Stop the presses folks...I went camping! I hadn't been camping in over 12 years! The last time I went camping was in the middle of the summer in Texas - it was so miserable, hot, and terrible I swore I would never do it again. Not too sure how or why I agreed to go on this trip - but it was fun!
Now, don't get me wrong - I am not a sissy diva girl. I hate the color pink, I never wear heels, I laughed when Rose let go of Jack's hand in the Titanic, and when I break a nail I cry out in pain over the pain of it not because I am sad my nail is broken. I also love nature...but in a controlled way. If there is a chance that I will encounter a creepy crawly or a snake I will freak out and run away. Sleeping on the ground in a tent...hum, sounded uncomfortable...but it wasn't!
Another thing I was worried about was my terrible foodie snob side becoming very obvious to the people I went camping with. I don't eat pre-packaged foods. I have to have vegetables at least once a day or I die. I cry if there is no fruit, and I don't drink milk. After writing this I take it back, maybe I am a Diva - just not in your typical way. : ) In the end it all worked out - I ate lots of grapefruit oranges, vegetables, and some delicious breakfasts with burnt bacon on the side. Yum.
The trip was awesome. We canoed through some pretty swamps- and almost died due to a crazy member of our canoe - no names needed - you know who you are! We ate lots of camp food - including something new to me called "Hobo pack" - a bunch of meat and vegetables cut up wrapped in foil and cooked over hot coals. Very delicious after a day out in the sun. Of course we had smores - how could we not? We played Mafia around the campfire for a few hours - such a different game when you can't see people's faces blushing. Overall we had a great time and became one with nature! Looking forward to camping again sometime this Fall!
Now this recipe has nothing to do with camping - instead it has everything to do with Fall. You will never guess what special ingredient it calls for...PUMPKIN! No way - bet you didn't see that one coming : ) Just kidding - I do believe the last few posts all had to do with pumpkin recipes. What can I say - I love pumpkin!
In other news - this weekend I am throwing a mystery dinner party called "Once Upon a murder" - it is a fairy tale themed party. I have so much fun planning parties - and can't wait to dress up like Rap-unzel. Promise to do a post about the party soon! Stay tuned! Do you have any fun Halloween plans?
Oh...and a recipe would be helpful too now that I think about it. : ) These are some wicked easy pumpkin waffles to whip up in a flash! Of course as always I recommend them being served with hot REAL maple syrup and some whipped mascarpone cheese, ricotta, or heavy cream. I usually make a bunch of extra waffles on the weekend and then keep them in the fridge and toast them throughout the week for breakfast. Makes a lame Monday so much more bearable! : )