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  1. @Thanks for the Crepes - Thanks for all the tips! I am hoping to hang out in my hammock most of the time. Luckily, it looks like Friday is 20% chance of rain, Saturday is 60%, and Sunday is 40% (the day I leave). The site I reserved is actually pretty covered with trees. The tarp is just some extra protection. I was also going to use it to have a clothesline down the middle so I can hang anything that's too wet. Since I'm short, I don't expect it to be very high, so it will hopefully not have as much rain going underneath The guy at REI did warn me that the cheaper (big blue) tarp may lose the grommets in strong wind or something, but it was like 12 bucks. Oh well. I don't think it's supposed to be that windy. I'm hoping for more of a soaking rain than torrential storm. I also bought some pants better suited for the rain and a new rain jacket. I didn't even think about an umbrella for the bathroom. I have one, though. I'll have to take it with me. I did think about baskets and such for the fire, but to be honest, I don't want a fire in the heat Hopefully I can start that back up in September, October, and November. I want to use my hot dog fork!! I'll have to check Dollar General out. I don't want to spend too much since they'll be a sometimes use. I think there's one in Brier Creek. Or Big Lots! Although I get in trouble there with all the cheap snack food I can close the lid on the grill which should help keep the flame alive, it's just no fun to grill in the rain. Also, I don't drink coffee, so no worries there For kitchen supplies, I have leftover jars from Penzey's to use for the salt and pepper. They're glass that have a shaker lid and regular sealed lid. I also got some nalgene bottles I am planning on using for soap and olive oil. One good thing is I won't have to worry about taking a shower, I can just stand in the rain - LOL! I'm pretty sure I have my menu down, but I'm not going to tell you until I get back
  2. In an effort to save money, but still have getaways, I am going to be camping for the first time ever this year. My state of NC has LOTs of parks with camp sites and hiking trails, so I am focusing on those for now instead of back country camping. They are considered primitive campsites, but some of them have grills and all locations I have looked into have at least a fire pit. I will have a backpacking-like stove with me, too. All of them are drive up sites, so I don't have to worry about weight restrictions. I am not looking to buy a whole bunch of equipment until I decide if I like it, so buying a portable grill is not an option I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll probably have to go get bagged ice every day and use a cooler for fresh/leftover foods. BUT, I am still looking to keep it mostly minimal. I don't want to come back from the trail and worry about whipping up a four course meal. It's only going to be me, so no leftovers or very few is preferred. I was thinking of trying to figure out some dried food that I can reheat in the morning with just some water for breakfast/lunch. Like some canned meat and cous cous or something. I'm ok eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch. I have a food jar to put the lunch in, so it can be kept warm or cold as needed. I am not stuck on "breakfast" foods. Then, for dinner, cook an actual meal. Maybe a foil packet or something simiilar. I am trying to think of veggies and fruit that don't actually need to be kept cold (not dried) If there is anyone out there with any suggestions or tips on the food part of camping, I'd appreciate it.
  3. I've got a grill! I settled on a Blue Rhino portal propane grill I've got it built. I think it'll work well. It does have a broken locking clasp which is disappointing, but not enough for me to take back. Hopefully, I can just get a replacement part. It's a rainy week here in NC. Sadly, it will be the same when I go camping. I am trying to plan for rain with the hopes that it will change (like the weather here does). I'm trying to figure out the menu, but I think that rainy food and non-rainy food are two different beasts. If I can get my hammock up and under the rain fly, I will be a happy camper. I also want to see if I can get something set up over a larger area so I can cook on the grill and with the camp stove Mark my words, regardless of the weather I WILL have a grilled hot dog! If I am lucky, I will be having some kielbasa, too!
  4. Ahh, Bisto! The Gravy Mix

    We were a gravy master house, too. I still use it, but I don't make gravy like my mother at all. I do it traditional with a roux, drippings, and some gravy master to round out the taste
  5. Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't want a stove. It's not as practical for me as a portable grill. I'll get more use out of a grill in non-camping situations.
  6. I did think of foil packets, too I figured I could prep them at home and even freeze them if needed to help with the cooler. If I can figure out a grill solution, I may still try them. The cookbook was suggested a while ago. I did get it, but it is more for families and groups than a single person. The recipes are actually quite involved. I am picking a couple that can be easily adapted for just me or that can be prepared ahead of time. There's no way I am doing any cooking in a dutch oven just for me! That salad sounds lovely! Thanks! That's what I am seeing in a lot of the reviews. That it runs hot and is difficult to attach the tanks. I feel like whatever I select, there's going to be problems
  7. I ALWAYS have cream of chicken. Apparently it's weird to just eat it as soup. Who knew?!?
  8. So, NEXT week is going to be my second camping trip. Since the temps have been in the 80s+ this week, I was contemplating getting a portable gas grill. I don't need a stand. Every where I'll take it has a picnic table. I want gas so it will be easier to cook for just me. I don't think I need a large cook space, though. I don't want a stove, I want fire. That way I can cook my wieners properly I was thinking of the Weber Q. Reviews say there's a problem connecting the tanks and with the regulator. It also only has one burner. There's also a multitude of coleman grills. I haven't looked into these too much. I started getting overwhelmed I be lost. HELP!
