Favorite Recipe : Slow Cooker Bratwurst and Saurerkraut

I am working very hard on something. I am working on PLANNING dinnertime better.

I want to have a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal on the dinner table every evening.

It’s not that I never cook a delicious and healthy meal for my family… I do. Most evenings, in fact. The problem is rather the way in which my default dinner is cooked. It’s usually chaotic and panicked. I usually haven’t thought about dinner until 4pm… funny how it always seems to sneak up on me! And then all the options are frozen or take too long and we end up having the ‘fall back’ options all too often.

So, I’m making an effort to plan the weeks dinners. To know what we are having on each day of the week and to have the ingredients ready and thawed in time.

My slow cooker has become my firm friend.

I do a bit of prep work in the morning… pop it all in the slow cooker and … voila! At 5pm our dinner is cooked to perfection.

Here is one of our favorites…

 

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Photo of Bratwurst and Saurekraut Slowcooker Casserol : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Take it from me… it’s so easy to prepare.

And take it from my family… it’s delicious too!

 

Here’s what you’ll need :

 

  • two 12 inch bradworst sausages
  • a jar of sauerkraut with juice
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 cup of cream
  • parmesan shavings for garnish

 

Recipe :

 

Cut the bratwurst sausages into 1 inch segments.

Cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes.

Put everything (except parmesan cheese)  into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.

Voila! Happy family.

Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese shavings.

Enjoy!

And please send along any of your favorite slow cooker recipes… I’m always on the look out for other options.

Here’s a link to our more yummy recipes.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

Camping Food Favorites

We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip.

Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paper and then thin logs on top of the kindling. He lights the paper with a match and stands back to watch his creation burst into life. I can see by the look on his face that he feels immensely competent when he sees his fire grow. He watches it and judges when to put the next logs on. Wheeler Gorge (where we camped) is in the throes of a desperate drought and we were asked to keep the fire very small. I was so proud of Teddy for his restraint in keeping his fire small. For sure, 7-year-olds CAN be trusted.

The kids LOVED cooking these ‘Little Smokies’ on sticks over coals. They cooked them until they were roasted brown and plump and the dripping fat sizzled on the fire. Kids sure do love to cook their own food!

 

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Best Camping Food : www.theMagicOnions.com

Best Camping Food : www.theMagicOnions.com

Best Camping Food : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We mad the most delicious steak sandwiches. BBQed steak cut into thin slices, roasted asparagus and fresh heirloom tomatoes… a sprinkling of salt and, gosh, they were good!

 

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Kitty discovered a new way to roast marshmallows. She stuck a piece of chocolate on the stick with her marshmallow and carefully roasted it over the warm coals. She was very careful (after a few mishaps when her chocolate dripped off) to turn her roasting stick constantly to allow the chocolate to melt down onto the marshmallow. Imagine how yummy they were… just like roasted marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate.

 

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Best Camping Food : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We were bothered a little by yellow jackets on the first night but, luckily, the campsite was full of white sage which is a natural bug deterrent. We made bundles wrapped tightly in grass and set them on a stick over the fire. We placed a small burning ember in the center of a sage bundle and watched it smoke its wonderfully fragrant, bug-repelling, smoke. Soon, our campsite was a sweet-smelling haven, free from yellow jackets.

Try this next time you are bothered by them.

 

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My Good Man needed to get a little work done and we loved his new ‘office’. He said he’d never been more productive in his whole life.

 

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While at the river, Teddy had a happening of great proportions… a beautiful blue dragonfly alighted on his finger and stayed for a full few minuted.

 

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And here are some more pictures of us enjoying the gorgeous wilderness.

 

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As Teddy, and Elizabeth Gilbert, can attest, moss and lichen is exquisite.

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

Unplugged and Ranging Free.

We ended our two-week Spring break with a burst – 4 days of blissful camping with wonderful friends. Oh, what a gift it was to be out in the wild places, watching our unplugged children ranging free.

No computers, TV’s, phones (except to listen to the daily Oprah/Deepak meditations), microwaves, radios, Starbucks, washing machines.

Lots of play, laughter, giggling, nature, calmness, campfires, s’mores, BBQ’s, free will, bonding, love, living with one withe the sun, and the moon, stars, birdsong, archery, reading, talking and lots of happy children and adults.

We camped in a tent (which is new for us as we usually have our RV) and were rewarded with a rain and wind storm one night… the rain beat a lullaby on tent all around us until the wind got jealous and tried to blow us away… what fun to have the elements fight over our attentions.

I’ll share some of my favorite photos and a few of the delicious meals we enjoyed.

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Breakfast :

Bagels and cream cheese, toasted over the fire, with fresh tomato, avocado and lemon pepper.

Pancakes (that I’ve pre-made), heated over the fire with blueberry pie filling, heated over the fire, whipped cream and bacon cooked over the fire.

Scrambled egg sandwiches with bacon cooked over the fire.

Lunch/Snacks :

Casadias – cheese filled tortias heated over the fire until the cheese melts, with avocado and fresh tomato.

Sandwiches made from last-night’s left over meat and ketchup.

Lots of pre-cut veggies and dip – carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, snap peas.

Rice cakes with peanut butter and banana slices.

Fruit – watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, mandarins.

Dinners :

Carne Assada – thinly sliced meat cooked over the fire served in serve-yourself tortias with condiments – chopped tomato, avocado, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, cut mango.

BBQ ribs cooked over the fire with asparagus roasted over the fire and potatoes roasted in tinfoil in the fire.

Steak, of course, seared over the fire with corn roasted over the fire and watermelon.

Oh gosh… just thinking of all this delicious food makes me want to go BACK!

What are your favorite camping meals?

Blessings and magic,

Donni