Friday, July 22, 2016

Cooler Tips

We try to turn our Cooler packing into an art form: ) I found some tips here at   Country Living  and will add our own tips and tricks when we pack our own up!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Even MORE Camping Food!

Chicken and Potato Foil Packets

We are getting ready  for a camping trip in the Southern Alberta Rockies so I am collecting more food recipes to make camping meals fun and yummy! We are only going for three nights this time and will be camping again near the end of August, so I want to make up meals for our trip and cut down on time spent while we are enjoying our adventure. Daddy is taking us to a place he used to camp when he was a little boy and I have never been there so we are looking forward to it and will share tips and tricks once we have camped there in a couple of weeks. 

"Why didn't I think of this??" moment - fried egg foil cups from"

I came across some more great camping foods at and want to share some MUST TRY recipes here (each image is linked to it's original recipe):

Campfire Hash Recipe #1:

This recipe looks great for popping a bunch of things in one pan or foil packet and cooking over the fire for breakfast, brunch, even supper! But I am going to make up the foil packet version for breakfast :) I like to wake up early and get a fire going and relax in the early morning and make breakfast for everyone, ready when they finally get up :)

Campfire Crescent Dogs:

I try to pack foods as tightly and efficiently as I can because we always camp in Bear Country and you cannot leave any food out at all, but that causes storage issues when packing buns and other breads. Bringing along some cans of refridgerator crescent rolls for the hot dogs is a brill idea! Why didn't I think of that before???

Campfire Apple Pie: 

Recipe using refridgerator biscuits :)

*** NOTE: I am thinking of bringing along stuff for a Campfire Pizza, either using a ready-baked crust, or why not try it with the fridge dough??

Thursday, April 7, 2016

More Camping FOOD!

I personally love plain old burgers and hot dogs while camping :) Bacon cooking over the fire in the morning... yum yum! But I also like to pack a few 'different' meals to throw in some extra fun and excitement. Click on the photos to be taken to the original posts/recipes!

 Breakfast is important - getting your body ready for a day on the lake, hiking, fishing, etc. So Breakfast Burritos over the campfire is a great idea!

Or how about S'mores Granola. Granola = breakfast. The end :)

This always peaks my interest  - don't throw out the orange peels, use them to hold a cinnamon roll instead and bake/warm over the fire. OMG YUM! How easy to pack a bag of oranges and store a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in your cooler? Two meals in one! Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls...

You could try this for breakfast with fruit instead of all the marshmallows. Or just marshmallows :) Okay, maybe some peanut butter should be added and make this a breakfast meal :) Or just use it for a snack but wow - delicious! Banana Boats!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

This year...

This year we are not camping in the Rockies.... *sad face*... but we will still be camping high up where the weather can be interesting. The Cypress Hill Inter-Provincial Park hits around 7000 feet above sea level at it's highest point. We will be camping on the Alberta side (the other side is in Saskatchewan). This is also where I grew up as a child, as my father was a forest ranger/park ranger there! But I have not camped there since 1991 so I am excited to take 2 of my three kiddos out for four nights. I will post photos of the campground we chose and of the lake and area when we return. It's not the mountains, but if you are looking for somewhere new to camp, you have to check out the Cypress Hills!

From last year's camping tips and tricks ideas, I already have 3 baggies full of dryer lint, ready for starting up our campfires. It worked really great last year and was my favorite Pinterest find. And of course I am taking along the foam squares for the tent flooring - tied for my favourite Pinterest find :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park

We hit the falls at 5pm and were lucky to be there for rainbow time!!! Stunning photos and so much fun. So try to hit Takakkaw Falls in the summer months around 5pm and see if you are lucky too. Here are some of our photos from July 2014. It was stunning (and WET. protect your camera!!)

 Ha Ha! Had to do it! (my bro)

 My family running away from the powerful waterfall spray :)

Kicking Horse Campground - Yoho National Park

Finally updating from our camping trip last summer. Kicking Horse Campground is in a perfect spot - right on the road to Takakkaw Falls, off the main highway but just a short drive to Field, BC and it is also only about 20 minutes from Lake Louise, AB so you can camp in a quiet area but still be close to everything. It is also close to Emerald Lake, another beautiful place to visit, along with the Natural Bridge. We went to all of the above during our 4 day trip.

