Healthy Recipes to Help Keep the New Year’s Resolutions

Eggs In Basket

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If you enjoy RV traveling and one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy, combine the two with easily prepared recipes without all the additives. Eating healthy while camping is easier than you might think with the help of one main ingredient; the protein-packed egg.

To make cooking fun and efficient, visit PleasureLand RV for a look at our cooking accessories. Not only will your indoor or outdoor kitchen be well equipped, you’ll earn reward points for your purchases.

Sun-Dried Tomato with Feta and Spinach Omelet

  • Combine 2 large eggs with a dash of black pepper and kosher salt. Set aside.
  • Melt 1/2 tsp unsalted butter over medium heat in a nonstick skillet.
  • Pour egg batter into pan covering the bottom. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until set.
  • Top with 1/2 cup chopped spinach, 2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese.
  • Fold the egg over the mixture.
  • Use a spatula to detach the omelet from the pan.
  • Slide the omelet to a plate and serve with a side of turkey bacon.

Curried Egg Salad Sandwich

  • Bring 8 large eggs to a boil in a covered pot. Remove from heat and let sit for about 12 minutes.
  • Rinse the eggs using cold water then remove the shells.
  • Chop the eggs and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1 tsp curry powder.
  • Fold the eggs into the mayo mixture along with 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives and a dash of black pepper and kosher salt.
  • Top four slices of pumpernickel bread with lettuce and the chicken salad.
  • Serve with your favorite chips.

Spaghetti with Eggs, Herbs and Chilies

  • Cook enough spaghetti to serve 4. Approximately 3/4 of a box. Drain and return pasta to the pot.
  • Warm 3 tbsp olive oil with 2 sliced cloves of garlic and 1 thinly sliced red chili pepper in a saucepan. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add mixture to the pasta along with 1/2 cup of fresh herbs. Mix thoroughly.
  • In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook 4 eggs to your desired preference.
  • Serve pasta topped with an egg and garnished with Parmesan.

Make every trip a culinary adventure with healthy recipes and the means to prepare them from the cooking accessories available at PleasureLand RV.

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2014 Thor A.C.E.

A.C.E. : Class A Motorhomes

The Thor A.C.E. motorhome gives you the best of what both Class C and Class A motorhomes have to offer and combines them into one. The 2014 A.C.E. lineup comes in 4 different floor plans ranging from 28 to 31 feet and combines the driving ease of a Class C with convenient features and a spacious design.

Interior

As you step into an A.C.E., you’ll see a closet conveniently placed by the door to store items and hang your coats up. The cabinetry comes in either Olympic cherry or Vintage maple and is complemented by one of three decor options. The residential linoleum flooring adds to the look and is also easy to clean. Along with the slideout, an 84″ high vinyl ceiling gives the interior an open feel.

2014 Thor A.C.E. Interior

The furniture (including the captains chairs) in the A.C.E. is scratch-resistant leatherette, and the sofa converts into a comfortable bed. Additional bedding is provided with the drop-down bed over the cab. You’ll also have a queen or king bed with designer headboard in the bedroom, and bunk beds are added in the largest model. In the bathroom, the curved shower curtain gives you more space.

The galley has a gas cooktop, double-door refrigerator, microwave, and deep-bowl sink with goose-neck faucet that is functional and also accents the laminate countertops. And depending on the floor plan, a 26″ or 32″ HDTV in the living area comes standard. In addition to unique features like a large mirror above the driver’s seat, the A.C.E. has unique pet-friendly features as well.

Exterior

Built to drive like a large SUV, the A.C.E. has a Ford Chassis with Triton V-10 engine. Bilstein shocks provide a smooth ride, and 4-wheel power disc brakes provide safety in less-than-ideal road conditions. Welded tubular steel floors and aluminum walls give the A.C.E. strength and durability. A full color gel-coat exterior finish with graphics makes this a fine-looking motorhome. Convenient features on the outside include a power awning and shower.

