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Dec. 4, 2009 5:23 pm 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2009 3:54 pm
I woke up this morning and I could see my breath...inside! Not cool! So a trip to Walmart and another heater later, I am able to get out of my shoes and sweatshirt and be in relative comfort. I went outside because the sky was turning black and snapped some pictures. We are gonna get pelted with either snow or rain...not sure which, but as cold as it's been, I would suspect snow. I got my hose insulated and will be picking up lumber tomorrow for the rv skirt that my friend, Cecil, and I will be building to protect the pipes underneath. I was going to use bales of straw, but that would come to $150 or the lumber comes to $150...I'll go with the wood, it'll last at least and I can take it with me when I leave. I made a meatloaf last night using some of the chanterelle mushrooms that I got for such a great price ($5.99 lb.). I'll put the picture of that on here. Countdown to Christmas! Three weeks to go...and 9 days until our 4th anniversary. Time flies when you're having fun! The husband is supposed to be coming home tonight, I don't really know if that will happen because of the temperature and him and his friend have to drive over the pass. The roads could shut down! I'm trying to decide on which types of candies and sweets to make as gifts this year. Usually, in my other life, I made about 20-25 different varieties of cookies and made everyone huge platters. Not this year! I'm gonna be scaling back a bit. I do need to get both quart and pint canning jars, though...I'm making spiced nuts of some type for the pint jars and cookie mixes for the quart ones. Along with the sweets, I think that will make nice gift baskets for everyone. Of course my husband wants to break the bank and buy his mom a new freezer and I said no. She would fill it full of food that she will never's like she hordes it or something...and I'm not going to do that. So I posted on the RE and got some great ideas for different far I'm making the cracker-toffee things and the chocolate coated maraschino cherries and probably some no-bake cookies. I will make one batch of cookies...spumoni chocolate chip, just because they sound so dang good!
Spicy Meatloaf with Chanterelles
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Weird looking sky
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My Backyard
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Spooky Cold Morning with The Dogs
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getting darker
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Shells with Shrimp and Pesto
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My dinner tonight
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Lazy Beasts
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Dec. 4, 2009 6:53 pm
YUMMY! that dinner looks good! ...mmmmm beautiful backyard!
Dec. 4, 2009 7:02 pm
The Meatloaf--I don't measure anything so here are the ingredients: hot Italian sausage, ground beef, champagne vinegar, dijon mustard, my own secret bbq sauce, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, egg, fresh thyme, green pepper, red onion, chanterelle mushrooms, garlic, parsley, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, a dash of hot sauce and bacon on top.
Dec. 4, 2009 7:10 pm
Shrimp--peeled, deveined shrimp, large shell pasta, green onion, parmesan cheese, chopped tomato, pesto sauce, crushed red pepper, garlic, lemon pepper and sea salt.
Dec. 5, 2009 8:02 am
Update--I called about another park about 40 miles from here. It's just outside of a little town called Mossyrock (cool name) and right on gorgeous Lake Mayfield. And right on route for my husband's job!
Dec. 5, 2009 8:11 am
Sure hope this finds you feeling better and safe. All your food looks so delicious, all on a little camper oven and stove. You are one brave girl!
Dec. 5, 2009 8:33 am
Recipes look and sound yummy!! I love the name of the RV park, Mossyrock. Sounds like you might want to check this one out. Gotta have better neighbors!!!
Dec. 5, 2009 8:34 am
Actually Mossyrock is the name of the nearby town...the rv park is Lake Mayfield something or other!
Dec. 5, 2009 3:06 pm
Sounds like you are feeling better! Don't overdo it though (Yes, Mom LOL)Your pictures of the sky and the fog are beautiful. The food looks good too. Stay warm.
Dec. 5, 2009 5:16 pm
You have inspired me. This is the first year I have every baked. I made Bisquick Butterscotch Brownies but they seem rather dry. I made chocolate pecan cookies (starts with a chocolate cake mix) are they are ok. I still have to make something I really love and find someone to eat the not so great stuff (can`t let hubby get into it as he is watching his weight).
