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Cookie Baking in an Rv 
 
Dec. 15, 2009 5:54 am 
Updated: Dec. 23, 2009 10:13 am
Yesterday, my 4th anniversary, after 3 days of personal family drama, I finally decided I needed to pull outta my funk and get to baking...time's a wastin'! I started off wanting to make a pomegranate bread. I posted on the RE and someone had given me a link to a great sounding recipe and I wrote it down but couldn't find it. I decided to wing it! I looked at a couple of different fruit bread recipes and decided to come up with my own. You can view recipe and pictures at http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62216972/Pomegranate-Bread/Detail.aspx< . Then I decided to tackle the batch of cookies I had been so excited to bake~~Spumoni Chocolate Chip Cookies from AR. This was a learning experience in patience if I ever had one. The oven in here is super small, so a standard size cookie sheet will not work. It simply won't fit, so my beautiful air-bake sheets and such now live in a storage unit. I had to buy a 3 pack of different sizes at Wal-Mart and only the smallest one fit in the oven. So, I mixed up the cookie dough and cut out the parchment paper to fit and proceeded to scoop cookies out only to find that only 6 cookies at a time would fit on this sheet. Nice! This is gonna take forfreakingever...this is why I hate baking cookies!! With cakes or breads or even a stinking pie, you put it in the oven and leave it alone for a while...not cookies! Just when you get started on something else, it's time to take them out and start scooping all over again! So what should have taken 30 minutes at the most, in a regular size oven, took me an hour and a half. But I am happy to report that I did persevere and trudge through and got them completed and they are one of the best tasting cookies I have ever had. That wasn't enough! I wanted to make more mini loaves of bread. I used the Banana Banana Bread recipe from this site and modified it. I added: nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, rum extract and fresh blueberries. Super yummy! And to top it all off, I made a Green Chile Mac & Cheese! I was hungry after all that baking! I wrapped it all up around 6:30 pm and went to bed...I tired myself out! Today's a new day and I have to get a move on my chocolate covered cherries...I'm scared! I have never really attempted to make candy before. I also bought chow mein noodle to make haystacks and almond bark and big peppermint sticks to make a bark of some type. I don't know how this venture will turn out, but I'll trudge through and get it done...wait for the pictures to be posted!
Cracker Candy
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Sugar Coated Pecans
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Pomegranate Bread--personal recipe
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Spumoni Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Modified Banana Banana Bread
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Green Chile Baked Mac & Cheese--personal recipe
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Puppa---always a dog somewhere in my blogs!
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Spiked Apple Brownies--personal recipe
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Comments
SB 
Dec. 15, 2009 6:17 am
I love to bake!! We make a whole day of it. Usually by the end of the day you fall down on the bed to exhausted to move. Glad you had fun! I will be posting my blog soon, I ment to do it last week but got to busy with school and work!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 6:22 am
Will you share the cookie recipe? Those sound soooo good!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 6:27 am
spumoni cookie recipe~~~http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spumoni-chocolate-chip-cookies/detail.aspx
 
sueb 
Dec. 15, 2009 6:45 am
Perseverance! That's the name of the game! I'm glad you stuck with it! I go in spurts. Start with the haystacks and peppermint candies, those will be easiest to make today. Chocolate covered cherries are a challenge, but the taste is worth getting just right!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 6:54 am
I know...but I also know it says to let them sit for at least a week...so I gotta get a move on!
 
Amber 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:02 am
It all looks so yummy!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:06 am
ShareBear...I don't know if I look at baking as fun, maybe a self-appointed form of torture, but I make myself do it...and I am the type of person, if I do something, it'll be to the best of my ability, whether or not I like it!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:08 am
Honestly, though, it's just the cookies that I abhor to make...I like it when I can put something in the oven and do something else while it bakes...I'm a great multi-tasker, and usually have 4 or 5 things going at the same time!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:08 am
But cookies....I don't really have time time to take the dogs out before they are ready to come out of the oven!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:12 am
Glad to meet you, Witchywoman! All looks delicious. Pomegranate bread -sounds very unusual. I love pomegranate, but I`ve never thought I could use it in baking.
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:14 am
neither did I until I took out those loaves yesterday!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 10:14 am
I'm in awe that you are baking in your RV. My travel trailer doesn't bake correctly, the bottom burns before the top is even done on anything and I have the rack set up on the highest level. When I bake biscuits I have to turn them over about 1/2 way through, they turn out good but it's a hassle.
 
