3 RV Dinners You Can Make in Roughly 30 Minutes

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The RV lifestyle means time spent with your friends and family in the great outdoors. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen creating elaborate meals. However, you don’t have to sacrifice delicious dinners to live life on the road. These three mouthwatering RV dinners can be made in under 30 minutes, and they’re guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

1. Aunt Jane’s Sloppy Joes

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon glutamate food enhancer
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef, then drain.
  2. Chop the green pepper and onion, then add them to the ground beef pan.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Add this mixture to the ground beef and vegetables.
  4. Simmer the entire mixture for 20 minutes and enjoy.

2. Easy Breezy Chicken Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 family-size box rice and pasta mix
  • 1 large can green chiles (diced)
  • 1 small can chopped olives (drained)
  • 2 cups (1 full package) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 small container sour cream

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes on each side, then cut the breasts into bite-size pieces.
  2. Cook the rice and pasta mix according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Layer your green chiles in the bottom of a casserole dish, then layer the other ingredients on top in this order: chicken, rice and pasta mix, mushrooms, olives, cheese and sour cream.
  4. Bake the casserole for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with your favorite bread and salad.

3. Italian Sausage Kabobs

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium zucchini (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium green pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian-style sausage (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 can pizza sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the pizza sauce, oil and basil together, then set aside.
  2. Cook the sausage pieces in a skillet over medium heat until they’re partially cooked.
  3. Drain the sausage grease.
  4. Place the zucchini pieces, peppers, onions and sausage pieces on metal skewers in an alternating order.
  5. Grill the kabobs covered over medium heat. Turn them two to four times and brush them with the reserved pizza sauce every time.
  6. Remove from heat when the sausage is fully cooked and the veggies are tender.

If you’re searching for the perfect RV for the summer, there’s no better place to shop than right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Give us a call, login online or stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

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The Best Flyfishing Destinations in the U.S.

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Summer RV adventures are some of the best of the year. They involve warm summer days and cooling off in rivers, lakes and oceans across the country. It’s also one of the best times of year to get in the water and catch some fish. These four fly fishing spots are some of the best in the country, so you can catch more fish on your summer adventures this year.

San Juan River, New Mexico

There’s no better way to cool down on a hot New Mexico day than in the waters of the San Juan River. It’s one of the country’s most impressive big-trout rivers, known for sending fishermen home with trout as long as their arms. Catch brown, rainbow, and rainbow-cutthroats one after the other. The fishing gets a bit busier in the summer months, but don’t worry, there are plenty of trout in the San Juan to go around.

Alagnak River, Alaska

A trip to Alaska this summer may seem like a journey, but it’s the best time to visit a state that is frigidly cold in the winter months. Guided fly fishing tours are some of the best ways to go on the Alagnak, because the experts will guide you to the best spots to snag massive arctic grayling, rainbow trout and Pacific salmon. Other perks of fishing in Alaska are the moose, beaver, eagle and Alaskan brown bear sightings that are common along the river.

Bighorn River, Montana

Montana is known for some of the country’s most impressive fly fishing areas, and the Bighorn River is guaranteed to send you home with some massive trout. The waters are highly productive, which means large amounts of insects hatch year-round. Don’t be surprised if you reel in more trout than you can eat.

Colorado River Headwaters, Colorado

If you’re not into fishing with crowds, you’ll love a guided experience on the ponds, alpine lakes and rivers of the Colorado River headwaters. Ten miles of private water provide some of the best catch-and-release fly fishing for brook, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout in the U.S.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand RV Center

Start all of your summer RV adventures right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Whether you’re in need of a new RV, service performed or simply some camping supplies, PleasureLand RV Center has it all.

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The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL

There’s no better time to find your dream RV than now. The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL is the luxury fifth wheel you need to spend more time on the road this summer and throughout the entire year. This live-able RV is loaded from front to back with high-end, residential features that make it feel more like a second home than a home on wheels.

The Reflection 27RL Floorplan

The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL features a residential layout that comfortable sleeps four travelers. The front of the RV features a full, private bedroom with queen bed and abundant storage space. A large, full bathroom with skylight separates the bedroom from the remainder of the RV.

