More Camping…Cold and Raining. We are getting used to it.

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I mean seriously, I’m starting to think our camping trips are cursed!  There was no rain in the forecast and it rained.  Not the whole weekend thankfully.  But the entire last night and all while we were packing up the next morning.  It’s so fun to bring home wet and muddy camping gear.  Oh well…we are doing it again in May.  Maybe we will have better weather then!

People think we are nuts for going so often, especially in whatever weather.  I also have to say it is a TON of work.  Packing, unpacking, setting up, taking down, everything getting downright filthy…especially me since I chose to not shower.  (It’s cold people!)  However, all of the work is so worth it to watch the kids play all day and have a little freedom.  They ride their bikes, play with other kids, run around and explore, and are able to do it without me on top of them.  It’s usually a good reset for all of us.

This time we also camped with some old friends from college we haven’t seen in a while.  It was really fun to meet all of their kids and reminisce about old times.  Yeah, maybe we have turned into old people sitting around the camp fire reliving the glory days.  But hey, we had fun then and we have fun now.  We are pretty much the best.

discadaateisenhowerI’ve said it before, but as far as my menu was concerned I try not to create special occasions for myself.  Camping is one of those times.  I let my kids eat the worst junk food ever while we are camping and I’m ok with that.  For myself, I try to stay the course.  Of course we made discada the first night.  Seriously, it is one of my favorite foods!  Sooo good.  Our friends also made Mexican corn and roasted brussel sprouts over the open fire.  I mean seriously.  Then the next night was fajitas.  For lunch I took a quinoa salad that I like to make.  It’s not strict Paleo but it works for me and you can eat it cold.  I’ll post the recipe one of these days. 

Now, I have to be honest.  I stole a couple of tortillas and inhaled them like they were running away.  They were calling my name on that delicious discada.  I also had the kids make me a Smore.  Like a for real one.  No weird chocolate substitute or Paleo graham cracker.  A for real Smore.  Yum yum.  You have to live a little right!?  Mimosas made have been involved as well.  The world will never know for sure…

CowboyCoffeeSomething else I just have to mention is my friend made cowboy coffee.  Basically, she heated up water, poured the ground coffee in and let it steep.  Then we just poured it into our cups.  I don’t know why I thought it was so good but it was!  Maybe because it was so cold all weekend!  Either way, next time you’re in a coffee pinch this worked great!

So in other news.  I didn’t run at all while we were camping.  I also skipped track Tuesday because I was so tired.  Man, what a loser!  It’s not like me to go so many days without running.  Especially while camping.  Maybe I need to sign up for another full to get my butt in gear.  What do you think??

Anyway, more recipes coming this week!  I’m working on some side dishes for you.  Have a great Tuesday!

Camping Adventure as Promised

 

 We are home from our little trip and it was as crazy as I thought it would be.  The forecast called for rain but there is always that little voice in your head that says, “No way dude, it’s not going to rain on our camping trip.”  That little voice was incorrect this time…  However, it is still a beautiful place and we ended up having a great weekend. 

Friday night started out nice.  We were there with our neighbors, got everything set up and cooked some seriously delicious camp food.  No smores here, everything was better than that.  My hubby made a new recipe called Discada.  Its traditionally a Mexican dish and it’s actually cooked on a Discada.  Let me just say, as I was purchasing the ingredients I was thinking maybe he has lost his mind.  Maybe we could just eat fajitas like we normally do.  I was wrong, give me this plate of meat any day.  Just ask the neighbors.  I included the recipe below and before the Paleo police come knocking on my door I know its not strict Paleo because of the sausage and beer.  The beer cooks away so no worries there for us and you can leave out the sausage if you need to.  We call this a weekend recipe.  I promise the rest of my recipes will be Paleo stuff you cook in your house.

After our stomachs were full and we had our time sitting and chatting about important global issues we hunkered down and waited for the rain.  Well it started to rain about midnight and I think something happened with the rain cloud.  Maybe it stopped for a sandwich or stopped on the side of the road to send a very long text, but it stopped ON TOP OF US.  We were ok, but it filled my neighbors tent with water.  That or they snuck down to the lake and submerged all of their belongings in the water.  Either way, sadly, they had to leave the next morning.  We hated to see them go but ended up having a great time bonding as a little family. camprunning

Saturday afternoon, after a lunch comprised of chicken sausage, baked apple chips and salsa I headed out for a 10mile run with my new watch!  I can’t figure out how to work the dang thing so far.  It seems like it has a lot of fun stuff and is going to make me super fast but I haven’t played with it enough yet.  Saturday, it at least measured distance and pace in miles so I was happy enough.  My run wasn’t awesome because my stomach was stuffed and Gloria Estefan kept showing up on my playlist??  Either way, NOLA is one run closer.wineandchocolate

Saturday night I had this.  Cabernet I picked up on my Napa trip and 85% dark chocolate I get at a great price at Aldi.  So what if I drank my wine from a solo cup??    

 

 

Mexican Discada According to Matt
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Ingredients
  1. ½ lb bacon cut to ¼” pieces
  2. 1lb chorizo
  3. 2lbs of country style pork ribs, cubed ~1 inch
  4. 1lb Fajita meat cubed
  5. Kielbasa sausage or hot dogs cubed
  6. 1 Mexican Beer
  7. I can diced tomatoes drained
  8. 1 onion chopped
  9. 2 bell peppers chopped
  10. 1 jalapeno diced small
  11. 2tbsp Fajita seasoning
  12. 1tbsp Cumin
  13. 2tbsp Paprika (Seasoning all to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in center until browned, then push to edge
  2. Cook Chorizo in center until cooked, then push to the edge
  3. Cook/fry cubed country style ribs with some fajita seasoning in oil for around 10 minutes or until nicely browned then move to the side
  4. Cook fajita beef. Then move to the side
  5. Remove ½ - ¾ of remaining oil
  6. Add sausage and veggies. Cook veggies until onion is soft. Also, threw in a whole jalapeno.
  7. Add cumin and paprika, tomatoes, beer and stir all together
  8. Don’t be stingy with the paprika. It will give it nice color.
  9. Cook at medium for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often or until it’s thickened up nicely.
Notes
  1. If you don’t have a Discada, instead of pushing to the edge – remove from skillet, leaving oil and put in bowl until later. When it calls to stir all together, combine all ingredients.
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