We really needed to get away this weekend. Our family needed some quality time together. And really in my opinion, there is no better time with your family then when you are camping. There are very few distractions (no phones, TVs, or computers) and you all sleep in tight quarters which allows for great bedtime conversations.
We took Riley out to Red Rock Canyon, we've camped there before, it's only an hour from our house. This time of year it warms up to the high 60's during the day and it's a nice chilly 40 F during the night. The kids love climbing in the bluffs and going for hikes. I really do love desert camping, especially with kids. It's really the cleanest camping there is, you just dust off the sand and you're good to go without a shower for quite a few days.
I really enjoy cooking while we are out camping. Yes, we do love a good hot dog over the fire, but it's fun to mix it up with some other meals. I've shared a few of my other camping recipes here before (like Sweet and Sour Meatball Hobo Meals, Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers, and Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls). This weekend I made a few new ones. The first one I'm sharing is really simple and uses absolutely no dishes. These campfire nachos were loaded with yummy, hearty toppings to keep campers happy and full.
1 lb ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can of chopped green chilies
1 can black beans
1 bell pepper
2 cups grated cheese
1 bag of corn chips
Cook and season the ground beef at home. When it's cool, place in a large ziploc bag and freeze the meat. Doing this ahead of time will make things so much easier for you at the camp site. And freezing the meat will allow you to keep it cold in your cooler for a couple days.
When you are ready to assemble your nachos, cut up the tomato and bell pepper and drain the cans of beans and green chilies. On large pieces of foil, let everyone load up their nachos, ending with the cheese. Wrap up the foil tight, because you want the steam to get trapped in the foil and help melt the cheese. Place the foil bundles on a grate over a good hot fire that has lots of coals. Everything should heat up and melt in about 10 mins. You can serve with sour cream and salsa of course, but I like to keep the ingredients simple. The less I have to keep cool in the ice box, the better, when I'm camping. Enjoy them while they are hot!
And here's a look at our weekend. I don't think I share a lot of family pictures here on O+P. So, here we are, without showers and makeup.
Olivia had a blast. She is naturally a very curious and busy child, so she has a fantastic time exploring and wondering around the desert. She also loved hiding around the back of Riley and playing peek-a-boo with us.
I hope you had a great weekend. Where do you find that QUALITY family time? Is is outdoors in nature or do you have another favorite place where you connect? I'd love to know, so please share.