Favorite Fall Recipes

Fall brings us a harvest of new vegetables to our tables and a chance to explore new recipes.

PleasureLand RV Center is pleased to share some of these timely recipes with you.

Butternut Squash Soup

To make this recipe you will need 6 tbs chopped onions, 4 tbs butter, 6 cup peeled and chopped butternut squash, 3 cup water, 4 cubes of chicken bouillon, 1/2 tsp marjoram (dried), 1/4 tsp black pepper (ground), 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and 2 packages of cream cheese (16 oz).

Sauté onions in large sauce pan with butter. Add squash and next five ingredients. Boil and then cook for 20 minutes or until the squash is done. Next, puree the squash with the cream cheese in small batches until everything is smooth. Return to heat and heat through but do not boil.

You’ll have a creamy, tasty soup that is perfect for the season.

Easy Chili

Here’s an easy recipe the whole family will love. You will need 1lb ground beef or turkey, 1 chopped onion, 1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5 oz), 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz), 1 can kidney beans (15 oz), 1 1/2 cup water, chili powder (to taste), garlic powder (to taste), salt & pepper (to taste).

Sauté the meat and onion in large saucepan until meat is meat and onion is done. Then put in the next four ingredients. Add the seasonings, boil, reduce heat (low), cover and for 15 min. let it simmer. Done!

Spaghetti Squash

You will need 1 spaghetti squash (halved and seeded), 2 tbs vegetable oil, 1 onion (chopped), 1 garlic clove (minced), 1 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped), 3/4 cup Feta cheese (crumbled), 3 tbs black olives (sliced), 2 tbs basil (fresh, chopped).

Heat oven to 350 and use a lightly greased baking sheet. Put the squash on the sheet with the cut sides down, bake for 30 minutes then remove and cool so you can handle it. In the meantime, put oil in skillet and heat, put in the onion and cook, add the garlic, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stir the tomatoes in, and cook until tender and warm. With a large spoon, scoop out the pulp of the squash and put in a bowl (medium). Add the vegetables, cheese and the rest of the ingredients and toss.

PleasureLand RV is pleased to be the RV dealership Minnesota can count on for year round sales, service, parts and accessories for motorhomes and travel trailers. Enjoy the sights and tastes of the season!

2014 Keystone Premier Review

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With its lightweight construction and smooth profile, the 2014 Keystone Premier makes towing easier and increases fuel economy. On the inside, the Premier offers elegance and comfort at an affordable price. And with 13 floor plans ranging from 22 to 37 feet including bunkhouse models, there’s a Premier that will fit your family’s needs and preferences.

Interior

The Premier has 4 decor options to choose from, all of which complement the raised panel hardwood cabinetry and decorative wall border. Vaulted ceilings add to the look and really open up the space, and Trekk linoleum gives you that hardwood floor look. The kitchen features a high-rise faucet, refrigerator with 8 cubic feet of space, and high output range. Smaller floor plans have a U-shaped dinette, while the larger ones have a booth dinette. A Visionary sofa is standard in most floor plans, and larger floor plans give you a fully carpeted living area and add two swivel rocker chairs as well. From here you’ll be able to watch the 26″ LCD HDTV in comfort.

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If you like the convenience of having direct access to the bathroom from the outside, you can choose one of the models that adds an exterior bathroom access door. This makes it easy to hop into the shower, use the foot-flush toilet, or just grab something out of the solid wood medicine cabinet while avoiding tracking mud through the trailer. When it’s time to hit the hay, you’ll have a comfortable queen bed as well as a mirrored wardrobe to keep your clothes organized.

Exterior

The Premier has an aluminum frame on top of a 6-inch and 8-inch I-Beam. R-11 insulation is in the floor and roof, while R-7 insulation is in the laminated fiberglass walls. An aerodynamic design along with the quality paint job and aluminum wheels make this a good-looking trailer from the outside. And if you want to cook outside, you can choose one of the floor plans with an outdoor kitchen. You’ll also have the convenience of an electric awning, speakers, and shower on the outside too.

Options

  • RV-Q Grill
  • 15,000 BTU A/C Upgrade

The 2014 Premier can help you experience all that Minnesota and surrounding RV destinations have to offer. To find out more, visit PleasureLand RV Center.

Getting Your RV Ready To Tailgate

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Many RVers convert their RVs into tailgate machines this time of year. Some don’t even attend the games! After all, with satellite TV and the comforts of home, who needs to pay big ticket and food prices when you can still enjoy the atmosphere and have a front row seat in your comfortable RV?

