Must-Try Summer Recipes for the Road

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Summer means long nights outside at the campsite and big adventures. It doesn’t mean long days spent cooking in your compact RV kitchen. These simple summer recipes are easy to cook and delicious, so you can spend more time out exploring.

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves (smashed)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ears fresh corn (kernels cut off)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (torn)
  • salt

Cooking instructions:

  1. Salt a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, then drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic and stir occasionally for about five minutes.
  3. Stir in corn and raise heat to medium-high. Cook until the corn is golden brown.
  4. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Stir cooked vegetables into pasta and toss.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 pineapple rings
  • salt to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and onion and cook until brown. Stir in honey, chili pepper and hot sauce, then let simmer for one minute.
  2. Remove the sauce from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high and rub the chicken with the remaining olive oil and salt to taste.
  4. Grill for about seven minutes, then flip and cook for another two minutes.
  5. Move the chicken breasts to a plate and brush with the honey glaze. Cover with foil and let sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Grill pineapple rings for three minutes on each side, then serve with chicken.

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Visit Tettegouche State Park

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Visit Tettegouche State Park to explore the North Shore region. The park includes spectacular overlooks, such as Shovel Point, rocky cliffs, inland bluffs, cascading falls, and the historic campground.

Hikers will be in heaven as they explore the miles of trails that wind in and out of scenic overlooks, including some that give a great view of the Sawtooth Mountains.

The park is also know for its rock climbing opportunities. Fishing is also popular, with two lakes specifically made for trout fishing.

Wildlife observers will enjoy the park as well; the wide variety of plant communities in the park supports more than 40 species of mammals. Most commonly seen are white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, red squirrel and beaver. Less commonly observed are moose, black bear, red fox, and river otter. Occasionally, coyote, fisher pine marten, northern flying squirrel, and even the timber wolf are seen.

Birdwatching is popular. In all, 140 species have been identified living in the park in various seasons. Kinglets, spruce grouse, and many northern warblers nest in bogs and coniferous forests in the summer.

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Stop by PleasureLand RV Center before you hit the road to make sure that your rig is road worthy. If it’s time to upgrade your RV, or even if you’re shopping for your first, PleasureLand RV Center can help make sure that you get an RV that’s right for you.

Visit El Rancho Manana Campground & Riding Stable

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This is a great Minnesota campground that offers most of the amenities you’d expect at a campground, plus the opportunity for horseback riding. The onsite riding stable and available rental horses allow every visitor the opportunity to take advantage of the riding trails.

El Rancho Manana also offers traditional camping in the natural setting of Long Lake, where your family can enjoy the large sandy beach, fishing, boating, modern bathhouse facilities, and unique weekends of free planned activities. The campground features 120 sites of traditional-style family camping for tents to RV’s with hookups.

For the boating and fishing, you can actually rent fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks, so you don’t have to haul your own there.

Hikers and bikers will enjoy their time at the campground since it has miles of trails to explore all along the lake and surrounding area.

The campground also provides onsite laundry facilities, a grocery and supply store, and a tavern. The campground is pet friendly.

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Pizza for Breakfast

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If you’re tired of the same old breakfast fare, try making this delicious and filling breakfast pizza. It’s also low-carb as a bonus, if that’s a dietary restriction that you have, though from the taste you won’t be able to tell!

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 oz sausage
  • 2 cups peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add peppers to microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Brown sausage in cast iron skillet.
  4. Take out and set aside.
  5. Mix eggs, cream, salt and pepper together and add to skillet.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes until the sides start to set up.
  7. Add to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Take out and add sausage, peppers and cheese.
  9. Set under broiler for 3 minutes.
  10. Let sit for 5 minutes.

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Rent an RV for Your Spring Getaway

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Interested in starting your RV lifestyle? Or searching for an alternative vacation without costly plane tickets? Rent an RV from PleasureLand for your spring getaway, and you’ll quickly realize all of the joys of the RV lifestyle.

