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Quick tricks and recipes to snazz up your burgers while visiting luxury RV parks Texas

Texas RV Park | Mill Creek Ranch Resort One of the favorites on the grill for regulars and newbies alike that come to Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the best luxury RV parks Texas, is the good ‘ol American hamburger. Hamburgers are practically standard for camping trips, because they are easy to whip up, grill and eat. The “same old, same old,” however, can get, well, a little old. Here are a few tips and a recipe to help you snazz up your burgers on your next resort getaway!

Spice it up: If you typically don’t season your meat, it’s time to start. Salt and pepper go a long way, but feel free to throw pretty much any spice or seasoning you like in the ground meat. A few popular options are season salt, grill seasoning, garlic powder (or garlic salt – just don’t salt it twice if you use this!), cayenne and/or chili powder if you like some spice or a little curry powder for a good flavor whallop.

Switch it up: Yes, beef is the classic meat of choice when it comes to hamburgers, however, switching up the ground meat you use is a pretty easy way to make something different. Experiment with ground chicken or turkey,some East Texas venison or even go a little fancier and use lamb. With lamb, you can even mix it with ground beef.

Stuff it!: Stuffed burgers are all the rage these days, so much that there is even a special tool to help you with the process (it’s not really necessary though). The idea is pretty basic: make double the patties with your meat, but flatten them somewhat thin. Mound some cheese, bacon, wilted greens, mushrooms or really anything you can think of on one of the patties, cover with another patty and squish and mold the ends together. Then grill as usual and enjoy! Check out our recipe for greek stuffed lamburgers below!

There is nothing like fancying up a meal or two while camping at one of the best luxury RV Parks Texas. Contact Mill Creek Ranch Resort for more information or to book your luxury RV site.

 

Greek Stuffed Lamburgers

Makes 4 large burgers
1 ½ pounds ground lamb, or a mix of ground beef and lamb
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Crumbled feta cheese
½-1 cup wilted spinach (or frozen spinach, thawed)

1. Mix the ground meat with lemon zest, oregano and salt and pepper. Separate the meat into 8 balls of about equal size, and flatten into large patties.

2. Place some crumbled feta and wilted spinach into the center of four of the patties. Top each with another patty and press together at the edges, somewhat sealing the stuffed burger.

3. Grill to your desired doneness. Serve on a bun, between cibatta bread, or in a pita pocket.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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Make Your Next Stay at a Top Rated TX RV Park, and Bring Your Friends

 

rv park txLocated in the quaint little East Texas town of Canton, Mill Creek Ranch Resort is a top rated TX RV park that sits on 200 acres of East Texas Piney Woods. We accept a variety of RV’s and pop-ups and offer a variety of comforts and amenities. Each site is a leveled concrete pad and has full water, sewage and electric hookups, 20, 30 and 50 amp service, daily trash pick up, a picnic table, and a fire ring (with the first night’s firewood included). Our facilities also have an RV lodge with games and a TV, wifi, cable, clean showers and restrooms and a variety of sites including back-in and pull through sites. We are also dog friendly and have a fenced in dog park as well as plenty of trails and paths to walk your pooch.

Our resort amenities are also available to our RV site renters, including a resort-style pool and hot tub, games and activities, nature trails for biking and hiking, paddle boats and catch and release fishing at our dock so you can really make Mill Creek Ranch your home away from home. Our modern amenities give this TX RV park the feeling that you’re basking in a little slice of the good life, with all the creature comforts of a country resort that you can enjoy from your own personal space in your RV or pop-up.

Not only is Mill Creek Ranch Resort a great TX RV park for your family, bring your whole crew of friends (and their families)! Through February 26 we are offering a rally special; groups of 10 rigs or more can pull up for just $30 a night! We also have catering options available, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

In addition to all the fun and amenities we have on-site, the Canton area is also filled with a variety of wonderful things to do. Canton is known for its antique shops and little boutiques and has some adorable restaurants if you’re looking for a night out. There is also a water park, a golf course and a wildlife center nearby. We are also just a short little jaunt from Lake Fork, a location that’s nationally renowned for trophy bass fishing.

