Campfire Cooking at Home Giveaway from Jacob Bromwell

campfire cooking at home: Jacob Bromwell products
Yes, it’s almost officially winter. Yes, it’s 12 degrees outside. Yes, it’s nighttime by 4 PM.

Who in their right minds would go camping right now?! …

We would.

In our living room.

I don’t actually “camp.” Ever. At least not since my family’s one (and only) adventure in “roughing it,” staying in a non-resort hotel at Yellowstone National Park when I was in elementary school.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the fun things about camping: grilling what we’ve “caught” for dinner from the local butcher, making s’mores over a fire (in the fireplace), and telling ghost stories while drinking hot chocolate from giant tin cups.

We (and you!) can do that anytime in your house with the cool cookware and stuff from Jacob Bromwell, a small, specialty housewares company that makes old-school, authentic campfire, kitchen and fireplace things. They sent us a few things, and we’re giving them away so you can “camp” comfortably at home (or obviously, outside when it gets warm again)!

  • awesome Campfire Grill to cook up that big fish you “caught”
  • Popcorn Popper to pop REAL popcorn
  • 4 BBQ Skewers, perfect for indoor s’mores!
  • 4 BIG Tin Cups for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, vodka, um you know, whatever

To Enter This Giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite thing about camping – don’t worry if you can’t see the actual comment after you submit. We can see it.
  2. Make sure to enter your email address in the box provided so we can contact you
  3. Share this giveaway post with your friends! (not required, but we’d love the help!)

You have until Wednesday December 21, 2011 at 12pm PST to comment. Everyone is welcome to comment to enter, but we can only ship this stuff in the U.S.

Good luck!

by Sarah J. Gim on December 19, 2011 · 264 comments


Kita December 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

The smell. I love the smell of leaves and campfire smoke. That is the best thing about camping.

Allie K December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I love almost everything about camping (Except the bugs). My favorite thing has to be the campfire games…and guitar by the fire. Could it get any better? The most awesome thing though is when my husband brings gourmet ingredients along with us and cooks up a mean pork loin & full spread of sides!

I shared this on Twitter. I’m @ChangingKitchen

Veronica December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I simply love waking up to the crispy cool air of the woods! There is nothing like it! It’s so invigorating and peaceful at the same time!

Christopher Gomez December 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

my favorite thing about camping is getting away from technology for a little and spending quality time with your friends/family — plus the BBQ is always good.

Val December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

My mom is a cooking-over-the-fire aficionado so definitely the best part of camping is the elaborate and delicious meals we pull together and enjoy over an entire afternoon around the fire.

Ardala Evans December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

My favorite part of camping is going hiking and taking photographs.

Linda Heyde December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

My favorite thing is the bonfire.

lisa cox December 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

smores! nothing can beat the classic :)

Shannon Hunter December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I love sleeping in tents!

brittany December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

the best part of camping is sitting around the fire with friends and roasting marshmallows!!

Tim Taylor December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I remember the last time we camping as a family we had the best time playing games so the kids wouldnt get bored and the funniest game we playd was a jungle relay race , it was hillarious and after we had smores with homemade marhmellows and homemade ghram crackers , this set would have been such a help …

Staci December 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I LOVE camping! My favorite part is that instead of worrying about work or house cleaning or day to day drama, all I have to worry about is where I will sleep and what I will eat. It really helps remind me that all I need are the basics and I can still have a good time.

Nazli Fulton December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I’m 29 years old and I went camping for the first time in my life this past summer. I had always wanted to go but never had the opportunity. I loved it so much we went camping four more times! I even went fishing for the first time (on a camping trip)! I would say the part I loved most was sitting around a campfire, drinking beer, making s’mores, roasting weenies, and laughing with friends and family.

Leah December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

My favorite thing about camping is eating s’mores!

Tom December 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I love sitting around a campfire and doing absoltely nothing except laughing, talking, sharing stories, and enjoying each others company. Oh yeah and that first cup of coffee made on the camp stove in the cold morning air.

Ronda December 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I love just getting away from everything!

Matt. December 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm


Martín Bernal December 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

My favorite thing about camping is the fresh air. And Smores, of course. YUM!

Marko December 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

my fav things when Im camping are my frends that are there with me :)

Amanda December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Peace and quiet, and late nights around the campfire!

Hasana December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Being with friends in the great outdoors!!

Anisa December 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm


Craig December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Quiet is what I like best

Sharon December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I love cooking and eating s’mores after a long day of hiking!

