to a full boil
  • After 10 minutes, check to see if the temperature of your thermometer reads 212° F

If your candy thermometer is off, subtract or add the difference to your final cooking temperature.

For example: If your candy thermometer reads 210° F in boiling water, you’ll want to cook the candy to 246° F, not 248° F.

An Epic Road Trip!

September 4, 2016
Buckskin Gulch, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

The plan was to overnight backpack into Buckskin Gulch Thursday and Friday. The end result barely had any resemblance of what was planned. Isn't that the way epic road trips happen—by the seat of your pants!

DIY Garden Shed Organization

July 20, 2016

This small lean-to style shed is super-organized, packed full of equipment, and has plenty of room to spare! At only 4'x8', it packs in more equipment than a previous shed we had that was 8'x10'.

Teaching Stewardship to Our Youth

February 8, 2010
Union Falls in Yellowstone National Park

By the end of the week, I saw many of these remaining few young men remind and correct themselves. In less than seven days, young men who had never been in the middle of such beauty learned how to respect it.

Community Service (Punishment or Privilege)

August 3, 2009

Why is it that when someone does wrong in society, they are "sentenced to community service?" Has society become so self-serving that it is considered a punishment to serve others?