Baloo's Bugle

August 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 1
September 2007 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Express
Webelos: Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub


Ticket Tart

Heart of America Council


Toaster pastries such as Pop Tarts

Decorator frosting in ready to use squeeze tube

Cookie cutter


1.       Toast the pastries according to the instruction on the box.

2.       With the cookie cutter, cut a small piece off both ends of the pastry (to give it the look of a ticket).

3.       With frosting write your favorite destination

Flat Cars

Heart of America Council

Flat cars on a train carry farming equipment, construction equipment, and other heavy machinery. The den can come up with a list of other items that flat cars might carry while constructing this snack.


Celery stalk (about 4 long)

Peanut butter

4 round crackers


2 pretzel sticks


1.       Make little holes in the center of each cracker (adult help may be needed).

2.       Attach the crackers to the ends of the pretzel sticks for the wheels and axles. (Broken crackers and pretzels can be used as cargo!)

3.       Spread peanut butter on the celery sticks and decorate with raisins.

4.       Set the celery on top of the axles.

5.       Connect several flat cars to form a mini train. (You can place a candy engine in front)

Hobo Popcorn

Heart of America Council


  In the center of a 6 square of foil, place 1 teaspoon cooking oil and 1 tablespoon popcorn.

  Bring foil corners together to form a pouch.

  Seal the edges by folding but leave room for the corn to pop.

  Tie each pouch to a long stick with string and hold the pouch over hot coals.

  Shake constantly until all corn has popped.

Hobo Stew

Heart of America Council


1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

A 10 1/2 oz can of condensed beef broth

2 cups (1 pound can) cream-style corn

3 large potatoes, pared and diced

1 teaspoon salt

Dash pepper



  In skillet, brown ground beef and chopped onion.

  Add beef broth, cream-styled corn, diced potatoes, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

  Cover and cook over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes,

  Stir occasionally.

  Makes 4 or 5 servings.

Train Cake Ideas

Heart of America Council

         Make a train using a firm (pound cake type) 9x13 cake cut up into 9 even rectangles.

         Each piece will be one car of the train.

         Take two for the engine.

         On one of the engine pieces, cut a triangle shape on the narrow end, to resemble a cowcatcher.

         Place 1/2 of the other engine piece on the top near one edge, secured with frosting.

         Use a round snack cake like a Ho-Ho or Twinkie for the boiler, set this in front of the top cake.

         Frost each of the other pieces with your chosen colors to look like train cars.

         Decorate with mini cookies for wheels, candies for decorations, etc.

Microwave Fun

Heart of America Council

Microwaves are actually electromagnetic waves, similar to radio waves. These waves penetrate food and cause its molecules to speed up and vibrate so quickly that they generate heat, which cooks the food.

Microwaves vibrate at around 2.5 billion times per second. Thus it is easy for Cubs to make an Express meal all by themselves.

It is better to train them to use the microwave properly and with care otherwise they will do it themselves when an adult isnt there.

Some good rules to follow:

  It is important to have an adult nearby.

  It is better to under time something and put it back in for a little while than to over time it.

  It is better not to stand directly in front of the microwave while it is cooking.

  It is important to cover the food with a paper towel or a lid that fits loosely to eliminate splattering and to keep it from drying out.

  It is important to remove items with a hot pad.  Many containers are hot and it is easy to get burned by or drop a hot item.

  It is important to pierce vegetables, potatoes and take eggs out of their shell and pierce them because they have a tendency to explode.

Cook with microwave safe containers.  Plastic ware tends to release dioxin which is bad for our bodies and can cause cancer. Here is a quote from Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. The quote came from an E-mail about a report from John Hopkins.  He said that we should not be heating our food in a microwave using plastic containers.  This especially applies to foods that contain fat.  He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper.

It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

Corn Cob Hob Nob

Heart of America Council


1 pair washable gloves

2 ears of corn with husks on (pull back husks clean off silks and wash. Pull husks back over corn).

