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    Southern Outdoor Adventure at River Vista RV Resort

    Fresh mountain air in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the best vacation for me. A recent trip to River Vista RV Resort just north of Clayton, Georgia proved to be the perfect weekend getaway. Only a two-hour drive for us, as well as another couple who recently purchased a motor home; we met at the resort to enjoy some down time. Located near many attractions and full of amenities, River Vista RV Resort maintains a beautifully landscape campground which can accommodate larger rigs. Why River Vista? During most of our camping trips, we like to do three things… make a campfire and be lazy hike to local…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque at Eggtoberfest 2016

    Another Eggtoberfest is in the books for Smokin J’s Barbeque.  This was our 9th Eggtoberfest in the last 10 years.  We missed one year due to a Georgia Barbecue Association event taking priority. This year Smokin J’s Barbeque used the event as practice for some pork loin testing.  We tried several different flavor profiles and asked attendees for comments.  Surprisingly, most agreed we need to add more heat to our profile.  We had great positive feedback on our sauce, which we have been tinkering with.  Overall, it was a great opportunity to get some honest opinions.   What is Eggtoberfest? Eggtoberfest is an annual celebration for the ceramic smokers’ enthusiast. …

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    Moonshine Creek Campground

    After our wonderful experience at a family operated KOA Travelers Rest campground, see my summary at http://joannsfoodbites.com/camping-koa-travelers-rest/; Doug and I were looking for another family operated a campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a quick getaway Fourth of July weekend.  Moonshine Creek Campground is a quiet, clean and a comfortable location fitting the bill perfectly. Moonshine Creek Campground Amenities Providing 91 shady campsites, the family operated campground has long-term leases on several of these sites, however, there are sites available even for those larger rigs, like ours.  The majority of sites have full hookups (sewer, water, electric) and cable for a small additional fee.  Not all sites provide 50…

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    Camping at KOA in Travelers Rest, South Carolina

    Taking the camper to the mountains Last fall, when my husband discussed relocating to South Carolina, I was apprehensive but excited.  I knew the process of packing our belongings, moving and getting into a new house was going to be an ordeal.  I did not realize we would be living in our 5th wheel camper for several months.  Nevertheless, Doug found a beautiful, quaint campground just north of Travelers Rest that was very comfortable. My Camper Kitchen Cooking meals in the camper for several months was a challenge, especially because I was a rookie at cooking in a convection/microwave oven. What kind of dishes can I use? Can I put…

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    RV Travel

    Using a Camper Microwave-Convection Oven

    What is a microwave-convection oven Installed frequently in recreational vehicles, it is a combination of a regular convection oven with a microwave.  Users are able to use the quick interior cooking of microwaves combined with the surface browning of hot air.  Convection cooking allows for the interior cooking of a traditional oven, just hotter and faster. Convection oven technology uses a fan to force air movement and heat up the full interior of the microwave to cook food from the inside out. That’s why you can use convection microwaves to bake and roast things that would otherwise be cooked too quickly (and not thoroughly) with just a regular microwave.  The…