(I know you all missed me… I know I missed you.)
It was quite an adventure, let me tell you. Here are the 10 most important things I learned while camping:
1. Just because you’re camping at the end of July does not guarantee nice weather (especially in Western Washington).
2. If you end up in the middle of a downpour that lasts for hours (and the biggest excitement for your boys is watching the water drip off your tarp), it’s okay to have a Plan B.
3. It’s even better if your Plan B involves a gorgeous house, with a state-of-the-art home movie theater, several drinks, a hot shower, and a warm bed – not located in the same room as your children.
4. Going back to the campsite the next morning after the rain finally stops shows determination (and proves to your husband that you are not a quitter).
5. Sticks and rocks can keep boys happily occupied for hours.
6. We have some of the most beautiful views off the coast of Washington.
7. Camping near a naval air station is great when watching their jet planes do manuevers over the beach during the day… but not so great when they practice those same manuevers every 20 minutes from 10pm until 1am.
8. Sleeping all-together in one tent with no dividers is not a good plan.
9. Baby wipes are a Godsend for any situation.
10. Even though there’s about an 80/20 ratio of work to play, it’s all worth it to see faces like these:
Now for a recipe. :)
Turkey Burgers, adapted from Cooks Illustrated, July/August 2012
20 oz ground turkey meat
6 oz white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
4 pieces of bacon, sliced into small pieces
1 T soy sauce
1/4 t salt
pepper to taste
Place mushrooms, soy sauce, and bacon in food processor. Pulse into a paste. Move into large bowl, adding ground turkey, salt and pepper. Combine using hands until well mixed. Form into patties and grill.
In all honesty, I did not make these, Hubs did – and I forgot to take pictures. But these are the most amazing turkey burgers I’ve ever had (and they even have mushrooms in them!). I just had to share them with you all.
Hubs had made these a couple of weeks ago and froze the patties – but you couldn’t even tell. They were juicy, meaty, and a perfect way to treat the burger craving – they taste almost exactly like beef patties.
I’m off now to continue the post-camping recovery – which includes a good book and a comfy bed.
(Oh, and I’m trying to catch up with all the posts I’ve missed, so bear with me if it takes a couple days to visit you.)