Kicking Horse Campground is first come - first served. The information online can be a little confusing because it states you can book in in the afternoon but then also says to arrive early because sites fill up fast. You start to wonder if you should bother arriving at noon, if you cannot book in until hours later. But each time we have camped, we have tried to be there just before noon (as check out is 11am), and we got a site right away. We picked a site ourselves after the one the gate agent gave us would not fit our truck and tent (???) but they were totally fine with us driving around and picking THE perfect spot. In my opinion it was the best site in the whole campground. Large, near the bathrooms, near the walking trails, etc. In fact, it was a huge site. Our usual site washed away in the flooding in 2013 so we were disappointed, but after finding our new spot we were thrilled. It's a nice quiet campground but there is a lot to do for nature lovers. We awoke to two female elk and their calves having breakfast 30 feet from our site one morning. Lovely :) We camped in the second week of July and had a great time. Here are some photos from our summer 2014 trip to Kicking Horse Campground:

 Kicking Horse River - runs alongside the campground

 Glacial Silt "beach"

 Mountain above the river

 View from the river toward the back of the campground

 Campground playground

 Playground and group use cooking hut (large)

 View from my firepit

 Our campsite (wider than you can see here because trees are in the way)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Camping Tips

After cruising the net, I found so many camping tips that are just GREAT IDEAS. Here are some of my favorites:

Tackle Box First Aid Kit
Self-explanatory. Great way to store everything you may need including sunblock, bug spray, bug bite gel, headache tablets, and the usual first aid items. GREAT idea. Easy to carry and store, and easy to find everything at a glance. Or if you don't want to lug around this big thing, customize to any size, pick up a smaller tackle box (I found a small one at the dollar store with 5 compartments on one level and a sturdy latch), or if you are planning a hike, why not throw a couple of these into your backpack --- reuse old prescription bottles (clean thoroughly first of course):

Dryer Lint for fire tinder
We saved up dryer lint for a month and stuffed it in a baggie and will use chunks of it to see how it works. The weather has been very wet and damp and who knows what it will be like in a few more weeks so a little extra help with the fire might come in handy! UPDATE: We did this and it was an excellent fire starter. It burned much longer than paper (I assume from fire retardant material clothing is made from), and I started every fire successfully with it. Yay me!! Will def keep doing this!
You can also store the lint in toilet rolls or brown paper like this:

 We packed a ton of things in giant baggies. I bought a box of 30 from Target for about $2 and it makes things easier to pack (stack'em) and see. We will be camping in bear country so we have to make sure anything that smells delicious (food and toiletries) are always packed up. If we pack it all in these bags, we can easily see if we have accidentally left out some scrumptious spices that Bobo and cubs may want to snack on. I want to see wildlife, but not rolling around in food right outside my tent, thank you very much! I left a pack of crackers out on the picnic table once when I was a young child and I woke in the night to a bear sniffing around the canvas tent right beside my face! When my dad got up to chase it away (yay Dad!), there was a tell-tale trail of cracker crumbs leading away from our site, and the empty bag laying halfway down the path. The bear had a snack in the woods and then decided to come back and look for more. Oops!! Now I will make sure the kids don't leave anything out on THIS trip! My dad was allowed to pack his rifle back in those days, ya know. Somehow I don't want to test out pepper spray on a bear :)

Pancake Mix, ready to go!
Put pancake mix already measured out into a jar, plastic shaker bottle, etc and just add water and an egg when you are ready to make them. I am going to put my mix into two mason jars I have been saving, pre-measured for enough pancakes each morning I plan to cook them, and we will be ready to go. We are bringing along a carton of eggs and cases of water to surprise the kids with pancakes over the fire. YUM. I haven't decided yet if I will use the recipe from this link or use store bought mix, but it all goes in the jar :)
(Note from experience: if you are bringing eggs, grab ones in a styrofoam or plastic carton so it doesn't get wet and mushy in the cooler. Even if you keep it in the top, it can get damp. I have seen several blogs that show people cracked eggs into jars and kept those in their cooler but the egg safety sites do not recommend that so we are bringing a carton)

Camp Coffee
We are going to try something like this:

Awning Clips
I thought this was a great idea.... name badge clips for awning clips.