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21
Oct

Halloween Party Ideas

Ready to party? We are (almost) ready! We’ve published some recent blog posts with great tips and inspiration for your Halloween decor, treats, and costumes. Which got us thinking…you’ll need something to wash down all of those delicious recipes we shared, right? So, we’re following up with some spooky – and not-so-spooky – Halloween-themed drink ideas for your upcoming soiree!

Kid-friendly:

  • A vanilla milkshake with whipped cream or, as Martha Stewart calls it, a Boo-Nilla Shake! You can use a small paintbrush to paint a melted chocolate face on the inside of your glass before you pour in the drink. Adorable & delicious!
    • Here’s another quick tip from Martha! Put gummy worms & water into ice cube trays and freeze. Then, you can add these worm ice cubes to any clear drink & watch the kids squirm!
  • When the weather is cool, make the drinks hot. (Or, for the kids, make them lukewarm!) This Halloween hot chocolate recipe from This Grandma Is Fun looks really cute. Change it up with different food coloring and various toppings – perfect for kids of all ages.

21 or over only:

  • These Glowing Jell-o shots will be the ‘shinning’ star at your Halloween party – pun intended! These shots have vodka in them so make sure your party attendees are of age to drink alcohol!
  • Everyone loves pumpkin spice – so consider serving this Pumpkin Spice Punch recipe from HGTV! Serve in a pitcher, punch bowl, or, for more flavor, a pumpkin!

Dessert drinks:

  • This Hard Cider Pumpkin Float is SO easy to make and looks the part of a spooky Halloween treat! Use your favorite ale and your favorite gelato or ice cream, and you’ve got a winning Halloween dessert drink!
  • Let’s face it…when it comes to candy corn, you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em! Fortunately for the haters, these candy corn Jell-o shots only LOOK like the famous Halloween candy; they taste like a delicious creamsicle.

Are you thirsty yet? Tell us: What are you planning to serve/drink at your upcoming Halloween party?

12
Oct

Halloween Costumes

With less than three weeks until October 31st, we are officially in the Halloween spirit! We hope you’ve enjoyed our last couple of blog posts where we talked about Halloween decor and DIY treats. But, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your costume! Here are some tips to help you outfit the entire family with the coolest costumes of 2017!

COUPLE/GROUP COSTUMES

  • Grab your friends and dress as the gang from a popular TV show, like Stranger Things or Game of Thrones, or movie, like It or Star Wars. Buy your costumes or get creative and DIY!
  • Superheroes are ALWAYS a win! There are so many great options to choose from and you can dress up as one superhero or do it as a big group.
  • Costumes that continue to be popular every year: sports teams, witches, ghosts, Disney characters, the cast of Grease or The Addams Family, just to name a few!

COSTUMES FOR THE KIDS

  • Occupations, like police officer, firefighter, mailman, or construction worker, are an awesome option for kids of all ages because they love to play dress-up and wear a uniform!
  • Animal costumes, like lions, cats, or mice, are adorable – the younger the child, the cuter they look!
  • Disney characters make great costumes. Princes and princesses, the cast of the Descendants or Despicable Me, or good old Mickey and Minnie are sure to excite your child and make for great photo opps!

PET COSTUMES

  • What is cuter than a dog in a costume? We’ll answer: not much!! From sushi rolls to cowboys, here are some outfits that will make you smile! http://ow.ly/qivs30fNVaR
  • As long as Fido is up for it, we say get him in on the trick-or-treating action (minus the treats – chocolate is poisonous to dogs)! Here are some more pet costumes for your dog or cat: http://ow.ly/b1Pb30fNWir

We want to know: what are you and your family dressing up as for Halloween this year?

5
Oct

Halloween Treats

Hello, October!

We’re just getting our feet wet with our ‘All Things Halloween’ series on the blog. Last week, we touched on decor with some great tips and options to decorate your home. Today, we’re coming in with delicious do-it-yourself treats that will satisfy every ghost, ghoul, and goblin that RSVPs to your Halloween party!

We found some delicious, easy-to-make recipes that you and your guests can indulge in before you head out to trick-or-treat on October 31st!