Cherry Chai December 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Favorite thing about camping is the time when all your family and friends gather around the campfire and enjoy the cookout while listening to stories! Bonding time with food and adventure! :)

Emma December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

As a child my father would take our family, including three young kids camping in the Pacific Northwest in the rain every year. To this day, the idea of sitting in the rain with lukewarm hot chocolate under an old blue tarp puts a smile on my face.

Katie Dawson December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Camping for me has always been a family affair, I have such fond memories of being a kid and camping with my brother and my parents. Spider dogs, sunburns, and cozy campfire nights are just a few things that bring a smile to my face when thinking about camping. My favourite thing about camping is having the ones I love with me.

Tina December 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

My favorite thing about camping is waking up in the morning still in my tent, looking forward to the adventure ahead.

Tori December 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I love the smell of campfire cooking (mostly the caramelized/burnt sugar from s’mores) and falling asleep to the embers crackling as the fire dies.

Emma Bladyka December 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Cooking great vegetarian brats over a fire.
Also, getting snowed on overnight!

Kay December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

BBQ’ed artichokes with Kerry Gold Garlic and Herb butter right over that campfire!

Emma Bourdeau December 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Fire-roasted vegetables under a starry sky with a close friend is a magical moment.. even during the winter!

Emily December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Obviously the food! Everything tastes better cooked over an open fire!

Ana December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Everything tastes better while camping!

Katie December 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My favorite thing about camping is sleeping under the stars!

Hannah Turner December 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Camping is awesome when the weather behaves. I think my favorite part is the food and the camp fire. Roasting smores and hot dogs is always fun (and I don’t even like hot dogs). Inhaling the scent of burning wood and pine needles, looking up at the starry sky, telling ghost stories and scaring the pants off the little ones….ahhh the great outdoors!

Heather December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I don’t really enjoy camping, either. There’s just a lot that’s unappealing about dirty feet and changing hunched over in a slightly damp and musty tent! However, s’mores and roasted hotdogs are most definitely awesome!

Sami December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

the smell of the campfire!

Connie the Cookie Monster December 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

my fav part, definitely the campfire! and smores making! its not camping without smores!

Sarah December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

My favorite thing about camping is dutch oven cooking.

Lindley December 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Favorite thing about camping is showing friends how being in the woods and cooking over a fire doesn’t mean we have to eat hot dogs!

Kate December 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Going to sleep after a long night by the campfire!

Amanda December 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

The challenge of making “gourmet” camping food! I remember when I was pretty young our family went camping for my grandmother’s 75th birthday and she managed to cook lobster, roasted root veggies, and all kinds of delicious things to perfection over a fire. I still bring trail mix but I try to do at least some “fancy” camping cooking too.

Harrison December 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

the freshness when eating outdoors like salads for a day trip or something :D

Keith M. December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Looks awesome!

Michelle December 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm


Kristin December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Wow – I love the idea of both the popcorn popper and the grill pan to hold over the campfire! That looks so much easier than having to pull out one of those clunky chimney firepot thing-a-ma-bobs that my husband likes to bring…but makes me use!
By far my favorite thing about camping is the quality time my husband and I get to have with each other–no cell phone, computer, distractions–nothing but the simplicity and beauty of God’s nature and the enjoyment of spending time alone with the hubby!

Theresa December 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

My favorite thing about camping is the time spent with my family + friends, and the enjoyment of spending an evening outdoors with the big open sky and a cozy fire to keep warm.

Cindy Kujat December 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Definitely the part where we all help out with the cooking, then sit down enjoy the food and talk have some good laughs until the booze runs out!

Maria J. December 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Lying under the stars after a long day of hiking and swimming watching the northern lights along the beautiful lake shores of Northern Canada munching on some s’mores and other delicious camping snacks. There is nothing quite like it.

Jana December 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Sleeping in a tent in the rain.

Ari December 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

My favorite thing about camping is…making those really last friendships which end up not-working out…

emily December 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love the smell of the campfire still in my hair and sleeping bag when I get back to the rush of the city in los angeles.

Lissa Fairfield December 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love everything about camping but mostly the taste of food cooked outside over the fire after a long hike. humm. I shouldn’t say but I also love not having to bug the kids about showering etc….

Briana December 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I’m so not an outdoorsy person, but I’ve been forced along a number of camping trips. They always end horribly with sprained ankles, spiders in the tent and a million mosquito bites, but there is one thing I always enjoy. I absolutely love the smell of the campfire which makes everything that comes off of it taste super yummy and delicious :) I would go camping again just for that (though maybe it can just be a half-day trip in the forest behind the local park…)

Mae-Lin December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I love utilize the concept of small and simple when cooking in a camp. I especially love making sandwich bag omelets. Just have eggs, pre-diced veggies and meat, and some cheese. place them in a bag and boil them for a few minutes. Voila! quick and easy breakfast!!

