Easy Cooking with Copper Pans

When we started on our Rv’ing adventures I took along my very favorite cooking pans and dutch oven. It didn’t take long to figure out that they just were too heavy. Too much weight storing them in the oven and way too heavy for me to pick up anymore so I looked for an alternative but still wanted the great tasting food.

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I did a lot of research especially on copper pans. After all, they were all over the news and in so many commercials. Must be something to it right? I found many brands but the reviews were not stellar. I kept looking until I found the Gotham Steel cookware.

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I was just going to get a couple of fry pans then found a deal on the full cookware set so decided to jump on it and am very glad I did. Our food does not stick to the pans and clean up is a breeze. They are lightweight and really do a great job of even cooking. I have found that things like meat cook quite a bit faster in them also. I love my cookware set and use it every day.

Just this afternoon I made hot Hamburger sandwiches with tater tots in no time. I left the gravy off mine as I don’t care for soggy bread but they were delicious.

What type of cookware do you use on your travels?

 

Everything You Need to Know About Workamping at Amusement Parks

We have just finished our summer workamping job at Darien Lakes Amusement Park and while it’s been a learning experience we will not be back. It has it’s pros and cons so it may be a great job for you. There are a lot of perks and the money is not bad, but for us the cons out weighed the pros. If you like quiet, laid back jobs do NOT work at these types of places! They are huge, very fast paced, loud and crowded all the time.

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Pros

  • Nice big RV spaces separate from the public campground surrounding a lake
  • Dogs are very welcome
  • Full 30 amp hook-ups
  • Great people to work with, at least the camphosts
  • All hours paid plus your space at no cost
  • Some great concerts
  • Full free access to the amusement and water park
  • Close to major cities and attractions
  • Employee cookouts
  • Send and receive mail and packages on site
  • Campfires allowed in fire-pits
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Cons

  • Not great communication between departments
  • Not enough training for camping staff
  • Booming fireworks every night at 10 PM
  • Many concerts, most are head banging rock type music, going until 11 PM nightly
  • Not enough days off
  • Hours are not great
  • Very long walk to work unless you are camp-hosts
  • No gate at the employee campground so the public can drive though and do
  • You need a bike, scooter or some other form of transport to get around
  • Not enough staff
  • RV sites are set up weird so have long cords and hoses

We did not have a totally awful time but if we had been told about some of the events like the constant concerts and nightly fireworks beforehand, we would not have taken the job. I actually had to buy a pair of noise cancelling headphones just so that I could get some rest! We did however make some wonderful new friends, saw some great attractions and most of all, learned new things.

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Bottom line is make sure you get all the facts before going to any new Workamping job!! Have you worked at an amusement park? What was your experience like?

 

Surprising Ways Campers Take Care of Camphosts!

We are currently camp-hosting at a very large park. Over 1300 spaces! Yes I said 1300! So every day is busy and tiring. Especially in 95% heat. We clean spaces and fire-pits, deal with camper issues and concerns, about 6 hours per day and it is hot, dirty and thirsty work.

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As we travel the campground we meet many different people. Most are wonderful, friendly and fun. Some aren’t but that is OK. We try to take care of all their needs no matter the attitude.

On our journey every day we are offered plenty of food and water. That is so appreciated. A hot dog, hamburger and a bottle of ice cold water is very welcome. Some very nice people from Canada twice a day gave us home made smoked meats, cheese and fruit trays! We have also gotten cash tips for helping folks put up tents, direct them into their space and other issues.

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We also find change left for us on the picnic tables. Not much but it all adds up. They also leave their cans and bottles for us to recycle. We often average about $50 a week extra with all these perks.

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Do you get tips from campers? Do you tip or feed Camp-hosts where you stay? Have you ever even thought about it?

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Campers Feeding Us

Workamping has it’s ups and downs but generally there are way more ups. We are always meeting great people who offer us food and drinks.

Today was no exception. We were traveling around the Campground when some very nice Canadian visitors stopped us with a tray of awesome food.

Venison sausage, smoked trout, cheese and crackers! It was really well made and delicious! They had made it all themselves so it was especially nice of them to share it with us.

What have your Campers shared with you?

Top 5 Cooking Sites for RV’ers

I love finding new recipes to cook while traveling in our RV. You can easily get in a rut when it’s just two people you are preparing meals for so I scour the web and Create TV for exciting ideas.

Today I found another new one. News Can Cook is a show from Scandinavia with fun hosts and simple fresh ways to do seafood.

Another favorite is Lydia Bastianich. Especially if you love Italian which of course we do. She makes the recipes fun and uncomplicated and you have to love her Grandmother!

Number 3 is America’s Test Kitchen. They do some great recipes, research and product testing.

Next is Annabelle Langbein the Free Range Cook. Her home in New Zealand looks amazing.

Last but not least is the hilarious Nick Stellino. His dishes are easy and delicious but it’s his stories that really make the show interesting.

Where do you get your inspiration?