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RE: Potluck winners needed please

These are favorites around our house and for easy get-togethers. BBQs, Taverns, Sloppy Joes Brown 2 lbs hamburger, then drain fat. Add 1 c ketchup and 1 c. Coca-cola. stir well and simmer on low heat, covered, for 15 minutes so flavors marry. Serve on buns. Freezes well. For potluck, keep warm in crockpot. Ranch Pasta Salad 8 oz. rotini or macaroni, cooked and cooled 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 cucumber, chopped 1/2 cup real bacon bits or finely chopped cooked bacon 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix 1 cup good mayonnaise (not salad dressing) 1/2 cup milk Combine pasta, veggies and bacon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl add dressing mix to mayo and milk, and stir well with a whisk to combine thoroughly. Add dressing to large bowl and stir. Chill for one hour before serving. Dessert?? Hard to go wrong with mini lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Line a mini muffin tin with mini cupcake papers. Prepare a boxed lemon cake mix according to directions on the package, and fill each cupcake paper 2/3 full. Bake for 1/2 the time stated on the box for regular sized cupcakes. Cool. For frosting, bring 4 oz cream cheese to room temp in a mixing bowl. Add two Tbsp milk and 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Beat until very smooth using electric mixer, starting on lowest speed. Frost cupcakes and store them in the fridge.
rolling_rhoda 10/16/14 02:12am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad

Bingo! I've been wondering what new dish to try out for Thanksgiving, so you've saved me a heap of time searching. Thanks for posting!
rolling_rhoda 10/14/14 08:00am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dealing with the unpredicablity of life and your camper!

No scolding from me. I have felt that way, too, and in truth have had equal amounts of good weather and awful for RVing. When the weather has us beaten, we still like the getaway. Since we have to be indoors in less than 400 square feet, we end up having good conversations. Everyone helps with meals and we eat together. We dress for the weather and head outside each day, too. We grouse about the weather, but it sure is great for us to have those hours together. They have become rare.
rolling_rhoda 10/11/14 06:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Peach Pie Soggy Crust

I've used instant tapioca as a thickener, but not tapioca pudding. Tapioca should make a difference. Some varieties of apples break down easier with heat, making for a juicier pie. I assume the same is true of peaches. Also, sugar is hydroscopic, meaning draws out moisture and hangs on to it. It's why sugar bowls get lumpy if the house is humid. In pies, more sugar = more moisture/juice. Our favorite Apple pie uses Granny Smiths tossed in a few tbsp of flour and an equal amount of sugar. My peach pie mixes chopped peaches with flour, sugar and eggs. It makes a custard like filling from the peach juices, yum!
rolling_rhoda 10/08/14 04:48am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Travel Lunches Non-Heat Non-Fridge?

Will you be able to heat food before you leave your rig in the morning? If so, hot lunches are easy to take in thermos containers. We have a few different sizes and shapes that I use for kids' school lunches and for the farmers to take along to the field. Fill a thermos container with very hot water and let stand a few mins to warm it. Dump out the water and add very hot food. We like soups, stews, casseroles, pasta with sauce, meat in gravy over mashed potatoes.
rolling_rhoda 10/07/14 02:39am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: South Dakota pheasant hunting.

SD State Parks and Rec Areas If state park or state rec areas don't exist where you want to go, there are lots of other options. In many communities large and small, look for the bright orange "Rooster Rush" signage. The local bank or bar can suggest where to stay (bankers usually know farmers who allow hunting, too). Many small towns have a muni/county park with camping spots. Motels often have a few RV spots, too. Public lands where hunting is allowed might not have a parking area, leaving hunters to park in the ditch or along the side of a gravel road. During opener, a lot of small towns have community suppers (full on roast beef dinner and homemade pie for $8), early breakfast and dinner specials at the town café, 5 AM church services, and lodging/camping that is only open during hunting season. There are also fall festivals, craft shows, other events for non-hunters. We'd be glad to have you in South Dakota! Safe travels!
rolling_rhoda 10/02/14 07:45am RV Lifestyle
RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

That out of home area fraud alert has been around at least since 1990. It isn't just the issuing bank that watches. Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover themselves may alert a card whose pattern is suddenly different. Card fraud is a popular occupation, and the banks and card networks are actively trying to protect consumers. Yes, call before you travel!
rolling_rhoda 10/02/14 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Retire: give it all up at 58 and RV?

We have moved around constantly for 16 years of full-timing although we've stayed put for 2m at a time while volunteering. Moving around doesn't limit your friendships. We have added friends along the way, kept in touch, and meet up with them in other places. It's fun. Join the Escapees RV Club and get involved with the Club. It's not only for rv parks. It's for making friends. There are many subgroups within the club for special interests. We joined the Boomers and the Boondockers and those are our lifelong friends. Now that's what I like to hear! Thanks!
rolling_rhoda 09/28/14 08:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Several "Will Be Full Time" Questions

For an extended trip you may want more inside storage for clothes, shoes. If you will be going without water hookup occasionally, a bigger water tank might be a consideration for you. Have fun planning for your adventure!
rolling_rhoda 09/24/14 03:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Retire: give it all up at 58 and RV?

