GSI Bugaboo Cook Set Review

This is a review about the GSI Bugaboo Cook Set. Something I have been wanting for quite sometime now. I just could not justify spending the retail price on which is in the ball park of $70 new. I found mine at a garage sale for a whopping $3 and could not be happier with this price, the condition of the set, and the way this items performs.


We are mainly planning on using this at campsites for cooking and not typically backpacking. Although, since it comes enclosed in a a nice, mesh, pull string bag and holds all the contents of the set nicely inside, I would think this could be backpack friendly. However, for one person the pot is probably too large to carry for this purpose.

Our first meal prepared in this pot was chicken alfredo. Let me first say, I LOVE THE DRAIN LID!


This made draining the liquid off the cooked pasta a breeze. IMG_4052

We found that this pot heats nice and evenly and boils water in very little time. And it makes a good amount of food for a family of 2-3 people. IMG_4051

We did find that if the handle is left attached during the cooking process it does heat up and can be hard to handle. However, it is easily removable, so this is what we did while our pasta was cooking. It snaps right back on with ease so not really a big issue for us.

As for clean up, the pot is non stick which makes clean up fast and simple. IMG_4058

There are also four triangle cups that come with the set. Two with sip top lids and two without which can be used as small bowls I would assume. For us, the only contents we used were the cups for coffee in the morning. I like the size, not too big and not too small. Although, the lids did leak a bit, which I figured they would since our last GSI coffee cups lids were almost the same and they leaked also. However, I don’t prefer the sip top lids in the first place, so this was not big deal for us.


Honestly, for the cost of a new set I would still hesitate to purchase this. It’s still a bit costly in my opinion. If it was for everyday use in the kitchen then it would be different and I would spend the money. In my case, finding it at a garage sale for a whopping $3 was a TERRIFIC find and we will enjoy it for years to come while enjoying the great outdoors.

What is your favorite camp item?

What piece of equipment would you spend a little more on for comfort/security? (We spent a good amount on our tent and its very rain proof as we found out recently)




First Camping Trip of 2016

Hello, Hello…. how was your weekend?

Mine was fabulous!!!!!!!!!!

We (actually I) decided it would be a great weekend to go camping. Our son was scheduled to work both jobs and my husband and I decided why stay home… we went camping.When my husband arrived home from work Friday afternoon, I was packed and ready to go.


We arrived just before sunset and had almost everything up and ready by the time darkness set in.


We went to bed quite early since my husband was suffering from jet lag after traveling this week and we had both put in a full day of work. Plus, the plans for Saturday were to visit my favorite WI park and do some hiking. Our goal was the complete the loop of both bluffs at Devil’s Lake State Park….which is approx 6.5 miles.

We woke Saturday morning after a night thunder, lightening and big rain, that thankfully, our tent held up to perfectly. On the menu for breakfast was pancakes, fruit, and coffee.


Then we headed to the park a few miles away. Since we had been here many, many times before we knew exactly where we were headed. My only hope is that I could manage the entire loop, which would be my longest hike since my surgery.

 at the top of one bluff


and at the top of another bluff


here are sights we saw in between the two bluffs






We shared lunch in the middle of the two bluffs over looking the lake.


And completed the entire loop in a little more than four hours. Success!!!

After hiking we headed back for some relaxation at camp before playing a game of disc golf together on the campground property.


Then prepared dinner….chicken alfredo with broccoli.



After that is was a few games of cards, some time by the campfire and bedtime after a long and very successful day.


We had a wonderful time hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park and camping at a near by campground that has quickly become our favorite in that area. It ended up being a great place to unplug, relax, and unwind from a long busy week.


I arrived home and was happy to see my son planning to prepare dinner for Mother’s Day. How nice is that…….

Do you enjoy camping?

Where is your favorite place to camp?

Name one plus and one minus to camping. (mine would be: plus= no electronics, minus=bugs)


Camp Food/My Day Pack

As I start packing and accumulating everything we will be needing for our upcoming vacation it sometimes gets to be a little overwhelming. We are fairly new to this camping thing and this will be our first “hike in” camp. Meaning that literally everything we want or need will be carried in on our backs.

I have most of our food purchased and our meals planned out. Some we know we will be having on the trail and some at camp. We do not plan to have any coolers or refrigeration at all. This is much harder than I figured it would be but I think we have a plan.

Here is almost all our food except for water, bagels and tortillas which I have not purchased yet.


We do plan to be eating most of our meals on the trail, so not a lot of these products need much preparation.

As for our day packs, this was pretty easy to figure out for us. We learned so much when we hiked Zion National Park that I can typically throw together my day pack in minutes for any quick hike.

Here’s what I have in my day pack:

Extra socks

Vitamin “I” (Ibuprofen)

Bear Spray

First Aid


Bandana/hair tie



Go girl

Wet wipes



That’s it. Obviously this is for a summer hike. If it’s cooler I may throw in a light weight jacket. This would be all I need for a few hours of hiking any trail.

Keep in mind my husband and I normally always hike together and he also has a day pack with him. If we plan to do a meal on the trail he will typically carry this. He also has water, bug spray and the GPS just in case we decide to do some bush whacking. (Which somehow always seems to happen!) If you plan any hike near sundown you may want to add headlamps.

Every time we have ventured out on big trips so far, we have found something we did not like or something that would work out better in some situation or another. I will be anxious to see how this adventure plays out. Eventually we will find our happy place in the world of hiking/camping. However, with that being said, even when something does not quite work out as planned it still is not too bad.

Hiking to me is like a day at the spa for most women. It lets me relax, forget about everything for a bit and just be at peace. Give me a trail, some trees, a bluff to climb, and my hiking boots and I will meet you at the top with a smile:)

Where is your favorite place to hike?

What is your favorite camp food?