Dec. 15, 2009 10:22 am
I don't have the burning problem because I set my mini loaf pans onto a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet disperses the heat evenly, so they don't burn as quick. With the cookies, I took them out in exactly 10 minutes. I froze them and tried one this morning and they are soft and chewy and just plain delicious! So they may have been slightly under-done, but no matter, they aren't burnt! That's all I care about. If you don't have an extra cookie sheet to put down in the oven, try foil...it works ok, just not as good as the cookie sheet! The only major gripe I have is that the oven is not level, so, I don't know if you noticed in the pictures, but the breads sorta "tilt". No biggie, but that will make baking a cake kinda wacky...the oven is in no way large enough for a 9 x 13 pan, so if I bake a cake in there, I have to do it in 9 x 9 pans, one at a time...if it runs like that, it's a pain in the butt to level it out to layer it! That's my gripe about it! Other than that, I think I have finally gotten down how the propane heats it.
 
Dec. 15, 2009 11:16 am
great perserverance! happy anniverisary. pictures SMELL great!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 11:25 am
LOL, gderr...I'll totally tell Puppa that you think he smells GREAT!!!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 12:06 pm
glad you were able to get out of your funk. maybe some of those stories on your last blog helped a bit? whenever i feel down in the dumps i make perogies. it can be difficult to get motivated when you feel like cr@p but once you get going and see the finished outcome it is so worth it. i bet your RV smelled just fabulous. great job!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 12:16 pm
thanks, MI$$DREA...to be honest, I am in here all the time, so I didn't really notice the aroma...if I go outside and come back in that's when I can smell things!
 
Daiseyland 
Dec. 15, 2009 12:26 pm
You are making me feel guilty about putting off my baking. And I have a double oven. Granted, one of them is in need of a good cleaning, but it still works. I love it how my family says: "Oh, are you roasting turkey for dinner?" and my answer is, "no, I'm baking brownies." One answer to your lopsided cakes is to plan to turn them a little less than 1/2 way through baking. That way the short side doesn't burn while you are waiting for the deep side to finish cooking. My mother's stove was always like that. If you have a really good BBQ grill to use outdoors, maybe you can find a camper oven to go on top. We had one that went on the kerosene stove when I was little. My mom baked lots of things in it. In Girl Scouts, we baked chocolate chip cookies in a solar oven. Don't remember all the details, but they tasted very good - but the girls would have eaten the cookie dough raw anyway. I've seen Coleman camper ovens on eBay. They collapse flat. Controlling the heat might be a challenge. I wonder about cooking over a grill with a cover like a Weber? And don't forget, the classic Christmas pudding was actually steamed over hot water. You can bake some desserts in your crock pot too. I'd like to try Indian Pudding some day. The other cookie idea you could try is to freeze a batch of just the dough in little mounds. They bake at 325 for a few minutes longer, but you can pop them in the oven while it is warm from cooking something else. That way you have 6 warm cookies for desert, and the dough doesn't take up much room in the freezer. I'm enjoying your blogs. My daughter's boyfriend just bought an older RV. They are enjoying fixing it up, making curtains, etc. She loves to bake, he likes to BBQ. It will be interesting to see what they need to do to adapt.
 
angelunaware_52 
Dec. 15, 2009 12:48 pm
You are my hero! I have been living in my 34 ft. RV since April of 2006 in Southern Iowa. I still have a home in Des Moines but love the people and lifestyle so much I just stayed. My DH is an RV Technician and we own a small RV Repair business in Des Moines. He comes down on weekends and we are in a small vacation/resort area so there is plenty of work on weekends from early Spring through the late Fall. The one thing I have not attempted is cooking on any extreme scale and you have just inspired me to try more than I thought I could. With the Christmas holiday around the corner I sacrificed baking the last three winters but I am going to give it a whirl tomorrow after I make the trek into town. We're 20 miles from the nearest town which isn't far except when the roads are icy. We just survived the first 14" snow a week ago and then had freezing drizzle the last two days. My DH has my camper nice and snug and the only inconvenience is going to the laundromat. If I can be of any help on how to survive living in an RV in times of cold weather or anything else please feel free to let me know. I'll be watching your blog regularly. Best of luck in all of your adventures.
 
