Gorp Contest

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We are having a gorp making contest. Gorp stands for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.  But you can use any dried fruits and nuts that you want.  The rules were we had to make up our own recipe, or improve an existing one.  We also had to have the ingredients in the house.  What would you put in your gorp? Which entry  do you think would be the best?

Megan’s M & M Gorp:

  • 1/4 cup Cherries
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Pomegranate (optional, but makes it extra good)

Andrea’s Favorite Gorp (Formulated to perfection 12 May 2014)

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1.5 cups raw cashews (or use all cashews)
  • 1.5 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup yogurt raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup M&M’s

Mark’s Lazy Man’s Gorp;

  • One bag of Chocolate Pomegranate
  • One Nutty Big Brother

Adrian’s Dried Banana Gorp (Adapted from a recipe invented by Megan 2014)

  • 2 cups Peanut Butter M&M’s
  • 2 cups dried crunchy bananas
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate yogurt raisins

Audrey’s Nutty Monkey Gorp

  • 3 cups almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 2 cups M&M’s

Momma’s Chocolate Cherry Almond Gorp

  • Lightly chopped cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 4 cups raw almonds soaked overnight, drained, mixed with nibs and sugar and dehydrated till dry.
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries-unsweetened best if you can find them!

Newest

Megan is the guest speaker today.

The neighbors had their first alpaca for this year. The new alpaca  is little and cute. It is white with a pink nose. And it is soft. It likes me. I like it too. It so cute. It is princess Leah’s first baby. Everyone held it. Andrea take a picture of me. The alpaca’s name is Kit (Fisto). We think we should call it Kitten. We saw him this afternoon. We had fun playing with it. Momma didn’t hold it.

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Pictures and Roses

We got roses yesterday for Daddy’s birthday. I wanted a new picture of me so I asked Momma if she could take some.  I liked being able to borrow Daddy’s flowers too.

Happy Birthday late Daddy!  I love you 🙂

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Sand Dune Art

Andreacone.smLast week I was in Junior High Camp at Lake Ann Camp.  My cabin counselor’s name was Kayla. She was nice.  A lot of people thought we looked alike.

We went to the sand dunes. We had an activity called “cover your counselor”. We had to cover her with sand and make her look like something. We chose to make her look like an ice cream cone. Then one of the girls had to run to the bathroom.  When Kayla came back, another girl had to run to the bathroom with her.  We had to start covering our counselor at the same time. Some of the girls in my cabin asked the leaders “what should we do?  Our Counselor is running to the bathroom”.

He said, “isn’t that your counselor” and he pointed at me!  The girls said no.  He said something like, “well, if she wants to get covered in sand, you can cover her in sand instead of your counselor.” I said I would.  I got covered in a lot of sand!

It was contest to see who was the most creative. We won!

P.S.  Thank you Lake Ann Camp for giving me permission to use this picture!  It is a fun to see what I looked like!

Spiced Cookies

Spiced CookiesI wanted to make cookies. I wanted some thing different. So I tried an experiment. They turned out very good.

Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (made with half regular flour and half soft white wheat if you have)
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp gingerbread spice (you could probably use pumpkin pie spice too)

Add spices to your dough when you add flour.  Bake as normal.

 

 

Two Bite Cookies

Audrey wanted some peanut butter cookies. I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies.  So,I played with a favorite recipe and made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  They turned out very good!

Cream together

Cookies1/2 cup + 2 Tbl butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

3/4 c sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

Add

2 eggs

Stir well, then add

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt (I omitted)

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

OPTIONAL:  Use white chocolate chips and/or dark chocolate chips in place of one or both of the other chips

Mix well. Use teaspoon to measure dough and roll into balls. Flatten slightly on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 for 6-9 minutes or until cookies are just brown around the edges.  Try not to eat too many warm.

If you want larger cookies, adjust baking time to 8-10 minutes.