Fun and Easy Desserts to Make on the Road!

whoopie pie dessert in your rv

When you’re on the road you still want to eat like you do at home. If you like baked desserts, you can still make them in the RV if you have an oven or a convection oven. Even desserts like whoopie pies and cherry crisp are easily made, yet look like you spent all day slaving over a hot stove to make them.

Easy Whoopie Pies

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 boxes chocolate cake mix plus the ingredients for one box of cake mix
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (plus or minus, depending on your taste)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla flavoring
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

DIRECTIONS

Mix both cake mixes with the ingredients for one cake mix. The dough will be thick, almost like cookie dough. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease them. Drop 2-inch balls of dough on the cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 12 minutes. Check cakes at 7 minutes to test for doneness with a toothpick.

Cool the cakes on cookie racks.

While the cakes are cooling, whip the whipping cream until soft peaks just start to form. Add the vanilla and the unflavored gelatin and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in the confectioners’ sugar. Spread a cake with some of the filling, and top off with a second cake.

Cherry Crisp

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 to ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbs. Cornstarch
  • 4 cups frozen red cherries, unsweetened, pitted, tart
  • 1 cup shortbread cookies, crumbled
  • 2 tbs. Butter, melted
  • ¼ cup pecans or almonds, chopped and toasted
  • Ice cream

DIRECTIONS

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Put the cherries in a sauce pan and sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over them. Stir. Cook and stir over medium heat for until the mixture is thick and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Combine the cookies, butter and nuts in a medium bowl. Divide the cherry mixture into four dessert dishes. Sprinkle the cookie mixture over the cherry mixture. Top with ice cream.

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Making a Romantic Valentine Dinner in Your RV

Traveling in your RV for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to eat dinner at a pricey restaurant. In fact, you can cook a high-end, restaurant-quality meal easily in the comfort of your RV. This seafood and pasta recipe with a cherry tomato fra diavolo sauce will make you and your lover feel like you’re dining at a costly restaurant without the price or stuffy atmosphere.

Seafood and Pasta with Cherry Tomato Fra Diavolo Sauce

What you’ll need:

Pasta:

  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed seafood (lobster, shrimp, crab meat, white fish)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Fresno chile peppers (thinly sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
  • Salt
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Cooking instructions:

  1. To create the sauce, heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Stir in the chiles, garlic and onions. Stir for 5 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pour in the sherry. Continue cooking until the sauce has reduced by half.
  2. Stir tomatoes and oregano into the sauce, then cover until tomatoes burst open (10-15 minutes). Stir in the parsley and basil, then remove from heat.
  3. To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Pat the seafood dry then sprinkle it with Old Bay, salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat, then cook the seafood in the oil until heated through.
  5. Use the vermouth to deglaze the pan and scrape the brown pieces from the bottom.
  6. Cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Toss the sauce with the pasta and fold in the seafood.
  7. Serve with your favorite green salad and fresh bread.

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Cooking Around the Campfire: Simple Recipes

male fry mushrooms with pepper on fire

Although you’ve got your RV’s kitchen, sometimes there’s an appeal to the idea of starting a campfire and cooking a rustic meal over it. If you don’t have experience doing this, however, it can be a little daunting to know if you’re doing it correctly. It’s tough enough to properly tend a fire, much less to attempt to cook something over it. If you’re a beginner, try one of these two easy campfire recipes to get the basics down and build your confidence.

Camper Donuts

Ingredients

  • Biscuit dough
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Metal skewers

Directions

Pop open a can of refrigerated biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into thirds.  Roll each piece of dough into a ball and then thread onto metal cooking skewers, leaving about ½ inch of space between balls of dough.  Cook the dough over hot coals or your campfire, turning constantly until they’re golden brown, about seven minutes.  Being careful not to burn your hands, slide the dough balls into melted butter and toss with cinnamon and sugar.

Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cans baked beans
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 package biscuit dough

Directions

Cook bacon in a deep cast-iron skillet or dutch oven on a grill over your campfire. Drain, crumble and set aside.  Add hamburger and onion to the skillet and cook until done.  Drain off the drippings.  Add the bacon back to the pan with the hamburger along with the baked beans and barbecue sauce.  Bring everything to a boil.  Place biscuits over the bubbly mixture in a single layer, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes until the biscuits are done.  Place cooked biscuits on a plate and spoon beans over.