Here are some tips for creating a fun, and safe, tailgating machine out of your RV:

  • Be sure to bring the colors of your favorite team and display them proudly. You don’t even have to buy expensive “officially licensed” products. Dollar type stores have disposable plates, cups and streamers in a wide choice of colors. Just pick out the ones that represent your team and you are on your way!
  • Prepare as much of the side dishes and snacks ahead of time. Keep cold dishes cold with plenty of ice.
  • Make sure you have something to eat for after the game as well. This will extend your party and give the heavy traffic time to disperse.
  • Remember, somebody has to drive that RV back, so have a designated driver available. Of course, it should be someone who is capable of handling an RV. Worst case scenario? Hey, that’s the great thing about having an RV with a bed.
  • Using as many disposable products as possible can help make clean-up much easier.
  • Make sure you bring folding chairs so there are places to relax outside of your RV.
  • Be on the look-out for free promotional koozies. They are a popular give-away item at events and you can begin collecting them for use by your tailgating friends.
  • If your RV doesn’t have outside speakers, be sure to bring a radio to listen to the pre-game show on the local radio station.
  • Bring an activity like corn-hole to keep everyone entertained.

Enjoy the football season and good luck to your team. Our team at PleasureLand RV is ready to serve you anytime of the year with your recreational vehicle service, parts, and accessories. It is also a nice time to check out our new models in stock. Go team! We look forward to seeing you soon at PleasureLand RV.

2014 Keystone Alpine

If you are familiar with PleasureLand RV Center, you know we have an inventory of used and new RVs in just about every size and shape possible. For those who are interested in a fifth wheel, we thought we would take time to take a bit of a closer look at the 2014 Keystone Alpine. The 2014 Keystone Alpine has taken the next step in fifth wheel comforts and features.

Alpine calls itself “the first new-generation luxury fifth wheel.” It is created for the RVer who desires a premium level of quality, convenience, and amenities. Many of the features in the 2014 Keystone Alpine were not even available until recently. This new Alpine was engineered from bottom to top in an effort to be the pacesetter for the market. It is solidly built and every need is anticipated.

The 2014 Keystone Alpine comes in an impressive choice of 11 floor plans. The Alpine defines itself by its large master suites, impressive kitchens, and cutting edge entertainment features.

Some of the exterior features of the Keystone Alpine include:

  • Heavy duty 7,000lb axles
  • 12” beams with Z-frame technology
  • E-Z Flex Suspension
  • ”No Sweat” vented attic system
  • 50 AMP service w Cord Caddy
  • Hydraulic selector valves for slide outs
  • Gutters w/ rain spouts
  • One-Touch electric awning
  • Tinted 80% safety-glass windows
  • Super-size 6′ 4” tall, 30” wide entry door
  • Motion activated porch lighting
  • Keyless Entry

Inside, the Alpine is equally impressive with its spacious interior and, quality materials. From its overstuff, comfortable furnishings to its 40” HD-LCD flat screen television with surround sound you will be enveloped in all the comforts of home and then some.

Every detail has been considered including its whisper-quiet HVAC system. Even the door pulls are like those used in high-end housing. This is simply a fifth wheel that has it all. If you are considering a fifth wheel, prepared to be impressed with a walk through of the new 2014 Keystone Alpine. The moment you step inside you can feel the quality.

See this, and our selection of other new 2014 RVs available today at PleasureLand RV. We are the RV dealer Minneapolis and all of Minnesota relies on for year-round RV parts, service and sales. We are family owned and operated and are ready to serve you!

Columbus Day and the Spirit of Exploration

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At PleasureLand RV Center we appreciate the spirit of exploration. In October, Columbus Day is a reminder of that spirit of discovery. It recognizes a man who had the desire to see what was out there, and followed through on that desire.

Columbus was 41 years old when he made his first trip to the New World and only lived to be 55 years old. What a life it was. In just the last 14 years of his life the explorer made three additional trips, beginning a wave of European exploration in the west.

For those seeking a little Columbus Day trivia, Christopher Columbus’ name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo. In the Spanish language it is Cristóbal Colón. His Dad wove wool and sold cheese at a stand. In some of his own writings Columbus said the first time he took to the seas was when he was 10. Columbus was certainly not a scholar, but he was ambitious and liked to learn. He was also obviously very curious.

I think a lot of us who enjoy RVing share some of the same traits of Columbus. We enjoy the open spaces, have a natural curiosity, and enjoy learning about different places. We get a thrill out of seeing what is around the next corner, and over the next hill. There is excitement in planning a trip and executing those plans.

So as we recognize Christopher Columbus and his accomplishments, we need to perhaps renew our own spirit of adventure. We may need to recharge our sense of enthusiasm for seeing new places and discovering new places. It is natural, but many times RVers can fall into a routine of going back to the same places, seeing the same vistas. We can sometimes fall into habits that are a bit contrary to why we got an RV in the first place.

