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30 Oct
5 Easy and Delicious Pie Iron Campground Dinners

5 Easy and Delicious Pie Iron Campground Dinners

One of our favorite things about camping in the fall is cooking over the campfire. The air is cool and crisp. The fire is warm. And the food seems even better when it’s made outside. On quick weekend getaways, we like to keep our camp cooking simple and delicious. Friday nights will often find us all sitting around the campfire, toasting up dinner in our pie irons. These old-fashioned sandwich makers are loved by kids and adults alike. You can find them in cast iron or cast aluminum. We prefer the cast aluminum since they are a bit... Read More
18 Oct
5 Warm Drinks for Chilly Nights around the Campfire

5 Warm Drinks for Chilly Nights around the Campfire

Sure, coffee is a staple when we are camping. But when the days get shorter and the nights start to get chilly, we love to make some other warm drinks to enjoy at the campground. The adult kind (ahem). Here’s a selection of some of our favorite hot spirits. The best thing about these ‘recipes’ is that they can all be tweaked according to how strong or sweet you like your drinks. You can hear us talk about all these warm drinks on this episode of the RVFTA podcast. Experiment, have fun, and stay warm. The Classic Hot Toddy So... Read More
12 Oct
Weekend Warrior French Toast (+Bonus Dessert “Recipe”)

Weekend Warrior French Toast (+Bonus Dessert “Recipe”)

Learning to cook has been an exciting and stressful process for me. Cooking is exciting when the food comes out good and Stephanie and the boys enjoy it. But it is stressful when I spend good money on food and precious time cooking and it comes out tasting like…..rubber, cardboard, burnt flesh, over seasoned roadkill, cement etc… So I’ve been playing it safe and trying to master a few basic recipes. I know that I am stretching it a bit even using the word RECIPES here. But bear with me RVFTA peeps. I think we can have some... Read More
05 Oct
White Chicken Chili at the Campground

White Chicken Chili at the Campground

We’ve got a pretty long history with this white chicken chili. About twenty years ago, Jeremy and I spent a lot of time in Ohio. I was going to college in Michigan and Jeremy would drive out for long weekends at our friends’ house in Akron. Andrea and Mark were such wonderful hosts to us, stepping in as our college Mom and Dad, and they would spend all weekend feeding us the comfort foods we needed so desperately. One of Andrea’s favorite meals at the time was a White Chicken Chili, and we enjoyed it often enough that it... Read More
22 Sep
Which Blackstone Griddle is Right For You?

Which Blackstone Griddle is Right For You?

Last spring I bought my first Blackstone Griddle. The 22″ Tabletop Griddle to be exact. I am an amateur cook trying to make up for years of letting my hard-working wife take care of all of the food prep and cooking…both at home and at the campground.  Learning to cook has been incredibly exciting, but overwhelming at the same time. I love gear and equipment that makes cooking easier for me, and from what I had read and watched online, the Blackstone Griddles could “make a mediocre cook great.” I was just hoping that it... Read More
22 Jun
Kate’s Epic RV Trip Meal Plan: 5 Weeks, 5 People, Full Bellies

Kate’s Epic RV Trip Meal Plan: 5 Weeks, 5 People, Full Bellies

Kate Dunbar knows her way around the RV kitchen. She also knows a thing or two about meal planning for a 5-week epic RV trip with her family. Lucky for us, she offered to share her RV Trip Meal Plan with the RVFTA community. In this post, you’ll find the two-part Facebook Live series, plus a bunch of downloadable goodies to help you prepare for a longer RV trip. The good news is you can also use a lot of these resources for quick weekend getaways as well. Use the menu planning PDF to make a standard weekend camping menu. Then fill out... Read More
03 May
Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Having Fun and Keeping Safe

Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Having Fun and Keeping Safe

We all love our kids and want to keep them safe. But we also want to teach them responsibility and independence. Many RVing families struggle with balancing those two goals at the campground. How do we know this? Because we get asked about campground safety all the time. Emails, direct messages, posts in our Facebook Group. We’ve seen different versions of the same question countless times over the past few years. People ask us if we let our kids ride their bikes by themselves or go to the playground alone. They ask us how to manage... Read More

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