Down the stairs, you’ll find the residential kitchen, a free-standing dinette, theater seating and a tri-fold hide-a-bed. A 32-inch TV, entertainment center and fireplace complete the comfortable living area.

Top-Quality Features

The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL is loaded with the industry’s highest end features. Travelers enjoy the luxury of hand-rubbed maple cabinet doors, solid core cabinet stiles, premium Beauflor flooring, large panoramic slide room windows, solid surface LG countertops, gunstock fixtures and hardware, a Black Label pillowtop mattress, residential bedspread, electric fireplace and long list of additional features. This RV feels more like a high-end brick-and-mortar home than a fifth wheel.

The exterior of the RV is just as luxurious as the interior with a one-touch electric awning with LED lighting, LED night lights under the bedroom slide, 80-percent tint radius safety glass windows, storage areas, outdoor speakers, an outdoor shower, Equa-Flex rubberized suspension system, an under carriage spare tire and numerous other touches that make life on the road easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

Upgrade Your RV Lifestyle Today

Start your dream RV lifestyle right here at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud. Stop in and tour this 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL today.

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The Tastiest Food Trucks in Minnesota to Chase Down

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Food trucks are popping up across the country, and Minnesota is home to some of the best. Whether you have a craving for spicy Indian food, street-food-style tapas, fish and chips or freshly-baked cupcakes, there’s a food truck for you in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The following are just a few of the tastiest trucks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

A Cupcake Social

Need a more unique way to start or finish your day? A Cupcake Social offers everything from iced lattes to gourmet cupcakes and cake crumble sundaes. This gourmet take on a traditional sweet-filled ice cream truck will have you running out of the office and down to the street like a 10-year-old.

Baldy’s

You can find Baldy’s in the St. Paul and Lakeville areas, and you’re bound to be blown away by the truck’s flavorful barbecue dishes. Ranging from pulled pork and brisket to Missouri sausage, ribs and baked beans, you can enjoy authentic barbecue without having to fire up the grill.

A La Plancha

A La Plancha offers street food unlike anywhere else. This on-the-go tapas restaurant serves up Spanish-inspired dishes, including cubanos, quesadillas, gazpacho, empanadas, and a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

The Bison Butler

The name may be strange, but the food is delicious. The Bison Butler serves farm-to-table barbecue and bison meals, including burgers, sausage, brats and mouthwatering steak tacos. Eating fresh, sustainable foods on the go just became a lot easier.

FunFare Global Street Eats

FunFare Global Street Eats is one of the most exciting food trucks on the road. Taste flavors from around the world, ranging from Louisiana shrimp po’ boys to pulled pork, Baja fish tacos, baklava and Cuban sandwiches. The multinational theme means everyone in your group will find something they love.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd, and Long Prairie when you’re cruising throughout Minnesota in your RV this summer.

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National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month: Best Produce for Travel

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month, and it’s the perfect time to become more aware of what you’re eating on the road. Enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables along your travels can seem difficult at first. Some produce ripens too quickly and other fruits and veggies just aren’t the tasty snacks you want when living life on the road. The following fruit-and-vegetable-filled snacks are ones that you’ll start to crave on every journey.

Clementines

Clementines travel extremely well. You can stuff one in your pocket, a few in your backpack, or a bunch on the counter and snack on them as you please. They’re easy to peel and slightly hydrating for those long, dry days on the road. Keep your clementines in a container to keep them from getting smashed.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a produce item you can pick up at nearly every farmers’ market across the country. Pull over and grab a box for snacking while you’re in the passenger seat. Even better, cherry tomatoes taste delicious at room temperature, so they don’t have to take up precious refrigerator space.

Miniature Bell Peppers

Bite-size bell peppers are one of the healthiest alternatives to chips that you can find. They taste delicious dipped in hummus or salad dressing for a flavorful and healthy snack on the go. Even better, the seeds inside the miniature bell peppers are unnoticeable when chomping them down.

Blueberries or Raspberries

Many travelers grab a box of strawberries at the farmers’ market for snacking, but the stems can make them messier than other berries. Opt for blueberries or raspberries, which come in smaller containers and can be enjoyed by the handful.

