Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Camping at Easter: go on a night time egg hunt!



Are you camping at Easter?    

If you are, and you have children with you, here's a camping idea that the kids will love to do around the campsite at night.

It's easy and you can get everything you need at a supermarket or one of those $2 shops that are around the place.


An Easter Egg hunt at night!   


easter and camping activities
With glow sticks inside


What you need:     


Glowsticks
Plastic Egg Moulds  (I purchased mine at Woolworths for $3 for a pack of around 10)
Chocolate eggs (optional)



How it works:



Snap the glowsticks to activate, and put one in each egg mould.   Then you hide the eggs and let the kids run around the camp area, and see which one finds the most.

As an additional incentive, put a small solid egg inside - that way the kids get the glowstick and a chocolate!   



And come Easter Sunday, these plastic eggs are a great way to hide more chocolate eggs around the campsite. 


We (or should I say, the Easter Bunny) fill the plastic eggs with smaller chocolate eggs the night before, and know that during the night, no animals or bugs  have got to the chocolate!     


Children love the Easter Egg Hunt in the morning, and are impressed by the Bunny's ingenuity too!


camping and easter eggs


Want more tips about Easter camping?  Read our top 5 tips about camping at Easter.   

Or try this campfire recipe - Easter S'Mores.



Monday, 14 April 2014

Why you need to spice up your camping



On a camping trip on the River Murray, we caught a lot of yabbies.    But we let them all go.   

For 2 reasons.  

One, my children don’t like to see any creature cooked.


catching a yabby when camping
This yabby lived to tell the tale
 
And secondly, we had no clue how to make them taste good.

So the little guys were released back into the River, with much rejoicing by my children (and probably the yabbies themselves).   I hope those crustaceans went on to live a long and happy life.

Returning home, I Googled “Yabby recipes” and found that the key ingredients to making them taste delicious is using spices – like garlic, chilli, Italian herbs.        None of which we had with us on the camping trip.

We are better prepared these days.
  
Like all camping trips, a little bit of preparation goes a long way.    And that includes your food.

Spices are going to turn that roast lamb in the camp oven, from ordinary to a Moroccan feast if you put Chermoula over it (serve with some couscous, and you could imagine yourself in Northern Africa, instead of the bush of Australia).    And pasta sauces can do with a kick - paprika, herbs and garlic!

Our food box that we take camping, now contains more than just salt and pepper.

    
Now, you are probably wondering “Do I have point with this story”?    Actually I do.

   
Herbies Spices have figured out that there are campers out there, like you and I, that don’t want to be carrying around all those cylindrical jars of spices you get from the supermarket (as every camper knows, space is at a premium).    So they have put together a “Happy Campers” Spice Kit.




Seven sachets with spices you would actually use when camping 
(nothing weird like Garcinia gummi-gutta or Chironji)

What do you get in the box?


  • Brazilian Spice Mix
  • Garlic Flakes
  • Chilli Powder
  • Italian Herbs Blend
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chermoula 
  • Sugar ‘n’ Spice Mix


Now the latter – the sugary one, is a STAPLE in our food box.    Never go camping without it.     Because, sprinkled over French Toast (cooked on the campfire or on a frypan) is a taste sensation.  

Don’t know how to make it?   Then read up on it here.

If you are wanting to spice up your life (first and only reference to a Spice Girls song in this story), then you might want to check out this little package of spice goodies from Herbies Kitchen.


Do you have a spice that is a "must have" when cooking (at home or outdoors)?   Tell us below.


This package of spices was gifted to us by Herbies Kitchen.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Caravan cubbies for little campers



Are you and the family wanting to go camping, but you can’t because of little things like, work, school and a whole bunch  of other commitments?     

We don’t get away nearly as much as we would like lately,  because there always seems to be something that keeps us at home.    

If that sounds familiar, a company, here in Melbourne,  has come up with a fun alternative for the children (and you!).   


Caravan Cubbies for little campers



A cubby house caravan.   

 

Caravan Cubbies for children



The company who makes these eye-catching cubbies,  is called Caravan Cubbies and they specialise in cubbies based on the tear-drop style of caravan that was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s, which are experiencing a worldwide surge in popularity once more.

    
And another feature which is worth thinking about – all made here in Australia.


Now your children can use their imagination, in the outdoors, but safety of your own backyard, to pretend they are camping all year round!     




Caravan furniture for kids
Furniture sold separately

Caravan Cubbies
(All photos are from the Caravan Cubbies website and used with permission.)



You can get full details (including pricing, delivery, and assembly) of these adorable cubbies at
http://caravancubbies.com.au/


The cubby may prove to be so popular with the children, you may not get them inside the house (which isn’t a bad thing is it?).



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