These were the specs:
- 5 nights
- 1 cabin in the woods with no running water
- 7 children under age 11
- No cell service whatsoever. No wifi.
- 100% vegan
I'll start by saying that New Hampshire is a beautiful state, and the drive from upstate NY was amazing. I am a little bitter we didn't see a moose, especially after seeing so many moose crossing signs. My brother was kind enough to drive us and we even convinced him to stay a few nights at the camp - because we wanted to spend more time with him (not because we needed a ride to 5 Guys Burgers & Fries every night).
The setting was so different than what we're used to, but it was such a perfect way to bond with family. We swam, kayaked, played board games, and I read at least 35 stories to the kiddos in one sitting.
The food was also quite a change. I didn't realize how strict the vegan diet is. We took turns cooking dinner each night, and when my night came I had some intense anxiety over what to make. No cheese? Cheese is my life and I use it to make pretty much everything taste better. Since I'm not a huge fan of things that are supposed to taste like meat, but aren't meat, I decided to whip up some roasted veggies. I chopped bell peppers, zucchini, squash, onions, and a bunch of fresh herbs (parsley, thyme). Tossed the veggies with some olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper and threw it in the oven for 15 min at 375 deg. I also made a Greek style bean salad with black beans, chopped red bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and a ton of chopped mint. So simple and delicious. I usually use feta cheese, but… when in Vegantown..