How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout!!!!

This post is sponsored by Energizer.How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout

Summer is here…and passing by quickly, so it’s time to power up for a little summer fun with some outdoor adventures. and those outdoor adventures don’t have to take place far away. they can be in your very own backyard. as i have mentioned many times this summer, it has been much harder having a little baby, so we’ve had to make due with staying around our neighborhood. we haven’t gotten to go camping at all, which is sad since we usually go a ton during summer. so to make it up to the boys by having an awesome backyard camping adventure….all thanks to Energizer.

having a fun backyard campout doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot time to set up. i just grabbed a bunch of things from the house and set up a tent. i wanted to share with you some of the items i used to make the evening extra special for the whole family. we really had the best time.

first off, i set up the backyard with a tent, blankets and pillows from the house, some books, snacks and flag banners i had left over from a party.

i brought out these giant dominos that are meant to be played outdoors and layed out a quilt with pillows on the lawn. this way the kids could lay out and read books under the stars.

i made sure to have my Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights ready to brighten up our campout as soon as it started to get dark. the great thing about these Energizer lights is that they are super portable and super bright. just a few of them can light up the backyard. plus they are battery powered, which makes them easy to use anywhere. there is no need for a campfire which would be dangerous with the kids running around the backyard. they would be great for all kinds of outdoor entertaining throughout the summer—from holidays to family barbecues.

what i really like about the Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights is that you can use them in a bunch of different ways. you can use them as a regular flashlight, and they have a stand so that you can use the flashlight as a spotlight. they also have a floodlight portion that you can use to light up a tent or area of the backyard, plus they have hooks to hang them up where you need them.

once everything was set up, it was time for dinner! i decided it would be fun to have Walking Tacos. walking tacos are basically tacos in a bag of chips. it put all the taco toppings in cute bowls and set them in a tray with some bags of chips.
all you do, is open the bags of chips and put your favorite toppings into them. then, hold the top of the bag shut and shake. now you can either pour the walking tacos into you mouth to eat, or use a fork to eat them out of the bag. yum.i also bought some special sodas and lemonades for the dinner to make the dinner extra fun.

next up was crafts….

we took some 12 x 12″ pieces of wood and hammered 1″ nails into them making a shape. we chose to make kitty cats, but you can do any shape you would like. you want to place each nail about 3/4 to 1″ apart. next, you take string or floss and wind it around the nails to make your shape more distinct.

it’s a really easy craft, but the kids love hammering the nails and stringing their shapes…i high recommend this activity. here is how ours turned out.

you can’t have a backyard campout without s’mores

so i set up a DIY tabletop s’more station. but instead of roasting them on sticks, we had s’mores in waffle cones. just put marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone, wrap with foil and place on the campfire for a few minutes until warmed. in our case, we didn’t have a campfire. instead, i took terra cotta pots and lined them with foil. i then placed 5-6 charcoals in them and light them up. they stay hot enough to cook on for about an hour.

did i mention that we also roasted fruit chews?!!!!!! we did

we took fruit chews, stuck them onto wooden sticks and roasted them over the coals. then we put them onto graham crackers to eat. soooooo YUMMY. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

as it got dark, we played on the blanket just outside the tent and looked up at the stars. we had a fun app on our phone that helps fin the constellations in the sky. they we used the flashlights to read some books.

finally, it was time to head to bed in the tent. we took our lights into the tent so that we could settle down and tell some ghost stories. then it was lights out. i can’t imagine a better backyard campout…it was so fun and relaxing hanging out together.

who better to help power the busy and the fun night than Energizer®? and it definitely was a fun night….even if mom and dad didn’t get much sleep. the key to having a successful backyard campout is to just have fun, lots of snacks and food, a few games and of course a comfy place to sleep. hopefully you can have a fun backyard campout too…with these easy tips, having a family campout is just a backyard away! have fun.

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Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packet Summer Grilling Recipe

Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packets - perfect for camping!

