Friday, October 8, 2010

Camping is good!

October is a perfect month for camping here in NC!
Camping is my absolute favorite way to vacation...beyond fancy hotels and cute bed and breakfasts.  Nothing beats the great outdoors, a night spent around a campfire and cuddled up in a sleeping bag! And nothing beats a cool morning cooking breakfast over an open fire, sipping coffee.  Nothing beats an afternoon of intense hiking, checking out God's wondrous earth, and returning to camp with an appetite the size of a lion's.  Once again, nothing beats camping!

I have a feeling that camping with kids can be just as much fun as camping with your friends.  So if you don't have children of your own, I suggest borrowing some!
No kids, we are not there yet!
We are still not there! Along the way, we played every roadtrip game known to mankind.  Green Glass Doors (the Land of Odd), Black Magic, The Number Four game...it was fun to watch Elijah squirm when he couldn't figure them out!  (I won't give away the games here...it's fun to watch you squirm too!)

Green Glass Doors:
The moon can go in, but the sun can't
Trees can enter, but leaves can't
A jeep can go, but a Land Rover cannot.

(This game is much easier typed than it is outloud)

The Number Four:
I can turn any number into four:
5 is 4
6 is 3 and 3 is 5 and 5 is 4
2 is 3 and 3 is 5 and 5 is 4
11 is six and 6 is 3 and 3 is 5 and 5 is 4

It would be impossible to show you Black Magic in a blog.

Anyhow, we finally arrived, set up camp and got to cooking (naturally).
Slicing and dicing for Hobo Stews.
Hobo stew and coffee cooking over an open fire!  Nothing better! (Except actually eating it of course)
Mr. K and I enjoyed our hot coffee, even though it was close to 10pm.  Trust me, even a little caffeine will not keep me up when sleeping outdoors! I sleep like a rock!

Soon enough morning arrived, and I was quickly back at the coffee drinking...and cooking!
Breakfast of champions my friends! Grilled PB&B.  I don't go anywhere on vacation without my staples (peanut butter and banana). 

Of course these boys would not settle for a breakfast without meat...so yes, this is me, cooking eggs and bacon...must keep the children happy--priorities people!
How does one scramble an egg in the great outdoors?
Mushed together in a ziplock baggy of course!
The boys anxiously await their breakfast.  Little do they know how bad those poor animals suffered to keep these poor animals happy!

Hi ho, hi ho...it's off to hiking we go...
What began as a quick trip down a side trail to check out this waterfall, quickly turned into quite the adventurous hike. 

The boys took showers...
Fell off a few cliffs...
But naturally, we made it back safe and sound.  And the fearless leaders were still smiling...
We rounded out our 8 mile hike with just enough energy to cook up a feast (aka, repeats of dinner and breakfast)

Hobo Stew
Diced onions
Diced celery
Sliced carrots
Diced potatoes (we cheated and used Ore-Ida hashbrowns- the smaller, the quicker they cook)
Diced sweet potatoes
Apple, diced
Veggie Burger crumbled
Olive oil Spray
Salt and pepper and other seasonings to taste
(any other veggies you want to add in)

Directions:
Spray a piece of foil with non-stick spray
Combine all veggies and and place 1-2 cups on the foil.
Crumble a veggie burger on top of the veggies
Season and roll the foil up around the veggies into a packet
Double cover if it is falling open
Place on fire/coals and cook for 15-30 minutes depending on how small your veggies are diced.  I will sometimes add a little water in the foil packet to help the veggies steam.  Remove foil from fire with tongs, let foil cool before eating.

There you have it! The best campfire food in town! Enjoy!

Of course, for lunch dessert I had one of these:

We were packed and ready to go home then...I think the boys were wore out!

A nice quiet, peaceful return for me! Happy Camping!

Share your camping stories and recipes with me! I would love to hear them!

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