Feb 252015
 

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I’m always amazed at how fast time goes when we’re on the road adventuring with our silver girl.  I guess the saying is true that time really does fly when you’re having fun.

We had a beautiful time exploring Washington’s coastline from south of Ocean Shores at Grayland Beach to the Olympic Peninsula — Kalaloch State Park.  We foraged for our own seafood from many varieties of clams (razors, manilla, butters, etc.) to dungeness crab and oysters.  I’ve always enjoyed my oysters raw on the half shell with just a squeeze of lime but this time I decided to make a cucumber shallot mignoette topping and oh my, what a flavor sensation that was.  We enjoyed a crab boil along the coast with our freshly caught crab and clam sliders were on order most days.  Speaking of clams, have you ever cooked with a razor clam straight from the shell?  It was an interesting experience for me.

Some non-seafood goodies we enjoyed on our trip were chocolate crepes, baked eggs in my trusty cast iron skillet as well as nostalgic  Toas-Tite campfire treats.  Cooking with our Toas-tite’s brought back sweet memories for me from my childhood days in Girl Scouts when our camp leader introduced this camping essential to us.  If you don’t know, you butter a piece of bread and place it in the round part of the Toas-Tite.  You then proceed to fill it up with whatever meltable filling you’d like (in our case – ham and swiss cheese).  Then you place another buttered piece of bread on top (the buttered side facing up) and close the griddle together creating a “seal” and then you cook it over an open flame.  About a minute per side.  It creates the most perfect little portion of heavenly melty goodness.

We spent our days exploring sandy beaches and enjoying pastel sunsets.  The weather was pretty and clear with no rain and then we had rain but it was all perfect for us.  On the cloudy days we enjoyed beach fires with our trusty One Log Fire.  Such a cute little “campfire to go,” that log fire is.  B carried it easily in his tiny hands and lit it without a hitch.

Evenings were peaceful inside the Airstream and early walks were guarantees with just Ollie and I.

I’m enjoying sifting through all of my photos and putting them together to share with you and soon I will have a grand post that details all of our doings during this trip.  It was a beautiful trip indeed and thank you for being here.  I love sharing our adventures with you xx

Thanks for being here, 

With all my heart,

Monica

PS
While hubby, B, Ollie and I were on the road I learned that GoRVing published my story of our Airstream winter road trip through the sweet mountain town of McCall, Idaho.  If you would like to get a taste and feel for adventuring in McCall, you can travel with me here.  I also shared some things that I do for peace of mind when traveling with Ollie.

I hope you like it and I hope it inspires you to put McCall, ID on your travel bucket list.  We’ve been back twice already ♥

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Feb 102015
 

Perfect Little Table for your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

I’m absolutely smitten with that little white table you see there.  I found it at Ikea and I think it will work out fabulously in our Airstream.  It is adjustable in height and isn’t heavy at all.  You can find it here.

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This pillow makes me smile with it’s pop of yellow and warm welcome

Spring is right around the corner which means spring cleaning!  When it’s time, these biodegradable cleaners will be my choice of weapon for my silver girl.

I hope you have been enjoying Fab Finds Tuesday ♥ I look forward to bringing your more fab finds when we come back from our upcoming road trip.  I plan on actively tweeting, instagramming and facebooking if you would like to tag along.

Happy Tuesday!

With love,
Monica xx

Feb 032015
 

Orange Curd Breakfast Parfait via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

I adore this time of year which brings us the celebration of Valentine’s Day.  As I walk around town I see in storefront windows sweet chocolates for sale, heart shaped candies and sentiments of LOVE all around.  I see a handsome young man cross the street with the biggest bouquet of red roses and a pink package under his arm, surely intended for his love.  My heart feels warm and fuzzy and I am struck by cupids arrow which gets me in the mood for Valentine’s Day ❤

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What better way for hubby, B, Oliver and I to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a trip with our silver girl to the romantic snowy mountains of Montana.  I decide with B to decorate her for our trip with hearts and pink bunting and other Valentine’s day goodies while cooking up a small batch of a heavenly sweet orange concoction in my kitchen.  We are crazy for citrus and having a bushel of oranges leftover from our Super Bowl party has led me to become obsessed with figuring out the best way to use them up.  A lemon curd is one of our favorite accompaniments to breakfast yogurt so why not create an orange version (recipe to follow).  I should also say this is particularly delicious spread on buttered toast !

Today we enjoy it layered in a breakfast parfait of plain Greek yogurt, strawberries and chopped hazelnuts. Perfectly bright and delicious :)

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We make an “I Love You,” bunting and I can’t decide where to hang it.

“Maybe we should make another one mommy,” B suggests  (he understands my OCD with things like this)

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Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

I design on the computer a small Valentine’s Day banner/flag.  We print it out, fold the top edge over the back a bit, tape it closed and slide a pipe cleaner inside for support.  We then string happy colorful string from which it will hang.

We hand stamp and decorate home made cards to give and have a truly enjoyable morning crafting.

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We soon leave on our trip and I am excited to share with you here on J5MM all about our travels and experiences when we return.  Hopefully the roads won’t be too bad getting there and hopefully there will be plenty of snow in the campground and on the mountain.  The boys will be skiing and I’ll be keeping the home fires burning while they are away.  I have been invited to take a snow shoe hike through Glacier National Park by an on-line friend I recently met and can hardly wait.

