Our first camp-out of the year and how to be a "happy camper".

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We went camping this past weekend, our first of the season. We met up with family and enjoyed good food, good conversations and the beautiful outdoors. And to be perfectly honest we also enjoyed camping camped with less than what one would hope to be equipped with to be a happy camper.

To illustrate, the motorhome was filled in the following manner,
"Do we need this? Well, for now, let's just put it in the motorhome.".
And we continued on with that process until the cupboards were full. Which gave the illusion that we were properly stocked for camping. But I can tell you the truth, we were far from it!

Ideas about camping and suggestions for camp food.
The Peter Iredale, 111 years after wrecking on the coast. Warrenton Oregon.
You see, while I had 3 colanders, there was no foil wrap. And while there were 3 whisks, there was no waxed paper. And while there were two sets of small bowls with covers, there were no measuring spoons. And while there was 2 or 3 of this, there was not a single that....but I think you get the idea.

So today I purged the un-needed and made a list of the needed. It is not a long list, but once filled and put into the motorhome, will make for a much happier camping experience. And isn't that what it is all about? Having fun, seeing the great outdoors and enjoying delicious food.

Since you never can never be sure about open fires, we usually plan our meals in advance, without an open fire being needed. It is fairly easy to change the cooking method to an open fire, but not necessarily so easy in reverse. Since we do have a rig with a propane stove, cooking a healthy meal is easy. But we would continue to eat the same foods, whether we cooked on an open fire or used the stove.

Ideas about camping and suggestions for camp food.
Ft. Steven State Park, Warrenton Oregon. 

Which got me to thinking about the recipes we use regularly at home and which ones would be good to enjoy while camping. These are perfect to add to any burger, chicken or hot dog meal or to start the day. We like to offer a couple choices for each meal, that way each person can eat the way they want and need. Plus we still start our meal planning with fruit and vegetables as the center, rounding out with meat/protein and sides of beans etc.

Cooking is very personal to each family, with likes and dislikes taken into account. But one thing holds true for most families, mealtime is often where your memories are built. I hope you enjoy your summer in the great outdoors along with all your favorite foods. Who knows, you might find a new favorite below.


Easy Oven Baked Pancakes - this is also easily adapted to baking in a muffin tin, should you be short a rectangle pan....PS drop pieces of cooked bacon in the batter for bacon pancakes.

Fluffy Biscuit Muffins - biscuit flavor in a muffin shape, offer peanut butter and jelly for a quick and easy breakfast.

Overnight Chocolate Almond Oats - stir up before leaving, so good and so easy at breakfast time.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Capers - this is too good for words, and yet so easy. Perfect for camping! (we made it in the motorhome, not at home)

Side dishes/salads:

Tuscan Beans with Tomatoes - this delicious salad is nothing more than a can of beans, and fresh tomatoes diced. The dressing ingredients are also easy to pack for camping.

Black Bean and Mango Salad - again a can of beans and some fresh produce.

Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad - this is great to make ahead and take along!

Watermelon with Mint and Feta - on a hot summer day, this is so good!

Kiwi and Grapefruit - a simple and delicious pleasure.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad - make ahead and keeps well.

Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw - another make ahead because it keeps well, recipe.


Sugar and Spice Snickerdoodle Bars - make ahead and take along. These keep well.

Good Old Raisin and Peanuts Honey Cookies - another delicious make ahead dessert.

Not a Fancy Name No Bake Cookie - who does not need a chocolate cookie at camp? Perfect keepers.

Kiwi Slices in Banana Sour Cream Sauce with Lime - easy make at camp dessert!


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  1. We love camping out, this looks like so much fun! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen


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