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No-Cook Meal Ideas for Your RV

Just because you can cook in your RV doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily want to cook. Sometimes you want to avoid the time, effort, and pile of dishes associated with cooking and just skip straight to the eating. It may not be a matter of laziness either, but one of practicality. Maybe you want to hit the hiking trails earlier or hit the road sooner.

Whatever the case and whatever the meal you need to abbreviate, there’s a simple, no-cook meal with your name on it. Try using one of these ideas the next time you want a hassle-free meal in your RV.

Supplies You’ll Need

Even though you’re not cooking anything, you do need some basic supplies on hand.

  • Can opener
  • Tin foil
  • Sealable bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Utensils
  • Cutting board

Breakfast Ideas

  • Yogurt and granola: The best way to avoid cooking is to keep things simple. Yogurt and granola is versatile, filling, and easy to make and clean up. Either make your own granola or buy your favorite at a store, then mix it into your granola of choice.
  • Cereal with milk and fruit: Another simple meal for breakfast, just pick your favorite cereal and then add fruits to fill it out with vitamins and nutrients. Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries all make great additions to cold cereals.

Lunch or Dinner Ideas

  • Tuna salad: The ever versatile tuna salad let’s you make it the way you like it and eat it the way you like it, too. Mix with mayo, pickle relish, and whatever else you enjoy, then serve on bread, salad, or crackers.
  • Sandwiches: The sandwich is the epitome of no-cook meals. Pick your favorite type of bread and then let your imagination run wild. Choose from meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads to make your perfect sandwich. They’re great for preparing ahead of time and taking with you on a hike or out onto the water.

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Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Sure, you can whip up some decent hot chocolate in a matter of minutes. And that’s fine for most occasions. But if you really want the absolute best hot chocolate, you’ve got to make it low and slow in your slow cooker. If you’ve never tried hot chocolate this way, it’s going to rock your world. Just start it up earlier in the day, go do your thing and have some fun, and then come back to your RV for a relaxing hot chocolate drink.

SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • toppings: marshmallows, chocolate candies, candy canes, chocolate syrup, salted caramel, etc.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large slow cooker. Vigorously whisk to get the cocoa powder as mixed in as possible– you don’t want it all floating on the top. Keep whisking for a minute or 2 until it’s all combined.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Make sure you whisk it every 45 minutes – 1 hour to make sure the chocolate isn’t burning on the bottom.
  3. Serve warm with marshmallows or other optional toppings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and warm up on the stove or in the microwave.

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Healthy Snacks for Holiday Travel

Staying healthy on the road can be especially difficult during the holidays. One of the best ways to stay in shape when you’re on the go is to keep healthy snacks on hand, so you don’t feel inclined to stop at unhealthy restaurants along your journey. These three healthy snacks will help you stay on track during the holiday season.

Choose Nuts

Instead of grabbing a bag of chips from a convenience store, stock your RV with different kinds of nuts. Pistachios, walnuts, almonds and other nuts and seeds provide a healthy combination of fats and proteins. They’ll also satisfy those salty and savory cravings without the need for unhealthy foods like French fries or chips.

Healthy Beverages

It’s easy to grab a soda at a rest stop or convenience store, but sugary drinks can lead to holiday weight gain and fatigue. Choose water, seltzer water, 100-percent fruit juice or vegetable juices instead of unhealthy sodas. Keep a variety of healthy drinks in your RV’s refrigerator or cooler to ensure you opt for healthy options instead of stopping to grab sugary substitutes.

Fresh Fruits

Fruit is always an ideal on-the-go snack option. Plan ahead, and stop by a local farmers’ market to pick up fresh, seasonal fruits for your journey. Prepare the fruit by rinsing and slicing it, so you and all of your fellow travelers can enjoy it conveniently. If you don’t have time to pick up and prepare fresh fruits, opt for single-serving containers of applesauce, dried apricots, raisins or other items. Don’t forget to avoid fruits with pits, which can cause an inconvenient mess while on the road.

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Recipe for a Simple RV Breakfast

When you’re out on the road in your RV, it’s good to keep meals simple and straightforward. Of course, you don’t want to sacrifice flavor or portion sizes, especially when it comes to breakfast. If you’re going to fuel up for the coming day of fun and recreation, you need a breakfast recipe that’s up to the task. Try these handy breakfast bowls the next time you need a simple, filling breakfast for every person in the RV.

