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It was a camp out to remember… {Part 7}

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After our hike and walk along the beach, we ended the evening with worship, and then a circle story game while supper was prepared. For supper we enjoyed Campfire Stew.

Preparing supper.
Everyone lined up and filled their foil packets with campfire stew.
The campfire was blazing.

To make Campfire Stew, take a rather large piece of heavy duty tin foil. In the center of the tin foil spray some Pam. Add the desired amounts of your favorite ingredients:

  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • whole kernel corn
  • canned tomatoes
  • garlic powder
  • steak seasoning or salt and pepper
  • chopped onion
  • celery
  • butter or margarine

Tightly fold the tin foil to make a packet and set the packet on the hot coals around the campfire. Allow the stew to bake until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and caramelize, 30 – 60 minutes depending on the size of the packet and how hot the coals are.

I like to top the cooked stew with Pepper Mill Gravy. Delicious!

Campfire Strew.
Packets cooking on the fire.

In the photo above, the fire was really too hot to be doing this, but I didn’t want to wait for it to die down.

We ended the meal with dessert – Packets of Baked Apples or Bananas topped with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, caramel, marshmallows, cinnamon butter, and/or red hots. These desserts were made the same way as the stew, in tin foil packets and baked on the hot coals for around 30 minutes or until all of the goodies melt and the fruit is soft. Yum!

Baked Banana.

In this photo of the banana, I split the banana in half and filled the center with goodies. However, the second time I peeled the banana and broke it into pieces, topped it with goodies and let it bake until everything was melted and the bananas were caramelizing. It was sooo good the second time around!

Baked Apples.

With the apples, you want to core it and cut in half. Then top with your favorite goodies. I think walnuts would be a nice addition to either of these desserts.

Yes, it was the perfect camp out.

Until about 2:30 am. on Sunday morning.

When little kids started puking their guts out. All. Night. Long.

This camp out had it all. Nice weather. Good food. Fun. Laughter. And the stomach flu.

In the morning, after getting little sleep, we enjoyed (sort of) a meal of cheesy grits and pancakes. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have visions of revisiting breakfast hours later.

Waiting for breakfast.
Claressa and James.
Morning sunshine.

We tore down the camp site and went home to recover. In the past I’ve endured arduous hikes, spiders, rain, snow, mud, no toilets, and more. This was the first time anyone has ever gotten sick on a camp out. And since we were all basically family and see each other frequently through the week, apparently whoever picked up the bug was kind enough to share.

Oh, well.

Next time, instead of nice weather and the stomach flu, it’ll rain buckets.

And there will definitely be a next time.

What’s your favorite camping story?

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