New Year’s Eve in Manassas!

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Manassas is known for its gorgeous downtown district and the exciting events held year round. If you’ll be in the D.C. area over the holidays, you won’t want to miss New Year’s Eve in Manassas. Park your RV and be prepared to party, because there’s a little something for everyone.

A New Year’s Eve Celebration at the City Square Cafe

The City Square Cafe is an Old Town Manassas hot spot offering delicious eats and an even more enticing New Year’s Eve party. They’ll be offering a four course dinner special followed by a live band, plenty of party favors, tons of dancing and complimentary champagne. Don’t forget to call ahead for reservations, because tickets sell out fast.

A Grand New Year’s Eve Event

If you haven’t celebrated New Year’s Eve at Foxchase Manor yet, start a new tradition this year with the “Grand Celebrations” event. Take the whole family and enjoy a huge buffet, tons of kids activities, a separate kid’s buffet, live performers and an incredible laser and light show.

Leaving the kids with a babysitter? Indulge in one of the premium open bars and dance into the new year with some of DC’s hottest DJs. You can’t go wrong with this perfect party to end the year.

Five Courses at Carmello’s

Looking for an all-inclusive and upscale New Year’s Eve party? Look no further than Carmello’s in downtown Manassas. Enjoy a five course meal, open bar and a live band you’ll be talking about well into the new year.

Reine’s RV Center

Reine’s RV Center has been your one-stop shop for new and used travel trailers and motor homes in Manassas since 1946. If you’re in the area this holiday season, don’t forget to stop by and check out our huge selection of RVs for sale or have a little service performed on your existing motor home. For over 60 years, our goal has been to handle all of your RV lifestyle needs, and we’d like to wish all of our customers a very safe and happy new year.

Decorating Your RV

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Reines RV Center has the inventory to get you on the road in style not only with quality new and used RVs but with an assortment of helpful accessories to add comfort and pizzazz to your traveling home.

Holiday Decorating

We’re in the midst of the winter holiday season and what fun it is to decorate. With a few inexpensive decorations and a lot of creativity, you can turn your RV into a seasonal delight.

  • Twinkling lights brighten up any decor and RVs are no exception. String colorful lights inside, around windows, along awnings, down poles, and throughout trees and bushes in your camping area.
  • Candles make a lovely addition to seasonal celebrations. Use traditional candles at the dining table inside and use battery operated candles for outside displays.
  • Holiday potpourri adds a touch of the season to your RV with its array of colors and fragrant aromas such as mulberry, cinnamon, apple spice and pine.
  • A basket of pine cones interspersed with holiday decorations, fresh twigs of holly or a stem of fir or pine makes a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Holiday inspired throws add a cozy touch to your home plus it keeps you warm when sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows.

Seasonal Decorating

Throughout the year as you travel around the US, the seasons bring forth a bevy of colors and decorating your RV in the “season of the moment” keeps travel time fresh and interesting. Consider these tips for the upcoming spring, summer and fall seasons.

  • There’s something about fresh bed linens that make any trip worthwhile. As the seasons change, brighten up the sleeping areas with colorful sheets and bedspreads and several decorative pillows.
  • In the living area, keep things bright and up-to-date with seasonal table linens and placemats. Make dining an event with themed table clothes, place settings, and centerpieces to make eating a fun event.
  • Big, plump, comfy pillows are ideal for kids to throw on the floor and lounge around.
  • Freshen up with new blinds and throw rugs.
  • When you stop at campgrounds along the way, go on a flower hunting expedition. Pick some stems, buds, and grasses and make a seasonal arrangement for the RV.

Before heading out of town for vacation, add a visit to Reines to the agenda whether it’s for a service call or a stop at the camping store for games or outdoor furniture.

Holiday Recipes

Eggnog

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During the holidays, one thing that we all do is eat, drink and be merry. This holiday season, get all your accessories for preparing tasty treats at Reines RV Center. Not only do they have a large inventory of new and used RVs, they also carry an assortment of helpful camping items.

Celebrate the holiday season with these treats that are guaranteed to warm the spirit and satisfy the sweet tooth.

Traditional EggNog

This is the adult version. For the kids, make a separate batch minus the alcohol. The recipe makes 1 quart and serves 4 to 6.

