Back To Nature

We doubled the fun this weekend – camping and a birthday party!  MC turned four.  And for the second year in a row she chose to have a campout birthday party.  This is definitely up there with one of my favorite birthday parties we have hosted. Our family loves to camp and explore the outdoors, so to add a birthday party just makes it all the more exciting. Even if you are not campers, or have not really tried it yet, if you have children, especially between the ages 3-12, I highly suggest you camp at least once.  Give it a try!  Perhaps begin with a cabin if you lack supplies or are a little apprehensive.  But definitely get out there and camp.  There is something amazing about the freedom to get dirty and explore the outdoors.  It is such a great thing to see a child’s excitement and appreciation of nature. This little guy was discovered before the Commander and I even finished unloading.


Here are some ideas in case you need a little motivation, or might just like a good list.  Check out our Camping Checklist.  These are the standard items we always bring with us when we camp.  Like I said, we really like to camp,  but we also have 3 Scouts in the family who camp ALOT.  So this list has been tested, many times.

Another thing we have found to be very helpful when camping is to keep a “Camping Gear” box.  We use a large Rubbermaid type container.  Instead of gathering all of the campfire cooking supplies like s’more sticks, spatulas, iron skillet, foil, etc. every time we camp, we keep it all in these Camping Gear containers.  This really eliminates some of the hassle when packing to camp.  Instead of searching for each individual item we can open the box, take a quick inventory and pack it in the car.  (An inventory list taped to the inside of the lid is always a good idea too.)

Other items like sleeping pads, flashlights, first aid supplies and such could always be kept in another large container.  This will make packing for your next camping trip so much easier.

We usually keep it pretty simple and stick to hot dogs or sausages for dinner when camping.  Although we have been known to get really crazy and bring things like steak.  Vegetables like asparagus or corn on the cob wrapped in foil are easy to transport and always cook well over a campfire.

Very important: Don”t forget the S’mores!


And try a little of my favorites for breakfast – Campfire Omelette.  These are a big hit with everyone because you each get to make your own adding your favorite omelette toppings.

Campfire Omelette

  • Eggs
  • Quart size Ziploc bags
  • Large pot to boil water
  • Chopped toppings of your choice – cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms, salsa, whatever you like

Boil a large pot of water.  Crack 2-3 eggs in the Ziploc bag.  Add the toppings of your choice.  As you seal the bag squeeze out all of the air.  Use your hands to squish the bag to scramble the eggs.  Recheck to make sure bag is sealed tight.  Drop in boiling water.  Cook about 12 minutes until egg is done.  Be sure not to let the plastic bag touch the hot sides of the pot.  This will melt the bag allowing water to get in your egg.

And if you would like more inspiration check out these great posts with campfire ideas:

25 Delicious Camping Recipes

More Camp Fire Dinners



A little something for the birds

This is a very simple project the kids and I worked on one rainy afternoon.  It is a perfect project for all ages.  My older ones were very proud to be in charge of measuring the ingredients while the younger ones really enjoyed helping mix and stir.  I am not sure what it is about the rolling pin, but everybody really enjoyed that part.


Birdseed Cookies


  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 3 T. corn syrup
  • 4 c. birdseed

From the kitchen:

  • sheet pan lined with parchment or wax paper
  • rolling pin (helpful but optional)
  • another piece of parchment or waxed paper for the top of the mixture
  • an assortment of cookie cutters (rounds, hearts and less intricate designs work best)
  • jute or twine to hang the cookies for the birds


  • Combine flour, water and corn syrup in a bowl and whisk it all together until it is well combined.
  • Add the birdseed.
  • Stir until all the seed is coated and sticky. The mixture will be loose and gooey.
  • Dump the mixture onto the lined sheet pan.  Cover with the extra sheet of parchment.
  • Using a rolling pan or your hands, firmly compress the mixture to about 1/2″ thickness.
  • Once you are satisfied with the depth and density, press the cookie cutters into the “dough” and leave them in.
  • Leave the dough to dry for several hours.  We left ours overnight.
  • When the cookies are hard and dry, gently break away the seeds from the outside of the cookie cutters and gently remove the cookies from the cookie cutters.
  • Use string, jute, twine or yarn to wrap the cookie.  Be sure to leave a long enough strand to tie from a branch.
  • Watch the birds enjoy their cookies!