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.

My heart has definitely caught the happy spirit of the season and I’m in full on holiday mode.  Baking, cooking, decorating and planning.  It’s all so very exciting.  I’m also happy to share with you some recipes that were born out of my silver kitchen recently.  I hope you will enjoy them as much as we have.

Dream Big and Shoot For the Stars via J5MM.comSweet Potato and Beet Tart via J5MM.com // RV Cooking //Sweet Potato and Beet Tart via J5MM.com // RV Cooking //

Elevate the mood of the season and scent your home or RV with this lovely assortment of pine tree snippings, a star anise pod, a cinnamon stick, one orange sliced and studded with cloves and a small apple.  Place them all into a small pot and fill with water up to the top.  Bring to a simmer and enjoy the sweet smells of the holiday season.  Add more water as needed.

One of my sweet readers commented on my facebook page when I shared this idea that rather than simmering away on the stove, she uses a small slow cooker.  Great idea I say!

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Now this recipe I simply adore.  The cookie dough, for me, is like a blank canvas. I added poppy-seeds, lemon zest and almond extract (instead of the traditional vanilla).   The recipe follows below :)

Freshly Baked Christmas Cookies via J5MM.com // Airstream Life // RV Baking

Our bedroom got a little makeover and everytime I walk in here, I can’t help but smile big.  I’ve been in love love love with that duvet set now for a little over two years.  I’ve had a thing for triangles back then and I still do now.  Maybe it’s the graphic designer in me that makes my heart flip for triangle patterns but my love for them still goes strong.

Which brings me to my next point.  No matter how in love I was with that duvet set, there was no way I was paying the amount of $$ that was being asked for it.  It was an insane amount.  So I pinned the duvet set to my Pinterest board that I titled, “Outfitting an Airstream,” and moved on with my life.

Every now and then I would stalk that set and just dream it could be mine.  Well, two weeks ago my dream came true :) When I returned to my Pinterest board for my ritual stalking, I discovered it was on SALE.  Including shipping I paid less than $50!

Airstream Bedroom Makeover via J5MM.comRed Raspberry Thumbprints via J5MM.com // RV Cooking // Holiday Cookies

I want to thank you for being here, it means so much.  Your sweet words to me about J5MM always makes me smile and I hope that your holiday season is full of peace and happiness.

Wherever you are this holiday season, hubby, B, Oliver and I are sending you warm holiday wishes ♥

Safe and happy travels,
With all my heart ~
Monica xoxo

Airstream Merry Christmas via J5MM.com

Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies

Bake these up all at once, or keep the log in the freezer for those times when a hankering for a fresh baked cookie strikes.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Zest of one large-ish lemon

2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

1/4 teaspoon salt

optional:  miniature marshmallows

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, lemon zest, salt and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in your flour and poppy seeds until it is well blended.

On a sheet of plastic wrap, place your dough and flatten it into a disc.  Chill in your fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Cut equal size squares in the dough and roll into little balls pressing into the middle with your thumb to make an impression.  Place cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and place a single miniature marshmallow in the impression, or “print.”

Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges turn a nice light brown.

Remove your cookies from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.  Once cool, add a single raspberry to each cookie and dust with powdered sugar.

They are really cute little cookies that taste so delicious.  I hope you enjoy.

 

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 »

Dec 022014
 

Northwesternmost Point of the USA Road Trip via J5MM.com

There was much to be thankful for over this past Thanksgiving holiday road trip of ours. I am no doubt so very thankful for my boys, our health, our silver girl and so much more.

I was also incredibly thankful for mother nature bestowing her generosity upon us with good weather during our holiday road trip.  One morning though, she did decide to pour buckets of rain down upon us but luckily our plans were to wrap up camp and head to our next destination.  As we drove, the gray skies turned blue and the sun shined so brightly, turning our surroundings into the most beautiful golden color.  The sky was also the most beautiful shade of blue I had ever seen.  Maybe it was just my imagination, but the color was different to me.  I took so many photos.  I just couldn’t help it.

