I want S’more!


S’More Time Together Recipe


  • Graham Crackers
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars
  • Skewers
  • Baby wipes for sticky hands

As sunset approaches, it’s the perfect time of the evening to get the fire ready, get out the camp chairs and enjoy that quality time together making s’mores.

Whether you like your roasted marshmallow lightly browned or charcoaled, the perfect added combination is  Hershey’s milk chocolate and graham crackers.

Try something new by adding a Reeses Peanut Butter cup instead of chocolate bars.  Eat and Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese & Avocado Sandwiches

Grill cheese

Grilled Cheese & Avocado Sandwiches

This is a dish that is easy to travel with as it requires minimal refrigeration (cheese and butter) and is great for camping since it feels light but still filling.


Munster Cheese (sliced)



Sourdough Bread (sliced)


  1. Lightly toast bread over the fire (or in a toaster)
  2. Butter bread slices and place one at a time on a medium-hot, flat, surface (skillet or camp stove)
  3. Place cheese slices on half of the bread slices
  4. Once cheese is sufficiently melty, add sliced tomato and avocado
  5. Finish the sandwiches by adding the top piece of bread and serve

Do it right at the site

Have you ever wanted to take your family on a camping trip but not sure you know everything it takes to make the experience a success?

Here are some great packing tips to help you have a safe and comfortable experience:

  • Rest Assured!
    Make sure you have the proper things to help you get a good night’s sleep.
    Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and don’t forget to pack a box fan.
    As peaceful as nature is many times a rented campsite can offer loud nearby camping neighbors.
    A box fan can drown out any noise if you are a light sleeper.
  • Get Fired Up!
    Don’t forget to pack things to help light the campfire.
    Charcoal, matches or lighter, lighter fluid, newspaper and wood.
    A campfire can be the best lullaby to put you to sleep at night!
  • Food for Thought…
    While packing food, try and remember to keep it light during the light of day. While camping, drinking lots of water during activities during the day is the most important thing along with light, healthy snacks. Such things like granola bars, yogurt tubes, string cheese, pretzels and fresh fruit are all good options. However, one of the best things about camping is having great food to chow down on at night by the campfire.
    To avoid stress during meal preparation, be sure to pack meals that can be roasted by the campfire or meals you can through in the crock-pot and cook during the day while at the beach.
  • Cool Pack!
    While packing for your trip, it is important to take enough clothing to make sure you will be comfortable.  In this case, always follow the 2X2X2 rule!
    Plan an outfit for each day you will be gone and then add 2 pairs of shoes, 2 sweatshirts and 2 jackets.
  • Gear Up
    Don’t forget all the camping gadgets to help you have a great time!
    Flashlights, lantern, extra batteries, hotdog or marshmallow pokers for the campfire, screwdrivers, hammer mallet, camp chairs, tablecloth for outside picnic table, maps, atlas, camera, binoculars and coolers.
  • Squeaky Clean
    It’s not rocket science to understand you are going to get dirty while in a woods camping, however, a pale for the shower room can make getting clean a whole lot easier while camping!
    Some things you might want to add to your shower pale are:  Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, washrag, towel and hairbrush.
  • Play it Safe
    There are a few items you will want to take on your camping trip to make sure you stay safe and protected.
    These items include: First aid kit, bug repellant, blister cream, bug bite cream, sunscreen, chapstick, aloe, headache or any other personal medication.

Making sure you have these things packed before your trip can give you more time to rest and relax while you make lots of GREAT memories during your camping experience!



Childhood Memories Camping

As you age, time moves differently. As a child the days seem short but the years seem unimaginably long. Of course, when you’re an adult, our days stuck at work can feel like an eternity yet the years somehow fly by.  I definitely prefer the former.

My parents, I would have to say, were pretty awesome parents. The older I get, the more I appreciate all they did for my sister and I, including some of my favorite childhood memories of camping.  Every year without fail until about the age of 12, my parents would take my younger sister and me camping.

As a highly adventurous child with a huge imagination, being brought to forests with open grassy fields and flowing rivers, then being granted the permission to roam around and explore to my hearts content, was simply magical. Despite not being very old now, I was a kid before the days of video games and the Internet, when we still played outside regularly.  I remember climbing trees and trying to catch fish in a bucket just for the fun of it.

No particular camping trip stands out, as truthfully they were all just as good as the next.  But I can easily summarize them all in terms of what they meant to me and how they still affect me in my life today. I learned how to ride a bike while camping, how to build a fire, and practiced my tree and rock climbing.  I learned more about the life cycle of plants, the workings of the eco-system, about the types of animals that live in the wild and which ones to be wary of.  I spent countless hours following rivers and examining how they flowed, climbing trees as high as I could, and seeing for my own eyes animals that I had never seen before.  I met other kids from all over the country and learned how to make friends more easily.  I learned how to fish with a fishing rod, cook food on the fire, and even how to best pack for such a trip.  These were amazing at the time (as most things when you are a kid are) and have also helped me grow into a more resourceful adult.

Just yesterday in fact I was camping with some friends and I already had the skills and know how to set up camp, start a fire, know where was safe to swim, and what water is and isn’t safe to drink (hint: only flowing clear water is safe to drink). The two friends I was with didn’t have any of these skills.

Life, I believe, is about collecting experiences, not possessions. The experiences gathered while camping with my family are simply irreplaceable and I am forever grateful.  Not to mention the fact that every trip was just plain fun!