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Friday, November 2, 2018

How to Have Fun Camping When You Aren't A Camper.

My kids LOVE camping. They love the dirt, bugs, nature and even the part where they have to sleep on the hard, rocky ground. A few weeks ago the kids were asking if we could go camping since we haven't been camping, not even once this entire year. If I am being completely honest, I am not sad that we haven't been camping at all this year. It's simply not my activity of choice. However, I was talking to my husband and telling him how much the boys want to go camping, secretly hoping he would volunteer to take them. He sighed and said that camping would have to wait until spring. Which is fine by me, but the kids were still disappointed and my oldest asked me to take them telling me it would make me the coolest mom ever.

The idea of taking my kids camping all by myself is something I had never considered. But this child of mine knows how I work. He has figured out how to work the system and how to hook me! I am not one to back down from a challenge or Coolest Mom Ever titles given by teenage sons. So... we went camping. Mom style. INDOORS!

We roasted marshmallows...

..over the gas stove using kabob sticks.
Mmmmm! Tasty S'mores!!

Then we started a fire in our fireplace, gathering around to tell spooky stories and eat popcorn.

When we got tired, we slept in a tent with sleeping bags. ...Ok, they slept in a "tent", which was actually just a blanket tied to chairs, but it served the same purpose. Meanwhile, I slept in my warm, comfy bed. 

For breakfast, We all ate this beautiful Cinnamon Sugar Caramel Bubble Bread (recipe below).

It may not have been what my son had in mind when he asked me to take him, his brother and sister camping, but it was the most perfect camping trip, in my own opinion. No bugs or bug bites, no stinky hair or clothes, no fire danger, no dirt anywhere, and everyone was happy!
It was the BEST camping adventure EVER!

you will need:
18 rhodes frozen rolls, cut in half
one box COOK AND SERVE butterscotch pudding
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Karo Syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter

Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut frozen rolls in half, and place in Ziploc bag and shake with the entire package of pudding mix and cinnamon. After well coated, arrange rolls in bundt pan pouring remaining pudding mix over rolls. Microwave butter, Karo, and brown sugar until bubbling then pour over rolls. Allow to rise 4 hours or overnight.  Bake at 375 28-30 minutes or until dark brown on top. CAREFULLY Turn out of the pan onto a serving plate. Allow to cool a bit before serving. 

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