Camping Food + Camp in Photos 2018

Every year we escape to the woods and go camping. We “rough it” and tent camp, but always eat well. I’m sharing some tasty ideas for camping food below. These camping recipes work well to feed a crowd!

Check out family photos and what we ate on this years camping trip, plus get a glimpse of what “day 3 camping” really looks like… 

We added Amazon affiliate links for our favorite camping gear below.

Previous Camping Trips and Menus:

This is our annual church camping trip and all of my sisters families go so there are kids everywhere, and that is the best part.

Camping and I have a strange relationship and there are some things I love and dislike about it. When I see how much my children love camping, it’s worth all planning, packing, lack of AC, laundry aftermath, and just general dirtiness.

It is true you don’t need to spend a ton of money for kids to have fun. They were absolutely in their element, exploring the forest and getting dirty. That is a beautiful sight.

Does Natasha love camping?

It’s a complicated question. Short Answer: YES. What I LOVE about it is:

  • The escape – getting away from technology and the regular pulls and responsibilities of life in a civilized world.
  • A break from social media and the pressures of work (and currently house building which can be stressful).
  • Camping resets my brain and also makes me appreciate our daily luxuries. The civilized world is very clean. We walk on cement or grass, carpets or hardwood floors rather than dust. It’s just one day at camp and my shoes on up to my ankles are filthy.
  • There’s time to think weird thoughts at camp like how taking care of ones appearance is an absolute luxury. Women who live in harsh conditions wouldn’t wear mascara if they have no easy way to wash it off, or paint their nails because no one cares, or wear high heels because they might need to run from a wild animal.

See what I mean? Camping gives you a keen appreciation of civilization and I think it’s an important special kind of torture to experience every year. Maybe torture was too strong of a word. Privilege, I meant privilege. LOL.

If you have young children, bring a hammock to tie between two trees. Honestly the adults loved it too!

Of course Grandma brought ice cream!

Thanks Alla for the sunblock ‘help’

With my sisters (Tanya is missing from the Photo) and my Mom :).

Camping Day 3:

This is what “roughing it” really looks like (un-filtered). Plan to take all of your instagram pictures on Day 1. LOL.

Let’s Talk About Camping Food!

I’ll share links to camping recipes where I can. Everyone pitched in which is the best way to do it when you are feeding a crowd. We planned the menu ahead of time and everyone helped with the cooking.

Our Camp Chef cooktop is awesome. We love the big flat cast iron surface which we use for pretty much everything we cook from steak to zucchini, eggs and pancakes. It makes outdoor cooking fun and easy. My sister got her own Camp Chef this year after she saw ours in action ;).

My brother-in-law Slavik’s sourdough eggs, bacon avocado tomato and cheese breakfast sandwich.  That’s what I call gourmet camping!

The Carne Asada steak was purchased pre-marinated and vacuum sealed at Costco. It’s good stuff, reasonably priced and so easy as a protein for camping. The zucchini were just sliced and seasoned with salt, pepper and an herb seasoning then grilled on the flat cooktop.

We alternated our Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad with our classic Cucumber Tomato Salad for variety. These are both ALWAYS a hit! The salad on the right is a red cabbage cucumber and apple that my sister Alla makes. I need to learn this recipe. It’s so good!

camping recipes

Here are a couple of the delicious camping dinners we enjoyed:

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Before you go, here is the place we went. My husband really puts his drone to good use. It’s amazing how technology can give us such a beautiful new perspective. This is the beach near our camping spot at Warm Lake in Idaho.

Now I feel like you all went camping with us! Thanks for reading and following along with our blog. If you are into camping – share your camping food ideas in a comment below. I just love hearing from you – it makes my day!

Have an amazing rest of your summer my friends, filled with adventuring and good memories.

