Antoine and I were in charge of all the food/cooking. I was in charge of the coffee, something I've never made when camping before because Antoine doesn't drink coffee. But since we had some serious coffee drinkers in the group this time I got this and this (which also came in handy for making some warm spiced cider Saturday night!) and some tasty coffee from Stauf's...and it turned out really well! Plus my sister gave me this sweet set of metal mugs, bowls and plates (thanks sis!).
These photos are from Saturday morning. Antoine and I made an egg bake (somewhat similar to this one) with potatoes, onions, and peppers from Amanda's garden. We topped it with Parmesan and aged white cheddar and it was very tasty! Cheese, of course, wanted to help with the cooking process and kept getting way too close to the fire...but he managed not to burn himself, somehow.
On Saturday we went to Apple Hill Orchards in Mansfield, OH, which was about a 30-40 minute drive from where we were staying near Mohican State Park. I had never been to Apple Hill and just found them online earlier that week. It's a great little place that I'd highly recommend (and they are dog-friendly which is awesome!). We went apple picking, feasted on apple donuts, and sampled some delicious cider. Good times!
After Apple Hill, my sister and brother-in-law spotted a sign for the Ohio Bird Sanctuary just down the road. It turned out to be a really great impromptu stop! Cheese was allowed in most of the areas, they had a cool selection of owls, hawks and falcons, and they even had an enclosure that you could walk into (but no dogs!) that had all kinds of birds in it, quails, blue jays, chickens, killdeer, etc. And then as we were getting ready to leave we spotted one of the very friendly staff exercising one of the hawks. And then another one of the staff members brought out this little screech owl, Lazarus, to talk about! I have better photos that I'll definitely share later!
As you can see Saturday night got a little silly! We were all drinking and playing cards against humanity and then this happened...don't worry, that's not cocaine it's powdered sugar for campfire pies!
It was a fun, but exhausting weekend...especially for the Cheese-man! All the smells, all the random people petting him and rubbing his belly...it's so rough!
Stay tuned for more camping photos, though it might take me a while to get to them since this weeks is Midpoint! Happy Monday everyone!