Grab your friends and come see everything that beautiful East Texas has to offer. If you’re interested in our February rally special, give us a call for more information.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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How to Throw a Barbecue Party at Mill Creek Ranch Resort and RV Park Texas

RV Park Texas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortCooking with flame is one of the human race’s oldest traditions. No matter where we live, the impulse to gather with your loved ones around a fire for fun and socializing remains. When your home is on the road, a barbecue party is a fun alternative to in-house entertaining. When you can get a group together in an RV Park in Texas, the whole family can enjoy the party. Bring your family to stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton for the get-together.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort offers cottages for non-RV party guests. Depending on the cottage, they can sleep anywhere from four to six people. Amenities include full kitchens, washer/dryers, covered patios and televisions. For fellow RV travelers, the resort offers site rentals. These sites have their own picnic areas, WiFi and cable, concrete level pads with 20.30.50 amp, city water sewage, and laundry facilities. All resort guest have access to a store with supplies and groceries.

Bringing your family to Mill Creek Ranch Resort offers the chance to take advantage of resort amenities, such as two pools,  a hot tub, bicycle rentals, walking and hiking trails, playgrounds, a dog park, and a disc golf course. Mill Creek also has an activities coordinator who plan weekend events for all ages.  The pavilion facility offers space for the larger events. It has a full kitchen with a grill and a smoker. If you plan to have a large gathering, consider allowing Mill Creek Ranch Resort and RV Park Texas to help you cater your barbecue meal .

There is also a cabana for smaller gatherings. Located near one of the pools, the cabana can be rented on its own or with the use of the pool. For families who need less space, the cabana is an ideal choice for a family barbecue. There is a fire pit big enough for you to serve everyone. Catering service is available here as well. Consider also renting play equipment, such as discs for disc golf and fishing poles, so that your family can enjoy themselves while their food is cooking.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort and RV Park Texas can offer you the perfect place to gather with your family for a big, Texas-style barbecue. Whether you want to have a large family gathering with all of your travelling relatives, or you want a small party where you can spend some time with your non-RV family, there is a place for you to enjoy it. Park your RV in one of Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s sites and enjoy the scenery beside a roaring flame. RV lifestyle is better at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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Try These Recipes For an Unforgettable Texas RV Park Thanksgiving

Texas RV Park | Mill Creek Ranch ResortHere at the Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we want you to be able to celebrate your holiday season with as much gusto as possible, whether you’re staying in one of our cabins or a great RV site her at the best Texas RV park. This year again, we help take some of the weight off of your Thanksgiving demands.  Join us for a potluck dinner,  Mill Creek will supply Turkey and Ham for everyone’s meal, while you get to bring and share all of your great side dishes with the other guests. If you don’t want to have a public Thanksgiving, then we’ve got you covered with some great ideas for how you can cook your own meal, even from the comfort of your RV.

Turkey is the great entree of choice for our American holidays. You may be daunted to attempt roasting this giant fowl, but have no fear, turkeys have been cooked in much worse situations than a crock pot before. In fact, RV Cooking Show offers this unique way to roast your bird with the least amount of time or effort possible in a clean trashcan. For those less adventurous, RV Free Wheelin’ offers this simple and slow cooked dutch oven option. Either recipe is tantalizing and simple, which is the perfect combination for outdoors cooking.

You are probably aware that the biggest concern with cooking outdoors is keeping the recipes simple, the clean-up minimal, and the food tasty. A few tips should give you confidence in your ability to be a camp chef. Like remembering to pack spices for your trip. Salt and pepper are obviously useful and easy to pack. Other spices may take a little forethought. Try to plan out your meals in advance so you know what you need to cook, then you can simply measure out your spices in advance. Keeping the measured amounts in sandwich baggies or ziplock bags is a great way to keep them handy and easy to pack.