Options

Add a 19″ TV in the bedroom and a 32″ exterior TV. You can upgrade to a 15K BTU A/C also.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center, your local RV dealership Minnesota, to find out more about the 2014 A.C.E.

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National Hobby Month

January is an important month. It brings in the new year and new resolutions, and it celebrates the extracurricular activities we enjoy doing. National Hobby Month is ALL month long (hence the name) and this year we are going to kick it into high gear and enjoy the things we really love, such as RVing.

First, we need to decide what your hobbies include. Besides hitting the open road in your trailer and traveling around the country, what are some activities you can do during your journey?! Luckily for us, Minnesota offers it all. Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” it is optimal real estate for outdoor fun!

Maybe this year you are going to pick up golf or, if you are an avid golf player, you’d like to venture out and try a few new courses. With over 500 golf courses available there is no need to travel outside state lines. Whether you’re  looking for an easy-paced game or one that challenges your putting skills, you are bound to find one course that fits your wants and needs.

The beautiful terrain of this great state is perfect for anyone who is looking for some outdoors fun. If you are into hobbies that are calming and relaxing, then fishing should be on your list this year. With the abundance of lakes scattered throughout the state, traveling to a new campground destination with the fishing poles loaded up would be a peaceful way to spend this month.

Have you ever thought about collecting? While you are traveling around this month, pick up a souvenir at each rest stop or destination. Attach a story to each item and document it in a scrapbook or on the computer. See how many different items you can come back with. Or, if you are traveling outside of the state you could start collecting stamps. Each new destination you travel to, buy a stamp that depicts that states symbol. Let it represent what each state is known for. Maybe find a stamp with a casino chip on it for Nevada, or a bluebonnet for Texas. See how long it takes you to collect 49 stamps! Assuming you won’t be traveling by RV to Hawaii, though that would be fun!

Cooking is even considered a hobby. While out on your Pleasureland RVing adventures you could create meals representing the areas you’ve traveled. If you are down south, use the space you have in your trailer to cook cajun food or comfort food. If your travels take you towards the New England area you could learn how to perfect a clam chowder recipe. This hobby would spice up your meals and is another way to give your journey a little zest.

Wherever you are headed this month, let Pleasureland RV know about your hobbies and travels. We would love to hear what other hobbies others enjoy — happy National Hobby Month!

 

 

Minnesota Events in January

1940 Winter Carnival Ice Palace, St. Paul, Minnesota

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One of the best things about buying a new or used recreational vehicle from PleasureLand RV is the opportunity to enjoy events scheduled in Minnesota in January. With a quality travel trailer, motorhome, truck camper, or pop-up, you’ll be equipped with the perfect RV for 2014 adventures.

Monticello Frostbite Challenge

This fun event scheduled for January 11 and 12 is definitely for snow enthusiasts. On January 11, play a round of snow golf or participate in the Medallion Hunt and on January 12, enter the fishing contest or stop by and see the vintage snowmobile show and swap meet.

Arctic Fever Winter Fest

Located in Shorewood near South Lake Minnetonka January 17-19, families will enjoy a host of winter activities and events. Most are free and include fun entertainment such as sleigh and horse rides, bowling on ice, dog sled rides, ice sculpting and bonfire.

Bloomington’s Winter Fete

Experience the 11th Annual Winter Fete January 18 – January 26 in Bloomington. There will be plenty of free excitement throughout locations in the city including sledding, ice skating, hockey games, broomball and much more. Other events include the Ice Harvest Festival, ski jumping for beginners, Nordic Ski Jumping Competition, Winter History Festival, and more.

Saint Paul Winter Festival

Make plans to attend the 128th celebration of this winter event that began in 1886. The festival runs January 23 through February 2 with fun activities including the Dogsled Race, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, Torchlight Parade, Snow Sculpting and Carving, Art Exhibits, Klondike Kate Cabarets and Kids Day.