  • Place 4 egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk until blended. Slowly add 1/2 cup sugar a little at a time. Beat the mixture after each addition until fluffy.
  • In a saucepan, combine 2 cups milk with 2 whole cloves and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat on medium until mixture is steaming. Do not boil.
  • Slowly add half of the hot milk into the egg mixture. Whisk constantly. Pour the egg/milk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk.
  • Cook the mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until it starts to thicken. Use a candy thermometer to test. When it reads 160 degrees, it’s done. If you don’t have thermometer, use a wooden spoon dipped into the mixture. If it coats the back of the spoon, it’s done. It’s very important to avoid boiling the mixture. This will result in curdled milk.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in 1 cup cream.
  • Remove cloves by straining the mixture through a mesh strainer.
  • Let mixture cool for one hour.
  • Add 1 tsp. each of vanilla extract and grated nutmeg. Mix in 2 tbsp. (or to taste) of rum, brandy or bourbon.
  • Chill and serve.

Rolled Grapes

Serve these tasty tidbits as an appetizer with the eggnog.

  • Combine 8 ounces of crumbled blue cheese with 3 tbsp. sour cream until blended.
  • Chop 1 cup of pecans and walnuts.
  • Separate then roll 1 each medium-sized bunch of seedless white and red grapes in the cheese mixture then roll in the nut mixture.
  • Serve grapes with toothpicks.

When you take the road this holiday season, add Reines RV Center to your list to pick up an accessory for yourself and a gift for a fellow RV enthusiast from the camping store.

December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day

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There’s always something being celebrated around the US and one sweet event taking place on December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day. Since the 17th century, cookies have been satisfying sweet cravings around the world. What a treat for those traveling. It’s a great way to spend the day whipping up your favorite tasty morsels.

If you need any accessories to help make your cookie cooking extravaganza more successful, visit Reines RV Center and camping store for some new cooking utensils. The inventory is extensive and you’re sure to find just what you need to help make the best cookies in town.

To give you a little inspiration in case you can’t choose from among your favorites, consider baking these luscious goodies.

Death by Chocolate Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt 8 ounces of semi-sweet baking chocolate in the microwave. Stir until smooth.
  • Add 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed, 1/2 stick butter, 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 eggs. Blend well.
  • Add 1/4 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 cup flour. Blend.
  • Stir in 2 cups chopped walnuts and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Place 1/4 cup for each cookie onto cookie sheets lined with non-oiled parchment paper.
  • Bake 12-13 minutes or until cookies are set.
  • Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet then place cookies on a wire rack to completely cool.
  • Makes approximately a dozen cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend together 2 sticks of unsalted butter with 1 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter.
  • Add 1/2 sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar and 2 large eggs. Blend well.
  • Sift together 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. baking soda.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the batter and blend slightly.
  • Add 1 cup salted peanuts.
  • Roll dough into walnut-sized pieces.
  • Roll each piece in regular sugar to coat.
  • Place on baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Flatten the top of each ball.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes.
  • Cool for several minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Contact Reines RV for any questions you may have about buying a new or used RV or schedule an annual service check. Our helpful staff is ready to help to ensure your recreational vehicle keeps humming along.

December Accessories

December 2008 Winter 498

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Reines RV is your destination not only for new and used recreational vehicles but also the parts and accessories needed to keep it running smoothly, efficiently and comfortably. During the winter, travelers taking to the highways for scenic adventures may end up dealing with unexpected and extreme weather conditions.

Being prepared will help ensure a safe vacation to and from your vacation destination. Using a variety of accessories can keep your RV snug and livable in case you become stranded or an unforeseen emergency arises.

December Accessories

Security and safety are always at the top of the list no matter what time of year you choose to travel. Before leaving on a winter excursion whether it’s for the weekend or an extended trip, double check emergency and safety kits to ensure you have everything on hand in case of any problems.

With winter weather being unpredictable, the last thing you want is to be stranded at a campground due to icy and snow-packed roads. With this in mind, keep everyone snug with extra blankets, portable heaters, ceramic gas heaters. Purchase a fuel powered generator to help with weather power outages.

A quality GPS system can help when navigation gets tricky on foggy or snowy roads. It’s also a good idea to have an atlas and US map on board. Restock your supply of flares, flashlights and batteries in case of a breakdown.

Stock extra non-perishable food, snacks and water. If traveling with pets, bring along extra for them, as well. If you break down, you’ll be able to survive while waiting for assistance.

