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Ready For Spooky Stories? 4 Resources To Get You Going

October 31st, 2013 by ironcooker

Ready For Spooky Stories? 4 Resources To Get You Going
Halloween is around the corner!  And while many other blogs might use this time to show you how to make spooky snacks or create devilish decorations, we’ve got a great topic all our own.  Is there anything better than hiking out into nature on a crisp autumn evening, striking up a campfire, roasting marshmallows (or something even better), and scaring the pants off of each other with a great ghost story?  We don’t think so.

Here’s a run down a few of our favorite campfire story sites.  Take a look around—you’re sure to find a few to put a chill up your spine.

Urban Legends from

Urban Legends from
This is a collection of some of the most classic campfire stories around.  Mostly in the realm of the (fantastically) real, it’s a list of close-call and mistaken identity stories where the finale twists back on the audience.  These are definitely the types of stories you tell in the stillness of the night, asking, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights?”

American Folklore

American Folklore - Spooky Campfire Stories
Here you can find some of the classics in supernatural stories from all around the country.  There’s a little bit of everything: frontier, civil war, and even some modern mentions like a Ouija board.  They’re sometimes spooky, sometimes have a sense of humor, and sometimes play at your heartstrings.  Check out this list to find a folklore favorite and rediscover the secret of the yellow ribbon.

Scary For Kids

Scary For Kids
Halloween is a great time to initiate some new campers into the fun.  This is a site with a few classics and some newer stories, ready-made to be told to the kids in the group.  Some seem a little over-the-top, but isn’t that just what they crave?  But heed the warning of the nature photographer’s story, and make sure to sleep with one eye open—just in case.

How to Tell a Ghost Story via Howcast

How to Tell a Ghost Story via Howcast
Have you already heard them all before?  Playing to an audience who already knows their stuff?  Here’s a quick video that shows you how to tell a ghost story yourself.  It shows you how to set the mood, spike the details, and use a little dramatic effect.  If everything else is old hat, then come up with your own story, customized to creep out anyone crazy enough to sit at your campfire.

Do you have a favorite scary story to tell around the campfire?  Which stories spooked you when you first heard them?  Tell us all about them in the comments below, and have a horrifyingly happy Halloween!

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Apple Pie Recipe

October 19th, 2013 by ironcooker





Benefits from eating apples 

There are many suggested benefits from apples that often makes us think of the old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In some ways this saying might have more meaning to it than we actually thought.
This article on the benefits of apples  states a wide range of possible benefits that have been researched.

But with all this research one of my favorite benefits is still sitting down with a big slice of apple pie fresh & warm right out of the oven.
Apple Pie Baking an apple pie in one of my own cast iron pie pans has to be one of my favorite. Put a little bit of ice cream on top of it and you wont get any better.
I dont really have an actual recipe for this but you can follow along.

First take a cup of flour 1/8 tsp salt and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Mix flour & salt together then add the oil
cut it with a fork until it is flaky, then add two tablespoons of water and roll into a ball
Roll out until round shape and approx 1/8 ” thick. roll on your pin & transfer to the pan.
Next fill with your apple pie filling.
Now you can do the top crust the same way or you can
weave the top like these pictures. weaving  top crust
If you do the weave make a double batch for the top so you have enough extra.
When your done brush egg white on the top and put in a preheated oven at 425′ for 40 to 45 minutes

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Beef Stew

October 19th, 2013 by ironcooker








Beef Stew outdoor recipe

Campfire cooking is always fun and very rewarding because there isn’t anything you can cook in your oven at home that you can not cook in a dutch oven over your campfire.
Beef Stew We have a couple favorites that we make on our camping trips and one we would like to share with you is this beef stew recipe with home made egg noodles.
Sometimes we top it off with dumplings made from a recipe printed on a box of Bisquick.  You will want to start out with a nice lean beef roast,
but before preparing the roast you will want to start making your home made egg noodles. I use this egg noodle recipe from – It is a very easy and simple recipe,
you will want to make it ahead of time and refrigerate your noodles until you are ready.
Of course the very first step is starting your campfire.  There are many choices for fire pits and that could be a whole other chapter. When your ready to set up your tripod and
Dutch Oven you will want to boil some water in it for your vegetables. Cut up an onion, half a dozen small potatoes and some carrots for your stew and put them in the boiling water.
cook them until they are just starting to get tender and remove them from the Dutch Oven.Dutch Oven & Tripod
then slowly drop your egg noodles into the boiling water – stir often to keep them from sticking. remove your oven from the fire – drain & rinse the noodles
Now you are ready for your beef roast, put a little oil in your oven & heat it up then sear your roast on all sides,  add just a little water but be very careful,
put the lid on and let it cook until its good and tender, then add the vegetables – egg noodles spices of your choice & enough water to cover everything.
The rest is a matter of letting it simmer on the campfire until you can no longer stand the temptation.


