Saturday, April 14, 2012

Goin' Campin'

I’m starting to plan for camping trips.  I have my packing list all put together and saved on my computer for future use and my small pop up camper is ready to hit the road.  Now all I need is a nice weekend and a couple of boys, their fishing pools, and sleeping bags.  I got my fishing license with a trout stamp last week.  Hopefully we will catch some fish and the menu will be centered around our catch but I’ll cover all bases if the unthinkable happens. 

Camping is all about a camp fire and being one with nature; cooking on an open fire and sitting around it late into the late evening.  There is something very primitive about it that takes us back to our ancestors. 

I write out my menu for each meal and keep it very simple.  Then I put together my list of what I need to pack for each meal.  My list included pie irons because they are great for everything from grilled sandwiches to desserts, plus everyone gets to get involved in the cooking.  I got mine at an auction so they were quite inexpensive but you can pick them up at Wal-Mart.  I’ll share a few ideas for using a pie iron and a 2 day menu. 

Pie Irons


Pie filling
Canned frosting

Butter 2 pieces of bread and put a slice in each side of the iron.  Fill with the fruit pie filling of your choice.  Close the iron and cut away any bread that over flows from the iron gifting the scraps to the birds.   Put over the fire until it is golden brown.  Once done, frost while still warm with your canned vanilla frosting.  The frosting should melt and glaze the pie. 

Grilled breakfast sandwich 

Shredded cheese
Canadian bacon

Spray Pam on your irons or butter your 2 slices of bread.  Scrabble and season eggs lightly and add scrabbled eggs and cheese on top of your bread; add bacon or ham.  Close the irons and put over fire until golden brown.


Mozzarella cheese
Pepperoni and/or Canadian bacon

Spray Pam on the irons and put two slices of bread on each side.  Spread sauce on the bread sauce; add meat or meats of choice and Mozzarella cheese.  Close the irons and put over fire until golden brown.  

You can also make a hot ham and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich using same the same method.

Smores – A must!

Make sure you pack the marshmallow forks or a good knife to cut tree branches into roasting sticks so you can make these late night snacks while sitting around the camp fire.

Hersey Candy Bars
Graham Crackers

Roast your marshmallow and assemble.

Rope Sausage

Grilled over an open fire, rope sausage is simple and easy! There is nothing better for breakfastThen fry some scrabbled eggs or make pancakes.  Don’t forget to pack the makin’ for pancakes including the syrup. Griddle cakes over an open fire is heaven.

Roasted Hot Dogs Make a Whole Meal

Long forks for roasting over the fire
Hot dogs or brats

Chips to go with the hot dogs and you have a complete simple meal.

Trout Recipe

Take a griddle or big cast iron frying pan.  It is a must. 

2 - l pound trout
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix together parsley, olive oil, basil, rosemary, and garlic. Spread evenly on the inside of the fish.  Oil cooking grate and preheat grill or use a cast iron pan (I prefer the cast iron skillet). Oil fish and sprinkle fish with salt and pepper and grill or fry for 4-5 minutes on each side over a medium heat.  Do not turn over or move until done or it will stick to the grill. Carefully remove the fish from grill and serve.

I thought I would share my template with you for helping you pack.  I print out and check off as I pack so I don't forget anything.

Happy camping.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.    

Packing List 

Bug spray (For mosquito control) 

Fire wood
Grate for fire
Our little grill and charcoal & fluid

Shovel and ax

Solar lights

Water containers
Save milk jugs and fill with water

Bedding and pillows
Sleeping bag

Lawn chairs

Table (2) and table clothes

Flash light

Dog dish and food
Dog leashes

Ice and cooler
Plates and bowls
Plastic Silverware
Pie irons
Utensils (Grilling & regular, toast holder and knifes)
Hot dog holders for roasting
Small cutting board
Aluminum foil
Caste iron skillet
Garbage bags & tubs
Lighter and matches
Scrubber and dish soap
Brush and dust pan
Dish rags
Hot pad holders
Hand sanitizer and hand soap
Towels and wash rags

Bread  Butter PB and Jelly   
Hot dogs and brats                 
Hershey bars
Graham Crackers                                
Pancake mix                     
Pizza sauce
Grated Mozzarella and cheddar                                
Rope Sausage
Lettuce and Tomatoes Carrot sticks
Lunch meat
Catsup, relish and mustard
Ice Tea
Juice boxes
Onion and garlic powder
Herbs for trout
Snack food (Gushers, etc)
Canned fruit
Canned frosting

Blood testing kit
Tooth paste and brush
Towel and wash rag
Hair brush
__ Days of clothes
Walking shoes
Underwear & socks
Wet wipes and TP
Book and Kindle
Phone & Kindle chargers
Fishing license with trout stamp


Tooth paste and brush
Towel and wash rag
__days clothes
Sleeping bag and pillow
Trout stamp on fishing license
Fishing poles, tackle and bait (worms are best for trout)

First Aid Kit Items:
Band aids
Alcohol wipes
Anti itch

Dominoes, horse shoes, cards and entertainment


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