Camping Menu + Camp in Photos 2017
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The annual camping post! YAAASSS!! If you aren’t into camping, feel free to skip this post and look through the 800+ recipes we have on our blog instead. But, if you are into roughing it in the woods, read on for camping menu ideas and some fun photos.
We have an annual church camp and we love going. It’s an amazing break from every day life and we always appreciate the little things a whole lot more after a dirty week in the woods. lol. The kids love camping – staying up late, marshmallows nightly, hiking, swimming, fishing, glow sticks with friends in the dark – it’s kind of a dream world for kiddos.
The kids just thrive when they get out in the woods without needing phones or ipads because guess what?? There’s no internet! This also means that we adults aren’t stuck to our phones checking and rechecking and surfing and swiping just because it has become a reflex for my right thumb.
Waking up in a tent is just the best experience (although the falling asleep part is always rough for me). We don’t set any alarm clocks and I pry my eyes open to natural light to see my little ones curled up in their sleeping bags still dreaming sweetly with their disheveled hair. I love to just stare at them, soaking in their sweetness. The big grins they have for me when they wake up and realize that Mom and Dad are there when they open their eyes are priceless! It’s a beautiful way to start the day. P.S. Read more about our new tent here and see the clever way we keep it warm!
Let’s talk about the food!! Here is the Menu we created for our weekend at Camp (I’ll have links just below the chart to recipes on my blog). Our goal was to make it easy, quick and as much make-ahead as possible.
- Fish Tacos
- Mom’s Meatball Soup
- 15-minute Corn on the Cob
- Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- BBQ Chicken (marinate and freeze days ahead!)
For more ideas, check out our camping posts from:
Camping 2013, Camping 2014, Camping with Baby 2015, Camping Menu 2016.
Fish Tacos were on the menu the first night and these are an absolute family favorite. My brother-in-law, Slavik came up with the recipe and we have all adopted it, made it countless times and crave it like crazy. I will never get tired of these tacos! Lucky for you, I recently posted the recipe (FINALLY!).
These fish tacos were the BEST Camping food ever! So fresh and delicious!
The camp chef flat cooktop was amazing. Everyone loved using it and we were able to cook much more efficiently to feed our crowd of 8 adults + 6 children. I’m completely smitten with this cooktop and I highly recommend it! p.s. this is not a paid promotion, we just seriously love this grill! We have 2 of them – one for home and one for camp. Restaurants use these flat grills and once you try it, you will be hooked! Here the Camp Chef cooktop (Amazon affiliate link) we have.
Camping is hard when you go with little ones. The challenges of packing the entire “farm,” setting up the campsite, cooking, constantly corralling a toddler, 20,000 kisses for scraped knees,.. and the mountains of laundry and dirty shoes at the end of the weekend. But we still go, every year, like clockwork because there is beauty in the outdoors and being away from never ending work, requests, demands and to-do lists.
A single charge on my phone lasts all weekend because it is off! Yes, camping is worth it, and even soley for the joy it brings our children and the memories they’ll keep forever. But you know what, we’ll keep those memories forever also and these pictures are how we hold on to those memories. I hope this post made you smile – thanks for sharing in our joy.
Do you enjoy camping? Or maybe glamping is more of your thing? (Read about our glamping experience here). How do you pull away from the demands of every day life?
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I noticed a lot of cucumbers on your camping menu. Is that a family preference, or a tradition, or is there a reason for it?
Hi Linda, I’d say its prefernce, but also our garden cucumbers are so fresh, refreshing and delicious! Perfect for warm weather camping.
I wanted to thank you for including that chart of the menu in the post. So helpful!
You’re welcome! I’m so happy that helped!
Natasha, thank you for the great tips. Fish tacos sounds interesting. We’ll give it a try. Our staple dish for camping each year is sloppy joes. I make it at home and freeze it in the zip lock bag. The only thing you need to do it make the salad and warm up the buns and meat. It is delicious and smell so good that you might attract other campers 😉
You’re welcome Katie! Thanks for sharing your great suggestion with other readers!
Thanks for the great recipes on your other articles. Gonna try some of them before i incorporate them into my blog.
Thanks for sharing
My pleasure Ralph! Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of the recipes!
Hi, what kind of sausages do you buy for the camp fire?
