Back to Camping… FINALLY! In our latest YouTube video, you’ll see our first RV outing of the year, a late-winter’s weekend over to Petersburg Corps of Engineers Campground on Lake Thurmond. We didn’t make time to hike Bartram Trail when we camped here last summer, so doing that was the “main event” of this trip. Watch as we arrive at our lovely lakeside campsite and then take a little-bit-longer-than-expected hike through the woods around the lake...
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Even with 2020 being the Worst Year EVER, the first twelve months of having the Aluminum Falcon 2.0 just flew by! Sure, we love him, but we have always admitted that no RV is perfect, so in this video, we'll tell you about a few of the things we've learned about our 2020 Rockwood Mini Lite 2507s. Of course, there are both good AND bad things, and we'll even confess to a few things that Rockwood is including in the new year's models that make us wonder if we should've waited a little longer to upgrade. Hmmm.... 🤔
Friday, January 1, 2021
Happy New Year, fellow Campers! Jessie here to remind you (as if you didn't already know) that 2020 is OVER... Thank GOD!!! Yes, yes, it's true that all of our collective woes won't magically vanish now that the calendar has flipped, but our hopes must have a starting point, and a New Year is as good a time as any to make the resolution to work on having a better year (gee, maybe that "resolution" thing could become an annual tradition... or something...).
In our own little world, things are looking up! Amongst our many blessings, the two things that stand out the most are 1) my recent surgery went very well, and I'm recovering even quicker than expected, and 2) Smokey has found a new full-time job! While these two wonderful events will have lots of positive effects on our lives, the thing all of you care about the most is that we can making camping plans again! Woo-Hoo!! Here's what we have on the agenda so far:
In mid-March, we'll FINALLY venture back out into the world outside the Central Savannah River Area, over to Chester State Park. Chester is one of South Carolina's original sixteen state parks, and is popular with fishermen and disc-golfers... which makes one wonder what we'll do there, since we're neither of those things... Oh, who are we kidding!? It's camping, so it'll still be great!
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
This is the one in which we are finally convinced that a weekend just ain't long enough for a camping trip... 😞 Dreher Island State Park is another little gem in the roster of South Carolina state parks, and was a welcome opportunity to break out of our kinda-sorta local camping "rut" we'd been in for most of the year. Situated on three small islands in Lake Murray, just above Columbia, SC, the park is a great choice for both RV campers and tent campers. Come along and see what little bit of fun we were able to find in just a short weekend!
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Crock Pots, Instant Pots, pressure cookers, slow cookers… Oh, the culinary adventures we RVers can have with these fantastic little appliances! If it weren’t for our Instant Pot, we’d be eating a lot more peanut butter sandwiches on our camping trips! Check out our latest YouTube video, in which we show you (another) three of our favorite “qwik-and-easy” recipes for some pretty hearty dinners. You can find the recipes we demonstrate down below, too!
Easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sliders
3-4 large chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)
1 (12 oz) bottle of Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
½ packet ranch seasoning mix (about 2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp butter
Rolls for serving
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken, buffalo sauce, and sprinkle in ranch seasoning mix. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for about 3 hours. Once chicken is fully cooked, use a couple of forks to shred the meat on a cutting board, then return the chicken to the crockpot with the juices. Add 2 Tbsp of butter to the crockpot and allow it to melt: stir to combine. Serve on rolls and drizzle with a little ranch dressing or blue cheese crumbles.
Instant Pot Spaghetti
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
¼ cup onion diced
1 tsp. garlic minced
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz.)
2 cups water
8 oz. spaghetti noodles
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp salt (optional), or add to taste
*I do not recommend doubling this recipe. Make two separate batches if you want more.
Put Instant Pot on saute.
Add olive oil, onions, and garlic and cook until onions are softened a bit.
Add ground beef and cook until pink is gone. Drain grease or leave in, your choice.
Turn Instant Pot to manual, high pressure.
Add jar of spaghetti sauce, water, break noodles into thirds and push noodles into liquid until they are covered, but do not stir (I add the 2 cups of water to the sauce jar and shake it to get any remaining sauce out, before I add the water to the Instant Pot).
Secure lid, close steam valve and set to 10 minutes (if you want more al dente set for a bit less time.
Quick release when it beeps, stir and serve.
Easy Crockpot Potato Soup
1 30-oz bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32-oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Put the hash browns in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crockpot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving. Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it’s ready to serve. Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.