“But Thanksgiving is supposed to be a huge feast,” you may be saying. “How can we keep the dishes to a minimum?” One of the best ways is to consolidate your dishes. For example, making sweet potatoes in a dutch oven is just as easy as setting the pot over hot coals for an hour or so, checking to make sure they are soft. You can add twice the Thanksgiving spirit to this dish by adding in cranberries to give the meal that special dose of tartness. Using some of the spices you packed with you, like nutmeg, cinnamon, or maple sugar. Get creative, and try out some new ideas or recipes. With a  little gumption, you may find that Thanksgiving in a Texas RV park is your favorite way to enjoy the holiday.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort

Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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What Sets Mill Creek Apart from Other Texas RV Parks?

canton texas rv camping sitesWhen it comes to Texas RV parks, we know you have plenty of choices. That’s why at Mill Creek Ranch Resort we go above and beyond to ensure that you’re delighted with your stay. It’s this devotion to your satisfaction that earned our location a top rating from the internationally recognized Good Sam RV club for 2013. It’s also your best assurance that you will enjoy every moment of your stay with us.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we offer true RV-style camping. This means no tents, just folks like yourself enjoying all that our resort has to offer. Here are just some of the perks we’re proud to offer our guests:

  • Plenty of beautiful sites to choose from, including pull-through locations that all can easily accommodate slide-outs. Many of our back-in sites are nicely wooded in the rear for a true back-to-nature setting.
  • All the features you would expect from first-class Texas RV parks, including fire rings, water/sewer hookups, and 20, 30, and 50 amp electrical service.
  • Concret level pads
  • Picnic tables and adirondack chairs for the ultimate in outdoor comfort.
  • First-class comfort stations with spotless restrooms and shower stalls.
  • Washer and dryer facilities.
  • Wi-Fi and cable TV connections.
  • Your first night’s firewood at no charge.
  • Daily trash pickup for your convenience.
  • A spacious lodge with big screen TV, activity tables, and all the free coffee you can drink.
  • A well-stocked trading post for your gift, grocery, and RV supply needs. 
  • A fenced-in dog park for your four-legged family member.
  • Available concierge service.

Of course, any resort is only as good as the activities it offers its guests. This is where Mill Creek really shines. We’re close to plenty of east Texas attractions, many of which you can read about here on our website. But we also have plenty of fun and fascinating things to do without leaving the resort. Some of these activities include the following:

Fishing ponds where you can catch-and-release to your heart’s content.
Scenic walking trails that bring you face-to-face with nature, yet are easy enough for anyone to enjoy a casual stroll on.
Plenty more, including horseshoes, a nine-hole disc golf course, life-sized chess board and a playground for the little ones.

As you can tell, we strive to set ourselves apart from other Texas RV parks. You can find out more about all the great benefits of our Texas RV Park by browsing our website or visiting our Facebook page. We look forward to having you as our guest here at MIll Creek.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Planning Your Texas RV Park Vacation? There’s an app for that!

With RV camping growing in popularity, there are more resources than ever available to help you plan a great RV park vacation in Texas.  Here are a few websites, apps and ideas to get you started.

Guestrated.com is a website where RV Park guests leave reviews and ratings of parks they’ve visited.  You can click the “plan a trip” button and a menu will take you to a search feature that will allow you to find a park and any amenities you would like.  For instance, to find a Texas RV park, one would click on the type of park (RV), the state/province (TX), and then below, “add amenities and lifestyle options.”  Included are options to search for RV parks with internet access, firewood, playgrounds, cable TV, pets welcome…it’s all there. There is even an option to search by highest rated park (Mill Creek Ranch Resort earns an A grade and enthusiastic feedback from reviewers there).

