Another Friday, and the weekend is upon us. Many people are on their way to the cottage, judging by the traffic going east today! If you don’t have a cottage like me, and you didn’t get an invite, you may be wondering what you could do with your time. Well, I have a pretty cool solution! Backyard camping. Yes, I said it! Setting up tent in the comfort of your own backyard could be very exciting if you do it right. For those of you who don’t have a backyard, why couldn’t you set up a small tent on the balcony? I’m a little petrified when it comes to heights, but you might have the most amazing camping view from your apartment.
What do we need for our on-site excursion? A tent, blow up mattress, flashlights, and some campfire stories are a must! If we are going to reenact a camping trip you must also have food, and lots of it! I found a few recipes that you can try in order to create that outdoor ambiance.
EASY S’MORES BARS RECIPE
FOR THE GANACHE
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
FOR THE CRUST
- 4 ounces graham crackers whole
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly butter an 8×8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
- In a small pot warm the cream over a medium flame.
- When the cream starts to bubble around the edges turn of the heat.
- Add the chocolate chips and slowly stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until it becomes a thick and well combined.
- Set the ganache aside to cool a little.
- Crush the graham crackers to fine crumbs and transfer to a bowl.
- Add the sugar and melted butter.
- Mix well until all of the graham crackers are moist.
- Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared baking pan and press the crumbs down gently with a cup or any flat bottomed vessel.
- Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes and then let cool.
- Once the crumbs are cool, pour the ganache on top of the crumbs and spread out evenly.
- Place the pan in the fridge until the ganache becomes firm.
- Place the marshmallows on top of the ganache making sure to cover as much of the ganache as you can. Pack the marshmallows in but keep them to one layer.
- Place the pan under a preheated broiler and broil until the marshmallows turn toasted golden in color. Do not leave them because they only take a minute or less to brown.
- Cut the bars into squares and serve at once or keep in the fridge for easier cutting later or next day.
*Recipe taken from foodnessgracious.com
CAMPING BREAKFAST BURRITOS
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 4 potatoes peeled, chopped, cooked
- 1 lb bacon browned and crumbled
- 8 eggs scrambled
- 1-1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
- Pinch salt & pepper
- green onions sliced
- salsa or hot sauce for serving optional
- Sour cream
- Mix all cooked ingredients together.
- Fold in a tortilla. Wrap in foil
- Add to plastic zipper bag or portable container. Until ready to eat.
- Take out when ready to eat.
- Cook 10-15 min or until cheese is melted.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Recipe taken from theadventurebite.com
Everything is so much better when there’s good food to enjoy! The best part about camping from home is that you don’t have to use porta potties, and all of the ingredients you need for your meals are right at your fingertips! I know, the idea sounds a little wild, but I plan on giving it a try with my family next weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes;) Have a great evening and happy Friday everyone!