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SIMPLE and TASTY CAMP COOKING – Beef Stew and Aerosol Can Pancakes

December 5, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

SIMPLE and TASTY CAMP COOKING – Beef Stew and Aerosol Can Pancakes

I don’t remember exactly when or why we adopted the system we currently follow, but when we are out in the RV the kitchen is mine. I do all the meal planning, shopping and food preparation.  Nancy gets to sit back and, hopefully, enjoy my role as chief cook and bottle washer – well, chief cook and occasional bottle washer.  Nancy does usually step in and wash up the dishes. If you have been following my blogs for the past year, you know that I am a tool and gadget guy.  My self-proclaimed goal is to own at least one of every tool made before my life ends.  The kitchen in the RV is no exception to this manic ambition. It is well equipped with dicers, slicers and mixers of every style and size.  Mr. Ronco would be proud of me. I always try to come up with something for our campsite meals that is both delicious and simple.  It is often something that we never cook at home.  Perhaps this is because food prepared camp-side always tastes much better than it does at home. ... [Read more...]

A slice of holiday fruitcake: Collin Street Bakery, TX

December 5, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

A slice of holiday fruitcake: Collin Street Bakery, TX

Just like the gift exchange at work, fruitcakes are a part of the holiday season whether you like them or not. But how far would you travel for a fruitcake if it was one of the most famous Christmas cakes in the world? Would you travel over 2,950 miles? We did! Several days ago we visited this gleaming white Southern-plantation-style building that houses the newest Collin Street Bakery location in Waco. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana has a reputation for great sweet treats and holiday gifts that travel well beyond their home in Texas. The attention to quality has created a loyal customer base. This company, one of America’s foremost mail-order food companies, ships over a million of their DeLuxe Fruitcakes around the world each year. It’s the answer to the family-who-has-everything holiday gift dilemma. And set aside your preconceived notions about fruitcake. This confection is incredible. Each cake is 80 percent fruit and nuts with no artificial... [Read more...]

Healthier Meals at Camp

December 5, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Healthier Meals at Camp

In this day of increasing health consciousness and focus on cost cutting, our family is always in search of recipes that will accomplish those ends, while delighting our taste buds at the same time. Ease in cooking is always a plus because we often like to take our favorites “on the road” when we travel and don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing with complicated recipes. Recently I stumbled upon two recipe modifications that our family has come to embrace, that also travel well. Cooking the Rice The first of these is a new version of the hamburger. It is relatively quick to make and substitutes brown rice for about half of the ground beef. With the addition of feta cheese and spices, it really is delicious. We surround it with a whole wheat bun for another healthy choice. We have taken to substituting whole wheat dinner rolls for hamburger buns as they are typically softer, tastier and a bit smaller. Top it off with a slice of lettuce and a splash of catsup to really bring out... [Read more...]

Sky City: A Living History

December 4, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Sky City:  A Living History

It is difficult to imagine, but near Old Route 66 (as well as I-40) about one hour west of Albuquerque is the oldest continuously inhabited site in North America—Acoma Pueblo.  Being from Albuquerque, we have often thought about visiting Acoma Pueblo, and have even tried a few times in the past; however, there are some days each year the Pueblo is closed to the public, and we were unlucky enough each time to have chosen one of those days.  So, as we traveled from Las Vegas, Nevada to Albuquerque, New Mexico, we decided to make a stop at the RV Park at the Sky City hotel so that we could visit the Pueblo. (Photo Caption: No Photos Allowed) We were lucky.  We arrived on Thursday, and the Pueblo had changed to winter hours, so was closed, but was normally open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  However, Saturday (December 4) was a prayer day for the Pueblo, so they would be closing early on Friday and closed on Saturday.  We were able to visit on Friday morning.  It was a nice, sunny... [Read more...]

Web Rangers keeps ‘em coming back for more!

December 4, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Web Rangers keeps ‘em coming back for more!