  9. True, true. I was hoping to have a recipe I can cook directly over the fire, but better to start something than nothing.
  10. Alas, I have cancelled the camping trip. They gave me an out "because it's going to be hot" this weekend and I jumped on it. At this point, I am not sure I even care if I get the money back. It will mean you have to wait a few more weeks for camping food I still may take the same approach for the next one, though. If it's still hot, I am going to want to keep the fire to a minimum.
  11. I have another camping adventure coming up next weekend. It's with a hiking group that I joined, but left me behind on my first trip with them. I would cancel, but I've already paid and offered to help the person setting up. As of now, there is no information on the fire situation or anything. I am planning on treating it more like the hike in sites I have reserved later in the year. I want to see if there is any way that I can leave the cooler in the car and walk back and forth to get food or if I should depend on dehydrated/canned food. What I have planned so far: Breakfast - Egg tacos wrapped in foil I can reheat on a small skillet on my camp stove - Backup - Shelf stable cheese and sausage with bread or crackers Lunch - Sandwich and fruit - Only one lunch day. Could be while hiking - Backup - Canned soup Dinner - Assumption is there is at least one fire a day - Hobo packet with chicken and veg - Backup - Canned soup Definitely taking my 5 gallon water jug. I need a smaller container for a limited kitchen box. Maybe just a box for now, but long term, it should be something else. Maybe I should make a bag or something easy to carry. Or use a duffel bag. Experimentation time!
  12. The title of this thread made me thing of this (amazon link - non-affiliated) book that I have. It's an interesting read.
  13. Good news! My mother brought hot dogs and kielbasa from up north! I can't find anything like it down here. I am now prepared with a fork to put over the fire and roast some weenies. @nasi goreng - That's a good idea! I bet it would go good with hot dogs and kielbasa, too. Have any grilled flatbread recipes?
  14. Thanks for resurrecting the thread! Now, I totally want this!!
  15. Yes - state parks. Beaches are much more lax about enforcement, but again, for camping, not worth the risk.
  16. This is actually not true at all in NC. There are many stories of people being forced to dump all of the booze when only a single is in view. I even read one where someone got a ticket while cleaning up/moving the empty bottles to the car. It can result in a ticket, fine, and even being charged with a misdemeanor. In NC, the rangers are a separate law enforcement officers. Not sure if this is the same every where. Not really worth the hassle in my opinion. Thanks for the other tips, though. @caroled - that's actually why I started a separate thread. There's a lot of differences having an RV and just camping with a tent. I do read it, though
  17. ......now I want to make a pineapple upside down cake - it would be for the first time.
  18. Thanks! Yea, the bacon wasn't me. It was unprepared camping buddy I would probably use thick cut, too. It would stay on the skewer better. I think my biggest problem with kebobs is that I didn't make chunks with the chicken. I did strips. It never works, but I never stop trying. I need to just learn!! The beef ones were premade I think the fire was just too hot when I threw them on. I need to learn to wait for the wood to turn more into embers than just fire. Thanks! That's a good idea about the towel. I'm in the south, so it's gonna get hot. I'm only camping on the mountains in the summer, so I am hoping it provides some relief. I TOTALLY want a pie iron. I just don't know what kind to get. There's so many options. I kind of want to try cooking with a dutch oven, but since it's mostly going to only be me, I think it will make too much food. I used to have one of those basket thingys, but I got rid of it when I got my grill. I was thinking about getting another one. I think it would work so much better because you can never tell how rusty/dirty the grates are going to be when getting there.
