When I was a young girl, I wanted to go to Summer Camp. Really, Really, Bad! One summer I read the book Laura's Luck by Marilyn Sachs. It is a story about a girl named Laura, who went to summer camp. Oh, how I had wanted to be Laura and have the same experiences she had had at camp.. I wanted to go to summer camp and experience all that summer camp had to offer. I had a childhood friend who went to camp every summer. She went to a camp called: Camp Tekawitha. It is a Catholic Youth Camp for Children of all Faiths and it is located on Loon Lake in Shawano County.* Camp Tekawitha has provided fun-filled, positive summer experiences to thousands of children for more than 80 years.* I wanted to go to Camp Tekawitha! In my family, there were 5 girls and one boy. My parents couldn't afford to send me to camp. There just wasn't enough money and the answer was simply, no. I was heart broken, but I knew it was just the way it had to be. Once my mom let me ride along with my friend when her mom drove her the 2 hour drive to Camp Tekawitha...it was the first and last time I ever drove along. It was the one thing my mom regretted, she used to say to me. So I lived threw Laura and read and re-read the book Laura's Luck, and went to summer camp through her. Soon my dream of going to summer camp became a distant memory and I grew up, but deep down inside me, there still is a 12 year old girl who wants to go to summer camp:)
When my daughter was 11 years old, she had a chance to go to summer camp with some girls from her girl scout troop. I thought it would be a wonderful experience for her. I was a single mom, working full time so I knew it wasn't going to be easy to send her to camp but I was determined to save enough money so she could go. I was so very excited for her but she on the other hand, wasn't quite as thrilled. The night before she was to leave for summer camp, and I was still writing her first and last name on everything, I could tell something was wrong, she seemed "funny" First she said she had a stomachache, then a headache....I didn't really listen to her....I was to busy talking about "Summer Camp Fun".... singing around the camp fire, canoeing, making s'mores, I think I even said to her, who knows, maybe you'll learn how to weave a basket..she rolled her eyes at me. The next morning we were up at 6:00 am and by 7:00 am she was on the bus and on her way to Summer Camp! I think I might have had a twinge of jealousy..... after all she was going to summer camp just like Laura from the book Laura's Luck... After a week at camp, she was on her way home. I was sitting at the kitchen table waiting to hear about her fun filled week at camp! When she walked in the back door, her face was sun-burned and her arms and legs were full of mosquito bites and scraps. I put a huge smile on my face and said, "So, how was camp?" She dropped her duffle bag on the floor with a thump. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Summer Camp was your dream mom, not mine." She turned around and walked out the door, heading to her friends house. I sat at the kitchen table dumbfounded!It has been 18 years since I sent my daughter to summer camp and she still hasn't forgiven me:)
*The opinions/views/thoughts written here are my own. I haven't been asked to write this review by anyone associated with Camp Tekawitha or the author of Laura's Luck.
The weather here in Northern WI has been chilly. Very, very chilly, for the month of June. We love soup any time of the year and this soup is perfect on a chilly summer night.
Chicken Noodle Soup~
1-(3-1/2 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cleaned and washed
3 quarts cold water
5 chicken bouillon cubes
6 whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 t salt
1 T Montreal steak seasoning
1-1/2 cups peeled, sliced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-1/2 t seasoned salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t crushed red pepper
1-14 oz package egg noodles, or noodles of your choice
Place chicken, water, bouillon, peppercorns, bay leaves, salt and Montreal steak seasoning in an 8-quart Dutch oven or soup kettle. Cover and bring to a boil; skim fat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until chicken is tender. Strain broth; return to kettle.
Allow chicken to cool; debone and cut into chunks. Skim fat from broth. Return chicken to kettle, add carrots, celery, green pepper, onion, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover; increase heat to a gentle boil. Remove bay leaf. Add egg noodles and boil 10 minutes or until noodles are tender. Serve and Enjoy~
4 T Salt, 1 T Black Pepper, 1 T Dehydrated Onion, 1/2 T Dehydrated Garlic, 1/2 T Crushed Red Pepper, 1/2 T Dried Thyme, 1/2 T Dried Rosemary, 1/2 T Dried Coriander, 1/2 T Paprika and 1/2 T Dried Dill. Mix all together and store in an airtight container or shaker.
Dry your green beans and wax beans by stringing them together into what early settlers called, "leather britches" You can bet your britches...drying extra beans is a snap:)
Preparing the Beans~
Step 1: Select green or wax beans that are fresh and firm. Wash beans, trim off stems, if desired. Then pat the beans dry with paper towels.
Stringing the Beans~
Step 2: Hold a bean upright or lay flat on a dish towel. Thread a large darning or carpet needle with heavy-duty thread or kite thread.
Step 3: Insert needle and thread through the center of each bean, so both ends of the bean are loose.
Securing and Hanging~
Step 4: Secure the first bean by wrapping the thread around the bean and making a knot. Repeat step 2 until the thread is full. Secure the last bean like the first, cut the thread and tie in a knot.
Hang the string of beans in a clean, dry location. Leave your "leather britches" for several months or until pods are dried and wrinkled.
Once dried, enjoy in soups and stews or display as a decoration. I found this idea in the Taste of Home Canning and Preserving 2012 Magazine and had to give it a try! Hope you will too~
Cutting a fresh pineapple may seem difficult but it is really quite easy! Here's how~
Place the pineapple on its side on the cutting board and cut off the top of the pineapple.
Stand the pineapple up and cut the skin off of the sides in as thin of strips as your can
Continue cutting strips around the pineapple until you have cut off all of the skin
Depending on how close you sliced when removing the skin you will most likely have some divits left, these can easily be removed with a melon baller or veggie peeler
Cut off bottom
Stand the pineapple up and cut pineapple in large pieces, cutting around the core. Some pineapples have soft cores that can be eaten but most of the time they are hard. Chop remaining pineapple into desired size.