Dec. 5, 2009 6:41 pm
kali...I really did use to bake like that. I hated to do it because you have to measure everything and I am not a patient person. I'm not saying that I have developed a great love of baking, but I am developing a deep appreciation of it. Just start with like a carrot cake from scratch and you'll be amazed at the difference. I don't have any bisquick in the rv here, I probably should, but I find I do just fine with flour, sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar. Throw in a couple of different types of nuts you get in the bulk section of your grocery store and you'll be amazed at what you can come up with.
Dec. 5, 2009 6:44 pm
I will post pictures of tonight's dinner in a few. Baked cod fillet: just sprinkle with lemon pepper and top with sliced lemons, red skin mashed potatoes with butter and horseradish and boiled sliced beets...from a can, too messy to do in here fresh!
Dec. 6, 2009 9:25 am
I am going to be making Ann's Fruit Salad's my mother-in-law's recipe and it is WONDERFUL!! I can't rave enough about it!
Dec. 6, 2009 12:56 pm
Tonight is all about 500metersdeepblue's Hot & Sour soup...I'll post the pics of how it turns out!
Dec. 7, 2009 4:32 am
hey ww i am sooooo glad you might be getting to move,love all your food, looks great,i really want ann's fruit salad recipe, it has to be great
Dec. 7, 2009 9:55 am
the link to my MIL's fruit salad is:
Dec. 7, 2009 12:06 pm
Thanks for the suggestion of making a carrot cake, very tasty and moist. I was shocked how expensive it is to buy straw bales. I agree with going wood.
Dec. 7, 2009 1:48 pm
Ok, I don't recommend getting pneumonia while living in one of's totally not cool! It rather sucks. I'm trying to get the energy up to start on candy making, but just can't seem to find it anywhere!
Dec. 7, 2009 6:07 pm
I did it!! I made my spiked apple brownies.... post pictures as soon as they come out of the oven! Will also post the pictures for my Dreamsicle Cookies in a Jar!
Dec. 7, 2009 9:29 pm
Ok, WW - I'm waiting to hear the story of your lovely 12-string! My dh just got one recently and he loves it! So, blog to us about it, ok? :D See ya 'round!
Dec. 8, 2009 2:25 pm
Looks like you enjoy the out doors - what breed dogs do you own
Dec. 8, 2009 2:52 pm
the little one is a lab/sheltie mix and the big one with blues is a husky/lab mix.
Dec. 8, 2009 2:53 pm
that should be blue eyes
Dec. 8, 2009 11:22 pm
You bought chanterelles? Can't you pick them where you are? I'm on Vancouver Island and I can pick and dry all the chanterelles I could ever use for $0. If your mother-in-law hordes food think about a food dehydrater for her. Less $$ and a better way to preserve food (takes up less space too!). I'm jealous of your lifestyle. I'm stuck in a house. Just put the antifreeze in the my travel trailer. One day I will haul it AZ rather than buy antifreeze :)
Dec. 9, 2009 3:06 am
In all fairness to your mother in law and the rest of us senior citizens, it may not be "hording" of food but just being prepared in the eventuality of a need in the future . Freezers are great; we have three of them. The normal one in the kitchen, a ten year old side by side in the garage plus a full chest freezer in the garage. I usually keep all three freezers stocks especially during our long cold New England winters. It is nice to be able to "shop" in your own home without mushing to the supermarkets if you are under the weather with a flu or lingering cold. It's just what people do in the great northeast and I'm sure in other places. If your mother in law lives far from a supermarket, a freezer will come in mighty handy and it is generous of her son to think of her that way. When you are younger, it is no big deal to run to the store every day or so, but as you age it isn't as much fun.....especially on ice and snow. We are not Mormons, the they also believe in stocking up. My husband thinks they have the right idea. It's not really hording food. It's just being prepared. But, to each his own. Your recipes are great. Just wanted to share another point of view from a grandma of three. I love my freezers. Also, if you bake, everything can be frozen and then enjoyed at a later date. Like having your own supermarket and bakery at your disposal. Happy Holidays.
