An Outdoor Adventure Right At Home

An outdoor adventure is waiting for all of us…and we don’t have to travel any further than our own backyards.

Outdoor adventures come in many different shapes and sizes. Some families love camping, while others can’t wait to hit the hiking trails. There’s fishing, hunting, biking, and so many other adventures waiting out there for all of us.

If, by chance, these things aren’t for you, it’s entirely possible to experience an outdoor adventure right in your own backyard. I’ve put together some ideas for easy ways to take advantage of your outdoor space, provide a fun experience for your family and friends, and enjoy just being outside.

Summer means extra time spent with your family. Walmart can help you create moments you will remember, and these special moments can absolutely be made at home. They have low prices on everything you need to get ready for your very own outdoor adventure. Walmart offers high quality products that fit each and every lifestyle, so no matter how you define “outdoor adventure,” they have what you need.

*This post is sponsored by Walmart, however as always, all selections and ideas are my own. Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement.

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Gather.

Our daughter and her boyfriend share an amazing outdoor space, and I’m very excited to show it to you. We recently spent an evening there, and with help from Walmart, we created our very own outdoor adventure. It consisted of great conversation in a beautiful outdoor setting, a roaring fire, refreshing drinks, and our dogs! The temps here in Ohio have been scorching, but the evening we gathered outdoors, there was a definite chill in the air. I’m not sure how we got so lucky!

portable camping chair and fire pit

Add the cozy factor with a fire.

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to add a fire pit to your outdoor space is with a Solo Stove. Solo Stoves come in several sizes that range in price from $109.00 to about $500.00. They are portable, smokeless, and built to last. Place one inside your existing fire pit, or they can be used right on a deck or patio. (If using directly on a patio or deck, make sure to use the stand.) My daughter said some of her neighbors have built fires right on their driveways! Another option for a portable fire pit is the HotShot™ smokeless fire pit.

ozark trail portable rocker

Provide comfortable and portable seating.

One of the best things about a fire is that it’s a people magnet. Fires naturally gather people together, and once gathered, everyone needs a comfortable place to sit. Foldable and lightweight chairs are the best choice, and if those chairs happen to be rockers, you have the best of both worlds! Rockers say comfortable and cozy on their own, but put them around a fire, and that cozy factor is upped considerably.

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Refreshments are a must!

No outdoor adventure would be complete without something to eat and drink! Make this part as easy or as elaborate as you like, and have fun with it. We made mint lemonade spritzers and served them in unbreakable stainless steel tumblers. Another easy idea is to simply fill a small cooler with your favorite canned or bottled drinks. The obvious choice for food when there’s a fire handy is a s’mores bar. (See the recipe below.) Other ideas are this amazing and easy cheese dip, or if you want to spend a little more time, present this gorgeous charcuterie board. Set up your food and beverages so everyone can help themselves, and then sit back and enjoy making memories.

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Ozark Trail rocking chair || outdoor string lights || 27 inch Solo Stove || Solo Stove cover
Igloo soft-sided cooler || large rolling cooler || Coleman RoadTrip gas grill || Ozark Trail enamel dinnerware set || roasting sticks || Ozark Trail stainless steel tumbler

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Ozark Trail canopy || 3 piece bistro set || Schwinn 21-speed hybrid bike
rolling duffel bag || Blackstone griddle with stand || Ozark Trail folding wagon

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Classic S’mores

All you need for classic s'mores is a grill or fire pit, and three delicious ingredients. Make memories with family and friends with this easy and delicious outdoor treat!
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5 from 3 votes
Servings: 4 s’mores
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 whole graham crackers (halved)
  • 2 1.55 oz. chocolate Hershey bars (halved)
  • 8 large marshmallows

Instructions

  • Halve the graham crackers and Hershey bars.
  • With a skewer or long fork, roast the marshmallows over a fire or grill.
  • When marshmallows are lightly browned and melting, construct your s'mores in this order: graham cracker half, Hershey bar half, 2 roasted marshmallows, and top with another graham cracker half.
  • Wait a minute while the marshmallow melts the chocolate. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1s’more | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Thank you so much for your kindness and support while I spread my wings by sharing this outdoor adventure post, as well as this recent backyard fun post. I thoroughly enjoyed writing both pieces, and I hope you felt they were valuable. I know they weren’t my normal decor or DIY content, but I enjoyed the challenge very much. I’ve been at this blogging thing a long time, and switching things up a bit felt good!

