National Salad Month Recipe

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It’s National Salad Month, so why not celebrate by making this delicious recipe in your RV while you’re out on the road? The best thing about this recipe is the room you have to customize it. Top it the way you want to; no matter what, it’ll be tasty, refreshing, and just a little bit spicy.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz) cooked chopped/shredded chicken
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6-8 oz chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped/diced tomato
  • 1/4-1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 cheesy tortilla chips

Suggested Toppings

  • fresh avocado
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • lime wedges

Directions

  1. Prep your chicken and chop your veggies for the salad.
  2. Melt butter and combine with hot sauce, whisking to mix.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and serve over lettuce with all your favorite toppings.
  4. Drizzle with dressing of choice (ranch with a drizzle of hot sauce is the “official” dressing).

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Tips for RVing with Your Dog

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If you plan on taking your pets RVing with you, you need to choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but your pet’s needs. If you have smaller dogs, then space isn’t a major deal; however, if you have a large breed dog or more than two smaller dogs, you might want to choose an RV with a little extra space.

Extra Space

When you walk through the floor plans at Leisure Time RV, be aware of how much space your dog needs to sleep comfortably. If your dog is used to sleeping on your bed, you might want to upgrade to a king bedroom. If the dog loves to spread out on the floor, something with a living area slide is a must.

Safety

As with your home, you have to pet-proof the RV. Make sure lower outlets are covered. Chemicals for the bathroom should be kept in a place your pets cannot access. If your dog opens cabinets, be sure to keep the cabinet latched or locked – or keep any chemicals in a higher cabinet.

If you have a motorized RV, you should have your pet crated or strapped onto a seat. If it is walking around it could get hurt; or worse, it could distract you – the driver – and cause an accident.

Pet Toys and Bowls

This seems like a given, but people may tend to forget to bring the pet’s bed, toys and bowls. Even if your dog likes to travel, it may become stressed that it is not at home in familiar surroundings, especially if you leave it alone in the RV while you run into the store. Your dog’s bed and a few favorite toys will go a long way in easing any stress and anxiety. This means that your RV hopefully won’t fall prey to the dog’s chewing habit.

Leashes and Tie Outs

Always know the rules of the state you are traveling through or to. Most states have leash laws; and some require a certain length leash – no more than 5 or 6 feet. Also, know the states’ laws for tie outs. Some states have outlawed tying out dogs unless they are supervised. Also, you need to ensure that if you do tie your dog out that the tie out is strong enough to hold the dog, especially if you are in a campground.

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Delicious Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

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Campgrounds are full of festive travelers for Memorial Day weekend. Cookouts and get-togethers are traditional Memorial Day activities, but instead of grilling up the usual burgers and hot dogs, try these new delicious recipes to spice up your celebrations this year.

Mouthwatering Beer Brats

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cans of beer
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 10 bratwurst
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grate lightly.
  2. In a large pot, combine the beer and diced onions. Bring them to a boil.
  3. Drop the bratwurst into the beer and stir in the garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the brats to cook for another 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the bratwurst from the mixture and set them aside. Continue cooking the onions in the beer mixture.
  6. Cook the bratwurst on the grill for five to ten minutes or until fully cooked.
  7. Serve with the beer mixture on top.

Cold Southwestern Salad with Feta

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn (cut off the cob)
  • 1 jicama (peeled and minced)
  • 1 bunch green onions (sliced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (minced)
  • 1 package crumbled feta cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Cooking instructions:

  1. Mix the beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, green onions, jicama, jalapeno pepper and feta in a large bowl.
  2. Mash the salt and garlic together.
  3. Whisk the mashed garlic, mustard, lime juice and pepper together in a small bowl. Slowly stir in the oil as you whisk.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is smooth, then drizzle it over the salad in the large bowl.
  5. Chill overnight, then serve.

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Oklahoma’s Top Swimming Holes

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Summer heat means that more and more people are going to be looking for cool places to take a dip in some water. Oklahoma has its fair share of swimming pools, water parks, and swimming holes. Most people are going to be flocking to the two former, so we’re going to focus on the last one, swimming holes. As an RVer, spending time at a swimming hole is going to be more comfortable for you than most since your home is always with you when you’re done swimming for the day. And even if you get tired of swimming earlier in the day, you have the advantage of going back to the hole for more swimming fun later in the day after you’ve had a chance to rest.

