Have You Ever Had Sopapilla Cheescake?

When we go camping with the family, my son-in-law loves to cook in his Dutch ovens over the open fire and I have to admit, he has come up with some great meals. We tried a recipe I had found a few weeks ago in the Houston Chronicle and it was delicious…Sopapilla Cheesecake. The only thing we would change about this recipe would be to reduce the sugar just a little. It was great and would have been even more delicious with a small scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, the next morning, the cold cheesecake was a great mid morning snack. And, no I do not count the calories on a camping trip (lucky, most of my camping trips aren’t long ones or I’d be huge)


From Peggy Koonce Box

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

2 cups sugar (we would cut this down by 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Place 1 can crescent rolls in bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan sprayed with oil. Mix softened cream cheese with 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Spread cream cheese mixture over rolls. Lay second can of rolls over top of cream cheese layer. Melt butter and pour over rolls. Mix 1 cup of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Note: We doubled the recipe to fill a 5-quart Dutch oven.

Houston TX;Need to Get Away?

With eight state parks, The North Shore Drive of northeastern Minnesota, with its eight state parks, rocky backdrops, and vast inland coast, makes this destination unlike any other. The Lake Superior shoreline is a welcome place for snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country due to its yearly snow covered countryside.

The crown jewel of northeastern Minnesota is the North Shore State Trail System.  It extends all the way from Duluth to Grand Marias. A 153-mile system along Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains is full of various terrain.  From ridgelines, hillsides or woodlands, it is a sledders dream. View staggering cliffs over the forested, rocky shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake or listen to ice sheets crack and grind their way along the waves crashing by the glacial shoreline.
The “Lake Superior Ice Train” is known as this since it seems like a crumbling building. But be cautious while observing, because ice storms are known to roll through the area. Make sure though that you stop along the cliffs edge and catch that amazing sunset.

Need a Refresher on RV Driving?

Have you ever taken a refresher course on driving your RV? We found a video that will refresh your mind on things you may have forgotten.

Professor of RVing, Jim Twamley, narrates this video. There are some pretty good tips here so listen closely!

If you have more questions about driving an RV, come by and see me. I bet I can help you out.


Does your RV Have “Definition” ?

If were gonna be exact it’s HI-Definition TV.. If you are looking for something different for your outside entertainment you may think of purchasing a brand new hi-def entertainment system.. If you happen to be handy and understand a combination of carpentry, electronics and audiophile gibberish, then by all means, have a crack at upgrading your RV.

Now, all kidding aside, if you’re completely comfortable with mounting flat screen TVs give it a try. However if you still own a VHS player…wait, even better. If you still own a VHS player and STILL haven’t discovered how to keep it from flashing 12:00 am, then you’d better leave it to a professional.


Want to Experience Freedom? Try RVing

If you’re looking for new vacation experiences, then it might be worth your while to investigate a RV. Interestingly, even with the downturn in the economy RVing has been becoming increasingly popular.Just take a look around you, there are more RVs on the road these days and there are a number of reasons for this.
Since money is a major concern these days, people are being more cautious of how much they are spending on extra curricular activities like vacations. Weekend breaks and holidays tend to involve a considerable amount of expense, so it makes sense to think about how costs could be reduced in this area.
Its a know fact that the major cost incurs from travel and accommodation expenses which can add up financially.
Of course, RV vacations should not merely be seen as a money-saving exercise. There are countless reasons to take an RV Trip.. In particular, many RV owners  will state that they enjoy the thought of having an increased sense of freedom.
Having an RV you are allowed the freedom to venture out further in your own time.. You can also create a more flexible holiday, moving from place to place with a real opportunity to discover new regions and areas, again, entirely at your leisure.

Some would definitely say that there is a sense of freedom associated with RV vacations that simply do not compare to other travel options. There’s a real community spirit included with these trips, as many enthusiasts (like us) enjoy sharing their experiences.
There is almost no limit to where you can go in your RV. It’s become extremely easy for more people to enjoy the luxury of owning a RV since it more affordable for every budget.Have you experienced other benefits by joining the RV Community?

