Making Custom Chocolates in Your RV

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With Valentine’s Day just last month, you might have had some gourmet chocolates recently. Aside from getting a box of assorted chocolates for Valentine’s, you can always go to a chocolatier, but that’s pretty expensive, sometimes a few bucks per piece.

If you want some decadent chocolate treats on the cheap and would love to customize them to your taste, this recipe is for you. It’s so easy you can even make them in your RV; all you need by way of special equipment is an ice cube tray and freezer!

Ice Cube Tray Chocolates

Makes: 1 ice cube tray (about 16 chocolates); Prep Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 1hr 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk, or dark chocolate, chips
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 6 soft caramel chews
  • 2 tbsp chopped, salted, roasted peanuts
  • 2 large marshmallows, cut in half and sides trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • Pastry brush
  • Ice cube tray

Directions

  1. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl.
  2. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals until melted (stir between each interval) should take about 90 seconds depending on your microwave.
  3. Spray the ice cube tray lightly with cooking spray, and use the pastry brush to coat all sides up to the top of the tray. Also, use the brush to remove any excess cooking spray so there is not a pool in the bottom of the trays.
  4. Fill the ice cube tray about ⅓ full with your choice of chocolate.
  5. Allow the chocolate to sit in the ice cube tray for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Tilt the trays and rotate to make sure that the melted chocolate coats all of the sides of the tray.
  7. Put your chocolate shells in the freezer for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate has slightly thickened, but is still liquid.
  8. Tilt the trays and rotate again to make sure that the melted chocolate coats all of the sides of the tray with a thicker coat of chocolate this time.
  9. Allow the chocolate to sit in the ice cube tray for 2-3 minutes until it is mostly set.
  10. While the chocolate is setting prepare the fillings. Take each caramel and mash in 1 tsp of peanuts so that it is well combined. Cut the marshmallows in half lengthwise and trim the sides to fit in the ice cube tray.
  11. Fill the chocolates with soft caramel chews and chopped peanuts, peanut butter, or marshmallows. Try to make sure that the filling stays in the center and does not touch the sides of the tray too much or the chocolates may stick in those spots when they are unmolded.
  12. If needed, refresh the melted chocolate by heating in the microwave for 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted again.
  13. Pour the melted chocolate over the filling until it is covered by a layer of chocolate.
  14. Tap the ice cube tray on the table to allow the air bubbles to escape and the chocolate to settle. Push down the marshmallows if they start to float to the top of the tray and show through the chocolate.
  15. Pour more melted chocolate over the filling if needed until it is covered by a layer of chocolate again.
  16. Clean the top of the ice cube tray so that you can see the partitions that separate the “cubes”. This will help prevent your chocolates from sticking together and help them to release from the tray when it is time to unmold them.
  17. Place the trays on a flat surface in the freezer for about an hour until the chocolate has hardened.
  18. Remove the trays from the freezer and allow to temper for about 5-10 minutes.
  19. Unmold the chocolates by lightly twisting the ice cube tray as if you were trying to release ice. Turn the tray upside down over a sheet tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper to catch the chocolates. You may need to lightly tap the bottom of the tray to coax the chocolates to release or you may need to twist the ice cube tray a few more times.

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Healthy Recipes to Make in Your RV

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Eating right while on the road can be hard to maintain. Try these delicious and healthy recipes in your RV instead of pulling over for fast food. They’re simple enough that you won’t have an excuse not to!

Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 skinless/boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (multi-colored if available)
  • 3 tablespoons oil and vinegar dressing
  • 20 olives (halved)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (crumbles)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Turn grill on medium-high heat.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken and place it on the grill.
  3. Grill for six minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked throughout.
  4. Combine tomatoes, 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing and olives in a skillet, and warm the combination for two minutes on medium heat.
  5. Brush the remaining dressing over the chicken and cut each breast into slices.
  6. Top with 1/4 cup of the tomato/olive mixture and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Make a dressing by combining the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and honey in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (kale, dried cherries, onion and sunflower seeds) to the large salad bowl and toss all of the ingredients with the dressing.
  3. Enjoy this tasty meal as a quick-and-easy lunch or light dinner.

