Month: April 2017

Fun Skewer Campfire Recipes

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Fun Skewer Campfire Recipes for the Whole Family

When you go camping, it’s the best time to explore doing things a little differently than you usually do. Cooking while camping is one of the things that can be so fun to do differently, so in this post, we’ll cover how you can make a fun kabob meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while camping. It’s fun to get back to the basics, and explore how campers used to make meals with sticks and even coat hangers. The good thing about modern day times is that you can get these just about anywhere instead of having to use the things around you to cook on them. Here are some things to consider when making skewer meals.

Choose the Right Skewer

When making skewer meals, you can choose between wood skewers and metal ones. Wooden ones are generally made from traditional bamboo, and now they even make flavored ones like Indian curry, or lime citrus. Aside from those flavor options, these are also easy to get rid of after you’ve used them by burning them up in the campfire. So no washing is needed afterwards.

On the other hand, metal skewers are great because they last for a lifetime, and don’t catch on fire when you don’t want them to. Another benefit of using these is that they channel heat into meats like chicken and pork, so that they are easier to cook thoroughly.

Skewer Meal Prep

It may take a few tries to get the gist of it, but a few tips may make it easier to ge the perfect skewer. For example, you could try to make handling of the skewers easier by using two thin skewers beside each other, or using flat ones. Also be sure to never crowd meats together like chicken or pork, because it won’t allow them to cook thoroughly. These meats required patience, and slow, even cooking. If you want to include veggies, the ones that hold up the best are broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and bell peppers. It’s also important to not that if you are making a mixed meat and veggie skewer, cook the meat a bit first, as it will cook slower than the veggies. For a delicious fruit skewer, pineapple chunks, peaches, plums, bananas, and apple wedges hold up the best. You can even use marinades that have been boiled as dipping sauces!

Here are some of our favorite all day skewer recipes:

Breakfast Sausages

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1 can (20 ounces) drained pineapple chunks, drained

10 medium mushrooms (fresh)

2 tablespoons melted butter

Maple syrup


Cut the sausages in half; on five metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread sausages, pineapple and mushrooms. Brush with butter and syrup for extra flavor.

Grill, uncovered, over fire, turning and basting with syrup, for until sausages are lightly browned, cooked all the way through, and fruit is heated through. Yield: 5 servings.

Balsamic-Glazed Beef

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1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups cherry tomatoes

In a bowl, whisk barbecue sauce, vinaigrette, and mustard until blended. Set aside 1/4 cup mixture for basting. Place the beef in the remaining mixture, and toss it around to coat it evenly.

Alternately thread beef and tomatoes on four metal or soaked wooden skewers.

Grill skewers, covered in aluminum, over fire until beef reaches desired doneness, making sure to turn it occasionally and baste it frequently with the vinaigrette mixture that was set aside during the last 3 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.

Rainbow Salmon Skewers

12 oz salmon fillet

1/2 each of a red, green yellow, and orange bell pepper

1/4 large red onion

olive oil

salt and fresh cracked black pepper

1 lemon

Cut the salmon into 1 1/2 inch chunks, to create 12 pieces.

Chop the peppers into 1 1/2 inch square pieces

Chop the red onion into similar sized chunks and separate the layers (wear glasses to prevent tears)

Alternately thread your skewers with the salmon, and then onions and peppers, making sure to leave some room at the base for easy handling.

Liberally brush the skewers on both sides with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Cook over the fire until the fish is cooked through and the veggies are softened a bit. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Yield: 4 servings


5 Tips to Make your Pigeon Forge Campground Experience Kid Friendly

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There is nothing more exciting than the thought of getting away from the busyness of our daily lives, packing up the family, and going on a grand camping adventure. Even better is when you can take the comfort of home, by going on an RV camping trip. We’ve taken all of our camping experiences to come up with the top 5 tips on how to make your Pigeon Forge campground experience kid friendly, to create memories to last for years to come.

1. Pick the Best RV Camping Park:

With a myriad of campgrounds to chose from, it can be easy to get lost in the amount of choices available. Some things to look for specifically are, location, amenities, and customer service. Location is incredibly important, because you don’t want to go somewhere that is either so crowded and noisy that the whole trip becomes more stressful than your daily life, and you also don’t want to be somewhere that is so secluded and far away from everything that you begin to feel stranded. Camp Riverslanding offers the best of both worlds by being located within minutes of your favorite Pigeon Forge spots, but secluded enough to provide an environment free of traffic noise, and filled with the melodious sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling. Not only that, we also have the absolute best river access. It’s so awesome that we’ve included river tubing as one of our many great amenities!

2. Create a Checklist:

Now that you’ve picked the best campground in the area (dare we say world?) it’s time to create a checklist to provide the smoothest trip, with no “Oh no, I forgot…” moments. This checklist will house all the items that you need to pack and bring on your RV camping adventure, the essentials, and miscellaneous things you may need. It’s fun to include the kids in this to let them have a sense of having an important role in helping out for the trip. And also making sure that they won’t forget their favorite plush toy.

3. Make an Activity List:

To make sure that there is something fun to do for every day of your trip, try creating an activity list of the things the whole family would like to do! Include your kids in the planning, and see what sort of adventures they would like to do together. Pigeon Forge is filled with exciting and fun places to have days upon days of fun. There are practically endless trails to go on (check out Five Trails you have to Hike when you’re Camping in Pigeon Forge) Camp Riverslanding also offers great amenities for those day when you just want to take a break and relax, including tubing, arcade, basketball court, and even a spa for those sore muscles! Make sure to check what sort of weather to expect to plan accordingly. Every day can be filled with fun, even rainy days! You can have a fun indoor day by playing board games together, taking turns telling stories, and even drawing some of the experiences you’ve had together on the trip!

4. Plan Delicious Meals

While it can be fun to eat out every day you’re on vacation, you can also make really easy meals that the whole family can have fun putting together. Cooking as a family has always been a wonderful bonding experience, and cooking fun meals over a bonfire is such a fun memory to make. Involve your kids by asking them what kind of meals they would like to have on the trip, and even getting them to participate in easy preparation tasks. A good tip to use is creating pre-measured meals in bags that can be easily cooked over fire, or in a crockpot in your RV. This will save a lot of preparation time. Simply prepare everything before the trip, throw it in a bag, and label it! You can even half cooking them to cut down the cooking time.

5. Make the Nights Memorable

After a long day of adventures, spend some quiet quality time with your kids by talking about the day around a bonfire, while stargazing, or in the comfort of the RV. Ask them what their favorite parts of the day were, and go over what you’ll be doing the next day, and even what they would like to do. Tell them a story about the area you are in to immerse them into the experience of the area even more.

By following these tips your camping trip will be a smooth, fun filled family adventure that you and your kids will remember for years to come. If you have any questions about how Camp Riverslanding can make your family vacation unforgettable, give us a call!