Dec. 15, 2009 3:32 pm
Daiseyland...I have baked all sorts of things in my crockpot! Banana bread, pineapple upside down cake, brownies in a coffee mug, everything. I wanted to do the mini loaves because I'm giving care baskets out to friends as gifts. I would love to be able to do that with cookie dough...but I don't have the room in the freezer. My freezer is only 8 inches high!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 3:33 pm
angelunaware....I'm glad you're going to try baking in your rv...it's not hard, it just takes imagination!
 
Dec. 15, 2009 7:12 pm
Somehow, WW, I just knew that about you, that you are a multi-tasker! So- small batches, small oven aside, did you like the outcome of the Spumoni Cookies? They look like something I'd like to make for Christmas, but would like to know if you enjoy the taste of the cookies. :)
 
LaverneTolson 
Dec. 15, 2009 8:08 pm
I am with angelunaware, you have inspired me to start my holiday baking. We are in our 28Ft travel trailer while we close on our property and start building our house in the spring and I was getting depressed by not having it feel like Christmas. I think baking a bunch of goodies is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for the inspriation.
 
Dec. 16, 2009 2:51 am
DeCaf~~~I love those cookies...if I keep sampling them, I'll have to make another batch!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 2:52 am
Laverne~~you still got 7 ft. on me...mine is only a 21 footer! If you don't want to jusmp up every 10 minutes, let me suggest making a quick bread of some type!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 2:58 am
Here it is almost 3 am and I am wide awake and debating on whether I should just make something after I have some coffee. I gotta quit going to bed at 7 pm! This is for the birds, but I get to watch the methheads out my front window, riding on their bikes, etc! Do they really think that they are hiding themselves that well?????
 
Dec. 16, 2009 3:38 am
I have moved several of the rv blogs over to blogspot if anyone is interested! http://rvlife-witchywoman.blogspot.com
 
judy 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:07 am
hi ww, i don't know where the recipe is on here for the cracker candy but am going to find it,everything looks great, i'm about to start making my fudge, i make peanut butter fudge for some of my family ,then other family members want chocolate fudge, today is the first clear day i've had for fudge making,i want to live in an rv,in az. i loved it when we had ours, maybe one day we will be out there ...love your cooking, i'm firing my pottery in the shop across the driveway& making fudge in the house,so i will be running back & forth for a while, the kiln pretty much take care of self, happy baking ..judy
 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:40 am
Cracker Candy~~http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cracker-candy/detail.aspx
 
Dec. 16, 2009 9:34 am
Witchywoman!! I'm glad you could get all that together and done! those look Wonderful... Thanks for the "recipes"!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 10:36 am
You are welcome, Cozycook! Those brownies are to die for...the recipe is in my recipe box!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 12:13 pm
Ok, I'm scratching the chocolate covered cherries, I'm just too intimidated by them and after reading the reviews and seeing the problems everyone was having with them. I'll try again this winter when I'm not so under the gun and can just relax and enjoy doing them. I have peppermint bark cooling right now and have decided to make buckeye balls, as they look rather easy to do!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 2:08 pm
Ok, peppermint bark~~done; cherry fudge~~done!! Little tiny Mickey Christmas tree on the table~~done!!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 2:33 pm
Thanks WW! i'll go look there =)
 
Dec. 16, 2009 3:59 pm
BTW: Puppa is very cute ; )
 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:08 pm
I went over and read your blog. I have one on sparkpeople.com
 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:41 pm
Thanks, cozycook...he knows it too!
 
Dec. 16, 2009 4:42 pm
thanks, kali...what is the link to yours?
 
Dec. 17, 2009 5:25 am
NEWS UPDATE: !!!! My husband is getting laid off for a while so he will finally be home with me !!! I'm super excited!
 
