December 2018


The Campground Gourmet

Monday, December 31, 2018

The first recipe that we tested from the Campground Gourmet was the Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes.

The true test of a good cookbook is one that I use for both everyday meals and holiday celebrations.  My new cookbook favorite is The Campground Gourmet by Kate Dunbar.  If you think this cookbook is only for campers, think again.  This cookbook is for anyone and can be used both at home and the campground.

Rethinking the Pop Up Camper Makeover

Friday, December 28, 2018

This is the fabric that started it all for my big makeover.  The bottom two pieces came from Mood Fabrics in New York right after we decided we were going to buy a pop-up camper.

When we decided we wanted to buy a pop-up camper, I immediately created Pinterest Boards full of inspiration for me to get started.  I even bought some catchy, inspiration fabric at Mood Fabrics in New York.  I mean, that's all you need to renovate a camper - great ideas and snazzy fabrics.  Wrong.  I hate to be a buzz kill here, but its true.  If you are about to embark on a camper makeover, slow down and think this through before you start grabbing fabric swatches and paint buckets.  What did we learn from our pop up makeover?

December Links and Loves

Friday, December 21, 2018

Our house is feeling pretty merry right now!

We aren't doing any camping this month, but I'm getting things cleaned up and prepped for a new camping year.  This has given me more time at home with my family to catch up on podcasts, cooking and more.  December has been a banner month for this year.  Here are a few things that I am enjoying right now!

Public vs. Private Campgrounds and more - Our Year in Camping 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Buccaneer State Park in Bay St. Louis, MS

Its that time of the year that I'm reflecting on our annual camping trips.  We traveled across multiple states and learned so much along the way.  This year, we explored both private and public campgrounds.  What did we learn from our camping adventures?  And how will this year impact next year's journey?

Pop Up Camper Gear: 7 Essential Pieces I Can't Live Without

Friday, December 14, 2018

The right pop up camper gear will make all of the difference in your camping trips!

Now that we have had a couple of years with Peggy Sue, we have settled into a campsite routine when we are setting up and taking down.  We've gotten much better at this process, and we have also discovered what we cannot live without.  If you are new to pop up camping or if you are getting bogged down in the process, these things could make a difference for you!

3 Blue Ribbon Crock Pot Meals for Cold Weather Camping

Monday, December 10, 2018

"Food is the ingredient that binds us together."
Enjoying meals together at the campground is a treat.  Whether around a picnic table or the campfire, I cherish that time with our family and friends.  However, I don't want to spend all of my time cooking and preparing those meals.  A crock pot is a tool that simplifies meals.  Here are three meals that will keep your crew coming back for more and leave you with more time to enjoy exploring!

Oak Mountain State Park Campground Review

Friday, December 7, 2018

The leaves during late November are spectacular at Oak Mountain State Park.

Preserving parks and open spaces is a winner because it doesn't need to be explained to everyday Americans.
-Frank Luntz 
We camp mostly in state parks.  I love the rustic charm and beauty of state parks.  I think my parents instilled this love on our family vacations out west.  While my family did not camp, both of my parents loved to visit places that showcased God's beauty throughout our country.  My parents also took advantage of local gems like museums and parks in our native state.  We are carrying on this tradition with our family.  Oak Mountain State Park is a short drive from our home, offers a rustic charm and variety of amenities that appeal to our family.

Get Lit with an Electric Charcoal and Fire Starter

Monday, December 3, 2018

"Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire"
-Shannon Adler

Camping, grilling, and campfires are all things that go together.  But, my husband and I have not always been great at lighting charcoal or fires.  I'm not gonna lie, it been a source of frustration for both of us both at home and at the campground.  None of us are born knowing how to build a great campfire or do any of these tasks.  And even if you participated in scouting, sometimes we lose or forget these skills as adults.  Please don't admonish me if you believe that you never lose your skills from scouting days.  We recently changed our fire and charcoal starting skills with an electric starter, and this one tool has made us both feel like a pro!

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