Try This Light and Easy Fish Recipe

lemon butter salmon foil packet

Camping out, even if you’re in an RV, means that you’re expending lots of energy every day and that you’re probably eating pretty heartily. Maybe too heartily. If you want to scale back on your meals and eat something that’s filling but light, try these simple and easy salmon foil packets. The foil does most of the work. All you’ve got to do is prepare the ingredients, wrap them up, and let the oven cook them to delightful perfection.

LEMON & GARLIC BUTTER SALMON FOIL PACKETS W/ PINEAPPLE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 pineapple, halved and sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add honey, garlic and lemon. Whisk until the honey has melted through the butter and the mixture is well combined. Add one tablespoon chopped parsley, mix well and set aside.
  3. Cut 4 sheets of 14-inch length aluminum foil. Divide pineapple slices among sheets layering in center in an even layer and sprinkle with pepper. Arrange salmon fillets on top and drizzle with the honey lemon garlic butter sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with more chopped parsley.
  4. Pull sides of foil inward and seal then roll edges up, try to leave a little room for heat to circulate. Transfer the packets on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy with brown or white rice if desired and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with additional chopped parsley if you like.

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Games to Teach Your Dog on the Road

If you’ve got your dog traveling with you in your RV, they’re probably pretty well distracted by all the new sights, sounds, and smells on almost a daily basis. That being said, sometimes you might stop in at a campground or RV park for a longer stretch and your dog could get a bit bored.

If this ever happens, try teaching your dog a new game to play. Not only will they find it stimulating, but it will help strengthen your bond with your best friend.

Name Game Fetch

This game takes fetch to the next level. Not only will your dog have fun and tire himself out retrieving items, but they’ll learn some vocabulary to boot. You simply throw an item like you would during a normal game of fetch, but you’ll also name the item. Keep the names as simple as possible and consistent for maximum learning potential. Do this over and over again until your dog can successfully retrieve the right toy or item from a pile when you utter the word. Reinforce this learning with lots of treats.

Human Says

This is basically Simon Says for your dog. Run through all the tricks and commands your dog knows in a sequence. Vary up the order and pacing to keep your dog on his toes. Not only does this stimulate your dog’s brain, but it helps keep them brushed up on their repertoire of tricks.

Hide and Seek

If you’ve got a bigger group of people, whether your family or just some neighbors, you can get them together for a game of hide and seek starring your dog. Simply put your dog in the RV while everyone goes to hide in various spots around the campground/RV park, then unleash your dog to seek them out. To help keep your dog focused on task and give him a shot at finding people, you can instruct people to make small noises.

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Stop by RV Connections this winter to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not looking to upgrade your rig, you can still make sure that your RV is ready to travel with our service department at RV Connections in Panama City.

The Most Scenic Florida Beaches

This winter when the weather gets too cold up north, just point your RV down south. Florida is the perfect winter getaway. The weather’s warm, the beach is welcoming, and the views are spectacular. Here are some of the best beaches for snowbirding in Florida.

Destin

The white beaches and emerald waters of the Destin area, located in the panhandle, draw many tourists; the sand dunes are considered some of the whitest in the world and contrast strikingly with the water.

Islamorada

There’s no better place to escape the cold this winter than in Florida’s Keys. Islamorada, located just beyond Key Largo, offers turquoise ocean waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle-boarding, fishing and just about any water-based activity. The tropical town’s cool seaside restaurants, famous bars and cartoonish palm trees are enough to create an unforgettable spring break.

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola has gorgeous beaches, art galleries, shops and restaurants in historic buildings. The area’s also home to military attractions, including the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station. Pensacola is full of history too, being one of the oldest cities on the continent. In addition, you can climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for matchless views of the Gulf Coast.

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Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Hosting Christmas Dinner in Your RV

Taking a trip in your RV over the holidays doesn’t mean you need to skip Christmas dinner or eat it at a dingy roadside restaurant. Although the space may be a little tighter than at home, you’ve got all of the tools you need to cook a lavish meal right there in your motor home. It doesn’t have to be stressful either; get the whole family involved and let the great outdoors provide a backdrop for your best Christmas yet.

