I went with my family (and friend's families!) frequently when I was growing up. As a kid camping, I never realized just how many details need to be planned in order to ensure these weekends are, in fact, relaxing.
This weekend is going to be the first camping trip ever for my husband and I in six years of marriage. It's not that we didn't want to go sooner, but rather that we just never got around to it. But finally, a few weeks ago, we started buying supplies (including the above tent). $600 later, we realized that for that much money we could have gone away on a fairly nice weekend escape. HOWEVER, we're hoping these supplies will be more of an investment and at some point prove, in fact, economical.
My lack of experience in being the one in charge has left me at a loss on what to cook while we are there. Since it's just the two of us, I wanted to make things that are special and delicious but still centered around the idea of camping.
I started with these ideas from Food and Wine, but wasn't all that wowed. Next, I began searching Sunset Magazine, because they are centered around travel and the outdoors anyway. They had a list of "21 Great Camping Eats," which I found much more inspiring. I place on making Honey-Rosemary Lamb Sandwiches and if I have time to prep, these Thai Turkey Sausages sound amazing.
Other than that, I think I am going to cook up a batch of my chili, bake some cornbread the day before, and maybe go buy some ground chorizo to have with eggs for breakfast. Add some snacks (and S'Mores!), lunch meat for sandwiches while hiking, and lots of fruits and veggies, and we're set!... I think......