Renting an RV is the perfect way to get a feel for the RV lifestyle and which RV suits your family’s needs. It’s also the perfect way to save big bucks on an otherwise costly vacation. The following are some of the reasons you should choose to rent an RV this spring.

It’s Cost Effective

By the time you plan your spring vacation with costly plane tickets for the entire family, hotel rooms and money budgeted for eating every meal out, it becomes hard to imagine relaxing with so many expenses to pay. When you rent an RV, you can forget about plane tickets, hotel reservations and unbearably expensive meals. An RV allows you to travel together in one vehicle, cook family meals inside your RV and sleep comfortably wherever you decide to park.

It Gives You Freedom

Traveling by plane can be a major hassle, especially if you’re traveling as a family. TSA checkpoints take time, the lines are long and there are so many stresses associated with making your flights on time. Renting an RV gives you the freedom to travel as you please and stop for breaks or sightseeing whenever you desire. Forget about dinner reservations, canceled flights and checking out of your hotel room on time; your RV is your mobile vacation home.

Test Out the RV Lifestyle

In addition to being an ideal way to enjoy a vacation, renting an RV gives you an opportunity to experience the RV lifestyle before you by. You can try renting a number of RV types to discover which RV suits your needs. PleasureLand RV Center offers Class A motorhome, Class C motorhome, travel trailer, fold down and ice house rentals with unlimited mileage, so you can get out and discover what the RV lifestyle is all about.

Take Part in the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes

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Join the community of Brainerd and beyond for the annual Run for the Lakes event. Since its inception in 2008, the run has grown and evolved. Last year, the event drew over 1500 runners. The Run for the Lakes is organized by volunteers from the Brainerd Jaycees, community members, and local businesses. All proceeds go to benefit various non-profit organizations and charities, including.

  • Brainerd Amateur Radio
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today
  • Brainerd Public School Foundation
  • Brainerd Restoration
  • Baxter Kiwanis
  • BMX Club
  • Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol
  • Crow Wing County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
  • First Lutheran Church
  • Forestview Middle School Power Packs
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
  • LAYSA
  • Lowell School
  • Nisswa Parks & Rec
  • Nisswa Fire Department
  • Nothing But Nets
  • St. Francis School
  • Teen Challenge
  • Verge Ministries

Registration is open now and the event is scheduled for April 28 and 29. April 29 is packet pick-up, the kids 1K, and the 5K fun run. April 29 offers the 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and relay marathon.

There’s also a zeroK for those who haven’t trained for a run but still wish to support the event.

Whether you participate in a run or do the zeroK, you’ll get race swag.

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There’s Plenty to See and Do at Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Next in our series of fantastic Minnesota state parks, we’ve got Gooseberry Falls State Park. It’s definitely worth a look the next time you’re on the road in your motorhome or travel trailer.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is known as the gateway to the North Shore. It possesses spectacular waterfalls, a river gorge, pristine Lake Superior shoreline, plenty of log and stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and north woods wildlife.

Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest of evergreens, aspen, and birch, and enjoy camping in modern campsites, picnicking, and relaxing along the Lake Superior shoreline or the Gooseberry River.

Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.

To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don’t miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

The park is open daily from 9am to 4pm. You can contact them at 3206 Highway 61 East, Two Harbors, Minnesota.

To get to the park from the town of Two Harbors, follow State Highway 61 northeast approximately 13 miles to the park.

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Discover Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who founded our modern national park system, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of North Dakota.

Teddy Roosevelt had an intimate relationship with the land that would one day bear his name. He came to the Dakota Territory in 1883 when he was a skinny young man and left a little older and a lot tougher. His adventures in the rugged landscape of North Dakota forever altered his life and, ultimately, the course of the nation.

The park offers visitors scenic drives, over 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for back country hiking and camping. There are three developed campgrounds for use: Juniper Campground, Cottonwood Campground, and the Roundup Group Horse Campground.