RAE12 
Dec. 17, 2009 7:52 am
I've enjoyed reading about your RV living. I'm doing some baking today. I have to make pumpkin rolls (to freeze) because my family loves them. Making cookies, too. I usually get tired of cookies by the end of it all, too, and I have a full size oven.
 
RAE12 
Dec. 17, 2009 7:53 am
I have a chocolate covered cherry recipe that is pretty good.
 
RAE12 
Dec. 17, 2009 7:53 am
Make that a chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe.
 
Dec. 17, 2009 8:47 am
Thanks for the suggestion, but after that last batch, I'm cookied out...not to mention the amount of propane it takes to get them done :P
 
Dec. 17, 2009 7:11 pm
glad to hear you will be seeing him. if he needs work. you guys can come visit me. there is a ton @ my place that needs to get done
 
Dec. 18, 2009 9:16 am
Love your blog! We lived in Forks for a year while my husband logged. My first son was born in Port Angeles, he is 35 now, its beautiful up there!!
 
Dec. 18, 2009 9:54 am
My baking experiences in our RV have left something to be desired. UGH! The oven always cooked so unevenly.
 
Dec. 18, 2009 1:53 pm
MI$$DREA~~oh, I've got work cut out for him! He's got a ton of stuff here to keep him quite busy! It's nice to have someone to share the load with!
 
Dec. 18, 2009 1:54 pm
Ok, desert rain...you must have been in Forks the same time frame I was!! So I'm guessing in the 70's??? And you're right...it's absolutely gorgeous up there!
 
Dec. 18, 2009 1:55 pm
bmatheson~~~I put a post up a little ways that can tell you how to even out your oven temp. I put a cookie sheet under the rack and it heats the whole oven on an even keel!
 
Tao,RN 
Dec. 18, 2009 4:07 pm
Nice blog and pictures!! Your blog is on Most popular too! Yeah...and the food look delicious... I try to stay away from sweets...
 
Kim M. 
Dec. 18, 2009 4:54 pm
Haystacks sound sooo good! I need to learn how to make them. My grandma did every year when I was little. You must have a smaller oven, I can fit a 9 x 13 in mine. I guess I should be thankful for that! LOL I use an oven thermometer because the temp on the dial is not exactly right. I want to subscribe to your blog, but don't know if I can from this blackberry. I don't have a computer. Can't use the recipe box on here since. The update, kind of a bummer.
 
Dec. 18, 2009 7:12 pm
500metersdeepblue~~I am glad that you thought my pictures looked good...I just hope someday to make food that looks as appealing as yours! Thanks for visiting!
 
Dec. 18, 2009 7:13 pm
Kim M.~~this oven is sooo super small, it's ridiculous, but I manage. If you read on the above post, I have moved all the rv blogs to blogspot...you can visit there to!
 
Dec. 18, 2009 7:53 pm
witchywoman....thanks for sharing about the baking in an RV...Next year my husband and I plan to move into one as our kids are all grown and we want to travel. I can use these tips. Feel free to add more for me. lol
 
Dec. 19, 2009 5:59 am
WW - glad to hear you'll have your hubby home for a while. Keep him busy!! LOL. I don't know how you cook in such a tiny space. You are truly an inspiration - and never will I complain about my "small" space. I have a pretty good sized kitchen actually - my counter space is just not enough. I know, I know... your space is WAAAAY less than mine. I'll shut up now.... Merry Christmas to you!
 
Dec. 19, 2009 6:16 am
Whiskeyspice~~~tips for an rv: throw rugs are your best friends!, you're going to want to bring breakables, so save some boxes and bubble wrap, as everytime you move, you'll want to pack things up and put them on the floor in boxes!, buy a tarp big enough to cover the whole top of your rv, that way when it's pouring down rain, you can still keep your vents open for fresh air, don't flush regular toilet paper down the commode, if you do you're asking for trouble, refrigerator space is a rare as a gem...be selective about what you want to put in there, the shower makes a great storage area for laundry, broom, whatever. Let me know if you need more advice!
 
