Saturday, September 10, 2011

Camping chic ...

The first crisp autumn mornings always inspire a desire to go camping, so I'm thinking of planning an all-girls fall camp out.  It would be so much fun to don our best camping chic attire and head out for a weekend in the Texas Hill Country!

Images via Style Bust (above) and  Poppy Talk (below). 

While I'm totally happy to pitch a tent, I think our group might really enjoy the comaraderie of sharing a bunkhouse, not to mention the convenience of better 'facilities.' Either way, I'm ready for cool weather activities and campfire cooking.

Image via Favim.

Alas, I need to find some new hiking boots this year. My Redwing's finally bit the dust after 20+ years. I'd say I received my money's worth on those beauties!

Image via Tobi Fairley.

We are fortunate to have numerous state parks in Texas, most with charming rental cabins, scenic tree canopies, lakes, rivers and hiking trails. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates the parks where camping reservations can be made throughout the year.  

Images above via Rosie Parsons (left) and Slim Paley (right).

I'm going to ask the ladies to have fun with our trip and pack their most glam gear to make the weekend extra fun. Own a plaid fedora or camouflage cami? Pack it. Want to wear a tiara with those tennies? Go for it. Camping chic with khaki and cashmere. Love it!

Image via The Little Red House.

Of course, one of my favorite things about camping is cooking over a campfire. Without question, S'Mores have to be the epitome of camping cuisine! If you're new to the great outdoors, here's the S'mores recipe:

1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar

Heat the marshmallow over a campfire until it begins to brown and melt.
Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating. Consume copious amounts, then, collapse in your tent!

Ah, this takes me back to my Girl Scout days ...

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