Winter Doesn’t Have to Slow you Down

St Luke's Hospital

“A” Avenue near Saint Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids – a great place for a fitness stroll!

Hello and welcome!

Saturday we received a few more inches of the white stuff.  It’s been one of the snowiest winter seasons in memory.  One would think it would put a damper on activities, right?

Not necessarily.  I feel more and more that cabin fever is a state of mind which to some degree can be controlled – even for people like me who have “seasonal affective disorder”.  Knowing what is causing the sadness – and what helps – goes a long way in picking up one’s spirits!  Walking outdoors is a good mood booster.  Getting that “fix” of sunlight and fresh air works wonders!


Biscuit SandwichIn that regard, later this week the van will be heading out into the country for a fishing trip at a quiet place up north.  In preparation for the journey, I decided to make some little pocket sandwiches to warm up over the Mr. Heater propane furnace.  One of these and an avocado in the other pocket will make a pretty satisfying lunch while fishing!

These little treats are as tasty as they are pretty to look at.  To make them, you just roll out a large biscuit (don’t use the flaky type) in between two sheets of waxed paper.  You’ll want a rough circle shape rolled as thin as possible.  In the sandwich pictured above, I used roasted chicken, a slice of cheddar cheese, and a bead of barbecue sauce as the filling.  The second batch is being made right now with diced Swiss steak, veggies, and mozzarella.  After adding the filling, you just seal each with a fork, prick a few holes to vent, spray heavily with cooking spray, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic salt.  An oven temperature of 375 degrees works great – cook them until a lovely golden brown.

Tomorrow I am thinking about making another round of these sandwiches with some sausage and gravy… sort of an inverted biscuits and gravy thing.

Jesse's stuffed trout

He likes them stuffed, too.

What else is new?  After returning later in the week, there will be a new gadget to try out for smoking trout.  If it works well, it means a healthier way to prepare fish.  There will be a review posted here, of course.  We’ll see how Jesse James likes the smoked fish.  He’s a trout aficionado as well.  You can see how he got his name!


It’s time to get back to cooking.  Thanks for stopping by!  There will be another post later in the week from “Hill Country”.  Take care and have a great week!

Bradford, the Van Trekker
“Ditch the McBurger… Eat an avocado.”

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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