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Thar’s gold in them thar hills!

New gem mining equipment has arrived. I’m so excited; I feel just like an old prospector. Where’s my hat and pick ax? Oh, and my pan?!

We think you’re going to love the new additions!

Rudy’s Recipe: Toad in a Hole

Toad in a Hole

Toad in a Hole

You Need:

  • 1/2 cup fine-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 14 uncooked breakfast sausage links (12 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, with more for serving

 Make ‘Em:

Whisk the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add the milk and eggs and whisk until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; set aside. You could make the batter 1 day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator or a cooler.

Heat a camping stove to medium or use the grill grate over a campfire.

Place a large cast-iron skillet on the stove or grate and heat until a drop of water sizzles and immediately disappears on the surface, roughly 5 minutes.

Add the butter and heat until foaming. Add the sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over and cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the sausages to a large plate.

Whisk the batter again to recombine, then pour it into the skillet in an even layer. Arrange the sausages on top of the batter in an even layer and drizzle the measured maple syrup over the surface of the batter and sausages. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook undisturbed until the batter is puffed, cooked through, and golden brown on the bottom. It will be about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve immediately, with additional maple syrup on the side.

- Recipe courtesy of


Stay in May and Save!

Everyone loves a good “Buy One, Get One” deal right? I know I do! Well, we have a great offer for you.

Buy one night at the regular rate, get the seconPrintd night half off!

Offer is valid during these dates only:

  • May 2 & 3
  • May 9 & 10
  • May 16  17

This promotion extends across the board. We’re talking all Rental Cabins, Rental RVs, AND, Tent Sites, and RV Sites.

We open May 1! May is an excellent time to visit Lake Rudolph to enjoy a more relaxing time before the hustle of the busy summer season. Holiday World opens for the 2014 season on May 3. It is a great time to visit for smaller crowd sizes.

Your discount will be applied at check in and is not valid with any other offers.

Stay with us in May and save!

Remembering Philip

PhilipToday marks one year since Philip’s passing. Philip was our owner, CEO, and our friend. We still miss him each day. Especially now as we’re preparing to open for the season.

Philip would have been busy planning, creating, and building. He’d have been expanding and celebrating the start of another season here at Lake Rudolph.

We know that he’s guiding us in the changes we’re making for the 2014 season. And that he’ll be looking down on us and helping along the way.

He always did need to put his touch on things. :)

It’s funny, there are times when you swear you can almost hear his voice from down the hall. How he loved to break into a rousing rendition of  ”You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” And he loved to pop up when you least expected him and scare the daylights out of you. We miss his quick wit and humor. Or how he’d take everyone to lunch on a random Tuesday. We miss his boisterous spirit and the excitement he had when sharing a new idea or project with us.

We’re keeping all his family and friends in our thoughts today, and every day, as they’re continuing their life without their father, husband, son, brother, and friend.

We miss you Philip!

Philip J. Koch
1965 – 2013

Rudy’s Recipe: Campfire Chili Cheese Fries

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries

You Need:

  • Potatoes, sliced into french fries (or use frozen, but change cooking time to about 20 mins)
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded cheese (whatever kind you prefer … I used cheddar)
  • Can of chili (again, whatever you prefer)
  • Green onions, optional

Make ‘Em:

Placed sliced potatoes onto heavy duty foil. Dot with about a tablespoon or so of butter (or toss them with olive oil). Salt and pepper those babies.

Pour on chili. Top with cheese and green onions. Seal foil around potatoes into a packet. Leave a steam vent at top.

Grill over hot coals for about 30 – 40 minutes, turning packet several times.

Rudy’s Recipe: Camping Quesadillas

Camping Quesadillas

You Need:

  • 4 medium flour tortillas
  • 2 (8oz) chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
  • 1 jar Tostitos salsa con queso
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • aluminum foil

Make ‘Em:

Spread 1 Tbsp salsa con queso over one side of a tortilla.

Place 1/4 c. chicken on half the tortilla over the salsa con queso. Sprinkle 1/4 c. black beans and about 1/4 c. cheese over the chicken.

Fold other side of tortilla over to cover ingredients. Place on a piece of foil large enough to cover the quesadilla. Leave the ends open.

Place the foiled quesadilla on the grate directly over the campfire. Keep over fire to cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy.

Remove from the grate and cut in four pieces.

- Recipe courtesy of CupcakeDiariesBlog.

“Reel Pick” Sweepstakes with Holiday World

Reel SweepsWe have teamed up with Holiday World on their “Reel Picks” Sweepstakes! What does that have to do with me you ask? Well … you have the chance to vote on your favorite of their new TV commercials and win big while doing it. Like win two overnights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin and one-day tickets to the park! Oh, and you can enter daily. :)

First, cruise over to their HoliBlog. Then take a look at their three new commercials and vote for your favorite one.

The three 30-second spots will run one after another. The first is called “The Tour,” then “The Idea,” followed by “Value Meter.”

There will be one lucky Grand Prize Winner, chosen at random, who will receive four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and a two-night stay in one of our Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins! Please note: Christmas Cabin’s availability to the sweepstakes winner runs from May 1 to May 22, 2014, and May 26 to June 14, 2014. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari tickets may be used any one day during the park’s 2014 season.

Then … there will be three more winners, also picked at random. Second Place Winner receives two one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Third Place receives a $50 HoliCash gift card and Fourth receives a $25 HoliCash gift card.

Hope you like the sneak peek of their commercials. Visit the HoliBlog and vote now! Good luck!

Happy Pi Day!

Are you celebrating Pi day with pie? :-p


Girl Scouts Day

Happy Girl Scouts Day! I love this pink Girl Scout setup.


Everyone give a big “scout out” to Troop 2254 from Winchester, Indiana!

One Groovy Cat

Came across this archive photo and used it for “Throwback Thursday”.

Let’s look closer. The bicycle has been abandoned for another toy. What is that pink thing?


A cat? Forget Rudolph. He’s been thrown over for a pink cat.


That is one groovy pink cat.

Anyone recognize this rhyme perhaps? :-p

Think of all the animals you’ve ever heard about …
like rhinoceroses and tigers, cats, and mink.
There are lots of funny animals in all this world …
But have you ever see a “cat” that is pink?

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