  19. @Smithy - what a wonderful story! I could have a nice frosty cocktail, but alcoholic beverages are forbidden in the State Parks I don't want to risk it, much to the annoyance of someone who may have gone with me on future trips. I'm glad you liked the post! I am definitely going to keep updating as I go along. There are 7 more trips planned just this year. I am sure that there's going to be some spectacular failures AND wins - lol! There are some hike in sites that I've reserved, so those will be a much different menu. That's going to be interesting to figure out so I am not just eating canned soup and dehydrated meals. Or maybe buying dehydrated items separately and coming up with my own meals that way. I've found a wide selection of shelf stable cheeses and meats at World Market, which was surprising to me. I was also contemplating getting one of those sandwich irons. Bread, shelf stable cheese, iron, and fire? Perfection! I'm already planning the food for my next trip over the May 11th weekend
  20. My first camping meal was from a grocery store My camping buddy insisted I take a picture of the most perfect garlic bulb she'd ever seen The first real meal - breakfast of scrambled eggs and potatoes from a packet I MADE FIRE! Prep station Chicken cooking Chicken done cooking Chicken not done cooking Guacamole dinner Bacon on skewers Back up bacon plan Finished breakfast with leftover potatoes from the previous day Taking advantage of the fire to finish the kebobs As you can see, my kebob cooking game needs help
  21. I survived! I definitely need practice cooking over a fire. I have a feeling it's because of the grate that was installed at the site. I think it's mostly the standard used here. I see it in a lot of the campground photos for the state parks. Sadly, we didn't do much cooking because camping buddy seemed to not be hungry. She made breakfast both days and I cooked chicken over the fire. The guacamole was made in the normal way because the other camping buddy stopped by to visit and hanging with her and snacking was more important than making the grilled guacamole (she wasn't feeling well, so didn't stay over night at all). That was basically all that was cooked/made. I threw the beef skewers over the fire on the last day, but that was more to get them cooked. I still haven't eaten them. I think I'll have a lot more cooking adventures on my next couple trips. The next one is with a group of people, but I figure I'll still do a lot of cooking on my own. The one after that will be my first adventure in camping alone! I am overwhelmingly giddy about that one. I hope the photos are true to the site. If so, it's going to be a dream. Woo. Some notes: - The cooler worked wonderfully regardless of how much we were in and out of it. I had a thermometer in there and from the time I loaded it it Friday, late afternoon, to the time I unloaded it Sunday afternoon, the warmest it got was 55 degrees. The bottom area, near the ice packs, stayed in the 30s the whole time. It was perfect. Meat at the bottom, veggies on top. - Foil was a life saver. In my chicken skewer disaster, I was able to wrap the partially cooked skewers in foil and cook them slower, but all the way through. Camping buddy used it to make potato packets for breakfast. - I definitely need more drinks. I only brought 2 nalgenes and 2 gatorades. There was potable water in the campgrounds, but it got annoying filling them up all the time. Both of us were drinking from them because camping buddy didn't bring anything to drink - I loved having a hot breakfast over the fire both days. I think I want to continue this, but it may change as the weather gets hotter - I have a gift for fire starting - Cooking bacon over a fire makes me think about fire safety - I may have an overloaded kitchen container, but we seemed to use almost everything in it. I had salt, pepper, seasonings, knives, cutting boards, basin for washing, towels, handkerchiefs, bowls for prep, bowls for eating, silverware, and much more. Camping buddy had no items for prep, so it worked out well. I may take some stuff out when I go on my own. I'll know exactly what I am eating and what I will need. - I do not like marshmallows/smores. So, I will be needing at least 1 dessert recipe for camping. No bananas or cooked fruit of any kind, either (suggestions are welcome). I am not sure what the pictures look like as I haven't checked them yet. If there are some decent ones, I will share them
  22. Well, my first camping trip starts tomorrow night. I have actually made some friends, so I invited them to come with. They are experienced campers, so they can show me ow to build a fire. We've planned out all the food. Since there's 3 of us, we are using some recipes from the book mentioned above. I also sprang for an injection molded cooler that's supposed to keep ice for 10 days, so I am less worried about fresh food. My friends are doing the breakfasts. I am doing lunch, dinner, and a snack. I am pretty excited. I will have some challenges with walk in sites, but I think I can lug some canned foods for that. I am even trying to figure out how to make chicken and dumplings with dried/canned foods (no milk or bisquick, etc). I think that would be an AWESOME meal after hiking on a mountain all day. I'll post the food adventures here
  23. First Steps in Cooking

    I don't remember the first thing I made. I cooked/baked/"helped" all through out my childhood and growing up. I have pictures of me in my own chef hat and apron at a young age. I remember making cut out cookies for "Santa". I remember dumping ingredients in when my mom said to for anything. I loved being the measurer of items. When we were older (and my father was actually working), we got home after school and usually had something that needed to be started for dinner. Cooking was just always there. To the point that I didn't understand why my friend's mom didn't cook. They ate take out every night. No exaggeration. I didn't know there were people that did that. There were people that didn't know how to make chocolate chip cookies. I remember showing her how to do it in either middle or high school. My mom eventually bought her a Betty Crocker beginner cookbook because she wanted to cook. Now, she has her own family and cooks all the time. I love reading all of these experiences!!
  24. An interesting book that highlights different cultures. The differences are huge and really interesting. I never even knew about most of them. https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Map-Breaking-Invisible-Boundaries/dp/1610392507
  25. Non-stick pan suggestions

    Hi, I am looking for a non-stick pan. I have cast iron, but I have two sizes - small and large. I don't want another cast iron, because, quite frankly, I hate cleaning them. I have a full set of stainless steel from all clad that I love, but sometimes, I just want the ease of a non-stick. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I didn't see a thread other than one that was discussing whether or not non-stick is bad. I'm not interested in that. Thanks! ETA: My stove is electric (if that makes a difference in recommendations)