Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cozy Camping--Indoors

When the winter weather is at times way too bitterly cold and snowy to even think about a real experience like camping in the great outdoors, a bit of improvising can make camping indoors just as fun.

Here in Wisconsin, we have our snow and very cold weather.  So let's do some cozy camping -- indoors.........  First, let's set the table----camping style.

It just wouldn't be camping without some red, white and black plaid placemats and candles.

Some pine cones for fire starters and a homemade, red and black buffalo plaid hand warmer to slip into woolly mittens are a necessity for gathering some wood for the fireplace.

And with all that snow.....we may need some snowshoes to go outside.

Definitely, a thermos of hot coffee is needed to combat the chilly morning.

Now that the table is set and the fire is going, lets use our cast iron skillets and have a hearty breakfast before the day unfolds.

Lets start with some Breakfast Sausage on a Stick.  This fast and easy dish is perfect for camping whether it is indoors or out.  It starts with fully cooked breakfast sausages that are skewered, dipped into a thick, buttermilk pancake batter, fried in oil until golden brown and topped with a shake of powdered sugar.  Served with some warm maple syrup for dipping and some hot, steamy coffee and breakfast has you feeling like a lumberjack.

One other recipe that makes for a grab-and-go breakfast for camping is some peanut muffins topped with a peanut butter glaze  (recipe provided below).  It has just enough sweetness to provide energy to start the day or to play in the snow.

Peanut Muffins

2 C flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C brown sugar
1 C peanuts, coarsely chopped (If using salted peanuts, omit or reduce salt from recipe)
2 T butter, melted
1/4 C peanut butter
1 C milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Add chopped peanuts. In separate bowl, mix butter and peanut butter. Add milk, egg and vanilla extract. Add peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Fill muffin tins or foil muffin paper almost full (about 3/4 full). Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool and drizzle with peanut butter glaze (recipe below).

Peanut Butter Glaze

1/4 C creamy peanut butter
3/4 - 1 C powdered sugar
1 T corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 T or more, depending on consistency, whipped cream, half and half, or milk

Mix until smooth and drizzle over cooled muffins. Top with chopped peanuts.


An end to a busy day deserves a yummy campfire cake and some fun, classic games such as checkers and tic-tac-toe.

Now does anyone know a few campfire songs before it is time to slip into a warm and cozy sleeping bag? 

Happy Camping!


Just another note to mention....The Little Yellow Corner Store now has a a Pinterest page.  It is work in progress, but for now, you can see a collection of tablescapes throughout the years.  Pop in and take a peek at


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  1. Oh my goodness! That campfire cake is truly something else! You're rockin' it GF 😊.

    It's finally warming up here, and yesterday I even saw some cherry blossoms in bloom. I'll send some sunshine your way, but then again, sounds like you're making the most of winter with your amazing recipes and tablescapes!


  2. This is so adorable and what a fun idea. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. You are one of this coming features this Sunday. Thank you for sharing.

  3. What a fun idea! I love that cake and I think the breakfast on a stick idea is genius. Pinned.

  4. I love how you worked this theme! Everything about it is so well placed and on point. Using the mini cast iron skillet as a base for the hurricane was brilliant. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  5. I love this camping theme. Everything you put together is so fun! I especially love that cake :) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

  6. What a fun idea for a cold winter day giving us the hope of spring and going outdoors once again! Your cake is just adorable! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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