Sunday, October 4, 2009

Potluck by the campfire

My cousin and his wife
My cousin and his wife

Dude grabbed my camera around my neck and clicked

Dude smiling-he hates pictures

I can't remember what kind, but really good!

Peanut Butter cereal bars

Cheesy Crock Pot Potatoes

Potato Soup

We lucked out and it finally stopped raining before everyone got to the campground to meet for our cousin reunion. Unfortunately, 2 cousins could not join us as they had sick kids. We think we need a mid-winter redo with a fondue party! Everyone brought something to grill and something to share. Both of my cousins' wives brought a dessert (which is good because I was so disorganized I forgot to bake). G brought a potato soup that was so good and she said it was Bear Creek dry soup mix. It is fast and delicious-she has three kids and a hubby that works an opposite shift so she can have it ready for the kids and he has some when he gets home later in the evening. It was really good-almost as good as my Mom's potato soup! I made the Cheesy Crock Pot potatoes. Easy, peasy. I doubled it but here is the original recipe
Cheesy Crock Pot Potatoes
1- 2 pound bag of frozen hasbrowns
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cheddar Cheese soup
1 small can of French Fried Onions
1 cup of milk
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
Pour hashbrowns into slow cooker. Top with the two cans of soup, one cup of milk, half of the French Fried onions and half of the cheese. Stir to combine so all the spuds have some mixture on them. Put lid on slow cooker and put on low for 6 to 8 hours. One hour before serving, top with rest of onions and cheese.
These were all gone save for a scoop in the bottom that I ate after we came in from the fire.
I had to laugh. On my last post I stated that we were camping, it was raining, we ordered pizza and watched movies and I played Mafia Wars on the computer. There was a comment from "A Year on the Grill" indicating he was amused by my 'camping'. We live in the country and were not able to get high speed access so we bought an Air Card which plugs into our computers via USB post so we can use it on our home PC and my laptop. I brought it with so I could communicate with the cousins as we are all on Facebook and I can message them all at one time. I needed to let them know what was happening with the party and if we were still on. Mafia Wars was because I don't like scary movies and that was what they were watching. Dude and Drama Queen went home to get our DVD player since it was raining and a 16 year old girl wasn't hip on playing card games with her parents-we only live 6 miles from campground we were at. This is an annual event we do and it close to all of us save one cousin. We ordered pizza because it was raining to hard to have a fire to cook over or use our small portable gas grill, and yep we have heat in the camper. I'm too old to sleep on the ground especially when it is only 40 degrees out. You will be happy to know that we cooked our meat over the open fire, made smores and drank wine around the campfire-out of plastic wine glasses that won't break. The kids even ran off a little energy, one went into the lake to retrieve his father's fishing pole and had to go home to change clothes (no fish was caught) and the adults had a little time together around the fire. It was a nice day but sad since all of us were not together. We said a thank you to our grandparents in Heaven for starting us on our tradition of a cousin get together 20+ years ago when we grandkids started bringing our soon to be spouses home for Christmas and we all couldn't fit with our parents, so Grandpa and Grandma started having the grandkids on a separate day. Thanks guys because we are still doing it together!


A Year on the Grill said...

now that's camping...All that grillin...

When i was a kid, my Dad was an outdoorsman, no tents, sleep under the stars...

Was fun at the time, but I would be with you in the camper, with the wi-fi card...

But would grill

noble pig said...

Make sure you try the Bear Creek Tortilla Soup too...yummy!

Pam said...

Those cheesey crockpot potatoes and potato soup have me drooling. YUM!

Lea Ann said...

Found your blog through "Year on the Grill" He's a great guy. I see you're also connected with Cathy in Oregon. Love her blog too.

Those Cheeseburger Meatballs look fabulous. Can't wait to try them.

Look forward to more of your posts.

Lea Ann

Bob said...

Nice, the only thing that makes a potluck better is a potluck that involves grilling! Glad you had a good time. :)

Heather said...

holy god those potatoes sound DELICIOUS!

Donna-FFW said...

Loving the sound of the cheesy crock pot potatoes. You guys look like u had a blast, good for you!!