Beer Dabbler Festival

Part of the Saint Paul Winter Festival, this tasty event is for 21 and over only on January 25. Sample over 150 national, local and regional craft beers while enjoying gourmet food from area food trucks and live music. A Silent Disco is also on the agenda.

Fergus Falls Frostbite Festival

End the month with this “cool” festival running January 31 through February 2. Celebrate the season with indoor and outdoor ice skating, chili/soup cook-off, Sertoma Ice Fishing Derby and SuperBowl parties, pancake breakfast and music.

Call us at PleasureLand and let us show you around. Take a look at the inventory or if your RV needs servicing, make an appointment for a little TLC from our expertly trained technicians.

5 Places to Travel in 2014

Virginia State Capitol - Richmond, Virginia

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With four convenient locations in Minnesota to serve you, family-owned PleasureLand RV Center can help make your dreams come true with a new or used recreational vehicle. With our extensive inventory along web specials and financing, our staff will have you ready to ride to top travel destinations in 2014 in an RV customized to fit your budget and lifestyle.

Richmond, Virginia

In 2014, many of the battles that took place during the Civil War will be celebrating their 150th anniversary. The south is full of hospitality and history and when visiting Richmond, you’ll experience it all along with museums, breweries, quaint restaurants, and white water rafting for outdoor enthusiasts.

Chicago, Illinois

If you want to enjoy Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, then head to the Windy City. Chicago has everything from beaches and boating to music fests and comedy clubs. RV parks are about an hour away at Grass Lake Marina and RV Resort in Antioch and Fish Lake Beach in Volo, but worth the drive to experience all Chicago has to offer.

Palm Springs, California

The retro architecture, cool atmosphere and a desert oasis just outside the city limits beckon travelers. Just a few of the attractions include San Jacinto Peak, PS Aerial Tramway, Cabazon Dinosaurs, Palm Springs Walk of Stars and Plaza Theatre. RV parks near Palm Springs include Two Springs RV Resort, Emerald Desert RV Resort, Sky Valley Resort, and Happy Traveler RV Park.

South Florida

Florida has an array of attractions, activities, water sports, fresh seafood, and a diverse environment resulting in the best traditional cuisine to be found. The south Florida region includes Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. No matter which location you choose, you’ll have access to museums, nightlife, casinos, kids attractions, fishing, boating, scuba diving and so much more, along with numerous RV camping locations.

Rivera Nayarit, Mexico

Pack up your RV and head to the border. The sun-drenched 192-mile expanse is lined with small towns, pristine beaches, hiking, wildlife viewing, and for the adventurer, surfing and snorkeling opportunities. RV camping is available at the fully equipped Sol Tierra RV Park located in the heart of Rivera Nayarit, just minutes from Puerto Vallarta.

Contact PleasureLand RV for all your RV needs from new and used rides and accessories to routine service and winter storage.

December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day

Cookie, Anyone

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There are some national days you just don’t want to miss out on and National Bake Cookies Day is definitely on the list. What better way to spend the day than celebrating with the sweet goodness of your favorite cookies on December 18.

Cookies made their debut in the US in the 17th century and have been going strong ever since. The word cookie, in its original Dutch pronunciation “koekje,” means little cake. The koekje came about when Dutch bakers tested oven temperatures with a small portion of cake batter. After a while, they determined the test cakes were delicious on their own and the “cookie” was born.

If you’re thinking about making travel plans during this time, stop by PleasureLand RV for any last minute accessories including cookbooks with some tasty recipes.

To celebrate National Cookie Day, whip up a batch of quick and easy goodies like these.