Smartphone apps can make vacation travel so much easier!  Here are a few to try on your next Texas RV park adventure:  

  •  Good Sam Campground Directory helps you find and RV park anywhere you travel.
  •   Gasbuddy finds the cheapest gas in the area
  •   iHandy level iPhone app, to you get your RV level while camping
  •  Google Sky Map is great for stargazing while you’re away from the city lights
  •   OffMaps for iPhone lets you download maps and view them even without a data connection
  •  RV Dumps finds the closest dump station for your septic

Pinterest has many, many boards dedicated to RV camping tips and ideas and is the perfect way to visually plan a vacation. Just search for boards or pins with the words “RV Camping” in them and you’ll instantly have access to recipes, ideas for organizing small spaces, fun recipes, cool RV remodels…you name it.  With a couple of more specific search terms like “Texas hiking trails” or “Canton TX” and you’ll find more specific ideas you may be able to use on your Texas RV park vacation. Create your own board and watch your RV trip take shape before your eyes!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

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Texas RV Park Guests Enjoying a Great Spring Break

Spring Break at Mill Creek Ranch Resort has been great so far!  Our cottage and Texas RV park guests have enjoyed this beautiful, yet erratic, Texas weather.  We think we have seen at least 3 seasons this week!  Texas always holds out those Summer days for a little later in the year.  Which is fine with us, because we have been able to enjoy so many of the attractions of Canton, TX including a guest favorite The East Texas Gator & Wildlife Park!

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One of the best things our Texas RV park offers is the freedom to bring your pet with you.  We have a dog park and many great walking trails for you to enjoy with your pet.  When you stay at an RV site in Mill Creek your whole family is welcome!
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Some enjoyed s’mores, while others enjoyed our arts & crafts activities.
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One of the favorites of our RV resort guests is the fishing derby!  Check out these catches of the day from Walden Pond!
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If you are looking for a great Texas RV park, come stay at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX.  Call now to join us for the rest of Spring Break!  

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439
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Texas RV Park Recipes

When visiting our Texas RV park you may want to try your hand at a guest favorite in one of our fire rings. Campfire Biscuits are not only delicious, they are fun for the whole family to make.  Here is our best recipe and instructions for Campfire Biscuits, also known as Biscuits on a Stick. TX RV Park recipe

Ingredients & Supplies:
Canned Biscuits
Campfire Coals
¾” Wooden Dowel
Cooking Spray
Butter
Jam

First thing you do is enjoy a nice fire with our complimentary first night’s firewood for every RV site.  When the coals are red hot and putting off a lot of heat you get out your dowels and spray the end so the biscuit will come off nicely once it is cooked.

Get out your canned biscuits.  We found that the cheapest and smallest biscuits always seem to work the best.  So don’t go getting fancy with the canned biscuit!  Now, start stretching your biscuit dough until it looks like a nice snake.  Then place one end on the tip of the stick and begin spiraling the dough down the stick.  Make sure to seal all holes or you will be sorry later when your fillings drip everywhere.  You want the dough thin, so it will cook thoroughly and quickly.

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Now, take your uncooked biscuit and stick and hold them like you’re fishing at one of our stocked ponds, with the biscuit end directly over the red hot coals.  If your campfire has a ring around it, this next part is fun and easy.  Roll the stick back and forth along the ring for nice even browning of the biscuit.

Once the biscuit is nice and toasty, remove the stick with a swift turn of the stick while holding your biscuit steady.

Now here is the best part.  Add your favorite fixins’ such as; butter, jelly, cinnamon and sugar, down in the cavity of the biscuit. Some rv campers use a sqeeze bottle for their fixins’.  If you are enjoying an East Texas sunrise, you may want to put some eggs and sausage in the middle.  So delicious!

We hope you will come visit us at our Texas RV park in Canton soon, and share pictures of your family enjoying Campfire Biscuits!

Contact us for more information or to reserve an rv site at our beautiful Texas RV park.  Like us on Facebook to stay caught up on the latest news at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

http://millcreekranchresort.com/