Most Sundays at our house are filled with cooking, church meetings, and hair spray. But this Sunday I decided to take my hubby up to the mountains and just spend a relaxing day.
One of our favorite things to do is fish, and I am
lucky enough to have inherited my great grandpa’s fishing reel. He was an avid fisherman, so I was hoping his rod would bring me luck, unfortunately we didn’t catch anything. But we were able to just sit around, take naps and make some yummy food while we were there.
It reminded me of stories my mom and grandma would tell about their family picnics. Taking the whole family out and spending time together. It’s especially nice because there is no cellphone reception up there! Which was perplexing for me niece who was very unhappy she couldn’t watch Daniel Tiger on Netflix.
Oh and the s’mores. There’s really nothing like an old fashioned melted marshmallow squished up next to a chocolate bar and sandwiched between two graham crackers. Just typing that makes me hungry. *texts husband to pick up s’mores on his way home from work*
Where was I? Oh yes, picnics. We were lucky enough to find a spot along the river with a fire pit so we could use our handy dandy dutch ovens. Our dinner was so yummy I didn’t get a chance to take a picture. But it was very simple; onions, potatoes, carrots and chicken with a can of cream-of-mushroom soup cooked to perfection over the coals. This was also a good reminder that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. I have a very hard to please husband when it comes to food. He’s a big guy and he works hard, so he is constantly hungry But this meal seemed to satisfy his hunger no problem. And the best part was that because It was he did a huge chunk of the cooking since there was fire involved.
I tell you what, just give a man a fire and a stick and you can keep him happy forever. plus he knows how to make the perfect roasted marshmallow. I don’t know how he does it but it’s true.
Here’s a couple quick recipes in case you’d like to have an awesome Sunday picnic as well.
Cheesy chicken bake in a crock pot.
*for this one I used a 12 inch deep dish dutch oven.
- 2 lbs chicken tenders
- 1 large can cream-of-chicken soup
- 1 onion sliced thin
- 1 small bag baby carrots
- ¼ cup butter
- 2cups shredded cheese
Once coals are ready. Place butter in oven and let it melt. Next dump in all the veggies and let them cook with the lid on until they are about 3/4 the way done. Then add the chicken and cook through. Time for cooking will vary depending on the temperature of your oven. Once the chicken is cooked add the can of soup and cheese and replace the lid until boiling.
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
*For this I used a 10 inch deep dish oven.
- 2 cans sliced peaches
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1 stick of butter
Once the coals are ready. In a bowl mix juice from one can of peaches and pour off the juice from the second can. Dump all the peaches into the oven and pour the cake mixture over the top. Cut stick of butter into slices and scatter them on top of the cake mixture. Put the lid on and cook over coals. Make sure to put a few coals (I put 6 coals) on the lid so it cooks evenly.
**Pro tip: Line the dutch oven with foil for easy clean up.
There is seriously nothing better than cooking and eating dutch oven food out in the wilderness. I don’t know why, but nature makes everything taste better.