Danielle December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

My favorite thing about camping is sitting around a camp fire for hours, telling stories and roasting marshmallows.

Chelsey December 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

My favorite thing about camping is being away from all the electronics. It’s so relaxing to not be surrounded by emails and tv.

Emma b December 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Making a fire our in the open :) dvds coming fresh caught fish

Caroline December 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Believe it or not, I love the showers when you’re camping! After sweating all day long nothing feels better than a cold bucket shower.

Rachel H T December 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

My favourite thing about camping is the enormous amount of food and drink one can sock away but know that all the swimming, all the hiking, and all the laughing will work it off.

merry maclellan December 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Roasting marshmallows around a campfire with friends.

nicole December 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

um hello of course my favorite thing about camping is the food! bear claws dipped in honey and cinnamon sugar! s’mores! stew, hot dogs, hamburgers and those little reynold’s wrap baked chicken dinners! (ex girl scout here lol)

ngallo58 at gmail dot com

Crystal December 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Making s’mores, of course! :) And just sitting around the campfire, telling stories, laughing, and just having a good time with friends and family.

Toyia December 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I love waking up early in the morning and starting a fire to warm up by….

Audrey December 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm


Gayla December 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I love getting away from the city and the electronic distractions. One of my favorite things about camping is the connectivity and conversations that are able to be had while enjoying nature and minimal distractions.

lea December 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Stories around the campfire!

Sonja December 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

There’s so much to love about camping! The immediacy of stargazing, the dusky perfume of campfire smoke, secretly fantasizing about living this way for the rest of your life. Simplicity, self-reliance, honesty. People open up over a campfire.

Tabitha December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

My favorite thing about camping is spending time time with family and friends.

Arlene December 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I have never EVER gone camping but have been wanting to take my family. This would bring the camping experience into our living room! Yes!

Emily M December 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I love the fact that my whole family gets together to go camping and we all actually get along. Every time we go, someone is the designated smores materials bringer and we all sit around the fire and actually try to tell ghost stories but they never seem to be scary. I just love the family time I get to have with camping.

Catie December 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I love the s’mores!

Hamish December 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

When your friends marshmallow catches fire and burns past what they think is eatable so they give it to you and you can just slide the hard burnt crust off and eat the soft melted interior. :)

Nell December 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm


Emma December 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

the backcountry board’s breakdown and build-up:

stuffing and crunching ziplock bags of breakfast, lunch, and dinner into barely recognizable mangled messes that scrunch besides your sleeping bag, your hot back rubbing them in all the wrong ways
(think creamy peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches at the bottom of your grade school knapsack, the wondrous way wonder bread moulds into wonders)

to their subsequent treatment as precious cargo, hung fifteen feet high and glorious in bear boxes,
as if one’s life depended on it (and one’s life depends on it)

to the best meal you have ever had atop a mountain somewhere between the middle of nowhere and endless sky.


unravel it shaky, hands salty with sweat and trembling tired. swallow it dry and ravenous, wash it down with water and iodine tablets, and wipe the back of your fist across your mouth
until your lips reach your elbow.

smile. this is backcountry board.

Diana December 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I love being in the outdoors with my friends, huddled around a fire and just enjoying each others’ company. :)

Jon December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Communing with Nature!!

Allison December 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Sitting around the campfire (and s’mores)! :)

Amy Tong December 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Oh, what a fun giveaway! My favorite thing about camping is that the food simply taste better. I don’t know why and how. But I guess it’s the environment that enhanced the flavor of the food. :) It’s a lot of fun “fighting” for the very last hot dog on the camp fire grill as well. :P

Erin December 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

My most absolute favorite thing about camping is the beautiful roaring sound the fire makes.

Sea December 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I love smores! Even though, honestly, cooking marshmallows on a gas stove is so much more efficient than those campfires… XD

Gan December 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm

“Why only shipping to the US !?”

Being your Canadian neighbour I’m not eligible for this contest but I’d just like to say that I really appreciate this beautiful community called Tastespotting.
And that my favourite part of camping is the Northern Lights. :)

JW December 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

My favorite thing about camping is travelling out far enough to see the stars clearly.

Jennifer December 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I’m at peace just thinking about making campfire potatoes, having a few drinks around a toasty fire, and gazing at the crystal-clear skies filled with more stars than imaginable. As long as you the food is in a bear box and there are enough layers to stay warm at night, it doesn’t get any better.

Sarah S. December 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

My favorite thing about camping is indeed trying to cook interesting things over the fire :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

ibbaconbits December 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I love falling asleep while watching the stars, and love waking up to the smells of coffee and bacon (heck no I’m not the first up!)

