5 UNPLUGGED ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS

One of our favorite things about RVing has to be the time spent unplugged with our kids.  Our daily life consists of being highly connected online, so when we have the opportunity to bring simplicity back into our fast-paced lifestyle, we jump all over it.

We have compiled a short list of some of the most recent tech-free activities we have done with our girls.  If any of these stand out to you as an option for your family, perfect; if you have any other great projects to add, let us know in the comments!

 

1) The Pet Rock 2.0

While at a new campground in Arizona, the girls collected a bucket full of rocks they wanted to “sell” to neighboring campers.  We quickly put the brakes on their entrepreneurial idea because it didn’t seem to have a great moral agenda.   Instead, we suggested turning their favorite rocks into modern versions of pet rocks (circa Gary Dahl 1975).  Armed with a few colors of paint I purchased at the local hardware store we set out to make some pets.

 

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CAST IRON CAMPFIRE PIZZA

When I was growing up Friday night was pizza night!  When raising my own family, I followed that tradition, so it’s no surprise that when I arrive at the campground on a Friday night, I want pizza! Two years ago, I made it my mission to perfect cast iron pizza at the campground. I watched videos, tried different methods, and studied the masters of campground cuisine. There was a lot of trial and error; some edible, some not. Here’s what I learned.

 

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DAD’S BEST BROWNIES

One of many fond memories I have of my late dad was his love for cooking and baking. He and I would make these brownies together quite often and they never lasted long. I continue to make this recipe now for my kids, reliving the experience of baking with my dad each and every time. Bon appetit.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup flour
  • 1⁄3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Blend together and mix oil and sugar
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients making sure no lumps remain
  5. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the oil and sugar
  6. Grease a 9 x 9 pan and pour the batter into it smoothing off the top
  7. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the sides of the brownies start to pull away from the pan
  8. Very important – please cool before cutting otherwise it will be a crumbly mess.
  9. Note:  Sometimes when we were feeling ambitious, we’d add walnuts to the batter and would top with homemade chocolate ganache (recipe below)

Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Bring the heavy cream and vanilla extract to a boil in a small saucepan on the stovetop.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir until the chocolate chips are smooth and melted. Allow mixture to cool slightly (it will thicken) and spread atop brownies.

A Sweet Bon Appetit 🙂 xoxo

RAINY DAY RV ACTIVITIES

It’s early morning and you’re tucked into your warm and comfy RV bed when you begin to hear it . . . *Plink……Plink…………….Plink* — it’s the sound of Mother Nature’s gift of rain showers dancing on the roof of your beloved RV.  Be it a brief passing of rain, or a torrential downpour– you can either embrace the rain, gear up and head on out – or you could cozy up inside your RV and enjoy some rainy day activities that seem to be even more comforting when it’s pouring rain.

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THE STAYING POWER OF OLDER RVS

I can still remember the excitement I felt riding in the back of our gold station wagon (with a 455-cubic engine!) that pulled my family’s 1970 Starcraft travel trailer. It was an older RV but my siblings and I didn’t care. We were off for a weekend of adventure that meant time to roam the woods, explore caves, and roast marshmallows around a campfire. My childhood was filled with road trips and weekends at campgrounds that remain some of my fondest memories. The love of the road is a gene I inherited from my parents.

Like the one belonging to my parents, our own first RV, a 1996 Jayco folding camping trailer, was over a decade old. We had a small budget but big plans to give our kids oodles of childhood memories. Although that RV was 13 years old when we bought it, it gave us years of fun as we camped on the shores of the Pacific Ocean or under a canopy of Redwoods. It required very little aside from general maintenance and was in exceptional shape for its age.

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