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How to cook some goofy grub part 1

This series of articles came from the Boys’ Life online magazine article called “How to Cook Some Goofy Grub — just the ticket for some wacky outdoor summertime activity with your grandchildren!  Go, Gramma, Go.


First up is, of course, Dessert!

How to cook some goofy grub — Boys’ Life magazine.


Orange Peel Cakes

THE CHALLENGE: Bake cakes in the coals.


  • 1 8 oz. box Jiffy yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 large, thick-skinned oranges

Cooking a cake on coals is a snap when you use a hollowed-out orange peel instead of a pan.

The Scouts combined the cake mix, egg and water and stirred up some batter. Then they cut a small “lid” in the top of each of six big navel oranges and scooped out the insides, just like carving a pumpkin. They were very careful not to damage the shell.

The Scouts ate the orange pulp, then poured the cake batter into the gutted oranges, each about two-thirds full.

They popped the “lids” back on the oranges, wrapped them in heavy foil, and set them on the coals for about 20 minutes, turning them often.

THE RESULT: The orange-peel cakes were a hit. Spongy and moist, with a hint of, well, orange, they could be eaten with a spoon or peeled for a hot orange cake.


Here is the recipe for “Pearls in the Mud” dessert.


One (1) box of the Jello Brand of Tapioca Pudding
One (1) box of the Jello Brand of Banana Pudding
One (1) twenty-four (24) ounce jar of Jif Smooth and Creamy Peanut Butter
One (1) container of Cool Whip Whipped Cream Topping
One (1) container of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

1. Make the Jello Brand of Tapioca Pudding and the Jello Brand of Banana Pudding as directed by the instructions on the respective ingredients boxes of the Jello Brands of tapioca pudding and banana pudding.
2. Combine the freshly made tapioca pudding and the banana pudding together. Blend well.
3. Add four (4) ounces of Jiff Smooth and Creamy peanut butter to the pudding mixture. Use a kitchen-aid hand held electric mixer or a Waring blender or a Sunbeam Cake mixer and blend the peanut butter and pudding mixture until the mixture is blended well.
4. Serve the peanut butter and pudding mixture in an eight ounce dessert bowl. Add One (1) tablespoonful of Cool Whip whipped cream topping to the peanut butter and pudding mixture. Drizzle some Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup over the peanut butter and pudding mixture.
5. Enjoy the “Pearls in the Mud” dessert.

First Class Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Appalachian Mountains’ Capuchin Monkey Patrol, Troop 427 // October 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm // Reply


Here is the recipe for a chocolate glazed crepe’:
1. Prepare a pancake using “Just Add Water” Pancake mix. Pour the pancake mix in a cooking skillet. Cook the pancake mix until the batter begins stiff enough to flip the pancake. Flip the pancake and continue cooking until the pancake is fully cooked.
2. Place the created pancake on a paper plate.
3. Spread grape jelly or apple jelly on the top of the pancake.
4. Begin folding the pancake over into a jelly roll so that there are spirals of jelly inside of the blanket roll or jelly roll pancake.
5. Put a tooth pick in the middle of the blanket roll or jelly roll pancake. A blanket roll or jelly roll pancake is called a cre’pe.
6. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the blanket roll or jelly roll pancake. Enjoy the Chocolate glazed cre’pe.

  1. Pancake Creations 777 // August 22, 2009 at 5:03 am // Reply


  1. For the recipe of “Tootsie Roll Pancakes”, do the following:
    1. In a mixing bowl, add some “Just add water” pancake mix and add the correct amount of water according to the directions on the package labeling. Mix until all of the powder has made the pancake batter.
    2. Open a package of tootsie roll chocolate candy and remove all of the individual paper wrappers from the tootsie roll candy. Add the tootsie roll candy to the pancake batter.
    3. On a griddle, cook pancakes using the tootsie roll pancake batter as with normal pancakes by creating about four inch round pancakes.
    4. Flip the pancakes as normal pancakes making sure that the batter is stiff enough to hold the tootsie rolls in the pancake.
    5. Serve the created pancakes with butter, maple syrup or wildflower honey. Enjoy the “Tootsie Roll Candy” pancakes.
  2. Backyard Camper 524 // August 20, 2009 at 7:20 am // Reply


Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life:


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Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids

Melissa Purcell, who wrote in 2014 on her blog My Humorous Mommy Life! about some of the summertime activities to keep kids busy.

