Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Camping with those that have some sort of food allergy is really no big deal provided you know that the offending food item triggers an allergic response.
For me it's mustard and mustard products and the solution is simple:
Don't bring anything into camp with that ingredient.

For others that might have issues with Ciliac's disease (an intolerance to foods that have gluten in them) here is a great tasting peanut butter cookie:

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg

Mix together. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes at 350 or until golden brown. Let cool and remove from cookies sheet.
Makes about 1 dozen cookies.
*You can add chocolate chips or M & M's to the dough if desired.

Other alternatives to gluten free items would be to substitute rice flour for wheat but be advised that rice flour is a little tricky to work with.

My cousing Anna has Ciliac's disease and she came up with this recipe and I am not one for "diet conscious" or "diet friendly" food items but this is one of the better tasting cookies I have ever eaten.
Give this recipe a try.

Once a Scout, Always a Scout

I am back in the scouting program once again and as the saying goes, "Once a Scout, always a Scout."
Truth be told, I never really left the program but took some time to shed a few roles as a volunteer.
I am now associated with Boy Scout Troop 1233 in Pulaski, WI, and am helping Scoutmaster Steve and his fine staff build a new scout unit.
The troop is fairly small in size but the Scouts are highly energetic and thrive on earning merit badges, honing their scout craft and camp craft skills to perfection.
The renewed interest in the program came while helping the scouts teach knot tying to the cub pack at a "round robin" training program which included some basic camp cooking demonstrations, fire building , pitching a tent, first aid and other useful "scouting" type information.
Not only were the Scouts excited by the program presented, so were the parents and the other adults attending the event.
...So now I am back and will be posting more stuff which I will hope will be enlightening and entertaining.

Monday, August 27, 2012


To those of you that have read my blog, I wish to thank you for the support and I do apologize for not posting more information on the site but it now is time for reflection on my scouting career...

  • I received my Eagle in '76
  • Served on 3 Cub Pack Committees and also served as Den Leaders, Assistant  and Cubmasters.
  • Served on the District Committee and assisted on the Cub Scout Roundtables.
  • Became Unit Commissioner and Assistant Dist. Commissioner and earned the Distinguished Commissioner's Key and Arrowhead.
  • 1st to receive the International Scouter's knot in Bay-Lakes Council
  • Served as Webelos to Scout Transitions Chair
  • Received honorary Commissioner's Status in Queensland,  Victoria, and New South Wales Australia
  • Worked with the Honorable Michael Baden Powell on raising funds to restore the Jam Roll and Eccles Caravan trailer.
  • Helped scouts in Aruba secure a new container for storage of scout equipment after being destroyed by vandals..
  • Worked with Israeli Scouts, scouts in the U.K and Africa
  • Received the International Catholic Awareness Medal.
  • Received the International Scouting Medallion
  • Received the Baden Powell Award
  • Served on the International Scout Committee for Bay-Lakes Council
  • Serve as host on Scouting Radio
  • Written numerous articles for The Examiner on Scouting
  • Recipient of the Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit
  • Member of the Speaker's Bank for the BSA
  • Inducted into the National Scout Leader's Hall 
  • Most importantly, met some wonderful scout friends who are still a large part of my family 
  • there has been some other achievements that I have done for 300 Scouts and Scouters which I am not at liberty to state but those 300 know.

This post is not meant to toot my horn but to remind me that after 35 yrs. of Scouting, my path has finally come to that fork in the road where I must change direction and it is time for me to leave Scouting behind.
 I truly believe that "once a Scout, always a Scout" holds true and I will always be that Scout but without the politics.
So, I have very little regrets with my Scouting career and am confident that I can now walk away without hesitation.
Until we meet again,

Saturday, August 4, 2012

answer to riddle

all of the merchandisers once were advertised in the Boy Scout Handbook.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

a Scouting Riddle

What do the following have in common?
  • Johnson Reels/Rods
  • Coca-Cola
  • Delta Electric 
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Fisher Auto Body
  • Schwinn
  • Murray Bicycles
  • Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Spaulding Sporting Goods
  • US Rubber Manufacturing
  • Eveready Batteries
  • Evenrude 
  • Chapstick
  • Wrigleys Chewing Gum
  • American Seed Company
  • Sea monkeys
  • GRIT

Friday, April 27, 2012

So long Mr.Green

This was the longest work week of my life. Knowing that one of your co-workers will never be at work again is very difficult to face especially when that person was someone that everyone liked and looked forward to seeing day in and day out.
We received word from management that Mr. Green passed away on Monday and on Tuesday we got word that he didn't pass but was still alive.
On Wednesday word spread slowly through the grapevine that he passed away when he was taken of life support.
B. Green was the type of man that would help anyone at anytime, had the most upbeat attitude toward life and work-even when work seemed impossible to get through.
Now he is gone and going into work seems that much more difficult especially when he leaves a void within the warehouse as big as the Grand Canyon.
B. Green, cared for his co workers and he kept a photograph of my daughter's baby picture on his refrigerator for the past 11 yrs.
Always a smile and always some word of wisdom for everyone that took time to listen.
So long B.Green...and I hope you do "feel the love."

Monday, February 20, 2012

Troop 4247 show on Scouting Radio

Girl Scout Troop 4247 completed their first Internet radio show for Scouting Radio and the five girls reported on a range of topics from Juliet Gordon Lowe, girl scout badges, the history of the Girl Scout cookie sales (Including an original cookie recipe) and activities the troop as completed and what is looming on the near and distant horizon.
 The girls of 4247 were able to listen to the show streaming from the Scouting Radio studios from Dublin, Ireland while enjoying their St. Valentine's Day troop party.
Some of the girls were quite surprised to hear how their voices actually sounded and many were amazed by the show they were able to put together.
Samantha enjoyed reporting and doing the research while sister Tabatha enjoyed choosing music the accompanied the show.
Elizabeth, the troop's more reserved girl scout managed even speak on the show.
Anchoring the broadcast was Scout leader Jean and Jessica who gave a brief summary of what 4247 does.
When asked if the girls would create another show, there was a resounding "yes!" by the entire unit.
This week the unit will visit My Favorite Quilt Shop and create pillows for themselves.
Stay tuned as there might be another impromptu show coming.