Think and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

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Many of us who love the RV lifestyle love to cook and keep our menus fresh and interesting. Sometimes it is not a matter of re-inventing the wheel, but just putting a new twist on an old standard.

Leisure Time RV, your Oklahoma RV Dealership, offers you this recipe that will add a little more spice and texture to your spaghetti dinner. It is our recipe for Chunky Vegetable Beef or Turkey Spaghetti Sauce that is perfect for fall RVing.

The ingredients you will need include:

1 lb. of your choice of ground beef or ground turkey

1 large onion

1 large green pepper

6 baby Bella mushrooms

1 medium carrot

1 medium celery stalk

2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes

1-24 oz. jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Cut the onions into about ½ inch slices and cut into about ½ inch chunks. Cut the green pepper into ½ inch squares. Cut the mushrooms into 4 pieces each. Slice the carrot and celery stalk into thin slices.

In a large skillet brown the ground beef or turkey. As the beef or turkey begins to lose its pink color, add the cut chunks of onion and green pepper, along with the slices of carrot and celery. Stir in and cook for about 8 minutes until the vegetables begin to show signs of clearing. Add the chunks of mushrooms and cook for 3 or 4 more minutes, continuing to occasionally stir. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper flakes and add in the marinara sauce. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the sauce begins to boil.

Serve this thick and chunky sauce over your favorite pasta, and top with some shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. Add a side salad and some garlic bread and you will have a hearty meal for 4 or more. If you want a vegetarian edition, simply eliminate the beef or turkey.

Do you have a favorite hearty recipe for fall? Be sure to tell us about it. We are Leisure Time RV, your Oklahoma City RV dealer, and we will be pleased to show you our full line of 2014 RV’s that we now have in stock. For parts, service and new and used RV sales, see us at Leisure Time RV.

Oklahoma State Park Trivia

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Those of us in Oklahoma are fortunate to have a great State Park system. Oklahoma State Parks offer a variety of outdoor recreational activities for the RV lover and an amazingly diverse amount of sights and sounds. For those who own an Oklahoma RV, I thought it would be interesting to share of the information about our State Parks through a series of trivia questions. Feel free to try to answer these questions, see how much you know. You may even learn a thing or two!

Here is our Leisure Time RV Oklahoma State Park Trivia Quiz.

How many State Parks are there in Oklahoma?

There are a total of 35 State Parks in the state.

The highest point in Oklahoma is located in this State Park.

Black Mesa is the highest point in the state and it is located at Black Mesa State Park and Nature Reserve. At 4,973 feet high, Black Mesa is located in the Northwest Panhandle of the state. There happen to be about 30 RV type camping sites at this State Park.

What appropriately named State Park gives visitors the opportunity to rent an ATV, or bring your own, to ride through its sand dunes?

That would be Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka. Jeeps and motorbikes are also popular ways to explore the dunes.

How long can one stay at an Oklahoma State Park?

Campers can stay up to 14 days at the same site, but depending on the season, the park manager could grant an extension.

Because of its emerald-tinted water and deep depths, what State Park is known for its water sports and has its own dedicated scuba diving park?

If you like water sports, Lake Tenkiller in Vian is the Oklahoma State park for you. Rocky bluffs and gravel shorelines are a big feature here.Yes, it actually has a separate area set aside for scuba diving!

Oklahoma State Parks are peppered throughout the state. You’ll find them enjoyable lengthy visits or even for a daytrip. Leisure Time RV, your Oklahoma RV dealer believes it important to point out some of the great places to visit right here in our own state. The fall is a great, less busy for time, to visit your state parks. We encourage you to do so!

A Look at the 2014 Raptor 27FS Travel Trailer

If you find yourself at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma wondering how all these RVs, travel trailers, and fifth wheels perform, you’re going to want to do a little research on the various makes and models on display. There are hundreds of great travel homes out there, but only one is just right for you.

It’s really about personal preference, what your goals are, how much traveling you hope to do, whether you’re traveling alone, and so on. One that you may want to consider if you’re traveling with a partner or a small family, or just a big dog, would be the 2014 Keystone Raptor 27FS travel trailer.

If you have your heart set on an actual all-in-one RV, you might still want to consider your travel trailer options. This Keystone Raptor actually comes with a nine foot “garage” that can be used as a bedroom with double electric bunk beds. If you have kids and you want to take them on the road, this is perfect.

The “master bedroom” actually features a full size queen bed and a wardrobe, while the bathroom’s tub and shower is surprisingly roomy for a travel trailer.

Three range stove top, a decent-sized sink, a dinette, an L-shaped sofa, and a surprising amount of elbow room all help to make the 2014 Keystone Raptor one of the very best new travel trailers for families on the move or solo travelers who like the idea of an extra room for their ATV, visitors, or just having a little storage space.

At just over thirty one feet long and twelve feet high, the trailer is as roomy as some apartments, but lightweight enough to help you save on gas money on those long drives. Basically a great all around travel trailer whether you’re into long hauls alone or short trips with the family.