Hi Lena, it varies with every camping trip it feels like :). I try to get whatever (more natural) sausage is available at Costco. This last camping trip, we bought the chicken apple sausages and everyone seemed to enjoy them.
I’m from Belgium and I’m so glad I discovered your site.
I was lucky enough to have a Russian mom. Unfortunately my dearest mother died last year.
Your site reminds me of the many delicious Russian dishes she prepared for us.
I’m in love with Russia and its delicious cuisine!
Thank you for sharing!!
My pleasure Zina! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you found my site and hope you continue to enjoy my site! Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!
Wonderful photos and a great menu line, I really hope you are making hash browns from potatoes and not store bought has browns 😉
Ha ha, I’ll spill the beans right now – when you’re cooking at camp for 8 adults and 6 kids, no one is willing to shred that much potatoes so we usually opt for store-bought at camp because it’s 100 times easier to feed a large crowd quickly with minimal prep and cleanup. 🙂
Ok, fair enough 🙂 But 6 kids, sounds like your letting that free labor go to waste 😉
Maybe in a few years when they aren’t so little. The little ones in our group can’t be trusted with the potato grater yet! lol.
You are a very beautiful and harmonious family!
Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I am so thankful for them 🙂
It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! You read my mind, I was just thinking the other day when I saw your new video on youtube, you stopped doing personal posts…. and here it is! Visiting Idaho is actually on our list! 🙂
Hi Olya, yes, it’s true, the past year and a half have been somewhat of a whirlwind and I feel like I have let the busy work overrun the personal and fun aspect of blogging. It’s my goal to get back into that because I truly enjoy sharing the personal side with my readers, family and friends and I love looking at those posts the most – seeing my kids grow and change – I could scroll for hours 🙂
i always admire your recipes and upload them to my social media accounts ..To day i wish to say that your children are awesome especially your daughter..May God bless and protect you all as very friendly Family>>>
Thank you for following and sharing your encouraging, thoughtful comments!
Coming from the Far East almost fifty years ago I must say that I’ve never experienced camping as I see in these pictures of you and your family. I really enjoyed it, everyone looks so happy and healthy. It’s great that your good looking parents were also there, how fun.
I became one of your cooking blog followers since yesterday and I’m glad I did, so many healthy and delicious recipes coming from you. Thank you, Natasha.
Hi Leny! Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you’re here :). Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment 🙂
What a great Post! We are heading to the Catskills tomorrow for a week. We do it every year and it’s a time where we can relax and enjoy nature. Was looking for some other recipes so these maybe added on one of the days! 😊 As always thanks for sharing.
My pleasure Marta! I glad you found this post helpful for your trip tomorrow! Have a blast! 🙂
Thank you for the post. I’m glad you enjoyed a great family trip. Special thanks for the picture of your parents. Having read so many of the recipes, It’s nice to see your Mom’s face since she has been such a great influence on your cooking (and now mine too).
The Camp Chef looks great. It does seem light years ahead of my Coleman youth. 🙂 But I’m looking for a day pack cooking method. A stove to pack for overnight hikes. Is there another way besides the usual minimal hiker propane burner that you could suggest? I like to keep minimal camping gear because it always builds up over time. So my goal is to get as much day pack gear as I can and use it to substitute for the bigger campsite stuff. I have found the day pack stuff stays in use for more years so I make it my priority.
My husband is figuring out those same questions right now planning for a hiking trip with friends. We haven’t come up with anything else for cooking except over a real fire.
Through hiker and outdoor pages I see several product suggestions. But I thought I would ask a reliable foodie before I consider a cooking product from a rawist hiker. 🙂 Thank you for the quick reply Natasha.
My pleasure Paul, anytime!
We just got back from camping ourselves with little ones!! We love cooking dinner over the fire, but have a little camping stove too. I have a camping macncheese recipe that family loves and looks forward to! No reception or internet is the best!
Oooh my goodness tell me more about your camping macncheese!!! And what do you cook over the fire? I love the sound of that!
Since I am a rather new follower, I didn’t know that you do these posts, how very nice! I agree that it always helps to get away from regular life with all its demands once in a while. It is like a recharge!
May I know who this cute couple is you took a picture of (picture below the canoe)?
Welcome to the site Jenny, I’m glad you like the post 😬. Those are my parents in the picture.