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Jun 28, 2013

Two Night Meal Plan - EASY EASY

Meal plan for dinner for two days. As always my goal is to have a high quality meal with less effort at the camp site so I can enjoy myself and deal with any issues with having small kids that might make cooking, cleaning and meal making a drag. The best way I know to do this is to pre cook as much as I can at home. 


Bake quesadillas on 350 in oven till cheese is soft, they can finish cooking at camp, you only need them to stick together.

  • Pre grilled chicken marinated in ranch dressing and cilantro herbs. Cut up and heated on site.
  • Pre cooked quesadilla in small corn tortillas, wrapped in foil and reheated to perfection.
  • Can of black beans.
  • Pico de gallo pre-made from grocery store.
  • Avocados
  • Sour cream
  • Chips and salsa
  • Margaritas


Mix with seasoning, bake on 400 to brown then turn down to 350 till fully cooked, then freeze. They will continue to cook when added to sauce at campsite. A slow warm in sauce first will moisten the meatballs and allow the seasoning to impart the sauce.

  • Pre baked meatballs - highly seasoned
  • Jar of sauce or two
  • Pasta
  • Salad
  • Bread with olive oil dip
  • Wine
Seasoning the meatballs is important because it will up-class the jar sauce. I also add bread crumbs, egg, to a meatloaf mix they sell at our meat counter. Use any meat.

For details on these meals comment and I will reply. Substitute with your favorites and enjoy your Camping in Style. 

Jun 19, 2013

Sierra Buttes to the Lakes Basin Campground

For a great family friendly activity, pack up the kids, the vintage camping trailer and head north of Nevada City, through the picturesque town of Downieville and Sierra City and turn left at the general store of Bassetts and follow the winding road up past the amazing look out to the Sierra Buttes to the Lakes Basin Campground.

The campground is centrally located for hikes, fishing and adventures on any one of the neighboring lakes.  We brought along an inflatable kayak and took turns paddling around Gold Lake.  The fish were hoping every which way, so the boys enjoyed the opportunity to practice the sport of fishing.

If water sports aren't what you're interested, try one of the many hikes in the area, options for all levels.  For a great morning activity hike out the Grassy Lake Trail up to the Long Lake Trail and reward yourself with a refreshing dip at the end.

When you pack your camping goodies, don't forget your local wine, smores supplies and your insect repellent.
The Outside Inn is our (Nevada City) warm and friendly place to stay where ANY activity you could ever be able to do will be posted on the above their blog link or curated by the Outside Inn when you stay there. Tell them Ruth sent you. 
Sincerely Nevada County is an awesome place to visit!!!  

Jun 16, 2013

Camping With Young Kids Part 1

I’m a Mom in my late 40’s with a daughter who is eight. I started camping with ADR when she was 3 months old. ADR tends to like calm environments and up to the age of four she was rather fussy and clingy. Now she is eight and she loves camping, but it didn't start out that way. 

This post is about camping with young kids as I see it. Simply edit the information based on your needs. 

Basically I feel camping is a highly rewarding and educational activity for children. The more you like it the more they will too. I love camping with ADR so much and she has taken to it with much interest and enthusiasm. But it didn’t start out that way………………….


Start with these questions?  
1- Know your child regardless of what others say about "Camping With Kids".

2- How many people are you camping with that will be helpfull?

3- How comfortable is your child outside or in new environments?

4- Does you child get overwhelmed or over stimulated by new people, things or locations? 

5- How comfortable do you feel when you’re in public with an upset child? 

6- How did you feel about camping when you were a kid? 

7- How do you feel about camping now? 

8- Can you throw caution to the wind and have an adventure?
9- How many kids or dogs will you be keeping track of? 

10- How patient are you?
LASTLY- If your only job is to watch your child would you be comfortable with that while watching others tend to the camping tasks?

Answering these questions can give you a good idea on what your up against. They can also bring awareness to places you may need to be more patient with yourself and others. If your camping with a group of thoughtful helpers then you will be fine. If your a type A personality like myself with no helpers you may have to be creative with how you approach your trip - and yes that is why I started this blog.

Part 2 to fallow

Jun 15, 2013

Bear Safety When Camping

Bear Country Precautions

●    Keep a close watch on children and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
●    While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
●    Never keep food, gum, wet wipes etc...  in your tent.
●    Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle. ONLY IF there is no bear box. Bears WILL break into cars. 
●    Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
●    Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
●    Don't bury or burn excess food; bears will still be attracted to the residual smell.
●    Garbage should be packed out of camp if no trash receptacles are available.
●    Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub, never go near a cub EVER. 
●    Do not attempt to attract a bear to your location; observe the animal and take pictures from afar.
●    If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
●    If attacked, fight back.
●    If a bear harms a person in any way, immediately call 911. 

Jun 12, 2013

Camping Checklist



Camp Kitchen

Cook stove and fuel
Boiling pot, fryer, saucepan, lids
Spatula, tongs, wooden spoon
Colander/strainer if your boiling pasta etc.
Eating utensils plates, cups, bowls per person
Plastic wrap/tin foil/plastic zipper bags
Food in plastic bins
Paper towels
Trash bags, plastic grocery bags
Corkscrew - bottle opener
2-gallon water with spigot
Or 5-gallon water carrier filled with drinking water
Coffee pot
Dishpan or restaurant bus tub
Biodegradable dish soap
Sponge, scraper instead of scouring pad
Can opener opt.
Extra table opt.
Coffee mug, thermos cup opt.
Thermos to keep coffee hot opt

Sleeping and Comfort

Airbed, pump or camp pad
Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets
Don’t forget an extra blanket
Milk crate sideways for nightstand opt.
Hammocks opt.
Whisk broom and dust pan opt

Camping Gear

Camping Chairs
Tent, poles and stakes
Lantern and fuel
Extra lantern mantles or batteries
Matches or lighter
Folding saw
Ground cover/tarp
Multipurpose knife or camper’s tool
Extra rope, cord
Axe opt.
Easy Up or other tents and covers opt.


First aid kit -MUST
Bath towels
Biodegradable soap
Insect repellent
Rain gear or extra jacket if needed
Box of tissues
Quarters for shower

This and That

Fire starter sticks - GREAT
Firewood for campfires - newsprint - kindling
Long-nosed butane lighter
Camera and film - cough cough smartphone 
Clothesline or rope with cloths pens
Toys, activities, games in plastic bin
Pad, pencil or pen
Radios with weather band opt.
Medications – In easy to find marked clear bag
Benadryl - bee sting, bug bite or rash
Wet Wipes
Water toys, boats, you know!

2 bowls
Leash, tie off system for campground
Treats, bones, chewies, toys - something to keep your beast occupied
Medications - car sick pills if needed
Spray bark collar opt.
Plastic bags for clean up


Jun 7, 2013

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