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By Julie Languille

Whether you have a mega-bus RV, a trailer, camper, or tent, camping is a wonderful way to get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors as a family together. It really is a great exercise in family togetherness as you unplug most of life’s distractions and focus on creating shelter and food, then enjoying the outdoors together. A few easy dinners recipes and you’ll soon be gathered around a roaring fire enjoying each others’ company.

I grew up camping with my family regularly. We pulled a camping trailer and loved the convenience to set up camp quickly and carry the basics with us. I still remember nights spent playing cards together and cooking over the grill. We learned to always be ready to leave early, because my father loved to leave the night or day before we planned. He would just get excited and want to go early. Pretty cute, huh?

Now that I have a family of my own I try to make it a memory for us as well. We live in Washington state and the state parks are wonderful. Our favorite, located on the north end of Whidbey Island is Deception Pass State Park. It is lovely with some waterfront spaces, and wonderful facilities. We love to go there. Again I like to prepare in advance the dinner for our first night.

I usually start a flank steak marinating before we leave and by the time we travel, arrive, setup camp and get the fire going, the steaks is marinated and the dinner is wonderful, tender, succulent, flavorful steak. If you have time before hand, it’s great to parboil some small potatoes until they are almost done. Then at supper time, roll them in olive oil and salt and pepper and put them on skewers to grill up, deliciously, with crispy, grill marked skin. I usually plan a bagged salad to round out the meal and then go in for a grilled dessert.

Have you ever roasted bananas on the campfire? They’re delicious. Wrap them in foil sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat until warmed through and serve with a spoon to be eaten straight from the foil.

For a great camping breakfast, consider packing some crescent rolls and jam. Wrap the rolls around a roasting stick, leaving an opening at the top (we’ll fill that with jam later). Let each person toast their roll over the fire until golden brown outside and cooked through. Carefully take it off the stick or eat it off the stick if your brave. Fill the opening at the top with jam or jelly and eat while they’re hot.

Campfire Grilled Flank Steak

We always plan this for the first night camping. It is marinating on the way and cooks in a flash once we get the fire going.

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Serves 4


2 lb Flank steak

1/4 C Soy sauce

1/4 C Worcestershire sauce

1/4 C Water

2 Tb Rosemary – fresh, minced


Combine all ingredients in a zip lock bag and marinate overnight or all day. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness. Cover and rest 10 minutes, then slice in thin slices across the grain in the bias.

Grilled Rosemary Potatoes

The potatoes are parboiled to give them a head start, then rolled in olive oil, salt and rosemary and finished on the grill. The skins are crispu and delicious.

Serves 4


1 lb Red potatoes – small

2 Tb Olive oil

Sea salt

1 Tb Rosemary – fresh, minced


In a large pot of boiling salted water cook the potatoes until just slightly under done. Drain, then drizzle with olive oil, salt and rosemary. Toss to coat. Thread on metal skewers is desired. Grill turning regularly, until crispy and done.

About the Author: Julie Languille is a mom of 4 and the computer programmer who created Dinners in a Flash to solve meal planning challenges in her household. Today Dinners in Flash serves clients and offers access to over 2500 mouthwatering recipes. Visit Julie at



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By Marcella Costante

Despite the fact that seeking advice from a finance expert is an excellent option while looking for a loan for to buy a home, using a mortgage calculator can provide a homebuyer valuable insight on quite a few different issues regarding getting financing. A mortgage calculator can work as an important tool for loan seekers at the very beginning of the course. A lot of different kinds are to be had; a few offering quite precise figures.

There are several kinds of mortgage calculations available that are needed by a homebuyer in search of a loan derived from information entered by him. There are several different kinds of calculations that offer buyers with a number of information. These include, Budget Calculation that uses in depth personal information submitted to find a monthly budget a buyer can use to submit to an Affordability Calculation that will decide how big a loan a buyer can afford to take out with concern to monthly payments. Debt Consolidation Calculation will use submitted information to current results on the feasibility for a buyer to utilize a mortgage for debt consolidation. Cost Calculation will generate results that update buyers on what the costs are for borrowing a particular amount for a mortgage. Other mortgage calculations will help demonstrate balloon payments, results from making additional or bigger payments, lump sum payment alternatives and for several other uses.