The Centerpiece

Although a turkey or ham may seem way too large to cook in your RV’s oven, there are a few alternative routes you can take to ensure the Christmas turkey or ham makes it to the table. You can always deep fry or grill your turkey or ham, but this means you’re forced to bring a grill and fryer with you. The best alternative to carrying around extra cargo is to buy turkey breasts or ham steaks instead of a full turkey or ham. Bake them in your RV’s oven for that traditional baked Christmas taste.

Grocery Shopping

It may seem obvious to stock your RV’s fridge with all of the supplies for Christmas dinner before you hit the road, but if you’ve got a few days in the vehicle before the holiday, early shopping isn’t such a great idea. If you’re headed to an area that will have grocery stores nearby, stop at one near your destination. Frozen pies can thaw and fresh breads can go stale after days of travel.

Use All of Your Options

It seems like most Christmas dinner fixings are cooked in the oven, but this is where you need to get creative. Choose side dishes that can be successfully cooked on the stove, in the microwave or even in a crockpot if you travel with one. If you have an outdoor kitchen, use it in addition to your interior RV kitchen, and don’t be afraid to buy a couple of fresh dishes from the supermarket’s deli if you’re short on cooking space.

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Stop by RV Connections this winter to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not looking to upgrade your rig, you can still make sure that your RV is ready to travel with our service department at RV Connections in Panama City.

Must Have RV Gadgets

Technology provides us with awesome new camping gadgets every year. And as much as many travelers try to steer clear of using too much technology in the great outdoors, these three camping gadgets are so useful, they’re hard to resist.

NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

If you’ve been using a Coleman solar shower or are simply disappointed with the water pressure from your RV’s exterior shower, you’ll fall in love with the NEMO Helio Pressure Shower. This unique shower, with attached foot pump, allows you to choose your desired water pressure for five to seven minutes. The 11-liter tank warms in the sun quickly, so you can enjoy a hot, high-pressure shower — without using your precious RV water tanks — in a matter of minutes.

Coronado Signature Series Recliner

Forget about picnic benches and cheap pop-up chairs, the Coronado Signature Series Recliner is the only outdoor chair you need at the campsite. The rich bronze weave mesh is easy to clean, durable and aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to put it away when it’s not in use. An adjustable headrest, heavy-duty reclining frame and supportive leg rest ensure you’re always comfortable at the campground.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Stove

Sick of dirtying the interior of your RV when you want to cook for friends and family? The portable Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Stove is easy to transport and easy to set up, so you can enjoy an outdoor kitchen even if your RV didn’t come with one. This awesome camp stove can cook for up to five hours on one 1-pound propane can, so you can enjoy your favorite meals without the mess.

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Tips for Florida RV Summer Storage

If you’re not going to be using your RV this summer or early fall, you’ll need to get it prepped for storage. Whether you are storing a motorized or non-motorized RV, the process is the same except for the extra steps you need to do for the engine in a motorized RV.

Plumbing

Empty the fresh water holding tank and the hot water heater. Turn the water pump and all of the faucets on to ensure that there is no water in the plumbing lines. Flush the toilet, ensuring that all of the water runs out. Empty the black and gray tanks. Leaving the black tank hooked up to the dump station, pour three or four buckets of water down the toilet to rinse the tank. If you have a tank rinse, you can skip that step and just run the tank rinse. Once you know all of the water is out of the system and all of the tanks are empty, turn the faucets off.

Cabinets

Remove all food, even canned food, from the cabinets. If you have a climate controlled storage area, you can leave the canned goods in as they won’t freeze and burst. Anything that is in containers that can be chewed through and anything that has an expiration date that is during the time your RV is in storage should be removed.

Materials

While your RV is in an enclosed storage, there is less chance that mice will get inside, but if the RV is in a carport-type storage or outside, store all pillows, blankets and other materials in plastic. Leave mattresses on the beds.

Generator

Add gas stabilizer to the generator’s gas tank. Run the generator for about 10 minutes to run the treated gas through the system. If the tank is easy to drain, remove the gas that is left in the tank; or run the generator until it runs out of gas if there is just a bit in the tank. Turn the fuel off.