Come by to see it today at Leisure Time RV of Oklahoma!

How Does Using an RV Compare to Tent Camping?

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If you are considering making a big investment in a top of the line model from Leisure Time RV, you may be wondering exactly why a camper is worth the cost. If you are a dedicated outdoors enthusiast, you may find tent camping fairly comfortable with the right equipment. However, it will only take one experience with RV camping to understand how this type of travel really stands out when it comes to comfort and luxury.

The Feeling Of Home

For many people, even the best air mattress leaves them feeling achy and sore. Spending a day canoeing around a lake or climbing a steep trail makes the soft and welcoming mattress of an RV very inviting and refreshing. There is no need to struggle with flimsy camp cook stoves for dinner or the hassle of going without a proper bathroom facility.

Traveling With Mobility Or Health Issues

RVs also stand out as the best option for people who are confined to a wheelchair or need medical support at night. Relying on an oxygen tank or a CPAP machine doesn’t have to stop you from seeing the country’s best sights in person. Make the most of your travel experiences without having to push yourself too hard. A whole range of upgrades are available for campers to keep them accessible for people with all levels of mobility.

Get As Close To Nature As You Like

Many camping lovers are afraid to switch to RVs because they enjoy the deep connection with nature that they feel when sleeping in a tent. However, using a camper doesn’t mean you can’t spend all of your time outdoors. Even a small fifth wheel serves as an ideal mobile kitchen and bathroom facility. Pop up a tent right beside the RV and stay outside if you like, but you will be glad to have the space available if a sudden storm arises or a bear visits camp.

Comfort For Pets and Children

Finally, many Oklahoma residents choose RVs to make travel easier on their youngest or smallest family members. You can easily travel with dogs, cats, or even parrots when you have enough space to keep them happy. Kids also enjoy being able to retreat into a controlled space during early camping experiences.

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Geocaching in Oklahoma

Geocaching is a world-wide open-air game that is played by using GPS-enabled devices that help you find or hide containers called caches. All you need to partake in this amazing and educational hobby is a free basic membership from geocaching.com and an app downloaded right to your smartphone. With this, you will be well on your way to finding hundreds of caches hidden right in your home state of Oklahoma.

A large piece of history happened in Oklahoma territory during the 1880’s; the Land Rush. The day of April 22, 1889 saw 50,000 eager people waiting to stake their claim on a piece of land. There were only 12,000 lots to be claimed so you can imagine the disorderly conduct citizens were putting themselves through. By the end of the day, over 10,000 people settled into the newly budding capital of Guthrie.

Fast-forwarding time and you now have a chain of geocaches that have been placed along familiar paths during the Oklahoma Land Rush. This series runs east to west, much as the settlers did well over 100 years ago. All of the caches placed along this route are deliberately not invading anyone’s land, so do not trespass while searching for any of these caches.

Also throughout the state are caches placed along the old Route 66. This famous highway has been torn down and Interstate 40 has now replaced this charming and scenic road. There are still sections visible so keep your eyes peeled while you are out and about.

If you’re interested in this fun and entertaining hobby that carries you to places you have yet to discover, then load up your Oklahoma City RV and head out! There are dozens of new caches being placed all the time as well. Make sure to keep an eye out on geocaching.com for updates and information.

February Features

Now that we’re in February, there is one day that is on everyone’s mind. Yes, Valentine’s Day is on the move, inching closer and closer to the present. Perhaps you’ve been trying to find the best way to celebrate. Well, luckily you’re reading this and are about to get a surge of inspiration. Instead of finding the nicest restaurant or the biggest party, aim for some real quality time with your sweetheart aboard your OKC motorhome! Whether it’s just for the evening or you make a weekend retreat of it, nothing says romance like a sunset and a bottle of wine. Well, that and the accessories below.

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Before you head out, you need to know where you’re going. While having a GPS is quite common among RVers, there is an untold excitement to reading a map. These days it takes a special skill to be able to do such but it is quite the art form. Since a handheld atlas made of paper doesn’t get automatic updates, changes in roads and names are possible. On an adventure, this would lead to laughs and discovery. What could be more of a bonding experience?

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Once you find a spot, the most cuddle worthy activity would be sitting close by the fire. The fire can be worth much more though! While s’mores are a popular treat, try something new and perhaps more fun. Let’s bring on the popcorn! This all-purpose cooker makes more than just the white fluffy stuff, it will keep you fed the whole time your out with soup, hot dogs, stew, and more.

What a great way to spend time in your Oklahoma City RV! Find these items and more in our catalog. Will you be spending the holiday on the road or at your favorite camping destination? Let us know your plans for the day or weekend of love in the comments below!

February Events

January has passed of 2013 and we’re finally in February, the month that reminds us of love and happiness. What better way is there to show that special someone you care than to take them around town in your Oklahoma City RV? Well, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that! Here are some of our favorite activities coming up.

