Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Campin' we will go!

Last weekend some friends & I headed up to Winter Park to do some good ol' fashioned camping.

Well, if you consider waterproof jackets, lighters, grill, tents, air mattresses, and cooking skewers ol' fashioned. :)

We actually didn't do all that much - just kinda hung around, played cards, read books, played cornhole.... and ate a LOT of food. And drank a lot of booze. But that's what camping's all about, right? Enjoying the outdoors? And drinking a bunch?

Our humble little campsite!

We are such explorers.... not really. I think our hike took us about a 1 mile radius around our campsite - possibly less! Ah, well - this weekend was more about relaxing than anything.

Cornhole time! Ryan actually made this set entirely himself. Ambitious, isn't he?

Kim has the greatest cornhole-toss form that I've ever seen. I had to attempt to replicate, although I'm still not sure how her leg gets up that high!

I thought this photo series was hilarious, so I had to make a triptych out of it. Yeah, I'm a huge dork (click to see the full-size photo).

Dinnertime / fire-making time! This was prior to Ryan knocking over the grate.... 3 times. He's just a big animal, folks.

And now for fireside photos - everyone has quite a lovely glow to them!

Ryan ripped his jeans - right down the middle! Hilarious. The next morning he tried to burn them on the fire, but we didn't let him. Silly guy!

It's hard to see, but this is a S'more made with a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup instead of regular chocolate. Man, they were filling, but OH so delicious!!

Beth's Campfire Burritos
These are best made at home beforehand, wrapped in heavy-duty aluminum foil, tossed in a ziplock bag & brought along in your cooler. You will thank me later I promise! I kid you not - I ate like 5 of them on this trip...

2 eggs*
1/4 red pepper (diced)
1/4 green or poblano pepper (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (diced)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup beans (pinto or black)
1 avocado (sliced)
1/2 cup frozen corn
2-3 red potatoes (chopped, boiled until tender & drained) OR frozen hash browns / home fries
1 small tomato (chopped)
shredded cheddar cheese*
green chili OR salsa
salt / cayenne pepper / cumin

Saute peppers, onion, & garlic in a large pan until tender. Add 2 eggs (best if you scramble 'em good beforehand), along with desired amount of salt, cayenne, and cumin. When eggs are almost fully cooked, turn off heat & set aside.

In a separate pan (or the same pan - cleaned), spray with non-stick cooking oil and over medium high heat fry the potatoes until they are brown.

Separate the warm ingredients along with everything else on the list to each tortilla in even amounts. I like to mix everything with a spoon before rolling up the tortilla to be sure everything is well mixed.

Wrap each burrito in heavy-duty foil. When you're ready to cook 'em - bury them in the embers of the campfire (this is the best way to do it, I swear), and cook each side for about 15 minutes. They will be all gooey & warm & delicious!

Makes about 3 large burritos (on 13" tortillas), or 5 small burritos (on 8" tortillas).

Add or remove any ingredients you like - you can make it your own way!

*To all the vegans out there - either omit the cheese or use vegan cheese (same with mayo) and substitute extra firm tofu for the eggs!

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