Jan 262015
 

Craft Kit For the Road via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle

Since the day my boy could hold a crayon he has been an artist at heart.  Drawing everywhere (and I mean everywhere) expressing his inner most creativity, hubby and I could only encourage him to draw more.

Not a road trip goes by where we he and I don’t create something.  Be it a colorful glittery drawing about our day, a message in a bottle, or a Christmas tree decorated with handmade seashell ornaments — he and I are always creating together.

Crafting on the road, Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle

He also enjoys helping me cook in the Airstream kitchen and at home.  The boy feels such a sense of accomplishment when he tastes his creations and I take pride in teaching him.  Take for example the time he helped me make a plum tart here, he still asks me if we can make them ❤  This summer we most definitely will.

B cooking in the Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com // Cook with your Kids //

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Montana in three weeks, I’m doing my best organizing my silver girl the best I can.  This weekend I hit the crafting portion of our traveling lives.  No longer scattered about, all of our crafting supplies are now contained in one simple place.   I used a cosmetic bag that I no longer use to hold all of our artistic goodies and it’s perfect for the job.

In addition to organizing our crafting supplies, we also made a delicious Blueberry Corn Cake in the drop biscuit pan.  The more I use it, the more I love this pan.  When you are RVing, multi-use products are so appreciated and this pan goes above and beyond my expectations.  Do you remember my cast iron eggs I made here when we were visiting Idaho in the wintertime?  Or how about the holiday popovers I made here ?  They are all repeat recipes we make often and this blueberry corn cake will join them :)  I have more plans for this pan and I can hardly wait !

Blueberry Corn Cakes via J5MM.com // RV Cooking Airstream Style

Blueberry Corn Cakes via J5MM.com // RV Cooking Airstream StyleBlueberry Corn Cakes via J5MM.com // RV Cooking Airstream Style

Some of things we like to craft with is glitter.  Martha Stewart has an incredible line of glitter and I am pretty sure I own them all.  B and I pick and choose which colors to put in our Craft Kit.  Of course Silver, no question, is the first to be chosen.

Craft Kit for the Road via J5MM.com  // Martha Stewart Chunky GlitterCraft Kit For the Road via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle

These markers — oh the colors — they take me right back to my teen years in the 80’s when neon colors were all the rage.  I love them.

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Craft Kit For the Road via J5MM.com // RVing LifestyleCraft Kit For the Road via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle Airstream Style

I mentioned that in three weeks we leave for our trip to Montana.  Actually it is more like 18 days away.  I hope you will follow along and see how our travels unfold as we leave our driveway in Seattle, Washington and make the winter drive to Whitefish, Montana.  I’ll be active on my twitter account here updating real time and summarizing our days on Instagram and Facebook too.

As always, thank you for being here :)

Warmly,
Monica xoxo

PS  I hope you enjoy the Blueberry Corn Cake recipe below ❤

Blueberry Corn Cakes via J5MM.com // RV Cooking Airstream Style

Blueberry Corn Cakes with Maple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buttermilk ((or two cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, set aside for 10 minutes))
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose)
  • 3/4 cups yellow corn meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

Step 1
Preheat your oven to 350° F. If using a cast iron drop biscuit pan, place it in the oven at this time to also preheat.
Step 2
In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk and eggs. Set aside.
Step 3
In a medium sized bowl whisk together your cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
Step 4
Pour buttermilk and egg mixture into the the ingredients and mix until just combined.
Step 5
Skillet Method: Melt butter in a skillet. Once the butter has melted, pour the batter in. Into the center of the batter pour the 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
Step 6
Drop Biscuit Pan Method: Remove pan from oven and divide the butter into equal pieces and place into each cup. After the butter has melted, pour the batter into each cup to the half way point. Pour heavy cream into each cup eyeballing equal amount for each cup. Note: you will have batter left over -- store in fridge for later use.
Step 7
Place skillet/pan into oven and bake for 45 minutes or until browned on top. Halfway through baking, drop blueberries into the batter.
Step 8
Serve warm with maple syrup.
Step 9
Bon appétit :)

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.