Valentine’s Dinner & Dance

Speaking of love, next week is that love-or-hate holiday that everyone has an opinion on. If you don’t have plans, this one’s for you! At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on 63rd street, there is an evening of dining and dancing from 6-10 on the 14th. Not only will your evening be full of elegance but art as well. The galleries will be open for your viewing pleasure to add uniqueness the night. Interested? Don’t wait to book! Reservations will be required so make yours today.

Born To This Land

One night only, step back into the Old West with the sounds of days past. To accompany the music there will be a slide show of an era by David Stoecklein and Bob Moorhouse. This concert will be held at the museum on the 22nd at 7pm.

Youth Expo

Including your children in events can be challenging, especially the teens. So, we found a way for you to share the love with the whole family by attending the Oklahoma Youth Expo. This annual event is the world’s largest junior stock show, which means there is something entertaining for all ages! This will also be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum but unlike Valentine’s, it’ll be around until March 20th!

With so much going on in February, it’s difficult to leave your motorhome at the house! Which activities will you be making sure to attend? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!

Football Toasties

Many fans across America are getting geared up for Sunday’s big game festivities. Watching two teams battle it out for the top honor in football is exciting but it surely works up quite a hunger. Once you invite over a crowd to the outdoor viewing party hosted in your Oklahoma City RV, there will be plenty of hungry guests to feed! Take the heat off the cook by making a simple yet filling food that will delight everyone. Here we present you Football Toasties.

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  • 1 package of French garlic bread
  • 1 bag mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package of pepperoni

While you’re at the grocery store picking up ingredients, head over to the bakery. Most stores have ready-made garlic bread in aluminum bags that only need to be heated. These will work perfectly but it’s also possible to use the frozen kind or homemade.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Separate 10 slices of the French garlic bread and lay them out on two pans. Take a handful of mozzarella and make an even layer across each piece. Then, place 3 pepperonis on the individual toasts. Place both pans in the oven for 5 minutes. Once the buzzer goes off, let cool for 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Will you be hosting an event from your new motorhome? Let us know what you plan to serve your guests in the comments below!

RV Tailgating

Cotton Bowl TailgatingA couple of week ago, we had the opportunity to travel about 4 hours south to the largest domed stadium in the world to watch a pretty important game in the college football realm. We’re talking about the Cotton Bowl game where Texas A&M was up against one of our favorite teams, the Oklahoma Sooners. While there we got to meet some interesting people, see some interesting RVs, and get a great view of Cowboys Stadium.

The Atmosphere

Cotton Bowl TailgatingIn our parking lot, there were quite a lot of motorhomes. Almost the entire space was A&M fan territory but a few Sooners fans held their ground. The tailgating process is more than playful jabs at the opposite fans. There’s a real brotherhood amongst those who camp out in support of their teams. The intoxicating aroma that filled the air reserved the best part of the experience. No matter where you went, you could inhale the slow-cooking meats that were being prepared for afternoon BBQ. That’s always encouragement to mingle!

Outdoor Extras

Cotton Bowl TailgatingWhy stay cooped up inside before a big event? If you haven’t used your outdoor kitchen, tailgating would be the perfect reason to start! Being outside, you can be involved in the community feel of the tailgating. With everyone out and about, there are plenty of people to talk to and let sample what you’ve got cooking. Not only is everyone outside cooking, many are also watching TV from the outside set. More and more, RV manufacturers are making it easier to be connected to the activities you love while being outdoors and in the mix.

Even though our team did not take home the glory, we’re proud that they made it that far. Because of their previous success, we were given the opportunity to meet some great RVers and have fond, long lasting memories. Have you gone tailgating in your Oklahoma City RV? Let us know your tips for making the most of your tailgating party in the comments below.

National Hot Tea Month

Hot TeaWhat better way to start the New Year than with a nice hot cup of tea? That must have been exactly what the founders of National Hot Tea Month had in mind! From health benefits to reasons of pure bliss, there is always a good excuse to warm your bones with some tea. With flavors and types of every sort, the idea might be daunting if you’re not a normal tea drinker. Here, we’ve provided some tips that are so easy; you’ll make tea time a permanent tradition aboard your Oklahoma City RV.

Benefits

Perhaps an incentive to those who did not grow up drinking tea would be to help on their resolutions for the year. If getting healthier or losing weight was on your list, this could be the drink for you! Studies have shown that drinking green tea throughout the day contributes to the rate that calories are burned in your body by speeding up the metabolism. Black tea has been proven to help fight against viral infections.

Tea Something New

While many of you know how to boil water, put a tea bag in a cup or pitcher, and let it steep there is more to be had from tea. If you’re used to having regular (black) tea, sweet or unsweetened, don’t let the story end there. There are a world of flavors and possibilities waiting to delight your senses. All kinds of fruits and spices can enrich your drinking experience. Take a walk down the tea aisle at your favorite grocer and you’ll see the wide variety of mixes that are available. Already a big fan? Try recipes where tea is part of the ingredients to infuse your sauces and vegetables with a natural resource.

When was the last time you put on the kettle for a delicious and satisfying beverage? Is there one already waiting for the next trip on your camper? Let us know your favorite ways to enjoy tea in the comments below!