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Shantel & Assistant Christy’s Camping Food, Games & Tips Around Red Deer

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Shantel & Assistant Christy’s Camping

Food, Games & Tips Around Red Deer!

Following up the last blog on where to camp around Red Deer and Central Alberta, is today’s blog on my and Assistant Christy’s “Camping Food, Games, Fun & Tips”. Whether you are roughing it or living it up at a campground, it is nice to be prepared! Christy likes to meal plan, (she’s the super organized kind) where you plan each meal ahead of time, possibly even prepare most of it ahead of time so it only has to be cooked, divide up the meals between each family and BOOM you are ready to go. This makes meals easy! Sometimes, there’s not enough time to plan that far ahead, like if you have a super busy work week or it’s a last minute camp trip. So, you run to the grocery store and raid your fridge at home and wing it for the weekend. Regardless, we never seem to go hungry out camping! There are so many great camping foods or is it that food just tastes better when you’re camping? From prepared (at home) breakfast casseroles, classic bacon and eggs, to burgers, steak~potato dinner, ribs and chicken to whole turkey dinners. And don’t forget the smores, I really want to try the smores made on the rake or Smoreos! We’ve done it all and it all can be done when camping! Mind you, I don’t think we ever did a turkey dinner when we were tenters…. Check out these Great Ideas we definitely want to try out this camping season! Please let us know if you have any great camping recipes!

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While we love our camping food, let’s move on to the even more fun stuff: Games & Activities! We all love to relax around the fire or find a nice quiet spot to chill out for a bit. But for Christy and I, that can only last so long! We like to play games and have fun! There’s the classics like bocce ball, ladder ball, flying kites, scavenger hunts, walks or quad rides, sports like volleyball and soccer, washer toss, playing card games and fireworks! And the newer games like beer pong, flippy cup, glow in the dark ring toss and beersbie. This year, we are definitely going to try out some of these exciting looking games! What is your favourite camping activity?

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Now, for some camping tips! From the time Christy was a tenter to now, where she keeps her RV in one spot, she has always used plastic bins to pack her stuff. Clothes in one, unpack them, it’s now the laundry bin, clothes get washed and go back into the bin. Same for food, pack dry food in a bin, unpack it (or keep in bin if tenting), recycles and left over food comes home. I like to use small containers or bins in my cupboards of my trailer to keep everything organized and from sliding around while in transport. I’ve seen many campers use a big blue water jug with a hand pump for easy access drinking water. Christy’s friend makes fire starters out of cardboard egg cartons, old candle wax and saw dust, works every time! For the out-backers use an old 5 gallon pail (with or without a toilet seat), kitty litter in the bottom, walk  a little bit away from camp, use your make shift bathroom and hang in a tree for the next time, lol! Don’t forget your first aid supplies, toilet paper, hand washing/sanitizing supplies, warm clothes/blankets, extra footwear, waterproof matches, flashlights/lanterns, lots of water, duct tape (for everything from fixing tears to closing wounds), bug spray and sunscreen and chairs! I could go on and on…. Mostly, just be prepared for your family’s needs and know the area if you’re random camping out west!

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I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy my new trailer! If you have any real estate questions, please contact me!

Camping in Central Alberta!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Camping in Central Alberta!

Well, it is that time of year again! What time, you ask? Time to get out camping!! I am super stoked this year as my husband and I just bought a trailer to go camping in! I can’t wait to get out there! Now I’m thinking, where should we go? Which led me to write this blog. There’s a ton of camping right here around Red Deer and in Central Alberta.

For campgrounds in Central Alberta, click the picture:

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If you prefer to rough it a bit, you can drive a little further to the Rocky Mountain House or Caroline area to camp, although some of the campgrounds are fully equipped with all the amenities. It is beautiful out there and has some amazing camping, from campgrounds to “random camping” spots! Here is a list of campgrounds near Rocky Mountain House.  “Random Camping” is where you just drive and find a spot (that’s not on someone’s property). There are some great spots if you know where to go. According to Assistant Christy, some of her favourites she used to frequent were Jack Fish Lake (drive past the campground to find many random spots), South Fork RoadRam RiverChungo Road and west of Caroline on highway 54 to the Forestry Trunk Road! She also says it’s been about 7 years since she’s been out there, so best to get more info before heading out to those areas. There’s tons of trails for ATV’s, rivers, streams, lakes and views to knock your socks off! Some of these areas can accommodate RV’s, but some cannot, so make sure you know what you’re getting into!

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Where’s your favourite place to camp? In a campground? In the “Boonies”? Or somewhere in between?

Please contact me if you have any real estate questions!

SOLD! Executive Bungalow in Rosedale Meadows, Red Deer!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

SOLD!!

Executive Bungalow in Rosedale Meadows, Red Deer!

IMG_6162This is a gorgeous executive bungalow with lots of upgrades and excellent finishes! It has an open-concept with 2 bedrooms upstairs, plus an office and 2 bathrooms. There are 2 large bedrooms with walk in closets downstairs, as well as a media room with 2-tiered seating, large family room with wet-bar and another bathroom! Main floor offers 9ft ceiling highlighted with pot-lights and crown moulding accenting the perimeter! The kitchen is to die for with plenty of attractive cabinets, granite countertops, under-mount large sink, newer quiet dishwasher, gas stove and corner pantry. This home also boasts main-floor laundry, gas fireplace (with appealing rock mantle) and hardwood. The spacious master bedroom has a 4 piece ensuite (with jet-air tub) and good-sized walk-in closet. Office on the main floor has ample built-in cabinets and a built-in desk (this room can easily be converted to a bedroom). It has a newer high-efficiency furnace and high-efficiency hot water tank. Operational under-floor heat. Also, energy efficient central air conditioner. Wired for sound. It is fully landscaped with a partially covered deck, covered fire pit area and aggregate concrete. Click the video to see more on this fabulous home!

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SOLD! Executive Condo in Red Deer’s South Hill!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

SOLD!

Executive Condo in Red Deer’s South Hill!

Excellent value for this executive condo! It has over 1100 square feet of living space and fabulous high-end finishes. This condo boasts beautiful hand-scraped hardwood and an open-concept. The attractive kitchen has granite countertops, corner pantry and stainless steel appliances. There is a gas fireplace in the living room. It has underground parking and a storage unit (located in parking area). Here is a video highlighting the property:

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Gorgeous executive condo with high-end finishes in Red Deer's South Hill

Gorgeous executive condo with high-end finishes in Red Deer’s South Hill

Contact Shantel for more information or to view this property!

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