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January Events

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Check out what Panama City has in store this January for RVers.

Snowbird Dance

If you’re down in Panama City to escape the cold of the north, head down to the Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center on January 8 or 22 to have a fun afternoon of dancing. Find out why all the other snowbirds flock to these themed dances. DJ Jim Lawson will set the atmosphere for you and your guests. Tickets can be purchased for just $3 at the door.

The dance is at 9600 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City, Florida and starts at 3:00pm.

Winter Resident Appreciation Day

If you’re in town spending the season in Panama City, there’s another event that has your name on it. This free event, located at the Lyndell Center at 423 Lyndell Lane, Panama City, Florida, takes place January 13 from 8-10 am.

Affectionately known as Donut Days, the annual appreciation day allows you to make new friends or even reconnect with old acquaintances as you enjoy free coffee and donuts. It’s a good way to meet fellow winter residents and to get information from visitor information specialists on seasonal events and activities taking place in Panama City in the near future.

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If you’re visiting Panama City and staying for the winter in your RV, be sure to stop by RV Connections at some point to make sure that your rig is in good shape and prepped to make the journey home when the time comes. We can also help you with parts and accessories if you need them.

Unbeatable Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Apple and cranberry crumble

Entrees and sides get a lot of praise at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but, to many, dessert is the best part. These two mouthwatering (and easy) desserts are guaranteed to be the stars of the show this Thanksgiving.

Festive Cranberry Cobbler

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries (partially thawed)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  3. Stir the cranberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar together.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup sugar and salt together in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk the milk and egg together, then whisk in the butter.
  6. Whisk the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
  7. Pour the batter into the skillet and sprinkle the cranberries on top.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch basic pie crust (in a pie plate)
  • 1 cup pecans

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the lowest position.
  2. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Stir the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in the melted chocolate.
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Lay the pecans evenly on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the pie has set. Let cool on a wire rack for 4 hours before serving.

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The 2016 Thor Hurricane

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If you’re looking for the most comfortable RV experience possible, it has to be with a Class A motorhome. The 2016 Thor Hurricane is perfectly suited to living your life on the road, especially if you’re considering making the move to full-time RVing.

The 2016 Thor Hurricane 29M

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This new 2016 Thor Hurricane 29M, now available at RV Connections, is a Class A gas. It’s 31 feet long with 1 slide out. The exterior color is Adobe Champagne and the interior is Sterling Mist.

The MSRP is $125,501, but with our RED TAG sale, you need only spend $84,995! That’s over $40,000 in savings!

The 29M Floorplan

The 29M floorplan comes loaded with great features and a comfortable and convenient design.

Enjoy outdoor comforts like a TV in a hideaway panel on the side next to an outdoor refreshment space, which includes a mini fridge, sink, and drawer and cabinet space.

The interior comes with a fully functional kitchen with plenty of counter and cabinet space, a deep sink, a 3-burner range and oven, an overhead microwave, and inset refrigerator and freezer.

A booth dinette with enough seating for four people at once is a wonderful place to take your meals. There’s a television mounted above the wall of the dinette and extra storage space beside.

Enjoy this television from the comfort of a loveseat to the side of the kitchen, right behind the cabin.

The bedroom comes with a queen sized bed, lots of cabinet space, an additional television, bedside tables, and a large closet.

The full bathroom includes a shower and is nice and spacious.

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The Place to Get Your Motorhome!

Looking for a new motorhome in northwest Florida? RV Connections Super Center of Panama City is the place to get it! We are NW Florida’s highest volume Class A motorhome dealership. Stop in today to tour one of these beauties

2016 Forest River FR3 30DS

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With an MSRP of $114,108.50, take advantage of the RED TAG special we have going on with this new model right now, which lowers the price to $79,998.

