Well...it's officially starting to feel like Fall (and then it feels like the middle of Summer, and then it rains, and then there's a tropical storm...oh wait, is that just Atlanta?). Fall is probably my favorite season but I always get lots of anxiety because I know what's coming next...winter. And no I am in no way a fan of winter, maybe I would be if I lived somewhere with lots of snow where I could go skiing etc but in the winter Atlanta is just kind of damp and cold. But! Right now it's fall and I'm going to embrace and enjoy it while I still can (and wear all of the cute fall clothes). One of my favorite things to do in the fall is go camping! The weather is so perfect, you can snuggle by a fire at night and hike during the day, and the woods are so pretty with all the changing leaves. One of my favorite parts of camping is the food (well, let's be honest, that's my favorite part of most things). I grew up in Girl Scouts and while the boy scouts were learning knots and such we were learning how to bake a cake using a box and some tinfoil. That's some real sexist stuff right there haha but I'm perfectly happy making and eating gourmet meals fireside while the Boy Scouts trudge off into the woods with their knots and nasty oatmeal packets. Maybe you're a veteran camper/backpacker and you get really hardcore with your camp meals, but in case you're looking to step it up a bit, I'm going to go over some of my favorite camping recipes (most of these are gluten and dairy free just as a bonus, except the dessert ones, go figure)
So I just got back from visiting my mom and her garden is amazing. She has so many cool herb plants and one of them is this gigantic lavender bush in her front yard. As soon as I get out of the car I can already smell it and it's one of my favorite scents ever. Lavender reminds me of being at a spa (and that's never a bad memory). Inhaling the scent of lavender is supposed to be calming and soothing and helps you sleep!
So momma cut a bunch of it for me and I brought it home where I quickly realized this smells amazing BUT I have no idea what to do with this. So after some googling and trying out different recipes I settled on...
Growing up, I lived on a 50 acre farm. It wasn't a working farm but we had horses and a few other farm animals as well as a pretty large garden and greenhouse. I had a love/hate relationship with the garden. I hated weeding it but I loved all the fresh produce we would eat in the summers. I remembe r summer days coming in for lunch (we were always outside playing and exploring) and my mom making BLTs with tomatoes fresh out of the garden. At night for a snack, my sister and I would gorge ourselves on steamed green beans with melted butter and salt like popcorn. I remember one time my mom hadn't picked any that day and I went out to the garden in the dark to pick some because I loved them that much.