Dutch Oven Creamy Chicken & Rice

I made this dish by taste at the Battle of Pleasant Hill 2016 reenactment. This recipe will yield about 4-6 servings. Possibly 8 if you are serving food to liddles as well :).

2 cups instant rice

2 cans chicken (I got the light and dark chicken)

1 chicken bouillon cube

1 can of cream of chicken soup (this makes the dish all creamy)

Garlic to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh rosemary (2-3 small twigs of it)

The first thing you do is heat your water up in your dutch oven over your campfire. This will keep the rice from sticking to your dutch oven while it is cooking. After your water has been brought to a boil remove it from the campfire and set it down on your preparation table.

Pour in the rice and cover with the lid. Let it sit for 15 maybe 20 minutes depending on how soft you want your rice. After that pour in the chicken, chicken bouillon cube, and can of cream of chicken soup.

Put this back on your fire and let it begin to cook down some. Add a little of garlic, salt, and pepper. Put the lid on and let it sit on the fire for another 10-20 minutes stirring occasionally. (During this time the ladies and I were impatient and began to set the table.)

About 5 minutes before you take it off the fire put the twigs of rosemary on and cover with the lid. Once it is done cooking remove from the fire, open the lid, and take out the rosemary.

You can either let it sit for a few minutes or begin to serve it as soon as it comes off. Enjoy!


Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 2

After a delicious lunch from my awesome little Dutch oven we went to go watch the Saturday battle.


The Union Calvary were the first out on the battlefield.



The horses were all excited about what was to take place!


Next some Confederates came out and walked along the edge of the woods on the opposite side of the battlefield. They were the first Confederate Infantry to engage the Union soldiers.


The Confederate Artillery began priming the cannons for the engagement.





Out come the brave Confederates.


I wasn’t able to take many photos of the battle on Saturday. I left to go take some pain medicine for my migraine and then got stuck in camp.


Later on that evening one of the ladies made a yummy beef stew for dinner. It was delicious!


After the yummy dinner we all got ready to go to the dance. My migraine was still there so I danced two dances then came back to camp to change into modern clothes and visit with everyone.


One of the men made an amazing fire to keep everyone all warm during our very late night talk. I didn’t go to bed until 1 that morning! By 10 o’clock that night my migraine finally left me and I was able to actually enjoy myself for once that day. It was nice to sit by the campfire and talk and laugh late into the night with dear friends!

One of the things I love about reenacting is getting to be able to see those I don’t get to see often. It’s so nice to be able to see dear old friends and go from camp to camp and visit as much as one wants. Late night campfire talks can be seen all throughout the camp sites at events. You can hear people singing, laughing, and talking all through the night. It’s such a peaceful and welcoming sound to hear.


Battle of Pleasant Hill 2016 Part 1

I had a great time at the Battle of Pleasant Hill reenactment! The weather was perfect, I was able to see dear friends, and I dressed up as a soldier, received a new name, and carried my groups colors with pride!

I was so pleased that it didn’t rain this year as in years past. It made the event so much more enjoyable! We arrived around dinner time on Friday night and immediately went to registration. Since we came in my car I got to put my name on the parking pass- a first for me!


After that we went and set up our camp. I brought along the table dad made me and we sat our chairs and stools around it. It really felt like home! Two of the guys came over and helped us get our fire going as we were having a bit of trouble doing that.


It was sure nice to have a fire going by our home for the weekend! On Saturday I made the breakfast for the people in my group and I found out that I really do make some um interesting faces while cooking…



Cooking is serious business! I made the eggs, tea, and coffee and one of the ladies supplied the muffins that her husband made the day before.


Cranberry muffins and orange, strawberry, banana muffins!

After that yummy breakfast we went into the town of Pleasant Hill for the parade and town battle. I had to quickly make myself presentable as I had a late start to getting ready!


This was my outfit for Saturday, my mom let me borrow her old shawl for me to use. I thought it was a nice touch to the outfit!


The Yankees were the first to advance in the town battle. Our brave Confederate soldiers quickly came to stop them!




Oh no, a casualty!


Or was it? Maybe he just got tired and wanted some rest, haha!


When we arrived back at camp I started on lunch, and I have to say it was quite good! I will have to post the recipe on how to make it soon!

I will post more about the event in the days to come, there is just so much to say and show!