Heidi K. December 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm


Tania December 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I love sitting around the campfire with friends and food! Mmmm!

Ashley F. December 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

What I love most about camping is lying awake at night when it’s quiet and listening to all the interesting sounds that nature has to offer. It’s a nice change from all the city noise that I’m used to.

Kel@The Kel Show December 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

My favorite thing about camping?

When they provide conditioner.

Camping for me is when I stay in a hotel without turn down service. One is lucky to get soap, let alone conditioner!

Kari December 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I love spending time away from technology…no email, no cell phones, and TVs!!

Jeremy December 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Now that I live in the city, I enjoy seeing the stars at night and hearing the loons calling (we live in Minnesota).

Evan December 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I love the warm campfire when it is getting a little brisk in the evening.

Hailey December 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Love waking up early in the morning and making a pot of coffee over last nights coals, woods are always so serene before everything is awake!

Dionna E December 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

My favorite thing about camping is by far the whole atmosphere! I particularly love the smell of the fire, how it permeates your clothes. I also love burnt marshmallows-You really can’t go wrong with burnt sugar!

kathy December 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

The best thing about camping is: Sitting infront of the fire and watching the flames dance on the logs.

Eron December 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I love the opportunity to cook over coals after enjoying a lovely fire.

heejin December 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

my favorite thing about camping is the gear. i have a super nice sleeping bag (for women so there’s extra room for the hips), a large sturdy tent, all the north face rain/weather/elements clothing, lantern, etc. it would be nice to use it one day and not just store it in the house. =)

cindy December 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

definitely my favorite things are s’mores :)
let the marshmallow burn!

ellen December 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I’ve never been camping! Maybe if i offered tasty camping treats someone would take me :(

Meghan December 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

My favorite part of camping is the campfire :)

Val Curtis December 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

My favorite thing about camping is crawling out of the tent in the morning and drinking the best tasting coffee and eating pancakes, bacon and skillet potatoes…made by someone else.

Emily December 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My favorite thing about camping is getting to take a shower when you finally come home!

Jolene December 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I love the cooking in the fire and waking up early in the morning way before I ever would at home.

shalini December 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

the campfire grill!

Alyssa December 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

The best thing about camping is sitting by a roaring campfire, too hot on one side of your body and too cold on the other, with your back to a (mostly) successfully pitched campsite, eyes drooping as you get ready to crawl into your ultra-thick mummy sleeping bag and sleep in complete tranquility.

Andrea December 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

My favorite thing about camping is sleeping outside with the fresh air and quiet.

KatherineT December 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love the BBQ!

Mindy December 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I have the privilege of camping in the Pacific Northwest, where bugs are limited and the ocean works away at the shore shadowed by tall trees. I just love being outside, smelling the campfire, breathing the fresh air, and not having an agenda.

Crystal December 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

My favorite thing about camping is building up the campfire. Call me a pyro, lol! Cooking over that same fire is also incredibly satisfying.

Holly Brown December 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I like to camp in the winter when the spiders and snakes are hibernating.

Jules December 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Love love love falling asleep under the stars and the scent of post-campfire on my hair.

Cecilia December 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

My favorite thing about camping is not having to be anyplace or do anything at a certain time!

Holly December 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Instead of going to church, I go camping. I feel closer to God out in Nature than I do sitting in a pew. :)

Katrina December 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I’m in Alabama…it’s 55*. We camp year round down here. My favorite part of camping is the food, of course. I like to try different stuff than the regular hot dogs and s’mores. My favorite memory is camping on Thanksgiving day. Gorgeous weather, family, and cooking a full t-day dinner over a campfire.

Sarah Machacek December 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I love the nature, delicious food, and good company that comes with hiking during the day and camping under the stars. A personal favorite has become our family’s special hot chocolate – cocoa, Bailey’s, Kahlua, and Amaretto! Om nom nom!

Brittany December 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I love camp food; vegan sausages, chili, granola…everything is just amazing

Tansy December 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I love the feeling of being together around the campfire and smores!

Tansy December 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

grilling and chilling around the campfire :)

Polina December 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Favorite thing about camping is the feeling of close community. Marshmallow s’mores are a close second.

Brian December 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My favorite thing about camping is definitely laying out and watching the stars with a warm cup of hot chocolate. Those are the special moments that you only get being away from the world for a little while

Josh December 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

We used to take our campers camping and make amazing dinners and breakfasts over the campfire…mmmm

Christina December 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Making s’mores!

Mackenzie December 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I love campfires, its not just my favorite thing about camping, but its one of my all time favorites!

