This year on our annual camping trip I was sitting with my young friend by the fire making doughboys and discussing why some people like dogs and some don’t. She’s a huge fan of dogs and told me she likes them so much because they are soft and cuddly and always like to play. I explained that I don’t actually care for dogs because they are like kids that never grow up. They never learn to talk and you always have to pick up their poop.
Some people think you can teach them to poop places like the woods and not have to pick up after them. Unfortunately, their poop isn’t actually good for the environment, because they eat manmade food and can pick up parasites and diseases it can also contribute excessive nutrients to local waterbodies unbalancing the natural ecosystem. It’s not good to just leave it, even in the woods or buried under the ivy where no one will step in it. You always need to pick it up and throw it in the garbage, no matter how old they get.
I told her I like kids, because you can teach them things and as they get older, they can do things for themselves and you can be proud of yourself for teaching them.
I pointed out to her that this year she was pretty much cooking her doughboy by herself, but last year, when she was 5, someone had to make it for her over the fire.
Now, you might be wondering what a doughboy is. It is one of our favorite camping treats for the past few years. A doughboy is where you cook a crescent roll over the fire on a stick, and then roll it in cinnamon sugar. It’s seriously awesome!
Hear are our directions for making a dougboy.
- You need a think stick, like 1.5 inches wide, or the kind of marshmallow stick that has two prongs on it.
- Wrap the end of your stick in heavy duty aluminum foil
- Rub the foil with butter
- Wrap the crescent roll dough around the stick and make sure it sticks to itself well. You don’t want it getting warm, separating and falling off the stick.
- Toast the roll over the fire. It’s good to have good coals and stick it where it is fully over coals so the whole thing gets evenly warm. If you get one end cooked, and the other is raw, it’s MUCH worse than a half-cooked marshmallow! This is one of the things my friend and I were working on.
- Pro-tip: My young friend pointed out that she could take the cooked part off the stick and we could then cook the other half better. This worked much better than it would with a marshmallow.
- Once cooked, roll the whole thing in cinnamon-sugar
- Let cool a little, and eat!
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