May 262015
 

Fabulous Finds for your RVing Travels via J5MM.com // #Airstream

1.  I may just swap out my white dish soap dispenser for this one, because it’s just too cute.

2.  To market, to market, to market we go, but not without this very chic Parisian Cotton Net Bag

3.  If the market is calling and we have our bicycle, then this pannier would be perfect.  Btw — I can’t get enough of panniers for my bike, I have a problem collecting them, like I have a problem collecting handbags.

4.  Speaking of pannier/handbag/bag addictions, I wish I would have had this bag on our white water rafting trip through Hells Canyon last summer — would have been perfect!

Hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday and as always, thank you for being here :)

With all my heart,
Monica ♥

May 252015
 

The convenient necessity of trays for RV travel via J5MM.com // #Airstream

From early morning coffee rituals, to romantic dinners for two by the sea, these simple pleasures wouldn’t be so simple without the use of trays.   Instead of setting the table, I set the trays and conveniently carry them outside to wherever our hearts desire.

The convenient necessity of trays for RV travel via J5MM.com // #Airstream

I load the trays up with goodies that our meals desire.  For example, last Father’s Day this was our breakfast tray with soft-boiled duck eggs, crispy potatoes, smoked salmon, sliced avocados and sweet grape tomatoes.

 

Father's Day Breakfast via J5MM.com

Or during holiday meal planning, a tray is perfect on the RV sofa to hold a nice cup of tea and sweet biscuits while perusing holiday recipe books.

The convenient necessity of trays for RV travel via J5MM.com // #Airstream

Trays are also useful for presenting delicious appetizers . . .

The convenient necessity of trays for RV travel via J5MM.com // #Airstream

They are also useful for corralling toys that children love to play with.

The convenient necessity of trays for RV travel via J5MM.com // #Airstream

Speaking of children, here is my little one, back in 2010 with our first silver girl.  We were camped at the San Juan County Park on San Juan Island in Washington State.  He’s enjoying a snack upon our arrival on his very own tray.  The top of that tray lifted up to reveal storage space where we kept papers and crayons for him to color with.  I found that tray at the Container Store and I believe they still carry it.

Airstream camping at San Juan County Park in the San Juan Islands of Washington State via J5MM.com

Trays are the best when RVing and I believe are a convenient necessity.  I couldn’t imagine RVing without ours.

Hope you had a lovely weekend :)

Thank you for being here,

~ Monica xoxo

May 192015
 

Fabulous Finds For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream #BestMadeCo

I  love this company, and I want to mention, I have no affiliation with them, whatsoever.  I simply adore their products for the great outdoors that I believe are very well made (from the few items that I own).   Here are a few of their things I have (and would love) for the Airstream and our RVing travels:

#1) It’s red and has little white stars all over it — talk about the cutest Banadana on earth.  Would be a great gift for the man in your life, or the dog in your life, or the kid in your life, or for even yourself — I’m totally buying four of them :)

#2) My parents escaped from communism  in (then) Czechoslovakia during Prague Spring in 1968 and came to America — New York City to be exact.  Shortly after in 1971 they had me (I was almost born in the car as my dad was zipping down the NYC streets at 1 am b-lining it for Mt. Sinai hospital, where thankfully I was born).  I am so proud to live in this free country and fly, this flag, proudly.

#3) This one is pricey, and it’s a total dream item for me to buy for hubby and B.  One day I will hold it’s preciousness in my hands but until then I continue to stalk the website and dream about it.  I’d love it on board the Airstream for the purpose of chopping wood for campfires and I’d find a nice place to display it on the wall — somewhere.  It’s that beautiful.  Plus, they have so many other designs to choose from too.

#4)  I have featured this precious pot before here on FFT, but I’m doing it again, because it’s been almost three years and it’s been a total workhorse and cleans up to a brand new finish each and every time.  I have the white one with red handle and I heart it so.  I use it as my little deep fryer on the board the Airstream.  I use it to make porridge for B on chilly mornings during ski trips and I use it to make sauces and even warm up water for tea.  I love love love this little utility pot.

Thank you for being here and I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!  This weekend is Memorial Day — wondering if you all are heading anywhere?  We are staying put as B has some baseball games to play and I have a garden to tend to.  But we’ll be back on the road soon in the next few weeks and I can hardly wait.

