Friday, August 31, 2012

Dinner Night 1

 After swimming, we were all hungry... starving!  Seems like most nights Etan is eating the majority of his meal before we start eating and then he ends up being down and ready to get down as we are getting started.  I need to time E's dinner better because this happens almost every night!
Hey Mom, you should try these beans!!!  Hey Moms, you know what I think are a must for camping?!?!  This great high chair that can attach to most tables!  I love it and it folds up really small and can fit under the camper!  We also get A LOT of use out of this placemat.... I purchased it when Owen was a baby and it has been well used by Owen, Addyson, and now Ethan!!!  Perfect plate for Ethan while camping and I take it to all restaurants with me!
Hey Addyson, don't you want to smile for the camera?!!?  Oh right, Hey Addyson, don't look at the camera.... I don't want to see you smile!!!
Oh there you are.... peeking out!
This camping trip I tried to prepare some "salads" before we left.  We wanted to have nice dinners but I find that cooking in the small RV kitchen and the big clean up after is NOT what I want to be spending my time doing!  Instead, when the kids napped on Thursday I made some of Opa Tick Tack's Onkie salad and Brad made a couscous salad.  That was one of the best things we did to prep for this trip!
Dinner night 1 consisted for grilled veggies, sausage, and Onkie salad!!!  Grilling was quick so it didn't take long to get dinner on the table for my hungry kids!
Hey Owen, why are you hiding from the camera?!?!  That is the new game at this house.... when you see the camera.... hide!  I'm not a huge fan of this game but the kids think it is funny!
Hey dad, is that sausage done yet????  Oh, we grilled asparagus and carrots!!!  Yep, carrots!  They were really good!  I needed the carrots to be soft for Ethan so we can it a try and it worked out pretty good!  We'll be grilling carrots again!
While waiting for the sausage the kids started out with Onkie salad.... I usually make it with elbow noodles but I had colorful shell noodles at home so I use that this time.... turns out shell noodles are fun....
to eat using your fingers!!!!
It is hard to tell the big kids not to eat with their hands when Ethan gets to do it!!!  And really, I guess there are times when rules can be broken for the sake of fun... that is part of what camping is all about right!?!
She thought so!
And so did he!  All I have to say is Brad better sit down and use his fork or I might have to no longer use shell noodles!! : )

Want to know what Onkie salad is?!?!  It is a yummy noodle salad my Opa has made my whole life!  My sister called it Onkie salad when she was little and that name has stuck!  It is a staple at family BBQs in Canada and now my in the states is hooked on it and my mom has made it for bbqs I don't even go to!  It is noodles, a can of peas (with the juice), dill pickles (about 3-4 depending on size), tomatoes (2 depending on size), diced ham, hard boiled eggs (2-3), mayonnaise, some pickle juice, salt and pepper to taste.  The trick this this salad is cutting up everything into really little pieces.... NO big pieces!!!  The amount of mayonnaise and pickle juice is also variable... you just have to stir it all up and tasted it and see if you like the amount of dressing on the noodles.  I like it served sort of warm day 1 and then it is SO good the following day(s) cold as leftovers!  Next time you have a bbq you'll have to give it a try!
Here is Owen eating his grilled carrot like corn to avoid eating the "black parts".  I love that dinners are fun and healthy even when we camp!!!!  Brad puts a lot of effort into making sure that we don't just eat hot dogs and chips while we camp.... so much so that he starts menu planning weeks before... fine tuning it before the big shopping trip.  Can't wait for our yummy dinner tomorrow night!

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