Yvonne December 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

The best thing about camping is definitely sitting around the campfire, drinking beer (or tea that tastes slightly of the dinner you just ate), and waiting for the apple-puff pastry to finish cooking in its little foil packet. And hiking. And boating. And chasing bears away from the apple-puff pastry that just finished cooking.

Viviana December 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I love going camping and eat… and eat… and eat…

Roz December 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

What I love about camping is that it is a true test of friendship. It is only the truest of friends that will go through with a camping trip with you during the Freak Snowstorm of 2011 in October along the Northeast coast, even though we were all minimally experienced campers yet too stubborn to cancel the trip. It is your closest of friends that will drive through a snowstorm to get to the campsite to set up while all the sensible folks pack up and leave. These are the people you eat like kings with around the campfire, cooking delicious marinated meats, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, grilled apples, and s’mores. These are the friends that keep you feeling warmer than any fire as you huddle in a tent, trying to sleep through the freezing night.

Kim Gerber December 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I can’t honestly say I camp, but I do “glamp” (glamorous camping) which gives us the best of camping (real food cooked over an open fire, an idyllic setting, stars overhead, and the joy of our kids riding bikes well into the night) – yet with a king bed and a down comforter. Love Cabin glamping!

stephanie December 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

When I was a kid, I loved camping because my parents would let me and my brother stay up as late as we wanted to play with the other kids! Now I appreciate the beautiful scenery and serene surroundings when I get back to nature.

Cara December 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

My favorite thing about camping is being able to pee outdoors without feeling like a drunk or a bum!

James December 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Love cooking. Love camping. This would make my dreams.

Shannon December 20, 2011 at 12:03 am

Discovering what really matters (values & physical things) to myself and others while being secluded from the noise of the world.

Monica December 20, 2011 at 12:17 am

my favorite thing is that you are able to really appreciate and enjoy the company of your loved ones- family or friends- for a little while without all the materialistic things that we worry about and its a nice break from the insanely busy NYC life

Chloe Akers December 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

I love camping because you get to sleep outside and share yummy food made in creative c

Chloe Akers December 20, 2011 at 12:30 am

I love camping because I am a big fan of sleeping outdoors!!

Carrie December 20, 2011 at 12:38 am

The food! We always do a Low Country boil when we camp and it is so delicious. We get fresh prawns and try to buy the corn from a farm stand. Now I am so hungry!

Astrid December 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

love sitting near the fire with a cup of hot chocolate :)

Sarah December 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

Sleeping under the stars!

Tara C December 20, 2011 at 1:28 am

My favorite things about camping are the very things this contest is about – the delicious campfire foods that result. Whether it’s s’mores or chicken-in-foil. Mmm mmm.

Jennifer Reda December 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

My favorite thing about camping is the smell of the campfire.

Maddie December 20, 2011 at 2:17 am

i love everything about camping! sleeping under the stars, bundling up in a sleeping bag, camp fires, and S’MORES! yum

DianaH December 20, 2011 at 2:46 am

star-gazing with a warm drink in hand

kim December 20, 2011 at 2:59 am

i love the smell of camping and fire pits!

diane d December 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

my favorite thing about camping is sitting in front of the fire and seeing so many
stars in the night sky

Jeremy December 20, 2011 at 5:17 am

Love the tin mugs.

Sarah December 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

Favorite thing about camping? Being out hiking and working up a good appetite. Hunger makes the best sauce!

Kristy Snider December 20, 2011 at 5:39 am

Love the peace of birds chirping, the bonding without technology interuptions and waking everyone with bacon smells:)

Ryan Jooste December 20, 2011 at 5:42 am

My favorite thing about camping has to be sleeping in the open air. My least favorite thing about camping is monsoons. :)

Cee December 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

My favorite thing about camping is sitting around the fire and sharing stories with family. Our camping was always in Big Sur or Mendocino or places like that, so I also enjoyed hiking and/or going to the beach.

Liz December 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

Best thing about camping is drinking around a giant fire! The smell of burning wood is always amazing.

Jan W December 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

Love being outdoors! Food cooked over a campfire tastes great!

Jessica M. December 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

The hiking part of it, or the waking up early on a super cool morning!

Angela C. December 20, 2011 at 6:36 am

I haven’t been camping since I was a small child. However, we do have a nice fire pit set up in our backyard and so do our neighbors. We love to get a good fire going and sit around and talk and just enjoy each other’s company. Great times!

Susi K December 20, 2011 at 6:36 am

Tastespotting is one of my daily go-to websites – I love the different food ideas presented and the pictures are so mouthwatering that I can only peruse it after a meal.
My absolute favorite thing about camping (tents or caravans – though latter is preferred) is when it’s raining as you’re ready to go to sleep. The sound of the raindrops on the canvas or roof of the caravan is immensely soothing and as long as there are no leaks and I’m dry and snug, falling asleep to the pitter-patter sound is worth the lack of comfort.