My father, would always respond, “Why yes darling, I can see it!  It is right there!”  He would point with his long finger hovering over the steering wheel, pointing so very precisely at our destination, and I, ever so little, would lean over and squint so hard (so hard!) — trying my best to see and then slumping back into my seat, arms crossed in utter frustration because I couldn’t see our destination.  Never mind we were still 500 miles away from Disney World — he could see it but I couldn’t!

With his raised eyebrow expression, my father would turn around to look and me and respond, “Perhaps we need to eat more carrot soup, Monica.” He was an an ophthalmologist and believed that carrots were very beneficial to ones vision.  Carrot soup was something that my mum would make quite often, it was my dad’s favorite.

Sadly, carrot soup was not my favorite thing to eat, at all.

1976 via J5MM.com

Fast forward to 2015 I can attest that I am quite happy eating carrots.  They say your tastebuds change as you grow older and thankfully mine did.

When my father would come to visit me in Seattle from Ohio, where he lived, I would be sure to make him his favorite carrot soup.  We celebrated good times and memories over bowls and bowls of soup and the memories still live strong in my heart.

When I was pregnant with my little B, I ate carrots galore.  I juiced them and drank them.  I made carrot salad, carrot cake,  and carrot muffins.  Carrots were everywhere in my life when I was growing little B.  I was determined to make this child of mine LOVE carrots.

And the outcome of all this carrot cooking?  My boy loves them.  As a matter of fact, when B is under the weather he doesn’t ask for Chicken Soup . . .

He asks for Carrot Soup!

And this I am very proud of.

At home, I make this soup in my Vitamix and on the road, I make it with my immersion blender.  Which now as I think of it, I would love a Vitamix onboard the Airstream.  One day . . .

RV Cooking // Carrot Soup via J5MM.com

When we winter road trip to Montana next month — to Whitefish, specifically, I will be packing carrots with us, to make this ever so comforting soup to enjoy.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s a one-pot wonder and I am thankful we all love it.  It will warm us up after days spent outside in the white snow.  I can’t wait.

RV Cooking // Carrot Soup via J5MM.com

A lot of people wonder why we travel during the winter with our Airstream to these cold climates.

Yes there are cozy hotel rooms to stay in or comfy B&B’s, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Traveling with my Silver Girl makes me the happiest girl on this earth.

I bring all of my creature comforts of home with me and best of all, I have my own bed to sleep in.  My bed.

Here are some things I like to bring along with me to ensure utter comfort during those chilly days:

Winter Glamping Tips via J5MM.com

Winter Glamping Tips via J5MM.com

A hot water bottle really cozies up the bed and I always make sure to wear a hat indoors.  These Skida hats are not only super cute but they keep me warm and feel comfortable when I sleep.

Winter Glamping Tips via J5MM.com

RV Cooking // Carrot Soup via J5MM.com

Some other things I bring and do:

  • I keep my ear muffs, gloves and the like in a bowl in the cabinet by the front door so I can quickly grab then when I head outside.
  • I keep a broom right outside of the front door.  When it snows overnight and Oliver needs to go out, I simply grab the broom and sweep the steps off.  I also sweep a quick path so we’re not stepping in two feet of snow.
  • If I don’t feel like sweeping the snow, I’ll put on my weatherproof boots and carry Oliver to a spot where he can do his business — where there isn’t too much snow to make him disappear.
  • I swear that wearing running tights under everything keeps me extra warm and doesn’t add bulk.
  • When we come in at the end of the day and everything is slopping wet — I place a self standing wire shelf next to the one of the heat vents and lay our gloves, hats, scarves, etc them across to dry.  It’s like a mini drying rack and works so well.

If you are a wintertime glamper, I hope this helped you in some way.  I would love to hear your tips too!