The 2016 Forest River FR3 30DS is a class A gas with a mocha interior and tan exterior. It comes in at 31 feet and 10 inches long, has two slide-outs, has a dry weight of 15223 lbs. and a gross vehicle weight of 18000 lbs.

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It includes an electric awning, outside storage, outside entertainment, passenger work station, power fold-away bunk, hide-a-bed sofa with footrests, 32″ LED TV in kitchen, gas stove top oven, stainless steel double kitchen sink, microwave, refrigerator, wrap around booth dinette, king bed, wardrobe, LED TV in bedroom, stainless steel bathroom sink and stand up shower.

2016 Tiffin Allegro 34PA

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With an MSRP of $178,263, take advantage of the RED TAG special we have going on with this new model right now, which lowers the price to $149,995.

A Class A gas motorhome, it has a vanilla bean interior, maroon coral exterior, 4 slide-outs, a dry weight of 19500 lbs. and a gross vehicle weight of 24000 lbs.

This 2016 Tiffin Allegro 34PA also includes:  Ford 252 WB, Mocha Cabinetry, (1) 15 HP FRT (1) 13.5 Rear, CB Antenna, Countertops/Backsplash Upgrade, Cooktop/Convection Microwave, Dinette Comp Workstation PS, Residential  Refrigerator w/4 Batteries & Ice Maker, In Dash Navigation System,  Front Overhead TV, 7.0 Onan Generator, Exterior Outside Entertainment, Power DS/PS Seat Lthrtt PS Ftrst, In Motion Satellite, Ride Assist-Summo Suspension, Lthrtt Sleeper AirCoil DS, Prep for Solar Panel, Memory Foam King Bed, Bedroom Ceiling Fan, Stacked Washer/Dryer, Fireplace and Central Vacuum System.

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Come by RV Connections Super Center in Panama City to tour any Class A motorhome we have in stock. Hurry in for these specials, they’re only available for a limited time!

DIY RV Hacks You Need to Know

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Living the RV lifestyle isn’t always easy. You’re forced to give up some of the luxuries you enjoy at home for a compact home on wheels. Although, you don’t have to have a massive Class A motorhome to enjoy your life on the road. These simple RV hacks will help ensure you and your fellow travelers are all happy campers.

1. Use a Towel Rod to Hold Bathroom Products in Place

Putting all of your bathroom products away before you hit the road can be difficult to remember, and those products can also crowd your small storage spaces. Screw a towel rod to the wall and place your products between the bar and the wall. They’ll stay organized and in place when you’re cruising down the road.

2. Use a Shoe Organizer for More Storage

Shoe organizers can hang from doors, walls, and they can even be cut to hang in compact places. They’re a perfect way to ensure your clothing, cleaning products and other supplies stay organized on the road without taking up your precious storage spaces.

3. Use Glow-in-the-Dark Tape on Your Entry Steps

Entry steps can be dangerous in the dark, but entry lights can be difficult and expensive to install. Place glow-in-the-dark tape on your steps, so you and your guests can easily avoid injury.

4. Save Free Condiments

When you’re living in a brick-and-mortar-home, you probably throw free condiments away. When you’re on the road in your RV, those extra ketchup, mustard and soy sauce packets can come in handy. They take up much less space than full-size bottles and are especially handy if your RV refrigerator is small.

5. Shop for RV Supplies at RV Connections

Our RV Connections online parts store is the perfect place to pick up all of the RV supplies you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle. Drop by RV Connections today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

September Events Around Panama City

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September is still sunny in Florida, so there’s no reason to slow down your fun! And Florida is teeming with fun things to do in September, so you’ll have no excuse to put your RV away just yet.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam – September 2-4

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day celebration of sun, fun and country music, will host its 4th annual festival on the shores of Panama City Beach from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, 2016.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will provide the best of today’s country music for an audience of more than 15,000 people on the coast. Festival-goers will watch their favorite performers as they stand on the white “sugar sand” beach and dip their toes in the water. With lodging packages, patrons can ride free shuttles to the stage at Frank Brown Park.