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  • debby
    August 20, 2018

    Oh my goodness, I live in North Idaho. I don’t know where Warm Lake is, but it looks like home to me! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2018

      It’s closer to central Idaho. It sure is beautiful Reply

  • Diana Wilbanks
    August 11, 2018

    Camping was our main activity when my kids were young. Now they are both in college & we all have fond memories of our camp days. One memory were marshmallow roasting contests. Who could roast the perfectly golden brown, gooey insides without burning, marshmallow!!! 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2018

      What a great idea Diana! I will have to do that with the kids next time! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Natalya
    August 8, 2018

    We just got back from camping also! I think it’s great memories for kids! I, actually, miss the pre-kid backpacking days when husband and I would leave civilization for days, hike for miles with freezer dried meals!
    A fun idea kids love are “nature bracelets”, where you put duct tape with sticky side out around the wrist like a braclet and stick leaves, twigs, flowers to it. It’s fun to see how different they all end up! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2018

      How cool! Thank you for sharing that with us Natalya! That’s so creative! Reply

  • Luce
    August 4, 2018

    Beautiful family! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2018

      Aww thanks Luce! Reply

  • Lasca
    August 3, 2018

    That gourmet breakfast sandwich looks amazing. I think we will try it at our next camp! We love to make fajitas when we camp. Easy to make on the camp chef. We do all the prep before we come and let it marinade in the cooler. Grill it up Andra serve on tortillas. YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 3, 2018

      Yes! Pre marinated meat makes it so easy! Fajitas sure sound great at camp! Reply

  • Larisa
    August 3, 2018

    Looks like you guys had lots of fun!
    Can you please share what kind of hammock you guys have. Looking to get one for camping. Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      August 4, 2018

      Hi Larisa, the woven hammock was my parents and I’m not sure where they purchased it. The red one was actually at a neighboring campsite – someone from our church and I don’t have that brand either but it is probably very similar to this camping hammock on Amazon (affiliate link) Reply

  • Brigitte Jenkins
    August 3, 2018

    This looks so fun. We went camping a few months ago and we made kabobs with chicken and vegetables and cooked them on the fire. It was really fun and we prepped them before we left so we didn’t have a mess at the campsite. Glad you all had fun! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 3, 2018

      Thank you Brigitte! We had a great time! Reply

  • Binsy
    August 2, 2018

    So much love in these photos 🙂 Kids are growing so fast! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2018

      Thank you for noticing Binsy! They sure are growing quick! Reply

  • ariel
    August 2, 2018

    looks like you had fun> Reply

  • Love from Munchkintime.com
    August 1, 2018

    Wow, Natasha! Your camp pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love the bird eye view of the lake, so breathtaking! The camp food looks like a feast, so delicious looking that it is making me drool. Thank you for sharing your camp menu, I find it super helpful! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2018

      You’re so welcome Love! 🙂 We love sharing our experiences with our readers. I hope you enjoyed your time camping as well! Reply

  • shawnna Griffin
    August 1, 2018

    hey girl- love the pics! so cool! Us ladies from church went camping a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun! Except it was 109 that afternoon- ugh crazy. We went to Robbers Cave in Wilburton,OK (2 hrs south of us) We stayed in a tent and stayed in the lake for 2 hrs! We had sandwiches when we got there. ( for Lunch) then that night we had hot dogs. and some later had smores’. It is so pretty there lots of trees. We do want to go back but maybe go the beginning of May! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 1, 2018

      That is hot WOW!! 109?!! Good thing there were alot of trees! Sounds like fun 🙂 Reply

  • Lesia
    August 1, 2018

    Natasha, would you share the recipe for the beet and cucumber salad? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 1, 2018

      Hi Lesia, I already have it on my list to learn that recipe from my sister 🙂 It’s actually red cabbage turned into sauerkraut – that is where the red color comes from and it’s very good 🙂 Reply

  • August 1, 2018

    I haven’t gone camping since the kids were born. My oldest is 14!! Looking at your camping pictures always makes me want to go! LOL Not sure what is keeping us from it. My husband is convinced I can’t handle it. Reply

    • Natasha
      August 1, 2018

      You’re probably too civilized is all. lol. 🙂 Taking babies and very young children is much more difficult than taking older kids. I bet you’d love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Jenny
    July 31, 2018

    How fun! Thanks for sharing your family photos! Ill be going camping for the first time this fall so I’ll be using your camping blogs as a guide to menu planning. I see a dog in the pictures, do you guys have dogs?
    Looks like you all had fun, regardless of all the work it involved 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      July 31, 2018

      I’m so glad the menus are helpful to you!! I hope you have an awesome time camping! It sure is fun. 3 of my sisters have dogs and brought all of them along. Reply

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