Courtney McElhaney December 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

I’m like you, I don’t camp, so much as “camp”. I do love smores though!

Angela December 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

Favorite thing about camping has to be the smores.

ellen December 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

the smell of the fire.

ellen December 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

the smell of the fire

Catharine @ BakingChemist December 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

The best thing about camping is being outdoors!

Therese December 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love just being outside. Of course I’m a little pyromaniac and was in charge of the fire pit growing up when we went camping.

Joyce Lind December 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

I love sitting under the canopy while it rains, sipping coffee and listening to the rain falling all around us.

Amanda December 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

My favourite thing about camping is those moments right before going to sleep at night, when I get into my sleeping bag and it’s so warm and cozy and all you can hear is crackling of the campfire dying and the wind and waves in the background (I usually camp by lakes).

danni December 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

My favourite thing about camping is not being mauled by bears or strung up from the trees in & eaten by a Leviathan-manufactured human mutant!
When I’m not watching Supernatural, my favourite thing about camping is pretending I’m a pioneer, or a Texan cowboy on the trails, makin’ my beans for the cattle drive.

Nicole @ Wonderful Joy Ahead December 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

I have to say that s’mores and sitting around the campfire is my favorite part… as long as it’s only mildly cold out. I’m kind of an outdoor wimp, which is why our firepit is the perfect solution for me. We can pretend to camp!

Mia December 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

Cooking around the fire is my favorite part about camping. Everything tastes better that way and it’s fun to try to make a nice meal without the comfort of your home kitchen appliances.

cpwalk2 December 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love getting away from all the distractions in life and just hanging out with your family/friends. Sometimes it’s good to have no tv or cell phone :)

Rachel December 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

Campfire cooking is the best!

wadeh December 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

Smoking Ham and pork loins for the whole group. Grilling pizzas over an open flame. Those are some of our favorite camping memories.

Lucy December 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

the best thing about camping is spending time with people you care about!

Pamela Ver Haag December 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

My favorite part about camping is getting away from technology for one day and enjoying the beauty of nature with my family. I love going for hikes and making smores around the campfire!

Pamela Ver Haag December 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

Making Smores!!!

Eric December 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

I think my favorite thing about camping is sharing the time with my family…especially the kids. It’s so fun to share in the excitement of finding a toad on a hike, or swinging out on a rope into the water. How anxious they are for the campfire to be ready for s’mores. Then sharing some stories around the fire.

Dayna M December 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

My favorite thing about camping is spending time with friends and family in a beautiful setting where we can all forget about our technology and overbooked lives and just be together reminiscing and making new memories.

Damaris @KitchenCorners December 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love sleeping in a tent with my kids, I know it sounds crazy but I actually really enjoy it.

Taylor December 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

Getting away and wandering to beautiful spaces.

heather December 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

That smell of the outdoors when you wake up in the morning under a dewy tent.

azmeena December 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

My favorite thing about camping is the escape it provides and the realization of what is real and what matters that you feel when you are away from all of the hustle of city life and back in touch with nature. I always feel reconnected and grounded when I am roughing it out there…and the peace of laying under the stars- there is nothing like it. Camping is something my family and I enjoy doing as much as possible. It brings us closer and helps remind us of the bigger world out there.

Erika December 20, 2011 at 10:05 am


Courtney December 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

The stories. It almost always happens that everyone sits around the fire late into the night telling each other stories and just talking and catching up. It always feels like its been just an hour but in reality its been more like 6.

Jennifer December 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

The thing I enjoy most about camping is the relaxation. There is no deadlines or guidelines where you need to be. No crowds to deal with, etcetera…

Anita December 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

Favorite thing about camping is how great food tastes cooked outdoors!

Alex C. December 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

My favorite thing about camping is going to sleep with a belly full of goodness and the scent of the fire you just put out. That mixed with the strong odor of the trees and earth, in addition to the smoke on your clothes. There’s nothing quite like it!

Robin Y. December 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

I love waking up to the smell of a campfire and sounds of nature first thing in the morning

Larry December 20, 2011 at 10:24 am


Tammy December 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Favorite thing about camping: competing to find the best sticks and making smores on them!

Barbara December 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

fresh air!!

Priscilla December 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

This is an AWESOME time for this giveaway! I’ve been thinking about camping a ton, lately. My daughter and I didn’t manage to go camping this past summer – first time we’ve missed since we started going when she was little – so I’m already anxious for camping season to come around for 2012. The items in the giveaway are great – our current s’mores skewers are really cheap junk, we don’t have a grill pan or a popcorn popper, and nothing goes better with evening s’mores and popcorn than big mugs of hot tea. Thanks for the chance to win these!

