Saturday, June 16, 2012

Camping Organization & Meal Ideas

We LOVE to camp.  OK most of us do.  With the various ages of our children(34-13) it is an activity we can do together. There is nothing like the smell of campfires and lazy days reading and laying in your tent listening to the sounds of nature and looking at lights on other campers campsites.  Nothing like it,  I LOVE it!   We usually shoot for 3 long weekends a summer.  We have a camping trip coming up next weekend, our first of the season.  As I started thinking of meals, activities and getting things around I thought a camping post might really be a good topic.

I went on a search for a camping "to do" list.  I found a great list at Mean Mommy Academy.  You can go  here to download it.

 I love having a master camping checklist.  It saves my brain from having to work as much.  Here is a copy of mine.  
If you would like a copy you can download it here:

Food tastes so much better when your camping than it does at home.  Some of our very favorite meals are meals cooked in hobo pies and meals cooked in tinfoil.  Not sure if you are familiar with hobo pie irons, but below is a picture of them.  I have never seen a double pie iron, like below but one of them will be on my list of things to buy.         


 There are tons of different meals to cook with these items.  Some of our favorite things to cook with hobo pie irons are pizzas, reuben's, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly.  For dessert we also like cherry or apple.  I found a couple of websites that contained hobo pie iron recipes that I'd love to try. They contain recipes to use them for all 3 meals.  We haven't tried breakfast but I would like to this trip.

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Another one of our favorite ways to cook is with tinfoil meals.  Our favorite is to chop up veggies (potatoes, carrot, zucchini, onions and chicken breast with our favorite sauces).  We love to buy Buffalo Wild Wings sauces and use them in these types of meals.  While searching I ran across these sites that contain recipes that you can make with foil.
and this site has tons and tons and tons of camping recipes.  It's from the boy scouts

I will share dessert ideas and  activities and things to do while camping in my next post!
Do you have any tried and true camping tips and recipes??  I'd LOVE to hear them.

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Karri Reiser said...

Thank you for linking at the Our Favorite Things Link Party at My Life's a Treasure. Your organizing ideas for camping are terrific, nothing worse then getting out into the middle of nowhere and find out your forgot something. I also love your tinfoil meal ideas. They can even work for backyard camping.

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Thank for the helpful lists! We're going camping this weekend. Good timing! said...

Thank you Karri! The tinfoil meals would work for backyard camping. We also use the hobo pie irons around our campfire.

Full Circle Creations said...

Great tips! I haven't gone camping in years but if I go again I'll definitely keep your tips in mind. Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


Ruth @ atnumber29 said...

We do Guide (Girls Scout) camp like that, but family camping not so much. This is a cool post for ideas, thank you!

MB@NewLifeSteward said...

Oh I am not a camper, but I am an organizer! I may have to adapt your organization for when we go on vacations!

Mary Beth

Jessi W said...

We (my parents and brother and I) love to camp and when my brother and I were younger we went for at least a week every summer up to a gorgeous state park in Oregon. My husband likes to camp too, so we're definitely going to start a tradition when we have kids! Thank you so much for linking this and your camping activity ideas up to The Fun In Functional! said...

MB, I'm sure you could easily adapt it. I need to have your organization rub off on me. Thanks for visiting. said...

Jessi, you are very welcome. I have so many wonderful memories of camping as a child and as a married person we rarely went until about 10 years ago and we go 3-4 times every summer for a long weekend. It will be great memories for your children. Enjoy!

Six Sisters said...

This list will be so helpful!! Thanks so much! We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you'll come back soon! -The Sisters

KCoake said...

These look like good tips! I am pinning them to reference them later.

Susie @Bowdabra said...

Hi Barb
Thank you for linking up your awesome Camping 2012 post in our Saturday Crafty Showcase last week! Your post was one of our top most clicked post and you are being featured today! Stop on over and say HI and see your feature. We'll be giving you a Facebook, twitter and Pinterest shout out today!

We would LOVE for you to stop in on Saturday-Thur and link up more of your crafty post! Perhaps you want to share pt. 2? lol We love your blog and thrilled that you found us.

Susie @Bowdabra

Jill said...

Going to try some of this for the Great American Backyard Campout this weekend! Too fun!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thanks for sharing these handy organizers and printables. I don't camp anymore but I remember weekends with the pop up trailer with my parents and how much there was to remember and pack!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

Whoa! This is amazing! We don't get to go camping as much as we'd like, but this would definitely help. You seem to have this down pat. Thank you so much for sharing and offering your printable lists! They are awesome!

Claiming Our Space said...

What a great post. If we camped I would be pinning this for sure. But alas, D says he hit his "camping" limit in the Army so it is hotels for us! :-) Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

Lauren said...

i am SO glad i came across this. i am new to the camping scene. ive never been a fan of it, but my boyfriend convinced me to try it and now i'm in love. i can't wait to try some of these things! your check list is a must! said...

Thank You Susie! I so appreciate it. I linked up Part 2 and Part 3 as well. Thanks again! Barb said...

Well... you can use the Dessert one, which I will link up tomorrow in your own backyard. :) Thanks! said...

Lauren, I'm so glad I could help and I'm even more thrilled that you discovered camping and are hooked! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Christine said...

LOVE the printable Barb!!!! It's so nice of you to share it with others!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you'll be linking up this evening!

Sheryl Hall said...

Wow! Thanks to all these suggestions, me and my family do enjoy camping out together and it would be of great help if I could serve different kinds of food and dishes to then, which are easy to cook but yummy at the same time. I do appreciate your effort on this, and I'll make sure to try them out, each and every single one of them. -Sher H.

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