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campfire treats: banana boats

It’s November, so while it’s freezing everywhere else, it’s perfect camping weather in Florida. Ryan and I have been lucky enough to go camping twice in the past month. We sleep in his childhood tent. It’s a little cozy and well-loved. Although it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that most tents at the campground have, I appreciate its history, the many trips we’ve had in it, and that I can set it up all by myself. Camping with Ryan is always a blast, and even though we’re both in sleeping bags, I always try to cuddle up next to him.

Of course, the best part about camping is the food. My friends and I are such foodies and this extends beyond the city limits. We bring it to the woods. Our last camping trip involved fresh cilantro and pickled asparagus. We’ve become pros at cooking over an open fire.

We’ve only recently explored the world of campfire desserts. It has been life changing.

Banana Boats

Cooking the banana over an open flame changes the texture. It’s almost like eating a gooey baked good. You can prepare your banana boat with any flavor combination, but I recommend any of the following: chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow.

Ingredients

Place the bananas and your ingredients on a large piece of aluminum foil.

Then wrap the banana completely and place it over the fire. A low flame is better. You want to avoid putting it directly into a large flame.

Wrap and Cook

You also want to put the marshmallows face-up. They might melt too quickly and begin to burn. Low heat for longer will prevent this from happening. Low and slow, folks.

Depending on the size of your flame, five minutes should be enough time.

Next, mash it up!

smash

You can eat it with a spoon right out of the boat or you can serve the mixture on top of graham crackers.

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It’s pretty awesome. Don’t go camping without it.

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Make these on your next camping trip for an awesome dessert.
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • Bananas
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Bar
  • Graham Crackers
Instructions
  1. Place the banana over a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. Add your choice of ingredients.
  3. Place on a low flame with marshmallow side up.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve with graham crackers

Natural Design – Mushrooms & Torreya State Park

Life is just so hectic sometimes. How is it almost 9 o’clock? I’ve sat down on my couch for the first time today. It makes you wish for a place to relax. A place like this:

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That was the view about twenty feet from my campsite. Some friends and I went to Torreya State Park for a birthday celebration hike. Oh yes, I hiked that. Well, some of it. It was quite intense. However, before the heavy, labored breathing kicked in, I did get some great snapshots of natural beauty. Since this blog focuses a little on design, I think it’s time to give Mother Nature some credit.

Mushroom

I really can’t offer any help in stating what type of mushroom this is. My gut told me oyster, and my stomach wanted to agree, but my brain was too frightened.

TurkeyTail Mushrooms

I think these are turkey mushrooms.

Mushrooms

They look so tasty (but please don’t eat wild mushrooms)…

Mushroomsand so pretty.

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Mushrooms are just like humans; they like to sunbathe too.

MushroomsThis little guy was my favorite. It was velvety and looked like it should be soft and squishy, but then it was very solid. It looks like something that belongs under the sea, right?