Tag: camping

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.


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


  • 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)


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


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.

Campfire Pierogies

These campfire pierogies are an easy, satisfying meal after a long day of hiking. Plan on making this recipe on the second or third day of camping. If you store the frozen pierogies in your cooler, they’ll be defrosted by then. Wait until you’re at camp to slice the onions and peppers to avoid an onion-scented cooler.

Campfire Pierogies - The Camp GalGotta love nighttime photography…

Here’s how to make them at camp.

Campfire Pierogies - The Camp Gal

You only need four ingredients, plus salt and pepper.

Campfire Pierogies - The Camp Gal

Soften the sliced onion in butter.

Campfire Pierogies - The Camp Gal

Then add sliced green pepper and cook until tender.

Campfire Pierogies - The Camp Gal

And finally, add the defrosted pierogies. Cook until golden. Season with salt & pepper and devour.

Campfire Pierogies
Serves 2
This recipe works equally well over a camp stove.

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • skillet
  • big spoon or spatula


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 12 frozen pierogies
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Thinly slice pepper and onion.
  2. Melt one tablespoon of butter in skillet.
  3. Add onions and cook until softened.
  4. Add peppers and cook until softened.
  5. Add pierogies, cook until golden. Serve with salt and pepper.