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One of the best familiarity needs any potential borrower wants to get is details on just how much money will be available from a lender. Even if a lot of buyers can more than likely find out a precise figure that can be afforded for monthly payments, there are elements of this monthly commitment that will go to other parts in addition to the loan principal. A mortgage calculator presents a potential borrower with figures that take account of the amount of interest paid on a loan, the results of preferring different tenures for repayment and other issues that have an effect on either entire sums repaid or what parts of the loan make up these repayments like other finance charges in addition to fees.

A major benefit to utilizing a mortgage calculator is that a potential borrower can make several inputs to reach different outcomes. A mortgage calculator can be used to decide the required repayment amount derived from 30-year tenure, or maybe 20, or 15, for instance. In addition, a mortgage calculator can generate results from a different viewpoint, such as, how much money could be borrowed if a monthly repayment was $750? A mortgage calculator helps buyer look at several alternatives that might be available ahead of contacting any lender.

On occasion potential home buyers decide on a house earlier than finding out the entire costs are beyond their means, or their monetary ability. By using a mortgage calculator and a range of other calculating tools, those on the lookout for a mortgage can decide what can be afforded, hence directing a house search accordingly. In addition, mortgage calculator as well helps a loan seeker find the entire information required planned earlier than contacting a lender. Above all you need not buy one just log on to the internet and search for free online mortgage calculator and you will be offered a plethora of it.

About the Author: Marcella is an expert in the field. For more information on Mortgage Rates, and Mortgage Rate Calculator Please visit:


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By Ingvar Grimsmo

Here in British Columbia, Canada the latest lottery winners were a gay couple. Regular working people. Cool. I wonder if they would be as generous as an elderly couple in Nova Scotia who won 11.2 Million in July 2010. They have given away most of the money to family and charities. Now that’s cooler.

I always wondered what I would do if I won say.. 10 million dollars. Tax free, of course. (This is Canada!). First – debt free. Own a nice house and so on. That’s going to burn oohh about $600,000. Then I’d want a boat, maybe an apartment somewhere nice and hot. That’s set me back another $600,000. Or more, who knows.

I would quit work. So I would set up a fund where I could have a steady income for the rest of my life which is about another 20 years. So to clear $10,000/month just from a 3% financial vehicle I would need $15,000 per month gross. Or $180,000 per year. That would need about $5,500,000 invested.

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So far I have spent about 7.7 million bucks. Left is 3.3 million dollars. Hmmm… family? Ok, I’d set up funds for the kids. Travel? Sure, let’s take a cruise around the world.

So within mere months I can blow through 2/3 of the money. Easy. That’s what people do. Lots of people that win big have nothing left after a year or two. They have no sense of the future. I think that with a big win – the lottery corporations should provide a free financial advisor. I also think that having winning pots more than a few millions is silly. Wouldn’t it be better to share the prizes? Say take the 50 million recently won here and make it 50 one million prizes? Chances of winning would be greater.

But no, this is one of the reasons for people buying lotto tickets in the first place. To hope for the big win. Someone told me the other day when I asked why he bought lottery tickets: “It’s a cheap way to dream a little for a few bucks a week.” Good point. Go to any mall and hang around the lottery booth and you’ll see the same people there all the time. Especially elderly people. It’s their entertainment.

Do they get hooked? Perhaps some do. It’s like anything – moderation. Even though most people have no idea of the math of lotteries. However, they saying goes: “If you don’t buy a ticket you are guaranteed not to win anything.” I guess even a remote chance of winning is something.

Can you increase your odds? As a data analyst I would say yes. The drawings are random, but you can increase your odds of winning by buying a set of tickets and mathematically pick numbers that cover more combinations. There are lots of systems out there, the most popular is The Silver Lotto System. See link below.

Play the lotto within means. Only spend money you can afford to lose. And good luck.

About the Author: Ingvar has been on his own since 1988. He’s an internet marketer, but his “day job” is that of a database programmer. He’s particularly fascinated with lotteries.


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