In 2010, Kieran and I drove across the country to visit Kieran’s awesome parents in Rhode Island. At first we were going to drive straight there, stopping overnight at a hotel…..but I talked Kieran into taking a few extra days so we could visit Cedar Point and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water in Pennsylvania along the way. And instead of staying at hotels, Kieran quickly agreed it would be more fun to camp out instead.
And fun it was! We really enjoyed ourselves at Cedar Point. It was my first visit to that amusement Park and I thoroughly enjoyed the record breaking rides…..Dragster fans holla!
We camped overnight then headed our way to Rockwood, PA. where we booked a ridiculously cheap campsite with Husky Haven Campground. It was $8 a night with free firewood……..I shall repeat……FREE firewood…and plenty of it! (Note, I’m pretty sure the rate is $10 now). We figured we would camp overnight at Husky Haven and be close enough to drive over to Falling Water in the morning…in time for our tour.
Side note, I STRONGLY recommend buying the tour where you get to go inside Falling Water (pictured below). I promise you, you’ll feel like an Ewok prince or princess as you tour the grounds!
So anyway….where was I…….oh yes……Kieran and I were in heaven at the haven. We quickly set up camp, had some drinks, made some dinner, had more drinks, played some card games, had more drinks, then we had more drinks, took a walk to explore the grounds, had more drinks, and so on.
We couldn’t have been happier as we gazed at the stars and camped the night away. We finally turned in for the night around midnight.
And then it happened……..(insert suspense music here).
At 1am we discovered why the campsite was so cheap. We were abruptly woken by the sounds of a locomotive rocketing past our campsite…….what sounded like 50 feet away. The website and owners failed to mention the campsite was located right next to train tracks.
If the train had been passing by it wouldn’t have been so bad. But hell no, this train blasted it’s horn (repeatedly) to announce it’s passing.
It was like the train was taunting us, screaming, “HEY!!!! Christina and Kieran!!!! YOOHOO!!! Wake Up!!! I’m HERE!!!! Do you hear me??? Do you??? DO YOU??!! Let me blow my horn to ensure you know I’m RIGHT here, besides you!”
We soon realized a train, all horns a blazin, barreled next to the campsite, every hour on the hour………serenity now!
The next morning, the man who ran the place drove by to check up on us, while we were packing up. He smiled and asked, “So, how did you sleep?”
I didn’t say anything about the train, but I vividly remember giving him a smile, and bitch slapping him in my mind. KAPOW!!!!!
Overall, Husky Haven Campsite was beautiful, and the couple running the place were so sweet. If you sleep like a rock, or have industrial sound proof NASA issued earplugs, I highly recommend this place!
Now on to the good stuff!!!! FOOD!
I made spinach and artichoke dip so I needed to make something to dip into it! Camping breadsticks were a perfect dipping choice because they are delicious, fun to cook, and easy to make! You can make your dough ahead time by storing all your dry ingredients in a plastic baggie, then mix it with water at the campsite, or go the easy route and buy store bought breadstick dough! I like store bought dough for this since it’s less mess. Not to mention the dough is already perforated and easy to tear off in perfect portions.
I didn’t invent anything new, if you google camping breadsticks, you’ll see a wide range of techniques and flavors put together. I merely wanted to showcase this particular method and give you some ideas on how to flavor it!
Next time, after I cook the bread, I’m going to place the bread on tin foil, cover with a pinch of oregano, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, and 2-3 big handfuls of mozzarella cheese. I’ll wrap it up in the foil, and plop it down by the fire and cook until the sauce is warm and the cheese is melted.
Man….now I want to get out my BBQ skewers and toast some bread over my gas stove……excuse me for a moment will you?
- A container of store bought breadstick dough or make your own.
- Butter or your favorite margarine spread
- Pinch of garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of oregano
- Pinch of rosemary
- Pinch of thyme
- Pinch of Cajun seasoning
- Butter or your favorite margarine spread
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Handful of Parmesan cheese
- Handful of Mozzarella cheese
- ½-1 cup of pizza sauce
- Find a nice long stick (or you can use a skewer) around the campsite...think the kind of stick you would use to roast marshmallows, but strong enough to hold the dough.
- If using store bought, pop open the container, and carefully roll out the dough onto a piece of aluminum foil, plate, parchment paper, whatever you have on hand, and tear off a piece of dough.
- Carefully, stick one end of the dough at the tip of the stick. Carefully coil the dough around the stick, pressing the ends to the dough so it's secure.
- Sit or stand by the campfire and slowly rotate the bread around, like you would a rotisserie chicken, on the stick to cook it evenly.
- Depending on the heat and height of the fire, it may take awhile to cook, but slowly and surely, you'll see the dough begin to brown. Continue to cook the breadstick until it reaches the level of brown you like...some of us like it burnt 😀
- Now the fun part. You can either eat it plain, or, roll the breadstick in butter and season it however you like!
The possibility of flavors with these breadsticks are endless!
Place the cooked breadsticks on aluminum foil. Cover with 2-3 big handfuls of cheese. Wrap the breadsticks in the foil and put the package next to the fire. Cook until the cheese is melted (approx 10 minutes) to get cheesy breadsticks! You can also add ½-1 cup pizza sauce and a pinch of oregano for cheesy pizza sticks!
You can make them sweet, you can make them savory, you can make them cheesy, and you can make them plain.
One thing is for sure....once you make them....they won't last long!