“> ~ Carmen This past summer, I took three days to really explore my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee (see 3 Days in Memphis).  I had lived here for over ten years and never ventured to all of the tourist spots.  If you have never “played tourist” where you live, I highly recommend it.  For one thing, I......
  ~ Carmen When I was growing up, my family had a small, home daycare center.  Not only did this keep us busy from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Friday; it also limited our vacation time to weekend trips to nearby campgrounds.  Luckily, I grew up in Arkansas, the Natural State where beautiful state parks......
~ Carmen I’m not the cook at home.  That would be Joe!  But something draws me to the campfire when it comes to cooking.  I just love my camp cooking equipment (read Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love), especially dutch ovens.  We actually have two cast iron dutch ovens, one we keep in our camper and one......
    ~ Carmen I’m always looking for dishes that would do well in my seasoned dutch oven ( see Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love).  To be a good camping recipe, it also needs to be easy.  Often, we don’t start coals until the sun sets and it cools down, which means I’m combining ingredients in......
  ~ Carmen Let it be known, I know how to make a campfire.  You can’t be a Girl Scout leader for nine years without learning the ins and outs of fire making.  Sometimes, however, you might need a little help.  Maybe you’re low on kindling or you’re dealing with wet conditions.  For me, I’m......
~Carmen I grew up in God’s country, ARKANSAS!  There is a very valid reason Arkansas is called “The Natural State”.  From the backwaters of the southeast to the northwest Ozark mountains, everywhere you turn is a nature lover’s wonderland.  We didn’t have a whole lot of extra money growing up, so family vacations tended to......
~ Carmen When we go camping, I love cooking over a campfire (see Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love)!  I also want ease of preparation and clean up.  After all, I’m camping to relax, not create more work for myself! Last weekend, on our camping trip to Greers Ferry State Park, I decided I wanted to make......
~ Carmen I admit it.  I love camping gadgets!  See Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love.  My newest camp cooking obsession is pie iron.  I bought one and used it for several meals on our last camping trip.  It was so much fun, I ordered two more and a carrying case.  This weekend we’ll be camping......
~ Carmen As perviously posted, I love using a dutch oven when camping. (See Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love)   Using a dutch oven really expands what you can make using charcoal or an open fire.   On our last several camping trips, I’ve made stuffed bell peppers.  It is easy to adjust the recipe depending......
~ Carmen Campfire Cooking I am not the cook of the family.  That would be Joe.  It never fails, church potlucks or dinner parties, people always assume  I cooked the fabulous dish made by my wonderful husband.  Then the opposite occurs when we’re camping.  The assumption is that the man makes the fire and tends......