Dec. 19, 2009 6:17 am
MOther Ann~~~you wanna talk small counter space? I have 24 x 18 inches and that's it!!
 
Dec. 19, 2009 9:53 am
Oh..My..Gosh... I don't know how you do it!! Kudos to you! I raise my hot apple cider toddy to you! In fact, I'll raise 2 in your honor. :-D Your entire counter space is the size of counter my toaster and cookie jar sit! You have become my new hero....
 
Marti 
Dec. 19, 2009 11:58 am
If anyone is having trouble with uneven baking in their RV oven. Go to Lowes and get a 12x12 unglazed ceramic tile and but it in the bottom of your oven. Evens out the heat and no more hot spots. The best idea anyone could have given us for our RV.
 
wdnsdyschld 
Dec. 19, 2009 4:51 pm
It's great to see that others live in their rv's too. I've been living in mine for three years now and love it. That is, except for the oven. It's been a pain in the butt since I moved in. It just refuses to heat up to speed. It hovers around 200 to 250 and won't budge. I've finally had it with the oven. Now it's a storage unit. In desperation I bought a new, rather large toaster oven and it's solved a multitude of problems. Cookie baking is 9 at a time, pretty close to a full batch. Looking forward to trying some of those recipes, WW. By the way, LOVE your blog!
 
tracydr 
Dec. 20, 2009 8:43 am
I'm living in a rented RV for the next 3 months due to a house fire. Learning to bake on my grill and in the mini-oven. I have lived in an RV before for about 3 years total when building two houses so this isn't a total novelty to me. I'll enjoy reading your blog, especially if it has any RV specific baking information.
 
Dec. 20, 2009 8:49 am
Marti~~I have found that a cookie sheet works just as well as a ceramic tile. So, it's basically an either or type of deal. Either way is pretty inexpensive!
 
Dec. 20, 2009 8:55 am
tracydr~~if you want to start baking, start with something relatively disaster proof such as a pasta dish. I can only speak from experience on my own oven, but after learning the evening out the heat trick with the cookie sheet...I absolutely love it! My husband and I have never really eaten ready made food, I have always made everything from scratch and just because we're in here doesn't mean I have to compromise that. I just had to learn how my oven cooked and it really is a true temperature, but with the pilot in the bottom, without the cookie sheet to disperse the heat, you will burn stuff, so get the ceramic tile or cheap cookie sheet and save yourself some major headaches! I am posting the orange baked chicken I made us for dinner last night!
 
insanewife 
Dec. 20, 2009 12:13 pm
Witchy Woman: I can really relate to you, i lived in a travel trailer for 9 years.I always done alot of baking while in the trailer too and it wasn't easy. But since we both loved our goodies i learned how to use the oven pretty quickly .Due to health problems we're now living in a house with all the bills that go along with it. And it looks like i'm practically your neighbor as i also live in Longview Wa. Am starting my baking today and with health problems worse this year it should take me about 3 to 4 days. Got to have grandkids and great nephew and nieces over to decorate the cookies so i'm doing them today. And looks like i better get going or i'll still be baking at midnight. Looking forward to talking more when time isn't so rushed. Am also going to try some of your recipes for a change of pace this year. Happy Holidays to you and your family...Bye insanewife
 
Dec. 20, 2009 1:40 pm
insanewife....howdy neighbor! I'm glad you dropped in!
 
Dec. 20, 2009 2:42 pm
Kudos to you WW for powering on thru and turning out such delish-looking goodies! And here I am always complaining about my small mobile home oven and tiny kitchen! LOL The pomegranate bread and spumoni CC cookies are definitely on my wanna-do list!
 
Dec. 20, 2009 5:02 pm
The pomegranate bread was awesome according to the neighbor who taste-tested the first loaf!
 
Robbi 
Dec. 20, 2009 8:33 pm
Everything looks super yummy!! Quick question on the cracker candy, did you use white or brown sugar? The recipe calls for white but lots of reviews were using brown. Also do you think this would be good without the nuts on top? My son as a nut allergy! Thanks for your input! Have a very merry Christmas!
 
