Not our typical camping experience, but the reason for this trip was threefold. First, we wanted to celebrate our forty-second anniversary. Next, we wanted to visit family in the area, and finally, we wanted to see the Mizzou Tigers wrestle gators. Katfish Katy’s is on the Missouri River about ten miles from Columbia. The river is just over the berm from our trailer, and we could view the river from our breakfast table.
This is the stage for the live blues bands that were coming for a Sunday afternoon concert.
Saint got to watch a big barge coming down the river, but the picture is on his phone. And we walked the Katy Trail, which was right at our doorstep, nearly, in the mornings.
We celebrated our anniversary at Les Bourgeois near Rocheport. The views of the river from there are spectacular.
And the harvest is ready.
The historic buildings in Rocheport…a church and and old school turned into a B&B.
On Friday evening, My brother and his wife came through on the way to the ballgame. My niece, her husband, and delightful daughter came down from Columbia for dinner. Of course the beautiful weather turned ugly just about dinner time. Good thing Saint persevered through the ridiculousness of setting up a screen room over the picnic table. I think it was Miss Olivia’s first camping outing. She was a great sport and indulged us in roasting a marshmallow for a s’more, but she really liked the “pacorn” better.
And was smart enough to warm up inside the trailer.
She was even more comfortable at home the next day when I gladly gave up my ticket to the football game to help entertain Olivia and her cousin, Owen, who came from KC so his dad could enjoy the game.
Olivia’s Grandpa (my brother, Carl) ready for the big game.
Sharon gladly shared both her grand kids. Owen and I golfed, cooked, and hot-rodded around.
And I still had a great seat to watch the Tigers whip up on the Gators when the kids went down for naps. Win-Win!!
They all went to a celebration party at one of the coaches houses, but Saint and I needed to get back to the campground and tear down that consternation of a screen room before dew settled in and we had to put it away wet.
Sometimes, the prettiest scenery is found in the most unusual of places. This time, on our road home. This old barn. By next weekend, the leaves should be at their brightest, but this is a pretty sight!
I didn’t try a lot of extraordinary cooking this week. We were too busy and the weather wasn’t cooperating. I did try a new breakfast casserole that I baked in the oven inside the trailer. I modified a bit . It was tasty. Can’t wait to try it on the campfire. I used to have a camp oven, and now I’m toying with making my own makeshift one. For now, I’ll share the recipe. It was good enough to make at home…and easy!
Bubble Up Breakfast Casserole
1 lb Sausage
1/2 c. milk or cream
1 can crescent rolls
1 can green chiles (small)
1 sage leaf
2 c. shredded cheddar
1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook, drain, and refrigerate sausage until ready to use. (I did this at home before we left for camp)
When ready to assemble, lightly grease or spray 9×13 casserole dish. Pinch off nickel sized pieces of crescent rolls and drop them randomly over the bottom of dish. Add cooked sausage. Dice fresh sage leaf finely and sprinkle across sausage. Beat eggs and milk together, add salt and pepper and mix in green chiles and mushrooms (optional). Pour over sausage layer and top with shredded cheddar. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven until eggs are set and cheese is melted. (30 -40 mins and allow to rest an additional 5 to 10 .)
The crescent roll pieces will bubble up nicely, making this a pretty and tasty casserole. And, oh, my! How easy!