Category Archives: camping

Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

I always feel like such a cheater when I pull out a box of Bisquick or Jiffy Mix.  I also feel wasteful – why spend extra money on something that I already have the ingredients for?  Same goes for those handy little one-time-use pancake mixes.

I saw one of these at the grocery store and figured it would be perfect for bringing camping with us – fresh pancakes with minimal mess.  Even taking the handy container into consideration, it’s hard to justify spending a couple dollars when it could be made for pennies (I think… I didn’t calculate the actual cost of making it from scratch, but I’d assume it’s much, much less).

The homemade version of Bisquick mix is very little trouble to whip up.  There are quite a few different versions floating around out there, but since I’m using it for pancakes only, I based it on an instant pancake mix recipe.  There are only five ingredients necessary for the mix: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  When the time comes to make the pancakes, add an egg and a little milk, shake, and pour.  I put mine in an old peanut container.

It had a wide enough opening to add the ingredients directly, which was really nice, and pouring was only a bit of a mess.  If I would’ve had an empty ketchup bottle to spare, I could’ve used an idea I saw over at Crafter-Holic, originally from Real Simple magazine:

Adorable.  And you could do fun things like make your initials, or a heart, or the classic Mickey Mouse.  I probably won’t end up using it, though – you’d need a funnel not only to make the original mix, but then you’d also need to remember to bring it camping with you to add the egg and milk.

I’d highly recommend this recipe to any camper or someone in need of a quick way to make pancakes.  I don’t think I’d use it for a leisurely brunch – there are probably tastier versions available – but it’s a simple, quick, tasty way to get your pancake fix.

Bisquick Mix

(to use for instant pancakes while camping)

Based on Alton Brown’s “Instant” Pancake Mix

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a lidded container.  Shake to mix.
  2. When ready to make pancakes, add 1 egg and enough milk to make desired consistency.  Place the lid back on the container and shake until combined.  Cook on a hot griddle.

Blogging, Baking, and Camping

After thinking quite a bit about the many things in life I enjoy doing I’ve narrowed it down for my June happiness challenge – focusing on my passions.  I’ve come up with three items – cooking and baking, blogging, and camping.  Here are a few of the ideas I have for June’s challenge.

Cooking and Baking

  • Make something from scratch daily
  • Drastically reduce the purchase of pre-made snacks
  • Use high quality, local ingredients when possible


  • Start a new blog with my husband
  • Set a goal of 4 posts per week on The Wooden Spoon, and then set up times to write


  • Go camping at least three times this summer
  • Continue camp journal

The Camping Countdown

We aren’t RV campers, or electricity loving campers, or showering campers.  We’re the pop a tent, ditch the cell phones, bring on the pudgy-pie type of campers.  That being said, I don’t think I’d necessarily want to abandon all creature comforts.  After all, there is special equipment needed for a pudgy-pie, and I don’t think I’d enjoy filtering lake water in order to brush my teeth.

I enjoy planning for a weekend of camping as much as I actually enjoy the trip itself… which is why I’ve started dreaming about our great outdoor escape that will take place in 36 days.  Coincidence that this falls on the last day of the school year?  Of course not.  As the last bell rings, I’ll be sprinting out the door one step ahead of my students, pencils and notebooks flying behind me as I go.  This may be a slight exaggeration, but the moment my room is packed up for the summer, I’ll be ready to roll.

This past weekend, I took a good hard look at our camping supplies and came up with a plan.  It being organization month and all, I figured there was no time like the present to get things into order.  We already had three large Rubbermaid bins, and all were overflowing.  (Gosh, I wish I’d remembered to take a “before” picture.  Or an after, for that matter.  It would probably make this post better.  I promise, there will be pictures to come when the camping trip draws nearer.)

I unpacked the bins, took an inventory, and sorted to my heart’s content.  We now have extremely well organized three bins (none too full to close, either), with all supplies inside and accounted for.  I even made note of what needs to be added or changed each time we go (washcloths, for example, and my glasses).

You may ask, “Why in the world would you take the time to do this?  Doesn’t this seem like a waste of a Sunday?”  Well… number one, I don’t have kids, so I have a quite a bit more free time than many of you probably have.  And number two… let’s face it, I’m a nerd.  I loved every minute of this packing experience.  This is what I do for fun, folks.

So here it is, in all it’s glory…

Packing List

And just in case you dislike opening Word documents as much as I do, here’s a sneak preview.  The actual document contains much more info, but the list below will at least give you an idea of whether it’s worth opening.


Bin Three

Meal Preparation

Small Bin

Bottle opener/corkscrew

Can opener

Collapsible cups

Dish soap

Hand sanitizer

Large knife

Large spoons



Plastic silverware

Small cutting board

Small knives



Large Bin

Aluminum foil



Coffee maker


Dish pan

Kabob makers

Large cutting board





Pot holders


Pudgy pie makers

Scrub brush


Tablecloth clamps


Wet wipes

Don’t forget…

    • Coffee/tea
    • Dish cloth
    • Drying cloth