Monday, July 5, 2010

Serenity NOW!

The other day, mom and I decided to take ourselves off the grid and go off into the woods. Summer is the perfect time for that. We took our first trip up to Glacier park and enjoyed a fabulous trip camping, hiking, and seeing how gorgeous and green everything is. It has been raining here like there is no tomorrow and the run off is fierce and the forest is green. During one of our hikes we half expected to see leprechauns skipping through the trees.

My other favorite part of camping is cooking over the open fire. Nothing tastes quite as good as meat that has been charred over an open fire and there isn't a sensation more pleasurable than holding that said meat over the open fire and hearing the popping and fizzing that lets you  know that the meat is getting good and delicious!

In this blog I want to share the magic of Glacier National Park with you as well as the perfect camp fire meal that is easy and still somewhat healthy! Here are some perfect summer recipes for my Easiest Coleslaw Known to Woman and Charbroiled Brats!

Sit back and unplug and allow yourself a little SERENITY NOW! That is exactly what my mom and I found in Glacier during our camping trip and I hope you all feel a little of that good stuff watching the nature video! We took a long hike through the woods along the rushing river and then had a brew on the bridge. Join us in this serene moment. I hope you are having a wonderful summer and had a great 4th of July! 

Easiest Coleslaw Known to Woman 2 cups shredded cabbage (we love the red cabbage) 1/2 cup low fat sour cream 1/4 cup low fat vinaigrette (We love Paul Newman's)

Mix the sour cream and vinaigrette together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, place the shredded cabbage and pour the sour cream mixture over the top of the cabbage. Stir to combine and frigerate until you are ready to serve. Yes! It's that easy! Brats over the Fire

1 package of brats 1 camp fire 1 brat cooker (metal preferred) 1 package of buns 1 package string cheese Thread as many brats as you like onto the metal hot dog cooker. Place directly over a raging camp fire and turn every few minutes until the casing is charred and begins to burst. Serve on a bun with the string cheese pealed into 3 or 4 slices and a hearty dose of mustard. At least that is how we like it!

Mental Health Benefit: Serenity.. what a great word. And how cheap it is to find it! I found it in the woods, with rivers, waterfalls, and a charred brat. What is your idea of serenity? Mine cost about $33 dollars. What does yours cost? And don't worry about the calories. As long as you don't fall out of the boat every day, a few more calories one day will come out in the wash as they say! Especially after a long hike through the woods!

Wishing you some serenity during the Hot Days of summer!

~ Serenity and other outdoor sports from our outdoor kitchen to yours!


Cris said...

Yummy! We camp-fire cooked this weekend too! Glacier Park looks AMAZING! Wish I was there!

Hot Mess Cooking said...

It was amazing and I really hope you and Jon get to come out and visit! I would love to see you both!