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Around The Campfire, Issue #001 -- February 2009
January 20, 2009
January 20, 2009
Welcome to Around The Campfire, a monthly newsletter devoted to camping fun, safety, and of course great camping food!
From our family to yours, we wish you much happiness and success in 2009, and of course many enjoyable camping trips!
Have questions or suggestions? We love to hear from you! Please contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have.
In this issue you will find featured:
Your-Camping-Guidebook.com is now turning its attention to tents, how to choose them, what to look for, and taking a look at the different tent manufacturers.
This last month found us looking specifically at the Coleman tent line. Pages added in December include information about what kinds of Coleman tents are available, as well pages focusing on some of specific Coleman tents, including the Coleman kids tents, the Coleman Sundome tent, and the popular Coleman Family Dome tent.
In January we will continue to give you information about the Coleman tents. You can easily keep up to date by subscribing to our RSS feed, which brings the updated information to you.
Find out more by and subscribe by clicking the "What is an RSS feed?" link located on the top of the right side of the top of any page at Your Camping Guidebook.
If you are just starting out camping, knowing what to buy can be an intimidating task. Even looking at camping checklists can be overwhelming...that sure is a lot of stuff to bring or buy!
Or maybe this trip you don't have enough space and need to pare down your items.
Here is a list of ten basic items, the "must-haves" to bring on your next campout as a bare minimum.
Consider this a basic list to get started with if you don't have everything already and are trying to figure out what supplies you should put together for a camping trip. If you are already well equipped, it also gives you an idea of what to bring when you can't bring the whole kit 'n kaboodle!
Mixed Up Sausage Scramble
Add sausage, potatos, and onions in Dutch Oven or skillet on your camp stove, and cook until sausage is crumbled and brown and potatoes are fork tender. While potatoes and meat are cooking, in a separate bowl, scramble eggs and add salt and pepper to your liking. Cover and set aside.
To the sausage and potatoe mixture, add diced peppers, and continue cooking until peppers have desired doneness. We prefer ours crisp, but you may like them cooked a little more tender. When peppers are done, pour in scrambled egg mixture. Cover and let mixture begin to cook. During cooking process, open lid and turn several times as eggs start to set, similar to when making scrambled eggs.
When eggs are almost set to your liking, open lid and sprinkle cheese on top. Put lid back on and let cheese melt. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Portion and serve.
This recipe is one of our favorites and is extremely flexible. Mix it up with whatever vegetables or meats you have on hand. Add garlic if you wish. Add both red and green peppers, or omit them both. Omit the onion if you desire. Sometimes instead of bulk sausage, we will dice up bacon, fry it up, and use that instead of the sausage (yum...that is my preference while my husband prefers sausage).
Stargazing is a fun activity that is relaxing, educational, and opens the door to a fascinating look at nature. Who hasn't looked up at the sky and wondered about the miracle of the ancient twinkling lights they are looking at.
Winter camping offers up clear sparkling skies and the opportunity to learn about astronomy. In lieu of a campfire, spend part of an evening looking upward and enjoying the incredible light show that nature has to offer.
A Planisphere, a telescope, and an astronomy guidebook such as Turn Left at Orion
or the one of the Peterson's Field Guides such as the Peterson First Guide to Astronomy
will help you and your kids figure out what is where up in the sky. With younger kids, show them the picture, explain a little about the constellation as you read from the book, and let them draw it on paper. If you have older kids or teenagers, let them read in the book to the younger kids, or even you, and have them find the constellations and do the explaining. It is a great hands-on activity for all.
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of Around The Campfire. Until next month's issue I wish you great camping!
Yours in Camping,
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