Hugs to you all xoxo
~ Monica

My favorite  pot — in action frying up some apple pumpkin fritters a couple Falls ago :)  Along with the pumpkin fritters is B holding our poor sad axe.  Maybe I’ll ask Santa to bring one from Best Made this Christmas.

Apple Pumpkin Fritters in the Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com // #Airstream #BestMadeCo

May 172015
 

Kalaloch Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MMM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

“Mommy?  Mommy, are you still sleeping?” B is whispering this into my ear as I sleep  . . .

I don’t say a word, hoping he will take pity on his poor tired and sleepy mom and let me be, for at least a moment longer.

“Mommy?  Mommy?”

This boy of mine.  No matter what time he goes to bed, as soon as the crack of dawn is upon us, he is up and at ’em.

“B — we are on vacation — you can sleep in if you want . . .” I try and convince him.

He is still standing next to me, I can feel his presence — he is probably pondering his next move . . .

Then hubby says, “Good Morning B,” with all smiles (I can hear him smiling, does that make sense?)  and he is next to rise and now it’s official, our day has begun.  But after the fog clears from my sleepy head, I am grateful for the early morning wake up call.  I look outside and see that the clouds moved out overnight and a beautiful pastel sunrise is on its way.

These two posts of mine covering our trip to Kalaloch Beach State Park is proof of the Olympic Peninsula’s moody weather behavior.  Cloudy, cozy and drizzling one day and the next?  Nothing but blue skies.  I took at least a million pictures.

Hubby and B headed down to the beach for a game of soccer while Oliver and I pulled ourselves together and made a skillet breakfast fit for an Olympic Peninsula king :)

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After breakfast, we packed into the truck and drove a quick minute up the road to Beach 4.

Beach 4 is home to some pretty interesting tide pools we learned from some fellow campers.  It was a, “must see,” according to them.  So off we went.  An old driftwood bridge welcomed us as we arrived . . .

Bridge at Beach 4 on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

If you look closely, there on that big sun drenched, barnacle encrusted rock, you can see the ocean’s waterline at high tide.  Where B is exploring, that entire area is underwater where at low tide, offers up some pretty cool opportunities to check out the sea life.  We saw some beautiful sea anemones, star fish, hermit crabs and some baby fish of some sort.  The colors of the sea creatures were completely captivating.

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Sea stars everywhere — pink families in front and orange ones farther out . . .

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We spent the day exploring Beach 4 and just taking things easy.  We really wanted to soak up our environment because the weather was just too perfect on this day so when we came back to camp, we stuck around.  We spent time reading in front of the ocean’s glorious view and every  now and then, we would hike back down to the beach and walk to our heart’s content.  We chatted it up with people on the beach and both B and Oliver made new friends.

Kalaloch Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MMM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

When it was time for lunch, out came the Toas-tite.  Clearly, we can’t get enough of the melty concoctions this little gadget produces.

Toas-Tite in my Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com // #Airstream

For dinner?  Caramelized mushrooms and soft boiled egg toasts with a lemony hollandaise sauce.  It was a super easy dinner to make that delivered big on the yum factor.

“Mommy, can you make this again,” B asked.

Love him.

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As the sun began to set, we all agreed that we had to pinch ourselves with how lucky we were with the weather.  Being able to experience both sides of the Olympic Peninsula’s weather was a true treat from the drizzly day prior to this glorious sunny and summer-like day.  Once again, the Olympic Peninsula did not disappoint.

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Thank you for being here,

With all my heart ~ Monica xoxo

 

May 162015
 

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Outside Magazine asking if I would be interested in doing an interview about my Airstream cooking adventures.  I was so flattered and am completely beside myself with how the piece turned out.  I love it.

I hope you like it too if you have a chance to read it.

This is a huge honor for me.

Thank you my friends and here is the link to it:  How To Cook Delicious Meals In An Airstream

xoxo

Monica

How To Cool Delicious Meals in an Airstream via J5MM.com // #OutsideMagazine #Airstream

 

 

May 152015
 

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

Hwy 101, as it meanders around and occasionally hugs the Washington coastline takes us to our last stop during our road trip through the Olympic Peninsula not too long ago.  I have shared our OP trips on GoRVing’s blog up until this one.  This one, I’ve been saving for J5MM.