Snickerdoodles

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix together 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup softened margarine or butter.
  • Add 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 tsps. cream of tartar and stir.
  • Shape the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls.
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 2 tsps. cinnamon.
  • Roll the dough balls in the sweet mixture and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Dutch Almond Boterkoek

A delicious butter cake bar cookie perfect for celebrating koekje day.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan or 9 x 12 jelly roll pan.
  • Blend 1 1/4 cups brown sugar with 1 cup margarine or butter. Add 1 tsp. almond extract.
  • Sift 2 cups all purpose flour and add to the sugar mixture. Blend well.
  • Separate one egg and add the yolk to mixture. Mix well.
  • Place and press the dough into the pan.
  • Lightly beat the egg white and pour over the dough as a glaze.
  • Sprinkle the dough with slivered or flaked almonds.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Cool then cut into bars.
  • Makes two dozen bars.

Contact our staff at PleasureLand RV or stop by and visit our showroom of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers, and more.

8 Must Have Stocking Stuffers for the RV Fan in your Life

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Instead of toothbrushes, socks, and other traditional (not-so-exciting) stocking stuffers, try giving the RV fan in your life something different this year. At PleasureLand RV Center – your go-to RV dealer in Minnesota – we’ve got all of the stocking stuffers to make this the best Christmas yet. The following are a few of our favorites from our online RV accessory catalog, but don’t forget to stop by to see everything we have in stock.

Coghlan’s Tele-Fork

A fork that extends from 12 inches to 42 inches. Perfect for warming a snack over the fire or stealing food off your brother’s plate.

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Stainless Rim Cup

The perfect cup for every aspect of camping from coffee in the morning to hot cocoa before bed. Choose from a variety of colors, so each camper can distinguish his own.

Bowling Dice By Fundex Games, LTD

Bowl every night right in the comfort of your RV with this dice bowling game. It’s a fun and competitive game for the whole family and a great alternative to TV.

Camco RV Window Thermometers

Dual thermometers so you can check the temperature on both sides of your vehicle. Know the temperature in the sun as well as the shade, then go out and play.

Camco Ditty Bag Set

Three water-repellent bags in varying sizes to keep your accessories organized and safe from the elements. Great as toiletry bags, jewelry storage and so much more.

Camco Camp Saw

A tool that’s useful outdoors as well as around the house. The 10-inch saw blade can cut through wood, drywall and even PVC pipe.

Coghlan’s Fire Lighters

A great survival tool that all campers love. Use these sticks to start a fire without matches, kindling or paper. Even better than matches, these fire lighters burn for about seven minutes, so you can get a fire started every time.

Custer FL20 LED Flashlight

Every RV enthusiast needs a proper headlamp for exploring around the campsite at night. This lamp by Custer Products offers an LED bulb for extra strength and a longer-lasting shine.

December 4th is Santa’s List Day

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Santa’s List Day is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to complete your Christmas list and drop it in the mail to the North Pole. Although Dec. 4th is only a couple days away, it’s not too late for you to come to PleasureLand RV to start making your list for Santa. Whether you’re asking for a brand new RV, new tires or games to play around the campfire, we’ve got all of them and everything in between.

New and Used RVs

Fill your list with some luxury gift ideas from your favorite family-owned Minnesota RV dealership – PleasureLand RV. We’ve got an incredible showroom full of everything from high-end Class A motorhomes to toy haulers, fifth wheels, popup campers, truck campers and even destination trailers. We love the RV lifestyle so much, we keep our prices as low as possible, so you can experience it too.

Parts and Accessories

Don’t forget to gather some gift ideas from our extensive parts and accessories department offering everything from stocking stuffers to the biggest gifts under the tree. We’ve got all of your favorite camping supplies, RV cookbooks, coolers, safety products, plumbing products and just about any item you could need or want in your home on wheels.

Need to cover the kids’ lists too? We’ve got tons of fun outdoor games, card games and even model RV collectibles and action toys, so your kids can be as excited about each RV vacation as you are.

Service and Maintenance

Although you can’t wrap them and put them under the tree, RV repairs and maintenance are the perfect Christmas gifts. Save yourself and your family some of the stress of squeezing in all of your RV repairs before you hit the road for a big trip, and have them done now.

