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Posts made in September, 2013

Another seasonal treat…

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013

Hello all… Another Fall seasonal treat from my Assistant, Chef Kimmie! This week we’ll try her Pumpkin Log… think Jelly Roll… but with all the charms of a Cool October morning when the leaves are changing and there is just a little nip in the air. Pumpkin Log For the cake… 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup pumpkin 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup flour Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a cookie sheet. Combine all the wet ingredients and mix well. Separately, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Pour batter onto the greased cookie sheet and spread evenly. Bake in your preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. When done, allow to cool slightly then turn cake out on to a clean kitchen towel that has been dusted well with powdered sugar. Roll the cake lengthwise (in the fashion of a Jelly Roll) and allow to cool completely. This pre-rolling process will allow the Log to maintain its shape better. For the filling… 2 teaspoons margarine 8 ounces cream cheese 3/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup 10X (powdered) sugar Combine all the ingredients. Blend well until smooth. When your rolled cake is cool, unroll it and spread the filling on evenly. Re-roll the cake with the filling on the inside and refrigerate. When this cake is cold and set, slice it and serve it up with a scoop of pecan ice cream or a steamy cup of hot chocolate or however you desire… and enjoy! Thanks for reading! Be good… Chef...

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The Magic Never Stops…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013

The Magic Never Stops…

Hello all… Another beautiful weekend here at Camp that saw the union of Rob and Nicole as husband and wife. The festivities began with a BBQ dinner after the wedding rehearsal on Chapel Island this past Friday night. About 40 or so guests stayed the night and awoke to a brunch on Saturday that was followed by some fun Camp programs and lots and lots of preparations. The couple was wed in the 4 o’clock hour on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon and guests arrived back at the Ocky Dining Hall around 5pm for cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing on into the night and capped off with a bonfire and S’Mores!! Another brunch on Sunday morning followed by some more Camp programs and the happy couple were on their way down our sandy roads to begin the new chapter in their lives together. We here at Camp take special pride in events like these. We get to showcase Camp in a different light and utilize the skills and talents of our staff in unique and marvelous ways. It is a group effort to make these weekend “destination” weddings a success and the team here has wowed our guests time and time again… this weekend included. Personally I can’t be more thankful for the hard work, long hours and dedication of the staff here who helped pull this all together. Chef Kimmie, Dave, Gary, Rich, James, Matt, Jim, Pat and Greg… you all knocked it out of the park this weekend… and I know Rob and Nicole were thrilled and their family and friends were raving!! Camp is a magical and dynamic place and there are things that we do that continue to “Wow” me every day. To Rob and Nicole… again… Congratulations on your nuptials… and welcome to the Camp family. We wish you all the best in your new journey together. Please come out to visit again and often as this place is now part of your “story” together… and we’re honored to be a part of it. Be good… Chef...

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60% of the Time I am at Camp Every time

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013

This past summer marked my 15th summer here at camp. Reflecting back on my many years on “The Nation”, as many of the Ockanickon alumni refer to camp, I cannot help but think about the many personal milestones and world events that have happened while spending at least one full week on camp for every age from years 11 through 25. To put that on paper, I realize that 60% of my possible summers since birth have involved a stay at camp lasting as little as a week to 2 full years and counting. Given that those summers include all of my teenage years and, thus far, all of my twenties, it would take a book for me to be able to qualify my experiences and growth that camp is directly responsible for. However, it would only take me a short blog entry to quantify my experiences at camp: 35 camp shirts, or enough camp related clothing to go 5 weeks without doing laundry. 672 hours spent on the lake in a canoe counting only my 3 summers as Ockanickon boating director. Approximately 616 pretzel melts eaten during the months of June-August alone (Avg. 5 per meal, personal record 11) 16 Blue Feathers given out as a Village Chief 7 days minimum spent as a counselor in every cabin in Seneca Village (6-11), including Cabin 8. 16 former campers as co-workers (most of whom were 9 when I first met them) 5 weddings attended at camp (bus boy at 4 of them) 6 ball-drops missed on New Year’s eve sleeping off all nighters at Winter Camp. 7 combined total seasons in camp-related fantasy football leagues (first league entered at age 22) 4 birthdays experienced at camp (no small feat since my birthday is in May) The list goes on and on; however, what I have to remind myself the most of as I look back these on these 15 years is that they could have ended very quickly. Getting homesick on my first full day of camp, I was given the choice by longtime camp employee Roger Houghkirk, to either go home or to give camp a chance. Because of his genuine care and belief that I would find the same connection to camp that he has, I made the right choice. Despite many summers where I was not sure if I would be able to come back to camp, I truly cannot see myself being anywhere else. Thank you to all the many friends and mentors that I have had who give me a place where I truly belong and I count among my family. I look forward to getting my coffin (the joke award for 20 years at camp). James...

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