Find Your Dream RV

Upgrading your RV to one with a full kitchen could make a huge difference in the way you eat on the road. Stop in and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota to find your dream, residential-style RV today.

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Must-Visit June Events Near St. Cloud

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It finally feels like summer in Minnesota, and there’s no better time to fire up your RV and visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes than now. June is packed with must-visit festivals and events that shouldn’t be missed. The following are just a few of the action-packed festivities happening throughout the St. Cloud area this month.

Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl

Summer has already arrived in St. Cloud, and that means the Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl events are underway. A crawl through the downtown area will be held on June 10, and is set to feature artists displaying their work in more than 35 locations. Visitors will enjoy live music, performances, painting, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, glass, sculptures and more.

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair

This year’s Lemonade Concert and Art Fair will be held at St. Cloud State University on June 23. The event will feature more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, live performers, handmade artisan foods, live music, children’s activities, summer lemonade stands and a must-see performance by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the 42nd year of the event, so be sure to show up prepared to shop, dine and be entertained.

Lakes Jam

The anticipated Lakes Jam festival will take place this June 23, 24 and 25, in Brainerd, Minn. The weekend-long festival features excellent campsites, a must-see car show, a water cross competition, numerous contests, countless vendors and live music by world-renowned acts, including Styx, Toby Keith, Chase Bryant and more. This must-visit event is an ideal time to enjoy nonstop music and entertainment from the comfort of your RV.

Be sure to pay us a visit at the PleasureLand RV Centers in St. Cloud and Brainerd when you’re cruising throughout the area in your RV this June. We have all of the summer camping supplies and RV accessories you need to make the most of Minnesota’s lakes, outdoor festivals, campgrounds and more.

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The Best Bakeries in St. Cloud

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The St. Cloud area is no stranger to delicious eats. In fact, it can be difficult to decide where to dine with so many options available. But when you’ve got a craving for sweet or savory baked goods, these three bakeries are the ones to visit.

Dutch Maid Bakery 

The Dutch Maid Bakery, on East Saint Germain Street in St. Cloud, is one you’ll hear the locals raving about. The massive selection of fresh baked goods make it a must-stop location for anyone, whether you’re into sweet or savory baked goods. Even better, the Dutch Maid Bakery has been family owned and serving the St. Cloud area for more than 50 years, which means you’re getting a true taste of local flavor.

Great Harvest Bread Co. 

You can find Great Harvest Brad Co., at 135 Division St., in Waite Park. This bakery chain specializes in delicious, healthy, whole-grain muffins and breads made with fresh Montana wheat. It’s an ideal place to grab a loaf of bread before dinner, a mouthwatering sandwich at lunch time or a fresh baked scone for breakfast. If you’re trying to stay off the donuts and opt for a healthier morning option, Great Harvest Bread Co., should be on your radar.

Sweet Nature Gluten Free Baked Goods

You don’t have to have a gluten allergy to fall in love with Sweet Nature Gluten Free Baked Goods in nearby Sauk Rapids. Visitors rave about the cookies, cupcakes, energy balls, miniature cakes and abundance of other healthy, gluten-free baked treats. Even better, the bakery offers free delivery in Sauk Rapids, so you can have special treats delivered straight to your door during a busy work week.

Stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud, when you’re cruising throughout the city in search of mouthwatering baked treats. We’re your one-stop RV shop for all of your spring and summer RV needs.

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The 2016 Viking Epic Series 1906ST

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The right pop-up travel trailer could make this summer the best one yet, and the Coachmen Viking Epic Series 1906ST is that perfect RV. Forget about tent camping this season and upgrade your RV lifestyle with more storage space, comfortable sleeping areas, a full kitchen and all of the protection you need to stay comfortable in whatever the weather has to offer.

The Viking Epic Series 1906ST Floorplan

The Viking Epic Series 1906ST is the RV your family needs to enjoy every adventure to the fullest. Travelers will find a full-size insulated bunk and double-size insulated bunk at each end of the RV. At the center of the travel trailer, there are multiple storage spaces, a two-burner range, sink, and a booth-style dinette with additional storage space under the seats.

