Planning Your Christmas Camping Trip? Make Sure to Try These Recipes!

One of my favorite elements of the holidays is the Christmas crafts I make with my kids. There is no shortage of homemade Christmas décor, yummy treats, and popcorn-cranberry garlands made for the Christmas tree. Not only does creativity bring out the best in us, but it allows for great time spent with family.

Will you be doing any Christmas camping with your family this month? Here are some fun things to try – not just a yummy treat your family will enjoy, but a fun way to “decorate” and love on the winter birds and squirrels who would appreciate some holiday cheer, too.

Holiday Wassail (for humans!)

We make this every year. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’ll cure what ails ya! Due to the cloves, lemon, and pineapple juice, this soothes a sore throat and cough!*

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup whole cloves
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips or sticks, broken into small pieces
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 14 cups apple juice

Use unsweetened juices.

You’ll also need:

  • 6 qt stock pot
  • Cheese cloth and string
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle

Get wassailing!

  • Wrap the cloves and cinnamon in cheesecloth and tie with string. Set aside.
  • Simmer sugar and water with spice ball 10 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Add juices and simmer another 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm!

*This statement is not to replace your doctor’s advice.

 

While the wassail is simmering, make this Christmas treat for your bushy tailed friends outside!

Christmas Cakes (for squirrels!)

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Ingredients

  • ½ lb suet
  • 1 cup unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 cups birdseed
  • 1 cup oatmeal

You’ll also need:

  • 3 qt stock pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Muffin tins
  • Sharp knife 

Let’s go!

  • Place the suet in the stock pot and melt over medium heat until it’s mushy and liquidy.
  • Once it’s melted, add in the peanut butter and oatmeal. Stir over medium heat until the peanut butter is runny.
  • Start pouring in the bird seed until the mixture is hard to stir. Keep it over the heat while you add it in (it’s hard to get it out of the pan once the birdseed cools down).
  • Once all the birdseed is mixed in, spoon the mixture into muffin tins and allow it to sit for 24 hours.
  • Pop the Christmas Cakes out of the muffin tins using a sharp knife (adults only!).
  • Set the Christmas Cakes outside near squirrel feeders or tree bases!

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Birds love this too! Do you have leftover suet, peanut butter, and birdseed? Grab some pinecones from outside and make lovely hanging bird feeders!

  • Prep a version of the recipe above using only suet, peanut butter, and birdseed.
  • Melt suet and peanut butter together.
  • Roll pinecones in warm mixture.
  • Then roll the pinecones in a pan of bird seed.
  • Tie a string around the top of the pinecone and hang from a tree!

 

Whether you’re enjoying a warm cup of wassail with your family, or loving on the birds and squirrels outside, these are a couple of great recipes to use while camping with your family over the holidays – whether in your RV or in one of our rentals. We offer tiny houses and cottages that would be perfect for your Christmas camping! Contact us if you’d like to make a reservation!

 

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