Gather ‘Round the Fire and a Giveaway!

by Carmen on July 8, 2014 in Dinner Table, Giveaways, Uncategorized


Our family loves to camp!  We try to make it up to northern Michigan for a week of camping each summer.


It’s beautiful up there!  We love having a campfire, roasting marshmallows, talking, and sharing the favorite parts of our day.  Even when we’re not camping we like to gather around the fire in our homemade fire pit in the backyard.


Our family loves s’mores just as much as the next, but we also enjoy meals around the campfire as well!  *psst* If you go check out my blog HERE you can enter to win Gooseberry Patch’s  Grilling and Campfire Cooking book! You’re welcome.  *wink*  I have some yummy campfire recipes posted over there for campfire cooking.

We regularly enjoy one of our very favorite recipes to cook over the campfire…Hobo Packs! (Well, all of us except one child, who would choose peanut butter and jelly over it if given the choice.)

Hobo Packs

2 lbs. ground beef (portioned into 12 sections)

6 medium size russet potatoes – washed and cubed

zucchini – 1 large or 2-3 small – sliced

summer squash (the cute little yellow ones) – sliced

baby carrots (1 lb. bag)

2 sticks of salted butter – each stick cut into 6 equal parts

seasoning… we like to mix together equal parts salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and place in a shaker container

heavy duty aluminum foil in square sheets…approximately 12

Divide up the ingredients evenly among the aluminum foil sheets in the order given. Shaking seasoning liberally over the meat and veggies.  Bring two sides together and fold over twice then fold the ends up three times each so as to not loose any of juicy/buttery goodness of your meal!  Cook over medium/high heat (less flames the better or you’ll end up scorching your meal) turning and rotating the packets every 3-4 minutes.  Open the foil after a while and make sure the meat is no longer pink and the potatoes are tender.  If not, refold the foil and continue cooking.  Patience is the key to a tender, yummy hobo packet of goodness!

Serves 8-12

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Carmen is the love of her teacher/pastor husband of 20 years, and mother of 9 semi-picky eaters ages 18 to 11 months. Aside from homeschooling her children she likes to cook yummy and inexpensive meals in her family’s pre-Civil War farmhouse kitchen and with her family create hand painted wall art and goat milk soap for their Etsy shop. This is a far cry from their first week of marriage when her lack of cooking skills led to her husband’s stir fry every night. Thus began her journey on the road to being a keeper of the home. She is determined for her children to know the skills of home keeping and through her blog (Old House Homestead) intends to help people enjoy their kitchens one recipe at a time. Along with homeschooling and cooking, Carmen enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and crafting. Carmen can be found at and Facebook (Old House Homestead), on Etsy at, and on Instagram @oldhousehomestead.

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