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Month: February 2010

Of Brave Knights & Fair Maidens…

February 19, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Of Brave Knights & Fair Maidens…

a villainous knight! It is a land of kings and queens, knights and ladies, villains and heroes.  The grounds ring with quaint music, fairy singing, and pounding hooves culminating in clanging swords.  Succulent smells of spiced meats, flavorful chocolates, and smoked turkey legs fill the air.  There are rides for the children, shops full of finery for the maidens, and action packed jousting shows for all those not faint of heart.  From singing nuns to black-hearted knaves, the Arizona Renaissance Festival has something for every member of your family! This past weekend, we traveled to the Phoenix area for the express purpose of visiting the Arizona Renaissance Festival.  We hauled the 5th wheel to a campground near Florence, and were not disappointed that we had made this short r.v. excursion just for that one destination.  The venue consists of daily jousting tournaments, hundreds of shops, and nearly a dozen stages with continuous, family-friendly entertainment varying from... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite 2106

February 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite 2106

2009 Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite 2106 Previously $20,995 – Now $16,999 21 ft. Rear Bunkhouse w/Dbl. Bed Below, sleeps 6, Rear Bath w/Neo-Angle Shower, Booth Dinette w/TV, Fridge, 3 Burner Range, gas oven, roof A/C, Dbl. Kitchen Sink, Front Sofa w/End Table, Spare Tire, outside speakers and more! Offered from Bill Thomas Camper Sales in Wentzville, MO. Learn more about this 2009 Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite 2106! Find more great RV sales on

Roasted Potatoes & Veggies Recipe & Video by Debbie Block

February 17, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Roasted Potatoes & Veggies Recipe & Video by Debbie Block

Here’s a video and recipe for you that is not only easy, but good enough to be company worthy. Roasting potatoes this way makes a much healthier choice than fried potatoes and you’ll be amazed how good it is, too. We like it for a brunch sometimes with an omelet or for dinner alongside roasted chicken.  If your rig has a convection microwave oven, this recipe works well using the convection oven setting. To serve 4 – 6 people About 2 lbs Fingerling potatoes, washed but leave peel on (Sometimes you can find these in white or gold, purple and red and this is so pretty to serve!) 1 large sweet potato 1 Yam (not shown in video, but yams are delicious this way) Several carrots and parsnips 1 medium to large turnip 1 large red onion 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tsp each, basil & oregano (use fresh if you can and add a little fresh rosemary if you like) 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp red pepper and paprika Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Peel everything except the potatoes.... [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Make Your Grandchildren’s Camping Vacation a Lasting Memory

February 17, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

5 Tricks to Make Your Grandchildren’s Camping Vacation a Lasting Memory

When you’re used to flying solo (or as a duo), a week of camping with grandchildren can be as stressful as it is fun. Here are 5 quick tips to creating a functional, safe and enjoyable environment for your short-term (and just plain short) guests. 1)      Kiddy-Up Your RV Besides packing kid-stuff, think about how the RV itself is or is not a place that welcomes your grandchildren. Just like you would child-proof your home before they come to visit, you should child proof your RV. Don’t forget to cover electrical outlets, eliminate dangers like hanging blind cords, and secure stove knobs from accidental turn on.  I’d also suggest taking a good look at how easily your door opens outward – I’ve seen too many children push on the screen only to pop it open and tumble down the steep RV steps. Create a fun, comfortable place for your grandchildren to sleep in the RV too. Camping with grandchildren is the most fun when you’re not exhausted from lack of sleep. When I was younger,... [Read more...]

Part II – RV Shows Can Help Cure the Winter Blues

February 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Part II –  	RV Shows Can Help Cure the Winter Blues

The Richmond RV and Camping Expo was great! More dealers than I ever expected participated in this years show with a collage of RV types and models to fit most any camping style or budget. Shedding pounds is big this year.   A very large percentage of RVs at the show were considerably lighter than previous models of the same size.  With the emphasis on fuel efficiency and downsized tow vehicles manufacturers have developed innovative ways of shedding weight by the use of composites and other light weight materials.  The difference can be as much as 1,000 pounds for a same-size RV from a prior model year. Edge M 21 Heartland Recreational Vehicles exhibited their new Edge M 21.  This 22 foot trailer weighs in at a mere 3200 pounds (dry weight), features a queen bed, huge bath, center slide out and a list of amenities often only found on larger high-end RVs.  It can be towed by most any SUV equipped with a sturdy hitch.  Fully loaded weight is rated at only 4,000 pounds. Keystone... [Read more...]