Here is a map I designed detailing our road trip in visual detail with our three stops:

Map of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State via J5MM.comj // #Airstream #GoRVing

My first post for GoRVing shared our experiences at the Waterfront at Potlatch . . .

Waterfront at Potlatch via J5MM.com // #Airstream Olympic Peninsula

and then we continued on to: Grayland Beach State Park . . .

Grayland Beach State Park in Washington State via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingToday, I share with you a story about our adventures and explorations at Kalaloch Beach State Park.

We arrived at our campsite at Kalaloch in the late-ish morning.  The clouds rolled in overnight and hung around all day.  Occasionally they would transform and allow a bit of blue to peek through, but we took the weather as it was.  If you have ever visited the Olympic Peninsula along the coast, you know that the weather can change in the blink of an eye.  One moment it’s nothing but blue skies and before you know it, the dark grey clouds creep in over the ocean’s horizon.  You can see it coming.

After we found our site and set up camp, we did what we usually do when arriving in a new spot.  We explored!  Down to the beach we headed.

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We also took a walk around the campground in general.  There are some really nice spots with sweeping ocean views in the D loop as you can see.

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

But we weren’t complaining about our site at all and were very grateful for it.  Here is a shot of my silver girl in her happy spot :)

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

And here is a view from the inside looking out, to where I was standing when I took the shot prior :)

The boys were still out exploring and I came back inside to fix something to eat.  I whipped up some easy chocolate crepes for a late breakfast and while I was cooking those up, I had in the oven some savory drop biscuits we would enjoy later in the day while we were away.

Our View Inside Out at Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #AirstreamChocolate Crepes from the Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com // #AirstreamSavory Drop Biscuits via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

We packed up the truck and headed down the road.  What is really wonderful about visiting Kalaloch Beach State Park is the close proximity to all the beaches. The beaches here are numbered in sequence from south to north — Beach 1 – Beach 6.  South Beach is at the far south end, Ruby Beach is at the far north, and Kalaloch Beach, where we are, is located between Beaches 2 and 3.  So if you come, start at South Beach and work your way up the road.  It can take a full day and will be one your most memorable days ever, I can guarantee it.

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Beach 4 — this was our favorite.  So much in fact, we returned in the early morning the next day to explore the tide pools (more to come in Part 2)

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When we came back to camp, we noticed that a few spots down from us, the previous occupants had left!  It was a beautiful ocean view site so we quickly packed up our silver girl and moved her on over.  After we were settled,  I made a delicious smoked salmon spread that we enjoyed before embarking on another trip down to the Kalaloch Beach.

Pacific Northwest Smoked Salmon Spread via J5MM.com // #AirstreamPacific Northwest Smoked Salmon Spread via J5MM.com // #AirstreamCanine Wanderlust on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

If you have been following me along here on J5MM, you know how much my little dog means to me.  I love him so much and with all my heart.  He is always — ALWAYS on his harness because I fear losing him.  Not that he would take off running and leave me intentionally but if he does happen to see something that catches his eye, I can see his instinct to chase.  The thrill of the chase lives deep inside of this little dog and it comes out unexpectedly when we are walking along and a little bird decides to pop out of a nearby bush, or a chipmunk, or anything — even a leaf could buzz by and Oliver would be off.  Maybe it’s the terrier in him.  I don’t know.  He even tries to chase B’s school bus as it drives away.  So, with all that said, this little dog has lived on a harness his entire little life so far until this day.

This day, hubby convinced me, that for once, to let this little dog off his leash and let him run free.  He begged me to do it.  I could tell he felt sorry for Oliver.  All this big open space surrounding him, beckoning him to come and run and be free.

I looked around, analyzed the entire beach for as many miles as I could see.  No one was around.  No animal was around.  It was beach and ocean.  That was it.

So I did it.  I let him free . . . and held my breath . . .

Canine Wanderlust on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingCanine Wanderlust on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingCanine Wanderlust on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

I kept my eye on Oliver like a hawk and eventually, as we drew closer to camp, back went on his harness.  What a feeling of happiness it was to let his little legs free and to allow him to run like that.  We were all happy for Oliver :)

Back at camp, we started a fire — or should I say, B started a fire.  He is getting very adept at building campfires.  Hubby has been teaching him how since we started this Airstreaming adventure back in 2010.  I am so proud of my boy and he, proud of himself!

