Month: June 2013

Camping Menu Planner

Summer is in full swing, and I am planning all our weekend camping trips. I created this menu planner to make shopping, prep and packing easier.

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!

The camping menu planner has five sections you can complete: day, menu, grocery list, supply list and prep list. It will keep you organized when you’re trying to think through everything you’ll need to prepare meals at the campsite. The menu planner is for a weekend camping trip, but you can print out extra copies if you’re planning a longer trip.

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!

Here are the downloadable versions of the camping menu planner:

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!
PDF Printable Camping Menu Planner


MS Word Editable Camping Menu Planner
MS Word Editable Camping Menu Planner

Also, be sure to check out my matching printable camping checklist!

5 Indulgent Camping Desserts

5 Indulgent Camping Desserts!

1. S’more Cookies
5 Indulgent Camping Dessert recipes
These s’more cookies from Culinary Couture are the perfect make-ahead treat.

2. Canned Biscuit Campfire Donuts
5 Indulgent Camping Desserts!
Who says donuts are for breakfast? These Canned Biscuit Campfire Donuts from Thoreau’s Daughter look amazing any time of the day.

3. Dutch Oven Cobbler
5 Indulgent Camping Desserts!
This Dutch Oven Cobbler from Completely Delicious only has six ingredients, thanks to cake mix.

4. Apple Crisp
5 Indulgent Camping Desserts!
The Apple Crisp recipe from Cooking with Jax would work well over a campfire.

5. Banana Pudding
5 Indulgent Camping Desserts!
Throw a few jars of this Banana Pudding from Simply Sifted into your cooler before you head out on your next camping trip.

Follow The Camp Gal on Pinterest to see other desserts that I’m pinning.

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Campfire baked potatoes are one of the easiest meals to make when you’re camping. Add a few toppings to a campfire baked potato and you’ve got a satisfying dinner.  Billy and I made campfire baked potatoes a few weekends ago while camping in Blackhawk Memorial Park.

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

We topped our potatoes with chili, cheddar and chives from our garden.

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Begin by wrapping your potatoes in two layers of heavy-duty aluminium foil. Seal both layers well. Any gaps could lead to burning.

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Then, place the potatoes over warm coals but not directly in the fire. As the potatoes cooked, our fire got bigger and hotter. Every once in a while we moved our potatoes so they were in the heat, but not in the flames.

After an hour or so has passed, check the potatoes for doneness.

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Add some heated chili, cheddar and chives and dinner’s ready!

Campfire Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes

Serves 3


Cookware & tools:

  • heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • tongs
  • saucepan
  • ladle or large spoon


At home

  1. Scrub and dry potatoes.
  2. Shred cheddar cheese. Place in a storage container.
  3. Using scissors, cut chives into 1/2″ pieces. Place in a plastic bag with a piece of paper towel.

At the campsite

  1. Wrap the potatoes tightly in two layers of aluminum foil. Be sure to seal any gaps.
  2. Place potatoes in the coals of a campfire, but not directly in the flames. Allow to cook for one hour.
  3. When potatoes are nearly done, warm the chili over the campfire or a camp stove.
  4. When one hour is up, use tongs to carefully remove a potato from the campfire. Use a fork to check the potato for doneness. If the first potato is done, remove the other potatoes from the campfire.
  5. Spoon chili over potatoes. Top with cheddar cheese and chives. Enjoy!

Here are some other easy baked potato topping ideas:

  • Broccoli & swiss cheese
  • Baked beans
  • Greek yogurt & chives
  • Salsa, monterey jack cheese & cilantro