Here's a recipe for an easy no-knead bread that you need to try :). A dear friend made it for us, and then Gaigai (12 years old) decided to give it a try. It's amazingly delicious - tastes like Italian bread fresh from the bakery!
In a medium bowl, combine
3 c flour
1/4 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c water
Incorporating by hand or with a spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Coat inside of a second bowl with olive oil, and place dough in bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest 12 -15 hours at room temperature.
Remove from bowl. Fold once or twice. Let rest 15 minutes in bowl. Next shape dough into ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, place dough seam side down and dust with flour. Cover dough with another cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 30 minutes prior to baking, place 6-8 quart cast iron pot with lid inoven to preheat. Place dough seam side up in pot, cover with lid and bake 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered until loaf is nicely browned. Buon appetito!
For Thanksgiving we headed south to the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest to camp and hike. This was our first experience winter camping with the kids. With snow on the ground and temps below freezing, we bundled up and hunkered down for the night. Here are some tips for making winter camping more pleasant:
Winter camping with the kids
Have the right gear. A 4 season tent and sleeping bags rated for less than 30 are key for keeping everyone warm at night.
Sleep with hats, gloves and socks.
Let kids put on comfy (clean) clothes to sleep in. Unless the kiddos have favorite footed pjs, consider letting them sleep in clothes. It is more pleasant to be dressed for the day when they wake up instead of having to change out of pjs into clothes when it's freezing cold in the morning.
Go super lux - buy a heater for the tent. Our (only) neighbors during the last camping trip introduced us to a heater you can hook up to a propane tank to keep you toasty in your tent...
Portable indoor safe propane heater for camping - Kovas will try this out on his next camping trip.
Plan on one night and close to home for a first run at winter camping.
Pack plenty of easy snacks and meals - or consider a warm restaurant for a treat. :)