Until next time…

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42 Comments

  1. Peggy Wilson says:

    I love the jars. Your applesauce recipe is almost like mine except I’m diabetic.

  2. Fun ideas for adventure right at home!

  3. Will be looking into tbe fire pits.

  4. Love all the ideas and recipes!

  5. Great ideas – but just give me the chocolate bar – ha! And the rocking chair, too.

  6. It’s great to have some good ideas to have adventures at home – especially with current gas prices!

  7. Jeanne Neperud says:

    Will be getting one of the rocking chairs for sure. Thanks.

  8. Those lightweight rocking chairs look so comfy! Family together around a fire makes for great memories.

  9. I have been having groceries delivered from Walmart and they have done an excellent job

  10. I love this. Thank you for posting.

  11. Beth Haurand Croswell says:

    Love your blog. I’ve followed you for several years. Thank you

  12. Yum!! Love s’mores and this set-up!!

  13. Tina Vore says:

    It’s great to be able to transform your own backyard into a vacation oasis! We just went on a camping trip to Mono Hot Springs, Calif., and spent every evening around the campfire. It’s magical!

  14. Great ideas! Thanks Ann!

  15. Ruth Newton says:

    My favorite thing about summer is spending time outside in the evening. That is our ‘family room’ in the summer and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  16. My husband got a Solo stove for Father’s Day so we have been trying to decide how to set it up. This was perfect timing, several very good ideas that will get us started! Thanks

  17. I always love a campfire and s’mores!

  18. I’ve been working on hubby to let me have a fire pit for a while now. Although where we live there are weird regulations about not having a fire within 50 feet of a building which would be in the middle of the back garden, so I think that rule is getting ignored lol!

  19. CarolKindt says:

    Maybe this year is the year we finally get that fire pit. We’re spending more time at home than ever before and we should enjoy it while we can. Thank you for all the neat tips.

  20. Great way to have fun without going anywhere! We now have a firepit patio, but I need chairs, etc. Thanks for the info!

  21. Looking forward to enjoying our backyard. We work so hard, it’s time to enjoy!

  22. Outdoor adventures are great anytime.

  23. Great article, I am not into being around fire, but a smokeless fire pit is interesting.

  24. Terri Herman says:

    I need to send this post to the hubs- I’m hoping for a patio soon! We received a Solo stove as a Christmas gift but haven’t used it yet.

  25. Michelle Bagby says:

    Since I live in the hot desert, I enjoy visiting my best friend in Ca. with her fire pit.
    So many precious memories. Somehow all food and conversation seem better outdoors.
    Why is it the strongest memories are made outside?
    Thank you for finding an economical way for (most) of us to enjoy the quintessential
    summer eves!
    Mic

  26. Cheryl Foley💓 says:

    We recently built a firepit and put hammocks up also. Simple and special times.

  27. 5 stars
    Since we downsized 5 years ago, moved to a different state and into a townhome, we don’t have a personal backyard but we live by Lake Michigan and enjoy lunch along the harbor. Enjoy your summer! Thanks…..

  28. This is a wonderful post! Our family loves to spend time outdoors around the fire in the summer.

  29. maggie browning says:

    I love getting a “peek” of your daughter!

  30. Can’t go wrong with a cosy fire pit & yummy treats. With friends & family.

  31. Campfires and s’mores are the best. My grandkids love both.

  32. Love your posts and the inspiration they offer. A fun way to start my day.

  33. Jill Scott says:

    S’mores are the best!

  34. Solo stoves are wonderful! We have two and the lovely thing is, you can take them camping! No smoky clothes!! ❤️

  35. Love this! We love being around our fire pit. We also have a pool to enjoy in the summer. (We live in the south!) but there is something wonderful about being around the fire with family and friends.

  36. Lori Geiger says:

    5 stars
    Fun timely article to enjoy the summer outdoors!

  37. We love smores around here. Unfortunately no fires can be lit because we have been so desperate for rain. But golly it looks like fun!

  38. Our backyard is our preferred place to relax. We can enjoy the quiet, watch the lightning bugs and listen to the birds.

  39. I really like the idea of a fire pit and the natural magnet it provides for friend and family get-togethers. Great post. Happy summer.
    Karen B.

  40. Anne-Marie says:

    “Switching things up” was delightful, please keep it up. You are right, there is nothing like the circle seating of a firepit to encourage family conversation. The rocking chairs are fun!

  41. 5 stars
    The Solo is a perfect fire pit stove, smoke free and comes in all sizes with lots of options.