Dec. 21, 2009 12:40 am
Hey Witchy! We have lived in our 29 ft. motorhome for almost 10 years. Getting cabin fever! (we don't get full advantage of the whole 29 ft., gotta take off about five feet for the drivers area.)We live in Northern california, just South of the Oregon border. Before I was married, I lived in Portland for a while. I know where the Columbia River is. We are both retired. I am a commercial fisherwoman, when we can get out on the ocean. Weather has been frightful! I have been trying to do my Christmas baking for about three days. I have the same problem as you do, with the smaller over. I do get a larger cookie sheet in my old oven. I can do a dozen at a time. LOL!I can get a 14 pound turkey in there, if I put it in the sink, and break the ribs so it will lay flatter. I also can get two regular size loaf pans in at the same time. I thought I had the smallest oven that was made. I sure miss the house, and kitchen, AND stove and regular size fridge! I love reading about your adventures! I will keep your blog in my "fav's", so I won't miss a thing! Keep up the good work, and keep your eyes on the "Methheads"!
 
Dec. 21, 2009 12:44 am
Adding to above post. We live on the coast, across from the beach here in Crescent City, CA, and have had bad windstorms and rain all day long. Not to mention the real bad wind last week. 60 MPH gusts.
 
catrose 
Dec. 21, 2009 3:45 am
Hey Witcheywoman, I am here on the east coast, Connecticut. We have a 34ft. mh and travel in the Summer. We stayhere in the Winter. I know thats backwards. We both love to cook and use the oven in the rv all the time. I have a micro/convection oven and when we have enough power I use that. We loved being in Forks, stayed at the Elks Club, wonderful area and people. I will try the pomergrant bread and the spumoni cookies.
 
judy 
Dec. 21, 2009 4:05 am
hey ww i love the cracker candy, tried it w/brown sugar,it's great,i put ground up almonds on top,my grandson wants some w/peanuts on top,so i'm making that today,i so wish we were back living in our rv,it was a great time in our lives,hope to get anouther one soon
 
Dec. 21, 2009 6:53 am
robbi...I used brown sugar, I read the reviews and just thought it would be better with the brown, I patted coconut on the top of mine.
 
Dec. 21, 2009 6:58 am
pattysue95...since I have started these blogs I am absolutely amazed at the number of people who live in their rv's. No, you don't have the world's smallest oven...I hold that title, I'm sure...LOL! Thanks for reading and keep watching for new blogs as I try to post one every week, it may not be about the rv, but I try to make them interesting!
 
Dec. 21, 2009 7:01 am
catrose...my rv is older so I don't have the microwave/convection deal...just the old fashioned small propane deal and I find that I love to bake in it. After learning that cookie sheet trick, I think the only limit I have is size! Thanks for reading!
 
Dec. 21, 2009 7:13 am
judy~~~that cracker candy is the schizz!! The possiblities with it are completely endless! I put coconut on top of mine, but peanuts sounds really great, too! Let me know how that turns out...I want to make more of it!
 
fred 
Dec. 21, 2009 8:45 am
To Cindy in Pensacola,... One thing which might help you bake, in a camper/rv oven, without burning the bottom, is to put a cookie sheet on the rack, then place your pan with the rolls perpendicular on top. This gives a small area for the heat to diffuse before hitting the bottom of your pan of rolls.
 
Dec. 21, 2009 9:03 am
that is exactly what I was trying to say, fred...thanks...you said it way better!!
 
gayle 
Dec. 21, 2009 11:48 am
Wow....you give me hope. As of the first of the year, I will be full time in my camper, and will try some of your recipes. Love your page and all your tips.Happy Holidays.
 
Dec. 21, 2009 1:34 pm
Gayle...thanks for visiting...if you need any tips for wintering in an rv, let me know and I'll try to help you out!
 
Dec. 23, 2009 10:13 am
I use an "AirBake" cookie sheet. That way I can use the bottom area in my oven in our motorhome. Since the top level is too high for some of my breads. Tops of them rise and stick to the oven! Sometimes I have to remove the cookie sheet, to let the bottoms brown, as sometimes the cookie sheet works too well!! LOL!
 
 
 
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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 www.bakedlava.com 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 www.valleybugler.com. 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 cupboards...you 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