Julie U December 20, 2011 at 10:54 am


Carmen December 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

I love spending time outdoors with friends – and the s’mores!

Michelle Woo December 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

I love/hate being away from my devices — but mostly love.

john chamberlain December 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

my favorite thing about camping is the getting away from distractions and focusing on the friends and family your with.

Elaine December 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

smelling like a wood fire all day long–love it!

Grace December 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

We just love to see our kids get too excited about camping. It is the best quality family time and knowing that kids will remember it for the rest of their lives.

Megs Harrington December 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

My favorite thing about camping is the end of the day, when my family’s caught (or made a valiant, all-day effort) the lot of fish in Virginia Lakes, CA and we’re back at our old, hand-built cabin and the food first hits the hot grill over the campfire and we’re toasting to a fun day! Soon after, we’re telling ghost and bear stories to scare our friends whilst replenishing our calories burnt from the high-altitude hikes with gooey s’mores and whiskey on the rocks. Thank you for the cabin and memories, Grandpa! <3

Carrie December 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

What I love about camping is that everyone is unconnected by wires and connected instead together through talk and food and general good times. It’s a nice break from video games

Jess December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

One of the things I love about camping is being able to see the stars after getting away from the light pollution in the city! I also like that feeling of “getting away from it all” and putting down the electronics to simply enjoy nature [:

Sara December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Favorite thing about camping? Roasting marshmallows, of course. And hotdogs. The only way hotdogs taste good! Happy Holidays!

G-money December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My favorite thing about camping – watching my son play with sticks/stones/bugs/fire/etc and having more fun than he ever does with his electronic gadgets.

That, or the food…pass the truffle salt for the popcorn please!

dennis December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

The best thing about camping is (since I live in the middle of the desert) getting away from the plain, dusty, boring, arid, and hot landscape I’ve been cooped up in for so long.

Elise December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Yes please:)

susan December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I like this tea I recently purchased from the St. James Tearoom in Albuquerque New Mexico. It’s called “D’Anjou Green”. It ‘s a green tea infused with the essence of pear – it sure is good!!

Carolina December 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

My absolute favorite thing about camping is making smores!! There’s nothing more delicious than roasted marshmallows against the melting chocolate and graham crackers….ahh!

Nalini Vishwanath December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

My favorite thing about camping is the fact that it is great for groups.
Its never fun with few people. And I am a very social person. SO its a nice way to hang out with friends who also like camping out.

Min December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I have never been camping.

ttsu December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

popcorn in a fire-top popper

Anna December 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

S’mores :)

Cass December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

My favorite thing about camping is sitting next my hubbie chatting over the beautiful bon fire, enjoying an icy adult beverage and taking in the sights and sounds of the wilderness!!

Marika December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My favorite thing about camping is snuggling with my husband in the sleeping bags!

Meegan H. December 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

We LOVE camping! I go camping with my husband and 3 kids every summer and it is our favorite family activity. My two favorite things about camping are: tubing down the river with the kids AND building a fire with my hubby & roasting marshmallows with the kids under the stars. Thanks!

Joan December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

sleeping in a tent

sammy December 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm

i am the biggest baby about camping, but when i actually do go camping, my favorite part is just hanging out with friends – the time spent with them ALMOST makes up for dirty bathrooms, uncomfortable sleeping bags, and mosquitoes. almost.

Anastasia Zhuravleva December 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

The smell of pine trees in the morning and the excitement of not knowing what the new day will bring. As well as the sense of being one with nature.

Wenting M December 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Sitting around the camp fire, eating smores, and having fun!

Susan December 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Fire! and alcohol.

natalie December 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

s’mores, duh!

Laura December 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

My family was never one for camping, but I went for the first time in 6th grade on a class trip and have loved it ever since. My favorite part is spending time with friends and not worrying about anything other than bears eating our food, raccoons crawling into our tent, and finding our way back to camp after getting lost in the woods without a map. Pro camping tip: bring a compass!

Cody Slager December 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

star gazing!

Scott ball December 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I love camp fire pizza and a ice cold beer.

Crystal tripp December 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

my favorite thing about camping is getting away from people!! I love being able to get closer to my kids and husband without any distractions

James December 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

the night sky

Ramya Kiran December 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I love the greenery, Birds chirping, squirrels running around and with friends along, its totally a different feeling..

Lauren N. December 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Eating s’mores!

judy December 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

how wonderful the food alway taste cooked on a open fire.

