Did You Know?

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Did you know that everyone who purchases an RV from us this year gets invited to a special campout this summer?  Here’s a video from the first campout a few years ago.

Orange Spiced Iron Skillet Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Need a great brunch recipe for your cast iron skillet?  Here it is!

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Orange Spiced Skillet Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Makes one 10-inch, one 8-inch and one 6-inch roll (these are the sizes of cast iron skillets that I own).  You could also use a couple 9-inch cake pans.  The dough may also be rolled and sliced like regular cinnamon rolls to make 2 or 3 dozen small rolls.

Dough:

1 box carrot cake mix
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups lukewarm orange juice (warmed gently on the stove)
5 cups flour

Filling:
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Zest of one orange
10 tablespoons butter, softened

Glaze:
5 ounces cream cheese
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons milk
Zest of one orange
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Dissolve cake mix, salt, yeast and vanilla in warm orange juice in a very large bowl.  Stir in flour one cup at a time.  If needed, add more flour in 1/4 cup increments until the dough is pulling together around the spoon and not sagging wetly into the bowl.  Cover and let rise for one hour.  Punch down and rise on the counter until doubled or in the fridge overnight, covered in greased plastic wrap (it will rise very tall overnight).  On a well-floured surface, knead the dough for a couple minutes, adding more flour as needed to create a dough that is smooth and a little stickier than bread dough.

Let the dough rest for a few minutes while you clean up the counter.  For the filling, mix together cinnamon, white and brown sugar and orange zest in a bowl.

Divide the dough in half and roll each piece into a large rectangle on a well-floured surface (mine was about 16 by 12 inches and 1/3 of an inch thick).  One half at a time, warm the softened butter in your hands and spread the butter over the dough using your fingers.  Spread each rectangle of dough with half of the filling.  Trim the edges neatly and slice the rectangle into even strips about 2 1/2 inches wide (I sliced mine the long way but it may have been easier to go the other way and have shorter strips).

Roll up the strips into a spiral, overlapping the ends barely when needing to start a new strip, until your roll is too big to manage without sagging and falling over.  Place this roll in the center of your skillet.  Carefully wrap additional strips around the center roll until your skillet is full (or close to it).  I had almost exactly enough dough to fill a 10, 8 and 6 inch skillet.  Let rise about an hour or until puffy but not quite doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 400F.  An 8-inch roll will bake about 25 minutes.  Give or take 5 to 10 minutes for the smaller and bigger rolls.  Bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the roll comes out clean.  Cover the top with foil if it’s too dark before the center is baked.

For the glaze, melt cream cheese, butter, milk and orange zest together in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk until smooth (though there may be tiny lumps of cream cheese remaining).  Add powdered sugar and whisk vigorously until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add a little milk to thin it out.

Glaze the rolls while they’re hot and serve the rolls sliced into wedges while still warm.

Enjoy!

 

 

Camping Gadgets

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Here’s some cool camping gear you can get from our friends at Amazon.com

Heroclip 3-in-1 Clip Hang Carabiner Hook Outdoor Gear Camping Hiking Hold Your Accessories

$19.95
  • NEVER FIND YOURSELF SHORT-HANDED: From your everyday life to traveling or outdoors for an adventure getaway, Heroclip offers a simple solution to hang anything, anywhere.
  • CLIP HOOK SWIVEL: Stay busy with stuff that matters, and let Heroclip do the grunt work. A clip for all your gear. Stay together, Stay clean, Stay organized, Stay suspended. Heroclip is a collapsible S-shaped carabiner for all your gear needs. Its open hook features a rubber tip which allows Heroclip to grip on nearly any surface type. Heroclip is cut from HIGH QUALITY Aircraft Grade 7000 series Aluminium; our Dual Pivot and Swivel System is made of a Nylon Composite with metal reinforcements

13 in 1 Ergonomic Design Metal Construction Wood Inlay Handle Multi-functional Hammer Ax Tool

Price: $13.88 
  • FEATURING – multi-function tool & Multiple tool-in-one integration design, durable and portable, convenient to use; comes with a nylon-canvas sheath for carrying or storage;wood inlay handle helps to reduce hand fatigue.
  • FUNCTION – hatchet, handle lock, mini knife, cross screwdriver, fish fork, saw, cutting knife, allen key, opener bottle, flat screwdriver, file, scale scratched off knife, hammer, cutting tool, locking plier, flat nose plier, pliers, axe, big pliers, clamp handle, spear, saws, knife, allen wrench, scale knife, rasp, wire cutter, can opener and wrench.
  • USE – camping, outdoor hiking&activities, exploring travel, chopping small branches, fixes kits, cut, pry, twist the screw, open fire hydrant, dissolution of the glass curtain wall, saw wood, handy from hammering the tent stakes to chopping, cut the rope curtain, in a dangerous escape etc.
  • PRODUCT TECH SPECIFICATION – material: metal construction+wood inlay handle; size: 6.3 x 1.2 x 3.9 inches; weight: 14.1 ounces; color: brown.

