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Month: October 2012

“THROWED ROLLS”

October 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“THROWED ROLLS”

Have you ever been in a restaurant where the servers throw huge 5-inch in diameter, hot, yeast raised rolls across the room with hopes that you will catch them? If you answered yes, you have most likely visited one of the three locations where Lambert’s has one of their original “Throwed Rolls” cafes. We stopped at Hinton RV Park just off I-55 in Sikeston, MO.  When we checked in, the park attendant handed us a packet of information on local points of interest.  The one that caught our eye was for Lambert’s Café.  We were told that Lamberts would send a driver to the RV Park to pick us up for dinner and then bring us back to our RV.  With an offer like that, how can you refuse? When we arrived at the restaurant our chauffer took us to our table, gave us some preliminary warnings and left us to our server.  At that point, a young man in jeans and red suspenders came down the center isle of the restaurant shouting “Throwed Rolls” and then pitching them to anyone that held... [Read more...]

How Do You Top Off a Day at the Spa?

October 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

How Do You Top Off a Day at the Spa?

With a gourmet meal, of course! As a follow up to my recent posts on Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort in New Mexico (see posts from 9/02/2012 and 9/09/2012), I must add that we returned on my birthday to again enjoy “soaking our bones” in their delicious waters as I was given free admittance that day. However, we could not leave without treating ourselves to an early dinner at their world class Artesian Restaurant on site, which we had been unable to do on our last visit. We arrived in early afternoon and spent several hours enjoying the Arsenic, Iron Soda and mixed springs, though the Arsenic Pool remains our favorite.  Once we had finished, we showered and dressed, enjoying their entire line of spa products, including body wash, shampoo and conditioner. As it was only 4:30, we were still had a bit of time to kill as the Artesian Restaurant opens for dinner at 5:00 pm, so we decided to visit the wine bar next to the restaurant. Both are located in the former hotel building, now... [Read more...]

A Guide to RV Mattresses

October 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

By Timothy Taylor I remember my first RV trip. The rig wasn’t mine, but the memories —I’ll always own those. We were trekking through the Appalachian Mountains on a magnificent journey from Michigan to Maine. Magnificent in beauty, scope and pain. Let me back up. The RV belonged to my friend, Paul, and if you knew Paul, then you’d know how excited he was about his new RV. So excited that he insisted that I accompany him, and his young family, on the maiden journey east. Aside from the occasional olfactory offense of a pungent diaper, the trip was mostly enjoyable, until I spent my first night sleeping on the RV mattress. I woke up the next day (and the next, and the next) with aching joints and a body wrought with the spoils awarded to the soldiers of restless sleep. Now that I am officially an avid RV man (just ask my ex-wife), I recall that first trip and wince. I had no idea that a harmless-looking mattress could negatively impact my journey to such an extent. If you’re like... [Read more...]

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

Back about the time the Woodall’s blog first began early in 2010, a colleague of mine posted an absolutely inspired post about the wisdom of camping with your crock pot. An easy way to make great meals to feed hungry campers, she said her family never traveled without one in the camper. Since I read her post, neither has mine. I am writing to share with you today a terrific twist on a family favorite that is sure to satisfy hungry hikers, bikers, campers and outdoors people of all ages: Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches with a Southwestern Flair. The ingredients are easy to acquire: 1 beef chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. (I buy whatever is on sale and have never been disappointed) 1 onion, coarsely chopped 1 can petite diced tomatoes 1 can chicken broth Fresh green chilies or 3 cans diced green chilies (the original recipe I modified called for 3 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, but we about burned our tongues off when eating it, so if you are a purist, consider yourself warned!) 2 Tbsps chili powder 2... [Read more...]

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

October 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip code address in Virginia right after Labor Day.  Since then we have traversed across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and into Kansas.  Our plans are to leave our current spot in Hutchinson and head south to Branson, MO, for a few days taking in many of the shows, exhibits, tours and having some just plain old fun.  From there we may swing north again to Elkhart, IN, to see Amish Country and the birthplace of our RV.  Since we are expected in North Myrtle Beach, SC, by November 1st for a two week stay with friends in  our Cedar Creek RV Owners... [Read more...]