Rise and Shine Breakfast Bowls

Ingredients

  • Whole grain bread, 12 slices with crust taken off
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 package bacon
  • Butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin tin with butter and place one slice of bread into each hole pressing down in the middle.
  3. Crack one egg directly onto each slice of bread.
  4. Cook bacon in skillet or bake in oven, then place one cooked slice into each egg.
  5. Bake until egg is just cooked, or until desired consistency (yolk runny, about 10 minutes; slightly runny, about 13 minutes; cooked thoroughly, about 17 minutes).

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Host Thanksgiving in Your RV with These 8 Tips

Hosting a Thanksgiving get-together can be overwhelming, especially when you’re hosting it in the compact space of an RV. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip the holiday when living life on the road.

Use these simple tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving celebration in the comfort of your RV this year.

1. Plan Ahead

Thanksgiving’s position after Halloween and before Christmas means the holiday seems to appear out of nowhere. Decide which dishes you’ll be making ahead of time, so you can start the process of gathering all of the supplies you’ll need.

2. Start Cooking Early

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking process. Prepare your sides the day before Thanksgiving, so you just have to pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.

3. Try Something New

Use traveling in your RV during the holiday as a chance to try something new. Consider deep-frying your turkey outside instead of roasting it indoors.

4. Find Decorations at the Campsite

Use sticks, leaves, pine cones and pine needles from around the campsite for festive and free table decorations.

5. Consider Buying Your Desserts

Shop at a local bakery for delectable Thanksgiving desserts that your friends will love just as much as the homemade versions.

6. Create Fun Placecards

Placecards are a fun part of every festivity, but you can make them even more enjoyable by printing out funny Facebook photos of your friends instead.

7. Label Your Dishes

Make your party welcoming for your friends with dietary restrictions by labeling your dishes with their name and what’s inside.

8. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table

Creating a fun kids’ table will ensure your little guests stay occupied, so the adults can have more fun. Cover the kids’ table with craft paper and give them plenty of crayons to decorate it as they please.

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Make the Best Pumpkin Pie in Your RV

If you’re out on the road this Thanksgiving in your RV, that means that you can make an entire Thanksgiving meal in your RV’s kitchen. With just a bit of planning and preparation, cooking in your RV is no more difficult than cooking at home. When it comes time for dessert, try this pumpkin pie recipe. It’s the perfect end to the perfect Thanksgiving feast, no matter where you are!

You Will Need:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 10-inch deep dish pie crust

Homemade Whipped Cream

Whip 2 pints of heavy cream until the soft peak stage. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and whip until the cream is stiff. Fold in confectioner’s sugar to taste, starting with ½ cup.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the pumpkin and the spice mixture until the mixture is well-mixed.

Add the evaporated milk a third of the can at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Place the pie shell on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Bake the pumpkin pie at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pumpkin pie for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours.

If the crust is browning too fast, cover just the crust with aluminum foil. About 10 minutes before the pie is finished check the crust. If you want it darker, remove the foil.

Garnish the pie with whipped cream.

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Dutch Ovens Are an RVer’s Best Friend

When you’re loading up your RV for your next road trip, you may be tempted to pack all of your kitchen’s gadgets so that you’re not without your most prized cooking tools. The problem is, there’s probably not going to be enough room for all of them. You’ve got to keep it simple when you RV and no cooking tool is simpler than the humble dutch oven.

The dutch oven, if you’re unacquainted, is every RVer’s best friend. This heavy, flat-bottomed kettle comes with a lid, legs, and a handle. It doesn’t look like much, but having this one tool is like bringing your kitchen stove along for the ride. They excel when it comes to campfire cooking, something you’re likely to dabble in when you’re on the road.

If you’re sick and tired of frozen, processed, dehydrated, and vacuum-sealed foods, just get yourself a quality cast iron dutch oven and bring some life back to your meals on the road. The dutch oven has a long and storied history in the United States, used by such figures as explorers, pioneers, cowboys, trappers, and mountain men. You can make nearly any meal in a dutch oven that you could make in a regular oven.

The design of a dutch oven allows you to cook complete one pot meals over any open fire. The thick cast metal of a dutch oven absorbs heat, retains it, and distributes it evenly over the inside surface. They’re kind of heavy, which means that taking one on a backpacking trip would be quite difficult, but, as an RVer, you don’t have that problem. Before your next trip, do yourself a favor and acquire your own dutch oven. You’ll find it’s not just a welcome addition to your kitchen, but your best mealtime friend.

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