Although I'm no camper, I promised a friend I would help her plan a camping getaway for her boyfriend and a few other couples. They are going for the weekend, Friday afternoon to Sunday night, and I am organizing all the details before they leave. She called me up at the last minute and I threw together a quick invitation. To see how I made this invite in less than 15 minutes — evite couldn't have done it quicker — read more
Posts for August 20th 2007
As much as I love s'mores, it's nice to have variety in a weekend getaway menu. When planning a classic camping trip, pack the fixing for s'mores and the fixings for these delicious baked banana boats. Kids and grownups will both have fun selecting the fillings and stuffing the bananas. Tightly wrapped in foil, these bananas are cooked over an open fire. It's quick, hassle free, and you won't have to hunt for sticks in the dark! To see how to make this sweet treat, read more
The phrase "happy camper" refers to someone who is happy, satisfied and content. When I think of happy campers, I think of folks sitting in a lounge chair, with their feet propped up on coolers and tents in the background and a fire going on the side. These happy campers are also sipping down on a lovely drink, what kind you ask? Well a Happy Camper of course! In the drink world a Happy Camper is a lovely mix of Kahlua, Baileys and Frangelico. How could you not be satisfied and content with that drink?! To get the recipe, read more
Before summer ends, my pal Jessie is off on a camping trip and she needs our help! She asked to borrow a sturdy, yet stylish, tablecloth to cover the campground's picnic table during her stay at Lake Pinecrest. I do not camp and therefore don't have a campground tablecloth to lend her. Can you folks help by searching for a reliable, cotton, vinyl, or linen tablecloth? It should be fun, colorful, and outdoorsy. Bookmark the tablecloths you discover in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Campground Tablecloth. Good luck!
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Are you someone who prefers to fake it, not make it? Perhaps you even fancy yourself a budding Sandra Lee? If so, then I just heard about a contest you must enter. Real Simple magazine is hosting their first Fake It, Don't Make It recipe contest and they need your entries! If you've got a great super-simple recipe up your sleeve then submit it and you could win!
The catch is that your recipe "must use some premade, store-bought ingredients and go from package to plate in minimal time." My mom has an excellent fake it don't make it doughnut recipe that she'll have to enter, and I am really excited to see what everyone else contributes. How about you? What will you enter in the contest?
A few years ago my friends Niki and Leon hosted a delicious dinner at their home. Instead of slaving over the kitchen themselves, they decided to hire a "touring chef."
As a former punk/hardcore rocker, chef Joshua Ploeg was familiar with the ways of the road. However instead of touring with his band he's now touring with his knives and has been taking his tasty treats on the road since 1998 — winning over audiences one dish at a time. His specialty is dinner parties, but he also does demos and classes. If you've ever wanted to host a memorable dinner party — and it really doesn't get much more memorable than a touring former hardcore punk rocker turned vegetarian chef catering a full dinner in your home — then look him up and see if he's headed to a town near you.
He does primarily tasty vegan treats, however he has been known to dabble in butter and can prepare full vegetarian meals as well. If you think a vegetarian dinner can't be fantastic, I'll put an end to your cynicism by saying that it was absolutely wonderful — in fact two non-vegetable eating pals also loved the meal.
If he's not headed to a town near you, you can bring his ideas home instead. Over the last few years, Ploeg has self-published several vegan cookbooks including Something Delicious This Way Comes and Twelve Knights In My Kingdom, which contain things like anise tea cookies, breaded eggplant in spicy garlic sauce, ginger stick salad, and a delectable fried orange bread with coconut relish and orange sugar.
The best part of leftover grilled tuna is that it's so versatile. You can stir into pasta (hot or cold), it tastes great in an omelet, or as crabcake style tunacakes. However, one of my favorite things to do with it is to make it into a cold salad. The salad can be served on bread, toast, crackers or in a wrap. For a quick and easy way to use up last night's leftovers, read more
A container used to help keep your portable camping kitchen organized. It usually holds all the things that you bring every time you camp. Depending on the size you can use it to hold pots, pans, plates, cups, utensils, paper towels, spices, etc. They're also called field kitchens or patrol boxes.