It’s all about prep: Tips for easy Camping + Cooking

Campfire cooking: a little prep goes a long way. Pictured: my recipe for paprika/onion potatoes. Don't you love my fire engine red Coleman enamel plates?
Campfire cooking: a little prep goes a long way. Pictured: my recipe for paprika/onion potatoes and essential mug of camp beer.

As these dog days of summer scorch on, I can’t stop planning daydreaming up more weekend sojourns.

So far, my little fam has escaped to the bush for two mini-camping-esque trips: a woodsy sleepover just outside of Edmonton and a quick glamping stay at the CUTEST cabins in Drumheller.  Now it’s time to graduate to a two night camping adventure: we’re headed to Lesser Slave Lake (one of Alberta’s biggest lakes) to camp with friends. We’re hoping to play on the beach, watch some meteor showers and eat delicious food with great friends making the trek from Northeast B.C. This weekend’s meals won’t be all hot dogs and s’mores. Instead, we’ll be cooking up some of our awesome backyard bounty and farmers market finds.

Earlier this summer, before all our fantasy camping trips were becoming reality, I contacted a chef and avid camper for some camp cooking pro tips. Canadian Tire camping Ambassador Chef Josh Wolfe** is a Vancouver-based camper and chef (of Good Wolfe Kitchen and Fresh Local Wild food truck fame), who loves to demonstrate his love of fishing, cooking and eating outdoors.   Read more

Motivation Monday ~ It is always worth it

Go on that mini-vacay.
Go on that mini-vacay. Campfire coffee is just one of the reasons.

We went camping this weekend with our little dude. It was our first family camping trip.

Our one night camping adventure was supposed to serve a dry run. Would our camping gear for two adults be sufficient for an ankle-biter too? We booked a spot in a private campground east of the city (all national and provincial campgrounds were booked, note to self: plan ahead). I’m not going to lie, it was a little stressful. We left town kind of late afternoonish. We packed our station wagon tight but it didn’t seem like enough. It was hot, we were all sweaty and slightly anxious. We should’ve left earlier. We should’ve packed an extra pillow. We should’ve grabbed a giant bottle of water when we went grocery shopping during the week.  Read more