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Summer barbecue family fun

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Summer is here. With long sunny days for reading, riding bikes, cooking and hiking. Time for picnics and camping in the mountains on the beach and of course right in your own backyard.
Cooking outdoors is a family favorite. Of course “safety first” is always the rule-which means parents should be in constant control of any cook out, from a backyard grill to a campfire.
It is easy for the whole family to be safe with these few rules:
1. When selecting a spot for your fire: Don’t build a fire or place a barbecue grill under trees or near shrubs and clear away leaves, wood, and grass. A designated place for a camp fire is best.
2. Build a small fire.
3. Never leave a fire without one adult watching it.
4. Keep water and dirt nearby for putting out the fire.
5. Don’t play with fire. Keep matches in a safe place at all times.
Some Family Fun Hotdog Outdoor Recipes:
Roasted Hotdogs:
1. Start with a stick so green it won’t burn or a fork designed to roast over fires.
2. If using a stick whittle the stick to a point.
3. Slide the hotdog on.
4. Using a hot pad glove turn over the hot coals of a low fire until well brown.
5. Serve with mustard or catsup on a bun
Hawaiian Hotdogs:
1. Cut each hotdog into 4 pieces.
2. Alternate on a skewer a pineapple chunk then a hotdog.
3. Brush with vegetable oil
4. Using a hot pad glove turn over the hot coals of a low fire until well brown.
5. Serve with a sprinkle of coconut, mustard or catsup on a bun.
Bacon Hotdogs:
1. Slide the hotdog on stick.
2. Wrap with a strip of bacon, anchoring with toothpicks at each end.
3. Using a hot pad glove turn over the hot coals of a low fire until bacon is crisp.
4. Serve with mustard or catsup on a bun.
Hotdogs and Beans:
1. Empty 1 can of baked beans in a pan.
2. Sprinkle brown sugar.
3. Add a ¼ of cup catsup.
4. Slice in 8 hotdogs.
5. Using a hot pad glove stir gently over heat until steaming hot.
Of course we need dessert:
1. Place 4 squares of milk chocolate candy bar on a graham crackers.
2. Toast a marshmallows over grill or campfire.
3. Slip it onto the chocolate.
4. Top with a second graham cracker and enjoy!

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Children's books with a barbecue theme:
• “Barbecue: The History of an American Institution” by Robert F. Moss
• "Jack and the Giant Barbecue" by E.A. Kimmel
• "Grandpa's Zombie BBQ" by Kirk Scroggs
• "Roxy and Zav's Barbecue" by Cindy Rice Andrea


For more family fun summer ideas check into Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty
Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through


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