Meal Time Suggestions 8/31/99
One of our favorite times of the day is when were eating. Depending on what we are doing we may sometimes end up eating probably twice as much but then again we are usually twice as busy. I think the last 7 day vacation we brought home more food than we brought up so that is not always true. Here are a few tips about meal time and snack time.
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- Drink bottled water. Our family has had all sorts of intestinal problems when drinking some campgrounds water.
- Know how much your kids can drink. Our pre-teen can chug down a can of soda with no problem but our son will only drink 1/3 of it and the rest collects bugs. For the young ones we get a bottle of juice and serve it in paper cups. Update- My sister-in-law introduced us to McCain's Junior Juice boxes. We find that this is the right amount for our 4 year old and our toddler likes it too. Plus it is 100% juice.
- The is nice for some things but I recommend a portable propane grill to cook hotdogs, chicken, steak, hamburgers, etc. It tastes MUCH better!
- If you like them... sautee up some onions to top your hamburgers and hotdogs
- Don't forget the smores! Cooked marshmellow, fit between 2 graham crackers and hershey chocolate. We have contests to see who makes the best smore. I'm the judge.
- Bring more food than needed if you don't like making frequent trips to the supermarket. If space is tight you'll probably want to go shopping after setup.
- When cooking try to make enough so that you don't have to store left overs.
- Cook outside of the pop-up if at all possible. Our stove is nicely positioned next to the door and under the awning so we can cook outside.
Here is our typical weekend dinner menu
The first nite it is usually something simple like hotdogs or hamburgers (for camping I tend to buy the pre-made hamburgers - first it is easier and secondly it is probably more sanitary than hand forming patties.
1st nite: , Macaroni & Cheese, Sliced Tomato, Sauteed Onions
2nd nite: Steak or BBQ Chicken, Garden Salad, Rice, and corn
- Baked Potatoes - Fork and wrap your potatoes in aluminum foil. We have a grill that fits over the fire ring that we put them on. We leave them on for about an hour and turn them every 10-15 minutes. They taste great with a little bit of sour cream. Some people add seasoning and even bacon to them.
- Tacos - Extra sour cream left over from your potatoes? Why not make tacos or soft tacos. You could probably heat up the tortillas on the grill the same way as the potatoes. We've never had them camping but I've heard of many people preparing this meal.
- Lemon Pepper Chicken - We use the marinating sauce we find in the supermarket. Our favorite new meal for 1999 at home as well as camping.
- Shis-ka-bobs - We marinate our steak in teriyaki and cook it along with tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
- Grilled Cheese - If our bread survives the trip and we want something easy we'll have grilled cheese and soup.
- Ham Steak - Cooked on the grill with a brown sugar glaze is a favorite. We usually have beans or rice with this.
- Corn on the Cob - I'll try to find some fire recipes and put them here. Our stove in our pop-up works great cooking this.
- Lobster & Steamers - Never had it or attempted to make it but while camping in Maine several fellow pop-up campers were enjoying this feast.
- Cereal, pop-tarts, donuts, muffins, etc. are great when the campground requires an early checkout or your'e in a hurry to be at your next activity.
- Bacon and eggs taste great with morning coffee and hot chocolate. Our 1st camp trip we kept it simple (muffins) however we were longing for bacon & eggs because the entire campground had that good morning aroma.
- During blueberry season make some blueberry pancakes with bacon or sausage
- M&M pancakes for the kids.
- Don't forget the OJ
Family Time Suggestions
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- Be patient with your children... This may be new for them too!
- Enjoy the and stars... discuss the constellation with the kids... your pre-teens or teens may surprise you on what the know...
- Always have smores and let your kids cook one for you (if you don't cook them yourself). My preteen always tries to make the very BEST one she can for me.
- Play games with the kids
- Take the little ones on a wagon ride
- Take your kids to the playground
- Take your kids to the pool or beach
- Ride your bike with the kids
- Try to get some quiet time with you and your wife or husband (after the children go to bed or while they are at a supervised play activity).
- Take family walks.
Tips visitor since 11 August 1999
Updated: 25 October 1999