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Playing and Staying in Big Sur

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Big Sur is one of the “must-see places” in  America and located on one of the most iconic road trips in our Country, Highway 1, a designated American National Scenic Byway. With approximately 85 curvy miles between San Simeon and Carmel, this stretch of highway hosts breath-taking views of both the mountains and the coast.

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You could definitely stay in the car and drive through Highway 1 and be awestruck by its beauty (I’ve done that) or you could spend some time there and enjoy it to the fullest. Big Sur has plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast. From hiking, to waterfalls, to the purple sandy beaches –  Big Sur is amazing!

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You can spend the day to discover Big Sur by stopping along the highway and visit places like Mc Way Falls, Pfeiffer Beach and the Bixby Creek Bridge. We wanted to go on some hikes, see the redwoods and feel the purple sand of the beaches in Big Sur.

AndrewMoleraBeach1We decided to camp in Big Sur and made our base at the Fernwood Resort. To make reservations you simply call them, that’s right – no internet reservations here. The friendly staff at Fernwood Resort, answers the phones (crazy right?) checks the dates your interested in and lets you know what’s available. Take note – campsites fill up quick as most of the campers I talked to while we were there book their camping spots a year in advance.

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Highway 1 is filled with gorgeous resorts, inns and camping spots along the way. The Fernwood Resort came as a recommendation to us and I’m glad we stayed here. We were fortunate enough to scoop up a couple of cancellations for our trip.

Fernwood16One the first night, we stayed at camp site #63 – This campsite is located along the river on the other side of the bridge after entering the campsite. My first thought upon pulling up to our campsite was that the space was small, beautiful but small. We got out, set up camp and realized there was plenty of space.

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As it turns out your campsite goes all the way down to the river, you can actually set up your tent near the river (just be careful if rain is in the forecast). Each campsite comes with a picnic table and a fire ring. All of the campsites along the river surprisingly have electricity and water and most importantly easy access to the river. You fall to sleep to the gentle sound of the river.

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The campsites located on the opposite side are set among the Redwood Trees but do not have electricity and water. The restrooms, free showers, a dishwashing area (with hot water) and a coin operated laundry area are all conveniently located to all of the campsites.

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As for our second night we moved to “primitive” Tent Cabin # 8 – which means a cabin with no electricity or bathroom. The Tent Cabins sleep 4 are also located along the river, have a picnic table and fire rings.

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The Tent Cabins do offer a little more privacy as they sit between the Redwood trees. Our girls loved playing inside the cabin while my husband and I prepared meals and sat around the campfire with the sound of the river below us.

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There are trails that leads down to the river from the tent cabin sites, my girls had a blast playing in the river.

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The restrooms were a short walk from the Tent Cabins as well as private coin operated showers rooms. The downside for me was that the dishwashing station was located on the other side of the camp near the tent camping sites.

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Fernwood Resort also offers Adventure Tents (a Tent Cabin with electricty, a bed, night stand, lights and bedding), a Motor Lodge, Fully Furnished Cabins with bathrooms and kitchens, RV sites and group camping spots. If you arrive here and realize you forgot something, don’t worry – they’ve got you covered.

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There is a very fully stocked market (which includes vegan and vegetarian options), a very fully stocked camping supply store, a restaurant with an outside patio with heaters and a ping pong table, an Ice Cream shop (that serves very healthy servings) and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

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A couple of things to consider – if were a camper, the camp sites are a little higher then your usually campsites (still far less than a motel room) and you can only get Wi-Fi service in the store/restaurant area, so be prepared to unplug during your stay.

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Both Pfeiffer Beach and Andrew Molera State Beach are located within 5-10 minutes from Fernwood Resort. Staying here gave us the the perfect opprtunity to explore Big Sur, see the Redwoods, play in the oceans purple sand, play in the river, relax by a campfire and of course  – make s’mores! How perfect is that!

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Fernwood Resort has a gorgeous walking trail (great for the littles) a hiking trail and also happens to be home to one of the very rare “Albino” Redwood.

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I highly recommend Fernwood Resort, no matter what level of adventure your at. If your looking to stay in a room, relax in a cabin or rough it in a campsite, they have something for you. You can’t go wrong staying here while you while you discover this beautiful area of California.

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Happy exploring!

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S’More Thanks-A-Lot

For as long as I can remember I have loved having S’More’s. Who can resist the delicious crunch of graham crackers with melted marshmallows and ooey, gooey chocolate (yes, that’s a technical term). It’s a thing of beauty and an epicurean delight. S’mores were originally found in the Girl Scouts handbook of 1927, so I’m assuming it’s a smart Girl Scout who invented them.