Coghlans Cooler Light

Gray
Price: $6.72
  •  Lightweight, plastic light illuminates inside of an ice chest, cooler, tackle box, or toolbox; easy to install with included adhesive tape
  • Light turns on when lid is raised open, turns off when lid is closed shut; auto shut-off after 20 seconds of continuous use
  • Runs on three LR44 1.5 volt button cell batteries (included)
  • Affordable, essential gear for camping, backpacking, backcountry treks, motor homes, cabins, and more

Toasted or Roasted Card Game

Price: $11.99
  • Packaged in a unique, waterproof, resealable bag
  • family game designed to be a take along for camp outings
  • An offensive/Defensive board/card game
  • Be the first player to start your campfire and toast three marshmallows
  • Opponents can rain on your campfire, blow your fire out, or burn your marshmallow
  • Packaged in a resealable “take-along” bag for fun on the go

Homar Set of 2 Silicone Heat Resistant BBQ Grill Gloves Oven Mitts & Pot Holder – Best in BBQ Accessories – Waterproof Max Heat Gloves Perfect for Cooking, Camping, Grilling, Smoking & Baking (Black)

Price: $8.99
Black
  • What will You Get – You will get 1 Pair of 425°F heat resistant bbq gloves, pure food grade silicone oven mitts with One Size Fits All.
  • Made from 100% Food Grade Safe FDA Approved BPA Free Silicone – This BBQ grill gloves oven mitts are made of 100% food grade safe FDA approved BPA free silicone which heat resistant will up to 425 degrees.Absolutely an awesome solution to safer cooking baking and grilling!!
  • No-slip and Comfortable Operation Design – Entire palm-side surface of the grill glove is covered in raised, no-slip nubs to help you maintain a confident grip.And the gloves with large interior size and soft material specially designed for comfortable operation will sure be your favourite gadget in your kitchen.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE USAGE – The pair of gloves can be used in many circumstances ranging from BBQ preparation, smoker grill handling, kitchen hot potholder, meat tearing, house cleaning etc. You can even wear them for dish washing and freezer cleaning to protect your hands.
  • Easy to Clean and Store – Waterproof & Dishwasher-safe – Has handy loop so you can hang them on a hook and use it next time!

Dutch Oven Tomato Bacon Soup You Can Make at Home

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Have you been missing the taste of campfire food?  Here’s a great recipe for a warm soup on a cold day you can make at home using your dutch oven.

 

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

ROASTED TOMATO BACON SOUP

Roasted tomato soup meets…BACON!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs. roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1-2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 6 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 small white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

Meanwhile, heat your dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy (about 8-10 minutes).  Remove the bacon and all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat in the stockpot.

Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Then add the chicken or vegetable stock, bay leaf, smoked paprika, roasted tomatoes and cooked bacon and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes to slightly reduce.

If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Or transfer the soup in small batches into a blender and puree until smooth. (Be very careful pureeing hot liquids!) Transfer the soup back to the stockpot and stir in the heavy cream. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Do’s & Don’ts of Cold Weather RVing

from www.generalrv.com

For this post I scoured the Internet for some tips of what to do and what not to do, for cold weather RV camping.

 

First up is some great advice Mark Polk of RV Education 101. Mark is one of the industry’s leading RV professionals. He’s been helping newbies and veterans alike learn more about how to RV the right way for several decades. 

  • DO determine whether you’ll be camping when temperatures are below freezing. If so, the water in your RV’s lines could freeze and turn a wonderful trip into an expensive disaster. If you will encounter freezing temps, simply make sure your RV is winterized. You can still use the bathroom with jugs of water and antifreeze in the holding tanks. On that note, know where your water tanks and water lines are located on your RV. On many RVs the tanks and lines are in heated compartments. But some are not, and it’s important to know whether yours is susceptible to freezing.
  • DON’T seek a campsite that isn’t exposed to the sun as much as possible. Let the heat of the sun’s rays warm your RV during the day and give your heater a bit of a break.
  • DO make sure you are fully aware of how to use your RV’s forced air heater, as well as the amount of LP it will draw. If you’ll be using an electric-powered ceramic heater, ensure you are using it according to the manufacturer specifications and always have safety in mind. For example, make sure the area immediately in front of the heat source is free of combustible materials, such as bedding.
  • DON’T store any water hoses with water in them. If you need to use it, it will probably be frozen. You can take it inside to thaw out if need be, or use a hair dryer.
  • DO cover the windows with curtains, drapes or almost anything will help to hold some of the heat in.
  • DON’T close cabinets or drawers where water lines are located. Leave them open to allow heat to circulate around plumbing.
  • DO place cut-to-size foam in ceiling vents to keep heat from escaping.
  • DON’T open the entry door any more than minimally possible.
  • DON’T forget the electric blanket.

Next up are Jason and Nikki Wynn from the popular Gone With The Wynns blog. Their post on winter weather camping has a slew of ideas, many of which echo Mark’s advice while others I’ve highlighted below:

  • DO consider skirting the exterior of your RV. It can be as simple as DIY insulated panels cut to fit, but the more you can prevent cold air from getting under your RV, the warmer it will be inside.
  • DON’T forget to use wiper fluid specially formulated to withstand winter cold.
  • DON’T cover any exhaust vents or the exhaust tailpipe with RV skirting, and clear snow accumulation from these areas.
  • DO consider using a heated water hose when connecting to the campground water supply.
  • DON’T be connected to the full hookup sewer 100% of the time, otherwise Jason says you could end up with a “poopsicle.”
  • DO run the RV’s LP furnace at 45 degrees and use it to supplement an electric heater, which is the primary source.

Finally, the folks at Trailer Life have some additional tips that are worth your while:

  • DO check to make sure weather-stripping around doors and windows isn’t torn or frayed.
  • DO consider installing a holding tank heater.
  • DO install plastic film over your windows, especially if their single pane. The kits are available at any hardware store and are simple to install.

There you have it. If you’re willing to camp in the winter, there’s not too much you need to do to make it comfortable.