Backpacking S’mores Pizza

Sep 14, 2013 by

Here’s something fun I can say now.  TrulySimple has been featured in Outside magazine.  They reached out to me and wanted a new simple backpacking recipe and here is the result of that request plus some inspiration from a pizza party.

We were invited over to a friends house for a pizz-off the other night.  This is a pizza cook-off where everyone brings their own favorite toppings and creates imaginative pizzas that were cooked to perfection in their outdoor pizza oven.  In an unrelated note, I now have an intense need for a pizza oven in my backyard. We all ate WAY too much pizza, but it was so hard not to want to try them all.  Pizza after pizza kept coming out of this oven and each one was so tasty. The competition was stiff, but my Truly Memorial Buffalo Chicken Pizza was a huge hit and won the top prize.  Everyone loved it and I forgot how good it was. That said, one of my favorite pizzas of the night was the S’more pizza.  This one was made later in the evening as a dessert and it was a big hit with everyone.   That same night I got an email from Outside Magazine asking to feature me in their magazine and wanted a backpacking/camping dessert recipe, so I thought I’d take a swing at taking the S’more pizza from the big pizza oven to a backpacking campfire recipe and the results were delicious. This recipe is perfect for camping as its only a few ingredients and all can fit nicely within a backpack without the worry of things getting smushed. What you’ll need:

  • Crescent roll dough
  • Chocolate sauce – you can never go wrong with Nutella
  • baby marshmallows
  • graham crackers

To make this recipe easy to pack in the backpack take some of the Nutella and put it in a zip lock back.  You’ll snip the corner and squeeze it out like frosting when you are ready to use it.  Also throw the graham cracker and marshmallows into a separate bag.  Don’t worry if the graham crackers gets crushed, that is part of the recipe. IMG_2527 The other reason I wanted to try this recipe was to get to use my new grill accessory I got for my Bio-lite stove.  I picked this up at the REI garage sale as it had a broken leg and I fixed it. IMG_2538 Take the crescent roll dough out and throw it on the grill. IMG_2544 Flip it over after a minute and spread on the chocolate from the snipped corner of the zip lock bag. IMG_2560 Next crumble the graham cracker in your hands and sprinkle it over the chocolate sauce.  Finally top it all of with several mini marshmallows. IMG_2570 Now we want to brown the marshmallows so we’ll cover the stove top with some tin foil.  Be careful as fire is hot. IMG_2585 Cook for another 30 seconds to a minute and voila, you end up with these magical slices of S’more heaven.  The gooey marshmallows mix with the warm chocolate sauce and the graham cracker brings in a nice crunch texture. I will be packing these in my backpack for the next several hiking trips.

Ben…

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Recognize

Aug 12, 2013 by

Do you ever stop to recognize where you are at in your life and where you want to be going?  If not, you should.

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Stop for a minute and recognize where you are at in your journey.  Are you in a good place?  Are you struggling through some challenges right now?  Are you able to look back and see progress being made?  Are you heading in the right direction?

I just had this natural pause and reflect moment the other day.  I’m looking back at the past and seeing how that work and those struggles have led to the success and opportunities that are around me now.  I am consciously aware of the great things all around me in my life and supremely grateful for them and looking forward to many more to come.

Your Truly Simple Action of this week is to pause and recognize.  Stop life for a minute and see where you are at.   I like that quote above a lot.  Take a minute and step outside.  Go for a walk and get some fresh air.  Reflect and recognize where you are at in your life.  See if it lines up with where you were and where you want to be going.

If you don’t know where you are going or what you want, then it’s a good time to decide.  Write it down.  Take out a piece of paper and in great detail write out what it is you want and who it is you want to be.   You are the author of your own story, so write out some future chapters.  Set a path and as you progress on your journey take some time to pause and recognize where you are and where you are heading.

Another quick tip on how to make this recognition work as a good guide for you is to focus on gratitude.  This is a game changer.  You must recognize the amazing things already in  your life if you want to continue to have more of them.  Stop and be grateful for all the great things you have.  This will help align you on the right path.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 

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Get Out

Jul 8, 2013 by

Get up.  Get out.

That is your Truly Simple Action of the week.

Just get up and get out.   Simple.

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Get up from the computer.   Get up from the couch.  Get out of the house.  Get outside.   Go do something.  Go hang out with someone.

Break up the routine of being stuck inside your house doing the same thing over and over.

Its a beautiful day outside regardless of the weather.  Call up a friend.  Do it right now.  Plan something fun.  Go camping.  Go have a bonfire somewhere.  Play a round of miniature golf.  It doesn’t matter, just get up and go do something.

You will be glad you did.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time. Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

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