Rving Can Still be Fun in the Winter

Winter is just around the corner and that means we have to think about our RV before the weather man says “freeze tonight.”    Take time in November to drain the tanks, add RV antifreeze and make sure your RV is ready for the winter!


Does the winter weather mean you travel less in your RV?  We have found that some of the winter weekends have been the best RV adventures, but I know that many of you close up your RV for the winter.  Don’t make the same mistake I did when I left unopened food items in the vehicle all winter.  Take time now to take all the chips, crackers, cereal and rice out now before one of nature’s little critters finds a way to get to it during the winter months.  A small field mouse can get into the tiniest hole and make a big mess.  A little hint I heard about recently was to place fabric softener sheets in all of your cabinets and drawers because animals and bugs hate it.  Sounds like it’s worth a try!


Have You Made an RV Bucket List?

Our family never really announced that we all had a bucket list until last year when we traveled to Fort Davis, Texas (this had been our son in law’s dream and we let him make the plans).  With the exception of the 12 hour drive, it was all wonderful and we saw so many things we never really thought about making plans for in the past.  From Marfa light to the McDonald Observatory and the Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio, we had a memorable experience and the grand kids are now all thinking about “bucket lists”


The one thing we found helpful was writing all these destinations down on paper.  RV owners are so lucky because we can simply follow our list, stop when we want and enjoy the country side.  After you write down some of your ideas, take time to locate them on your map. This makes it so much easier when you’re traveling somewhere and you realize that the Blue Bell Creamery is only about 20 miles out of your way and well worth the detour.  Add to your bucket list every time you read a new article or hear an RV owner tell a story about their recent trip.  Most of all, make it a family thing and ENJOY!!


Has your Keystone RV Decals Rubbed off?

I love our Montana Fifth Wheel and am a big fan of the Montana product, but the decals have been a real problem on this one and the last one we owned.  I did find that Keystone has been very helpful by sending us new decals.  Apparently they had a real issue a few years ago with all of their decals, something out of their control, and they are still hearing from owners today with peeling decal issues.  I have heard that if you keep a good coat of wax on your RV it will prevent this peeling, but we were too late and one of ours was bad on the Mountaineer so we had it removed and buffed out.  You can see a slight discoloration on the front cap where this was removed but the sun has to be shining in just the right angle to see it.  Don’t let the decal ruin your Keystone RV experience, call Keystone RV and see what they can do.

UPDATE: May 30th, If you are still searching for new Keystone decals you can contact Retail parts sales at Keystone RV at 866-425-4369. They should be able to help you out.


Did RV Antifreeze Eat the Anode Rod in your Water Heater?

That may sound a little silly, but thousands of RV owners winterized their RVs and added RV antifreeze a few months ago.  Now it’s Spring and time to do a little Spring maintenance on your RV.  If you have a Suburban water heater take time now to unscrew the drain plug and look at the anode rod.  If it looks like a skinny clothes hanger wire, then it’s time to invest in a new anode rod.  For less than $20 you can replace the anode rod and extend the life of your water heater.  The anode rod attracts the corrosive elements in water.  RV antifreeze and minerals in tap water eat away at the anode rod and when the anode rod is gone, it starts eating the interior of your water heater and, before you know it, you’re spending a lot more than $20. When replacement is necessary, unscrew the old one and insert the new one.

Want more information? Check out this video:


Cheese Rollups

If you need something quick and easy and yet tasty try this great treat. This is something the whole family will enjoy. If you have never tried it make it on your next trip and let us know how you liked it!!


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 jar pepper salsa
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 pkg. flour tortillas

Mix all but flour tortillas together with hand mixer. Spread thinly on flour tortillas. Roll up the tortillas, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. After they are chilled, cut into 3/4 inch slices.