APPETIZERS

SWEET TREATS

  • One (BIG) reason why Halloween is such a treasured holiday? Sweet treats!
    • This bark is NOT for the dogs! Boo Bark is so easy to make, you don’t even have to bake it! Grab your favorite chocolate melts and your favorite chocolate candy. Melt the chocolate, mix with your favorite candy, and let it set. Done. And YUM!

http://greatideas.people.com/2014/10/17/bakerella-halloween-chocolate-bark/

  • Here’s another no-bake sweet treat: individual pumpkin cheesecakes! https://lilluna.com/no-bake-pumpkin-cheesecakes/
  • These Rice Krispies Treats are almost too cute to eat. Almost! Everyone loves these classic, childhood treats! And with this recipe, you can add in whichever Halloween candy you’re in the mood for!

https://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/easy-pumpkin-krispies-treats

FRUIT

Tell us which treats you plan to make to celebrate Halloween this year!

29
Sep

Halloween Time

We know the fall season has just entered the building (when will the weather receive the memo?), but we couldn’t wait another MINUTE to discuss one of our favorite holidays – HALLOWEEN! We love to celebrate Halloween because it’s all about fun, family, and friends – much like your camping adventures at our resort.

 

We want to help you be completely prepared for Halloween. So, we’re going to run a (very exciting) 5 part blog series titled ‘All About Halloween’ to get you ready for October 31st!

 

To start us off, here is All About Halloween: Decor!

  • Family-Friendly:
    • Party City has an amazing kid-friendly section of goodies this year. Giant hanging friendly ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and happy ghouls, just to name a few. There are so many great options: http://ow.ly/om4K30ftrrj
    • You’ll get more smiles than scares with POPSUGAR’s DIY cute Halloween decorations! You can get the kids involved and have them help you make some garland, banners, treat dishes, and more. Check out all the details: http://ow.ly/aMAH30ftrXS
  • Lights and Sounds:
    • Light up your house! These Walmart finds give you lots of bang for your buck – and tons of options, too! Little lights to adorn your porch, projection lights, animated life-size ghosts, and LED lights aplenty! http://ow.ly/Wg6K30fuliX
    • There are so many easy and not-so-spooky DIY light up Halloween decorations; WooHome compiled a great list of ideas that you and the kids can make together!

http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/19-easy-and-spooky-diy-lights-for-halloween-night

  • Super Spooky:
    • Spirit Halloween takes it up a notch in the scare tactics department. If you’re looking to really spook everyone – think IT, Halloween, and Freddy vs. Jason – these mature Halloween decorations are for you! http://ow.ly/f3xU30funA5
    • You could always sit outside your cabin, RV, or home “pretending” to be a scary mannequin. Then, when people walk up to the door to trick-or-treat, you can pop up and frighten them! We know it’ll get ‘em every time!

We want to know: what are your favorite go-to Halloween decorations?

20
Sep

Good Time of Year For Apple Picking

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….

  • Choose firm apples. The firmer the apple, the better the fruit will hold up when you cook it.
  • The apples nearest the outside of the tree are the ones that ripen first.
  • Don’t just pull on the apple to remove it. Gently twist it off of the tree.
  • Once you remove an apple from a tree, they’re done ripening!

Let us leave you with this delicious recipe. Enjoy!

MICROWAVE BAKED APPLES (For the full recipe, click here)

Serves: 4

  1. Cut off top 1/2 inch from each apple. With melon baller, core through stem ends without breaking through bottom.
  2. Place in a glass pie plate; sprinkle with sugar and spices.

Cover. Microwave on Medium-High for 8 minutes or until tender. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Add toppings and Enjoy!

20
Sep

Fall Is In The Air

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:

  • Weather / Foliage – The crispness in the air and the colors of the leaves changing – it’s a wonderful sight to see, and feel! Take out your sweaters, mugs of tea, and good books. It’s time to get cozy!
  • Holidays – Halloween and Thanksgiving – need we say more? Halloween is fun, creative, spooky, and exciting. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect, give thanks, spend time with family and friends, and eat!
  • PSL – Pumpkin Spice Latte is, for some people, the reason for the season! Pumpkin here, pumpkin there, pumpkin flavor is literally EVERYWHERE during the fall! It’s a hot debate amongst friends because you either love it, or you don’t! Where does your vote “fall”?
  • Apple Picking – Looking to make homemade applesauce or delicious apple pie? Use fresh apples – pick them straight off the tree!