We just got back home-home this Sunday from our trip.  On our trip we visited the quaint town of Port Townsend and glamped at the Point Hudson Marina and RV Park.  We then motored up along the windy, and sometimes white knuckle — coastal roads towards Hobuck Beach RV Resort where we secured a beautiful ocean view spot.

We did so much, together.  It was a special time and B couldn’t stop talking about what fun he had on our trip, during our drive home.

“It was the best trip mommy!  Thank you.”

That’s what makes my heart squeeze with happiness — this child of ours and these memories hubby and I are making for him.  As I looked out the truck window, I couldn’t help but get teary eyed thinking that one day, maybe, he will bring his family to these spots we visited and possibly, just possibly share his stories — his memories with us — with his family for his children to remember.

It’s now Tuesday, December 2nd as I type this.  I have so many photographs to sort through, but I love it all.  I’m looking forward to sharing a detailed story of our trip with you so that perhaps, if you are considering planning a trip out this way, you may consider visiting the places we have.

In the meantime, every night after work — after all the home chores are taken care of, I sit down at my work bench and craft silver inspired travel accessories.  I am hoping very much to update my Etsy shop this Sunday with silver goodies.  I’ve been working on two sets of earrings so far and they are just about the most beautiful little earrings ever.  Another leaf design (which has been very popular.  THANK YOU !!)  and a new silversmithing technique I have learned — a tiny concave silver bowl with teeny-tiny little silver drops inside.  They are small, delicate and very sweet.  I love them and I think you will too.

Please stay tuned  — they would make the loveliest gift for the Glamper in your life.

With all of my heart,

Monica xoxox

The Look of Things Around Here via J5MM.com #Airstream #GoRVing

Dec 022014
 

 

Fabulous Finds For Your RV Lifestyle via J5MM.com

  1. Oh how these bring back memories of childhood camping.  I clearly remember the comforting hot and melty ham and cheese toasties my girl scout leader taught me and my fellow troops how to make over a campfire.   This winter I will be teaching B during our ski trip to Whitefish, Montana.  Bring on the snow and hot toasties :)  I am ready! Find them here 
  2. Just about the perfect wrapping paper ever, for the Airstreamer in your life :)  I take pride in supporting artists on Etsy — find this paper here and other really cute selections too!
  3. Speaking of supporting creative artists, how adorable is this personalized Airstream Christmas ornament?  I’m in love!  Order yours here
  4. These insulated tumblers are insanely insulated.  My hot coffee stayed hot for over three hours and when I say hot, I mean, hot hot hot.  So be careful if you do purchase one.  Find them here

Hope you are having a great first week of December ♥

Thank you for being here,

From the bottom of my heart,

Monica xoxo

Nov 232014
 

Tea Time Airstream Style // via J5MM.com

Oh weekends — how thankful I am for them especially during this time of year.  Today was a glorious day in Seattle and I was able to steal a few hours away for myself and organize my silver girl readying her for our upcoming trip next weekend.  It’s funny how organizing her, also helps clear my mind and helps me focus.

Airstream Trip Planning via J5MM.com

We’re taking her on a trip that will take us to the  northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States — Cape Flattery here in Washington State. Photography opportunities should be incredible from all the photos I have seen on line so far and I can hardly wait.  I’m also looking forward to being (far) away from corporate America and spending quality, quiet time with the boys on the beach.

After pouring myself a cup of tea this afternoon, I flipped through some holiday recipe books in seek of inspiration for this weekend.  Needless to say, I was overcome with ideas so now I just need to put it all together and come up with the official menu.  The only ingredient I have purchased so far is the turkey breast (yikes)!  Thankfully I have a few more days to shop and prepare.

RV Road Trip Holiday Planning via J5MM.comAirstream Tea Time via J5MM.com

Airstream RV Trip Planning via J5MM.com

Hubby, B, Oliver and I are sending you warm wishes this holiday season.

