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In May my mom and I are going on my first ever horse camping adventure - her 25th or something :p

It's just the two of us going. We're hauling the horses down to Brown County, Indiana and will be staying at a camp site there.

We'll be arriving on Sunday night and will be staying through Thursday's breakfast.

My mom has decided that I will be in charge of planning out the meals for our camping trip. Except I'm horribly indecisive. :?

Electricity will be available at our site, and modern conveniences such as a crock pot, grill, and griddle will be available as well. Also there will be a fire pit. So things like steaks, soups, sloppy joes, etc. are all viable options for eating.

She said we'll be bringing a cooler so milk and cereal is an option too.

We're basically city-slickering our way through the week lol.

Anyway...

Anyone have any ideas for meals we could have?

We'll be there for Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast. There's an old town near by so some lunches/dinners we could eat out if we want.

Anyway, anyone know of any good meals?
 

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We used to camp a lot when I was a very small child and the one thing that I remember very fondly from those early (and sometimes frosty as we would camp year around) mornings was cooked in cast-iron skillets. Cook the bacon first, then cook the eggs and fry potatoes in the bacon grease. It's basically a heart attack on a plate, but it was so delicious cooked over a campfire.
 

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You'll like Brown County. It has nice trails and good maps of them so it'll be easy for you to find your way around.

The cooking part is up to how much time you want to devote to it. There's nothing you can't make over the fire but the cooking & clean up can be time consuming. We usually take quick stuff for breakfast & lunch and then have a decent supper.

Any kind of soups or stew you can make ahead of time and then just reheat.
You can grill meat, potatoes & veggies over the fire or on a grill. I make fried potatoes by slicing them & onions on a sheet of aluminum foil, add a few pats of butter, salt & pepper then make a sealed packet with your foil. If I'm going to put them over the fire I use 2 layers of foil (use heavy duty), on the grill just one layer is needed since you can control the temp better. Turn often. You can cook veggies the same way. If you like cooked cabbage it's really good cooked this way and you just cut the head into 4ths and wrap the quarters again using a little butter.

Our usual meal plans are usually things like:

Hot dogs and then if I've taken chili to heat up for lunch we'll use the left overs for chili dogs, either chips or potato salad, baked beans if no chili.

Hamburgers, fried potatoes, cabbage

Steak, baked potato, salad

Chicken, rice, and mixed veggies (made in the packets).

I'll usually make any sweets ahead of time to take with us.
 

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I try to cook ahead of time as much food as possible, if you have the cooler space, I cook the bacon ahead so all you have to do it heat it up, less grease to deal with that way, a quick meal with eggs or even in a sandwich, chili cooked ahead with crusty buns make a good meal, granola bars that you can take with you riding are a good thing, muffins always are a great snack. I like to take water bottles so I can always have one with me while riding, also juice is good to have in camp for a quick drink. Something that is good to have while sitting around the fire at night is a big bag of peanuts in the shell, great for munching on. I also use al. foil to wrap and cook veggies in, they taste really good that way, potatoes, onions and carrots with butter and a little seasoning, double wrapped in foil and cook.
Hope you have a great time.
 

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Definitely bring some soup! And fruit is good to snack on. Maybe sandwich meat and cheese for a meat/cheese plate? Don't forget treats for horseas!
 

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Kalua pork
Boston pork butt
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Put pork in a crock pot. Poke holes in pork. Rub with salt. Pour liquid smoke on top. Lay a piece of foil over crock pot, then the lid. This helps seal in steam. Cook on low 4-5 hours, until meat falls apart. Shred the meat into juices.

You can use this for pulled pork sandwiches. Also good added to fried potatoes for hash in the morning.
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Yum those ideas sound good!

There's nothing better than breakfast burritos when camping... Breakfast lunch dinner...

Tacos or make enchiladas beforehand.
Veggies and chicken breasts in tin foil.
Veggie beef stew made beforehand with garlic toast grilled on the fire.
Pork chops and made before mashed potatoes or fried potatoes and grilled green beans in tinfoil with good olive oil.
Brought fried chicken and potato salad for lunches.
Croissant sandwiches.

Don't forget chocolate! I always take a big batch of brownies. Watch Campfire Cafe on RFDTV, I love that show.
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oh man, I can't decide which sounds better...all this food or hitting the trails!

