See How Easily You Can Have A Father’s Day Campout

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Fathers' Day CampoutFather’s Day is just around the corner so how about a surprise family camping trip! You’ll save time, money and have a wonderful experience that you and the kids will reflect on for years to come. But what about the details, the gift and how to keep everyone entertained? To get you going, I’ve compiled a list of tips and some new gadgets that Dads are going crazy for.

Location
As usual, your camping spot is on the top of your list of priorities. Since you have some time, finding reservations at a local campground should be easy and inexpensive. If you can’t find room at your local campground, try a county reserve or state park that isn’t too far. Whatever you do, be sure to find a place that won’t over crowd your family. Of course, if Dad has a favorite spot, hit that one first.

Amenities
Make sure that Dad has everything he needs; pack his clothes, socks, boxers, toilet kit as well as his boots, flash light, camping knife and fishing gear when fishing is possible. Surprise him by packing the car while he’s out mowing the lawn or running errands!

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10 Easy Camping Meals With Baked Potatoes

Baked Potato RecipesLet’s face it…camping meals need to be easy to make, easy to eat and easy to clean up. Did you know that potatoes just happen to be a great way to get all of those things and still have plenty of room for flavor? So here’s some great ideas on how to satisfy your whole family on your camping trip using many potatoes…and a few other things as well.

1. Po’ Boy Foil Bowl
Chop up 1 small potato per camper, depending on their appetite. Put the chopped potatoes in a clean, plastic bag, add a splash of olive oil, pepper, salt and whatever dried herbs you have. Add a couple of hand fulls of chopped vegetables like: carrots, celery, onion, tomato, broccoli, etc. and shake the bag. Dish out about a cup of the mixture onto sheets of aluminum foil. Wrap the ingredients tightly, leaving a small opening at top and grill over open flame or in the coals of a fire, for up to 30 minutes. Use tongs to check the packages regularly–if they steam when you open them, your po’ boy is ready! Serve straight from aluminum!

2. Baked Potato Burrito
One baked potato per camper. Leave the skin on and cut the potato in half, long ways. Scoop a chunk from each half and place scooped potato in plastic bag. Add lots of salt, pepper, seasonings and a can of drained, black beans. Mush the bag until thoroughly mixed. Place potato halves onto aluminum foil sheets, scoop potato/bean mixture onto the halves and top with other half of potato. Gently wrap in foil and, turning gently and regularly, cook the potatoes over open flame or in the coals of a fire. Be careful when opening and eat with a spoon!

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The Secret Of The Camping Lunch!

Camping Lunch TimeYou know you’ve got breakfast and dinners all planned as the big meals of the day. You fire up the stove in the morning with eggs, bacon and pancakes. And in the evening, do something special on the grill or Dutch Oven. But what about lunch? You don’t want to mess with the stove and want something light and easy. After all everyone’s off having fun and just want a quick bite to eat. A reader sent me a couple of quick and easy lunch recipes that I think are winners. Easy to make and no mess to clean up! ;-)

Sliced Turkey Wrappers

1 wheat tortilla for each camper
2 slices of pre-packed turkey per camper
2 slices pepper jack cheese per camper
1 head lettuce
1 squeeze bottle
1-2 cups mayo, depending on taste
1/2 cup mustard
pepper
onion powder

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Quick Camping Meals In 5 Minutes

Easy Camping FoodThe Camping Guy brings you great recipes for your camping needs. From breakfast to dessert, these are quick and convenient ways to eat while camping out – for the non-cookers. For the quick and convenient crowd that don’t want to mess around, I suggest:

  • Breakfast - For a quick breakfast when you are unable to cook try granola and vanilla yogurt and with ripe pears and raisins is a great way to start your day. If you prefer something more traditional but still can’t cook, chop up some pearl onions, tomatoes, cooked chicken or turkey and toss them into a tortilla with some seasoning and pepper. Add other fresh vegetables, cheese or cream to suit your taste!
  • Lunch - is always a great meal for easy camping since it requires no cooking. Sandwiches are always the obvious choice but those sandwiches can be fresh and seasonal with these great topping ideas: hummus, sprouts, squash, avocado, tomato, basil, and carrot – for the vegans and cold cuts for the rest of us. If sandwiches aren’t appealing, salads are another great way to go. For a fun, seasonal salad topping, try almonds, cashews or pistachios. One of the Scout Masters would always make a “garbage salad” when we went camping. He’d cut up all the salad fixings and put them in a green garbage bag, add nuts and pour in half a bottle of salad dressing and shake. Tasted great!

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Dutch Oven Cook-off Winner!

Just got back from our annual Boy Scout Camporee, where 40 patrols competed for prizes. One of our patrols won the Dutch Oven Cook-off with an unusual recipe. I think the judges usually expect something like peach cobbler or cake, but this year they got a surprise with Pepsi Chicken. At first, it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it sure smelt good while it was cooking. Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Pepsi Chicken
Take a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, 10-14 chicken legs and 2 bottles of BBQ sauce. Put all the chicken in the Dutch Oven, pour on the BBQ sauce and add the Pepsi so that the chicken is almost completely covered. Put the lid on and set the Dutch Oven on about 8 hot coals and cover lid with 16 more hot coals. That will give you about 360º F. (Remember the rule of thumb is 15º F per coal). Cook 20-30 minutes. Check to see if the legs are done by poking them with a fork.

Cook rice or other vegetables on the side to serve with the chicken and you have a tasty outdoor meal!

The trick is, the sugar in the Pepsi caramelizes the chicken and keeps it from burning. So, don’t use Diet Pepsi!

Try it out and let me know what you think. You may even win a prize for your Pepsi Chicken!

For more Dutch Oven Cooking information check out TheCampingGuy website at: http://www.thecampingguy.com/dutch_oven_course.html

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