November 18, 2015

Camping Newbie

Our weekend camping trip finally happened! We have had this in the books for several weeks and I can't believe it's come and gone. Sadly we were only able to spend one night at the campgrounds because it ended up raining pretty bad and the temperature dropped. We just weren't fully prepared for it. Bummer. Nonetheless, we made the most of our time. 

I'm a Pinterest addict {they say the first step is admitting your problem} and while looking for camp activities, I came across a bunch of scavenger hunts for the kiddos. Such a fun idea! I feel like this would make our walks a lot more entertaining. I ended up creating my own and gluing it to brown paper bags. Easy peasy.

sadly we didn't get to go on a hike because of the rain :(

Since we had planned for only the weekend, we didn't have to prep a whole lot. Because we left Friday evening, right after work, we wanted something quick and easy for dinner. Nothing says camp food better than chili! I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect! *I did add a couple more ingredients but they are definitely optional

1.5-2 1b ground beef
Seasoning for ground beef [optional]
1 small onion, chopped
3 cans of Rotel, drained
2 can of beans [black or kidney or both], drained
2-3 tbsp Chili Powder
2 tsp chili flakes [optional]

First you brown the ground beef and season. Drain and add onion.

Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20-25 minutes or until onion and beans are tender.

i didn't drain my beans or Rotel like the original recipe called for. it did thicken the following day.

Serve and enjoy! We ate ours with crackers but I'm thinking corn bread next time! YUM!!

Since I made the chili the night before and bagged enough for the Mr. and myself. We cooked it on our camp stove and it was just as good as the first night.

M ate at home before we left and ended up knocking out as soon as we set up the tent.

The following morning the Mr. and M went fishing. While they did their father/son bonding, I stayed back with Lola and we went on a little walk. It was such a beautiful crisp Fall morning.

isn't this view gorgeous?! so peaceful!

We finished our walk a bit early so I figured it was the perfect time for some reading. It was so nice to just get away and do absolutely nothing. Peace and quiet...perfect! 

After the boys returned we had breakfast. I had sliced up turkey franks ahead of time and used those with scrambled eggs. Breakfast was served! I made coffee too! I'm not a fan of instant coffee so I bought a pourover to make ours. It was pretty easy to use: filter, ground coffee and boiling water. I was skeptical to use it but the coffee came out great!! 

breakfast: scrambled eggs with turkey franks
plates: GSI Pinnacle Camper
utensils: Smart Planet(were part of a container set) | similar

coffee was perfect for the crisp morning!
shirt: Old Navy
leggings: Jockey Leggings
necklace: The Dainty Doe
shoes: Nike

After breakfast we made hot chocolate with marshmallows! 

It was so fun to relax and be disconnected from everything else. We had some friends come out and join us as well. It was such a great time, despite the rain we got later! 

The boys had a great time gathering wood for the fire, telling stories and roasting marshmallows. All in all a fun weekend trip! Definitely a place we plan to come back to in the Spring and Summertime. 

Have you been camping with your family? I'd love to hear your stories, tips and campfire recipes!! 

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