Dec. 9, 2009 8:10 am
Carmel, you may have just shed some light on why she does that. She is from Boston. But, the supermarket is only like 1/2 mile from where she lives and she is very active and goes out shopping every day. I'm talking about the fact that she will purchase a steak and cook it. She only eats a very small portion of it and freezes the rest. Three years later, that piece of cooked steak is still in her freezer and, to me, that is just gross! She will never use the rest of it, yet, she won't throw it away either. I'm not against my husband wanting to buy her a freezer. I'd like to make that clear. But when we have other things that need to be done such as a new starter in my car, a skirt around my rv, health insurance and the such, I just thought it was a ridiculous idea. And, I'm not buying ANYONE a freezer until I get one myself! Sorry if it sounds selfish, but that's my reasoning behind that particular statement.
Dec. 9, 2009 8:13 am
patty--I spose I could go pick chanterelles but my vehicle is not that reliable to go traisping up in the woods. I'm waiting for the starter to get changed in my car and then I can be off and running again. For now I am stuck driving our old chev pickup and it has arthritis and doesn't really like to start up for me too easily in the cold!
Dec. 10, 2009 6:50 pm
I just read your blog and your comments about being from Forks. I was born there, too! People would always ask me where I was born and look at me funny when I said the name of the town - now most people look at me as if they can't believe the town is actually a real place! ; )
Dec. 11, 2009 3:05 am
I hear you now on the concern re hording food (the steak, etc.) Is it possible she is displaying early signs of Alzheimers? Often, they keep food long past its perishable date in their frig; just forgetting they even have it in there. At least she is freezing the steak. I agree that you do have more pressing items to spend the money on than a freezer. I stock up for the grandchildren's visits and our adult children's visits but especially for the long snowy winters up here. Here is a recipe you might enjoy. There are no specific measurements . As a child I loved Italian Pasta Fagioli (pasta fazool) which is more like a thick soup and uses crushed tomatoes and often celery with the garlic and onions and cannelini beans.....but this is a "white" beans and pasta dish which my husband loves. The garlic is a good antibiotic as we all know plus keeps the werewolves away. Saute as many large chopped onions as you wish in olive oil. I use about two or three large vidalia onions. Drain two cans of Progresso white cannelini beans (or you can use the dry and soak overnight, etc. cook, etc.) Add the cannelini beans to the onions and simmer for awhile. Sprinkle with basil and some black pepper......... Boil your tube pasta (of your choice) till al dente. Drain and put into large bowl. Meanwhile cut up as much garlic cloves as you wish; I use a lot.......saute quickly in half cup of olive oil in small pot to which you add 1/2 tsp. or more of salt and some black that the garlic does not burn. POUR THE ONION AND CANNELINI BEAN MIXTURE OVER THE HOT PASTA AND TOSS. NOW POUR THE SIZZLING OLIVE OIL AND GARLIC OVER THE PASTA......AND SERVE WITH PAREMAN CHEESE. Sorry for no precise measurements but it comes out great no matter how you make it.
Dec. 11, 2009 7:46 am
Hi witchywoman,we're winter texans, and I go from a big kitchen to small everything. It's not easy laying in enough food to last a whole week, seems like I'm always going to Wal Mart, or H.E.B. It's a great grocery store, just love it and the prices. If we could, we'd get another small fridge, but have no place to put it in here. Our 5th isn't a big one. What size R.V. do you have? This is the first time I've been on this site to see your comments. You sound like a fun gal. Love the fact that you have dogs, we travel with four poms, where we go, they go. One just went to the store with the husband, she thinks she's special. I'm glad I've found your site, will look for you again. Merry Christmas.
Dec. 11, 2009 8:34 am
Carmel, that recipe sounds amazing and I will make it! Sharon, I have a 21 foot fifth wheel. It's not overly big, but it's a freaking palace compared to the 17 foot one we gave away! Sometimes I think little dogs would be easier, but we have had these two since puppyhood..Pup is 4 and Sasha is 2 and we can't forget my 5 year old mouthy Super Dave the Girl Cat!
