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Camping and RV Meals for May

Blog copyright Janet Groene 2022, all rights reserved. 

ifs, buts nor MAYbe about it. May camping offers a perfect blend of
spring weather, buds, blooms and freshly readied campgrounds eager for
the summer season



Camp and RV Recipe of the Week

Apple Pie Parfait
    This scrumptious dessert  throws together in minutes.  Serve it in ice cream cones and have no dishes to wash!



 2  cups graham cracker crumbs
½ stick butter
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

    Melt butter and stir in crumbs and nuts. Chill.

16-ounce can or jar of extra chunky applesauce (2 cups)
½ teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tub whipped topping, thawed but cold

     In a bowl fold spice and sugar into applesauce.  Just before serving, fold in whipped topping and spoon into serving dishes or ice cream cones alternately with the crumbs. This is best when freshly made. Make as needed  and serve at once. 

Tips for the Camp Cook

    * Make a self-dressing salad without oil. Peel some cucumbers and remove some or all seeds. (Large, older cukes get quite seedy.) Dice them. Put in a gallon-size zip-top bag.  Mix 1 tablespoon each sugar, white vinegar, dried dillweed, salt and pepper and add to the bag.  “Work”  bag gently  to mix well. Chill several hours or overnight in the fridge or ice chest. Just before serving, stir in more vinegar to taste,  diced avocado and maybe some diced Roma tomatoes. 

* Save and wash disposable foil baking pans at home to take camping. Use again, then dispose of them in the campground’s recycle bin. Large, clean tin cans also make good, disposable baking pans for camping.

    * More uses for foil baking pans? Make holes with an ice pick to make a strainer. Hang up around the campsite, where they will flash and spangle in the sun to discourage aggressive birds. Make a flea trap.(see below)

* My Gypsy once picked up a coat full fleas at a campsite and brought them into the RV. A ranger told me it’s common for a campsite to be infested if a previous tenant had a dog with fleas. Half fill a pan with water and add one drop of dishwashing soap. Place under a nightlight or other dim light. After dark, the reflection will attract fleas and they drown. Repeat nightly. 



What to get Dad for Father’s Day next month? Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, will get Dad in the mood for the travel life he has always dreamed of. Based on our own 10 years on the go as a young travelwriter team we begin with making the decision in the first place. Then we explain the pro, con, how and why of going on the road at any age, working along the way. We  end with a chapter on easing out, when and if that time comes.  Order it at book stores or from Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
Corned Beefcakes

    When an impromptu party breaks out in the campground  you can always have pantry ingredients on hand for this meaty dish. To see more recipes that use only pantry ingredients, go to BoatCook.


6-serve packet instant mashed potatoes
12-ounce can corned beef
Large egg, beaten *
Medium onion, chopped fine
Canola oil for frying
Ketchup (optional)

*When you bring liquid eggs in a carton, you save the mess of beating eggs

    In a large saucepan, prepare potatoes according to packet directions.   Cover and let steep five minutes. Stir in corned beef, breaking it up with a fork, until evenly mixed. Stir in onion and egg. Lightly oil a nonstick skillet. Drop corned beef mix into hot skillet, forming cakes about 3 inches around. Brown on one side, turn over, flatten and cook until crusty. Arrange cakes on a serving plate and drizzle lightly with ketchup. Makes 10 patties. 


Survival Food Handbook is a prepper guide for campers who have limited storage space but must be prepared for emergencies anywhere, any time. Roads close. Evacuations can be sudden. “Shelter in place” orders come down. The supply chain fails. Food is insurance.

This isn’t about high-priced survival rations but everyday supermarket staples you’ll use and rotate as you go along. Learn how much is enough. What to do in a power outage, flood clean-up, water shortage. How to read labels. Focus is on stocking your pantry with the best nutrition per ounce, cubic inch and dollar.

Green Sauce Italiano

    Perk up grilled meats, from turkey burgers to lamb chops, with a small slather of this sauce. It’s also good on omelets or as a pasta sauce. 

1 cup canola or olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped, drained capers
1/4 cup chopped, drained  pickled sweet pepper rings
2 teaspoons mixed Italian seasoning
1 bunch parsley, chopped fine (about 1 cup)
½ teaspoon each salt, freshly ground pepper

    Heat oil to an active simmer and stir in remaining ingredients for one minute. Turn off heat and let cool. Portion, wrap and freeze, planning one tablespoon per serving.  Thaw thoroughly, stir and serve at “room” temperature or gently warmed.








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