Wildlife viewing is especially popular, as the park is home to many native species, including bison, coyotes, cougars, feral horses, badgers, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, prairie dogs, golden eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, and wild turkeys.

The park also preserves the history and artifacts of Roosevelt’s time there, including the cabin he lived in and the lands his ranch occupied.

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RV Tips for Beginners

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Now that you’ve purchased your first RV, it’s time for the learning curve. Since this is the first time you’ll be heading out in an RV – unless you went RVing with your parents – you may want some tips to make your trip less stressful. The first time you forget something, it’s not so bad, but by the time you’re three days into a trip and find out you didn’t do something before you left – like fill the propane tanks – or you forgot something else – like the chemicals for the toilet – you’re going to blow your top.

About a week before you leave for your trip, make sure all systems are working properly. Check the plumbing, the hot water heater, the fridge, stove, heat and air conditioning unit. If you have a brand new RV you shouldn’t have any trouble with these things, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. If you are uncomfortable checking things yourself or if you do find a problem, bring your RV to the service center at PleasureLand RV Center.

To check the stove and possibly the heat, you’ll need propane, so this time would be a good time to ensure that both bottles are filled. Remember to turn the tanks off when you are done testing as it’s not safe to drive around with open propane tanks.

Make a list of things to pack. When you list your clothing, be sure to bring season-appropriate clothing. Don’t forget boots and rain gear. If you are camping in the winter, be sure to pack extra clothing. If you are going to be outside in the snow, you’ll want something warm to change into.

When you make your food list, it is easier to plan meals rather than to just make a list. This way, you are sure to not forget something for a specific meal. If you plan on making something complicated, use the recipe to add to your food list.

Since freezer space is limited in most RVs, buy meat as you normally do, but remove it from the store packaging. Pack it in zippered freezer bags – you’ll fit more into the freezer. Pack a cooler with ice for meat, soda and other perishables you will use during the first couple of days – you’ll have more space in the fridge and freezer. If you pack the meat in the cooler while it’s frozen, it will stay cold for a couple days. It may even be frozen on the second day.

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center for any accessories or parts you may need for your trip or to get your RV checked before you leave.

The Top 10 Campgrounds in the Midwest

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The Midwest is one of America’s most underrated regions. Lakes, vast forests, rivers, sand dunes and so many other natural wonders await those who venture to the Great Lakes states and beyond. The following are the top 10 campsites you’ll find in this must-visit neck of the woods.

1. Wilderness State Park Campground — Carp Lake, Michigan

Enjoy 26 miles of rocky shoreline, stargazing, 20 miles of hiking trails and more at this lakeside Michigan campground.

2. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park — Ashland, Nebraska

Non-stop family fun is on tap at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, which features nearly 150 RV sites and a water park with a wave pool, slides and more.

3. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground — Middlebrook, Missouri

Camp at the foot of Goggins Mountain and spend your days swimming in the shut-ins formed by the Black River.

4. Hocking Hills State Park — Laurelville, Ohio

Discover caves, gorges and waterfalls just a short hike from the comfort of your RV.

5. Brown County State Park — Nashville, Indiana

Indiana’s largest state park is littered fishing spots, hiking trails and areas to swim, bike play.

6. Hayward KOA — Hayward, Wisconsin

Let the kids run wild on the 300-foot waterslide, mini golf course, playgrounds and more.

7. Peninsula State Park — Door County, Wisconsin

This park’s 468 campgrounds are seconds from beautiful bluffs, a lighthouse, the beach, bike trails and a golf course.

8. Indiana Dunes State park — Chesterton, Indiana

The sand dunes are the main attraction to this fun-filled state park, but campers also enjoy hiking trails, birdwatching and more.

9. Blue Bell Campground — Custer, South Dakota

This Custer State Park campground is known for its nearby rock formations, vistas, brooks and buffalo.

10. Grand Marais Recreation Area — Grand Marais, Minnesota

The Lake Superior shoreline, quaint shops and delicious dining options are at your doorstep.

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