Don’t forget to read all the way to the end so you can enter the stellar giveaway!
A few weeks ago, I was invited by CampChef to head down to Bear Lake, Utah, with a few other bloggers and experience a couple days of glamping.
That’s right: glamping. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s basically defined in Webster’s dictionary as, “the only way Mel will ever camp from here on out.”
Basically, glamping is a little bit camping and a little bit luxury, and I loved every minute. We stayed at the Conestoga Ranch in Bear Lake, and my goodness, it was amazing.
This is what I’m talking about. Rustic tents hiding glorious accommodations (running water, soft beds – you know, that kind of stuff).
This crazy bathtub (which incidentally looks exactly like the water tank our cows at home slurp their water from) was about as rough as it got. And don’t ask who left the toilet seat up. The ghost of Conestoga Ranch, I’m sure. I think it followed me from my own house.
The venue was beyond spectacular. I can’t wait to take my family back there. I was so enamored with the tents and scenic views (plus, there’s so much to do at Bear Lake, including gorging yourself on raspberry shakes and Dole Whips, and Conestoga Ranch is only minutes away from the beach). I heard through the grapevine that Conestoga Ranch is offering 25% off any midweek stay with this code: latesummerdeal. Hurry fast! I think they close up shop in October.
And if tents aren’t your thing, check out the covered wagons. Outfitted with electricity, beds and a whole lot of cool factor, I’m thinking a little circle of wagons would be perfect for a family reunion.
While I wish I could have just lounged around for a couple days relishing in the beauty of Bear Lake (have you been there? it is so spectacularly beautiful), CampChef actually wanted us to do a little work.
And by work, I mean eating.
The food was crazy delicious. Everything we ate was made on some CampChef apparatus. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love CampChef products (and I’m not even getting fame and fortune to say that; I legitimately only promote stuff I love but you already know that). I own their smoker, pellet grill (I love this thing more than life), artisan pizza oven, and a super old triple burner stove we’ve had long before I ever started blogging.
Plus, all of my dreams came true when I saw their van painted with ribs smoking away on the pellet grill. I’ve waited my whole life to take a picture in front of a van like this.
In just a minute I’m going to talk about my favorite new CampChef toy (and a seriously rockin’ giveaway), but first, I have to say the highlight of the retreat for me was making pizza on the beach.
Not only was the venue perfection (pizza? on the beach? that should be my forever), I was absolutely determined to use this opportunity to perfect the ol’ pizza dough toss.
I gave my full attention to Cassie, who owns a pizza restaurant in Jackson Hole and who also competes in the National Pizza Dough Throwing Championships every year (kid you not, she’s the real deal).
I learned the proper way to hold and stretch the dough. At this point, I’m like “I’ve got this” with maybe a little dose of “how hard can this be?”
And. Well. There you go. Admittedly, this one got away from me. But I can’t lie to you and say the other tosses were much better. Looks like I have a way to go before I compete in the National Championships, too.
Amidst the fun of glamping and pizza on the beach, I also ate lunch in a real, live yurt…
…perfected my cinnamon roll icing game…
…stood around while everyone worked wondering who am I and how did I get here, since it was hard to recognize myself without my five, lovable rugrats running around me…
And yes, this is a s’mores pizza. I hardly have any words. It was one of the most delicious things I’ve eaten in the history of ever.
Now for the fun stuff!
When CampChef started heating up this flat top grill for pancakes, I knew I was in trouble.
I fell in love. And not just with the pancakes. This grill is crazy awesome.
Can we have a moment of silence for this perfectly perfect Philly cheesesteak sandwich?
Perfect thanks to that stellar flat top grill.
Don’t even question whether or not I ate every last bite of that deliciousness.
CampChef was generous enough to send me a flat top grill after I got home from Bear Lake, and I have been using it nonstop (I couldn’t rest until I made Philly cheeseteaks of my own). You know what I love most about CampChef products? Even though for years they’ve been known as a “man’s shop” – seriously, Brian doesn’t even touch this stuff (except for an occasional scout camp cookout).
I cook on the pellet grill several times a week, use my burner stove for canning, smoke turkeys right and left for Thanksgiving, and I think the possibilities are endless with this flat top grill. These are household items, my friends, and not just for men. No way.
The best part? CampChef wants one of YOU to have a flat top griddle, too. Yesssssss! I’m so excited about this, I can barely stand it.
And before we freak out over that, keep in mind that CampChef is also offering a 20% discount code for ANYTHING on their website: MKC20!
I can’t even describe how much I love this flat top grill. The cast iron griddle comes off and the grill can be used as…well, a grill! It’s brilliant and so, so much fun. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter widget below and show CampChef some love for sponsoring such a great giveaway.
Ok, let’s do a quick summary:
Conestoga Ranch coupon code: latesummerdeal (for 25% off Sun-Thurs glamping accommodations at Conestoga Ranch)
CampChef coupon code: MKC20 (for 20% off ANYTHING at CampChef)
Giveaway: to enter the giveaway, use the rafflecopter widget below – winner will be chosen next week! Refresh your browser if you can’t see the widget below to enter the giveaway.