I plan on actively tweeting, instagramming and facebooking if you would like to tag along.

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In the meantime, if you would like to add some Valentine’s Day charm to your RV and you like what I have designed, you can print this out :)  Simply click on the image below to download the PDF.  Cut out the banner, fold the top over the back by about 3/4 inch, tape shut and slide a pipe cleaner through the opening and tie string to hang.  Et Voila!  Instant RV decor for Valentine’s Day.

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With all my heart,
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Love,
Monica xoxo

Orange Curd

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (organic because you will be using the zest)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)

Directions

Step 1
Zest your two oranges and squeeze the juice adding both into a small sauce pan.
Step 2
Add the rest of the ingredients, whisking to combine.
Step 3
Turn on the heat to medium and stir continually until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Around 7 minutes.
Step 4
Remove from heat and let cool. Mixture will thicken even more as it cools.
Step 5
This delicious concoction will stay good in your fridge for about a week (covered)
Step 6
Bon appétit!
Feb 032015
 

Fabulous Finds For Your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

1) Add some down home charm to your home on wheels with this really cute Happiness Pillow 

2) Finally, a fully collapsible outdoor table that is not only practical for RVing but also rather stylish.  The pattern has a modern vibe — I love it.

3) I have a weakness for bowls that have little legs and this one stole my heart.  Keep it on your RV kitchen counter filled with colorful fruit and do like me, when it’s time to tow, wrap it in a towel and keep it in your sink for safe travel (and don’t forget to turn off your water pump before towing, trust me)

4) Keep track of your RV travels and notes from the road with this very appropriate journal (and check out her other styles too).  Adventure Awaits!

Thank you for being here and happy Tuesday !!

Warmly,
Monica ♥

Jan 272015
 

Fabulous RV Road Trip Finds via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

1) This is one big apple pancake and I’m definitely going to make it while on our winter trip in Montana

2) Possibly the cutest marshmallow roasting stick I have ever seen ❤

3) I am obsessing over these blankets — made from the same materials found in premium sleeping bags and puffy jackets — I bet they’d keep our Montana exploring selves nice and warm even in the coldest outdoor camping adventures :)

. . . and this picture has my heart.  #4) A winter campfire — what could be better?

Happy Tuesday to you!

Warmly,
Monica xoxo

Jan 242015
 

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Not too long ago we traveled to the Northwestern-most point of the Contiguous USA here in Washington State.  I feel honored to have been able to write about that pretty amazing trip for GoRVing.  I shared with GRV’s readership the beautiful sights we saw, picturesque hikes, snow dusted ocean beaches and some delicious recipes I made in my silver kitchen.

If you have a moment and would like to read more about that beautiful trip, you can visit me over on GoRVing and get some great recipes to take with you on your next road trip ❤

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AirstreamAdventures_10AirstreamAdventures_13Thank you for being here and visiting me over on GoRVing’s blog — The Scenic Route.

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

Jan 182015
 

Carrot Soup for the Soul via J5MM.com // Airstream Kitchen

“How much longer daddy?  Can you see Disney World? Can you see it???” 

As a little girl, a child of of the 70’s, sitting in the backseat of my parents big brown Pontiac Le Mans, it was a guarantee that these questions of mine were routinely asked at precise intervals throughout entire road trips. This particular road trip was taking us from Dayton, Ohio to Florida – home to Walt Disney World.  It was the summer of 1976. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 

Fabulous Finds for Your RV via J5MM.com

1)  Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with Handguard // I keep this in my Airstream kitchen.  It’s perfect for scalloped potatoes, thinly sliced apples for a quick tart or healthy beet chips.  Anything you need thinly sliced (and a lot of) this mandolin will do the job and do it fast.

2)  Canvas Bucket Tote // I can see this bag coming with me to the local farmer’s market full of fresh fruits and veggies, or slung around my back on a day hike or simply worn around new towns exploring away.  I love its simplicity and multiple pockets (three outside and three inside).

3)  One Log Fire // I’ll take one log fire to go please. Wait, make that two.  How cute are these??  Portable and the best part?  Super easy to light.  I can see a cast iron skillet on top of one cooking up some good ol’ bacon & eggs for breakfast.

4)  Pressure Cooker // A pressure cooker was one of the first things to live in my Airstream. As a matter of fact, my very first meal I ever cooked in my silver girl was lemon chicken. A whole chicken roasted in under 20 minutes. Since then I have whipped up in no time beef short ribs, pulled pork and super fluffy rice (rice is amazing in a pressure cooker, the little grains puff up under pressure and become so soft and pillowy). Delicious meals that take hours and hours to make are done in half the time. Perfect for RVing!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Thank you for being here,

xoxo

Monica

Jan 122015
 

Beauty To Go // Glamping Fashion & Beauty via J5MM.comIn about one month we pack up the Airstream and head into Montana for a 10 day winter road trip.  We’ll be staying at the Whitefish RV Resort and I am so excited!  Hubby told me last night that is has been snowing a lot in Whitefish.  I’m crossing my fingers that the snow will stick around when we arrive because I honestly love a wintery picturesque campground. Continue reading »