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Archive for 01/26/2012

Camp night dinner

If you missed last night’s camp dinner, here’s a few photo highlights of the 500 who came for sloppy joes, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, fresh veggies, chips and ice cream:

The sign in table…we ask that everyone sign in so we can get a close count for planning.

We also have money jars here to collect donations…we suggest $4 per person, but we’ll take whatever you can or want to donate.

We made 5 roasters full of sloppy joes (using McCormick’s sloppy joe mix.  Last year I made Jamie Oliver’s recipe for sloppy joes with beans, but I got a lot of feedback saying “don’t bean the sloppy joes!”   I’d love to try a new recipe next time since the mix was a little too salty and tomatoey.  Feel free to email me at with your favorite recipe for sloppy joes, aka “taverns” or “steamburgers”  or “yum yums” or “slushburgers” and we’ll try something new next time.  We also served some BBQ pulled pork which we had leftover from a dinner in December.  The porkloins were roasted in the oven after marinating overnight with a spice rub mix of paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard and salt.  We added Cattleman’s BBQ sauce after pulling the pork.

  Here’s a fun fact:  The Original Sloppy Joe Sandwich was invented by a cook named Joe at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa (from Wikipedia)

You ate 5# of snow peas, 15# baby carrots, 6 large bunches of celery, 10# broccoli florets, 12# cauliflower florets, 14# English cucumbers and 20# of ranch dip!

Build your own banana splits for dessert!  We sure love our ice cream… we used 30 gallons of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry), 30# of sliced strawberries, 40# of bananas, and lots of toppings: crushed M&M’s, Hot fudge, butterscotch, pineapple, whipped cream and cherries.

At 5:30 the room is filling up, plus there are 6 full tables out in the narthex

Can’t wait for dessert!

Dedicated ice cream scoopers…vanilla, chocolate or strawberry?

That’s why they’re called “sloppy joes”

Part of the fun is the creative process in banana split building


5:45…music class is over and the rush is on!

Sharing is what it’s all about.

A great time to visit with friends and family

Look what I made! Yum!

And a more simple approach…vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream, topped with a tiny drizzle of butterscotch.

Being cool at all times…high school boys hanging out by the youth room

Even scraping dishes can be fun on Wednesday nights!

When is my grandma coming back from vacation to wash dishes?

Larry proves that he can do the job while Peg is gone!

Dirty dishes in, clean dishes out.  “Marilyn”, our American Dish Service dishmachine, can wash 2 racks of dishes every 90 seconds.  We’d couldn’t do this without her!

And then we went to church for a presentation on Lutheran Outdoors and sang camp songs along with the Praise Team…

Next week’s menu post coming soon!

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