And for dinner?  Toas-tites!  Melted ham and cheese Toas-tites are the best as are the sliced strawberry and chocolate chip variety.  The combinations are endless and I couldn’t imagine being without this campfire treat from now on.  The boys agree too.

Toas-tite Treats via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingToas-tite Treats via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

Even Oliver enjoyed a smidge of a ham and cheese Toas-tite thanks to B :)

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Day one of our visit to Kalaloch Beach State Park was full of memories we will cherish forever.  The weather today was chilly, cloudy and sometimes drizzly, but here on the Olympic Peninsula you take each day as it comes.  When the weather was as it was today, it creates a very romantic and cozy experience.  We loved it.

When B and Ollie were safely tucked into their beds in the late evening, hubby and I had some alone time, outside, just the two of us. We chatted about our day and what to expect tomorrow.  We watched the storm clouds roll in over the ocean ahead and we were mesmerized.  What a beautiful day and even more beautiful night.

Evening Ocean View via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingTomorrow is a new day with new surprises I can wait to share with you — stay tuned for Part 2 coming very soon!  I know you will love it.

Thank you for being here,

with all my heart,

Monica xx

:: Postus Scriptus ::

Recipes coming soon :) !!

May 122015
 

Fabulous Finds For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream

This fabulous finds Tuesday post comes to you from ETSY — because I believe in supporting hardworking artists who make beautiful products.  Just look at some of what you can find over there:

1.  I’ve been obsessing over this cute mountain pillow for far too long.  I just need to bite the bullet and buy it.  It’s too cute!

2. Neon mini bowls — perfect as little pinch pots for your RV kitchen counter.  I just love them and their happy bright colors :)

3.  This striped large laundry hamper has my heart.  We keep the hamper in the Airstream shower but this one would be worthy of its own place, somewhere on the Airstream . . . maybe in the bedroom corner at the foot of the bed #thinkingoutloud

4. Reusable produce bags — these are just about the cutest and come in many different styles.

Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day and are enjoying the start to the week xoxo

~ Monica

PS  Speaking of Etsy, I have a shop over there in case you didn’t know :)  The shelves are bare right now, but I am busy working on more travel inspired silver goodies for you.  xx

 

May 112015
 

Jetty Fishery Along Oregon's Coast via J5MM.comJetty Fishery Along Oregon's Coast via J5MM.comFresh Cracked Dungeness Crab Parfait via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleMason Jar Sewing Kit for Her RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Just when you think you may be running out of options on finding a place to camp does a true hidden gem come your way.  This was very true for us during our visit to Jetty Fishery along the Oregon Coast.  I hope you enjoy this piece I wrote for GoRVing along with a very simple recipe and craft for mom.

I hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day xoxo

Story here:  A True Hidden Gem

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May 052015
 

Fabulous Finds for your RV Travel via J5MM.com // #AirstreamLifestyle

1  Opinel Kitchen Set // I was first introduced to Opinel when we stopped into Airstream of Spokane to have our first silver girl checked out to make sure she was road worthy for our ski trip to Rossland, BC.  Karen, co-owner of Airstream of Spokane gave me an Opinel knife as a gift.  She was so sweet and can I just say that if you are going to buy an Airstream — Airstream of Spokane is it.  You can see their true genuine caring of their customers on their Facebook page and I just can’t sing their praises high enough.  They CARE.  Truly care.  But back to these knives, they are good.  Really really good!

2.  Batiste Dry Shampoo // This is the best dry shampoo I have found to date.  It smells Heavenly and works really well.  I even use it after I wash my hair to add volume.  Dry shampoo and road trips go hand in hand :)

3.  Portable Fireplace & Grill // Someone once asked me during a twitter chat, what was important to me in a campsite.  For me, a perfectly placed fire ring is very important.  I know, it sounds silly but I can’t help it.  I’m especially picky over this if we camp in a place where there is a pristine view.   I want my view and perfectly placed campfire too.  Is that too much to ask?  If it is and we don’t score a campsite with this weird want of mine, maybe this portable fireplace will be the answer to my fire ring madness.

