We love this time of year. It’s all about family, togetherness, wonderful weather, cozy sweaters, mugs of hot tea – and apple picking! Here are some interesting apple facts: There are over 2,500 different types of apples grown in the United States and they are grown in all 50 states! However, the crabapple is the ONLY type of apple that is native to the U.S..
They say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples, a member of the rose family of plants, are fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free, and a great source of fiber! They’re convenient to store, to pack, and to eat! Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit but, once they do, they’re the gift that keeps on giving; the average lifespan of an apple trees is 100 years!
We’re jumping on the apple bandwagon and are excited to make some delicious homemade recipes this season: applesauce, apple pie, apple fritters, apple tart, apple crisp, apple turnovers, apple cider, baked apples, oh the possibilities are endless!
In order to make your recipe taste great, though, you need to use the best apples. But how do you pick the perfect apple? We’ll tell you….
Let us leave you with this delicious recipe. Enjoy!
MICROWAVE BAKED APPLES (For the full recipe, click here)
Cover. Microwave on Medium-High for 8 minutes or until tender. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Add toppings and Enjoy!
Fall is in the air – and we couldn’t be happier! Fall foods, fall fun; there are so many reasons to fall in love with fall.
Here are a few of our favorites:
New season, new to-do list:
We want to know: What is YOUR favorite part of fall?
Ahhh, can you feel it? The hot summer weather is starting to dissipate and the fall weather is very slowly peeking in. With less humidity and cooler weather, it’s the perfect storm – for outdoor activities! One of our favorites is hiking! All you need is a friend (because you should never go alone!), your sneakers, some sunscreen, and water. Never been hiking before? You’re missing out! And let us tell you why….
We are swooping in with today’s blog post and we hope your sweet tooth is ready! Whether you’re here with the kids, family members, or friends (old or new!), there comes a time mid-morning, or mid-afternoon, or the evening – heck, it can happen ANY time of day – where you just need a little something sweet! It’s between formal meal times, but you’re having a full-blown snack attack. What do you do? We’re here giving you some ammunition (AKA camping snack ideas) to curb that attack and satisfy your sweet tooth at ANY time of day.
One Ingredient Wonders:
Easy as 1-2-3:
Tell us – what is your go-to to satisfy your snack attacks?
Barbecuing is a simple and delicious way to prepare a variety of meals and side dishes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When you’re camping, it’s the perfect way to cook – and the easiest way to clean up! But, what if you’ve never fired up the grill before? Have no fear – we’re here with a (BB)Q & A to answer all of your beginner barbecuing questions so you can man (or woman) the grill like a true pro!
Q: How hot should I make the grill?
A: According to Executive chef Erwin Manzano of Morton’s the Steakhouse, you should make sure the grill is as hot as you can get it! A hot grill is what seals in the juice and creates the crust on the outside. If you’re using charcoal, make sure they’re red hot but not flaring up.
Q: Do I need to clean the grill every time I use it?
A: YES!! Ray Sheehan of Neptune, creator of the BBQ Buddha line of sauces and rubs, says to start out with a good, clean grill! When you use a wire brush, pieces can break off, get stuck on the grill, and then end up in your food. (Not a great seasoning for your steak!) Instead, use aluminum foil, a steam cleaner, or a bamboo grill brush with rustproof brass bristles after every BBQ session.
Q: Do I need to season my meat before I cook it?
A: That’s completely up to you! You really should consider seasoning or marinating your meat – especially if you’re using lean proteins with little or no fat (aka flavor). A marinade acts as a tenderizer and brings out the meat’s natural flavors before grilling. According to the USDA, you can marinate: poultry for up to two days in the refrigerator, beef for up to 24 hours, and fish for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Or, use a dry rub!
So, what are you waiting for? Get to grillin’!
Monday, August 21, 2017 is a very special day! It’s been 38 years since a total solar eclipse was visible in the United States. And it will be another 7 years until it happens again! While it’s not necessarily a once-in-a-lifetime, it will only happen ‘once in a blue moon’ so it’s definitely a big deal! And what better way to experience this celestial event than while camping in the great outdoors? Here are some facts and tips to get your geared up for the 2017 solar eclipse!
So, what is a solar eclipse? When the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, we experience a solar eclipse. For the 2017 solar eclipse, a path, stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, will experience a TOTAL solar eclipse – where the moon completely covers the sun and there is total darkness (totality). The rest of the country will experience a partial solar eclipse – where the moon covers most, but not all, of the sun’s disk.
Unless you are in the exact location during a moment of totality, you NEVER want to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse. If you do, you could severely injure your eyes and permanently hurt your vision. You can safely view an eclipse of the sun with direct viewing, using special eclipse glasses/shades, or indirect viewing, where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Click here for more information on viewing the solar eclipse safely: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
So, what can you expect? If only for a few minutes, wherever you are in the United States, the sky will darken – around 9am PDT if you’re on the west coast, around 4pm EDT if you’re on the east coast, or somewhere in between as the shadow of the moon travels from west to east!
