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Dutch Oven Pinto Beans Recipe

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

Pinto beans are best kept simple, so in this savory pinto beans recipe we’ll do just that. Some recipes, like what some people call “cowboy beans,” call for loads of sugar and other ingredients, when at its simplest, a good pinto beans recipe doesn’t need anything more than salt, pepper and some sort of fat […]

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Campfire Drink Recipes

Drinking hot cocoa while camping is one of my oldest and fondest memories. I remember waking up in our tent and being SO DARN COLD. After struggling to get my clothes on while still in my sleeping bag, I would shiver my way out of the tent towards the fire. There was nothing quite like […]

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Breakfast Pie – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

To further my new relationship with my pie irons – I thought I’d try something for breakfast. I love scrambled eggs with cheese and toast in the morning so I thought it might make sense to simply make it into a pie of sorts in the pie iron. I was also craving chorizo so I […]

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Tree Springs Trail – Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

New Mexico

Tree Springs Trail lies a little further than halfway up the eastern slope of the Sandia Mountains, just east of Albuquerque. This eastern slope is much more hospitable to hikers than the mostly sheer cliffs of the western side, but any hike here still involves a significant amount of altitude change. The rabbit’s warren of […]

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S’mores Pie – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

I love s’mores a lot. As in – I have a hard time thinking there is a way to improve them. But I’m really into my pie irons right now and I just *knew* that trying to figure out a s’mores pie in them would be worth my time. And boy oh boy was it […]

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Granite Basin Recreation Area – Prescott, Arizona

Arizona

Our family went up to Granite Basin Recreation Area in Prescott, Arizona for a picnic and a hike last month. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the area offers a wide variety of activities – hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and boating. I had visions of a very crowded lake with a small […]

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Campfire Grilled Cheese – Pie Iron Recipe

Pie Iron Recipes

I’m totally enchanted with pudgy pies (aka sandwiches cooked in a pie iron)! Much like cooking in a dutch oven – they have a very distinct flavor that can only come from being cooked outdoors and in cast iron. I just got my first set of brand new (unseasoned) pie irons so the best place […]

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Indian Spring Trail/Big Lake Lookout Trail – Greer, Arizona

Arizona

While on our camping trip to Greer in August, we set out to do the Indian Spring Trail (a 7.5 mile loop), but the weather wasn’t our friend and the heat drove us to change our plans. We ended up veering off onto Big Lake Lookout Trail. It was a happy accident because both trails […]

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Hiking at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico is filled with mineral hot springs and the man-made spas that have cropped up around them. The best known of these is Ojo Caliente. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has been a destination for travelers, honeymooners, and those seeking rejuvenation and healing in its mineral waters for almost 150 years. It’s […]

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Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipes

In my quest for the ultimate campfire dessert – I stumbled onto a number of recipes that called themselves a dutch oven apple cobbler. After reading the ingredient list I realized it’s more like a dump cake mixed with a cobbler. The good news is that it takes the best of both things – the […]

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How to Set Up a Tent – In Pictures

Odds and Ends

Every time I mention to people that I love to tent camp – I get looks of dismay. Of course it’s a whole different story when you tell a kid you love to tent camp. They’re usually right there with you. But I find that when I dig down into the why that people don’t […]

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