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When Jamie started planning out the trailer build, all those years ago, we often joked about how we should decorate, and how much ridiculousness we could bring along. We've been on the lookout for the perfect accessories ever since, and have incorporated quite a few into our real life camping-gone-glamping life.
We take the trailer out at least a dozen times a year, whether for long five day trips as a family, weekends at the fairgrounds for the Highland Games, or just a long weekend with friends. No matter where we take it though, it always gets attention, and we always bring along some of the glam to make it extra special.
The decor isn't the only way we fancify our camping; when we're out, we eat WELL. Full breakfasts every morning, lots of grilled steaks and chicken, yummy snacks and desserts abound. We always love planning out our camping meals, and it's something we look forward to for every trip, because everything just tastes better when it's cooked outdoors.
One great example of this is frozen pizza! We've done pizzas on the grill before, but it never even occurred to me that we could even do frozen pizza. I love having a simple meal option when we're setting up, because if we leave home after work on Friday night, we want to get set up and eat as quickly as possible. Enter Freschetta Brick Oven® pizzas. I picked ours up at Walmart, along with a few other supplies we needed for our trip.
Freschetta pizzas are different from others; the crust is made like fresh-baked bread, using only natural yeast and no chemical leaveners. The high quality ingredients come together to make a really delicious pizza. They also make a delicious Freschetta® Naturally Rising pizza as well, if you like more crust.
Preparing your Freschetta Brick Oven® on the grill is simple; be sure to keep it frozen, it's done when the cheese is melted and the bottom is golden brown. We use a charcoal grill, so Jamie got the fire going before we put the pizza on, but these instructions are for a gas grill. Your results may vary, and can be impacted by cooler weather, wind, and your specific grill.
- Preheat grill on high for at least 5 minutes
- Remove pizza from carton and clear plastic wrap
- Place 2 layers of aluminum foil on grill, large enough for pizza to fit
- Place pizza on foil in center of grill
- Turn grill to low and cook for 13 to 16 minutes with lid closed
- Let pizza stand 2 minutes before serving
One tip: We found it easier to remove the pizza *and* foil from the grill and put it on the serving tray before removing the foil, as opposed to trying to just get the pizza up off the foil while still on the grill.
The pizza is delicious; this California Chicken Club is really good, and didn't taste like a frozen pizza at all; the flavors are great, and the crust is delicious. I also made a trio of yummy dipping sauces to go with our pizza; I made something for everyone in the family, and they're all super-versatile and easy to adjust.
Sriracha Ranch for my husband; he likes spicy, and sriracha is his favorite thing in the world. You can adjust the amounts based on your own preferences, but we used about 1/4 c. of ranch dressing and a tablespoon of hot sauce.
Garlic-Parmesan Butter: Melt a stick of butter and spoon off the foam once it's melted. Add about 1 tablespoon each of garlic and fresh grated parmesan cheese. This one needs to be served warm; I made it ahead of time to let the flavors meld and we reheated it on the fire.
Creamy Pesto is simply premade pesto, mixed with sour cream. Again, about 1/4 c. of sour cream, and about 3 tablespoons of of your favorite pesto. This was my favorite of the three dips.
We continue our glamping details over to our table decorations as well; the glamour is in the details, and it can be so easy to pull off. A real tablecloth, fresh flowers, candles, and monogrammed napkins (even if they're paper!) all come together to create a lovely table.
Because it's always more fun with other people, we invited my parents to join our little soiree; who doesn't love pizza and s'mores on a lovely fall afternoon?
For a special dessert, we came up with a grill-friendly version of the s'more, so that even without a roaring fire, you can still enjoy the ooey gooey deliciousness. And because it's over the grill, the recipe will easily translate to home as well.
Prepping them is easy, especially when you have a whole kitchen set up in the trailer. 🙂 I love our little kitchen, and the decorator details that we've included to make it especially fun. Basics for camping: Coffee, marshmallows and cute paper straws, what else do you need?
So on to the s'mores. I'm calling these ones Black Forest Grilled S'mores and they. are. amazing.
First, you'll want to gather everything you need: Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Hershey's chocolate bars, Jet Puffed Marshmallows (I recommend the “StackerMallow” style, because they work better for this method), and a can or jar of your favorite cherry pie topping.
Tear pieces of tin foil to about 6″ square; place a square graham cracker, then chocolate, than the marshallow on top. Carefully spoon some cherry pie filling on top (We did 2 cherries per) and then put the whole thing on the grill. You only need low heat for this, and only leave them on for about 5 minutes. The chocolate will melt, but will look the same, so be careful! It's much gooey-er than it looks!
Pizza + s'mores = a winning combination.
Of course, your family can camp or glamp in any way you choose; you don't have to include the decorative globe or hang the art, but there are always loads of little details you can incorporate to help bring your trip up another notch.
What's your favorite way to bring a little glamour into your camping? Does your family enjoy glamping?
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