Dec. 11, 2009 10:36 am
Just a note to say..I enjoyed reading your blog..I think you should have your own food network show! You would make it very interesting....:)
Dec. 11, 2009 11:02 am
p.s. I forgot to mention that you add a ladleful of the pasta water (starch) into the onion / cannelini bean mess....then drain the pasta & toss with the bean mixture; lastly top with the garlic & olive oil mixture.
Dec. 11, 2009 11:09 am
I just checked out your MIL's fruit salad... almost identical to my mom's recipe that she got from my grandma! The only change is that my mom adds mandarin oranges and pecans (it's the TX in her :)). Sorry I just wanted to share that bit of info... it was amazing to me that they were so close!
Dec. 11, 2009 1:52 pm
Hi there, I'm a Texas full time RVer so sure can relate. I've got 2 elec heaters going, it's OK, but I wear double layers most all winter@ Even in TX, it was 20 nite before last! And yea, cooking and baking are a bit of a challenge, but do-able, and I love doing it. Hope youre warm, we used hay bales for a couple years, after use just add to your compost, or use for mulch, mine grows some cool looking fungi! Namaste, Linda
Dec. 11, 2009 5:26 pm
thanks, cashmeer...I appreciate the compliment!
Dec. 11, 2009 5:27 pm
That's cool, Daisy...I think next I'm gonna add mango and macadamia nuts to it!!
Dec. 11, 2009 5:31 pm
JBPBN3---I lived there through the 70's and into the 80's before the folks moved us down here. I was a teenager when we moved. But it's nice to here from someone else who's from there! My brother still lives up there and drives log truck!
Dec. 11, 2009 5:35 pm
LighteninLin~~~we just came out of a deep freeze and into a winter storm warning that says we may get up to 3 inches of snow from tonight on through Sunday. My septic is frozen, we just had a water main break here in the park and I had to go and buy another heater because it got down to 10 degrees and it was freakin' cold in here! The hay bales are great idea, but at $9 a bale for straw, I think I'll go with a wood skirting and a heat lamp for underneath! I totally know what you mean about the double layers...and triple sometimes and fingerless gloves when I'm typing on the computer. I'm down to just using one heater now, and I think it's plenty warm for a sweater and a sweatshirt! Keep in touch!
Dec. 13, 2009 5:44 am
Hi - I just happened upon your blog and I love it! I lived with my husband and 2 dogs in an RV for a few years and, honestly, we look back on those years as the absolute best!! I miss it. The only difficulty was cooking in such a cramped space so I appreciate your recipes very much - in case we go that route again:) Thank you!
Dec. 13, 2009 8:07 am
Chowdah...I truly hope I get to that point. Most of the time I don't mind it at all...there are benefits to cleaning your entire house in 30 minutes and never having to many dishes to do, because you don't have room to accumulate that many! What I don't like is the cold! It sux! My fridge quit working, my septic holding tank froze up, my water lines froze and the drain on the shower froze..I am happy to report that all is up and working again and we are starting to thaw!
Dec. 13, 2009 9:29 am
Hi Witchy! Just became a member here and love reading your posts. Am curious about your shrimp and pasta recipe - do you serve it hot or cold? - do you just mix the cooked shrimp and pasta with the other ingredients or do you cook it all together? Thanks for all your tips - Ms.Wordy
Dec. 13, 2009 9:33 am
WW just a quick report from Whidbey.. it's starting to snow here. Will take the Golden out soon as it will be her first snow. Should I wake up kids to hear their screams of no school or just wait on them to come running in here? Need to go work on my cards for others here on AR.. later! Tina
Dec. 13, 2009 10:51 am
Hello! I just happened upon your blog today and found it so interesting. I have always wanted to live in an RV, but it's not possible right now with 2 teenaged boys. Who know what the future may bring. I live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Yours is the first blog I have subscribed to. :)
Dec. 13, 2009 11:37 am
MsWrody---I saute the shrimp & veggies then add the cooked shells and then add enough pesto to coat it all really good then add the cheese on top of all of it and let it melt for a minute, then I mix it up and put chopped tomatoes on the top...I shouldn't eat them because I am allergic to all citrus, it makes sores in my mouth and sometimes down my throat, but I don't care, I eat it anyway!!
