A Tasty Halloween Main Dish

It’s that time of year again where the leaves fall, heaters are turned on, and kitchens become the main area of congregation. Fall holidays bring out some of the best scents and smells; from apple cinnamon to vanilla sugar cookies to pumpkin spice.

We typically associate all scents of fall and food preparation with Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Halloween is a big cooking holiday as well. It isn’t all Willa Wonka chocolate, bite-size Snickers, and candy corn.

Outside of all the candy and sweets being passed around, I found a fun entrée recipe I wanted to share with you. Invite the local RV park neighbors and family and enjoy a Yummy Pork Mummy!

This recipe, from Taste of Home, is easy and fun, and can be made in any RV kitchen. I only takes 45 minutes of preparation and 15 minutes to bake and serves four!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 medium apple, peeled

Directions

In a small skillet, bring cream and mustard to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until mixture is reduced to about 2/3 cup. Remove from the heat; stir in thyme.

Meanwhile, place pork on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Brush with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven; cool slightly. Change oven temperature to 400°.

Set aside 1/2 cup mustard mixture for serving; spread remaining mixture over the pork. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface; brush with butter. (Keep remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Repeat layers four times. Place pork on one edge of phyllo dough; roll up tightly to form mummy’s body and tuck in ends.

Place another sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface; brush with butter. Repeat layers three times. Cut into thin strips; wrap around pork tenderloin bundle.

Cut remaining sheet of phyllo dough in half; brush with remaining butter. Cut a 1-in. cube from the apple; wrap in prepared phyllo dough. Position at the wide end of bundle for a head. Save remaining apple for another use. Discard remaining phyllo dough.

Place bundle in an ungreased shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Transfer to a serving platter. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved mustard sauce.

Yummmm…can you smell and taste Halloween yet? This recipe is a treat for all ages.

We’d love to hear other Halloween recipes you’ve perfected over the years or if you’ve added any spice to the Yummy Pork Mummy. Stay safe and eat up this holiday. Happy Halloween from Reines RV!

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Best Destinations to Celebrate the Fall Season

There are too many destinations to list that offer fiery fall foliage along with beautiful days and crisp cool nights ideal for any travel vacation. One of the best ways to experience the fall palette and interesting out-of-the-way places is traveling the colorful roadways of scenic highways.

Vermont

Vermont has several scenic highways with interesting stops along the way at historic points, farms, museums, and attractions.

  • SoVT Loop – 104 miles – Along this route, points of interest in Arlington include Grist Mill Antiques. In Bennington, stop by the Bennington Monument Historic Site and in Shaftsbury, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.
  • Mount Snow Loop – 100 miles – In the Jacksonville/Halifax area, take a break from sightseeing and stop in at the Honora Winery and Tasting Room for refreshments. Venture on towards Mount Snow and take the Mount Snow chair lift open on the weekends during the fall and summer.
  • Upper Connecticut River Valley – 130 miles – plan a stop at Quechee State Park located in Hartford VT for fall viewing, hiking and see the breathtaking views at the Quechee Gorge. The park has a campground and can accommodate most RVs. Sites have access to showers and a dump station but do not have hookups.

Illinois

  • Drive along Grand Traverse Bay where the fall colors ignite the imagination. Spruce, oak, fir and pine trees provide a parade of colors. Plan stops along the way at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Inspiration Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the lakeside villages of Northport, Omena and Peshawbestown.

New York

  • The Adirondack Mountains provide a spectacular fall vista through October. One of the best places for viewing is at John Boyd Thacher State Park.

Washington State

  • Starting in Seattle, enjoy 350 miles of northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. The 5000-square-mile area is not only a calliope of colors, it is also home to sea otters, statuesque cranes and impressive elk.
  • Visit the Olympic National Park and scenic views of the mountains from Hurricane Ridge. Take a hike to Lake Crescent and snap some pictures of the 90-foot Marymere Falls and plan a hike to the Cape Flattery Lighthouse.

Since 1946, Reines RV Center has provided top-notch new and used recreational vehicles, maintenance and friendly service. Before making a beeline for the highway, stop by and see what they have in stock.

Football Tailgating in your RV

Football tailgating is a great American pastime. Getting together with other football fans is the perfect way to cheer on your team. Whether you’re already driving a recreational vehicle or you’re in the market for a new or used RV, Reines RV Center has an inventory to impress, plus accessories for your next tailgating event.

Several things are “must haves” when it comes to setting up the perfect atmosphere for football tailgating. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching with the family or setting up a party for football enthusiasts, this suggested list will mean the difference between making a touchdown and incurring a penalty.