You mention trying full timing for a few years. Do you have something in mind for after that? Going back into the workforce in one's early 60's has it's challenges, depending on what work one is willing to do. If you plan to still be retired, but maybe not full-timing, then housing costs should be considered. Leaving corporate life is a big change in lifestyle. Maybe keep your current home, and try RVing for a few months to make sure you really enjoy it. We are mostly retired and under 55. We will be on the road half-time starting a year from now. Currently, we love the flexibility of not working 8-5. There is no more Monday morning dread. RVing-wise, we aren't interested (we think) in parking for months at a time, because we like to move and explore. However, that will probably limit the friendships and socializing we will be able to enjoy. We like RV parks, but some of the usual social activities don't interest us (pot lucks, crafts). So if we stay somewhere for several weeks, we will need some things to do. DH hasn't found a hobby yet. Good luck with whatever you decide!
rolling_rhoda 09/24/14 02:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Please share your favorite blueberry recipes. :)

I love a peach-blueberry cobbler. My favorite recipe has gone missing :( However, it was quite simple, using frozen peach slices (thawed), fresh blueberries and a simple cobbler batter. No pre-cooking the fruit. -sigh- One of my other favorites is a mango-blueberry margarita!! Run a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass, then dip the rim in Tajin (chili-lime seasoning). Lime and a little sugar would work too, but the chili is really good. Muddle 10 large fresh blueberries in cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz good tequila 1/2 oz coconut rum 1 1/2 oz orange juice 3/4 c. mango puree or mango nectar 4-5 ice cubes Shake well and pour into rimmed glass (don't strain). Makes 1 Blueberry daiquiris are great, too. For pretty drinks, use frozen blueberries in place of ice in lemonade. I throw a few handfuls into our boozy summer slushes, too.
rolling_rhoda 09/04/14 09:26pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Look before you leave

This is just in the last three days. A. A big truck camper was going down the highway through town leaning hard to the right. His slideout was fully out on the curb side. B. we were in the front yard and heard a screeching/scraping. Big pickup pulling a big fifth wheel came barreling around the curve and past our house with a stabilizer jack down. Later my son saw the jack lying in the road a mile away, beat to crap. It takes less than 60 seconds to do a walk-around before one turns the key.
rolling_rhoda 08/25/14 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: “Perfect” traveling meals

I don't care much for sandwiches, but here's what I reach for. Leftover steak or chicken, sliced thin, served cold Cold, grilled chicken legs Crab dip/crackers Pasta salad Cut up melon or fruit Oriental cole slaw Broccoli salad Yogurt parfait Cottage cheese and fruit Chefs salad Deviled eggs By the way, Thermos makes good containers for hot food. They're great for items with little air space in the container like stew, Mac and cheese, casserole, spaghetti/meat sauce, cubed meat with gravy over a layer of potatoes.
rolling_rhoda 08/21/14 06:56am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Break up extended trip with flights home?

When we start snowbirding in 15 months, that's what we'll do. Over the six months on the road, I have three meetings and Christmas with Mother, all back home. I'd prefer to just be gone.
rolling_rhoda 08/01/14 08:04am Beginning RVing
RE: OMAHA I-29 RV PARKS

An hour N of Omaha is On-Ur-Way CG in Onawa, IA.
rolling_rhoda 07/31/14 06:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question on the Black Hills area of SD.

If you have the luxury of time, I suggest going from Deadwood to Devil's Tower in WY to Sheridan, then up to Little Bighorn Battlefield. It adds about 100 miles and and hour of drive time, but you get to see two great sites: Devils Tower(the first national monument) and Trail End State Historic Site. Devils Tower is a very interesting piece of geology and Native American culture. It has a nice paved trail around its base. Trail End is the mansion of a cowboy who became a cattle baron and Senator. Beautiful home with very interesting stories - take the tour.
rolling_rhoda 07/31/14 06:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tender chicken breasts

Chicken is a delicate protein. The thickness of the breasts makes them easy to overcook on the outside to get done on the inside. I usually butterfly boneless breasts, cutting them down their length so lay like an open book, less than 1/2" thickness. Then grilled or pan fried they are fork tender.
rolling_rhoda 07/30/14 06:06am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Low-carb ideas?

Cauliflower with ranch dip or dressing. Celery with Laughing Cow cheese Sugar free pudding or jello. Handful of grape tomatoes One square of dark chocolate Deli meat roll ups: Roast beef with creamy horseradish. Cracked pepper turkey with Grey Poupon Sun dried tomato turkey + chipotle mayo. Ham, cream cheese, thin slice of dill pickle Zucchini, bell peppers and onion -- toss with a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and either grill or oven roast Frozen broccoli with cheese sauce Grill zucchini, sprinkle with Parmesan and chopped walnuts Frittata, omelette or scramble made with big handful of leftover veggies and bacon bits Deviled eggs, tuna salad or chicken salad Treat boiled or sautéed zucchini like pasta, add red or white sauce and meat
rolling_rhoda 07/21/14 05:00am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Couple annoyances you may know how to solve

Water pressure: if it's annoyingly weak, I'd fill the tank and use the water pump. Stuff sliding around: We have several plastic baskets for the fridge. I glued two strips of non-skid shelf liner to the bottom of each one so they stay put. I also lined the shelves in the door with it to keep condiments and beverages in place. Cutlery trays and a few small boxes keep our medicine cabinets organized and orderly. Of course, non-skid liner goes on each shelf.
rolling_rhoda 07/20/14 10:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

My teenaged boys scarfed it up. Delicious!! Thanks!
rolling_rhoda 07/18/14 05:54pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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