Dec. 13, 2009 11:40 am
Divemistress~~I think you guys get more snow up there than we do down here! We were expected to have a 1 to 3 inch accumulation, but didn't get any! And I'm saying good! I really don't want to have to put chains on the truck to drive to the store for cigarettes (I know, I want to quit). And I would wait and let the kids get ready for school then tell them!
Dec. 13, 2009 11:44 am
hali1966~~~I really feel honored that I am the first blog that you have subscribed to. I still have a hard time believing that my life could possible be this interesting to people. It cracks me up! And it makes my day for me. If it weren't for these blogs and the great pals that I have made on the Recipe Exchange, I probably would go stark raving mad! I am looking at this as an adventure because everyday here something different happens, something interesting to see...I may not always like it, but it is interesting...and definately never really a dull day. I usually wind up getting a little wintertime depression every year, but not this year because instead of walking to the sliding glass door to let the dogs out, I have to get and go outside to hook them on their chains. I stay outside with them also...I know a lot of people would love to get their hands on my blue eyed dog..especially the methheads, so I watch 'em both like a hawk! Please keep posting and read the other blogs as well! Thanks for reading and have a great holiday!
Dec. 13, 2009 2:53 pm
my galley kitchen feels too small, I cant imagine cooking in an RV kitchen. Are you planning on making Christmas cookies? Candy?
Dec. 13, 2009 3:37 pm
I am in the process of making candy. I started 3 days ago and got sugar coated pecans and cracker candy completed. Then I had everything freeze up on me and the fridge went out and I lost all of my stuff in the freezer....I'm still sad about the death of my razor clams :(...but I am happy to report that I did get it all taken care with the help of a really nice neighbor and my next step is to make mini loaves of a couple of types of bread and utilize that empty freezer! I have a couple of people who are diabetic, one who has IBS and an allergy to nuts and yet another who is on coumadin. So it's just easier to bake mini loaves and label whos is whos on them! I plan on making truffles, something with peanut butter, something with M & M's and spumonti chocolate chip cookies from AR. I usually do about 30 types of cookies and make platters, but with the limited space, I thought candies would be easier. Thanks for the question, fidgetblogs!
Dec. 13, 2009 6:01 pm
UPDATE: It is snowing here...and if all goes to plan, it'll be gone tomorrow! Cross your fingers! I really have to get a move on and bake tomorrow...been dealing with family stuff for the last 3 days and drama takes a toll on all of us!
Dec. 13, 2009 7:58 pm
Hi WW. I love your blog. I'm the same age as you (well, actually I'm ONLY 39, but only for a couple more months LOL). My fiance is a heavy duty mechanic. I'm in Northern Alberta and this morning the temp was -45. Two years ago we bought a new 21 foot trailer with one slider. We camped most of the first summer for fun, but this summer we lived in it behind the shop where he works out of neccesity. For obvious temp reasons, we can not live in there during the winter. So, from one extreme to another, we are now in a huge 2300 SF house. I love to cook, but it was so frustrating in the trailer. The lack of counter space drove me insane. I usually just chopped at the table and threw everything in the crock pot. I always knew it was temporary so I really didn't put to much effort into it. The gas stove top seemed to have two settings- off or burning everything I attempted to cook. The oven was the same way. It's amazing you are actually able to create these amazing meals in there. Everything was so difficult for me in that trailer. You mentioned this too. Just to have a shower, I'd have to take out the fan, broom, space heater, dirty laundry and cooler. I couldn't keep anything outside and not because I was worried about theft. Oh no, we had stray cats that would spray on everything. Of course, garbage would have to stay in at night too. I learned that lesson after spending morning number one picking up all my scattered trash and having to contend with a million grasshoppers- my big phobia. I only had one little doggie with us, but that was another big issue. It was blazing hot out all summer and I couldn't bring him with me into town and leave him in the car. I'd leave him in the trailer and worry the whole while that the AC would out. At the end of the day, I'd have managed to whip up something edible enough to keep my man alive. We'd open a bottle of wine and enjoy a great night together. It wasn't all bad. I had to laugh when you talked about your MIL. I have a grandma that is the same way. She had six kids and still has her huge freezer. She doesn't cook and freeze, she buys and freezes. If it's on sale, she buys it. About 20 years ago we had thanksgiving at one of the Aunts and Grandma insisted that she'd do the turkey. Everyone got food poisoning. The turkey appeared to be cooked enough. It was probably 20 years old though and who knows who many times she had lost power and that poor bird had thawed and frozen again. She still brings food to family things, but no one eats it. She makes these little tart things, but brings them on the styrofoam packages her meat came on. Her house is now reduced to pathways through her mounds of hoarding. It's not garbage, it's just stuff. I hope your MIL is nice. My Grandma is an old bat. It's sad. I don't know what they will do with her. She's 86. There is only one home in town and it has a long list of people who want in. She does not want to go. I figure my youngest aunt will eventually have to take her. It won't be pretty.