One of the activities that we actively pursued in our RV travels last winter, was to visit as many state and National Parks as we could.  The kids did Jr. Ranger programs at many of the parks, and came home with over 3 dozen badges each.  We really enjoy the programs as they are generally very educational and include many details about the parks that we would otherwise not have known.  They are a great way to get in some site-specific learning – and some nag-free roadschooling.  The kids have really been missing the J.R. program, and are anxious to get back on the road and start in on it again.  Recently, we found an online program that the boys thought was nearly as enjoyable as the real thing; Web Rangers.  Web Rangers = Jr. Rangers with a twist.    Web Rangers is the National Parks Service’s online Jr. Ranger program.  The program is fun, free, and you do not have to download anything onto your computer to play it.   It features over 50 different games that... [Read more...]

Woodall’s is Giving Their Facebook Fans a Sneak Peek at 2011 Top Rated Parks!

December 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Woodall’s is Giving Their Facebook Fans a Sneak Peek at 2011 Top Rated Parks!

“Like” Woodall’s on Facebook to get early-access to the 5w/5w rated campgrounds and RV parks for 2011! You’ll be the first to see this distinguished list of parks! Every year, Woodall’s Publications sends out a small army of full time RVers who travel across North America visiting RV parks and campgrounds in every state and province, working to make the Woodall’s Campground Directory has up-to-date as possible. And every year, Woodall’s compiles a list of the highest-rated campgrounds these professional RVers have seen in their travels, and passes that list over to other RVers and Campers so they can enjoy these parks as well. Usually this list doesn’t come out until the first of the year, however, just for their facebook fans, Woodall’s has given an exclusive sneak peek at these top-rated parks and campgrounds! Check out every 5W/5W park in the North America by going to Woodall’s Facebook Page. If you are not a Woodall’s fan, click on the “like”... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie; or “Ya Better Watch Out ” or You’ll Have the Whole Park Under Your Awning for the Holidays!

December 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie; or “Ya Better Watch Out ” or You’ll Have the Whole Park Under Your Awning for the Holidays!

Get ready for visitors, like 'em or not! You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time. Yeah, yeah, for those of you rolling your eyes (and you know who you are), bear with me;  I’ve factored you in near the end of this blog.  On one thing we can agree: RVer’s tend to be a sociable lot, with the holidays bringing out the social butterflies in even the Scooge-iest of us. You combine the holidays and free-wheelin’ RVer’s and you got something going! Here’s an alcohol-free crockpot recipe for a truly memorable hot apple cider-cranberry drink. And you imbibers, just hang on; I told you I’ll get to you in a bit: This is a recipe I’ve made during several seasons of life (the details of which shall remain unknown except to those present at the time): Hot Apple Cider-Cranberry Crockpot Crowd Pleaser 3 parts apple cider 1 part cranberry juice or juice cocktail 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey (to taste) cinnamon sticks whole cloves *optional but great: put a small pat... [Read more...]

Food Week 2010 Starts Sunday, on the Woodall’s Blog

December 3, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Food Week 2010 Starts Sunday, on the Woodall’s Blog

‘Tis the season… for eating and being merry, right? Well at Woodall’s, we agree, which is part of the reason we’ve created “Food Week” on the blog.  Starting Sunday the 5th of December, we’re hosting an entire week of food! That means tons of recipes, cooking tips, kitchen mods, camp-cooking ideas, holiday tips, personal RV cooking dramas, and more! Make sure you check back all week during Food Week 2010! We’re going to have a scrumptious time. Food Week 2010 will run from December 5 through December 11.

Campsite Power – Chapter 3 – A Nice Solar System for under $200!!!

December 1, 2010 by · 17 Comments 

Campsite Power – Chapter 3 – A Nice Solar System for under $200!!!

I hope you have been following along by reading both Chapters 1 and 2 of this series.  Also, my RV Batteries 099 posting from March 8, 2010. I am trying to keep things simple while at the same time making them clear and understandable so that anyone wishing to explore alternative campsite power will have a good idea about what is needed and even where the bargains are. . The two questions that I am frequently asked: How much wattage will I need? and…….. How much will it cost? My usual answer is,  “It depends”. It all depends on how much power you want to use from your battery and how much sunlight you have each day. OK – I’m going to stick my neck out and suggest a minimum system for anyone wanting to try solar power for their camper. Batteries – Go for two 6-volt golf cart batteries wired in series to give 12 volts.  Purchase the best grade of golf cart batteries you can afford.  I strongly suggest Trojan brand batteries.  Remember these batteries MUST be installed... [Read more...]

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