Try These Delicious Apple Recipes

Home made apple crumble in cast iron skillet

Try one of these mouthwatering apple recipes that are guaranteed to wow your fellow campers.

Prize-Winning Southern Apple Crumble

What you’ll need:

  • 3 large apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pouch oatmeal cookie mix (1 pound 1.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat your RV oven to 300 degrees and spray cooking spray throughout the interior of an 8-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Toss the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and butter together in a large bowl. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, combine the melted butter and cookie mix until it creates a crumble. Sprinkle it on top of the filling.
  4. Bake the crumble for 40 minutes, then sprinkle it with the chopped pecans. Bake for an additional 15 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm.

Apple Harvest Pockets

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (softened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups apples (diced and peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unroll the Pillsbury pie crusts onto your kitchen work surface.
  3. Cut the crusts into quarters to make 8 wedges.
  4. Mix the apples, flour, sugar and cinnamon together. Fill each wedge with 1/3 cup of the apple mixture.
  5. Fold the sides of the wedges over the apple filling.
  6. Use a fork to press the edges and seal the wedges.
  7. Place the wedges on an ungreased cookie sheet and cut a few small slits in the top of each one.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Stop by Link RV Center

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Link RV Center before you hit the road on your next adventure.

Head South for the Winter

Phoenix Arizona Skyline

As the north gets pummeled by cold weather, many RV travelers are trading frigid temperatures for cozy winters, palm trees, and sugar sand beaches. These three snowbird destinations, ranging from the mild winters of Arizona to the summer-like temperatures of the Florida Keys, are some of the best places to make the most of this year’s coldest months.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is popular with snowbirds who like to stay active in the winter months. RV parks are affordable, the city’s surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the area is littered with hiking trails, golf courses, museums, gardens, shops, world-class restaurants and so much more. Phoenix’s abundant sunshine and mild winter temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor exploration.

Key Largo, Florida

When you’re seeking a tropical winter destination without the outrageous travel expenses, Key Largo is the place to plant yourself. It’s the northernmost of Florida’s keys, which means you spend less time on the road, but still enjoy the area’s crystal clear waters, world-class diving and snorkeling, scenic mangrove trails and so much more. Key Largo is also home to several campgrounds, including the Key Largo Kampground and Marina, which welcomes RV campers for the full winter season.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a historic city that offers a little bit of something for everyone. World-renowned restaurants and countless shops dot the city’s happening downtown streets, and some of South Carolina’s best beaches sit just minutes away. The area is littered with famous golf courses, waterways and historic areas to explore. A variety of RV parks and campgrounds close to the city center and beaches make the southern city of Charleston a must-visit snowbird destination.

Stock Up on Snowbird Supplies

Don’t forget to stop by one of the Jack Link RV Centers throughout Wisconsin before you hit the road for your snowbird getaway. We’re fully stocked with all of the latest RV models, camping supplies, and parts to help you make the most of your winter.

Try This Delicious Recipe for National Soup Month

Nothing eases the winter blues like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. January is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to cook a steaming pot of soup for your fellow campers. This hearty corn chowder recipe is easy to prepare in a small RV kitchen and is guaranteed to help you stay warm this January.

Sweet Corn Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 scallions (bulbs and green tops chopped and separated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving

Cooking instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in the celery, bell pepper and scallion bulbs. Stir the vegetables until they begin to soften (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in the 2 cups of corn, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and salt.
  4. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Place your remaining two cups of corn in a food processor (or blender), and puree them with the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Stir your corn puree into the saucepan with your soup, then stir in the black pepper.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the scallion greens.
  10. This recipe yields four servings, so separate the soup evenly into four bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Stop and See Us This January

The RV season is year-round here at Jack Link’s RV Center, and we’re here to help with all of your RV travel needs. Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV, need some service performed on your current RV or simply want a few camping supplies to get you through the winter, we’re here to help.

Winter Fun in Wisconsin

skiing

Just because winter has come doesn’t mean that you have to pack it in. In fact, you don’t even have to slow your roll if you’re in Wisconsin. When winter hits Wisconsin, the fun is just beginning. While there are all sorts of fun activities to enjoy in Wisconsin during the winter, perhaps two of the best are skiing and ice fishing.

Skiing

If you want to go skiing, pack up the RV and head out to some of the best places for skiing in Wisconsin.

Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley is located in White Lake and it features 90 skiable acres. This ski area features 14 lifts; and its longest run is 3,000 feet. The vertical is 388 feet. Night skiing is available seven days. The terrain mix is 40-40-20. Rentals and lessons are also available.

Bruce Mound

Bruce Mound is located in Black River Falls and it features 40 skiable acres, a 375-foot vertical, three lifts and a 29-29-42 terrain mix. The longest run is 3,000 feet. Night skiing is available on Fridays. Rentals and lessons are available.

Cascade Mountain

This ski area is located in Portage. The summit is 1,280 feet and the base is 820 feet. Cascade Mountain features 10 lifts, a terrain mix of 37-19-44 and its longest run is 1,800 feet. Night skiing is available seven days.

Christie Mountain

Christie Mountain is located in Bruce and features 20 skiable acres with a 350-foot vertical. The summit is 1,650 feet and the base elevation is 1,300 feet. Christie Mountain features five lifts and a 40-25-35 terrain mix. The longest run is 4,000 feet and night skiing is available from Wednesday through Saturday. Rentals and lessons are also available.

Ice Fishing

If you don’t have a fish house or ice house yet, it’s time to stop by our showroom to check a couple floor plans out so you can fish comfortably. Once you do that, you have to find a great spot to fish and, if you’ve never ice fished before, learn that skill.

Places to Ice Fish

The Madison Chain, located in Dane County, features 9,800 acres of ice to fish on. You’ll get perch, bluegill, northern pike and more. Lake Koshkonong, located in Jefferson County, features 10,400 acres of fishing for walleye. Lakes Delavan and Geneva are great for walleye, bluegill and crappie. Pioneer Lake, located north of Eagle River, is good for panfish and pike. Thunder Lake, just south of Eagle River is great for crappie and northern pike.

Ice Fishing Tips

Rig a flasher with a downward-pointing transducer to find the fish in the winter. LCD displays are not reliable during cold weather. Drill several holes in an area the size of a football field and check them with the fish finder. If you don’t see any fish, move to another part of the lake and repeat. Once you find the fish, drill several holes in an area about the size of a tennis court for jigging. Jig until you find fish that are biting.

Look for sticky bottoms – these are parts of the lake that aren’t too hard or too soft, thus allowing insects to burrow. They attract hungry fish and are found in lake areas from about 15 to 30 feet deep. You may have to drill a lot of holes to find fish, but you’ll also find the biggest fish in the lake. Find sticky bottoms by clipping a weight to the jig and letting drop to the bottom. It should not bounce or dig in too deep. It should just cling to the bottom temporarily. You can also use a sonar unit or underwater cameras to find sticky bottoms.

Visit Link RV Center

If you need to gear up for winter RVing in Wisconsin, there’s no better place than Link RV Center in Minong, Rice Lake, or Chippewa Falls. Stop by Link RV Center today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.