  • If you don’t already have one, consider purchasing an awning. This simple feature provides protection from the elements. If an awning isn’t possible, use a couple of large collapsible umbrellas or an outdoor tent/canopy.
  • Provide plenty of seating for guests. Folding lounge chairs allow folks to stretch out and get comfortable.
  • Games in the fall and winter seasons mean cool to cold temperatures. If watching the game outdoors, supply plenty of cozy throws and a portable heater or two for guests gathered around the TV. For spring and summer, change out the heaters for powerful portable fans and include sunscreen and bug repellent.
  • You’ll definitely want to have a TV set up outside so folks won’t miss a single pass.
  • If the weather is friendly and you have extra room to play, have some outdoor activities like horseshoes, darts (made with foam), and a separate TV with video games to play during halftime or to keep kids entertained.
  • Plan a menu to include snacks, appetizers, finger food, selections for vegetarian friends, plenty of beverages, and the main course.
  • Do as much prep work as possible prior to the game so all you’ll have to do is lay out a buffet of goodies and fire up the grill. Use paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels to keep clean up quick and easy.
  • If you don’t want to worry about too many leftover burgers, wings, ribs, salads, or desserts, provide styrofoam containers for guests to take home a doggie bag.

Check in with Reines RV Center for any last minute maintenance check ups or for necessary accessories to ensure your plans are a winner on game day.

Halloween RV Recipes

Those who own motorhomes seem to always be in search for the perfect seasonal recipes. Here are two we think you will enjoy. The first combines pork chops with the complimentary tastes of apples. In a salute to Halloween though, this themed recipe includes the taste of caramel apples. The second is a terrific sweet potato casserole. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

You will need need 4 pork chops (3/4” thick), 1 tsp vegetable oil, 2 tbs brown sugar, salt and pepper (to taste), 1/8 tsp cinnamon (ground), 1/8 tsp nutmeg (ground), 2 tbs butter (unsalted), 2 apples peeled, cored, and sliced (tart), and 3 tbs pecans.

In the oven, place a medium sized dish to warm at 175. Brush the pork chops with the oil, place them in a skillet over medium heat and brown them for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Then place them in the oven in the heated dish.

Mix together the next five ingredients in your small bowl. Put butter in a skillet then put in the brown sugar mixture as well as the apples. Put a cover on and cook until tender. Put apples on top of the pork chops using a spoon that is slotted and keep warm. Cook the sauce that is in

the skillet until it has thickened slightly. Spoon the sauce over the apples and pork chops and then sprinkle on some pecans.

You can choose your own side dish, or try the complementary recipe below:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients are: 4 cups cubed sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 tbs soften butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed), 1/3 cup flour, 3 tbs softened butter, and 1/2 cup pecans (chopped).

In medium saucepan, put sweet potatoes and water, cover and cook until done over medium heat. Then drain and mash. Mix sweet potatoes and the next 6 ingredients in large bowl. Then transfer to a baking dish (9×13). Mix brown sugar and flower in medium bowl, cut in butter. Mixture will be coarse. Then stir the pecans in and sprinkle this over the sweet potatoes and bake in oven at 325 for 30 minutes. The topping should be lightly brown.

These are two great recipes that can get you in the mood for the harvest season and Halloween.

Remember, Reines RV is here for you all year long for your RV sales and service needs. Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Reines RV.

Decorating Your RV Easily and Inexpensively for Halloween

Are you on the road for Halloween this year? There’s no reason you still can’t have a little spooky fun, even while in your RV.

Depending on where you are staying, many places will organize a harvest dance, trick-or-treating or a Halloween party. Of course you can cook up some fall recipes to add to the atmosphere as well. One of the easiest things you can do to add a little fall flavor to your site is to decorate. Decorating your RV for Halloween doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Here are some Halloween decorating ideas for your RV from your Virginia RV dealer, Reines RV:

  • Find a local farmer’s market and pick up some dried colored corn and cornstalks. You can use these to make decorations that can range from centerpieces to door swags.
  • Pumpkins are widely available and relatively inexpensive. They also come in a variety of sizes. You can use them to decorate around the inside and outside of you RV. If you haven’t carved a pumpkin in a while, you might consider adding that activity to your agenda this year. Otherwise, you can use them whole or use a magic marker to draw faces on them.
  • Gourds are a colorful choice to add with pumpkins to enhance your RV decorations. They will also be easy to find this time of year.
  • Halloween lights for your RV exterior can add a splash of color. Inexpensive strings of lights are now being made for just about every holiday including Halloween. They can be found at department, decorating and even some dollar type stores.
  • Another fun decorating activity can be to make your own scarecrow. Making a scarecrow can be easier than you think with some old clothes, a pillowcase for his face, a hat and some stuffing. Leaves or newspaper can be used to fill out his body if straw is not available.

Make sure you have some treats on hand for visitors and enjoy your Halloween in your RV.

Remember, Reines RV is here year ‘round with travel trailers and motorhomes for sale as well as our full parts, accessory and service departments. Have fun this fall in your RV from Reines RV!

Campfire Chicken Stew

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Whether you have stored your RV for the year or whether you plan to continue to enjoy it, odds are you can always use another good recipe for the road. Reines RV is pleased to bring you this recipe for a campfire chicken stew that the family will love. Cook it on the cooktop or on a campfire for a hearty meal this fall.