TomS December 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I love the solitude of camping, and dips in the icy mountain streams

ellie v December 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

it’s been awhile since i’ve camped… but i think i recall spending time with family around a warm camp fire and roasting marshmellows was really awesome. :)

Brent Furry December 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

My favorite thing about camping is being able to just get away from everything. Nothing stressful when camping.

Amy Kyo December 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

campfire smoke smell

Jonathan Yuen December 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Campfire songs

Emily Koonse December 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

My favorite thing about camping is a wood fire. Making eggs and beans for breakfast burritos in the morning and of course, toasting marshmallows at night!

Barb K December 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

I do enjoy camping!

Robyn December 21, 2011 at 1:24 am

My favorite thing about camping is being able to cook and eat outdoors at night.

Roxanne R December 21, 2011 at 3:16 am

Fishing with my father was always my favourite part of camping.

Ally December 21, 2011 at 3:34 am

Laying under the stars!

Laure December 21, 2011 at 4:19 am

Communing with nature – I camp in tent areas, primitive only.

Bojana December 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

Love everything about camping… But the thing I mostly enjoy about camping is taking a break from reality. The clean air, the challenge of a good hike, the sunrises, the campfire…

Sherlie Magaret December 21, 2011 at 6:17 am

My fav thing about camping was the food we cooked especially breakfast over the campfire. It smelled of smok, we smelled of smoke and we were always starved by the time it was ready.

sarah December 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

my favorite thing about camping is drinking by the fire, waking up, and doing it all over again!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

favorite thing about camping is being able to turn my cell phone…OFF!

Jennifer December 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

The food! Definitely not the threat of bears…….

Cheryl December 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Crackling fire

Yoko December 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

I take my girl scout troop to camping often. I can definitely use these!

Cynthia December 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

The best part of camping is the clean air. ALL food tastes better when prepared and eaten outdoors.

Charisse December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

We actually do camp. QUITE OFTEN! And my nephews are coming up this summer to spend time with my daughter. We are planning a big camping trip for them to join us on. I would loooooove to have this to surprise them all with.

JP December 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

I…um…I hate camping. But I do LOVE smores, so when camping in my living room, they’re my favorite thing to make!

Eggton December 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

HA. My favorite thing about camping is the smell of the tents. Not like plastic, not like rubber– something uniquely tent about it. Take care!

Jenny December 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

The woods, the wildlife and the campfire!

Sonia December 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

What I love about camping is the feeling of pure freedom and independency and also the opportunity to use your creativity – only you and what you’ve brought with yourself – it’s my decision what and how to use :)

Melissa Donovan December 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

WOW, what a generous gift!!! We are camping fiend’s here in SC. We area family of 8….the children are 9,7,5,3,1.5,3 months!! And we all squeeze into a 27 foot trailer!! We are heading off to go camping next week and cannot wait!!! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

Maureen December 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

The family time together! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

Jacqui December 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

smores :)

Brianne Lavoy December 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

My favorite thing about camping is trying to make gourmet food with limited resources! No counter space, only what you packed in your cooler for ingredients and tons of fun!

Iibby whiting December 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Keeping cozy by the fire :)

brighteyedbaker December 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

My favorite thing about camping is that I don’t have to do it! I love the outdoors but I don’t love camping!

Anna December 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Nothing beats the smell of campfire. And it gets into everything and lingers for days!

elaine c December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm


Jessica December 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

My favorite thing about camping is recharging my inner energy with nature. Living in the flat, ugly snow capital of the east coast (Buffalo) drains the sprite out of your soul (only a little) – so it’s nice to get out and experience the outdoors, either on my own, or with close friends.

Lori December 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

My favorite thing about camping is spending time with my family around the campfire!

Jodi Calhoun December 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

campfire coffee

jan December 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

sitting around the campfire and making smores

Courtney madenford December 26, 2011 at 3:41 am

so this giveaways still goin I want in please?

Cynthia February 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

My favorite thing about camping is the quiet. No electronics. And conversations around the campfire.

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Mike J August 31, 2012 at 5:17 am

Campfire Coffee. WOOOO HOOOO! Just like the Men of the Mountains in times past said “it don’t take as much water as you think it do to make good coffee” . Pan bread and bacon sandwich and coffee watching the sky blush in the morning is THE world’s best breakfast. Followed closely by a second place meal of a good can of beans (cooked in the can with the top left attached as the handle and a few (bacon grease) pan fried Brook Trout. Dang now I am hungry! As a matter of fact, tonight I will be having campfire popcorn as I wait for my bobber to be pulled down by a plump fish trying to win a Creole seasoned corn flour rubdown and hot oil bath.

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