This is a sponsored post in partnership with Papa Murphy's Pizza. I was compensated but all opinions are my own.
The thought came to me that we don't have to go out in the woods in order to give our kids some of the experiences of camping. In fact, it's possible to surprise them by doing it all in one day in our backyard! We celebrated an early Father's Day and spent most of the time just relaxing and having fun, without even going anywhere. It was crazy how the kids just loved having a tent in the backyard. They wanted to do absolutely everything in the backyard. Read books. Yep. Play games together. Absolutely. Guess how long the whole "campground" took us to set up? About 30 minutes.
We picked up a few take-n-bake pizzas from Papa Murphy's Pizza. Our family loves them because they are so easy to make and the quality is top notch. Only this time we decided to grill them over our Big Green Egg Mini Max BBQ. We couldn't have an open campfire in our back lawn (something about fire codes), but this was just as good. We just followed the instructions for the oven, and grilled it over a pizza stone. If you have never done this, you are missing out! While our Big Green Egg was heating up, there was time to bring out a football and soccer ball and play some games!
sure that the bottom doesn't burn. Each pizza took 10-15 minutes. The beauty of cooking the pizza on the Big Green Egg is that it works like a convection oven to cook food fast and evenly.
To complete the dinner, we served fresh watermelon and even broke out some special glasses just for fun. We finished by pouring chilled sparkling lemonade in the glasses and we had the makings of a terrific campout dinner! Since we were in the backyard, we used regular cups and glasses instead of disposable dishes. It makes sense not to be wasteful when it is just as easy to take the dishes in to wash them. We weren't done with the campout yet, however!
By the end of the night, everyone was satisfied. The kids were also tired and wanted to spend the night in the tent. We let them stay up late, but in the end they slept in their own beds, mostly because us parents wanted to to sleep in our own beds as well! The overnight backyard campout will have to wait for another night.