It’s hard to believe but some people are not fans of camping. Maybe they had a bad experience in the past or maybe they are just not the outdoorsy type. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself talking them into trying it again and there are a few things you can do to turn their frowns upside down. [Read more…]
A good night’s sleep is one of the goals of camping. The breeze through the trees, crickets chirping, and star-studded sky are some of the big attractions of getting away and going camping. It all serves to lull you to sleep so you can begin your day fresh and ready to have some fun. That won’t happen if your bed is uncomfortable but there are some options to look into for a very nice night when camping. [Read more…]
Just like a pilot uses a checklist before taking the plane off the ground, many campers use checklists for arriving at the campsite, departing the campsite, and winterizing their rig. There are many moving parts when it comes to getting on or off the road so having list reduces the likelihood of forgetting something that could be damaging to your RV. Following are some things to do when you arrive at your campsite. [Read more…]
You just can’t go camping without having hot chocolate and we thought you’d like to try out a few twists to the old standard recipe. We found quite a variety and would love to hear if you have any favorite versions of your own.
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – You’ll be stirring your chocolate along with some creamy peanut butter into that warm milk you have ready to fill your favorite camping mugs. Top it off with mini marshmallows and enjoy. You can find the recipe at One Sweet Mess. [Read more…]
Your RV power cord is the life line between you and all the electricity you need for a fun camping trip. They can be neglected and cause you problems so we found some helpful tips to share. Taking care of your RV power cords will help to assure a memorable camping trip that is memorable in a good way, not in a troublesome way. [Read more…]
You want to have more fun than chores while you are camping and we don’t blame you. That’s why cooking your meals in foil packs has become so popular. You can make the whole meal in the morning and then spend the rest of the day having fun. You can also make these ahead at home, freeze, and bring them with you. And the best reason to try cooking in foil packs is that there is no clean up after a meal. You just toss the used foil and you’re ready for a game of cards or some time around the campfire. [Read more…]
Winter has arrived once again and it’s time to put your RV to bed for the season. If you don’t have indoor storage for your RV you might consider a protective cover. Winter weather can take a toll on your RV and leaving it unprotected can damage your investment.
A properly fitting RV cover will protect your rig from ice and snow that has the potential of backing up on your roof and creating leaks when the spring thaw comes. If you’re storing outside in warm weather, the cover protects from damaging UV light and tree sap. [Read more…]
Have you always loved birding but have never had the time to do it right? Are you planning on a camping trip where you can enjoy birding with your family? Well, if you’re a beginner to birding, here are some useful tips you should consider.
- Always keep an eye on the bird rather than flipping through your guide to identify it. You should look at the bird to identify the markings, song, feeding habits, movements and size then jot these things down in your diary.
- Keep your ear out for bird songs and calls since they are the best way to identify birds. You can always listen while you’re looking directly at the bird to make the right identification.
- Estimate the general shape and size of the bird to help you identify the correct family where it belongs. You should estimate the size of the bird in relation to other well-known ones for easier identification.
- Take a good look at the facial markings and characteristics such as strips, patches of color, eye lines, eye arcs and much more. You should also take note of any markings on the bill since different birds have varying bill characteristics.
- Next, you should identify the details on the tail, wings and overall body. You should identify these characteristics when the bird is in flight or stationary.
- Look at the length and color of the bird’s legs and how they affect the movement and flight. Depending on the length and type of feet, the bird should have a different way of jumping from every branch, swooping up or down and flying in open air.
- Identify the feeding habits such as foraging across the camping site, clinging to the bark of a tree and much more.
Now you can record your observations about the bird including the region and climate where you identified it. That way, when you’re looking at the bird guide later, you can easily identify it.
This is the time of year that we’re all thinking of pumpkin flavored treats. We can have it in our coffee, sweet rolls, and even pumpkin scented candles for our home. It’s become quite the rage these days. One thing we don’t hear so much of any more is the fabulous results you can get from roasting the pumpkin seeds you have once you’re carved your Halloween pumpkin. It used to be tradition to roast them and we think you’ll love it if you try it this year.
The seeds you roast will come straight from your recently carved pumpkin. You’ll get about a cup of seeds from a medium sized pumpkin. Make sure you cover your work area because this can be messy. The seeds will be gooey and surrounded by pumpkin membrane. Clean them well by rinsing with water to remove all the excess material. Once you’re down to just seeds, blot them dry on a kitchen towel.
Now comes the fun part – seasoning. There are as many ways to season these treats as there are people who want to eat them. You can use some oil, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, honey, sugar, butter, or even jalapeno. Once you have them seasoned the way you like, you can put them on a cookie sheet (you may want to use parchment paper to save on clean up). Bake them at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. Check them often to be sure they aren’t burning. You may want to stir them half way through. You can also cook these on the grill or over the campfire, which is even more fun.
Now you have a delicious treat to share with the family and the kids will love helping with the whole process. You can all have your favorite kind and share fond memories of roasting pumpkin seeds after carving the Halloween pumpkins.
The video below will show you three ways to roast your pumpkin seeds for a variety of flavors.
Olive Oil & Sea Salt
Cinnamon & Spice
So, so, so good. Let us know how yours turn out. We look forward to seeing you here at the campground this Fall. It’s a wonderful time of year to be camping and we can’t wait to see you.
The smell of freshly cut grass in the air, evenings that are starting to stretch well past dinner time and that warm spring sun giving promise to a long hot summer; indeed, there are many reasons to love this time of the year.
In fact, with the warmer and lighter weather many of us are turning our thoughts to outdoor eating. Whether we are planning a camping trip away, or simply love to eat outdoors at home whenever we have the chance, there is something incredibly special about enjoying a fine meal in the fine outdoors.
However, not many of us want to slave over the kitchen counter for hours on end to be able to enjoy a spot of outdoor dining. Indeed, eating outdoors should feel relaxed and effortless. Achieving that goal can be rather challenging to say the least!
So what is the secret to great outdoor cooking that is super limited when it comes to time and effort? Actually the answer is in just one word; marinade! Yes, that’s right, by nailing a great marinade recipe your outdoor dining will deliver on great taste, while you have plenty of time to relax and smell the roses.
What are the ingredients to great summer marinades? The list is endless, however here come a few choices that know how to pack a punch when it comes to flavor. You could try out some tried and tested recipes using these ingredients, or experiment and find your own great combination.
– Citrus Juice
– Soy sauce
– Lemon Peel
– Orange juice
– Chopped onion
– Chopped chili
– Dried or fresh herbs and spices.
The above list should certainly have your mouth watering by now! Whatever you decide to put in your summer marinade, be sure to let it sit for as many hours as possible to create an outdoor dish that is truly delicious!