Who is getting ready for camping season? We have a few trips
on the books, and I’m to ready get out there. Last year, we camped with another
family, and started a new tradition-camping cocktails!
For each campsite, we picked a different cocktail. Much effort went into the decision, basing the cocktail on the area and the campsite. Before each trip, we would either get together or text about which cocktail to make. Then we would divide up the shopping for ingredients.
Our first camping cocktail was at Turquoise Lake. We decided that a blue drink was not necessary and didn’t sound that appealing. So we went with more of tropical vibe, and had a pomegranate mojito. Although with no rum, it was more like a martini. We went with this recipe here.
For our trip to Curt Gowdy in Wyoming, we wanted something with a Western feel, but neither of us are too fond of whiskey. We found this recipe called Cowgirl Cooler. It was right up our alley for the Fourth of July weekend. The lemonade made it a perfect summery drink.
Our last trip of the summer was to Rosy Lane in Almont near Crested Butte. This is my favorite mountain town, and if I had to pick a word to describe it, I would use majestic. This mango margarita seemed to fit the bill. We used this Easy Mango Margarita recipe from Salt and Lavender.
Overall the Cowgirl Cooler was my favorite cocktail, and also my favorite camping trip of last summer. Perhaps the two go hand in hand.
These camping donuts were a huge hit this year. You can certainly make them at anytime, but it just feels right to make donuts while camping. At home, we try to mostly eat non-processed foods, but when we go camping we throw that all out the window. Everything in moderation, right?
I used to make these with my mom growing up. I haven’t made them in years, but thought it would be fun to make them with my son. Well, he was riding his bike around the campsite with his friend. Then when I was done, I asked if he would want to make these with me sometime. He said, maybe he would make them with his friend one day. Not exactly the bonding moment I pictured.
Either way, these donuts have quickly became a camping staple for us. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
The sun starts to rise over the mountains. The sound of birds chirping and the leaves gently blowing in the wind wakes us from our slumber. Rested, we breath in the fresh air. Before the children wake up, we enjoy a cup of hot coffee in our camping chairs and quietly enjoy the morning. The children emerge from the camper, cheerful, after a long’s night’s rest. They happily ask us what we are making for breakfast.
Does this sound like your camping mornings? Yes? Good for you. This is a more realistic picture.
Around 3:30 a.m. our youngest starts wailing for no good reason. We take turns trying to get him back to sleep in his pack ‘n play. After an hour of this, we put him in-between us. He falls asleep instantly, and snores loudly. Around 5:00 a.m. we doze off. Then at 5:15 a.m. our four year old jolts out of bed with so much energy you would think he chugged a Red Bull. We plead with him to go back to bed, and tell him this is not a reasonable hour to wake up. “But it’s an old night,” he says. Then he starts to sing what we call an Anders’ original. We put pillows over our head until we give in, and begin to wake up for the day. We make coffee. Then after another pot, we start to make breakfast.
That’s more like it.
First, the coffee. There are a few different ways you could go about it while camping, but we like to use a French press. We store one in the camper to avoid a coffee crisis like the one I mention here. It is a pretty simple way to make coffee, and quite tasty. We just boil water on the camping stove, put coffee in the French press, top with boiling water, and wah-lah, fresh, camping coffee, perfection.
For camping breakfast, we like to make a hot, hearty breakfast to fuel us for whatever activity we are up to that day. These are our kid-approved favorites.
This is a kid favorite at anytime, but especially camping. I recommend the Bisquick Shake ‘n Pour mix, because it is easy to pack and makes less of a mess. To make it fancy, add in some blueberries, walnuts or chocolate chips. Of course, I always add syrup, even if I have chocolate chips on pancakes.
Nutritious, filling and warm makes this meal a camping breakfast staple. Add in some brown sugar and reuse the blueberries, walnuts and chocolate chips for a tastier kid-approved meal. Strawberries, almonds and bananas make good toppings as well.
This one is my personal favorite, because it gives me much needed energy to do whatever we have planned for the day. There are so many variations to a breakfast burrito. While camping, mine consist of eggs, beans, cheese, bacon and green chilies. I like to top it with salsa.
Camping Egg McMuffin
Fry an egg. I prefer mine over-hard. Top with a slice of cheddar cheese. Fry a sausage patty. Place the egg, cheese and sausage on an English Muffin. Just like McDonald’s, only with less preservatives. Simple and satisfying.