2 teaspoons margarine


  Microwave corn with husks still on for 3 minutes on high setting.

  Put on gloves and turn corn over and cook for 3 more minutes.

  Let stand for 3 minutes.

  Put gloves on to peel cooked corn. If you dont have gloves use a towel to protect your hands from the heat.

  Serve with margarine and fresh ground pepper.

Blasted Bananas

Heart of America Council


Table knife

Pastry brush

Oven mitts

Microwave dish with glass lid

6 bananas

1/2 cup peanuts

3 T. unsweetened grated coconut

Spice Butter  Mix the following and cook in microwave for 45 seconds -

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 oz. margarine

1/2 cup(?) carob powder ( or Chocolate Chips)

pinch of ground cloves.  The cup is a guess the Pow Wow Book did not have a unit of measurement for the Carob Powder or Chips.  My daughter and I could not imagine measuring chocolate chips in a unit (tsp or tbsp) smaller than that.  CD


  Lay bananas in baking dish flat side down.

  Mix melted margarine and pour over bananas.

  Sprinkle crushed peanuts and grated coconut on bananas

  Bake in microwave for 2 minutes.


Espresso Chicken

Heart of America Council


2 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts


3 tablespoons green chili sauce or canned green chilies

juice from 1/2 orange

juice from 1/2 lime

3 minced garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar


  Mix marinade ingredients together in microwave cookware dish 7 x 11 inches or larger, and

  Add chicken breast.

  Turn chicken over a few times and let it sit in the marinade for around 15 minutes.

  Cover your dish with a glass lid or plain paper towel

  Cook for 6 minutes and let stand for three minutes.

Puppy Chow

Heart of America Council


9 cups rice Chex cereal

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  Place the Chex cereal in a large bowl. (Large enough to have enough room to stir all the ingredients up.)

  Melt the chocolate chips, margarine, and peanut butter in a microwave safe dish, in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy when stirred.

  Add the vanilla, and stir.

  Pour over the cereal and stir until the cereal is evenly coated.

  Put the powdered sugar in a large size plastic bag,

  Add the coated cereal and shake until evenly coated with the powdered sugar.

  Spread over a sheet of waxed paper until cooled off.

  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Hot Dog Filet

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach Area, Laguna Hills


Hot Dog Small

Slice of cheese

Strip of Bacon

2 toothpicks


  Cut hotdog lengthwise; but not all the way through. 

  Stuff sliced cheese into the slit. 

  Wrap with bacon slice, securing ends of bacon with a toothpick. 

  Cook on stick or in cardboard box oven,

  10-15 minutes.


Hobos Heaven

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach Area, Laguna Hills


2 lbs ground beef

4 potatoes, peeled and sliced

1 onion sliced

Seasoning to taste

1 Cup Carrots, sliced


  Preheat outdoor grill for medium high heat and lightly oil grate.

  Form ground beef into individual patties and place each patty on a piece of foil large enough to hold the patty and some vegetables. 

  Layer patty with onion, carrots, potatoes and seasoning to taste. 

  Wrap with foil to seal each packet well.

  Grill over medium high heat for 30 minutes. 

  Be careful when opening foil packets as the steam that escapes will be VERY hot.

Cinnamon Flop

San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach Area, Laguna Hills


2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1 1/4 Cup Milk

3 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Stick Butter or Margarine (melted)

Dash of Salt


  Mix all ingredients together, except melted butter. 

  Pour in ungreased 13x9x2 inch pan.

  Generously spread dark brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

  Add chopped nuts if desired.

  Drizzle melted butter on top.

  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Bread Engines

Alice, Golden Empire Council

Cut a bread square into two rectangles. Put one of the rectangles on a piece of foil and cut the other into two squares. Put on of the squares above the rectangle to make a cab for the engine and cut the other square into two triangles. Put one triangle above the cab and the other in front of the engine. Spread the train with tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese and add sliced tomatoes for the wheels. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.


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