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Iron Cooker News

October 18th, 2013 by ironcooker

Hentschel hardware & general store

News From Iron Cooker

We have been expanding and next Saturday the 28th we will
be displaying our products in Roy’s General Store
at 3 mile and Hammond road in Traverse city.
For all you that have suggested what we should have on display
we have put together a small list to
start off our display with. We hope you will stop by and see
what we have and the many items that Roy’s general store carries.
We will have our popular skookie combination pan and cookie mix,skookie pans
cast iron pie panseveral frying pans along with our pie pans on display.

Stop in and tell them you know Iron Cooker.
This summer has been very rewarding for us because of all of
you that have stopped by our booth to say hi. The sales are great
but meeting new friends has been the most rewarding of all.
So if you have been to the Buckley old engine show and rode on the
train you have met at least one of the people from Roys General store
and maybe more. They have a display at the show also that you wont
want to miss.  I could go on and on forever on the subject of tractors,
trains & cast iron cookware but you should stop in this country store
and see the many things that are here from chain saws, lawn mowers to
fishing & hunting supplies. When you are there grab lunch and a soda too!

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Autumn Rain Got You Down? What You Need To Hike When It’s Wet

October 10th, 2013 by ironcooker

Autumn Rain Got You Down What You Need To Hike When It's Wet
We’ve just stepped into autumn, which means we’ll all start trading sun for rain a little more in the coming weeks and months.  It’s tempting to just stay inside and enjoy a hot drink instead to venturing outside.  But if you want to watch the colors change, get in some of the crisp fall air, or simply refuse to let a little bad weather keep you from enjoying your hikes, then I’ve got a few tips for you.

Gear Up, the Right Way
Gear Up, the Right Way
When you’re looking for the right gear, that doesn’t mean you need to be on top of the trends.  The first and most important thing is to dress for the weather and the climate.  A lot of the time, that can mean something as easy as dress in layers so you can regulate your own temperature.

If you’re in a particularly wet climate, you can dress down right with a quality, impermeable rain jacket with a moisture-wicking shirt (like Under Armour), waterproof boots, and rain pants.  No matter what you do, you can’t expect to stay completely dry—that’s just not going to happen.  But you can manage just how soaked you get—it’s an aim for a realistic win.

And then from there, scale it back depending on moisture and heat.  Warm, humid hiking is maybe the most challenging.  A rain shell isn’t going to help, so the best you can probably do is to wear a shirt that breathes well and keeps moisture off of you.

Keep the Feet Dry
Keep Those Feet Dry
So long as you keep your feet mostly dry, you’ll be doing alright.  But you might have to go with something a little outside of your ordinary hiking boots.  Grab some really high quality waterproof high-tops.  We’re talking about ankle-height or better—those are sure to keep you dry even when you’re walking through the occasional puddle, and give you support when you’re walking on slippery pathways or muddy trails.  Alternatively, you can use a waterproofing spray on some older shoes.

For socks, a solid way to go is the double layer.  Start with a thin pair of socks, and then pull a thick, woolen pair on top of those.  Alternatively, if you expect to be walking in some heavy downpours, invest in pair made from a water-resistant fabric.  And if you’re walking in a warmer climate, just wear what you’d normally wear.

You can get around blisters and chaffing by applying a lubricating lotion or personal lubricant first.  While Vaseline works perfectly fine, many hikers prefer something like Hydropel.

Enjoying the Experience
Enjoying the Experience
If you’re suited up, then by now you’ve done all you can to get around being soggy and uncomfortable.  You can still try for speed if you want, but with the new surroundings, you might just refocus on the distinct beauties of a rainy day hiking.

Notice the distinct paths that falling water takes and where it settles.  Changing and falling leaves make for a unique and transformative spectacle, especially when highlighted by moisture.  And when it’s particularly cloudy, even the most subtle and dull colors can become more pronounced against a grey backdrop.  If you’re a photographer, you’re sure to find some great picture opportunities this time of year!

Do you have any tips for hiking in the autumn weather?  Do you have any favorite activities for this crisp fall air?  Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Ready For Spooky Stories? 4 Resources To Get You Going

Thursday October 31st, 2013 in Family Camping | 1 Comment »

Apple Pie Recipe

Saturday October 19th, 2013 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 2 Comments »

Beef Stew

Saturday October 19th, 2013 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 1 Comment »

Iron Cooker News

Friday October 18th, 2013 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

Autumn Rain Got You Down? What You Need To Hike When It’s Wet

Thursday October 10th, 2013 in Outdoor Hiking | 1 Comment »

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