Dec. 13, 2009 8:05 pm
Oh, MIL isn't that bad! LOL, I spose it goes to say that just when you think you have it bad, some one really does have it worse! I store some stuff outside of here under the awning, and I totally use the canopy on my truck for storing extra water, laundry supplies, extra paper towels and toilet paper. I probably look ridiculous when I drive into town to go to the store and have all that stuff, but I don't care. I also have 2 big storage units filled to the gills with all of our furniture, my antique dish collection, all my appliances..everything! I think I even have like 4 or 5 boxes of canned goods in there too!
Dec. 13, 2009 8:55 pm
Hey,WW..My Hubby and I are fulltime RVers also...luv your blog...great to have others to commiserate with!We move every 6 months or so(JOB!!!)and this is my first winter in RV in a cold climate.We spent last winter in South Florida and the summer in New Orleans La.Now in Northern was 8 degrees the other morning...discovered I was out of propane for furnace and only one electric heater.Hubby had gone back to Florida for a couple of weeks while I stayed here with our 4-legged children.So I grabbed the Chihuahua and we stayed in the bedroom watching that TV most of the day!! Cooking in RV is a challenge!I cooked for our crew of 12-18 guys twice a week all year;got REALLY good on big outdoor grill to help with lack of indoor space.Baking is one of my Favs..but this oven not reliable enough for cheesecakes and no room to roll out doughs.I miss baking breads! Are you sure we dont have same MIL ?? LOL!(that's actually one of the GOOD things about traveling away every few months!)Bless her ,tho! I stored all the extras outside before but now going to buy large cargo trailor to use as Pantry and place for small freezer and second refrigerator( tired of daily trips to walmart grocery).Just means extra trips each time we relocate since I already pull a flatbed trailor with ATV's and Grill(it's really big!)and smoker.Then I make another trip to haul boat to new "home". Let me know how the lumber works for you...we'll be using straw since it only costs about 1.00 a bale here. Looking forward to your next posting to blog!
Dec. 13, 2009 9:06 pm
Well, we've moved into this new house now and are renting it until the old house sells and we can buy it. It's out in the country (66 acres) and is only 12 years old with all the good stuff a big new house should have. BUT, much like a trailer, it has no basement which is almost unheard of here. It's been so cold the last couple of weeks. I turned on the dishwasher the other day and it drained out of my kitchen sink and onto the floor. The drain pipe had froze. Then, later that week, the power went out. I could see down the highway that the lights were still on in town. I use the term town lightly. The population is 97 (including us and everyone within 7 miles). Town is a general store that I am unable to drive to because my car is frozen solid. So, okay, call the power company. While I'm on hold, my cel phone starts to die. How is this possible??? I can't recharge!!! I managed to divert to their message center and lo and behold, I had a man out here within the hour to fix the problem. LOL
Dec. 13, 2009 11:30 pm
Oh! WW! I share your attitude about each day in the life of a fulltime RVer being an adventure...good or not so good!I have lost almost 50 lbs. in the year since I too decide it made economical sense to join Hubby on the road instead of maintaining two households.How did I lose the wieght?? Two 4-legged children that were accustumed to having many acres to roam now need LONG long walks each day;several times a day with supervision!There is never a boring day when I walk the woods and fields enjoying the romps of my two rascals.And then there is the almost daily trips to Walmart grocery due to lack of pantry storage and small refrigerator,right? But,I have found storage(in some of the strangiest places)for all the kitchen gadgets I love! Keep blogging...I enjoy knowing someone else understands the challenges of Life in an RV ! And sees the adventure in each day!
