Sunday, November 15, 2020

Mission 022 - Dreher Island State Park in Prosperity, SC (on Lake Murray)

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

Three ALL-NEW "Qwik-and-Easy" RV Kitchen Recipes! (Special Report)

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


Ingredients

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


Preparation

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


Ingredients

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.


Preparation

  1. Put Instant Pot on saute.

  2. Add olive oil, onions, and garlic and cook until onions are softened a bit.

  3. Add ground beef and cook until pink is gone.  Drain grease or leave in, your choice.

  4. Turn Instant Pot to manual, high pressure.

  5. 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).

  6. Secure lid, close steam valve and set to 10 minutes (if you want more al dente set for a bit less time.

  7. Quick release when it beeps, stir and serve.


Easy Crockpot Potato Soup


Ingredients

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


Preparation

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.


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!!

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

DIRECTIONS:
  • 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 (https://www.livenlearnrv.com/p/store.html).  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!