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

Thank you for being here ❤

Carrot Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Small onion (chopped)
  • 2lb carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • maggi seasoning (dash)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • sour cream (dollop for the top)

Directions

Step 1
Melt the butter in a pot, add onion and cook until they become translucent.
Step 2
Add the stock to the pot, add the carrots and a dash of Maggi Seasoning. Cook until the carrots are tender.
Step 3
Blend with an immersion blender. If the soup is too thick, add some water to thin it out. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a crunchy baguette.
Step 5
Bon appétit
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.

“Will we be able to build a snowman mommy?” B asks me

“If the snow stays, we can build 10 snowmen,” I tell him.

“Yay!”

I had a chance to get into the Airstream this weekend to start readying her for our big trip.  I started in the bathroom by removing things I hadn’t used in a while and filling up my new cosmetic case (which I absolutely adore).  I knew when I saw it in the store sitting on the shelf all by its lonesome self that it belonged to me.  I could give it a good home and home with me it went :)

Beauty To Go // Glamping Fashion & Beauty via J5MM.com

A few items I most definitely did not remove was my trusty little traveling Clarisonic sonic facial brush, face wash by Origins and facial oil by Fresh.   These three are my morning and nighttime rituals at home and when we bought our first Airstream back in 2010, these three were the first items to live in the bathroom.

Beauty To Go // Glamping Fashion & Beauty via J5MM.comHere is what lives in my little travel cosmetic case:

1) Laura Mercier Lip Plumper in Lychee.  That little tube was a tester, the full size lives at home.  Sadly, this color (clear) is no longer in production and the people who have some in stock know it so the price is, well, pricey.  LM does have other beautiful colors though.  Here is the Lychee and here are the other colors.

2) I recently discovered the website Rank & Style and oh my — that site is invaluable.  It’s basically a rundown of the best products from beauty, to shoes and clothing in a “Top 10,” list form.  They find out what the best of the best are based on mathematical proof by running an algorithm that checks out how many rave reviews a product has received, how many times it has been repurchased and how many stars it has received.  That is how I discovered Dr. Jarts BB — Beauty Balm.  I’ve been a long time loyal Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer wearer until last week.  This beauty balm is a dream.  Beauty balm is basically like tinted moisturizer but on steroids.  It contains vitamins and essential oils for your skin in addition to sunscreen and other goodies.  I love it so.

3) Three very important words:  Smith’s Rosebud Salve.  I can’t live without this.  I have one in my car, one in my purse, one next to my bed at home and one in the Airstream.  It smells like roses but ever so slightly.  I use it on my lips.  I use it on B’s lips.  I put it on my cuticles before I go to bed.  It works wonders for flyaway winter hair and makeup remover too.  I just love it!

4) Diorshow Waterproof Mascara.  Because winter sports will not be kind to regular mascara, this waterproof formula is my favorite.

5) Laura Mercier high coverage concealer.  Relatively new to the market, this is a total keeper.  It covers, de-puffs and brightens dark under eye circles and when she says only a pin head sized drop is all you need, she’s not kidding.

6) Nivea cream.  I’ve been using this ever since I was a pre-teen thanks to my (grandmother) babichka (ba-beach-kah) who used to come and visit me in the United States all the way from (then) Czechslovakia and bring me a tube.  I cherished that tube and used it sparingly — making sure it would last until the next time she would come to visit.  Now I can buy it here.

7) Lolita Lempicka is my favorite fragrance.  I’ve been wearing it forever and my daughter who is now 23 tells me that whenever she smells it, it reminds her of her childhood.  How sweet ❤ and just as sweet and beautifully moving is this Lolita Lempicka video starring Elle Fanning (sister to Dakota).  She is perfectly perfect to play the role in a fairytale clip and movie (Maleficient starring next to Angelina Jolie). I adore her.

8) Laura Mercier lip stain in Scarlett.  Ebay is the only place to find this now, but it’s so worth the hunt.  I use it as a lip stain and cheek stain.  Love multi-use products.

