chickpea curry with bread and rice

GlampLyfe’s 5 Favorite Winter Campfire Recipes

Our September article GlampLyfe’s 5 Favorite Campfire Recipes featured seasonally Summer foods. Read it to learn easy recipes with peaches and summer squash. As the weather has changed and it’s officially January, it’s time for a new iteration of this list. In my family, wintery mix calls for warm hearty meals and lots of crunchy bread. Camping in the cold with limited resources? You’re probably sticking to one-pot meals like stews, curries, and soups.

Coconut Chickpea Curry

“Packed with plant-based protein, completely filling, and loaded with flavor, these curried chickpeas with coconut milk continues to be a recurring camping favorite.” Coconut milk means this Fresh off the Grid recipe is vegan! Spicy savory curry sounds like the perfect pick to warm you up in winter months. This one happens to look delicious. The recipe suggests pouring over rice but you could also roast some pita or naan bread to dip.

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

As someone with Greek grandparents, halloumi is a staple for birthdays, holidays, and other events in my life. It’s an awesome addition to a campfire cookout because it’s warm and you can eat it with your hands. This recipe card from Healthy Recipes couldn’t be more simple. If you want to save it for dessert, drizzle some honey on top of the dish.

Beef Stroganoff

Good ol’ fashioned pasta is a campfire staple. You probably don’t need inspiration to cook noodles with red sauce. Look what happens when we elevate it with steak, mushrooms, and creamy sauce. Fresh off the Grid’s recipe explains how to whip up this filling one-pot meal. You could add some spinach to make this a little healthier. Spinach should cook down to be small enough that you won’t have to worry about the single pot overflowing.

Skillet-Cooked Mixed-Berry Grunt

In the mood for glamping? If granola bars aren’t your thing, you may be interested in more sophisticated recipes. Martha Stewart has a great selection for outdoor cooking, including this warm dessert option. If you want to try this out but don’t want to bring all of the ingredients, you can probably leave out the ground cinnamon and stick to one kind of berry.

Irish Whiskey

This three-ingredient cocktail is straight to the point. If you already brought coffee, you’re golden. You’re guaranteed to warm your bones in cold weather with a stiff whiskey drink. Make it vegan by adding almond or oat milk instead of cream. Oats has other awesome whiskey-based recipes that incorporate nature more heavily by including forested berries and the like.

Nature Photography Tips

Nature Photography Tips

On our social media (@glamplyfe everywhere), you’ll see we emphasize photography. We’ve found that featuring photos of our Ohio campsite online draws in a lot of new guests who live outside of the area. While “word of mouth” and good reviews are important, photography and videography convinces the aesthetically inclined. We’re always looking for new pictures from past visits to GlampLyfe! We especially want to see your pets and loved ones. In order to get the best photos, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top nature photography tips from Masterclass (which also includes gear suggestions) and American Forest.

  • Pay special attention to the light: Google “Golden Hour” and your state if you’re not sure of when this is.
  • Plan accordingly: Rain boots? Sunglasses? Come prepared for the weather.
  • Use the rule of thirds: This means separating your shot into three equal parts and lining up your subject matter symmetrically.
  • Patience is key: It only takes one shutter to get the perfect shot.
  • Get creative: Try playing with different heights and angles.
  • Study nature: What time of year do turtles hatch? What time of day does the crow fly over the river?
  • Always be respectful of the natural world: Please clean up behind yourself and don’t alter/destroy any natural habitats.
  • You don’t need a fancy Nikon or Canon to shoot: Phone cameras have great range these days. You can adjust your phone settings or use editing Apps after.
  • Don’t give up: Smooth seas don’t make for skillful sailors.
  • Have fun!