Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Packing For Your Trip To Ocean Lakes

Your trip is booked, the countdown is winding down, and now all that is left is to pack your bags. But, what do you pack? How do you pack for a trip to Ocean Lakes Family Campground, which combines the beach and camping? While it may be the best of both worlds, sometimes knowing just what to pack can be tricky. Well, we have you covered – Check out these ten tips!

10 Packing Tips

1.  Roll Your Clothes – Rolling your outfits together instead of folding them separately saves space and time! This helps the kids with getting dressed each day, as well.

2.  Shower Cap Covers – This would be ideal to use on the way home to put around the bottom of your shoes. This will keep all the camping dirt and beach sand from getting in your suitcase and clothes.

3.  Cooling Racks – Place these in the top of your cooler to keep your food dry from the melting ice.

4.  Snacks To Pack (Just to name a few) –
a.    Raw or dry-roasted almonds, walnuts, or pistachios
b.    Vitamin-packed dried blueberries, acai, cranberries, or mango
c.     Antioxidant-filled dark chocolate M&M’s or chips in a do-it-yourself trail mix
d.    Baked, lower-salt chips (Pita Chips or Whole-Grain SunChips),
e.    Low-fat or lower-salt hot dogs
f.      High-fiber, regular instant oatmeal (Add your own fruit for sweetness).

5.  Outdoor Play Pen – Use this to fence in your campsite and give the little campers a designated area to play in where they will be safe!

6.  Packing the Toilet Paper – Use an old CD stacker case for toilet paper storage! This may sound silly, but it keeps it dry and protected from any morning dew, dog slobber, rain, spilt drinks. It is perfect.

7.    Shower Caddy – Keeping everything you need for a trip to the bathhouse handy and in one place! Use a small basket or sorting container for convenience.

8.  Solar Lanterns – No electricity needed, and these will keep your campsite well-lit! A campfire is always a great idea, but if you are not up for getting a fire started or get up in the middle of the night, turn on the solar lantern and let there be light!

9.  Plastic Storage Bin – The possibilities are endless with a plastic storage bin! Use these to store any camping equipment, tools, or even the kiddo’s toys.

10. Dryer Sheets – Keep your laundry smelling fresh and clean with dryer sheets on the top and bottom of your luggage. If you are feeling a little extra, place a few sheets in between your clothes, too.

Camping Made Easy

Camping in Ocean Lakes is a treat for the whole family, no matter the event or time of year! Packing for the trip (and, of course, the unpacking and laundry once returning home) are not always the most exciting part. Hopefully these ten packing tips will be helpful and convenient for you!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Quick and Easy Campsite Meals

Vacationing at Ocean Lakes Family Campground has become a family favorite, and one of the reasons why being that everything is right here – No need to leave the campground when we have all your needs!

While the Meet N’ Eat has all the meals you need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – A few quick and easy meals at your campsite would be delicious, give you the true camping feel, and be fun for the whole family!

As shown above, guests incorporate multiple different methods when it comes to cooking and preparing meals at their campsite. Whether you use a fire pit, a more traditional fire, grills, or smokers - Use what you are more comfortable with. 

A Day’s Worth of Meals

Breakfast – Strawberry and Nutella “Campfire Crepe”

1.    Pie Iron
2.    White or Wheat Bread
3.    Nutella
4.    Fresh Strawberries
5.    Butter

1.    Butter one side of the slice of bread.
2.    Spread Nutella on the other side of the slice of bread.
3.    Cover the side with Nutella with fresh strawberries.
4.    Cover with second piece of bread that has been buttered.
5.    Cook over campfire until warm and crisp.
6.    Flip pie iron over and continue cooking second side.

Lunch – Camping Quesadillas

1.    4 Medium Flour Tortillas
2.    2 8 oz. Chicken Breasts, Grilled and Sliced
3.    1 Jar Tostitos Salsa Con Queso
4.    1 Can Black Beans Rinsed and Drained
5.    1 Cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
6.    Tin Foil

1.    Spread 1 tablespoon salsa con queso over one side of a tortilla.
2.    Place 1/4 cup chicken on half the tortilla over the salsa con queso. Sprinkle 1/4 cup black beans and about 1/4 cup cheese over the chicken.
3.    Fold other side of tortilla over to cover ingredients. Place on a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the quesadilla. Leave the ends open.
4.    Place the foiled quesadilla on the grate directly over the campfire. Keep over fire to cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy.
5.    Remove from the grate and cut in four pieces. No plates needed because you have the foil!

Dinner – Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Marinade Ingredients:
1.    ¼ Cup Olive Oil
2.    ¼ Cup Chopped Basil
3.    ¼ Cup Chopped Parsley
4.    2 Cloves Garlic Minced
5.    1 Lemon Juiced
6.    1 Teaspoon Salt

Skewers Ingredients:
1.    ½ Pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
2.    8 oz Whole Mushrooms - Stems Removed
3.    8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
4.    2-3 Green Onions Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces

1.    Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl or ziplock bag. Add the chicken pieces and thoroughly coat. Cover the bowl or seal the bag and marinate for at least one hour. This step can be done at home ahead of time - Place the sealed bag in your cooler.
2.    Fire up the grill or get your campfire going. You will be cooking on medium-high to high heat.
3.    Build the kebabs by threading the chicken and vegetables onto your skewers.
4.    Grill the kebabs over medium-high to high heat, turning occasionally so they cook evenly until the chicken is cooked through - About 10 minutes total.
5.    Remove from the grill and enjoy!

Dessert – Campfire S’mores Banana Boats

1.    4 Bananas
2.    ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
3.    ½ Cup Miniature Marshmallows
4.    ½ Cup Crushed Golden Grahams Cereal

1.    Cut 4 12-inch sheets of tin foil.
2.    Make deep lengthwise cut along inside curve of each banana, being careful not to cute all the way through. Open slit to form pocket.
3.    Fill each banana with 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons marshmallows, and 2 tablespoons cereal.
4.    Wrap each banana in tin foil, making sure that foil opening is on top. Using tongs, set wrapped bananas in coals of campfire. Cook 8-10 minutes. Carefully remove from fire, peel back tin foil, and enjoy!

Snack - Apple Cookies

1.    1 Apple
2.    ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
3.    ¼ Cup Almonds, Sliced
4.    ¼ Cup Walnuts, Chopped
5.    ¼ Cup Shredded Coconut
6.    ¼ Cup Chocolate Chips

1.    Slice apple into thin rings and remove core.
2.    Spread peanut butter over one side of apple ring.
3.    Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips – Enjoy!

Meal Prep – Camping Style

Those recipes sound quite tasty, am I right?! These are just a few simple meal ideas – The possibilities are endless when it comes to campsite meals!

The best part? All of these meals can be pre-made or partially prepped before your arrival. If you wanted to wait to make them once you are in the campground, stop by Sandy Mart for most of the ingredients.

Sharing Recipes

What is your favorite campsite meal? Any tips or tricks? Tell us!

“Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends.”