Campfire Chicken Stew

For this recipe, you will need:

½ pound of bacon

One pound of boneless chicken

Four potatoes

Two carrots

One onion

1 can of stewed tomatoes

Two cubes of bouillon

Two cups of water

Two tablespoons of flour

(Two additional ingredients are optional; one tablespoon of parsley and one bay leaf)

In the bottom of a Dutch oven, layer the bacon. This will help prevent the chicken from burning and add some great smoky flavor. Next, cut the chicken into one inch pieces. Then cut the onion, carrots along with the potatoes into chunks. Put the meat and the vegetables in the pot. Pour in the tomatoes and water. Add the seasonings except for the flour. Place the Dutch oven on hot coals for about ½ hour to ¾ hour or until all of the vegetables are done. If you don’t want to use a fire pit, cook on high on your cook top for the same amount of time. To thicken the liquid, add the flour and cook the stew for about 5 to 10 more minutes.

Serve with rolls and butter and this recipe will give you four servings.

Remember, if you have a favorite recipe for the road be sure to share it with us at Reines RV.

If you are considering moving up a level in your recreational vehicle, stop in and see us at Reines RV. With have a full range of new and used RV’s to browse. We also have new 2014 Class A motorhomes for sale, as well as some terrific deals on our remaining 2013’s. In fact, right now we have our lowest prices of the year on our entire inventory. We’ve been serving the region since 1946. Come on out and see us soon at Reines RV.!

October Events

For many, fall is their favorite time of the year. Humidity lessens and there is a crispness to the air. October is the start of three distinct holiday seasons. Of course Christmas dominates activities in December, November is the time of thanks, and October is the time for harvesting and Halloween.

It can also be a great time to enjoy your class a or class c motorhome or take advantage of your travel trailers. If you are planning on staying closer to home, here are some October events taking place in our area.

Now through Oct. 31: The Fall Pumpkin Festival in Chantilly, VA. From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. There will be hay rides, slides, bonfires and of course pumpkins.

Now through November 5: The Cox Farms Fall Festival in Centreville, VA. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This is Northern Virginia’s biggest fall festival. It has hay rides, farm animals, giant slides, a pumpkin patch, rope swings and much more.

October 19: Centreville Day at Historic Centreville Park located at 5714 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA. Various events from 10am-5pm including the 2nd Annual Zombie Slouch 5K Run & Walk, a parade, the Centreville Marketplace, entertainment, food, ghost tours and more!

October 26: Blood and Guts Run at Bull Run Regional Park at 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA. Times are from 9am – 5pm. Participants run a 5k through a wild zombie obstacle course. Runners will need to avoid foam objects that will be headed in their direction throughout the 5k.

Oct 26 – 27: Ghost Train Rides at Burke Lake Park at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station, VA. The first ride starts at 11:15 and the last ride departs at 5:45pm. Catch a ride on the Ghost Train and watch as the Great Pumpkin arrives to hand of treats for the passengers. You are encouraged to wear a costume. For more info call (703) 323-6600.

At Reines RV our prices are so low this time of year they’re almost scary! Come check out our inventory of new and used RVs. Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween from all of us at Reines RV.

Northeast Florida

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If you are preparing to head south sometime in the near future, heading down I-95 to the Eastern Florida Coast can offer many historical and visual highlights. Disney, Universal and other theme parks aside, Florida has a lot to offer. Many class C motor homes from Virginia will be heading in this direction so let’s take a look at some places to consider stopping at on a visit to the Northern East Coast of Florida.

  • Jacksonville: What is the largest city in the United States? In terms of square miles it is Jacksonville, Florida. This city will greet you shortly after you grab a free grapefruit or orange juice at the visitor’s center upon entering the Sunshine State. I-95 will take you right through downtown of this vibrant city. You’ll want to visit the Riverside-Avondale district with historic buildings that number in the 5,000 range. Jacksonville Landing along the St. Johns River is a must see and the Fort Caroline National Memorial is the location of the first French Colony in this country. Jacksonville also has a great zoo and the beaches offer a relaxing day, especially off-season.
  • St. Augustine: You can’t get more historic than St. Augustine. It is an interesting combination of historic sights, tourist traps and serene beaches. It is the oldest continuously occupied city in the U.S. and offers the oldest fort, Castillo de San Marcos, a lighthouse and walking and trolley tours of the historic city. St. Augustine is also a golf Mecca and home to The World Golf Hall of Fame. It should a stop on your trip to Northeast Florida.
  • Daytona Beach: Things really begin to pick up when you hit Daytona Beach, You can take a drive on the World’s Most Famous Beach, visit the home of the Daytona 500, shop for bargains at the giant Daytona Beach Flea and Farmers Market, or visit, and climb, the tallest lighthouse in Florida. This area in particular is very RV friendly and you will enjoy exploring the wide beaches and enjoying the sunshine.

This time of year is a particularly great to head in this direction as it is off-season. That means you still get to enjoy summer-like temperatures and sunshine, but you don’t have to fight the crowds or high prices. The roadways are much less crowded and Northeast Florida can extend your summer just a bit longer.

If you are interested in a travel trailer or a motor home, contact us at Reines RV. We have an incredible selection of new and used RV’s in stock and the 2014’s are here. Enjoy your fall RV’ing activities and be sure to visit us at Reines RV.