Another thing spring is time for: CAMPING!
You know, I love the IDEA of camping. Sitting around a fire, making fun treats, talking for hours on end. I hate the ACTUALITY of it — trying to sleep with a rock under your back (I always, always get the spot with the rock!), waking up super early with the sun, having to walk to the bathroom.
But it’s cooking over the fire that I LOVE! Here are three new, fun campfire treats. Try them out!
Campfire Banana Splits
Taken from AllRecipes.com. 6 servings.
6 large bananas, unpeeled, stems removed
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (10.5 ounce) package mini marshmallows
Spray 6 sheets of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap bananas, with cooking spray. Slice the peel of the banana from stem to bottom, while slicing the banana inside lengthwise. The bananas can be cut into slices instead if you like (while still in peel), for easier handling later. Open the banana just side enough to place the chocolate chips and marshmallows inside the peel with the banana. Stuff with as many of each as desired. Wrap the bananas with the foil and place directly in the coals of a fire. Leave in long enough to melt the chips and marshmallows, about five minutes. Eat with a spoon.
Peachy Caramel S’mores
Taken from Disney’s Family Fun Magazine. Makes 8 servings.
1 stick butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 medium-large ripe peaches
1/2 cup water, orange juice, or lemonade
8 large marshmallows
For each peach, tear off a 14-inch long sheet of aluminum foil and turn up edges slightly to make a shallow bowl. Put 2 pats of butter in the center of each sheet and sprinkle 1 TBS of brown sugar over them. Halve the peaches and remove the pits. Using a paring knife, take a very small slice off the curved surface of each half so the peaches will sit flat and let juice out the bottom. Place 2 peach halves atop the sugar and butter on each foil sheet. Top off each pair with another pat of butter and another TBS of brown sugar. Pour 2 TBS of water, orange juice, or lemonade into each bowl. Close up the packets and place them in the coals of the fire. Cook for 10-15 minutes, then open the pouches carefully to avoid escaping steam. While the peaches are cooking, have the kids toasts the marshmallows on sticks. Place one marshmallow on top of each peach half. Dig in!
1 box spice cake mix (and ingredients needed to make the mix — may need eggs, water, and/or oil)
Cut off the top of an orange and eat the inside without splitting the peel. Prepare cake mix according to box instructions. Pour cake mix into each orange shell and put the top back on the orange. Wrap in foil and place in fire for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked in the middle. Open and eat!