Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Let's Go Camping :: Stir The Pot

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Pat Sloan's Let's Go Camping Sew Along block for June is Stir the Pot - and all about camping food...

There is just something about camping food.  I don't know if it is the fresh air or the cooking over a camp stove or open fire... but food just tastes better when you are camping.  Or maybe it is the fact you are usually more active with the hikes and outdoor activities that cause you to burn more calories and you are just plain hungry!  Yeah, I think that is it!

I have mentioned camping as a child many times... and one of the places that we would go is now just 45 minutes away in a canyon located West of Trinidad.  My Uncle has some property there and we would all congregate at "the property" for holiday weekends.  There is a large meadow that has a beautiful view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and we kids would play ball for hours in that meadow... 

or hike up the hill that was across the road where there was a unique rock formation that we referred to as "the castle"... 

Oh, and the hours of playing cards and Uno in the tent!  

My aunt was a Girl Scout leader and was all about cooking over an open fire.  My Mom however preferred to prepare our meals in the truck camper with the stove top and small oven... 

I was a picky eater as a kid and don't really recall much about meals while camping other than breakfast!  Again, I am a morning person... reference my recent It's A Wild Life post...

Breakfast with bacon, eggs and toast.  Oh man!  There is nothing better... 

And at the end of the day... S'mores... who doesn't love S'mores???  But of course, with my current dietary restrictions I am a limited to what I can have...

A few weeks ago Dave and I made a "trial run" of camping at Pueblo Lake State Park.  Both of our daughters live in Pueblo so we had invited both families to visit for an evening of a campfire and S'mores.  I had purchased some marshmallows that I could have... YAY!  I took along some of my Enjoy Life chocolate chunks for me so that I could have chocolate stuffed marshmallows while everyone else enjoyed the traditional s'mores.  Mmmmmm.....

As for dinners while camping hamburgers and brats or hot dogs are always easy go-to meals.  And "campfire stews" or the foil-packet meals are good too.  You can "customize" them for each person.  Mine has sweet potatoes and Dave's has the russet potatoes.  both have chicken.  This makes for easy clean up as well!

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law taught us one of their campfire favorites... doughboys.  You carefully stretch and wrap a canned biscuit on the end of a bark-bare stick (we use dowel rods) and slowly cook it over the coals of a campfire.  When cooked properly you can gently twist it off of the stick.  You then fill the vessel with your favorite jam or jelly... or pudding. Or you can stuff it with a breakfast sausage or hotdog... or scrambled eggs... or anything you want really.  How about a some pepperoni wrapped around a cheese stick and dipped in pizza sauce???  

And, while this block name is Stir The Pot, it really reminds me of how everyone would sit around the campfire at my Uncle's property...

What are some of your favorite things to cook while camping?  

Leave a comment... I love to hear from my readers.

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  1. I have not camped for many years. I remember that clean up was difficult so I always did foods that could be grilled over the fire/coals steak, corn on the Cobb, chicken, hotdogs, jiffy pop corn.

  2. I love potatoes cooked in the embers of a fired wrapped in tin foil. :)

  3. My idea of camping was when we had a 1950's trailer at the lake in the 1990's. We'd build a fire to cook hot dogs or smores. That was about it. I am not into camping because of critters. Yesterday I was watering the flowerbed and when I watered the last coleus, a tiny snake slithered out from under it. I got cold chills when I saw the tiny tail slither under the Chinese Boxwood. I think the only good snake is a dead snake. I grew up on a dairy farm and I learned that a snake was not a good think when I told my great aunt and my grandmother that there was a big black earthworm in the ivy around the milkhouse. My grandfather killed it when he came in for lunch and threw it in the chicken lot. When my dad picked me up that night, he told me it was a snake. I learned very fast it wasn't a good thing. At our house, we had a rule that whoever was around when someone spotted a snake had better get out of the way of the person who spotted it. One time my husband and I had our two children in the lake for a break. I saw a head poking up out of the water at a distance. I could not tell if it was a turtle or a snake. My husband saw the look on my face. We got the children in the boat and we were close behind and down the lake. So, you can tell that I'm not a good camper at all. I admire people who are and love it.