Sitting Around the Campfire

February 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Sitting Around the Campfire

Baby Girl keeps C's lap warm as we start the campfire I know not everyone who camps enjoys a campfire, but for us one of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire at night and enjoying each others company. Plus certain foods taste better over the campfire, you really can’t make a s’more with a candle.  Also there’s the enjoyment of just chatting with family and friends with no gadgets to interrupt the conversation. The most important thing about cooking over the campfire is having long enough forks, trust me your non-singed knuckle hair will thank you. We love s’mores, there’s just something about that gooey mess that tastes so good. We learned it’s better to do your cracker/chocolate setup before roasting your marshmallow, nothing worse then having your perfectly toasted marshmallow hit the dirt while you fiddle around breaking the graham cracker in half, there’s no 5 second rule for that. A word to the wise, if you’re thinking a marshmallow Peep... [Read more...]

Weather Tools to Know About When Camping

February 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Weather Tools to Know About When Camping

Article Courtesy of Camping Life Magazine. Forecasting the weather is a combination of art, science and luck — which is why weather reporters always deal in percentages rather than absolutes. Even though the process isn’t perfect, it’s still wise to listen to the broadcasts and pay attention to the clues about what’s coming. At the same time, it’s also good to keep a “weather eye” on the sky to look for local or fast-developing atmospheric activity that distant forecasters may not even be aware of. When planning hiking or camping trips, it is vital to keep track of what’s happening weather-wise. Without knowing what the short- and long-term trends are, you might inadvertently travel into the path of a storm. So, along with packing the hot dogs, pop and ice in the cooler; filling the vehicle with fuel and making sure the sleeping bags and tent are aboard, be sure to make tapping into weather information part of your pre-trip checklist. CAMPING TRIP WEATHER PLANNING... [Read more...]

Weekend Escapes in Colorado — Mueller State Park

February 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

There’s snow on the ground, a chill in the air and it seems like months before we’ll see warmer weather again.  And, believe it or not, it’s the perfect time to start mapping out your spring and summer camping plans. Our family tries to take at least one “big” trip a year.  But between work, kids’ activities and other events, our calendar fills up way too quickly.  As a result, the bulk of our camping happens on the weekends. Luckily, if you’re in or near Colorado, there’s no shortage of weekend destinations.  Why you can go your whole life and not hit them all.  That’s why I thought I’d start a series of posts highlighting some of our favorite spots. And there’s no better place to start than Mueller State Park. About a forty-five minute drive from Colorado Springs, and just a few miles outside of Woodland Park, Mueller is one of Colorado’s best camping spots.  It’s a family favorite of ours, not just because of its peaceful setting and breathtaking... [Read more...]

Our “Berry Favorite” Camp Stew

February 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Our “Berry Favorite” Camp Stew

For traveling, I try to find recipes that are quick and easy to make because though I enjoy cooking when home, I prefer to be doing other things when I am camping, usually hiking or exploring our surroundings. A dish that my family enjoys that can be prepared in one pot is an added bonus. I am not sure where I discovered this recipe, but it quickly became a family favorite and is usually the meal I make our first night out on a trip. In the past, there were two reasons for making this meal first.  We usually tried to get the greatest number of miles behind us on the first day so it was generally later in the day than usual when we were finally set up and eating dinner (hence the “quick to make” aspect). Also, during our days of tent camping, the Italian sausage would only stay frozen one day in the cooler so we wanted to use it up for one of our first meals. It has become a tradition we all look forward to, however, to eat this meal on our first night on the road. The original recipe... [Read more...]

Rainy day blues? Let the Games Begin! Rainy Day Camping Activities

February 12, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Rainy day blues? Let the Games Begin! Rainy Day Camping Activities

Camped at Quartzsite, AZ, we are patiently sitting out a refreshing afternoon rain.  We enjoy an occasional shower now and again, but Arizona seems to have had more than their share lately.  Due to a little preparation though, being cooped up in the camper has been a great part of our camping trip!  With all this rain during the past couple of weeks, we have made use of a few of our ‘rainy day activities’; some are things that we have set aside just for a stay-inside day, while others are past-times that lately we haven’t had a chance to slow down and enjoy. Jake plays a game on his bunk This morning was a little overcast and chilly, so we took the opportunity to get some extra schoolwork done.  This afternoon, some of the kids have pulled out their digital readers and are lounged on their beds enjoying a good book.  Other kids are playing a board game, and our 2 and 4 y.o. girls are tackling Daddy while he tries, in vain, to nap.    During down... [Read more...]

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