9) They say a well defined brow sets the stage for a beautiful balanced face.  Looking back on photos when I was an eyebrow plucking maniac, that saying is very, very true.  I visited my local Nordstroms a couple years ago and had my brows professionally shaped and learned a thing or two, like the arch in your brows comes from above your brow, not from below.  This pencil was recommended to me and I’ve been a loyal user ever since.

10) And when you’ve groomed your brows, a shimmering highlighting accent right on your brow bones is quite beautiful! THIS is the new rage I hear and I’ve got it on order since my Urban Decay little purple tube is almost empty.

11) One squeeze of this eyelash curler, a quick stroke of mascara and I’m set.  Love the fun color combo here.

In closing, if someone asked me if I were deserted on a tropical island and could only bring one beauty product with me, which would it be? Definitely Dr. Jarts BB cream.  No question.

Thank you for being here :)

xoxo
Monica

Jan 072015
 

LaConner, Washington Town Guide via J5MM.com

Happy shiny 2015 to you!  Hubby, B, Oliver and I are wishing you only the best for 2015 and we hope that your hopes and dreams come true in this brand new year :)

We felt very fortunate to have been able to ring in the new year at the picturesque Thousand Trails campground in LaConner, Washington.  Our site was #164 and has been proudly added to our “must return” list.

Thousand Trails Campground LaConner, Washington Site 164 via J5MM.com Continue reading »

Dec 272014
 

They say that if you don’t try, you’ll never know.  This quote gets me every time and hangs on my home office wall.  It reminds me that if I let fear stand in the way of my hopes and dreams, I may never know what “could be,” and that could haunt me for a long time.

So in 2014, I believed that if I worked super hard, good things would come (and boy did they).  I’ve made new friends from all over the world thanks to J5MM and have received some of the most sweetest comments that literally brought tears to my eyes.  It’s a passion this blog of mine and I’m so happy to have you all here in my world.

During this beautiful December, not only did I experience a peaceful Christmas with sweet handmade gifts from B, I received a very special gift of a very different sort.  This gift came from the RVing coalition — GoRVing.com  when they reached out to me.  They happen to think I am pretty good at what I do here on J5MM and asked if I would like to become a blogger for them and share some of our adventures and RVing domesticity with their readership.  I was so completely flattered and so very happy.  I mean, this was Go RVing, they are “THE” RVing coalition.  I will admit, hubby had to pull me down hard from cloud nine ;)

So without further adieu, here is my very first post for GRV.  I hope you like it and share it.  It’s full of recipes and a great DIY for gifts that would be perfect for any time of the year:  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

Thank you for being here.  It means so much to me and I truly hope you are having a resultful and peaceful holiday season XOXO

With love,

Monica

Holiday RV Recipes via J5MM.comGo RVing

Dec 222014
 

Sweet Potato and Beet Tart via J5MM.com // RV Cooking //

Soon 2015 will be upon us.  A new year with a fresh start, new hopes and new big dreams.  I love this time of year — not only is it the most wonderful time of the year but it’s also the most exciting time.  The Christmas holiday, together with the anticipation of the upcoming new year just makes my heart sing. Continue reading »

Dec 092014
 

Last night, after dinner with the boys, I made myself a cup of tea, sat down at my desk and made something.

I made a calendar.
I hope you like it, because I made it for you :)
I hope you print it out and write down all of your hopes and dreams for the New Year to come.
I also hope you share it with your friends and family.

xoxo
Monica

PS If you click on the calendar below, it will take you to the PDF to download. It prints beautifully on 8.5″ x 14″ legal sized paper.

J5MM-2015-Calendar

Dec 072014
 

Glamper Sterling Silver Necklace via J5MM.com // RV Jewelry Accessories //

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow at 12:00 o’clock PM, PST time, these last three lovelies will become available in my Etsy shop.  I hope you can swing by and have a look around.  They would make a very special gift for the Glamper in your life this holiday season — or for you :)   Continue reading »