This Columbus Day, challenge yourself to explore someplace new and exciting in your RV. Take out a map and throw a dart or let your spouse choose the location. If you tend to go to the same places and see the same things, make a commitment to explore. After all, that is part of the joy of having an RV. Sometimes we just forget that.

If you are ready to move up to a Class A Minneapolis, Minnesota, we invite you to see us at PleasureLand RV. We have a great selection of new and used RV’s and each can serve as your own Santa Maria.

Tailgate Recipes for the Game of The Week

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Football season is in full swing. Whether you root for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Minnesota Vikings, or have another team of choice, it is time to tailgate and cheer that team on.

As the RV dealership Minneapolis relies on for sales parts and accessories, we see a lot of purple and gold this time of year. We also get a lot of requests for tailgate recipes. Here are a couple of unique but easy recipe ideas for your next tailgate party.

Grilled Potato Salad

Everybody like potato salad, but here is a new spin on an old favorite. You will need eight slices of bacon, four medium red potatoes (cubed), one large onion (white cut into one inch slices), potato salad dry rub and dressing.

Heat grill to a medium-high heat, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and reserve the drippings. Crumble bacon up. Add the potatoes and onion along with the dry rub to the drippings in the skillet. Coat and then remove the potato mixture. Next, in a grill wok or grill basket, grill the potato mixture with the grill lid closed for about 30 minutes but stir every five minutes.

When done, put the salad in a big bowl and add the potato salad dressing,toss, add bacon, serve warm and watch the crowd dig in!

Jalapeno Mustard Dipping Sauce

Add a little heat to your next tailgate party with this dipping sauce recipe. You will need ž cups of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of jalapeno pepper jelly, and ź cup of Creole mustard. Just mix all of the ingredients together until well blended. The dipping sauce can be served with chicken bites, jalapeno poppers or any of your favorite dipping food.

Enjoy the games this fall and into the winter. If you are already thinking about RV season next year, or are a year-round RVer who may be getting ready to head south, stop in and see us for the new line-up of 2014’s in stock or for parts and accessories. We are PleasureLand RV and we are the family owned RV dealership Minnesota can count on for great prices and quality products. Enjoy the season and the tailgating ahead!

October is National Pizza Month

Campfire Backcountry Pizza

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There are some food items that remain at the top of the “A” list throughout the years. Some tasty creations have their moment in the spotlight then fade away, but others continue to shine brightly. One such scrumptious item is an authentic pizza pie with all the toppings.

To show appreciation for this time-honored slice of culinary heaven, October is designated as National Pizza Month.

What this means for pizza aficionados is communities and pizza restaurants in cities around the US will be celebrating with special activities and deals. This is a win-win and, best of all, National Pizza Month runs through October 31, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a slice.

For RVers, you can take advantage of local activities and restaurants paying homage to this luscious pie or make your own and enjoy with friends, family, and other travelers around a roaring campfire.

Pepperoni Pizza

Ingredients needed for this campfire favorite is 1 lb of refrigerated pizza dough, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup thinly sliced pepperoni, 1/4 cup of your favorite pizza sauce and a pizza stone.

  • Place the pizza stone on a grill over a wood fire. Spread the wood around so the flames are at an even consistency and not too tall.
  • Roll out the dough and place on the stone. Cook for 10 minutes until brown.
  • Remove from the fire. Flip the dough over so the cooked side is up. Spread with sauce leaving a 1/2 inch area around the rim without sauce.
  • Add the mozzarella evenly.
  • Add the pepperoni.
  • Place the pizza – uncooked side down – on the stone. Create a tent with aluminum foil to cover the pizza.
  • Place on the grill and cook for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove and place on a cutting board. Let cool before slicing.

Backcountry Pizza

  • Place dough in a cast iron skillet and cook over fire for about 10- 20 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, pepper jack cheese, sun dried tomatoes and pepperoni or salami. Let cook until cheese is melted.

Make your plans for an October outing and include a pizza party to celebrate the pie. Before leaving, stop by PleasureLand RV Center for a service check and any accessories you need to make the trip a tasty one.

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2014 Grand Design Momentum Review

2014 Grand Design Momentum 355TH

The 2014 Grand Design Momentum is a good choice if you’re looking for a luxury RV at RV dealers in Minneapolis that can haul your toys and sleep a large family or group of guests in comfort. By taking your toys with you in a fifth wheel like the Momentum, you’ll be able to save on rental costs as you experience all the outdoor activities that Minnesota and surrounding areas have to offer.

Interior

The materials used in the Momentum include Solitude fabric, Beauflor linoleum that resembles wood, light carpet, and solid surface countertops. The decor fits in nicely with the solid cherry hardwood cabinet doors with hidden hinges. Depending on the floor plan, there’s either a kitchen island or kitchen peninsula with a stainless steel sink and high-rise faucet. A slide out on one side contains the 3-burner range with oven and large refrigerator, while the slide out on the other side contains a sofa bed that doubles as a dinette when using the stowable table. From here you’ll be able to sit back and watch the LED TV, which is mounted over a fireplace.

