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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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Original Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

July 12, 2016

Pasta is my weakness.  Specifically the pasta and cheese combination, which is a staple in our house.  I didn’t always have a good homemade macaroni and cheese recipe though and while box macaroni and cheese got me through most of college, it is terrible.  The powdered cheese or the liquid cheese-like substance just turns my stomach.  This led me to search for the perfect recipe and I really didn’t need to go far.  My stepmom snagged a recipe from Southern Living and I needed to know how she made it.  Finally, after trying many recipes that didn’t compare, I asked her and she shared.

I’m pretty sure I now have the best macaroni and cheese recipe and it has become something we eat AT LEAST twice a month (probably more but I’m not willing to admit that).  The recipe below is what I refer to as the “base” version because over the years I have done many different combinations – Curry Mac & Cheese, Taco Mac & Cheese, Spicy Mac & Cheese…the options are really limitless!

Insider tip: Sometimes I take the left over boxes of pasta and the left over nubs of cheese and make a version using that.  It is still delicious!  I call it my “garbage mac and cheese” but people have told me that doesn’t sound appealing.  I’m in the market for a new name!

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Homemade Pesto

May 20, 2014

I was constantly on the search for good pesto and I was always disappointed by the store bought stuff.  Whether it is found in the cold section next to the “fresh” pasta or right off the shelf in the pasta sauce aisle, I get it home and I am left longing to still find something better.  Some had too little salt while others were lacking in the garlic area while others just had no flavor at all.  Then one day an idea hit me!  What if I make my own?!  Crazy idea right?  WRONG!  I tried it and it turns out not only was it the BEST DECISION EVER, it is also extremely easy to make!

Side note:  My favorite thing to use the pesto in is my version mini bruschetta bites.  Also, if you are feeling like you want more than just a turkey sandwich for lunch, I highly suggest using the pesto with some tomato slices and mozzarella cheese lightly toasted.

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A Nutty Life

September 24, 2012

Probably about 6 months ago I was browsing on Pinterest and I stumbled upon information about how bad highly processed foods are for your body.  Now, I am skeptical about getting my facts off of Pinterest (although I trust them more than Wikipedia).  I started my research on “Real Food” Diets.  I think at first I was more intrigued with the cooking aspect than the actual lifestyle change it promotes.

As I read all the blogs, I really started to warm up to the idea that maybe what I am putting into my body isn’t all that great for me and with only a little more effort and time I could have food that tastes better and is better for you.

At first it all seemed a bit overwhelming (and it still does) so I thought I would start with something easy.  I chose peanut butter!

Enjoy, let me know what you think!

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