New season, new to-do list:

  • Health Checklist – This is the perfect time to schedule appointments with your Internist (for your annual physical), Dentist (for your biannual cleaning), and Opthamologist (to check your vision).
  • Fall Cleaning – Much like spring, fall is a great time for a deep clean and thorough purge. Go through your fridge, freezer, and pantry and throw out expired foods. Go through your closet, and your kids’ closets, and take out clothes that are too big, too small, or out-dated. You can also pick through your kids’ toys & books and remove any that aren’t age-appropriate anymore. Then, you can donate EVERYTHING in your “no-go” pile to a worthy cause! It will also make more room in your house for all of the Christmas and Hanukkah gifts that will show up in December!

We want to know: What is YOUR favorite part of fall?

10
Sep

Fall Hiking

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….

  • It’s Informal & Affordable! You don’t HAVE to go on a designated path – you can just start walking. As long as you’re in a safe area that you’re familiar with, you can hike along a trail, in the woods, along a street, wherever your legs may take you!
  • You Can Go At Your Own Pace! Pump those arms and take long, hard strides, or take your time and go slow – enjoying the scenery.
  • You Can Do It As A Family! This is probably the most important reason that we love hiking! You can strap the little ones in a carrier on your back, and let the older kids hike along with you. We guarantee this is a family fun event that everyone will want to get involved in.
  • You Gain Mental Clarity! There is a reason it is called the “great outdoors” – because it really is great, for the mind, body, and spirit! You (and your family) get away from technology, electronics, and chaos, even just for a short time. This can help you think more clearly, increase your energy level, and elevate your mood. It’s a win-win-win!
  • It’s Great Exercise! Hiking, like walking or running, is great for your bones, your muscles, and your heart – plus you’re burning calories!
  • It’s Fun! You get to explore new plants and trees. You may see some animals that you weren’t expecting to come into contact with. Tread lightly, though – only touch plants or wildlife if you know what they are. You wouldn’t want to ruin your hike by getting poison ivy!

Happy Hiking!

31
Aug

Snack Attack

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:

  • Marshmallows – You can roast ‘em, toast ‘em, or eat them right out of the bag! However you decide, keep these close by….you’ll need them for some other snack ideas further down our list. 😉
  • Fruit – Since they are naturally sweet, fruits are a delicious, easy-to-prepare snack idea. Sliced apples, chunks of pineapple, or a handful of grapes are a very healthy and very tasty dessert option.

Camping Staples:

  • S’mores – Remember those marshmallows from above? Grab them because we’re talking about the #1 camping snack staple. We talk about this one on our blog OFTEN because, well, it’s delicious! This snack is SO versatile, SO easy to prepare, and SO fun to eat!
  • Trail Mix – Another versatile option, you can basically throw ANYTHING – such as nuts, dried fruits, or chocolates – into the mix. Use raw nuts and dark chocolate for a healthier option, or ‘go crazy’ with M&M’s, peanut butter chips, honey roasted almonds…the possibilities are endless (and yummy!).

Easy as 1-2-3:

  • No-Bake Cookies – (1) Ripe bananas, (2) uncooked oats, and (3) chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raisins, or nuts. You can make a whole boat- RV-load so they’re easily accessible and ready to grab & eat when you’re in the mood!
  • Rice Krispies Treats – Grab those marshmallows again! For this recipe, you only need (1) butter, (2) Rice Krispies cereal, and (3) those marshmallows to make this ooey-gooey sweet treat that EVERYONE loves!

Tell us – what is your go-to to satisfy your snack attacks?

18
Aug

Beginner Barbecuing Questions

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.

(source: http://ow.ly/67GE30eub12)

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.

(source: http://ow.ly/SNaG30eui85, http://ow.ly/L4Qs30eujXb)

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!

(source: http://ow.ly/M4xg30euLOO, http://ow.ly/3MBU30euLQ4)

So, what are you waiting for? Get to grillin’!

17
Aug

Solar Eclipse Is Coming

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:

https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/