Even better, have PleasureLand RV install some upgrades on your vehicle like new tires, a new generator or even body work. We’re the best place to have your RV serviced in Minnesota, so be certain to ask Santa to bring your “home away from home” in for a Christmas tune up.

Give Thanks in Your RV This Year

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When envisioning Thanksgiving, you probably imagine spending the day at home, cooking meals in a spacious kitchen and eating at a large dining room table. You may have chosen not to spend Thanksgiving traveling in your RV, because there simply isn’t enough space, and you don’t want to give up that delicious turkey dinner.

Well, it’s time to change tradition. With a few slight alterations to your cooking habits and dining room table, you can easily have your turkey and eat it too.

Get Creative

The lack of oven space in an RV is just not suitable for a full-size turkey, but that doesn’t mean you need to scrap your main course. Choose turkey breasts instead. Two of them will easily fit into an RV oven, and you’ll still get that delicious baked turkey taste.

Trade oven-baked sides for ones you can throw on the grill, stove-top or even in the microwave. Vegetables, mashed potatoes and boxed stuffing can all be cooked on a stove-top, but don’t be ashamed if you end up buying a couple of sides at the deli.

Don’t forget dessert. Frozen pies can be found at a local supermarket, but why not have s’mores for dessert this year? That’s a new tradition your family is certain to love.

Eat Outside

There may not be enough space in your RV for everyone to sit at one table and give thanks, so give yourselves some elbow room and enjoy your meal outside. If you’ve got outdoor furniture, that’s always a plus, but a picnic table is an excellent place for a family dinner too.

Make a Few Stops

Stop at pumpkin patches and farmer’s markets on the way to your destination. Use these stops as an opportunity to stretch your legs, pick up some fresh veggies and grab a few small pumpkins or gourds for decoration.

Pleasureland RV Center

Stop by your Minnesota RV dealer – PleasureLand RV Center – to buy a new or used fifth wheel, travel trailer or motorhome this holiday season. And if you need any maintenance done before you hit the road for Thanksgiving, our parts and service department has you covered there too.

Veterans Day Bargains on the Road

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It’s Veterans Day, and whether you’re on the road or awaiting your next RV adventure, it’s a day to give thanks to our country’s veterans and active service members.

To honor all of our country’s veterans, PleasureLand RV Center wants to give you a heads-up on some of the best deals offered to veterans today.

Whether you’re into shopping until you drop or just pulling over for a nice meal, these restaurants and retailers want you to stop by, so they can say “thanks” with free food and huge discounts.

Retail Deals

Many retailers honor Veterans Day by offering special discounts to veterans and active servicemen, so take a moment to stop and thank yourself.

  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store extends their employee discount to all veterans, active servicemen, and reserves. Law-enforcement officers and emergency personnel are included too.
  • Fashion Bug offers a 20 percent discount on clothing purchases for military personnel and spouses.
  • Sport Clips offers free haircuts to veterans and active servicemen today.
  • It’s Veterans Day everyday at Home Depot. They offer a 10 percent discount to veterans today and every other day of the year.

Restaurant Deals

You won’t be cooking hot dogs on the fire tonight. If you’re traveling with a veteran, pull your motor home over and enjoy a nice sit-down meal for a huge discount.

  • Texas Roadhouse offers free meals to veterans until 4 p.m., so stop and enjoy a late lunch or early dinner.
  • Subway offers a free 6-inch sub or flatbread to vets all day today.
  • What’s the best appetizer at Outback Steakhouse? The Bloomin’ Onion, and all vets get one and a beverage free today.
  • Applebee’s is giving a free meal from a limited menu to all veterans and military personnel today.

Before You Go

Call ahead to ensure the store or restaurant in your area is honoring the Veteran’s Day deal featured above, and most of all, don’t forget your military ID.

After You Eat

Come by PleasureLand RV, your go-to RV dealership in Minnesota, to check out our huge selection of new and used motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels. We’d love to personally thank you for your service to our country.

Happy Veterans Day!