Turner Falls Park

One of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor destinations, the park also draws visitors from nearby states. This isn’t a surprise if you’ve ever been to the park. The scenery includes mountains, waterfalls, and natural pools. Some of the pools actually have caverns behind their waterfalls, so you can swim on back and sit behind the falls in the shade. There are also hiking trails and caves to explore. Head towards Davis, Oklahoma, if you’d like to visit.

Blue Hole Park

Serving the Tulsa area for generations of swimmers, this popular swimming hole destination is a hit with families. With shallow areas for kids, concession stands when hunger strikes, and RV sites for extended visits, it’s a great place for summertime fun.

Gage Artesian Beach

Created in the early 1900s when an oil drilling crew struck an underground spring, Gage Artesian Beach offers cool waters in natural form. After a brief time as a health resort, the beach is now better designed for swimming with cement boundaries and a sandy, lake-like bottom.

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Visit Lake Murray State Park & Lodge

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The Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore is the ultimate destination for fishermen, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts who want to camp inside a breathtaking 13,000-acre park along Lake Murray. The state park also includes an 1,100-acre ATV area that stays open from 8 a.m., to dark every day.

Although, not all campers have to stay among the action. Lake Murray State Park boasts an array of camping areas that range from the more rambunctious ATV area to Buckhorn Trail near the boat ramp and the Rock Tower campground nestled among shade trees.

The park has an extensive trail systems for hikers and mountain bikes. New Deal, Anadarche, Buckhorn and a new system from the park office to Tucker Tower all combine for more than 30 miles of scenic trails offering a wide variety of hiking and biking experiences. These trails range from fairly simple and flat to moderately difficult with good hills and even some interactions with rock and bluff environments.

Nine RV campgrounds with 329 RV sites and 500 tent sites are located throughout Lake Murray State Park with full hookups, restrooms and showers. Some RV sites within the park are pull-through and six of the nine campgrounds are open 24 hours a day, with three gated (Elephant Rock, Cedar Cove and Tipps Point).

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How to Get Your RV Unstuck

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Getting a vehicle stuck in the mud is one thing, but with an RV the experience can be a whole lot more difficult to rectify if you don’t know what to do. While every case will require just the right solution to fix, here’s a few things you can try to get your RV out of the muck.

Don’t Get Stuck in the First Place

Small comfort if you’re already in a spot you can’t leave, but a good tip for next time: don’t get stuck in the first place. You can avoid getting your rig stuck by simply disembarking and checking what the terrain turns into ahead. While you can obviously assume that a paved road will serve, you can’t assume the same if you’re traveling down a dirt or gravel trail. If the terrain seems like it’s unstable by foot, it’s bound to be a bad time for an RV that weights tons.

Get Some Traction Under Your Wheels

If you’re spinning wheels in a mudhole, you’re going to wish you had some emergency traction mats. They’re cheap and easy to store, so there’s really no excuse other than ignorance to not have them. Made from durable plastic, they allow your wheels to get a grip on something solid and may provide just enough traction to get you going. Some RVers like to bring along strips of cheap carpet or some wooden boards to achieve the same trick.

Keep Going Forward

If you find yourself in a bad patch of road and you’re worried you’ll get stuck, the best piece of advice is to keep going forward slow and steady. Don’t turn the wheel and don’t step on the accelerator. Just keep it nice and steady to preserve your forward momentum.

Know When to Call for Help

If all else fails and you’re just kicking up mud, make sure you always have a way to contact help. There’s no sense in spending an entire day trying to get yourself unstuck. If it’s not working, it’s not working. Save yourself some stress and call in a professional to help you get going again.

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Three Ways Bungee Cords Can Be Used in Your RV

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Every avid RV traveler packs bungee cords for every journey. These handy devices help keep things in place, whether you’re worried about cabinet doors opening on the go or a tarp flying away at the campsite. The following three uses for bungee cords are just a few of the countless ways to use bungee cords daily on the go.

