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Our Scamp Camper

We have some exciting news to share. We bought a Scamp camper.

Shawnee National Forest – Pine Hills Campground

It’s a tiny fiberglass camper, lightweight and just 13 feet long. Last summer up at Whitewater Lake in Wisconsin, we saw a Scamp parked in a driveway. I immediately fell in love with these tiny little campers. After casually browsing used Scamps for sale over the winter, we purchased one this spring.

Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Our family has taken several camping trips with the Scamp, and the kids are really enjoying their little bunk beds. Sophie just turned two and Everett is almost four, so I figure they’ll fit in the bunks for a while.

Thomas Woods – Marengo Ridge Conservation Area in Marengo, IL

Our Scamp is a 2018 model, though these trailers have been around since 1975. Ours sleeps 4. Billy and I share the almost full size bed and the kids sleep in the bunk beds.

Our bed in the Scamp

Our Scamp has a kitchenette with a stove and sink, but no bathroom. We prefer to use the facilities at the campsites instead. It’s filled with lots of cabinets and a little closet for storage. It has heat, which was great on our first camping trip in May when it got down to the 40’s at night. It doesn’t have air conditioning, but the powerful fan and large screen door have kept us cool.

Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

We’re still planning on tent camping, since we love hike-in sites, but we appreciate that the Scamp will allow us to extend our family’s camping season from early spring to late fall. We also like having the Scamp for when we camp in places like the Smokies, where bears might wander through our campsite.

Shawnee National Forest – Pine Hills Campground

I appreciate all the emails I received during my lengthy hiatus from blogging. I hope everyone is having a great time camping this summer, and I always enjoy hearing about your favorite places to camp.

Mauthe Lake – Kettle Moraine North

Last weekend we camped at Mauthe Lake campground in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine North State Forest. Mauthe Lake campground is about an hour Northwest of Milwaukee, and two hours from where we live in the Chicago suburbs.

Camping at Mauthe Lake - Kettle Moraine North

We drove up on Friday night, grabbing a quick dinner in West Bend on the way. Our site among the pines was beautiful, but it did not offer the privacy or quiet that we typically enjoy at other campsites. We heard road noise, loud music and people talking well into the night. The first night was pretty rough for the three of us, but the second night we slept a little better.

On Saturday, Billy’s cousin and her family joined us. After eating some subs for lunch, we hiked the easy 2-mile trail around Mauthe Lake. We spent the late afternoon at the beach while the kids played in the sand. We made pie iron pizzas for dinner and fruit pies for dessert. On Sunday we woke up to rain. After we started a fire, we made Pie Iron Breakfast Sandwiches.

Camping at Mauthe Lake - Kettle Moraine North

Everett enjoyed playing with his second cousins, and they kept him entertained so Billy and I could relax a bit. We had a nice time and we’re really looking forward to camping with them again!

5 Pie Iron Pizzas

Summer is unofficially here! Later this summer we’ll be camping with another family. They have two kids, so I thought it would be fun to make pie iron pizzas.

pie iron pizza
{ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt }

The classic pie iron pizza includes buttered white bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. I decided I wanted to mix it up a little. While searching for ideas, I found some great variations on a classic pizza pudgie pie.

Pie Iron Pizza Bar

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This pizza bar was part of an awe-inspiring camp-themed birthday party. I bet the kids enjoyed picking their own pizza toppings.

Pie Iron Caprese Pizza

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I’ve featured Caprese Skewers in the past, and mozzarella, fresh basil & tomato (sauce) work just as well on a pie iron pizza.

Pie Iron Calzones

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Aren’t all pie iron pizzas really just calzones? This recipe uses refrigerated pizza dough as the crust.

Ben - Parks & Rec

Pie Iron Frozen Pizza

It doesn’t get any easier than this: Defrost a small frozen pizza, fold it and cook it in your pie iron.

Find more pie iron pizza recipes on my Pie Iron Pizza Pinterest board.