The Final Canteen on the Fly and More!

Hello Canadensis…

Thanks to all those out on Long Island that stopped by our final Canteen on the Fly for 2011 last Friday.  It was great to see so many campers that are looking forward to any opportunity to see camp friends and talk about our favorite topic…Canadensis!  After a total of six different locations, we saw a staggering numbers of camp families and staff.  Here are some pictures from our Long Island Canteen on the Fly at Carvel in Westbury, NY…

2012 Super Senior Girls Bari Cohen, Tori Handler and Lindsay Gelber show off their Canteen on the Fly T-Shirts.

Me with 2012 Lower Inter Girl Elana Abrams.

2012 Lower Senior Girls Ashley Shogan, Rachael Newman and Zoe Hiller.

Me with 2012 Junior Boy Ryan Sher.

2012 Super Seniors in the House! From L to R: Melissa Goldstein, Lindsay Gelber, Casey Greenbaum, Tori Handler, Carly Lieberman, Bari Cohen and Jordan Rosen.

Alway joking around are 2012 Upper Senior Boys (from L to R): Josh Gindi, Matt Wiener, Justin Zak and Matt Rothman.

Great Glasses! That's me with 2012 Upper Inter Girl Paige Kahn.

As mentioned in my last blog, this past weekend, I got the chance to go up to camp and check up on things.  Camp looks great!  We have a number of projects “in the works” and will unveil them all to you very, very soon.  Be sure to read our upcoming blogs to see what new things you can expect at camp in 2012.  While up at camp, I took some pictures.  Here they are…

No morning line-up today. 🙁

Although not there, I swear I could hear the girls of Bunks 2 and 3 from Summer 2011 having fun in their cabins.

Hey J.Cal...your Canadensis Today Show studio is missing you!

All year long, the bear still watches over the Canadensis campus.

On Monday, I headed down to Newtown, PA and spend some time with Ben Cramer, who will be coming to Canadensis in Summer 2012 as part of our Junior Boys division.  Ben is currently in the 3rd grade.  While hanging out, he told me about all of the activities he is involved with all year long.  For starters, he plays defense on his traveling soccer team, the CRUSA Storm.  He also plays center field for his Newtown travel baseball team.  This winter, he will also be playing in the Council Rock Basketball League with fellow new Canadensis camper Cole Newman.  When not doing these sports, Ben can also be found playing football and hockey outside, playing on his Wii or trading Pokemon cards.  This summer, he is looking forward to a wide range of activities including lacrosse, the sports leagues and inter-camps, rocketry, Color War and water skiing.  Here is a photo…

Me with 2012 Junior Boy Ben Cramer.

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is already next week.  If you didn’t know, Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year.  It is defined by what I call the Three F’s holiday…Family, Food and Football!  Ha Ha!  Last weekend, Jaime experimented with a new Thanksgiving Day recipe that you have to try at home.  It’s called a Pilgrim Pie and is a take on the traditional whoopie pie.  And, if you think good old whoopie pies just can’t be improved upon, just wait until you try these: pumpkin cookies filled with fluffy cream cheese frosting. They’re guaranteed to be a popular new addition to your standard Thanksgiving dessert offerings.  Here is the recipe…

Ingredients for the pumpkin cookies: 2 eggs.  2 cups light brown sugar.  1 cup vegetable oil.  1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin.  3 cups flour.  1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice.  1 teaspoon baking powder.  1 teaspoon baking soda.  1 teaspoon salt.

Ingredients for the cream cheese filling: 4 ounces cream cheese (softened).  1/2 cup butter (softened).  2 teaspoons vanilla extract.  4 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar.

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the eggs, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture a half cup at a time, blending each time until smooth.
2. Drop a heaping tablespoon of batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet, using a moist finger or the back of a spoon to slightly flatten each mound. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, make the frosting.  Beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Mix in the confectioners’ sugar a half cup at a time, until the frosting is spreadable.
4. To assemble the pies, turn half of the cookies bottom side up and spread a generous amount of cream cheese frosting on each one.  Top them with the remaining cookies (turned right side up).  Makes 10-14 Pilgrim Pies.
Here is what they look like…

Here is a Thanksgiving Dessert I bet you will love...Pilgrim Pies! Make them in time for your holiday feast!

As most know, I am huge New York Giants fan!  And, this weekend is one of the games I look forward to most as we host the Philadelphia Eagles.  If there are any Giants or Eagles fans attending the game, please be sure to stop by our tailgate at Lot L12.  On the grill this weekend…sirloin steak tips.  Can the Giants get revenge on the Eagles after the Miracle at the Meadowlands II last season when Desean Jackson returned a punt in the game’s final seconds for TD?  Hope to see you there!  Let’s Go BIG BLUE!

In other camp news…Our 2011 Video Yearbook is currently on its way to the duplicator.  Campers can expect to receive their copy real soon!  If you haven’t checked it out yet, see our new Facebook page at  Recently posted are pictures of all the 2011 bunk plaques.  What do you want to see on our Facebook page?  Let us know!

Finally, a big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Eric and Robin Forti, who just recently announced that they will be expecting a new arrival to the Canadensis Family in May.

Eric and Robin Forti are having a baby! CONGRATULATIONS!

Well, that’s all the blogging for now.  More to come soon.

Have a great day!