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Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Try making this spicy shrimp pasta the next time you’re out in your RV this summer. Whether for lunch or dinner, you can eat this in the comfort of your RV or even take it to go on a picnic.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, without shells, and deveined
  • crushed red pepper
  • paprika
  • salt
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • half a cube chicken bullion
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz penne pasta

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook on one side for about 1 minute, until shrimp turns pink on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle the top of shrimp with crushed red pepper, paprika, and salt to cover every single shrimp. Using spatula, turn shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  2. Remove shrimp to a plate, being careful to leave all the oil in the skillet.
  3. To the same skillet, add chopped onion and minced garlic and cook on medium high heat in the olive oil that will have a nice reddish color from paprika and crushed red pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until onions soften.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and chicken bullion cube dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water. Add basil and oregano, mix, bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, mixing occasionally and crushing all tomatoes into very small bites, until the sauce reduces just a bit. Season with more red pepper and salt, if needed. At the end, while on simmer, add heavy cream, mix it in, and immediately remove from heat.
  5. Add back the shrimp and pasta. Mix everything well to combine. Reheat on low simmer, if needed. Do not bring to boil or high heat as it might affect the sauce texture. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. When serving, I like to sprinkle the top of pasta with just a touch of crushed red pepper.

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Try These Vivid Fish Tacos this Summer

Vivid both visually and in taste, these fish tacos are the perfect companion to a summer day spent on the Gulf with your RV. Whip them up for lunch or dinner and enjoy with your favorite cold beverage for a refreshing and easy meal.

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

Ingredients

For the fish:
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound white fish, about 3 or 4 fillets
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
For the Chipotle-Lime Crema:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Toppings:
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce

Directions

For the fish:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, onion and garlic powder. Sprinkle both sides of each fish fillet evenly with the seasoning.

  2. Heat coconut oil in pan over medium-high heat until HOT.

  3. Lay fish fillets in pan and cook for 5 minutes without turning.

  4. After 5 minutes, flip fish and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes, or until fish begins to flake.

  5. Remove pan from heat and flake the fish with a fork. Serve fish on warm corn tortillas, top with lettuce, cilantro, radishes, and chipotle lime crema.

For the Chipotle Lime Crema:
  1. Mix all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

  2. Chill in fridge until ready to eat.

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How to Conquer Any Solo Hike

Hiking man or trail runner looking at mountains

Hiking is generally best done in groups or with at least a buddy. This is, besides the company, done purely for the fact that having a buddy is a safeguard against mishap. If one of you has an accident, your hiking partner can offer immediate assistance or flag down aid.

If, however, you’re traveling alone, you shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying the numerous hiking opportunities you’re bound to encounter. Simply follow these tips to conquer any hiking trail by yourself.

Know Your Limits

Extra important when you’re alone, knowing your limits and abiding by them will keep you fresh and alert. Knowing what you can and can’t handle will keep you safe. If you think scrambling up a hill will save you time and you know you can do it, go ahead. If you’re not confident in doing it, no pressure. Find another route.

Be Extra Aware of Your Surroundings

Two pairs of eyes are better than one, but you won’t have that benefit. Make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings and that you note any potential hazards. This includes uneven terrain that might trip you up (like hidden potholes or exposed roots) and local wildlife. Wildlife, specifically, is something you should familiarize yourself with. Know the local species and know which ones pose danger to a single person.

Have a Well-Stocked Kit

Be prepared for anything by having a well-stocked pack. Make sure that you have a poncho for rain, an extra pair of clothes in case something happens and you need to change, more water than you think you’ll need, non-perishable high protein snacks, a flashlight, and an extra layer of clothing in case the weather turns cold or you have to spend a night outdoors.

Let Someone Know Where You’re Going

Let someone know where you’re going, how you plan to get there, and how long you expect you’ll be out. Just because you don’t have a buddy along with you on the hike itself doesn’t mean you can’t have someone watching your back. This person can be a neighbor at your campsite, a park ranger, or even a family member or friend back home. Tell them you’ll check in with them by a certain time and that, if you fail to do so, to take steps to find you.

Visit RV Connections Super Center

Before you hit the road in search of hiking trails to conquer, be sure to stop by RV Connections to schedule service and have a technician check your rig for any problems that may cause you problems on your trip. RV Connections can also help you find your next RV if it’s time to upgrade or if you’re just getting into the RV lifestyle.

Healthy Recipes to Make in Your RV

Healthy kale and quinoa salad

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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