It means so much to have you here.

With all my heart,

Humbly,

Monica XOXO

Nov 112014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday // RV Accessories via J5MM.com

  1. Bring a feeling of the forest inside your RV with these darling forest animal tea towels.  Find them here
  2. Talk about a warm and cozy home on wheels :) I’m in love with this rustic Airstream renovation by The Local Branch
  3. Now only does this cute camper pillow cover come in a silver grey color, but other colors as well — perfect gift for the glamper in your life.  Find it here 
  4. Transition with ease from a flat chopping board to a strainer — nothing makes my heart sing more in my trailer kitchen than multi purpose accessories.  Find this board / strainer here

For more fab finds, please follow me on Pinterest here :)

I hope you have a wonderful week!

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

 

 

Nov 042014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

Today is a big day :)  I’ve opened my very first ever Etsy Shop here:  www.etsy.com/shop/Just5MoreMinutes.  Inside my shop you will find some silversmithed travel inspired accessories I have crafted inspired from travels in my Airstream.  I hope you swing on by and have a look :)

As I was updating my shop for the very first time, I became side tracked by some of the cutest things from other Etsy sellers!  I can’t help but share them with you. But first, one of my most favorite things to have in my silver kitchen is an Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen.  It saves on cleanup and keeps the splatters at bay which I think is especially important in a tiny cooking space . . . .

  1. Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen — invaluable in a tiny space when shallow frying.  Find it here
  2. Is this not just about the cutest pot holder ever?  I will be adding it to my collection, no question.  Find it here
  3. Temporary tattoos are popular nowadays but these are superiorly artistically beautiful.  They have a very glamping foresty feel to them . . . find this cute fox Here
  4. I can see this hanging from an Airstream awning strung with white lights and the color scheme is quite perfect.  Find this fun bunting here

And last but not least, here are a few photos I took of some of the silver items in my shop which would be lovely for the glamper in your life.

Travel inspired silver accessories in my Etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/Just5MoreMinutes

Silversmithed Jewelry via J5MM.comThank you for being here :)

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

Nov 012014
 

The Lat One To Fall via J5MM.com

As sure as the autumn leaves are to fall, my Etsy shop will eventually, forthcoming have its very first shop update.

Next Tuesday, around 9 am I will be stocking my shelves with a few travel inspired jewellery pieces I have been happily working on these past few weeks.  Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. I have hearted this sweatshirt for so long and especially now even more so since winter glamping is right around the corner.  Maybe I will put it on my wish list for Santa this year — I especially love the red color here
  2. I’ve got a serious love for icebox cake.  So simple to make and this “Pumpkin Mouse” version would be perfect after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.  Find it here
  3. Yesterday while perusing the isles at Trader Joes, my coat belt loop snagged a display of these little cinnamon scented hand broom/whisks.  The entire display came crashing down and I was so embarrassed.  I am sure my face was as red as an over ripe heirloom tomato!  Luckily there was a mom with her two sweet kids who, after seeing my embarrassment, were gently coaxed to come over and help me pick up the bazillion little whisks strewn all over the floor.  It was then when the two kids remembered these whisks and happily reminded their mom about them.  “Mommy!  It’s the cinnamon whisks!  Remember?!”  Needless to say I was intrigued by their excitement, so for $1.00 I bought one.  I opened the package in the car and it smelled just like the holidays — cinnamon!  I can’t wait to hang it in the Airstream.  After reading this blog post about the whisks I’m thinking I would love a broom too!
  4. If you’re a winter glamper, flannel sheets in your RV/trailer are-a-must.  When nighttime falls and the outdoors are super chilly, there is no better feeling than crawling into your warm soft bed made so by flannel sheets.  To compliment the winter glamping experience, I think these sheets would be perfect :) Find this cute set here

Three more days till Friday!

Thank you for being here ~

xoxo
Monica