Dec. 14, 2009 12:22 am
Good for you RockingItCountryStyle! I'm losingit because I lost about 30lbs. Doesn't it feel great? Wow, WW you are really on to something here. I always thought I was the only one willing to grab my dog and follow my man around.
Dec. 14, 2009 5:20 am
Reading about the methheads again, and I do believe you as our son's fiance from your neck of the woods told us that there were a lot of them in Oregon, you pack a sidearm? Not kidding. Are you allowed to have a gun for protection, just in case you were alone, which you normally are, and someone tried to break in? Most hunting states, like Vermont, it is legal to have a gun, etc. I know you have your trusty dogs, but??? Guess we watched too many crazy Netflix movies this weekend.
Dec. 14, 2009 6:56 am
LOL--no, I don't have a gun! What I do have is a husband who trained with the SEAL teams and was in Vietnam, a dad who was a green beret in Vietnam, 4 older brothers who loved to torture us 5 girls, an ex-logging career, 2 big dogs and a 6 cell mag-lite. I think I'm good! If I had a gun, they would probably just break and steal it!!
Dec. 14, 2009 7:06 am
Today is my & my husband's 4 year anniversary. I have to break this funk I'm in, not to mention that I have ate almost all of the 2 batches of candy that I made. I have to get baking! I can go all year long and not bake a thing, but come the holiday season...I MUST BAKE! We are still having drama, to some extent, in the park..not to mention broken pipes, the men's restroom was totally destroyed so the one restroom that works is co-ed for now. I'm dreading going down and taking a shower, but I have to wait for Bob to come home and snake out the drain for ours. Anyway, I can get a much longer and hotter shower if I just walk down there. I'm lazy! It's raining now which a sigh of relief, I don't have to worry about stuff freezing up! And I feel settled because we are back to our normal Washington weather! I think my "kids" aren't too happy about it though...they could spend much more time outside when it was cold because I didn't have to worry about them tracking mud up onto the bed. So they are somewhat pouting today. If I only had a bench seat instead of buckets in the truck, I could take them for a ride!
Dec. 14, 2009 9:06 am
Pomegranate bread is in the oven....YEA! I broke my lazy streak!!
Dec. 14, 2009 10:06 am
Ok, I couldn't find the pomegranate bread recipe that I had written down, so I "winged it" and here is the link to the recipe I came up with
Kim M. 
Dec. 14, 2009 11:45 am
Hi there My hubby, our 5 year old son,border collie, and I are a full time RV family. About a year and a half now. Its great to see others out there surviving the same life. I have found the kitchen to be a challange, but have taken a new interest in cooking. I hated to cook before because I was a lot busier. We froze up last winter, but so far this year are keeping t Water working! Well, other then the water leak here in the park that they are fixing today. Our 5th wheel is a tou hauler with a seperate garage/bedroom in the back that's 10 feet long. We travel with a big upright freezer, then set it outside when camped long term. Major help in the food storage! Loved reading your blog!
Dec. 14, 2009 12:04 pm
You must be in 30 footer or better...that would be like a palace to me...mine's 21 feet and one dog is border collie size but the other one is double that, not to mention a mouthy cat! We are not allowed outside appliances here...if we were I wouldn't have given my freezer to our friends, I'd have kept it!
Dec. 14, 2009 12:20 pm
I have the Spumoni Chocolate Chip Cookies in the oven as we speak!
Dec. 14, 2009 3:54 pm
Banana Banana Bread, altered, away in the oven. I added 1 pint of frsh blueberries, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon rum extract! This recipe made 3 nice size mini loaves!
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Forks, Washington, USA
Living In
Woodland, Washington, USA

Member Since
Oct. 2007

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States