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    It turns out that Moo-Cow's not only good at starting campfires, but he's great at cooking over them as well. He showed us how to make a few variations on some campfire favorites.




    So, you really want some fresh baked bread to go with your campfire dinner, but you aren't about to try and cook a loaf in a fire pit. How about making some quick and easy Stickscuits instead! Stickscuits are biscuits on a stick, of course, and all you'll need to make them is one sturdy stick and a can of biscuit dough (the kind you find in the refrigerated section of the supermarket).

    biscuit dough on stick
    Stretch out one of the buscuits and wind it around the end of the stick. Spread it out so no part of it is very thick.
    Hold your stick with the dough end over the fire (without actually putting it in the fire) and be patient. You will need to turn the stick around to make sure the dough cooks evenly. The dough should slowly brown, thicken and stiffen. Cook until the whole length of dough is like this and then take it from the fire. Once it cools down it's ready to eat!
    Pigs in a Sleeping Bag
    Roasting hotdogs over the campfire is a classic camping meal. Here is a new and even more delicious twist on that. For this you'll need hotdogs, a can of biscuit dough, and a sturdy stick.
    hotdog on a forked stick

    Put a hotdog on the end of your stick. It's best to use a forked stick to hold the hot dog steady and to keep it from falling off into the fire. Roast your hotdog until about it is half done. Since hotdogs are pre-cooked, this is up to your judgment and depends on how you like your dogs.




    hotdogs cooking over campfire
    Here's where you turn a regular hotdog into a "pig in a sleeping bag!" Take a section of biscuit dough from the can and wrap it around the hotdog. Roast slowly turning the stick regularly just as you would a stickscuit to make sure it cooks evenly.
    Pig in a Sleepingbag
    When the dough is nice and brown your pig in a sleeping bag is ready. You can add any of condiments that you would your regular hotdog.
    When you're camping and it's time for deset everyone loves a good s'more. Here's a little variation on the classic treat.
    smore with peanutbutter cup
    Instead of making your s'mores with a roasted marshmallow and piece of chocolate between two graham crackers, why don't you try a peanut butter cup in place of the boring old chocolate!
    squishing a s'more
    Try to get your marshmallow on to the peanut butter cup as soon as you pull it from the fire. This will help you get nice soft chocolate and it will all blend together better. After the marshmallow is on put the top graham cracker over it and S'morsh it down!
    We hope you enjoy these campfire cooking ideas. We'll see you by the fire with our roasting sticks ready!


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    Building a good campfire is one of those things that can seem easy until you actually go to do it. Moo-Cow happens to be a campfire expert, so on the first night of camping he gave us all a lesson that we'll share with you. Before we started Moo-Cow made us all promise that we would always be safe and responsible with our campfires and never build one without permission or supervision from an adult. We promised, and we need you to as well. Okay, good. Now you can check out Moo-Cow's tutorial "Campfires the Cow Way."


    1. Before you build a fire you'll need to gather a good supply of dry tinder, kindling and logs.

    Tinder is anything dry that will ignite easily and hold a flame. The best tinder is dry grass, leaves and tiny twigs. It's best to get a little of all of them.

    Kindling is usually made up of very dry sticks that are the thin enough to catch quickly but thick enough to burn for a while.

    Logs are dry sections of tree trunks or very thick branches that can burn for a long time.

    Only build your fire in a "fire pit" that is enclosed with rock or a metal ring and never build it near dry brush!


    Fire Pit



    2. Start building your fire by laying down the driest most flammable tinder (dry grass and leaves) in a small, loose mound in the middle of the pit. Then take your smallest twigs and surround this mound with them in a "teepee" style. Leave an opening in the sticks to light the tinder.






    3. Light the bottom layer of the tinder.


    Lighting tinder




    4. If your flame is not catching well, blow gently on the tinder to help it spread.


    Beginning flame.




    5. When the flame really catches lay your smaller pieces of kindling over the burning tinder in the same "teepee" style.

    Add kindling




    6. Then, when the small kindling is going good, add your thicker pieces of kindling.


    Bigger sticks




    7. When the kindling is really burning hot, it's time to add your main fuel. You can use logs if you have them, or you can use very thick branches if that's all you can get (you'll just have to feed the fire more).


    Add logs




    8. There you have your perfect campfire! Now it's time to bust out your marshmallows and your roasting stick and enjoy and evening around the fire.


    Enjoy your campfire



    Remember ALWAYS put your fire out (with water or sand) when you're done with it and never leave it unattended. Careless treatment of campfires is one of the leading causes of forest fires, so be smart and safe!


    If you don't have a spot to make a campfire, but still want that camping atmosphere, head on over to our MCFC virtual campfire!



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    Safety sign in China





    Safety sign in China.





    No scratching the walls sign in China


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    Some signs don't need bad translations to be funny!


    Weird sign telling people not to shoot flames out of car?




    Li Qun Duck Restaurant sign.

    Editors Note: You wouldn't know it, even when you're standing right in front of it, but this is the sign for one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. We had the greatest meal of our trip there.

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    s soon as we got to China, Moo-Cow began noticing that some of the signs that have been translated into English have been done so in a really funny way, and some are just outright strange. Many seem like poor translations, while others seem very poetic. Moo-Cow has his camera on him at all times and will be snapping some pictures of the best signs he sees on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. He thinks you’ll find them as funny as he does!


    He's going to start with one of his favorites so far. These are some rules posted at the Great Wall in Mutianyu.


    Rules from the Great Wall

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