Gary smalley, a guru from the Smalley Relationship Center, found that close-knit families have an interesting thing in common: CAMPING. Families who camp value shared experiences and spending time together. They are willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the greater good. TRUST ME. I fully understand this concept. It is a lot of work to camp. I spend days planning, shopping, cooking, organizing, loading, and packing. Then there is the laundry, laundry, and more laundry on return! However, smart families know that almost anything worth doing has some form of a challenge to it, and camping is no different.
Below is our camping menu, recipes, and a shopping list for this year's outdoor expedition. ENJOY!
Lunch: sandwiches (made at home)
Breakfast: Breakfast Scramble
Lunch: Cold Cuts, Crackers, Cheese, Apple Slices
Dinner: Pork Barbacoa Tortilla wraps
Breakfast: French Toast Kabobs
Breakfast: Apricot Granola
Lunch: Pizza Crackers
Campfire banana splits
Mix together scrambled eggs, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, chopped onion, a splash of milk, & diced potatoes or a bag of hash browns. Cook thoroughly. Eat alone or in a tortilla wrap.
Pork Barbacoa wraps
Place pre-made pulled pork, black beans, cheese, avocado, tomato, & lettuce in a wrap. Heat wrapped up in tin foil.
Re-heat the chicken/pesto mixture (which was made ahead by roasting the chicken, shredding it, and mixing with pesto). Add to cooked penne pasta.
Mix together 2 cans bush’s original beans, 1 can northern beans, 1 bottle sweet baby ray’s bbq sauce, ½ c. ketchup, ½ c. brown sugar, 1 lb. cooked and crumbled hamburger. Let simmer together.
Campire banana splits
Cut a banana stem to stem. Leaving the peel on, carefully place chocolate chips, mini marshmallow, or a candy bar inside. Wrap with aluminum foil and let melt in the campfire. You can also do this with butter, cinnamon, & Sugar (and a splash of rum for adults for Bananas foster)
Campire Mac N Cheese
Combine in individual tin pans ½ elbow mac. (cooked), ¼ cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. parmesan, 1 tbsp. milk, ½ tbsp. butter, salt and pepper. Seal the top in foil. Place it over the campfire to melt the cheese, let cool a bit, then open the foil top and enjoy
Melted Chocolate Trail Mix
Mix together 3 cups nuts (any variety), ½ c. sunflower seeds, ½ c. coconut flakes (optional), 1 cups raisins, ½ c. dried cranberry, & whatever else you want to add! Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Roast at 375 for up to 25 min. (if desired). Let cool. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Pour over the nut mixture in ribbons. Stir to coat everything. Let the chocolate cool and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Makes 12 servings.
Campfire Corn on the Cob
Place husked ears of corn in a foil packet and season with butter, salt & Pepper, and whatever other seasoning desired (Cajun, etc.). Place over the fire and roast for 10 min. Unwrap and enjoy.
Go Eat Worms Dirt Dessert
Mix together cool whip, smashed oreos, gummy worms, and gummy critter. You can add pudding if you want & have milk. Serve in bowls. You can make this ahead of time and keep in a container until ready to serve.
Another way to serve this is to layer. Place the oreos on the bottom as “dirt.” Top with whipped topping mixed with pudding. Add some gummy worms to this layer. Top with more oreos and a few worms sticking out of the top.
Peach or Apple Pancakes
Mix pre-packaged pancake mix according to directions. Place a peach or apple slice on the griddle. Sprinkle with pre-mixed cinnamon & sugar. Pour pancake batter over the fruit. Flip as usual. Serve with syrup.
Sausage on a Stick
Unroll 1 package of refrigerated breadsticks. Coil one breadstick dough around a fully cooked sausage link. Repeat with several. Rotate slowly in a pan or over the campfire until the bread is cooked through and the sausages are heated.
Hawaiian Camp Chicken
Mix together 1/3 c. ketchup, 1/3 c. soy sauce, ½ c. brown sugar, 3 tbsp. sherry, 1 piece chopped fresh ginger, & 2 minced garlic cloves. Place all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Add 4-5 lb. chicken breasts. Marinate until ready to grill over the fire.
French Toast Kabobs
Wisk together 8 large eggs, 2/3 c. buttermilk, a pinch of salt & ½ tsp. vanilla extract (this can be done ahead and placed in a container). Cut a loaf of bread into 1 inch cubes (also can be done ahead and placed in a ziplock bag). When ready to cook, mix cubes of bread into the egg mixture to coat evenly. Melt butter in a sauté pan over heat. Add bread pieces in a single layer and cook. Turn over until all sides are cooked through. Thread cubes onto skewers alternating with banana slices, blueberries, and raspberries. Or forget the skewers, and mix it all together on a plate. Drizzle with syrup.
Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Mix together 2 cans tuna, 2 chopped celery sticks, 1-2 chopped dill pickes,, 2 tbsp. light mayo, 2 tbsp. fresh basil (optional), the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Add to hearty wheat bread.
Mix together 4 cups rolled oats, 1 c. sliced almonds, 1 c. chopped pecans, 2 c. chopped dried apricots, & 1 cup sunflower seeds. In another bowl, mix ½ c. oil, ½ c. molasses, 4 tbsp. brown sugar, ¼ tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. nutmeg. Mix well. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Flatten onto greased baking sheets (or I use silpat liners underneath). Bake at 275 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.
Start with a grain cracker, such as triskets. Place a dollop of pizza sauce as the base, add pepperoni, and a slice of mozzarella.
Grocery shopping List:
Shredded cheddar cheese ( a very large bag, or a large block shredded)
Hash browns or red potatoes
2 cans black beans
1 head lettuce
4-6 chicken breasts
2 cans bush’s original beans
1 can northern beans
1 bottle sweet baby rays bbq sauce
1 c. brown sugar
1 lb. cooked hamburger
2 bushels bananas
Mini marshmallows (one baggie)
Individual tin pans
Parmesan (a small bag)
2 sticks butter
salt and pepper
dried cranberries or cherries
2 bags chocolate chips
Corn on the cob
2 cartons cool whip
2 pkgs chocolate pudding
1 pkg. oreos
2 pkgs. Refrigerated bread sticks
pre-cooked Breakfast sausages
1/3 c. soy sauce
sherry (3 tbsp.)
ginger (1 Piece)
2 garlic cloves
1 or 2 loaves of French bread
2-4 cans tuna
pecans (1 c.)
molasses (1/2 c.)