Being a Girl Scout Leader gives me all the more reason to love this yummy treat, being that it uses none other than Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies – makes it even better. I would have never even thought of this – but it definitely works!

Ingredients

2 Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout cookies
1 large marshmallow

Instructions

  • Place one cookie face down on a plate so the chocolate side is up.
  • Toast marshmallow and put onto cookie.
  • Top with the other cookie, chocolate side down.
  • Squish together until marshmallow reaches edges.

 

Number Served

1

Recipe courtesy of ABC Bakers, recipe submitted By Lindsey Briggs

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August 10th is National S’mores Day!!!

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 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A s’more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional night time campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.[1] National S’mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States.

S’more appears to be a contraction of the phrase “some more”. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927. Although the exact origin is unclear, reports on the group as early in 1925 describe them. Merriam-Webster marks 1974 as the first use of S’more, though recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973.

Since the Girl Scouts popularized S’mores, it has been a long standing communal tradition around the campfire. No Campfire in site, not to worry – you can make them in the microwave. People have S’more’s dessert tables at dinner parties. Some people skip the food and have S’more parties. A couple of months ago, my local Girl Scout Council staff had a S’more’s competition. That’s a tasty competition.

Go and get your ingredients and get ready to celebrate National S’more’s day with your family.

Here’s the basic S’mores recipe from Hersheys.com

Ingredients

  • 4 marshmallows
  • 4 graham crackers, broken into halves
  • 2 (1.55 oz. each) HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars, broken into halves

    Directions

    Place 1 graham cracker half on paper towel; top with chocolate bar half and marshmallow. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) in 10 second intervals until marshmallow puffs. Immediately top with remaining graham cracker half; gently press together. Repeat for each serving; serve immediately. 4 servings.

    OUTDOOR S’MORES: Place 1/2 of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55 oz.) on graham cracker half. Carefully toast marshmallow over grill or campfire (supervise the kids if they’re doing this); place over chocolate. Top with second graham cracker half; gently press together.

    For some interesting takes on S’more’s check out my S’more’s Pinterest page .

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    S’mores Cups Recipe

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    picture and recipe from http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/

    Although I try to keep our foods healthy sometimes you just gotta give in. I’m also in total Girl Scout mode today, so these Fluffy No Bake S’mores Cups from In Katrina’s Kitchen got my attention.

    This dessert not only looks scrumptious (or is it just me and my love for S’mores?) but it’s a great prep ahead dessert. Perfect for dinner parties.

    Just whip the ingredients together, assemble, let it sit in the fridge 3 hours or overnight and serve. If you have kids with Peanut allergies dessert will work out great. You use Biscoff spread in place of peanut butter (Biscoff spread is made from Biscoff cookies and gives that graham cracker taste). It can be found near the peanut butter in most grocery stores.

    S’mores Cups Recipe

    YIELD: 8 mini dessert cups

    PREP TIME: 15 minutes

    TOTAL TIME: 3 hours, or overnight

    Fluffy S’mores no-bake mousse cups

    INGREDIENTS:

    8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    4 oz package of chocolate pudding (powder)
    2 Cups powdered sugar
    1/2 Cup Biscoff spread or Peanut Butter
    8 oz tub of Cool Whip
    2-3 Tablespoons milk
    marshmallows and graham crackers for garnish and layers

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. In the bowl of your electric mixer combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, pudding powder, milk, and Biscoff spread.
    2. Fold in Cool Whip
    3. Pipe into cups of any size and garnish with graham crackers and marshmallows. Place halved marshmallows in between layers if desired.
    4. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight (will become a firmer consistency)

    NOTES:

    • You can also make this in a 9×13 dish layered between graham crackers.
    • Biscoff spread provides a hint of graham cracker taste in the dish. You can substitute peanut butter if you do not have Biscoff.

    For complete details visit : Smores Cups Recipe | In Katrina’s Kitchen.

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    Join the Great American Backyard Campout

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    The 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 28. National Wildlife Federation is encouraging people to camp outside on June 28th, or a night of your choice.

    National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors and other friends have offered to donate $2 in support of NWF’s wildlife conservation work for every person that participates in this year’s Campout— up to $400,000! You can register at the NWF site. You can camp in your backyard, balcony or a campground. They also provide a Campsite Finder  which offers you the chance to join other camping teams. National Wildlife Federation hopes to connect more people and families with being in the great outdoors.

    National Wildlife Federation also has some Camping Tips, games, songs, stories and recipes on their website.

    As a Girl Scout leader I must ask that you please don’t forgoet the s’mores. Did you know that s’mores first appeared in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. 

    I”ll  keep you up to date on our upcoming camping plans and recipes. We just recently acquired some great camping equipment and I can’t wait to use it.

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