Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In the kitchen ... camp style

In case you missed last week's post, my "kitchen" was displaced for a few days this past week. We took a mini-vacation to Holly River State Park and had a wonderful time. We had planned to stay in the tent but the weather forecast was calling for damaging winds, hail and up to six inches of rain. We opted, understandably, for a cabin that first night. It was a luxury to have a real kitchen to cook in but it did mean that my menu got rearranged.

fried chicken breasts, spanish rice, and green salads :: apple crisp, prepped in aluminum pan for easy baking and clean-up :: iced tea with mint and lemon, made double strength for the trip, then mixed up table side (I do this with lemonade, too) :: fruit & yogurt parfaits make for an easy campsite breakfast :: nothing is an adventure without PB&J for the road :: we celebrated our safe return to camp with a stop in the restaurant - WONDERFUL strawberry rhubarb pie and blackberry cobbler :: whole wheat hearth bread a la cast iron :: smoked sausage and par-boiled potatoes with butter, prepped in an aluminum pan for easy fireside cooking :: a kettle for hot tea and cocoa, alongside our sawmill gravy (biscuits baked in the pan, too) :: a fried egg on top, to fuel our last day of adventures

It took a fair deal of prep work but I was very happy, when the time came to do the cooking, that I had made such plans. The fridge in the cabin was set too low, so my salad greens and my eggs froze and that changed menu options, too. We didn't starve, so it all came good in the end.

In closing, here are a few scenic shots of our trip.

Joining Heather.


  1. What a wonderful trip! A real adventure with a good taste ;-)

  2. How fun! What a beautiful site to camp. Glad you didn't starve! :)
    I have to say every once in a while I still love to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, makes me feel like I'm little again :)

  3. Amanda - I love your "camp style" week in the kitchen. We are going on a beach vacation soon, and I thought it might be fun to share what goes on in the beach house kitchen. Should be an interesting week of cooking with 11 of us in the house. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for the sweet comment. Glad I could bring back some good memories about your "neighbor" *wink. Have to admit that our Orangsicle cupcakes were not homemade but rather from a new summertime Pillsbury mix -- but they were oh-so-delicious! Hope you have a beautiful day!

    1. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up at the beach!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful and delicious week!

  5. looks like a fun and delicious adventure!

  6. What a great camping trip! You made some awesome food while you were there, everything looks fantastic!

  7. Oh my what fun!! I love going camping in a cabin :) that is the only way for me. Now if only you could come and serve up some delicious food like you had ;) I'm lucky my sister loves to cook and I love to eat.

  8. I love your camping kitchen. So much fun to see outdoors cooking already. Thank you for sharing! What a treat. Makes me want to get ready for camping too.

  9. It looks like you had an amazing time and all that wonderful food. I love pb and honey sandwiches when on the road. That pie looks mouth watering.