Happy Solar Eclipsing, everyone!
Watch live video streams of this awesome event at from locations across the country at https://www. nasa.gov/eclipselive.
Find more information about the 2017 total solar eclipse at the following links:
Hello August! The summer is flying by and we’re having a blast with all of our camping families. Everyone is busy laughing, playing, and making amazing memories that will last forever and, with all of the pictures that our guests are always taking, they definitely WILL last forever! Documenting your camping vacations is a wonderful way to remember all of the amazing activities, events, and adventures that you take part in each camping season. You can look back and see how your family has changed and how much your kids have grown.
You already have a beautiful backdrop at our resort – so we’re coming in with some simple tips to help you take the perfect family pictures on your next camping adventure at our resort.
Tip #1: LIGHTING. It’s all about utilizing natural light, so try to take your pictures outside! Wait for the beautiful sunset or, if you’re taking a picture midday, make sure you’re not in the shadow of a tree or building.
Tip #2: CLOTHING. No need to go all matchy-matchy for your pictures. Your best bet is to select colors or patterns that compliment each other. In fact, think of what will look best in your living room – you may want to transform the best picture into a canvas to decorate your home!
Tip #3: KEEP IT NATURAL. Like the lighting tip, keep the atmosphere of the shoot natural. Posing everyone for the “perfect” picture can be exhausting and virtually impossible. Let the kids play around and have fun. The grins in these pictures are more natural than any “cheese” smile you’ll have to force them to give.
We’ll leave you with one final tip – create a photo book each camping season! They are so simple to make (a few clicks of the mouse & it’s done!) and are such a great way to keep all of your awesome pictures organized and easy to share with everyone!
Whether you’re traveling by train, plane, or automobile, the travel to get to your vacation spot can seem endless! “Are we there yet? How much longer? I’m hungry! I’m bored!” are just a handful of the comments you’ll hear from the backseat on your journey. While you’re on your way to your stay at our resort, you have to find creative, time-consuming ways to pass the time and keep everyone engaged. We’re popping in today to give you some of our best tips on keeping the kids, adults, and pets occupied on the way to your next camping adventure at our resort!
Electronic gadgets may seem obvious but they really are a great distraction while you’re in the car or plane. Remember to grab your laptop, smartphone, handheld gaming device, or tablet AND their chargers! If you have wifi, the kids can watch videos, tv shows, and movies. Otherwise, download some games – even some educational ones – so they have plenty to choose from.
Other great options for your car or plane ride includes books, games, coloring books, and crayons. Coloring provides fun for all ages (literally – they now make adult coloring books, too!) and a book can take you on a mini adventure, all while you’re just sitting in your seat!
I Spy & I’m Going on a Picnic are awesome interactive games that everyone can participate in. Explore your surroundings, work on your memorization skills, and we’re sure you’ll get in some serious laughs, too.
Food, drinks, and snacks are a definite must if you’re traveling with kids, adults, or pets – especially on a longer ride. You can keep water, fruit, and healthy sandwiches and snacks cold in a cooler so they’re easily accessible on your journey. Is it just us or are snacks a great distraction for kids of all ages?
But the best part of your journey to your next camping adventure at our resort? Your upcoming camping adventure at our resort! Get ready for fun in the sun, activities with your family and friends, and memories galore – that makes the car, RV, or plane ride worth it!
We LOVE the summer! School’s out, no homework, no crazy schedules, it’s camping season, and the weather is, well, amazing! (Minus the ‘occasional’ rain shower) While you’re at our resort, there are plenty of activities to keep you cool – including the pool! The kids could stay in there all day, couldn’t they? And for good reason! Marco Polo, splash dance, water volleyball, or just splashing around with friends under the hot summer sun can be the BEST.DAY.EVER!
So, other than turning on the trusty air conditioning, how can you stay cool this season?
We have so many exciting things happening around the resort this season. Bring your friends, your family, and your pets – exciting memories are just around the corner!
We know that making s’mores is considered a camping cliche, but they are just SO good we had to dedicate (at least) one camping blog post to this delicious dessert! Ooey gooey toasted marshmallows sandwiched between 2 graham crackers with a (generous) piece of heavenly chocolate – it’s the perfect snack for morning, noon, or night.
Rumor has it this decadent treat was actually invented by the Girl Scouts! (Thanks, Girls!) S’mores bring family and friends together. They are easy to make on a grill, campfire, or in the oven! And, while the “standard s’more” is an oldie but goodie, there are some simple ways to shake up the traditional version. You won’t want to miss these:
Whether you choose a traditional s’mores recipe or you add in some extra pizzaz, your tastebuds will thank you! And, if we’ve sparked your interest, here are over 60 s’more recipes that will have you begging for…s’more! After all, when you’re dealing with melted chocolate, the s’more, the merrier! (We can’t stop!) Who’s ready for dessert?