Father’s Day is going to be really fun for our family this year. the boys and i are going camping. we’re very excited to be spending Father’s Day with daddy. camping is my kids favorite thing to do. and i love to cook when we’re out camping, especially grilling. so this week i have been trying out some camping-friendly recipes that can be made ahead of time to take along with us on our trip. one of my favorites that i would like to share is a Lemon Herb Steak with Asparagus created in a foil packet. made with all fresh ingredients and makes a great summer grilling recipe. the fresh lemon especially adds a wonderful summery flavor.

it was the perfect opportunity to get to check out Smart & Final’s Cattleman’s Beef selection. after a trip to Smart & Final, which you can check out here, i was able to create some great new summertime grilling recipes.

foil packet meals are great for camping because the clean-up is easy, they can be made ahead of time, they work great on the grill or campfire coals, and the food is protected from camping elements like dirt and ash.

after checking out all the Cattleman’s Finest Beef products at Smart & Final, i decided to purchase thin-cut rib-eye steaks. thin-cut steaks work best for foil packet meals because the meat cooks in about the same amount of time as the veggies….8 – 10 minutes.

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i was also able to find all my ingredients at Smart & Final like the asparagus, fresh lemon, rosemary and also the heavy duty foil.

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to begin this recipe, generously season your steaks on both sides with salt and cracked pepper (i prefer Kosher salt, it tastes so much better).

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on a piece of the heavy duty aluminum foil (approx. 12″ x 12″), drizzle olive oil and dab with very small pieces of butter.

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in the center of the foil, place a steak in the middle on top of the butter and olive oil. you want to make sure you will have at least a 2″ perimeter of foil once all the food is placed down to seal your packet shut.

LEMON HERB STEAK FOIL PACKET SUMMER GRILLING RECIPE

next, sprinkle a small amount of Thyme and place the sprig of rosemary over the steak. the rosemary will leave a strong flavor, so if you prefer a lighter taste of rosemary, use dried or just a few leaves of the fresh. take a thin slice off of your lemon half, and place it over the steak. then place your veggies and lemon half next to the meat.

LEMON HERB STEAK FOIL PACKET SUMMER GRILLING RECIPE

once you have placed all your meal in the middle of the foil, lightly drizzle olive oil and dot with a few small pieces of butter.

Lemon Rosemary Steak Recipe - Great for camping

after you are done with the food prep, it is time to seal your foil packets shut.  place an identical piece of foil on top of your meal and fold the foil shut on each side. make sure to roll each side at least 2 times to prevent leakage of food juices.

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with a marker, mark each persons initial on their packets so you know who’s is who’s when you take them off the grill.

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once your packets are sealed and marked, place them onto the grill at medium-high heat.  grill them for 8-10 minutes (depending on how you prefer your meat), flipping them over halfway through cooking. when we are camping, we place them on the hot coals, a camping stove or on the grill that goes across the campfire.

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when your meat is finished cooking, wait a few minutes for the foil to cool down before you open. with a knife, puncture foil in the middle of your packet, and fold the foil open to reveal your meal. you can eat it right out of the foil. enjoy!

LEMON HERB STEAK FOIL PACKET SUMMER GRILLING RECIPE
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Ingredients (for one packet):
1 thin cut steak (i used rib-eye)
1/2 lemon
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Dried Thyme
Salt (Kosher) & Pepper
Butter & Olive Oil
Heavy Duty Foil – 2 sheets (approx. 12″ x 12″)
Asparagus or your choice of vegetables

Directions:
preheat your grill or heat your coals on your campfire to medium high. on a piece of heavy duty tin foil (approx. 12″ x 12″), lightly coat with olive oil and dot with butter. season both sides of your steak with salt and pepper. place the steak in the center of the foil. sprinkle with thyme, rosemary leaves and a slice of fresh lemon. place fresh vegetables and lemon next to the steak. dot with butter and cover with the second piece of foil over the top. seal each side of the foil shut. once your packets are sealed and marked, place them onto the grill at medium-high heat.  grill them for 8-10 minutes (depending on how you prefer your meat), flipping them over halfway through cooking. when they are finished grilling, let stand for 2-3 minutes before you open foil in the middle and enjoy.

 

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hope you enjoy the recipes!
What do you enjoy grilling during the summer?