Keep Your Drawers in Place

A single turn on the road can send all of your drawers and cabinets flying open. Instead of dealing with the banging of doors and broken items, simply install two hooks at the ends of your rows of cupboards and drawers and stretch a bungee from hook to hook. Cabinet doors will also stay closed if a bungee is stretched from one door handle to another. You’ll never deal with unnecessary messes and spills due to open cabinet doors again.

Make Your Shower Bigger

RV showers leave a lot to be desired, especially in terms of space. Install hooks on the wall where your shower rod would be attached. Instead of using a shower rod, stretch a bungee from hook to hook. You can then wrap another bungee around the shower bungee and pull it to another hook, towel rack or other item when showering. Your shower space will quickly expand every time you need it, but won’t interfere with bathroom space when the shower is not in use.

Keep Your Campground Tarp or Carpet in Place

Using an outdoor carpet or tarp under your awning creates a more inviting place to relax and keeps the interior of your RV free of dirt and debris that is often tracked inside. Keep that carpet or tarp in place by stretching a bungee from the grommets to tent stakes placed in the ground.

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National Salad Month Recipe

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You may have heard that May is National Barbeque Month as well as National Burger Month, but the healthiest way to celebrate this pre-summer (and pre swimsuit season) month, is to celebrate it as National Salad Month. This recipe allows you to celebrate salad month and burger month at the same time! Try it the next time you’re out in your RV.

Cheeseburger Salad

Ingredients

Salad
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup pickles (diced)
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp pickles (diced)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

Directions

  1. Cook ground beef in a skillet over high heat. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir fry, breaking up the pieces with a spatula, for about 7-10 minutes, until the beef is browned and moisture has evaporated.
  2. Meanwhile, puree all the dressing ingredients in a blender. If dressing is thicker than you like, thin out with water or oil and puree again. Adjust sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the ground beef. Toss with dressing.

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Preventing Mold and Mildew in Your RV

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Part of keeping your RV in good working order year after year is to ensure that mold and mildew are not allowed to take hold and build up. Preventing mold and mildew is all about maintaining awareness of your RV’s state and eliminating conditions that will inevitably lead to mold and mildew.

Check For and Clean Up Existing Mold

Before you prevent future mold, check for any preexisting mold or mildew. It’s not always obvious either; sometimes you’ll have to look in hidden places to find any. Use your sense of smell to detect any mildew odors or feel around for dampness. Look in places that are out of sight. There may be some inside your walls or under your carpet’s padding.

Keep an Eye on Your Roof, Plumbing, and Ventilation

These areas are more prone to water damage and, therefore, mold and mildew growth, than other areas of your RV. Make a habit of regularly checking these areas as you travel or even when you’re at home and your RV is in storage mode. Make sure that all your pipes and waterlines are in good working order and have no leaks or breaches. In small areas with high humidity, such as your RV’s bathroom, make sure that the ventilation is in good working order.

For your roof and ceiling, check it regularly for weak spots, leaks, drips, and poorly sealed areas. Shore up seals with fresh caulk. Look for indentations (caused by hail, fallen branches, etc.) on your roof where water could potentially pool.

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Pizza Pull-Apart Sliders

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This simple, filling, and delicious recipe is just the thing if you want something guaranteed to delight all of your travel mates, especially kids. Give it a try the next time you need something yummy and hearty.

Pizza Pull-Apart Sliders

Ingredients

for the sliders:

  • 1 package (12) dinner rolls
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 45 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup cooked & crumbled sausage

for the herb butter topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Slice the rolls horizontally (while still attached) to make a top and bottom bun.
  2. Place bottom bun into prepared baking dish. Spread pizza sauce onto rolls.
  3. Next, add 6 slices of cheese (covering all of the pizza sauce.)
  4. On top of the cheese layer, add all the slices of pepperoni.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the pepperoni with crumbled sausage.
  6. Add the remaining 6 slices of cheese on top.
  7. Then cover all of it with the top bun.
  8. Now, make the seasoned buttery topping. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
  9. Then, using a brush (or a spoon) spread topping all over the sliders. Be sure to get the sides too!
  10. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes.

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