Saturday, June 21, 2014


Forget about GONE FISHING: We will be GONE CAMPING soon for an entire week so I figured I needed to give my loyal fans a little story before we head out in nature you know so they don't forget about us or have withdrawals. Yes, you won't hear from me for about a week because we will be completely disconnected from technology!

I am so EXCITED about this:  No television, no phones and no video games for an entire week! Heavenly.   Remember I got my start during the year of no TV  If it were left to me we would sell our televisions and phones (although to be completely honest they are quite outdated so I may have to pay someone to take them!) and our family would go technology free other than an occasional trip to the library, but it's not my decision to make so at least I get camping week to look forward to every year!  One week without the noise or distraction of modern technology!  BRILLIANT!

So anyways we are still mostly not shopping. And by "mostly not shopping" I mean not shopping or cooking much regular stuff for day-to-day living.  I buy a lot of produce and an occasional gallon of milk or loaf of bread but other than that not much shopping action going on here.  But once again we did a big shopping trip today to prepare for our camping trip so it is a bit of a weird situation that I find myself in right now. I would be hard pressed to create a traditional family meal for dinner tonight, yet we have enough traditional camping food that we could probably survive for at least a month eating nothing else.  Sure we might have high cholesterol and weigh a few pounds more at the end of the month, but we would not die and we would not have to live off Ramen noodles!

Speaking of Ramen noodles, we ate the final pack of Ramen noodles with lunch today. It was somewhat anti-climactic too: no balloons fell from the sky and no famous person stopped by to congratulate us so I was kind of disappointed. I mean it was such a big deal to me, but apparently not to the rest of the universe. SIGH. I think my family thought I'd lost my mind when I took a picture of the final pack too.  They really should be used to me photographing random food related stuff by now, but I still got a few strange looks and a few unnecessary negative comments when I busted out the camera to capture the moment. 
 "The Last (Ramen) Supper"
 The gang camping 2013; I have learned that the best memories are made with loved ones when everyone is dirty and out in nature!
So soon we will head out on our annual camping trip to create some new memories!  I can hardly wait!  To accompany common camp foods like hot dogs, sausage, cheese, crackers, chips and vegetables (or any other food in my opinon because I am yet to dip something into this recipe without enhancing the taste of the dipped food). My mother-in-law makes the best home-made mustard and she taught me hot to create it so I have a fresh batch cooling in the fridge.

Karla's Famous Mustard

4 tablespoons dry mustard                                 combine dry ingredients. blend milk and eggs together
1/2 Cup sugar                                                     in a sauce pan and add the milk and eggs to the dry
1/8 teaspoon paprika                                          ingredients. keep on low heat and stir often.
1/4 teaspoon salt                                                 add vinegar slowly
a pinch curry powder                                          and continue stirring until thick

2 eggs
small can evaporated milk
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Ingredients line up.  I had them all on hand except for the evaporated milk so that was a splurge. 

 This stuff is so darn YUMMY!
In order to stay focused (because I am really known for my consistent focus with all things) I removed some lady fingers from Chester this morning so I can continue on with my goal to empty him out!
And making up a new dessert is so FUN!

   Pudding and lady fingers and cool whip OH MY!
Vern Out

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