Sunday, October 18, 2020

Pampered Chef "S'mores Dip!"

Howdy, Noob Nation!! Over on our Instagram this morning, we posted a photo of a little treat that Jessie whipped up at out campsite last night.  Well, we had some requests for the recipe, so here you go!  

This "S'mores Dip" is a great, artery-clogging way to get your sugar-fix while sitting beside the campfire, or even while inside your camper!  It's incredibly easy, as it preps in five minutes and cooks in just another ten minutes or so! 

Y'all enjoy!!

  • 1 pkg. (12 oz./350 g) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 34 large marshmallows
  • Assorted dippers: graham crackers, cookies, pretzels, fruit, etc.

  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Divide the chocolate chips between two 5.5" (14-cm) Cast Iron Skillets (1 cup/250 mL of chips in each). 
  • Bake for 3–5 minutes.  
  • Remove from the oven and stir to ensure chips are fully melted.
  • Arrange 15–20 marshmallows on top of the melted chocolate in each skillet.  
  • Bake for 4–6 minutes or until marshmallows are evenly browned.
  • Serve immediately with dippers.

Yield: 6 servings

Cook's Tips: To make on a campfire, place the skillets on top of a campfire grill or grate. The dip is ready to serve when the chocolate is fully melted and the marshmallows puff and become slightly brown.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Mission 021 (Pt. 2) - SC WATERFALLS | Issaqueena Falls | Station Cove Falls

Our Labor Day weekend trip to Lake Hartwell State Park continues!  Who knew that South Carolina had waterfalls???  We sure wouldn’t have guessed it, but lo and behold, we found a couple!  Come along as we explore Stumphouse Park outside of Walhalla, SC, and see Issaqueena Falls and some local railroad history.  We then scoot over to Oconee Station State Historic Site to see Station Cove Falls, as well as hike the nature trail there and learn a little bit more about South Carolina’s early days. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Mission 021 (Pt. 1) - Lake Hartwell State Park | RV CAMPING | RVing Upstate SC

Labor Day Weekend 2020!  (Yes, we're still making videos!!!)  Our last trip of the summer takes us to Upstate South Carolina, where we camped in Lake Hartwell State Park.  The campground sits along a couple of inlets, with boating access to Lake Hartwell’s 56,000 acres of water.  Join us as we travel up there late on a Friday afternoon, and then spend the next day wandering about the campground and basking in some cooler upstate weather… for a change! 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

UPDATE! Fall/Winter 2020 Travel Plans... or Lack Thereof... 😢

Hey, Happy Campers out there! Smokey here, with an update on our adventuring... or to be more accurate, our likely LACK of adventuring.  The COVID-19 "pandemic" has changed the world more than any of us probably ever imagined it would, and it's certainly affected our travelling plans this entire year.  Beyond that, it has cost me my job, which of course, also puts a very-large crimp on any travelling we might want to do.  I've been out of work for more than four months now, and as several million other job-seekers out there can attest, new opportunities are mighty hard to find these days.  Thankfully, Jessie continues to be gainfully employed and will keep us from having to live in a cardboard box under an overpass... for as long as she can!

Nonetheless, we will try our darndest to continue honoring the philosophy that drives our YouTube channel, that adventure can be found close to home.  We have a weekend at Lake Hartwell State Park booked for next weekend, and while circumstances may prevent us from going, we hope to still make that trip.  With a little luck, we might be able to get in another weekend outing somewhere before Thanksgiving, and we also might whip up a video or two, like a product review or a "How-To," before the year is out.  Who knows?

The two BIG favors we ask of all of you out there in "Noob Nation" are 1) to please keep following us on social media for updates and other tidbits when we have them to share, and 2) support our channel by going through our "Shop" page here on the blog when you shop on Amazon (  You can purchase ANYTHING on Amazon from that point, not just camping gear!  As long as you begin your surfing on Amazon from our link, we'll get a tiny commission on anything you may buy, and those pennies really help us keep the channel going.  

Enough gloom-and-doom!  We love hearing from all of you out there and seeing what fun YOU'RE having, so again, please, please keep us a part of your camping/RVing YouTube viewing and social media interaction!  Surely, better days are ahead for all of us, and we can all get back to doing some more-regular Livin' and Learnin'! 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mission 020 - Petersburg Corps of Engineers Campground

Our tour of Lake Thurmond’s camping spots continues! Petersburg Campground is our first experience at a Corps of Engineers campground, and how nice it turned out to be! Join us as we spend a weekend discovering how well the Army engineers maintain this facility, and seeing more of Thurmond Dam than we ordinarily do. We also take a lovely boat ride around the lake, soaking up some desperately-needed lake breezes! 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Mopeka LP Tank Check Sensors | PRODUCT REVIEW - (Special Report)

You know how it goes - you're camping and realize the furnace won't blow heat or the stove won't fire up. OMG! You're out of propane! How did THAT happen!?!? How could you possibly have known? Well, if you had the Mopeka LP Tank Check Sensor from AP Products, you COULD have known! In this video, we'll give you a quick run-down of the product, how it works and how much you can trust the data it provides.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Mission 019 - Hot, HOT Camping at Elijah Clark State Park

Hot in the Summer! ☀️ Elijah Clark State Park on the Georgia side of Lake Thurmond (thankfully) offers campsites open to larger areas of the lake, allowing the lake breezes to provide a little relief from the sweltering July weather. Of course, jumping INTO the lake also helps beat the heat! Come along on our long weekend trip to this lovely park, where we see a little bit of Revolutionary War history and learn some more about the fantastic camping opportunities here in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).