copper basin

dutch oven cobbler

dutch oven cobbler

dutch oven cobbler

The boy and I joined his parents camping recently so I decided to tackle a dutch oven cobbler. I sported my most glamping-styled outfit of these crops, a flannel and white vans and baked over an open flame in the majestic Copper Basin. Yes, you can call me the next Pioneer Woman.

I proudly crossed making a dutch oven meal off my bucket list with this cobbler. For those of you unfamiliar with pioneer ways, a dutch oven is typically a thick cast-iron cooking pot with a tight fitting lid. You can make anything for enchiladas to desserts in them and they serve as the perfect camping kitchen accessory. Think the crockpot of camping. Prior to returning to civilization, I was briefly inspired to make all of my meals in a dutch oven. It’s that easy with relatively little or no measuring required!

ingredients

instructions

  1. Fire up your campfire and toss in some coals until they are white and very hot. Make sure you have enough coals to cover the top of the dutch oven for even cooking.
  2. Grease clean dutch oven pot.
  3. Layer the bottom of the dutch oven pot with fruit of choice. I used about 6 cups of fresh raspberries and blackberries.
  4. Pour about half of the cake mix into a small bowl. Mix with about one cup of the soda until the consistency is a bit thicker than a normal cake batter. Add mix or soda as needed until you have enough batter to cover all of the fruit.
  5. Cover the fruit with the mixed batter.
  6. Slice a stick of butter and place butter slabs evenly on top of batter. I eye balled it but would say I used about 3 tablespoons of butter.
  7. Sprinkle granulated or brown sugar on top of batter.
  8. Place lid securely on dutch oven.
  9. Place dutch oven on hot coals. Carefully place as many hot coals as you can fit on the lid of the dutch oven.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes or until sweet smells begin wafting from the fire.
  11. Remove coals, remove lid and serve!
berries & pellegrino

berries & pellegrino

adding a bit more pellegrino

adding a bit more pellegrino to thin the batter

such incredible, fresh berries!

such incredible, fresh berries!

pour the batter over the fresh berries

pour the batter over the fresh berries

a bit of butter and sugar for good measure

a bit of butter and sugar for good measure

the best way to bake while camping!

the best way to bake while camping!

it was like magic! hot out of the fire!

it was like magic – hot out of the fire!

clean plates club

clean plates club

dessert with a view

dessert with a view!

taylor brass

brass blossom

weekend love it — all things comforting

To be honest, I really haven’t been “loving” much of anything recently. This last week I said goodbye to my best friend and shadow, Lucy. Lucy was a 13-year-old pug, who to her last days was incredibly faithful, stubborn and entirely food-obsessed. Everything has been a bit more lonely recently without her hilarious and absurd presence, so I have been focusing on all things comforting.

Here is a small observance of Lucy that will never do her large presence (for such a small dog) justice and just a few things I’m enjoying:

1. Lucy. At this point I think that pictures say more than words about my forever love for Lucy.

always ready for a snuggle

always ready for a snuggle

suns out tongues out

suns out tongues out

Lucy loved stroller walks

Lucy loved stroller walks (& cookies of course)

2. Summer Desserts. There is nothing that I love more than making and obviously enjoying a dessert made with fresh fruit. I am partial to anything naturally sweet. In the past week I have made a rhubarb and blackberry pie for my brother’s birthday as well as a fresh fruit dutch oven cobbler over hot coals. Both were amazing, and recipes are coming soon. Teaser pictures below!

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

3. Fourth of July. The boy and I decided to forgo the typical July 4th celebrations and head off to the Copper Basin over Trail Creek to celebrate with his parents. We had a wonderful, relaxing day enjoying the sun, scenery and swims with Miss Maude. All in all, it was a perfect day of absolutely nothing, which is just what I needed.

Cooper Basin

Copper Basin

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim - you cant beat this view!

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim — you cant beat this view!

cocktail hour

cocktail hour

the boy's wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of"glamping"

the boy’s wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of”glamping”

the boy and Miss Maude ready for a nap

the boy and Miss Maude ready for bed!

4. “Like a Girl.” I found the recent “Like a Girl” campaign incredibly relatable. Even though I consider myself incredibly self-sufficient and independent I feel that I fell prey to the “like a girl” stigma. I had a remarkably similar reaction to the older girls. The younger girls who depicted strong, independent and determined girls when prompted were inspiring to me. This video is a definite must watch, if not only to prose the simple question but also to break the negative propagation that is clearly defined in our society.

taylor brass

brass blossom