Campy: adj. being so extreme that it has an amusing and perversely sophisticated appeal.
(As defined by Urban Dictionary)
There's no way around it, packing up to go camping is a huge, gigantic, colossal pain in the ass. Once you get all the tents, sleeping bags, clothes for all seasons, bug spray, sunscreen, fishing poles and canoe. Then your husband will decide to bring some bikes. Whaaaaaaattttt? And that's not even the most crucial part. Everyone knows that the most crucial and painful part of camping is.... food.
In the past I'd always gone quick, convenient and traditional on our camp food. I'd bring hot dogs, baked beans in a can (don't forget the can opener), muffins for breakfast and disposable plates. But this time would be different. We were gonna get so, so campy....
Let's face it, the meal preparation out in the woods battling the mosquitoes and your own stench is no picnic anyway. Wait, unless it actually is. Anyway, we had 4 strong healthy kids who could do the post picnic dishes with our new environmentally friendly plastic plates and dish soap that was super concentrated and also super natural and biodegradable guaranteed not to harm the plentiful chipmunks who were stealing and squirreling away our food. Cute my ass. Cunning they were! (In yoda speak.)
|Really tomatoey taco meat|
The first night I made taco meat. I took the frozen brick of beef and popped it straight into the cooler for even more chilling action. I made the seasoning ahead of time and popped that in the pantry items. Then added a can of black beans, corn and the yellow tomatoes that would have gone bad in my fridge had I left them home. The kids could either use chips to scoop this up or put it on lettuce and make a taco salad. Oh, and I brought cheese and avocados to embellish.
Kids vote: Thumbs up!
1 T chili powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t paprika
1 1/2 t ground cumin
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper
|Bacon.....need I say more?|
Campground's vote: Oh crap, why didn't we pack bacon?
|Teriyaki packets cooked over an open flame|
|Ok, so maybe it tasted better than it looked in the bowl.|
Kid's vote: Thumbs up!
|Our accidental tradition.|
Kid's Vote: Thumbs way up!
|Shrimp and Spinach Quinoa Penne|
Ok, so 3 out of my 4 kids don't like shrimp. Unless it's shrimp cocktail with extra horseradish, which seems weird, right? Anyway, I had it in the freezer frozen, so I packed it for extra ice action. Plus, Craig and I really like shrimp in a garlic sauce. And it goes great with a box of red Zinfandel. So there.
Kid's Vote: Thumbs up if you pick the shrimp out and add tons of parm cheese! (Which allowed me extra shrimp to share with my shrimp loving friends.)
|Sky's fresh caught fish|
Sky's vote: Thumb's up!
Chipmunk's vote: Thumbs up!
And I know you're wondering about the kids and those dishes. Of course they didn't! I packed it, cooked it and Craig helped me wash the dishes.
Parent's vote: Thumbs down! Way down!
Plus, I'm not sure if using all that propane to heat the water with our supposedly non-toxic camp suds was really better for the environment or not. Not to mention all the gas used to get us and all our food to the campsite....