Homemade Slime:  This is free of Borax, and has only two ingredients.  This page also has some other activities to try out, along with other slime recipes.

Yo Yo Balloons: — instructions are all there, but the youtube video is no longer available.  However, I found one that gives you an easy idea to work with


Chalk Paint: — if you have a sidewalk, give the kids a chance to make huge art in public!  Starch and water and food colours.  Add foam brushes and kids and your work is done!

Homemade Playdough: — another fun creative kinetic easy recipe.

33 Activities under 10$ that will keep your kids busy all summer: — Wow, they ain’t kidding!  Here are some of the offerings: Coloured tape to make roads in the bedroom, or an outdoor board game; Chalk and sponge bullseye game; Exploding paint bags; painting on wet glue with food colouring (seems like a great way to learn about the colour wheel, mixing colours and all that); DIY a throwing tarp; A Jenga-style tower out of cut up sponges; A river in the back yard (what kid can resist a river?); Taping a paper towel to the wall keeps toddlers busy; Pipe cleaners and a colander does the same; Use burlap to make a sewing station; Experimentation using water marbles;

Buy a 2-ounce pack for $7.99 here.

A cool science experiment yielding alien bubbles; Extract DNA from Strawberries!; run balloon rockets; Bowl using erasers and marble; string up the hallway for Mission Impossible; Make soap clouds; Popcorn Olympics; Giant Bubbles; Decorate T-shirts with crayons; Marble Racetrack; Outdoor obstacle course

Summer bingo:

Get creative with science: — these pinterest ideas can get your child’s STEM on (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).

STEM the summer Slide: — another site with science experiment ideas, including a checklist to watch for as you do these activities.


Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids.

Purcell, M. (2014, June 2). Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids. Retrieved from My Humorous Mommy Life! And, the Many Inbetweens ….:


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Gramma Nettie’s Toothpaste 3

Gramma Nettie’s Toothpaste 3

Today some different ways to clean your teeth

Disclaimer — this post is not intended for medicinal purposes.  I do not make any medical claims nor do I provide advise.  I provide information about what I have found and do, you are advised to do your own research and make your own educated choices.

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Paste-style tooth cleanser is only one way to clean teeth (not to include flossing — that would be another post, I think).  Some advocate using chewed up sticks.


4 reasons to break up with toothpaste, plus a whitening tooth powder recipe


Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe — from MommyPotamus

Note: Feel free to add or adjust ingredients based on your needs. For example, if you have very sensitive teeth you might want to skip the baking soda and salt at first, or if you want to focus on removing stains add a little more activated charcoal to the homemade tooth powder recipe.



Using a stainless steel or plastic spoon, mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar. To use, add a little to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal.



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Thankfully, I have a stainless steel blade on my food processor, so I have no qualms using my food processor to make this homemade toothpaste recipe.

Bentonite clay can act like a magnet attracting positively charged heavy metals from your utensils, so you only want it to come into contact with a truly stable metal like stainless steel (which is used to mine the clay).

  1. Place all dry ingredients in the food processor and pulse until well mixed.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, mix coconut oil, essential oils, trace minerals, and water.
  3. Slowly pour the liquids into your food processor while continuing to pulse. Mix until smooth; add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency.
  4. Remove homemade toothpaste from food processor and store in a glass jar with a lid. This keeps rather well in a medicine cabinet, although with time the exposure to air may dry it out. If it starts drying out before you’ve had the chance to use it, just mix in a bit more water.




But not the chemicals used  to achieve it? This recipe is for you!

Just make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing. It’s soap, so the aftertaste will remind you a lot of . . . soap. (And if that doesn’t sound good to you, try tooth powder. My kids think it so delicious they sometimes refuse to spit after brushing. It’s all food grade, so I’m okay with that.)





  1. Add everything to a 4 ounce dropper bottle and shake thoroughly to mix. Apply a few drops to your toothbrush and brush as normal.


Flavour recipes from The Hippy Homemaker, using essential oils for adults, flavour extracts for the kids.  She uses Mountain Rose Herbal and Plant Therapy brands.

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