4.  Folding Hammock // And wouldn’t it be nice to have a folding hammock, next to a perfectly placed fire ring in a perfect campsite?  I would think so :)  This one looks good and I love the color ❤

Campsite with perfectly placed fire ring and a view like no other :)  Couldn’t help myself . . .

Thousand Trails Campground LaConner, Washington Site 164 via J5MM.comThank you for being here,
~ Monica xoxo

May 042015
 

Meal Planning for RV Trips via J5MM.com // #AirstreamLifestyle

Back when I was a stay at home mom with B, I would carefully plan out our monthly menus.  Every first Sunday of the new month I would seek out my recipe books looking for new culinary adventures I could introduce to B.  Some recipes were a success and others, well, not so much.  Live and learn.  Cook and learn.  Either way you had it, I really had my act together as far as organization and getting things done around the house.

Since returning back to corporate America, I have found that my days are no longer leisurely on those Sundays.  Each minute I have off from work I take advantage of and try to keep the house, Airstream, etc. organized, but sometimes I fail and run out of precious time.

I still do take the time to plan our menus but instead of the entire month, I take it week by week now which has really worked out well.  I designed a spreadsheet that I could fill out weekly (and quickly).  My sheet has the days of the week at the top and beneath each day lives:  breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  In each block I write what we will be having for that particular meal and the block under that goes ingredients I don’t have on hand that I need to shop for.

I modified this spreadsheet for our Airstream trips to include a place at the bottom where I can list the ingredients that I do have on hand, in my brick and mortar fridge.  This method, for me, ensures I won’t forget a single item — or should I rather say, it ensures that I don’t bring the entire contents of my fridge with me.  Also,  I keep the menu simple and leave room for days where markets are on our list to visit.  Bringing home goodies from local markets and cooking them up for dinner is something I relish during our road trips.

If you would like to give my method of menu planning madness a try, you can download my spreadsheet below by clicking on the image of it.

Meal Planning for RV Trips via J5MM.com // #AirstreamLifestyle

Free Download // Weekly Menu Planner via J5MM.com // #AirstreamLifeStyle

Click Here To Download a PDF

In addition to my freebie spreadsheet, may I also share this most perfect and delicious fudgy brownie recipe with you.  I have been making this for years.  My dad learned how to make them from one of Julia Child’s recipe books and it is the best.  Of course I am partial because my dad taught me how to make them and I have a vivid memory of him telling me, “Monica, the trick with these brownies are to not over bake them.”

Be warned, there is a fine line between these brownies being perfectly baked and over baked so make sure to have toothpicks on hand when you cut into the center to test their “doneness” out.  But if you do miss that mark, they are still pretty darn good :)

I hope you enjoy :) xoxo

Fudgy Brownies via J5MM.com // #AirstreamKitchen Thank you for being here,

Monica xoxo

Dads Best Brownies — adapted from Julia Child 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate – coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate – coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°
  2. With a whisk, whisk the flour and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan making sure to stir often and keeping an eagle eye out to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.  Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  5. Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and eggs into a bowl mixing just to combine.
  6. Temper the sugar and egg mixture into the chocolate mixture by adding only half of the mixture and adding it slowly, stirring gently with a rubber spatula so that the eggs don’t set from the heat.  Add the rest of the mixture and mix well.
  7. With a hand held mixer, whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are thick and doubled in volume which is around three minutes.
  8. Delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture using the same rubber spatula.
  9. When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, it’s time to gently fold in the dry ingredients and the walnuts.
  10. Pour and scrape the batter in to an unbuttered 9 inch square pan.
  11. Cut into the center at about the 22-minute mark to see how the brownies are progressing. They are done if they are just barely set and still pretty gooey.
  12. Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack.  They will continue to cook for a little bit while entering their cooling phase.
  13. Once cooled, spread the top with a chocolate ganache if you would like (my dad and I liked, very much).

Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Bring the heavy cream and vanilla extract to a boil in a small saucepan on the stovetop.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir until the chocolate chips are smooth and melted. Allow mixture to cool slightly (it will thicken) and spread atop brownies.

A Sweet Bon Appetit :) xoxo