Bringing Camping Indoors
There weren’t too many exciting restaurants to go to where I grew up in southern Illinois. We had a steak house and a few buffets and the occasional fast food joint. But there was one place that was quite popular, especially on Sundays, and I am super excited to partner with them in this sponsored post to share my family’s experience. Thank you Cracker Barrel!
My husband and I joke that Cracker Barrel is “the food of my people”. The pancakes. The biscuits and gravy. Bacon. Pot roast. The salads with cheddar cheese wedges that Mom always got.
And then there were the campfire dinners. Oh, such juicy, succulent chicken with veggies, all wrapped up in foil to mingle the savory flavors!
This summer Cracker Barrel is bringing back their limited-time offer Campfire Meals. The first time they did this was 1997 and they only bring it back every few years.
Last weekend I was dying for the taste of home, so we loaded up the boys and headed to the closest Cracker Barrel. This was the first time my boys were old enough to enjoy walking around the gift shop while we waited for our table. They loved poking in the bins and playing with the toys!
Since the Campfire Meals are a limited time offer, when we were handed our menus, I knew immediately what I was getting, as did my husband. This year’s Campfire Meals include Campfire Chicken and Campfire Mixed Grill (a slow-roasted beef chuck roast and smoked sausage). Of course the signature Cracker Barrel buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins are part of the package.
While we waited for our dinner to come, the boys played with the iconic peg game on the table just like I used to, while my husband and I talked with my sister and brother-in-law. No phones, no distractions. Just family.
That’s what I love about Cracker Barrel. It reminds me of family. It was tradition to always go there after my Mom’s choir concerts. When we would finish putting away the last microphone and instrument, we would look at each other and say, “Cracker Barrel?” “Yup,” was always the answer.
So after our yummy meal and satisfying conversation, we headed home. I decided we need to make sure we are regularly getting some good, quality family time. I want my boys to look back and have fun family memories and traditions like I have.
I know camping is a summer tradition for lots of families but in Arizona that’s not practical. We stay inside with the air on 72 while eating popsicles in our pajamas! It is too hot to even think about leaving the house.
But we didn’t let that keep us from camping last weekend! My husband recently built a tent for the boys’ play room and we took full advantage of it.
I set up a little dessert table with a campfire favorite – s’mores. But since we couldn’t cook over an open fire, I made it in the oven. And I promise, these chocolate peanut butter s’mores are just as delicious as they look.
If you have the luxury of going camping this summer, you can throw these in foil and cook them over the fire for a delicious treat for two!
- Graham crackers
- peanut butter
- peanut butter chips
- chocolate chips
- Make a layer of graham crackers on the bottom of a skillet.
- Add chocolate, dollops of peanut butter and marshmallows on the top.
- Bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes, until the marshmallows are melted and brown on top.
- Remove from oven and top with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
- Enjoy with milk. And your family.
I’m excited to partner with Cracker Barrel to bring you our family’s experience.
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