Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Egg boiling gone wrong.

As most of you know - I am the Program Director for Cub Scout day camp. This means I am the experimenter of sorts. I have to make sure each station runs smoothly. I have to test them out beforehand so I can show my station leader(s) what I am wanting.

One of my stations this year is supposed to be Egg boiling. I did it at girls camp when I was 13 I think. That was over 20 years ago. I remember using a paper cup, an egg and water. I put the egg in the cup and added water. I put it over the fire and made me a hard boiled egg. The only problem I am finding out is....
I don't remember how long it took. (sheepish grin) Today I tried this experiment again with a wood fire instead of using charcoal like yesterday. Yesterday the cups caught on fire and water came pouring out. The wood fire method in theory should have worked today. Maybe the fire wasn't hot enough. The cups did well though. Come with me on my egg boiling catastrophe (journey I mean). Don't try this at home. :)


I figured I would do three hard boiled eggs. The water was nice and hot. Even boiling!
I was so excited! I thought I had found the right fire combination. All was well. Or so I thought.

The fire was nice and hot. The wood was white. It was perfect egg boiling conditions. So I thought.
I took the eggs off and drained the water.

I let them cool in the grass until they could be handled. I could hear the boys calling if the eggs were ready yet.

Upon cracking the eggs....
they clearly weren't hard boiled. After 45 minutes on the fire.

Let's take a commercial break and enjoy some lovely roses. Courtesy of Michael.

Back to our scheduled show. Let's change the channel for a moment. I had this nice fire going and felt like it would be a waste to put it out. I had Russell put together ham and cheese sandwiches and I grilled them on my little fire.

Boy do those look good!
Nephi dived right into his.

I figured third time is a charm. Maybe - just maybe the fire wasn't hot enough. Well - these coals were super duper hot. For the last time I put another egg on the fire.

We pulled double duty and thought roasting marshmallows would be good to pass the time.

My perfectly roasted marshmallow. Mmmmmm.
A long story short.....this last egg in a cup was on the fire for an hour. Nope. Nada. Nothing. The egg was not hard boiled. We will not be doing egg boiling at camp. We will be using the eggs however. Just not for the original intended purpose.
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We will be making Golden Prairie Nuggets. A.K.A. scrambled eggs. Always have a Plan B.

2 comments:

MummsieD said...

I love it! Plan B works for me...did you ever figure out what went wrong with the egg boiling? You have me wondering now. LOL

Candace said...

I never did figure it out. I got tired of trying. Either my fire wasn't hot enough or I didn't leave my cups on long enough. But I figure an hour is plenty of time. The boys won't have that long for a station so I had to change to Plan B since they only have about 50 minutes per station.

I just love this picture! The beach...it's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The beach...it's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!