Seriously, Camping in Tennessee

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Our view…not our boat. I wish. We pulled the trailer and not the boat, so our fishing was hampered. But, our destination was a family reunion in Kentucky and thought we’d check out some different campgrounds along the way. We drove around Paris Lake Campgrounds, but I had researched another in the Land Between the Lakes area, and we were very happy that we continued on the six extra miles to Piney Campgrounds in Tennessee. This was a large, well-managed facility. And these folks take their camping SERIOUSLY. Take a look at some of these set ups.

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Porch swing.                             Palm tree.                                    Gardening                                             Glamping.

DSC00018 And the cutest little log cabins. Our camping neighbors had an air conditioned pop up camper with all the outdoor kitchen amenities. I coveted his cast iron collection as he explained that he would have homemade peach cobbler ready soon. He shared his recipe:

2 Large cans peaches with juice

1 dry white cake mix

1 stick of butter

Pour peaches into dutch oven, sprinkle with cake mix, dot with butter and put the lid on. He had a nice bed of coals ready, placed the dutch oven on them, and placed some of the coals on top of the lid. He said a flat lid was a must. I could hardly wait to see it because I had tried a similar recipe our first night there, without the nice cast iron pan. Here is the yummy result of neighbor’s efforts:

DSC00040 I forgot to mention lining the pan with foil. It smelled sooo good. He offered to share, but we had just eaten. A lot.

Now, here is the recipe and ingredients I used.

1 can cherry pie filling

1 package muffin mix (I used triple berry)

1 stick of butter.

Really close, huh? But, I used two recycled aluminum pie tins. (Always save aluminum pie tins for camping. They are practically weightless. I poured the pie filling into the bottom pan, sprinkled the muffin mix on, and dotted with butter. I placed the other pie tin on top and crimped the edges. I added another layer of heavy duty foil, just in case it ran over.

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I may have cooked it a bit longer than necessary, but Saint and I ate every bite of it!

So, even if you don’t have state of the art camping equipment, or a very nice camping neighbor, you can still have a home made dessert. Give it a try.

Next post, I’ll share a couple of other recipes we made along the way…and something you trailer campers might want to watch out for. 😦

DSC00001 And, the updates on what I did with the leftover drop cloth fabric from the privacy curtain.

Stay tuned.

 

 

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DIY Privacy Curtain for Travel Trailer

Our Work-In-Progress continues, and I’m so excited about this simple update that I could hardly wait to share it.

My quest to replace the country blue decor with a coastal theme has gone well. You can see previous results here:

http://thymelesssageandrandomrants.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/move-that-bus/

Although I had updated the bedroom curtains, I still had the blue pull curtain that divides the bedroom from the living/kitchen area.

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It was not obnoxious, but outdated and too thin to keep light out…probably not for other people, but, I think I might have mentioned that I LIKE DARK sleeping quarters. (I know there are others of you out there who carry clothespins, duct tape, safety pins, etc. when you sleep at a hotel. First, you have to pin the curtains together to keep out the pole lights outside, then you have to tape over the media center lights, the clock, the microwave. I mean, it’s like sleeping in Vegas in most of the motel rooms, even the expensive ones.) Turns out, some campgrounds have the same issues, especially if you have a neighbor who loves the rope decorator lights and leaves them on all night. During one of my wide awake nights, I had a brilliant idea and couldn’t wait to get home and get some rest try this.

WooHoo! This is one of the best tips you are going to get about updating your curtains: A drop cloth from Lowes or Home Depot is the perfect width for a trailer curtain.DSC00247

I just laid it on top of the original curtain, and it fit perfectly. The drop cloth is considerably longer, but I wanted the curtain a bit longer than the original one. I simply held it up to the rail/rod and marked the length I wanted, folded up the excess fabric, as shown, and cut it off. (I’m using that leftover fabric and I’ll show you how later.)

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Now, the drop cloth is hemmed all the way around…until you cut off the bottom. I don’t sew all that much, but I managed to turn under a hem and machine stitch it with no problems only a little help. I think I might have had my machine threaded wrong or something, but I finally got it worked out.

Now for the fun part. I’ve always been scared of grommets. But that was before I knew how simple they really are to work with. My word. If I had known, I’d probably have grommets in everything I own. Purses, lamp shades, the possibilities are endless! All it takes is a package of grommets, a little grommet tool which I got at Walmart for… like …two bucks, and something to punch a hole in your fabric. The canvas type fabric of a drop cloth works great with grommets because it doesn’t ravel or pull. Oh, and it also helps if you have a strong hand. I used Saint’s. It worked perfectly. And, it gave him a chance to show me the antique leather punch that his grandfather and father used and handed down to him.

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When I laid the drop cloth over the original curtain, I marked through the grommet holes onto my fabric so they would be evenly spaced, but I wanted the folds in the fabric to hang better than the original curtain did, so I marked between each one. With this little grommet tool, Saint had these in place in no time!

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And I had it hung in even less time.DSC00251

Isn’t that amazing? And look how well it fits into the grand scheme of things:

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A clean coastal look, privacy, and light blocking all for less than $15.00. Now, tell me, campers, is that not one of the best tips you’ve seen in long time?

Happy sleeping camping!