We stayed in a basic cabin at a campground in Boone, NC. I have been researching inexpensive ways for us to get to the mountains and the beach without paying over $100.00 per night in either place. It is surprisingly expensive to stay in these places, even for the weekend! After a lot of research we decided that camping would (if well planned) be a great way for us to get out for long weekends inexpensively. Our son is now old enough that I feel comfortable setting out doing this. (It can be a lot of work!) The weather reports were not favorable for us to tent camp as it was supposed to rain on and off quite a bit, but for about $20.00 more, we found the campground cabin was just the thing. We still lived pioneer style, but a lot drier and warmer than in a tent. We all loved it! An added bonus to staying at the campground was the amount of families and children around. My son made no less than 7 friends while there and had a blast playing with them. We had live music on the grounds Saturday night and all in all an enchanting weekend. In my extensive preparations for this trip, I put together my favorite pancake mix to cook on our camp stove, because you can't possibly camp out without making bacon, eggs and pancakes on the old Coleman camp stove! I put the dry mix in a large drink container, so that I could add the milk and egg, shake and pour. In retrospect, I think if you have a protein drink shaker with the whisk ball inside, it would be the perfect way to make these pancakes ALL the time!
1 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
3 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
3 T. butter melted
1 1/4 c. milk
Before mixing, heat your griddle or skillet on medium/high heat for about 5 minutes. Flick a few drops of water on the griddle and if the water dances and sizzles across, then your griddle is ready to go. Mix the wet ingredients with dry ingredients and then ladle out as you wish. Flip when bubbles burst on the top of the first side of the batter and pancake is golden on the bottom. cook another minute or two on the second side and transfer to a warm plate.
Slather with butter and syrup, or whatever you fancy!
*** Bonus Recipe***
So, growing up we did not have true maple syrup in the house, I'm not really sure why unless it was so expensive, which is why I sometimes don't indulge in purchasing it now. My family made this syrup recipe and its dead easy and pretty delicious in it's own right and very inexpensive to make.
1 c. white sugar
1 c. water
1-3 t. maple syrup flavoring
Boil the sugar and water until clear. Turn off the heat and stir in the maple syrup flavoring. Add butter if you want to make the syrup richer. It stores well in the refrigerator too!