The Features You’ve Been Dreaming About

If you’re making the transition from tent camping to a pop-up camper, you’ll be blown away by the luxuries included in each Viking Epic Series travel trailer. Travelers enjoy walnut cabinetry, 100-percent adhesion residential grade linoleum flooring, residential laminated countertops, ultra comfort high-density cushions, an Ultra Comfort 4-inch heated mattress, a deep bowl acrylic sink, a 12-Volt on-demand water pump, built-in shower in most models, an easy-to-use Thetford Cassette Potti, LED interior lighting, an indoor/outdoor dinette table and numerous other features that will make you wonder how you ever camped in a tent.

Top-Quality Construction

The 2016 Coachmen Viking Epic Series 1906ST is an affordable RV, but that doesn’t mean it’s not ready for your most rugged adventures. A tubular steel frame, heavy duty dolly jack with wheel, electric brakes, radial tires, laminated high-gloss fiberglass walls, scissor jacks with pads and several other construction and design features ensure that you’ll enjoy this RV for years to come.

Stop in and tour this 2016 Viking Epic Series 1906ST and a number of other Epic Series models right here at the PleasureLand RV Center today.

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A Recipe for National Hamburger Month

5-18-2016

Every May is National Hamburger Month, and that means it’s time to fire up at that grill at the campsite. However, instead of using that same old, boring hamburger recipe you’ve been using for years, consider trying something new this year. This recipe for tangy meatloaf burgers is the only one you need to wow your friends and family this May and all summer long.

Tangy Meatloaf Burgers

What you’ll need:

  • 1 small onion (1/2 onion sliced into rings and 1/2 onion diced)
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix (ground pork, veal and beef) or ground turkey if desired
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup duck sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Lettuce, sliced tomato, pickle slices for topping
  • 4 potato buns (split)
  • Sweet potato chips (on side)

Grilling instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Soak the onion rings in cold water.
  2. While soaking the onions, combine the meatloaf mix with the diced onion, breadcrumbs, egg, paprika and parsley. Mix in 1 tablespoon of ketchup, 1 tablespoon duck sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Form the meat into four 1-inch-thick burger patties. Make an indentation in the center of each burger.
  4. Brush the burgers with olive oil and grill until you see grill marks on the bottom (about 6 minutes).
  5. Mix the remaining duck sauce and ketchup together in a small bowl for brushing, then set a few tablespoons aside.
  6. Turn the patties and brush them with the mixture. Cook for 5 more minutes or until cooked through. Toast the buns.
  7. Spread the remaining ketchup mixture on the buns. Drain the onion rings, and serve the burgers on the buns. Top them with onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
  8. Serve with sweet potato chips on the side.

Shop for your dream RV for the summer of 2016 right here at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota.

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Practice Sun Safety on Your Travels

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It’s easy to want to stay outside all day in the blazing sun when you’ve just endured a long winter without much sun at all. And you can do just that if you take the right sun safety precautions. The following tips will help you decide what to wear, where to hang out and the correct sunscreen to use on those beautiful spring and summer days.

Use the Right Sunscreen

Always wear a sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15. Your sunscreen should protect you from UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, it’s important to reapply sunscreen thoroughly every two hours and after each swim or sweat. Never use a sunscreen that has already reached its expiration date.

Dress Appropriately

Wearing the correct clothing can ensure that you enjoy a long day outside without ruining the next due to sunburn. Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants can protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep in mind that a wet T-shirt provides much less protection than a dry one. Include a hat with a wide brim to protect your ears, neck, head and face, and you’ll be properly protected from the sun and able to enjoy much more time outdoors.

Seek Shade When Needed

Long hours in the sun can easily drain your energy, so it’s important to seek shade whenever possible. Find a comfortable spot under an umbrella or your RV awning for those grueling midday hours. It’s important to wear your protective clothing or sunscreen whenever you go outside in the year’s warmest months, whether you’ll be spending most of your time in the shade or not.

Find Your New RV for Summer at PleasureLand

Searching for a new RV this summer? You can find an RV that will help you spend more time outside than ever right here at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota.

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