Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gone Fishin'

Just returned from our now annual Yellow River State Forrest camping/fishing trip. Unknowingly, we picked the worst week to go camping and had to battle heat and storms.  I thought I would share with you our brief menu for the camping trip just to show you I not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.

The reason we love Yellow River so much is that DNR stocks the creek with trout.  They stocked it the 2nd day we were there right in front of our camp site.  What a fisherman's dream.  While everything is parched and scorched here, everything was so green and beautiful there.  You sit at the camp site and hear the water running behind you and walk only a few feet to put you pole or feet into the water.  The boys loved to go to the deepest part and swim with the trout.  Water so cold and clear you can see the trout at your feet.  You walk away with a renewed appreciation for everything in your life.

Anyway, back to the menu:

Arrived Monday a little after noon so only had an evening meal but it was terrific.

Monday Night:

Grilled bacon and cheese hamburgers, cantaloupe, baked beans with bacon.

Dessert is a given.... roasted marshmallows and had smores.

Tuesday :


Fresh fruit, donuts, milk, juice and coffee


Taco in a bag.  Kids and adults love this.  The old cast iron skillet gets pulled out and we made up the taco meat, set up a buffet with lettuce, tomatoes from my garden, pepper cheese and/or cheddar cheese, bags of taco chips, and taco sauce.  I think this will be kept on our future camping menus for the simplicity of it and we all loved it.


Trout, fried potatoes, sliced heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes.  It could not get any better than that.  Every one got their fill of trout.   Everyone had a whole trout and a couple people had 2.  Eddie was the master chef and fried the trout with lemon and sliced garlic.  Simple and beautiful.

Before Bedtime Snack

Used pie irons and the boys grilled apple pies with bread and frosted them with vanilla icing.


Brunch (slow to get goin' in the morning)

Pancakes, rope sausage, and homemade syrups (blueberry, strawberry and maple...I blogged them last week and Sal helped me make them).


Due to the heat (105 degrees at 5:00 PM) and predicted bad weather coming, we went into town and had Chinese and discussed whether to stay the night or head home.  We decided to pack up and head home because of what the weather service was predicting.

Hit the road and ran into bad weather all the way home.  I was really glad we had not stayed the night.  Next  year we will not make our reservations so much in advance so we know what the weather might be like.

Thank you God for the rain we needed so badly.

Appreciate nature and her bounty.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.

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