Camping Isn’t Just for the Grownups: Family Camping Tips

Dream Dinners Camping

Tis the season for family camping! It’s always a good recharge for the body and soul to get out in nature once in a while. This is especially true if you’re a city dweller and don’t see forested areas very often in your day to day life. Camping with your kids can seem daunting and maybe even overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right approach it can be a great time for everyone involved.

To start, if you haven’t taken your kids camping before and are worried about how they’ll like it, do a trial run first! Pitch the tent (with your kids’ help) in your backyard, and spend an afternoon playing outside and in the tent, even napping in it to see how they do in a different sleeping environment. That way when the “real deal” camping comes, both you and your kids know more of what to expect.

With every step of the way, get your kiddos involved as much as possible, even when it means that things will take longer. From having them help pack their own bags to gathering sticks for the campfire, involving them will allow them to be more invested in the activities and to feel that their contributions are valued.

One area that is a lot of fun to involve your kids is also our personal favorite: food! Ask your kids for their opinions on what to eat, and have them help with preparations before you leave. When planning your camping meals, think simple and think crowd pleasers. Foil meals and things you can grill over the fire, for example. On our May menu we have Campfire Grilled Pork Chops, and Tarragon Carrots. The pork chops, as the name suggests, would be perfect grilled over the campfire, and the carrots could be prepped before leaving and thrown in foil, also to be cooked over the fire. Check your nearest Dream Dinners location to see what menu items are available, and which would be best for your next family camping adventure.

A few other quick pieces of advice: make sure to do your research before you go, checking campsite details and regulations, etc., so you have less surprises along the way. Don’t forget to bring along toys and games for your free time at the campsite, and think positive but also plan for any potential challenges. Pack extra tarps in case of rain, extra layers so you’re ready for weather changes, and a first aid kit for cuts and scrapes.

Of course we’re only scratching the surface of all the possibilities! If you need more ideas for family friendly camping, there are plenty of resources available. REI offers some solid advice in this article, and this Lasso the Moon blog post also has a lot of fun tips and tricks. Research and preparation aside, what’s most important is to have fun! Camping with your family can provide you with great memories to last for the rest of your life, way after the bug bites go away and the s’mores are all devoured.

Camp Out with our Canadian Bacon Friend

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Sun. Fun. Take. Bake. Or toast over a campfire. Whether you head to the lake, the beach, or the wilderness, wherever your plans take you this year, there is one sandwich that needs to ride shotgun. Why? Because it’s perfect!  Perfect for breakfast.  Perfect for brunch. Perfect for lunch or dinner.  And, because there is nothing else like it on the planet in terms of ingredients, you look like a rockstar compared to those chain sandwich shops.

You can bake this in an oven, or on the grill, which is something that we don’t often talk about-but its true. The flavor is fantastic. We’re talking about the

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Behind the Wheel: Dream Dinners Travel

Sometimes the cost of travel and the search for a good restaurant when you really just want to relax from a road trip can task a vacation with more errands. If you’re headed to a cabin or beach house, this month there are several entrees you can pack and take with you in our new freezer bags. They travel great and keep your Dream Dinners frozen for hours.

When you arrive, you’ve got one step cooking with these entrees:

chicken_enchiladasChicken Enchiladas are another great traveling dish for the weekend and they are voted a customers favorite. Our Chicken Enchiladas have all the ingredients for a balanced dinner in one dish that you can pop in the oven without doing any other prep. When it’s done

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Camping Tip: Bring Dream Dinners

Bringing Dream Dinners meals on your camping trip can be a delicious way to eat while enjoying the great outdoors. But don’t just take it from us – check out the advice of experienced camper Steve Bradt.

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