Keeping your RV snug and warm can be a challenge especially for vehicles not equipped with double pane windows. To help with this problem, window insulation kits are available. As an alternative, attach foil-backed insulation to each window to keep drafts out.

Roof vents and skylights are primary escape routes for heat. Use specialized vent cushions or make your own out of thick foam padding to plug up drafts.

Protect winter hookups with a heated hose, holding tank heaters, and elbow and pipe heaters to protect exposed plumbing.

Give us a call at Reines RV and talk to our friendly staff about our inventory of available accessories needed for your RV year round.

December Events in Manassas You Don’t Want to Miss

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Whatever brings you to Manassas, whether it’s the sights and sounds of D.C. or a cross-country road trip with your travel trailer in tow, one thing is certain – you’ll never want to leave.

If you’re cruising through our beloved city in December, don’t miss out on any of these exciting events, and you’re sure to leave with a few unforgettable holiday memories.

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

On the morning of December 7 at 10 a.m., the infamous Manassas Christmas Parade will be held. Filled with local marching bands, fun floats, live music, local celebrities and so much more, it’s an event you’ll hope to make a holiday tradition every year.

Manassas Gingerbread Contest Display

It may sound a little boring on paper, but the Manassas Gingerbread Display will leave you in awe every year. On Dec. 8, you can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Old Town Manassas to view the amazing gingerbread structures made this year. Each merchant displays a different gingerbread house for shoppers to admire for the rest of the season.

The Nutcracker

Nothing tells you that Christmas is right around the corner like a presentation of “The Nutcracker.” Head over to the Manassas Ballet Theatre on Dec. 20-23 for the enchanting tale of Clara, her nutcracker, and their battle against the Mouse King. It’s the perfect family-friendly mix of orchestra and theater.

Sleigh Rides

They may be called horse-drawn carriage rides in summer, but all of the kids enjoy them as sleigh rides this time of year. If you missed out on the rides on Dec. 8, you can have a second and third chance on Dec. 15 and 22. Bundle up the family and head into Old Town Manassas for a ride in a horse-drawn “sleigh.” Tour the town or take the ride as a romantic way of arriving at your dinner destination.

Huge Sales at Reines RV Center

Whenever you’re in Manassas, don’t forget to stop by Reines RV Center. Whether you’re a seasoned RV lover or are just getting your toes wet, we’re here to help you with everything from your very first motor home to five-star camper travel trailers and so much more.

Spicing Up Leftovers

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Cooking is an integral part of RV traveling whether it’s on the grill, on the stove, or over a campfire. One of the results of cooking is having leftovers. This is good for the next day, but what happens if you have something that produces leftovers for a couple of days? The answer to that is finding innovative recipes to spice it up so it’s an exciting new meal.

Speaking of leftovers, Reines RV Center has some super end of the year specials on 2013 travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels and motorhomes. Stop by for a look-see and be ready to roll in 2014 with a sweet deal. Once you’re on the road, consider these hearty recipes to make up some tasty meals.

Baked Sausage and Pepper Ziti

If you’ve prepared Italian sausage for dinner and have several links left over, this recipe will stick to your ribs.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook an 8 ounce package of ziti pasta per cooking instructions.
  • Slice leftover sweet or spicy Italian sausages into 1/4-inch slices. (4 links, or 12 ounces)
  • In a separate pan, heat 2 tsps. of oil over medium heat. Add a medium sized onion and 1 red bell pepper, chopped. Add 2 chopped cubanelle peppers and the Italian sausage.
  • In a large bowl, mix 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup ricotta, 1/4 cup each parsley and Parmesan.
  • Drain pasta. Add the cheese mixture, sausage, and 1 cup of marinara sauce. Blend thoroughly.
  • Pour mixture into a shallow baking dish and top with 1 cup of marinara sauce. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered. Serves 6.

Salisbury Steak

Use leftover hamburgers in this easy recipe.

  • Flour each side of 4 hamburger patties. Place in a skillet with butter and brown both sides. Drain.
  • Add 1 cup beef broth, 1 sliced onion, 1 small package of fresh, cleaned and sliced mushrooms, and 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir the mixture and coat the hamburgers with the sauce.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes, covered.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes.

Contact us at your earliest convenience and make an appointment for one of our certified technicians at Reines RV to do a winter tune up so you’ll be “good to go” for your next travel adventure.