2014 Grand Design Momentum 355TH Interior

Next to the kitchen is a loft with a 30″ by 96″ bed, and the larger of the two floor plans also has an extra bathroom. In addition to the LED TV with home theater speakers in the living area, there’s another LED TV in the 8′ by 12′ garage, and you can watch this TV from the split bench seats that convert into a sofa bed. On the other side of the Momentum, the bedroom has wall-to-wall carpeting, a full walk-in closet, dresser, pull-out ottoman, and queen bed. The main bathroom is next to the bedroom and has a porcelain toilet, shower with seat, and vanity with raised bowl sink and mirrored medicine cabinet.

Exterior

With the Momentum Catalyst Package, you’ll get a 12″ I-Beam chassis with a large storage compartment, Equa-Flex adjustable suspension, two electric patio awnings, and a central vac system, among other things. Aluminum wheels and a high-quality paint job gives this fifth wheel an attractive look.

Options

  • Garage A/C
  • Rear screen wall enclosure
  • Rear awning
  • Bedroom TV

Floor Plans

2014 Grand Design Momentum 355TH Floor Plan

2014 Grand Design Momentum 385TH Floor Plan

Make sure to check out the inventory of 2014 Momentums available at Pleasureland RV Center for pricing and additional information.

October 5 is National Do Something Nice Day

One of the things we really enjoy about the RV lifestyle at PleasureLand RV Center is the people. It seems those that participate in the activity are genuinely nice and very helpful to each other. That’s why October 5th is a day that should easily be celebrated. What is being celebrated? It’s National “Do Something Nice” Day.

Not limited to RVers, of course, Do Something Nice Day is a day to simply do something nice for someone. It could be something small like offering a compliment or something major like giving away a pre-paid credit card. It got us thinking about some ways we could observe National Do Something Nice Day.

  • Offer to pay the check of the car behind you in a fast food drive-thru line.
  • Leave a thank you note to your mailman.
  • Include a scratch off lottery ticket with your tip at a restaurant.
  • Wash your spouse’s car.
  • Take some balloons to a nursing home.
  • Give a child a dollar in a dollar store.
  • Do a chore your spouse would normally do around the house.
  • Call someone just to tell them you love them.
  • Send a note of appreciation to your child’s teacher.
  • Make an effort to smile at everyone that day.
  • Send flowers to someone you know could use a pick-me-up.
  • Pay a toll for a car behind you.

No one seems to know the origin of National Do Something Nice Day, but it is certainly worth celebrating. We are sure you can think of your own ways to observe October 5th, and perhaps even beyond. Call it “paying it forward” or “random acts of kindness,” but we know RVers are pretty good at it.

PleasureLand RV is proud being the RV dealership Minnesota has come to rely on for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. With locations in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Willmar, and Brainerd, PleasureLand RV is family owned and operated. We invite you to visit and see our selection of new 2014 models in stock.

The First Week of October is National Get Organized Week

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As October dawns, the United States is preparing to celebrate “National Get Organized Week” once again. You don’t have to put off your big push for better sorting and storing until the New Year if you’re ready to tackle it now. As you clear off your desk and take steps to reclaim your dining room table, turn your attention to your RV for at least one day of the week. Making these six simple changes inside your recreational vehicle could make next year’s trips easier and more fun.

1. Get creative with hook and loop fabric. Tabs from brands like Velcro can help you keep remotes near your favorite seats, cabinet doors shut, and pet food dishes on the right spot of the floor.

2. Hang up more suspended storage solutions, especially in the kitchen. Two screws through a lid of a glass jar give you an ideal way to store spices or other dry goods without giving up any precious counter top or cabinet space.

3. Keep all of your emergency tools and supplies for the RV in the exterior or undercarriage storage areas. You don’t want to track mud through the interior just to search for that one tire tool you know you brought along.

4. Add shoe organizers everywhere. Two hooks are all you need to create an instant holder for hand tools, cosmetics, shampoos, kitchen utensils, or even shoes!

5. Utilize the back of doors, especially the front door. Keep long cleaning tools like brooms and mops mounted there so you can grab them immediately in case of a spill.

6. Introduce slide out drawers to your tables and any counters without cabinets below them. Just one or two thin drawers give you more space for storing cutlery, cutting boards, and other flat items.

You can also visit PleasureLand RV Center for space-saving devices designed specifically for RVs. There is no need to hunt down mini vacuum cleaners or specialty seat covers if you shop their selection first. If you are really in need of more space when you go on a trip, an upgrade to a larger class of vehicle may also be in order this year.

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