Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Campfire Stories

Hey everyone and welcome back! I hope your weekends was as good as mine. Jon and I recently took a quick trip to Nashville this past weekend. It was my first time visiting the city since moving to Knoxville 2 years ago, needless to say I was very excited about the trip. During our short stay, we got to see a Titans pre-season game (TITAN UP!) making this both our first time going to a pro football game. Though this trip was full of firsts, we did get to experience something that is slowly becoming a regular thing for us, and that is CAMPING! I have very quickly fallen in love with camping and being in the outdoor world. I've gained a new level of love for the outdoors and nature and camping has become a tool that helps me reset and refocus on the simply things in life. The feeling of being able to disconnect from the everyday monotony of life is so refreshing. In the course of our camping trips, we have tasks that each of us has taken ownership over. I naturally have taken on the responsibility of being the campsite chef. Overtime food has become a very important factor in my everyday life. Not only do I want to eat well in the comfort of my kitchen and home, It excites me taking on the challenge of having a well balanced meal in the outdoor world. Too often when camping in big campgrounds surrounded by lots of people, you get to see the eating habits of the ones around you and wonder why there are not healthy options of food around them. When it comes to food, I am a strong believer that it truly is the key to everything in life. If you eat well everything just works well from the inside out. Now I know that when we go camping majority of us want something done that is quick and easy with minimal clean up, however sometimes the pleasures of cooking outdoors should be the overall process of it all.

Over the next couple of however long lol, I will be sharing all my camping details with you from the locations we've stayed, the overall experience and most importantly the food we've made. I have quickly picked up a few tips and tricks along the way thanks to Jon and he's years of camping experience so having him on my side as a well needed guide has been extremely helpful. The most important lesson that I've learned from him is that a well built fire is the key to a success when you're campfire cooking. I will dive deeper into different techniques used to achieve your goal as well as all cooking supplies I recommend from personal experience. At this time I wanted to use this post an an introductory as to what to expect in the next 2 weeks. We are currently planning for a upcoming trip during labor day weekend which I'm looking forward to. I will be sure to share all the details with you from our hikes, meals during that time, and the overall experience of the trip.

During our trip to Nashville, we were lucky to get the last spot available at Seven Points Campground. The site was mainly filled with RV campers and may not be the best for the for tent camping but overall it was a comfortable stay. The bathrooms were very clean and the campground does provide hot showers. Since this was a short stay, the only cooking we did was breakfast Saturday morning. We had chicken sausage with sweet potatoes and eggs. This was very simple and quick meal to make. Start by cooking the potatoes first. Next cook 2 chicken sauages with onions, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Finally crack your eggs open in the pan, season, and cook to your liking.
Campfire meals

Campfire meals

Campfire meals

Campfire meals

Campfire meals

Campfire meals


On the drive back to Knoxville, There are a lot of state parks along I-40. Frozen Head Sate Park, Edgar Evins State Park, and Cummins Falls State Park just to name a few. We decided to make a stop to view Burgess Falls since it was the closet to us without getting too far off track. It is a 3/4 of a mile strenuous hike. The place is sight see galore!!! As soon as you park, the sound of the falls is pretty awesome. There's currently construction going on at this time so we were unable to get done to the bottom of the fall. Even without that the view is still amazing. I'm always in awe of the natural beauty of the world. And the fact that there are even bigger waterfalls out there in the world fuels my desire to continue to travel as much as I can.
Burgess Falls Tennessee State Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee State Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee State Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee State Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee State Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee Sate Park

Burgess Falls Tennessee Sate Park

As for now it's back to the drawing board (literally) for some more practice with my hand lettering. Please be sure to stop by my instagram page to see my ongoing progress with it or just to stop by to say hey! Till next week XoXo

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