An Easy Traditional New Mexican Green Chili Sauce To Make When Camping

October 14, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

An Easy Traditional New Mexican Green Chili Sauce To Make When Camping

Many of you have followed our recent efforts to obtain a case or two of traditional Hatch, NM green chiles. We were hoping to locate a sufficient quantity to use throughout the year. If you have been reading faithfully, you are aware that we did finally locate an available case and prepared them for use by peeling, slicing and seeding them. Those not already consumed currently reside in our freezer awaiting an upcoming meal. My goal today is to share with you this recipe for traditional New Mexico Green Chile Sauce. It is so easy and delicious, it would make a terrific addition to any camping meal. The ingredients are as follows: ½ cup chopped white onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp flour ½ to 1 can chicken stock ½ cup chopped tomato 2 cups green chiles, peeled, seeded and chopped ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp oregano Salt and pepper to taste Note that if you are not in an area in which you can obtain fresh chiles, you can obtain Hatch chiles online, frozen. If... [Read more...]

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

October 13, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

2013 Quartzsite RV Show Dates Announced

Every January something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. Numerous food choices ensure you’ll never go hungry! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, mostly in recreational vehicles, converge on the sleepy little desert town of Quartzsite, located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10, for the rock, gem, and mineral shows, plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. “If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite,” says Kenny King, show promoter. There will be several hundred new and used RVs on display in 2013 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate... [Read more...]

2012 National Parks Fall Foliage Guide

October 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

2012 National Parks Fall Foliage Guide

As summer comes to a close, the bright blues and greens that characterize the sunshiny season are replaced by a deeper, more vibrant palette. But there are so many destinations to choose from, each with their own unique rainbow of fall colors. The National Park Foundation (NPF) wants you to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons in your national parks. In announcing the 2012 National Parks Fall Foliage Guide the NPF says, “These parks boast exceptional fall colors, however they represent only a few of the national park sites where foliage lovers can enjoy the spectacular spectrum of the season’s palette.” The list below includes information on region-specific flora as well as estimated timing on the peak of their colors: Nez Perce National Historical Park (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) Peak foliage times range across the rivers, canyons, prairies, and mountains of this park which overlaps four states. The short-grass prairies of White Bird Battlefield... [Read more...]

Our Hatch Chile Quest Continues…

October 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Hatch Chile Quest Continues…

At the end of my last post, we had been frustrated in our quest to obtain a case of fresh roasted Hatch, NM chiles by arriving after every store had sold out for the day. But we were determined! After all, the most common question in any New Mexico restaurant is “Red or green?” Diners must select the type of chile sauce they would like on top of their meal.  The only other appropriate response is “Christmas”, which leads to your meal being topped with a combination of red AND green sauce. We had discovered nearly a dozen years ago that we were both “green” lovers. So the opportunity to make some of this delectable sauce from the genuine article, to have for use in our home at our meals, was very appealing. Roasted, unpeeled chile Our neighbor started us on this mission by coming home with 25 lbs of chiles and giving us a quart sized freezer bag to try. Our appetite whetted, we soon went in search of more chiles, realizing a quart would not get us through the winter and we wanted... [Read more...]

If You Love Golf, Then You Will Love It Here!

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If You Love Golf, Then You Will Love It Here!

For the RV enthusiast who loves to golf, Parkview Riverside RV Park in Concan, Texas (www.ParkviewRiversideRV.com) and The Club at Concan (www.Concangolf.com) have put together a golf stay and play package for our Winter Texans that is hard to beat.  On top of Parkview’s money saving Winter RV package of rents decreasing each month you stay, this fantastic new golf club offers a monthly winter membership package for our Winter visitors, which entitles you to full membership privileges with no initiation fee.  What you get: unlimited play with cart included  unlimited use of the practice facilities (driving range, putting green, pitching/chipping green, and practice bunker)  10% off of all pro shop merchandise, and beverage discounts in the club house and snack bar The course itself is beautiful and challenging, featuring 4 tee boxes on every hole to fit the skill level of any golfer, lush Zoysia fairways, Bermuda greens and tees, and over 8 miles of paved cart paths.  Your concentration... [Read more...]

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