National Dog Day!

August 28, 2013 in Other by amylaree

National Dog Day!

Well, we missed this boat by a couple of days but it’s never too late to celebrate the hiker’s best friend, right? August 26 was National Dog Day! Sorry we missed it, Ezra and Coltrane, we’ll make it up to you!

The folks behind National Dog Day created a list of 50 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day and it’s safe to say that most of these apply to every day, not just one day a year. Somehow they left out “Take your dog on a hike.” Guess we know what suggestions we need to make for next year’s list.

If you’ve got a four legged hiking buddy, check out our trail review page to find a dog-friendly trail. Give your  pooch a few extra pets and make a promise to the both of you to get out on the trails in (belated) honor of National Dog Day!

Ez O. and Coltrane

Happy National Dog Day to our favorite furries – Ezra O. & Coltrane

Labor Day Camping Recipes Menu & Shopping List

August 22, 2013 in Camping Recipes, Tips & Recommendations by amylaree

Labor Day Camping Recipes Menu

Send off the summer right!

Summer, summer, summer – how’d you fly by so fast? Labor Day weekend is next week (already!), so we’re busy making our menu of camping recipes. To make things easy, put together the foil packets before you leave for the campsite, then just throw them on ice and put them in a cooler. That way you just have to toss the foil packets on the campfire.

Not craving any of the recipes below? Be sure to check out our Camp Recipes page for 40+ camping recipes – breakfast, dinner, snacks… and don’t forget about dessert!

Labor Day Camping Menu

Saturday Morning:

Saturday Night (Fine Dining Night):

Sunday Morning:

Sunday Night (Burgers & Taters Night):

Monday Morning:

Labor Day Shopping List (for 4 Campers)

Breakfast Shopping List

  • 1 Tube Refrigerator Cinnamon Roll Dough with Icing
  • 1 Tube of store-bought refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 5 Stripes of Bacon
  • 1 lb. Breakfast Sausage (pork or turkey)
  • 10 oz. Packet Diced Potatoes
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • 5 Eggs (4 for breakfast, 1 for dinner)
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • Pantry Items: Salt, pepper, sugar, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar

Dinner Shopping List

  • 4 Salmon Filets
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Peppers (your choice, we like habanero and red hot chili peppers)
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Pantry Items: Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, Olive Oil, Lemon Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, Red Pepper Flakes, Honey, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper

Dessert Shopping List

  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Apple
  • Caramel
  • Pantry Items: Butter, cinnamon, sugar, walnuts

Misc. Items

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Nonstick Spray
  • Dutch Oven
  • Plates, cups, flatware

Camping Recipes: Pepper and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

August 20, 2013 in Camping Recipes, Main Dishes by amylaree

It’s easy enough to make some burger patties, stick them in a cooler then head out for the camp ground, but hauling all the fixin’s is when it gets to be a pain. That’s why we love this Stuffed Cheeseburger with Peppers camping recipe… all of the fixin’s are already on the inside! You can fix this on a grill, but when a grill isn’t available, just wrap this stuffed burger in a foil packet and throw it on the campfire.

This burger can have endless options – pair up your favorite cheese(s) and peppers. As the burger cooks, the flavor of the pepper starts to permeate the entire patty, making every bite – from first to last – absolutely delicious. What more can you ask for in a great camping recipe?

Camping Recipes: Pepper and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 Burgers

Camping Recipes: Pepper and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Camping Recipes: Pepper and Cheese Stuffed Burgers


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 - 3 Splashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Peppers (your choice, we like habanero and red hot chili peppers)
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Additional cheese or your favorite burger toppings


  1. Mix together ground beef, egg, garlic, salt, pepper & Worcestershire sauce until just combined. Divide hamburger mix into 6 small patties. Set aside.
  2. Slice off the top of the pepper(s) and hollow out the seeds. Try to keep the pepper intact.
  3. Stuff a pepper with cheese. Place on top of one of the patties and top with another patty.
  4. Form the hamburger around the pepper so that it creates a seal around the pepper.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining peppers and patties.
  6. Wrap burger in tin foil and place on grill or campfire. Cook 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Remove from foil (it'll be steamy so be careful!) and place on bun. Top with your favorite burger fixin's and enjoy!


Camp Recipes: Spicy Cinnamon & Honey Sweet Roasted Potatoes

August 13, 2013 in Camping Recipes, Side Dish Recipes by amylaree

If you haven’t noticed, when it comes to camp recipes (and really, life in general) we’re pretty big sweet potato junkies. Need a refresher? Well, we’ve got… Sweet Potato Tacos, Pineapple, Ham & Sweet Potato Foil Packets, Black Bean & Corn Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and we’re working on a sweet potato breakfast hash that so good it will make you get up and start the campfire extra early.

SO, when I came across these Cinnamon & Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Tyler Florence, I was intrigued to see how they’d work as a foil packet recipe. Turns out they’re pretty delicious and a super easy camp recipe. Since we like things to have a little bit of a kick, I added in a nice dose of red pepper flakes that cranked the yum-factor up a few more notches. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Camp Recipes: Spicy Cinnamon & Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

1/2 packet

Camp Recipes: Spicy Cinnamon & Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Cinnamon & Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 Sweet Potato, diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)


  1. Place diced sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in honey & olive oil until well coated. Sprinkle with cinnamon and red pepper flakes (if you're using them. Stir again until cinnamon is evenly distributed.
  2. Make a large double-layer of foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray to keep things from sticking.
  3. Place the potato chunks on the foil.
  4. Wrap and seal the aluminum foil. Leave room in the packet to allow air to flow through as it cooks.
  5. Place on hot coals, flip over after 10 minutes. Cook until potatoes have softened (about 20 minutes).
  6. Open with caution – it'll be steamy!
  7. Dish out and enjoy!

The Art & Science of S’mores

August 12, 2013 in Camping by amylaree

REI created an infographic to detail the ins & outs of the classic s’more… and even included a “S’more Survival Checklist.” Bet you never thought about that, have you? We like this graphic a lot — especially the idea of fresh picked raspberries!

If this sparks a s’mores craving, be sure to check out our list of Gourmet S’mores Recipes!

S'mores Infographic

The Art & Science of S’mores from REI