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Growing a family of four kids on a military salary we did not have glamorous vacations. So we went camping a lot. It was generally free or a nominal fee to set up camp and we could have lots of fun experiences on a pretty cheap budget. I love camping and I love going on hikes and being outside. Fast forward a few years later and enter my wife.
Here’s where things get interesting. My wife also grew up very humbly and they didn’t take vacations at all. Lacy likes the beach and the sand and that’s about the extent of her out door loving. She doesn’t like woods, trees or nature period. So early on I begged my wife to let’s please go camping can we try it? You might like it I said. She being the loving wife she is, caved and we tried it. Well we haven’t been camping since.
So the weekend went something like this. I wanted to make Lacy as comfortable as possible, so I decided that I would bring our twin mattresses. Yes, you read that correctly not air ones but actual mattresses. We borrowed a tent and had a few other supplies, battery operated fan, camping stove, games to play etc. Little did I know this was our first attempt “glamping”. We were #glamping before it was called glamping. We wanted all the comforts of home outside. I picked the absolute worst weekend to do this. It was hot, I mean 105 degrees hot. We live in KY so the relative humidity made it even worse. Needless to say I knew this wasn’t going to end well.
We get to the campsite and set up the tent, I arranged everything I made the bed up with sheets and blankets from home, arranged the fan, brought some battery operated lights and made sure the tent was well lit. We had lots of comforts of home. Lacy was impressed and really did give it a good effort. It was so hot, my wife doesn’t do heat. It makes her physically ill and that makes her very frustrated. She ended up driving to the bathroom a lot just so she could have the air conditioning. Neither of us slept cause it was so hot and we ended up bickering for most of it. We only stayed one evening. Lacy was miserable and swore she would never go again. Well we haven’t been back. Camping wasn’t even brought up until Hannah was about 3.Hannah started asking to go camping. At this age she’s perfectly content to “camp” outside in our back yard and my wife is absolutely willing to give it a whirl with the house less than 50 feet away. My wife can hardly tell Hannah no when she asks to have an experience with her. She smiled and said of course. So we set up our tent and took our sleeping bags outside and began to “camp”. Hannah didn’t make it through the night that time but it was a fun experience.
Now that Hannah is a little older she wants to really camp. Staying outside all night and my wife insist if she must do this we must glamp. My wife packed the house, making sure all that could have ever been thought of to possibly need was available to us. So I begin to set up all the essentials, lights, a bed side table, an actual mattress, get the grill going. My wife says we are making roasted garlic spread, grilled pizza, and Brie brownies. This is not typical campfire food. Lol!
Lacy said she was inspired while shopping at Walmart and wanted to really elevate our “Glamping” experience through our food! This happens quite a lot when she is shopping there.
We placed the garlic on the grill in foil with some oils and salt and let it roast away. My wife had brought a brownie mix and ingredients needed to make those brownies so she began working in that. After buttering the cast iron skillet she brought, we poured in the batter and put the skillet on the grill and closed the lid to allow the brownies to cook. I kept the grill at 350 degrees over about medium heat and let the brownies cook until the point we like them.
Once the garlic was roasted and soft and the brownies were down both things came off the grill. In another small skillet I put butter, marshmallows and brie and allowed them to melt together. I stirred it constantly to keep it from burning. When that was finished and while the brownies were cooling, my wife presents me with a Freschetta frozen pizza.
I was confused as to how we were gonna cook it and then she turned the grill down a little and placed it on the the grill grates and closed the lid. Sure enough 20 minutes later we had a delicious, smoky pizza ready at our camping, err glamping site.
We crumbled up Honey Maid Graham crackers and put on top of the brownies, followed by the Marshmallow brie mixture. Topping it with little pieces of chocolate, can you say, “OMG”!! The brownies alone were addicting.
The garlic spread was made by smashing the garlic with a fork, and mixing it with sour cream and mayo. Now the Freshcetta doesn’t need any help because its cheesy and delish all on its own, but the spread takes it to another level! We may not camp the traditional way, but we glamp in style!
Give any one of the recipes a try on your next Glamping adventure or in your home!
Ingredients for Brie Brownies:
1 brownie mix (check box for all ingredients needed and bring them with you)
1 sleeve of Honey Maid Graham crackers crushed
4 oz of brie cheese
1/2 bag of large marshmallows
2 tbs of butter + more for greasing the skillet
chocolate candies for topping
Make brownies according to package directions. Butter the cast iron skillet and place the brownies in the skillet. Set grill to Medium heat and allow to cook until done. Remove from grill. In another pan place butter, marshmallows, brie and allow to melt, stirring constantly. Top brownies with crushed graham crackers and then with the marshmallow mixture.
Roasted Garlic Spread
6 heads of garlic peeled (buy them already peeled, it will save you time)
1 tbs of olive oil
1 pinch of salt
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of mayo
pinch of pepper or to taste.
Place garlic, oil and salt in an aluminum foil pouch. Close tightly and allow to cook and become soft. This takes about 30-35 minutes. Then in a bowl mash garlic with a fork, including in remaining oil, add in sour cream, mayo and a pinch of pepper. Stir to combine.
Remove from box and remove film. Preheat grill on high heat. Once heated turn grill to low setting and place the pizza directly on grill grates and allow to cook for 13-16 minutes. If its cold outside your pizza may have to cook longer. Cook until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Yum!