Aug 312014
 

Frends Layla Headphones

When sitting down to write here on J5MM or out and about during our travels, my Layla headphones from Frends are always with me.  I love them that much :)  In fact, I love them so much that I am writing about them here on J5MM to share with you.  I’ve owned many a pair of headphones from your dollar store variety to the more costly Beats by Dr. Dre and I can honestly say to you, from the bottom of my heart that these headphones you see in that picture above are my end-all-to-all-headpones.  They are the “Layla,” headphones in gold from the company called Frends. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

Rafting in Hells Canyon

Sitting on the edge of the Airstream bed while petting Oliver, B watches me with a curious eye as I pack his dry bag.  A nice {big} dry bag that Kurt and Heidi from Hells Canyon Raft dropped off with us at our campsite at the McCall RV Resort.  Tomorrow morning we begin a multi-day whitewater rafting trip with them. Where the Snake River heads north and carves the border between Idaho and Oregon, it forms the infamous Hells Canyon which happens to be the deepest gorge in North America (and deeper than the Grand Canyon!) and just happens to be where our rafting trip will take us . . . Continue reading »

Jul 172014
 

Peak to Valley Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.comCampfire Cookout via J5MM.com

It’s getting close to one week when we returned from a beautiful summer road trip through Idaho and Oregon.  In between working in corporate America, taking care of hubby and B, walking Oliver and the rest of the usual day to day activities I am doing my best to sort through all of the photographs I took during our Peak to Valley adventure.  I call it Peak to Valley because our trip took us from the peaks of alpine life in McCall, Idaho to the valleys down below where Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Deschutes river in Oregon call home. Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

Anacortes ferry landing via J5MM.com

Sometimes when life gets super busy, it helps me to sit down and take note of everything happening around me.   The last two weekends for us have been spent up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The purpose of our first visit was to reconnect with friends and have a party in their honor back at our camp.   I wanted everything to be perfect so I worked very hard on that trip for a couple of months prior.  The party went off without a hitch and so many wonderful things happened that weekend that I really look forward to sharing with you.

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May 082014
 

When traveling with an RV there are many benefits to be had.  Take for example the fact that you have all the comforts of home with you including a fully equipped kitchen.  Sure it’s probably smaller than your kitchen at home, but with a little organization and planning, you can easily whip up the same healthy meals you do for your family at home, but on the road.

My Travel Trailer Kitchen

What’s better is that you’re actually on the road.  Traveling.  Exploring.  Seeking out new adventures.  Can you imagine a better way to experience the “here and now,” than visiting a local market where you just happen to be seeking out the freshest, in season goodies to cook a meal with?  Take it to the next level and talk to some locals shopping in the market.  Ask them how they like to cook those “in season” ingredients.  More often than not, you’ll make a new friend and come back to your RV inspired, ready to cook. Continue reading »

May 042014
 

Suncadia and Tumble Creek in the Wenatchee National Forest Setting

When hubby and I first met, one of our very first trips taken together was to the Bennett cabin which is located next to the Wenatchee National Forest.  I’ve heard a lot about this cabin and how it took many, many years for the Bennett family to build, by hand — all themselves.  No machinery here, just pulley systems and lots of muscles to get the logs one on top of the other. Continue reading »

Apr 242014
 

Springtime In The Forest via J5MM.com

This forest, right behind my house is a very special place for me.  For almost 15 years I’ve been retreating to mothers nature’s magical playground to think, clear my mind and take in the fresh air.

There is no time better in my opinion, to hike these woods than in the Springtime.  Little flower buds are popping out of woody dangly branches, the curly fiddleheads of the fern plant begin to slowly emerge and colorful flower blossoms seem to bend your way as you walk by so you can admire their beauty.

Oliver and I set off on a hike the morning before Easter to experience all the beauty that lay in these woods.  As we hiked along, I thought about Easter dinner the following evening.  The Bennett family was coming over and I always love to cook for them.

Today would be a test run of some of the appetizer and side dishes I had in mind to serve and I could hardly wait to get started.  Practice menu runs for me not only give me peace of mind the following day when cooking, it also gives me the opportunity to fine tune and perfect any given recipe. Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. Because if you love canine’s and Airstreams, this silver trailer charm is pretty much a must have :)  Source  
  2. Multi-purpose kitchenware ranks high on my list for my tiny kitchen.  This cast iron drop biscuit pan not only makes the fluffiest biscuits ever, but doubles (or triples) as a muffin tin, tart pan and mini pizza pan (and so much more).  Try making baked eggs like these :)  Source
  3. Take feta to the next level with these scrumptious looking tartines.  I’ll take all three, please :) Source
  4. Document your most favorite trip by sewing the route onto a map.  Then frame it, hang it and adore it from near (and afar).  Source

Happy travels xoxo

~ Monica ♥

PS  We’re currently in the planning phases of our next trip.  It’s been a lot of work so far (probably the most work in planning a trip ever) and we’re crossing our fingers (and toes) it all works out.  We found a pretty amazing campsite along with some super fun outdoor adventures.  As soon as we get the final “go” from everyone involved, we’ll post our final destination here :)  Can’t wait to share it all with you xoxo  Hope you are having a wonderful Spring so far ♥