2016 Lineup:

Friday, September 2: Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith, A Thousand Horses, Mark Chesnutt, Dylan Scott, GalFridau Band

Saturday, September 3: Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Charles Esten, Darryl Worley, Craig Campbell, Chris Cavanaugh

Sunday, September 4: Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tyler Farr, Neal McCoy, Colt Ford, Kirstie Lovelady, Them Dirty Roses

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 17

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.

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If you’re in Florida this September, there’s no reason to stop having fun. Stop by RV Connections for RV sales, service, and accessories if you need anything RV related to keep your rig rolling. If you’re ready to start your RV adventures today, RV Connections can help you find the RV of your dreams.

Buying an RV

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In just a couple short months, it will be time to start thinking about going RVing for those who don’t like winter camping. This year, you may want to buy a brand new RV or trade in your used RV. Before you buy an RV or trade yours in, decide what type of RV you want. You can visit RV Connections Super Center to get some ideas, but there are several things to take into consideration.

Length/Towing Capacity

Before you buy a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you have to determine the towing capacity of your truck. You are limited by this, unless you buy a bigger truck. Check the towing capacity in the owner’s manual. Don’t forget, you need to figure the gross weight of the RV plus extra weight for the stuff inside and full holding tanks.

Number of People

Next, determine the most use for the RV. If you are taking only your family, then you need an RV that will sleep the number of people in your family. If you plan on going hunting or fishing with friends, take into consideration the number of people that will travel with you.

Use

If you have “toys” you like to bring with you, such as snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, you may want to consider getting a toy hauler. These are great if you want to bring a slew of friends with you, as the garage part usually has extra bunks.

Length of Trips

If you plan on taking longer trips, especially trips where you may not be hooking up to utilities, you may want to consider an RV with larger holding tanks. Typically, these sleep more people and require a heavy-duty truck.

Retiring?

If you plan on retiring in the RV and traveling the country, you definitely need something that you can live in for an extended time. You may want something that sleeps six for two people so you won’t feel so cramped after being in the RV for a couple of months.

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If you are not sure what would be best for your situation, stop by RV Connections in Panama City and discuss your needs with us. We can help determine whether you need a bigger truck for what you want or need, or help you choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but something your truck can tow.

August Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Panama City!

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Summer is the best time to be in Panama City, and August is the perfect time to take advantage before the season comes to a close. The city and its beaches are still booming with must-visit outdoor events, and the following are just a few you don’t want to miss this month.

Back to School Beach Bash

You don’t have to dread the back-to-school season when you’re at Panama City Beach. The Back to School Beach Bash will take place on Aug. 6, at Pier Park. The celebration will take place from 2 p.m., to 5 p.m., and will include crafts for the kids, food sampling from the park’s numerous tenants, a fashion show (featuring back to school fashion) and tons of other family-friendly events. There’s no more exciting way to handle the stresses of the back-to-school season.

St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers’ Market

Reserve your Saturdays throughout August for the St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers’ Market at Smith Yacht Basin. The market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and features locally made and farmed items from vegetables to hand-made soaps and countless other crafts. There’s no better way to explore the city’s waterfront area and historic St. Andrews before the busy summer season comes to a close.

Summer Concert Series

The summer concert series comes to a close on Aug. 11, and the final events are always some of the best. The free concerts at Aaron Bessant Park will take place on Aug. 4, and Aug. 11, and begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the summer music. The Dead 27’s, known locally for their coastal rock music, will play on Aug. 4, and the southern rock band Georgia Clay will close out the series on Aug. 11.

Keep Summer Going

Summer doesn’t have to end just because September is nearing. Enjoy summer year-round in luxurious, four-seasons RV from right here at RV Connections in Panama City.