Tuesday Confessional 06/24

Bathroom Refresh

When we moved into our house 3 years ago…we had plans to remodel the bathroom.  However, after having to replace and air conditioner unit then resurface the pool, well, the funds for aforementioned remodel never magically appeared.  So…I decided (after looking at unpainted bare walls and ugly gold builder grade trim for three years) to do a refresh instead.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting step-by-step instructions for how to complete each of these mini-projects and how much they cost so any one of you can do the same!


And of course, this blog is not complete without a party!  The next party on the docket is my daughter’s third birthday and it is shaping up to be pretty awesome.  But you never know until the guests start arriving as to whether the party will be a success or not!  So we shall see.


Onion Bomb

I got this great recipe from a fellow blogger and we tried it this year while camping.  Super awesome!!!!

Onion Bomb

And it is so easy you won’t believe it!

Onion Bomb

1 onion (one per person)1-2 pre-made Italian Meatballs (uncooked)foilcampfire, grill or ovenPeel the onion, slice it in half and remove enough of the middle layers to be able to fit one or two Italian meatballs (uncooked).  In the picture, we used one meatball per 1/2 onion.  Put the onion back together and cover it with a double layer of foil.  Put it directly into the campfire or grill coals for about 20-30 minutes until tender.

Onion Bomb 2


Onion Bomb 3

Tuesday Confessional 06/10


I have updated my post from 05/30 about Mason’s video shoot.  It includes a link to the official video from Six Flags over Texas and instructions on how to find Mason in the video.

Video Shoot


And in other news…this is my overgrown garden.  I put too much fertilizer and things got out of control.  But we should get at least one bumper crop of veggies.




Campfire Banana Smores

This is a fun and delicious little desert I found on Pinterest.  We’ve enjoyed this treat on several camping trips now.

Campfire Banana Split

It’s very easy and you can make different variations to suit your family.

Campfire Banana Smores

  • Foil
  • Campfire
  • Bananas
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • Ice Cream (optional)

You will need one banana for each person who will be enjoying this treat.  Cut a large portion of foil and put the pealed, halved banana inside.  Top it with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and broken up graham crackers.  Wrap the foil around the treat and place on the fire for about 10-15 minutes.  Optionally, when you serve the desert, you can top with ice cream and any other toppings you choose.

A big thank you to the inventors and their original post here:

Campfire Banana Smores

Campfire Banana Smores

Just Shy’s Complete Camping Planning Guide

This guide has been 5 years in the making.  This year marks our 5th annual camping trip with the kids and it always requires a lot of planning on my part.  In our case, we take 100% of the food we eat on the trip because the place we love to go has very few restaurants an no grocery stores within 30 minutes.  The cabin does come equipped with a full kitchen so we take advantage of it and cook all our own meals.  In this posting, I will supply all the documents you need to fully plan out the best camping vacation ever!

(Also if you look at the Category called Campfire Food under Recipes, you will find some wonderful food to cook on a campfire.  You can find the Categories listed on the lower right-hand side of the blog home page.)


Helpful Tips
Let’s start with some really helpful tips to make your trip the best it can be:

  • Start planning your meals long in advance.  To achieve the best results, you really have to review the plan more than once.
  • Use the planning sheets to decide on the menu, then write out the detailed ingredients list.  Nothing ruins a meal faster than a key ingredient or condiment that is forgotten at home.
  • When using an ingredient in more than one meal, be sure to take special note so you will buy a large enough quantity of that item for all the meals.  (For example, if you use eggs for ingredients and breakfast, be sure to bring enough for everything.)
  • Visualize the meal in your mind.  Think of all the condiments and items your family normally eats during the meal.  Picture yourself sitting at the table eating it and you will be surprised at the number of extra items you will remember.
  • Organize your packing by item type using the labels provided.  This really helps with unpacking and searching for the items once you arrive.
  • Know what items are already supplied by your lodging provider.  Most cabins or hotels with kitchens or kitchenettes supply some base staples such as sugar, salt and pepper, coffee, coffee filters, pots and pans and dishes.  However, that is not always the case.  When in doubt, bring it with you.
  • Bring any cooking tool or pot for meals which require specialized items (for example, marshmallow roasting sticks, cast iron skillet for campfire cooking, or charcoal for grilling).  I can’t tell you how many times I have brought a bottle of wine with me on a trip only to realize, there is corkscrew.
  • When cooking over an open fire, use the grill screen out of a charcoal grill or bring one from home.  A grill screen helps to keep the food level and cook more evenly.  Start your fire long before you are ready to cook because lots of very hot wood coals make the heat higher.
  • Don’t forget other items such as: Bug Spray, Sunscreen, First Aid Kit, Medications, Life Vests (if you will be swimming in a lake), and other essential items.



The first document is a list of labels to use while packing.  I use a paperclip to clip the label onto the top of the reusable bag for easy sorting.

The second document is a blank form for creating your own menu and item list for grocery shopping and packing.

This document is a sample menu created by using the above document.  Feel free to use this menu or just review it so you can see how I filled in the blank document.


Follow these easy steps and you will have Happy Campers!