The Department of Tourism launched the last of the “trilogy” commercial spots filmed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Hays, the Zucker brothers, and Jim Abrahamson. Check it out! (Click on the image above!)
Well, hello Oktoberfest! It’s that time of year again, so be prepared with this awesome brat recipe!
- 2 bottles (12 fluid ounces each) hard apple cider •2 medium yellow onions, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices •5 fresh bratwurst, pierced several times •1 tablespoon packed brown sugar •5 submarine sandwich buns, halved lengthwise •2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced •2 large disposable foil pans Mustard
- 2 tablespoons apple butter •2 tablespoons Dijon mustard •2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- In a small bowl mix the mustard ingredients. Cover and let stand at room temperature until ready to serve.
- Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).
- Brush the cooking grates clean. Put the hard cider, onions, and bratwurst in a large disposable foil pan. Place the pan over direct high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer. Keep the grill lid closed as much as possible. Continue simmering until the brats are evenly colored and have lost their raw look, about 20 minutes, turning them occasionally. If the liquid starts to boil, move the pan over indirect heat to prevent the bratwurst from splitting open.
- Lower the temperature of the grill to medium heat (350° to 450°F). Transfer the brats to another large disposable aluminum pan. Strain the onions in a colander over the pan with the brats (the liquid will keep the brats warm while you cook the onions). Return the onions to the original pan and stir in the brown sugar. Cook the onions over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are golden brown, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Move the onions over indirect heat to keep them warm.
- Remove the brats from the liquid and grill them over direct medium heat until browned, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once or twice. During the last minute of grilling time, place the buns on the grill to toast.
- Place the brats in the buns. Spread each with the mustard, and top with the glazed onions and a few apple slices. Serve hot.
Many campers love camping with their families, including their kids. Children are wonderful, but camping can be so much more enjoyable if you know what to bring or do with your kids next time you go camping. We have found some products and activities that you may find helpful for your next time camping.
- Decorate your own walking sticks! Kids will love this, and they can use them after they make them on their hikes. Use a real stick or a store-bought one, then decorate them with paint, tape, or even glue some leaves on there!
- Go old school and catch some fireflies in mason jars!
- Download the Backyard Scat & Tracks app to your phone, and you and your kids can have a blast recognizing different animal tracks and birds.
- Speaking of phone apps, there is another app called “Explore the Universe” where you can point your phone at the sky and see all the different stars and constellations–kind of like a telescope!
- Gather ’round the campfire and make some delicious campfire monkey bread or roast some hot dogs! Classic but fun!
- Two words to keep your kids entertained for a while–glow sticks. Bring these with and you can play various games with them such as glow-in-the-dark bowling, glow-in-the-dark ring toss, or even decorate the picnic table with glow sticks for a fun dinner!
- Go for a hike, find some leaves, sticks, whatever you can find and have your kids create nature crafts out of their items (for example, leaf elephant).You may be surprised at what they create!
- A portable high chair–looks just like a camping chair, only it’s a high chair–awesome!
- Another great thing to bring or purchase is a hand washing station. Kids love to get dirty, so make sure to keep them clean!
- Bring a toy tub full of all your kids’ favorite toys, especially camping related ones, so you can transport them from home to the campground with ease.
- If you’re tent camping, then be sure to bring a family size tent. Also, foam floor tiles can make the floor crawl-friendly for your toddlers!
- Don’t forget the basics–bug spray, sunscreen, anti-itch cream!
- Also, a large umbrella can come in handy even on sunny days for shade. Otherwise use them to stay outdoors even when it’s raining.
- Last but not least, Bounce dryer sheets you say? Yes, for those who don’t know, these dryer sheets tend to keep the bugs away. Just stick them in your kids’ pockets!