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Camping Essentials – Meal Prep

July 12, 2016

If you read my blog post Camping – From a newbies perspective you would know that I learned so much on my first adult camping trip.  Although I think it went smoothly, there are of course parts that I would adjust the next time we head out into nature.  I will say though one thing I would absolutely NOT change is the food preparation we did ahead of time.  If I was stuck eating beans and hot dogs for all my meals, I would have been miserable.

I knew I didn’t want too much clean up so I had to make food that was self contained.  I scoured Pinterest for ideas, Brendan and I made a menu, and the food prep began.  Once everything was put together, we threw it in the freezer and took it to the campsite frozen.  The only exception was our day one dinner.

Day One:
Since we left after work on a Friday and headed out, dinner was our first camping meal.  We didn’t know how long it would take to set everything up and I didn’t want to be cooking after the sun went down.  Our biggest obstacle on this day…making fire.

Kielbasa and Potato Foil Packet (dinner)

Prepping!!!

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Cooked!!!

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It was delicious!  I have made these to grill before.  It was great to take them camping.  Clean up was a breeze!

Day Two:
We woke up around 9:00 and finally got our day going.  For lunch we went out and about to explore Ormond beach so we only really ate breakfast and dinner on day two.

Coffee and Breakfast Burrito (breakfast)

Prepping!

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Cooked!

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This was a great way to start the day.  The coffee took a lot of time and the burrito was slightly charred on the bottom (oops!) but it tasted delicious and the sense of accomplishment I felt was well worth it!  We cooked outside…in nature…over a fire…WHOA!

Macaroni and Cheese (dinner)

Prepping!
I had already cooked a batch of mac and cheese.  I just transferred it over to the handy dandy tin containers and put foil over it.  Click here for the recipe!!!

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We scarfed this meal down pretty quick.  There was no time for pictures!

Day Three:
We were tired, dirty, and ready to get home.  We packed up and headed back!

 

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Camping – From a newbie’s perspective

May 18, 2016

Ever since my husband and I got together he has relentlessly pushed a camping trip.  My response was always an immediate NO.  There was nothing that sounded appealing about camping.  You work to set up camp.  You build a fire.  You have hot dogs and canned beans for EVERY meal.  You get hounded by bugs.  UGH!

Well I caved.  We found a campsite at Tomoka State park, set a date and and just like that, our vacation was planned.  Panic set in.  What have I gotten in to?  I began to frantically search for ways to prepare.  What to eat?  What to pack? What if it rains (we live in Florida…it is inevitable).  Sure, I had gone girl scout camping but I was nowhere near prepared to do adult camping.  The one thing I knew was I wanted to have a good time.  The idea of camping (gradually over the years) grew on me.  The whole idea of depending less on the indoor comforts and moving everything outside is kind of interesting.  I truly wondered if we could actually pull it off!

After spending hours scouring the internet, Brendan and I came up with a camping game plan!  We put together our packing list and menu.  Over the course of a few weeks we pulled everything together (thank you Amazon Prime) and by May 6, we were ready to go.

We pulled into the camp site and began unpacking.  Setting up the tent outside was a breeze.  I’m assuming part of that was because the first time we attempted to set it up it was in our living room and it was much too big for that space, so actually having the room made it so much easier.  After the tent, Brendan started the fire so we could get dinner going.  Then it was time to relax.

The next day was much of the same.  We got up, started a fire, got the coffee and breakfast burritos going.  During the afternoon of the second day we did a little exploring around Ormond Beach, which is a lovely area that we would love to visit again.  After we got our fill exploring, we came back, made another fire and had dinner.  Of course both evenings included some adult beverages because camping wouldn’t be complete without those!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had.  First of all, I want to say that I don’t think the weather could have been any more perfect.  Highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.  It was the beginning of May.  Those temperatures (and no rain) are unheard of around here for this time of year.  Secondly, food preparation was key!  I don’t think I would have been as content on the trip if I hadn’t taken the time to put together a menu and prepare all the meals ahead of time.  We hardly touched our junk food snacks we brought!  We were able to fit in a s’more or two though.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the kind of trip I want to do all the time but I am excited to start planning our next one (after the summer of course).