• How to Make a Campground Reservation in Florida
    Campsites,  Florida Parks

    How to Make a Campground Reservation in Florida

    We love camping in Florida and apparently so do a lot of other campers. Finding a campsite for a weekend getaway can be frustrating. You will quickly realize that the more popular campgrounds are booked months in advance, especially during the winter months. I’ll give several ways we learned on how to make a campground reservation in Florida. If you are like us, you don’t always know that very far ahead if you will have time off to camp for a weekend. I have found some helpful websites and an app to help find the perfect campground for each of our camping trips with just a few weeks to plan.…

  • Dutch Oven Brownies
    Food

    Dutch Oven Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

    On our last campout to Salt Springs we made Dutch Oven Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. They were suppose to be Dutch Oven Mint Brownies, but my boys ate all the Andes mints. I had a tube a cookie dough that I had brought to try out in my pie iron so I used that dough to make Dutch Oven Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. Ingredients The ingredients you use may vary from mine because of the brand of the boxed brownie mix you purchase. Use what your box tells you to use. Brownie Mix 2/3 Cup Oil 1/4 Cup Water 2 Eggs Tube of Cookie Dough (6 – 7 Slices) Directions…

  • Rainbow Springs State Park
    Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Rainbow Springs State Park

    It was such great weather in Florida this weekend, we decided to go on an adventurous day trip to Rainbow Springs State Park. This is the first time we have been to this beautiful park and it was worth the trip. Location Rainbow Springs is located in Central Florida, near the city of Dunnellson, in Marion County. This would be a great day trip if you are visiting the Tampa or Orlando area. It is a bit of a drive, but a great state park to just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. History Rainbow Springs and the surrounding area had been inhabited by several cultures for thousands of…

  • How To Use A Pie Iron
    Camping Gear,  Food

    How to Use a Pie Iron

    On our campout to Salt Springs Recreation Area we experimented using a pie iron I had gotten my husband for Christmas. This post should probably read “How Not to Use a Pie Iron”. I think we did absolutely everything wrong when we used it for the first time. So learn from our mistakes so that when you try it, you’ll be an expert Pie Iron Camp Chef. Seasoning The first thing you need to do with your new pie iron is to season it. No this isn’t added seasoning to your grilled cheese sandwich, this is seasoning your it before you use it so your food doesn’t stick to it.…

  • Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Salt Springs Recreation Area

    Our weekend camping adventure was to Salt Springs Recreation Area. This was an easy drive for us because it was located so close to our home. It made it a relaxing, stress free weekend, full of adventure. Salt Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest in Florida. It is located about 35 miles from Ocala in Marion County. Campsites We loved this campsite. It had everything we needed. There are extra long picnic tables, grills, and fire pits at each site. Not to mention they are also full hook ups for RVs. The paved parking pad was an added bonus. These are spacious sites with plenty of…

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