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glamping in Joshua Tree, California

This Joshua Tree glamping post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallGlamping #CollectiveBias

Ahhh, Joshua Tree, my favorite place around here to be.  We just got home last night from our most recent camping trip (it was amazing!).  Camping with kids can be less than glamorous, so this time I set up a completely different area for the adults, full of plush bedding and glowing lights – set to an amazing backdrop of Joshua Tree and a roaring campfire!

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I come from a family who camps.  My dad is like THE expert, purist camper who prefers to sleep under the stars with minimal gear.  He instilled his love for the outdoors in me and I’m super grateful.  I feel 100% at home when I am in nature!  I hadn’t heard of “glamping” until I moved to California in my adult years, but I fully embraced it because I DO love my amenities.  I think everyone of all backgrounds should make spending time outdoors a priority, no matter how many luxuries you need!

glamping in joshua tree

For me, the most attractive part of glamping is the comfortable bedding situation.  One thing I never appreciated about minimalist camping is the thin air mattress I could still feel rocks through as I slept.  Before we left for this trip, I stopped by Walmart and purchased the BEST air mattress I could find, which was a complete score.  I’ve never slept better out in the woods!  We already have a pretty great tent to sleep in, but that is filled with kids, so I also bought an amazing sun shade while at Walmart.  This became the day and early evening glamping lounge area, which was absolutely amazing!  Of course, I brought all of my fuzziest pillows and blankets!

glamping in joshua tree

glamping in joshua tree

The campfire of course sets the mood quite nicely!  I set up the tent just close enough to really feel the warmth and bask in the glow… see all of that glow?

glamping in joshua tree

It isn’t glamping without some fun lighting – that is the truth.  Us campers love our lanterns and flash lights, but on a glamping trip, we bring out the pretty lights.  I have already begun purchasing my Christmas lights for the house, so I grabbed two big wheels of LED lights and hit the road.

joshua tree camping

Glamping is simply camping without the total exclusion of items that make you comfortable.  It will be different for everyone!  For me, it is all about the bedding and once the sun disappeared, I was super happy to have all of my fuzzy blankets and pillows around me.  It gets c.o.l.d. in the desert this time of year!

Once the sun went down, we laid in our glamped out sun shade area…

camping in joshua tree

and photographed the stars… isn’t my husband an amazing photographer?

black rock canyon joshua tree

Of course, another important aspect of being comfortable while you camp is good food.  For me, it isn’t camping at ALL without s’mores so that was a mandatory part of the menu.  One of my favorite campfire meals from being a kid is the banana boat.  Have you tried these?  This trip I made S’mores Banana Boats – sliced bananas (but still in their skin!) stuffed with marshmallows, chocolate, roasted and then topped with crushed Honey Maid crackers.

smores banana boats

Hello, perfect campfire food!  Just wrap up your bananas in foil and lay them near the flames, but not IN the flames.  They work best when roasting on hot coals.  Cook time depends on the conditions, so just check your bananas after about 5 minutes.

s'mores banana boats

Roasty, toasty, ooey gooey!!

s'mores banana boats

While it seems I could live happily with just roasted sweets, a substantial meal is called for when dinner time rolls around.  I wanted to keep it simple yet delicious so this time I brought Freschetta® Brick Oven Pizza in two flavors.  What could be better than pizza while camping?  I can’t think of anything.

mushroom cheese sauce for pizza

Oh, what is that on top of the yummy Freschetta® Roasted Mushroom & Spinach Pizza (aka my new favorite pizza)?  Why, it is my campfire mushroom cheese sauce! I’m all about dips and creamy toppings when it comes to pizza and this one was a homerun – and I made it all in one pot over a campfire!

mushroom cheese sauce

While the Roasted Mushroom & Spinach Pizza from Freschetta® inspired this sauce, it was also super great on the cheese pizza, another Brick Oven Crust option.  I had no idea until this trip that one could even cook a frozen pizza on a campfire, but it worked perfectly!  I think it works because Freschetta crusts are notoriously awesome – freshly baked bread with no chemical leaveners, just yeast.

Since climate conditions and fire levels vary, the best way to know when your pizza is cooked is just visual cues.  When the bottom crust is golden brown and the cheese melted, it is ready!  I’m partial to the Brick Oven Crust, but you should also try Freschetta® Naturally Rising pizzas in this way!

how to cook frozen pizza while camping

Have you tried “glamping”?  Head over here -> for more awesome glamping ideas and recipes! You can find everything you need and more for your glamping trip, whether in your local National Park or right in your backyard, at Walmart.

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pizza preparation

Instructions

  • Preheat grill on high for at least 5 minutes
  • Remove pizza from carton and clear overwrap film
  • Place double layer aluminum foil large enough to cover the bottom of the pizza on center of grill
  • 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

mushroom cheese sauce

  • 4 Tbl butter
  • 4 Tbl flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Italian mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown beech mushrooms, chopped
  1. Over a medium campfire with grate down, add butter to a small stockpot and stir until melted.  Add mushrooms and saute 4-5 minutes.  Add in flour and cook while stirring for 3 minutes.
  2. Add a small pour of milk into the flour mixture and stir until smooth.  Add in the rest of the milk and cook for 3 minutes, stirring.
  3. Once the sauce is at desired consistency, add in cheeses, salt and pepper.

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2 Comments

  1. November 13, 2015 at 4:14 am — Reply

    What a beautiful place to get outdoors and glamp! Your banana boat s’mores are very clever – I’m going to try that next time we glamp! #client

  2. Sally Goudreau
    January 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Hi Sarah! That’s the prettiest campsite I’ve ever seen! Do you (or do you know anyone) set up Glamping sites for others? I would love to arrive in Joshua Tree National Park (for a romantic weekend with my husband) with the tent set up and all the needed supplies ready for a two night stay…

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