How to Create a Dreamy Glampsite
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
With the autumn rapidly approaching, we're grasping at the last days of sunny weather and holding them close. Soon fall rain and winter chills will keep us holed up indoors, so before the cabin fever sets in we decided to grab all the plushy pillows and blankets we could find and set up a fun mid-day camp picnic in the great outdoors.
First you're going to need to grab everything you're willing to drag into the great outdoors, we took all of our couch throw pillows, an inexpensive rug we snagged from World Market and some blankets we found at a local flea market...even our dining room cushions headed out with us. A rolling cart like this guy was a gift from my mom, that I really didn't understand as being essential until this adventure... it's basically a manual, all-terrain portable-campsite hauler.
Because ground moisture can soggy up any good picnic, we also brought a few reusable vinyl table cloth liners to set as the base of our picnic-scape.
Don't forget the actual essentials, I think I could live without a cushion, but coffee...no way! I may be a snob, but pour-over coffee is the best in my opinion. Pick up a camping saucepan or a kettle that can warm water in the coals of your campfire.
We brought along 4 of our enamelware mugs because they're so cheerful and made to be reheated in the campfire embers!
We love the idea of creating a beautiful environment for conversation and laughter while in nature. Consider your guest's attitudes and preferences, their dietary restrictions and and mobility restrictions when planning and when selecting your site to make this an absolute smashing success.
Vinyl table clothes (1-2 for lining the site, we used One 9x12 rectangle for this glampsite)
Cushions and pillows galore (consider what people will sit and lean on)
Blankets for setting the scene (enough to cover your vinyl table cloth)
Picnic supplies (untensils, cups, plates, bowls, serving utensils
Vases of flowers (fill with water at the site to avoid spills)
Food! (probably a cheese course, sandwiches and salad, and for sure a dessert)
Drinks! (a water cooler instead of plastic bottles, probably 3 bottles of wine picked for every course, coffee supplies for dessert course)
Wood slabs (to provide level surfaces for drinks, wine bottles and plates)
Rolling Cart (or tons of helping hands to bring all of these materials to the site)
Curtains to weave through the canopy of limbs (we brought zip-ties and scissors just in case)
Receptacles for waste and recycling (leave very little impact on nature when possible)
Blue-Tooth speaker for ambiance (make a crowd pleasing soundtrack to impress, but take request to keep it fun!)
First Aid Kit, Bug Spray, Aspirin/Ibuprofen Emergency Portable USB Charger for phones in need (we literally never leave anywhere without a comfort kit)
Of course you must have dessert when waking from a wild slumber... staying true to my sweet tooth I sort of mashed together a few recipes and came up with a pretty great campy version of this classic recipe that I always look forward to when I visit my Mother-in-law! It really doesn't come close to her version, but I won't divulge her secrets ;) This camp version is basically a tasty pancake/dumpling that bakes over top a fresh fruit and sugar mixture. Scroll all the way down for our Campy Wilderness Plum Slump recipe and cheers to fall adventures.
Campy Wilderness Plum Slump
yes, it's called a slump... I'm pretty sure it's because you just throw everything together and 'slump' it up onto of some fruit. The name really emphasizes the ease of this delicious dessert.
Cooking Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes
Because there are no eggs in this dessert you can easily bring the raw ingredients into nature with you and cook onsite. Cooking times may vary, but eating whenever you feel it's done is perfectly acceptable, especially if you're super hungry and direly impatient! I ate a cup and a half of extra batter before this photoshoot.....shhhh
4 cups fresh Italian plums, pits removed and fruit quartered or rough chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup (plus extra for drizzling? This is a breakfast dessert after all)
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 Tablespoon of butter or Coconut Oil for greasing cooking vessels)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk (we used dried milk and mixed with water on site, it worked GREAT!)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Cooking vessel(s) like Cast iron or Enamelware Baking Dishes (you could definitely cook this directly inside of an enamelware mug!!)
Foil sheets to cover and protect your slump from burning
Campfire or Grill
Lightly grease your baking dishes of choice. For the filling, evenly distribute the fruit, cinnamon, then the sugars between each of your dishes. Combine in a separate bowl the flour, remaining sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in milk and melted butter, then spoon topping mixture into each of your baking dishes on top your fruit.
With a nice aged campfire (or grill top), make space just outside the center flames with a few coals beneath. Place each of your dishes in a hot bed of coals. After the topping begins to cook and brown, cover each dish with a loose sheet of baking foil. This helps prevent burning while continuing to cook the inside of your Slump. Bake until golden brown on top and until fruit filling begins to boil out the side of your dishes. Carefully remove your dishes from the fire and allow to cool a bit. Serve warm.
TIP: If you're making this before heading out into the wild or before a backyard slumber party, avoid or omit the use of cast iron.
Fruit will turn sour/bitter if left to sit too long in cast iron unless they're highly seasoned.
Cast Iron is more of an in the moment and at the campsite cooking vessel and not recommended for storage.
TIP: Use whatever fruit you want, adjust sugar levels according to sweeter fruits.