Our Anniversary + Flashlight Giveaway

Billy and I just celebrated our second anniversary with a camping trip to Blackhawk Memorial Park in the driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin near the town of Woodford. This is the third time we’ve camped at Blackhawk. It’s the perfect place to find an inexpensive last-minute campsite, even on a holiday weekend.

Cows

We pitched our tent on campsite #19, across the Pecatonica river from some cows. At night we saw a few shooting stars that we later found out were part of the Camelopardalids meteor shower.

I’m in the last trimester of my pregnancy, so we did less hiking than usual. We hiked around New Glarus Woods State Park, and then had ice cream nearby at Kennedy’s Ice Cream & Grill.

We used our pie iron to make cornbread, pizza pockets and sausage cheddar biscuits. We also made a veggie breakfast scramble and walking tacos. Can you tell that I have a big appetite lately? I’ll post the recipes soon.

Coast HP550 Flashlight

Shortly before our trip, the folks at Coast sent me a free HP550 flashlight to try.

Billy testing flashlight

This particular LED flashlight is very bright, making even a dark night seem like daylight. Seriously, use caution and don’t shine it in anyone’s eyes! The HP550 has two brightness settings and an easy to adjust slide focus.

Coast & Maglite

We compared the the HP550 to our Maglite LED flashlight. The HP550 is smaller, 9 ounces lighter and significantly brighter than the Maglite.

The Coast HP550 is available at Walmart for around $60, or enter below to win the one we tested. Good luck and happy camping!

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A ‘Little’ Announcement

Billy and I are celebrating our second anniversary today, so it only seems fitting to announce that we’re expecting a little one soon. I’m having a boy, scheduled to arrive in July.

Hiking in New Glarus Woods State Park

We’re very excited about our upcoming arrival. I had a bit of a struggle with morning sickness, but now I’m feeling great. I’ll share some photos of our camp-inspired nursery soon.

I’m already thinking about camping trips with our little boy. Although I guess you could say that he already camped with us in the fall at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this past weekend at Blackhawk Memorial Park in Wisconsin.

Have you camped with babies or toddlers? I’d love to hear your tips and advice!

Camp Stir Fry

Are you camping this Memorial Day weekend? If so, you’ve got to try this stir fry. It’s incredibly easy and healthy too. There’s no chopping of veggies involved, so the prep work is minimal. We made this last fall on our visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Easy stir fry for camping.

Another great thing about this recipe and my Campfire Pierogies is that the frozen rice and veggies keep your cooler cold. We had a long drive to the Smokies from Illinois, so starting with frozen foods helped keep the ice in our cooler from melting.

Easy stir fry for camping.

Start by heating up frozen veggies in a little oil. I used one pound sugar snap pea stir fry mix and one pound of broccoli.

Easy stir fry for camping.

Then add frozen rice and baked tofu.

Easy stir fry for camping.

Add teriyaki sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Easy stir fry for camping.

Enjoy!

Camp Stir Fry
Serves 4. This recipe works equally well over a campfire.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 pounds frozen vegetables
  • 7 ounces baked tofu
  • teriyaki sauce (I used Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki)

Supplies

  • Large Skillet
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Instructions

At Home

Cook rice according to package directions. Let cool, and then freeze in a plastic bag. Or skip the prep work and buy frozen rice at the supermarket.

At Camp

  1. Preheat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet.
  2. Add vegetables and cook until heated through.
  3. In the meantime, cut tofu into 1/2″ cubes.
  4. Add tofu and rice to vegetables. Cook until heated through.
  5. Add teriyaki sauce to taste.
  6. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes and serve.