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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?

The World’s Most Interesting Reindeer


Rudy’s Recipe: Shake and Pour Pancakes

Happy National Pancake Day!!

Shake and Pour Pancakes

You Need:

  •  9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup double-acting baking powder
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 cups shortening—which does not require refrigeration
  • 1 3/4 cups non-fat dry milk

Make ‘Em:

Stir baking powder, non-fat dry milk, and salt into the flour. Cut shortening into flour mixture until all particles of shortening are thoroughly coated and the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. This can be done with a food processor, blender, electric mixer, pastry cutter, whisk, or fork. Store in a tightly covered container, at room temperature for up to six weeks. You can also freeze it.

When you’re heading to the campsite … add 2 cups of your mix and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a 1 quart mason jar, put the lid on the jar, and shake the contents until it’s well-combined. Put on a label like this:


On pancake morning (or dinner … I’m not judging) add the ingredients and shake the heck outta them. Then pour in your cast iron skillet, on a griddle or whatever you’re using to cook ’em.

Recipe courtesy of

What To Know: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Poison ivy, oak and sumac … chances are that if you’re a camper you’ve come across one, or all, of these plants. They’re common throughout the US, except in Hawaii and Alaska.

Here’s a little information about each type. Knowing what you’re looking for is half the battle in avoiding these itchy plants.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Technically known as Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy produces urushiol, a clear liquid in the sap of the plant. That is what causes all that unpleasant itching and the painful rash.

It’s not actually a true ivy. It can be found as a vine, as a shrub, and as a climbing vine that grows on trees or other plants.

Over 350,000 people are affected by poison ivy annually in the US.

Poison Oak

Poison Oak

Technically known as Toxicodendron diversilobum, poison oak is a woody vine or shrub in the sumac family. It is known for causing itching and allergic rashes, after contact by touch or smoke inhalation.

Contact with skin first causes itching. It may then evolve into dermatitis with inflammation, colorless bumps, severe itching, and blistering. Does not sound like a picnic to me!

Poison Sumac

Poison Sumac

Technically known as Toxicodendron vernix, poison sumac is a woody shrub or small tree. All parts of the plant contain urushiol just as poison ivy does. When it is burned, inhaling the smoke may cause the rash to appear on the lining of the lungs. Yikes!

Poison sumac is far more potent and toxic than it’s other poison counterparts. Your skin may have quite painful and swelling blisters.

Other good information …

Dogs and cats do not suffer the allergenic effects of poison ivy, sumac or oak like humans do. So that’s good news. Now the bad news … they can transmit the oil of these plants to you if it is on their fur. Your pet can bring you poison ivy, oak or sumac, even though you haven’t been in the woods. If you think they’ve been in contact with these plants, give them a bath (wear long gloves!) with Dawn dish washing liquid and use lots of cool water.

Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes usually develops within a week of exposure and can last anywhere from one to four weeks.