Printable Games

We camp no matter what, so for me I like to have games on hand to keep my 5 year old busy. The kid is a whiz at UNO now!  To save space I like to take printable games, so that I’m not lugging boxes, just scoresheets, cards, dice etc.  I keep all these printable sheets with some crayons and colouring books in the Art Caddy I made for my daughter. I will post about that in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Farkle Scoresheet (from Printable PaperFarkle Rules  (from Elverson Puzzle)

Yahtzee (from Memory Improvement)

Yahtzee Kids (courtesy of Mommyhood Craft Corner)

Battleship   Battleship Extra Sheets (from Mom’s Car Keys)

Scrabble  Scrabble Letters  Scrabble Score Sheet

Must Have Melmac

Nothing is more quintessential vintage than Melmac. Melmac dishes are a must-have for glampers and vintage trailers.  I’ve got a starter set of beautiful turquoise Maplex (made in Canada!). So far I just have bowls, mugs and salad plates, but I would love to build a pastel rainbow set like this Etsy listing of Windsor/Lifetime melmac that I was too slow to grab.

Windsor Lifetime Melmac

And I  would love to start collecting the Holiday line from Kenro. This loverly ice bucket and bowl set is sitting in my favorites on Etsy right now! Melmac is so affordable to collect, unless you are buying online where the shipping will kill you!

  

Something about vintage melmac just says “canadian cottage” plus they are so durable! You can find affordable melmac very often at your local thrift store, vintage store or garage sales.  So many  housewives of the 50s and 60s had this kicking around, it is not that hard to find really. Raid you grandma’s attic and your mom’s basement!

Caring for Melmac:

Wash with warm soapy water (I like Dawn, it really cuts the grease) with a cloth. Some brands advertised back in the day that you could put it in the dishwasher, however many collector sites advise against this since today’s detergent could wash off the prints if you have a printed set.  But since we are camping, we don’t have a dishwasher.

You can’t heat it on the stove or put it in the microwave. Melmac absorbs microwave radiation so it will just shatter or scorch in the microwave, and not heat food. It will be fine to put super hot food on. Should it get stained, or you buy it with some fading and staining (ususally coffee stains in the mugs), you can buy special Melmac cleaner to get stains off it.

It’s not toxic. So if it has a few scratches or chips in it, it’s fine. However make sure you scrub it well with a plastic scrubbie or dish brush. Gunk can get stuck in the deep scratches which is gross. Don’t use steel wool or coarse Esso type pads, these will just scratch up the melmac and make it look dull.

Other than that, enjoy your nearly bullet-proof Melmac dinnerware!

Cheesecake in a Jar

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I was browsing in the Capters bargin books section and came across this cute little book called “Cutie Pies” by Dani Cone. I have been looking for ideas to put camping foods in a jar and thnk this is a brilliant idea for making mini pies in canning jars. I have a ton of canning jars and thought it would be great to make apple crisp, pumpkin pie, rhubarb crisp to take camping. How great will these little guys travel on a camping trip?!

And then I came across this briliant idea from I Am Baker-  mini cheesecakes for your glamping pleasure……

I am going to try this out tonight! I’d love to make a bunch of these at home and then toss them in the freezer to take camping on our weeklong trip to MOA!

Camping Planner

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I was checking out one of my favorite bloggers, Noreen, The CampGal, and saw she posted a cute camping checklist and meal planner awhile back.  I always rely on a checklist and meal planner when camping, but I was using an app on my tablet. Mr. Camperella didn’t like it so much, so then I started using a printed excel document.  And on more than one occasion we had left behind the reservation receipts.  So I decided I wanted everything all together in one place. When I came across The Camp Gal’s super cute, free, printable, modify-able one, I couldn’t resist using them in my book. Thanks Noreen for sharing!

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We have booked 10 camping trips this year, which means we are heading out every second friday. I work fridays from 11-7PM, so this year I will be relying on the dear hubby to pack everything and make sure all the stuff for the meals is there. Plus we are going out of country for a few of them, and some are new, so there was alot of maps, booking paperwork, etc.  So I decided to make a fully bound planner. I got the idea from the RV Camping Journal that I’ve seen on line, and put that together with a few free printables to create a fully bound, ready to go, all-in-one resource. No more multiple papers and lists scattered about! All our trips are in one place. I could have just punched holes in the paper and stuck them in a binder and called it a day, but I wanted something that could go in the vehicle, was easy to reference the maps, and a binder is bulky.  I usually use a coil bound notebook for the menu and grocery planning, so I decided to take my project to Staples, and for $10, they bound my book and put waterproof plastic covers on the front and back!

Here is how I did it.

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Visit The Camp Gal blog and get her menu planner and then her checklist. Modify the checklist on Word as you see fit. I pinted off the emails for all my campground reservations, google map directions for the places that are new to us, as well as the individual campground maps for each trip. I even found a cute printable journal page from Trooperly, so that I could have a quick on hand journal page for my daughter to put in our family summer scrapbook later.

Using Word I made a memo sheet with the following trip information: Date, Campgound, Site, Directions, Notes. To keep the theme in inserted some copied graphics from The Camp Gal Checklist.

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Behind this page was the campfound reservation, map of campground, and google directions to campground. Behind this was the Camping Checklist, the Menu Planner and last the Journal Page. I place a green coloured piece of paper as the divider at the back. I repeated this order of papers for all 10 trips, chronologically in the order of the trips. That’s it, done! And off to Staples to get bound!  It looks a little OCD all typed out like this, but hey, if we want to get out of town on a friday night with kids and a dog, and not forget anything, we need to be organized.

Pie Iron Baking

I found some great Pie Iron treats to share!

Pie Iron Cinnimon Rolls

Simply place one roll from a can of Pillsbury Grands rolls into  your pie iron and bake for a minute on each side. Drizzle on icing and done!

1 cans of Refrigerator Biscuits
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup nuts
2 tsp. Cinnamon 
 Butter

At home, in a blender or food processor, combine the nuts (optional), brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon until blended fine (you can run it thru a wire strainer to get any chunks out). At camp, cut your biscuits into wedge shaped pieces, 6ths (for large biscuits) or 4ths (for regular size), coat well in the sugar mixture and stuff a single layer into a buttered Pie Iron. Add a few dabs of butter and close the Pie Iron up and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium/low heat. Watch so they don’t burn. Invert the finished Monkey Bread onto a paper towel and let cool for a minute. If you want you can drizzle a suga