It’s summer and that means it’s time to hit the road in your RV. Everyone knows that the RV lifestyle brings your family closer together, and these exciting family activities will help you enjoy your summer vacation even more.
Create a Family Timeline
Creating a timeline of your journey is the perfect way to spend time together while making something you’ll be able to look back and appreciate in the future. Use a binder or scrap book as a place to paste pictures, tickets or other souvenirs you acquire at each destination. Be sure to include a map of your journey as well.
Skip the TV
Being at the campsite might inspire you to unplug from your TV, phones and other items that often separate your family. Keep your TV turned off during your camping trip and try reading stories out loud, playing music together or making up scary campsite stories of your own.
Don’t Forget the Board Games
Board and card games are some of the most enjoyable ways to spend time together at night and on rainy days. Bring a handful of your favorite family games, without overcrowding your RV storage spaces, and you’ll always have a go-to item when someone says, “I’m bored.”
All you need to start geocaching is a phone or other device with GPS capabilities. Caches have been placed in hiding spots around the world, and they’re just waiting to be found by your family. Research the area you’ll be camping before you go to see how many caches are nearby and make it your family goal to find them all. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to fall in love with geocaching.
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A French-Canadian classic, the tourtiere is hearty meat pie that’s simple to make, delicious, filling, and great on a cold evening.
- 675g ground beef
- 250 mL minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 mL celery salt
- 1 mL ground black pepper
- 1 mL ground allspice
- 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 375 mL beef or chicken stock
- 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled
- salt, to taste
- 1 egg yolk mixed with 30 mL water for brushing
- 500g cake and pastry flour
- 7g salt
- 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
- 125 mL cool water
- 2 eggs
- In a large sauté pan or skillet, sauté the beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat, add the onion, garlic, bay leaves, celery salt, pepper, allspice and Worcestershire and sauté until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring up to a simmer. Use a box grater to grate the potato over the sauté pan and stir it in. Let mixture simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove the bay leaves and add salt to taste. Remove the pan from the heat and cool to room temperature. This can be prepared a day in advance and chilled.
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 ?C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disc of the pie dough to just less than ¼-inch thickness and line a 9-inch pie plate. Fill this with the cooled tourtière mixture. Roll out the remaining dough to the same thickness, cut a hole in the center (for steam to escape) and place on top of the filling. Trim and pinch the edges of the crust together and then, brush with the egg wash. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the pastry is a rich golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing to serve.
- Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (food processor not recommended.) Add the butter and mix with electric beaters (or on medium-low speed) until the butter is fully incorporated into the flour – it will have a sandy texture (the opposite of a conventional North American pie crust technique).
- Whisk the water and eggs together and add this all at once to the flour. Mix ONLY until the dough takes on a rough, shaggy texture but does not come together. Do not shape or handle the dough but place it in a smaller bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours to set the butter.
- Turn the shaggy dough out onto a clean work surface and bring it together with your hands by flattening and folding the crumbs and crumbles in as you do. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into discs.
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Stop by Woody’s RV World to check out a new or used travel trailer or motorhome. Find your next RV with us at Woody’s RV World or schedule service for your current rig before you hit the road in search of your next adventure.
Your RV is your home on wheels, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t feel as comfortable as the brick-and-mortar home you left behind. Follow these three simple tips to turn your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel into a comfortable and cozy oasis.
1. Adjust Your Lighting
Not all RVs come with intelligent and decorative lighting systems. Take the time to find LED lights in a color and brightness that suit your preferences and use them in place of your overhead and reading lights. Additionally, opt for candles or flameless LED candles for mood lighting at night and whenever you don’t want bright lights shining in your vehicle.
2. Decorate Like Home
You don’t have to live with the outdated or unattractive interior that came with your RV when you purchased it. Don’t be afraid to remove undesirable carpeting and replace it with a color or texture you enjoy. RV enthusiasts can also transform RV interiors with simple and affordable additions like new rugs, bedding, towels and throw pillows.
In addition to buying new soft goods, hanging pictures, adding decor pieces and placing a few plants around your RV can really add a touch of home. Just remember to secure your items before hitting the road.
3. Use Quality Dishes
Contrary to popular belief, you can use real dishes and silverware in your RV. Stocking your RV with quality dishes and glasses can make it feel more like you live inside your RV rather than simply use it as a camper.
Use wine boxes from the grocery store to separate your glasses and keep them safe when you’re on then road, then stock your shelves when you arrive at your destination. Non-slip shelf liners and a piece of non-slip lining between each dish will also keep your plates and bowls in place when you’re on the go.
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