...who am I kidding...trails win! :)
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Smrobs you made me get so nostalgic this morning... :)

My Papa and I spent every summer canoeing/camping on the Kings river. We'd fish all night, I'd pass out in a chair wrapped in a blanket, and he'd wake me up by frying bacon, potatoes, catfish, and a dunky egg to go on top.
I use that old skillet all the time, it's one of my most cherished belongings.
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smrobs and flygap, breakfast is my favorite part of camping meals.

The first person up (usually me) always gets the fire going good and hot and starts the pot of "taters" boiling, as well as water for coffee/tea. Then, while we peel and chop the taters and onions, we fry the bacon. When all the bacon is cooked, the taters and onions go in the bacon grease and cook up, then eggs.

It is always SO good! And yes, it is loaded with fat and calories, but I swear we burn it up while camping because it never feels too heavy when you are chopping wood and doing camp stuff!

I am also very luck to have the greatest camp gear from our grandparents. Cast iron skillets with lids, dutch oven, and old grill for the fire.
 

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Over easy. ;). We call em dunky eggs cause you dunk yer bread in em.
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Okay! I planned out the meals we'll be having. You can totally tell I'm a college student - and a minimalist lol.

We'll be having:

– Hot Dogs
– Pancakes and Bacon
– Lunchmeat/PB&J Sandwiches
– Steak and Potatoes
– Fried eggs and bacon/sausage
– Go out to eat
– Hamburgers
– Hashbrowns and eggs
– Fruit salad
– Beef stew
– Whatever is left over

Not necessarily in that order. My mom told me she was bringing steaks so I had to fit them in somewhere. I hope she understands what she was signing up for when she let me, a COLLEGE student - who will willingly eat only a jar of peanut butter for a day - plan her meals.

When my mom plans meals she's like, "We'll have pot roast with cheesy mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. Then to drink you'll have a choice between apple juice, water, or milk.

And I'm like, "Tonight we'll have meat. There won't be a potato or veggie to go with said meat, but there will be meat. Of some kind." Lol

Now I have to wait. And twiddle my thumbs. It's exam week. I'm bouncing off the walls. On Sunday we leave and I'm at college waiting for my 2pm exam today and then my 4pm one on Thursday and I'm DYING lol. All I want to do is get in the saddle and go!

:happydance:

^^This is how my exam week focus train is going.

:hide::think::clap::shock:

^^ And all those too. You can tell I'm super focused on school right now.
 

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Brown county is beautiful! I was around there a few years ago in the fall, but without the ponies.

If you know what pudgie pies are, those are pretty much mandatory for camping. Super easy and delicious, although on my last trail ride, I burned all three I made.

I hear you on finals. I have trig and English finals tomorrow, I really should be studying. But instead on horse forum and thinking about practicing trailer loading--my mind is nowhere near prepared!!
 

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I know! My mind is on getting Sonny doing some ground work so I can eventually try barrels on him (he knows how - I don't lol). My dad put 2 barrels in the pasture for me. The open area's not big enough for the full pattern so I'm just using them for exercises and I'm no where near close to thinking about ISYS (computers) - the exam I have in 17 minutes!

And the trail ride - think DRY thoughts everyone!

Ah so excited for summer! We finally have TWO horses we can ride - not one riding horse and one psycho crazy lol. I'm sooo excited!
 

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This is what Sonny thought of the trip. As you can see, he's wet. We cut our trip short. Drove home Wednesday afternoon as opposed to Thursday morning. But we did get some good riding in before it decided to downpour.

Not many trail pictures because I'm a klutz...as evident by the fact that I managed to get hit in the face by a branch and had my glasses knocked off and had to dismount and go get them from a mud puddle. Annnd my boots got stuck. My mom was just dying on Nick. I thought she was going to fall out of the saddle lol



This was our horse camp set up.

I really enjoyed it. I feel I would not have enjoyed it as much if I did not trust my horse. Sonny really took care of me. This was his 12th year going to Brown County and he always picked the easiest routes to go up the steep hills and he never slipped. :)

Today we rode and it rained really hard as soon as we got up the steep hills. It was so bad that we could hardly see. My mom and i had rain ponchos on and you could only look straight ahead between your horse's ears. And Sonny got us back to camp. Nick had never been to Brown County. I'm pretty sure he's never been ridden on the trails before, so he followed Sonny everywhere 'cause Sonny knew what he was doing.

Overall, Nick did very well. We are very pleased with how how he has turned out. For not having much experience outside of a show ring, he only seemed to spook at picnic tables - not so awesome when that's how my mom wanted to get on him lol but he did awesome out on the trails nonetheless.

Okay, there's my story.

Rate my experience 10/10 (despite the rain) would go again.
 
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