Mar 052015
 

Peshtamal Towels For RVing via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle Airstream Style

Over the last few years blogging here on J5MM I have gratefully received emails from fellow readers asking my opinion of what I think would work best in an RV from kitchen essentials to outdoor living essentials and everything in between.

A couple of weeks ago I received the sweetest email from Holly C.  She was curious as to what towels I have onboard and after I told her, she encouraged me to share it on J5MM.  So I am and thank you Holly ❤ The timing of her email to me was uncanny as I had literally just placed an order for three Turkish Peshtamal towels.  It was this article (and the comments) that convinced me they would be the perfect replacement for my big, fluffy terry cloth towels.  Because big fluffy towels are oh so comfy and luxurious but when your on the road and every square inch matters, you end up looking for an alternate solution.

I immediately started searching Etsy for a Peshtamal seller and low and behold I found him.  His name is Demet and lives in Turkey and ships to the USA ( here is his shop if you’re interested ).

If you have never heard of a Peshtamal before, they are super light weight, thin and extremely absorbent. They are big in size (typically 70 by 40 inches), but are very compact.  Unlike a thick terrycloth towel, Peshtamals are flat-woven with a smooth, soft texture of 100% Turkish cotton.  They also dry more quickly after use, so they don’t take on a musty smell.

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Also, as you know, multi purpose items are so beneficial when RVing and that’s where I really think these towels shine.  They are perfect for everyday use out of the shower and I can totally see them being used as a sarong on the beach, a picnic blanket or a picnic table cloth. The possibilities are endless!  They also take up a tiny amount of space in the RV closet and you can roll one up easily and tuck it into your day pack for your outdoor adventures.

One question I had upon receiving my towels was how to care for them.  I learned that gentle laundering is best. Machine wash in warm or cold water with like colors and tumble dry on low (or line dry).  Say no to bleach, harsh detergents, dryer sheets or high heat. I also learned from Demet that Pestemals get better with use and some need to be “broken in” by washing and drying them in a dryer on medium heat a few times. This make them softer and more absorbent.  Mine you see below have been washed and tumbled dried once to break them in and they are very lovely.

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I am quite pleased with my towels and if you’re looking for the perfect towels to take along on your RVing adventures, you may also like the Peshtamal as well.

Thank you for being here,
~ Monica xoxo

Mar 032015
 

Fabulous Finds Your RVing and Outdoor Adventures via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle Airstream StyleFabulous Finds Your RVing and Outdoor Adventures via J5MM.com // RVing Lifestyle Airstream StyleI’ve discovered a new love and that’s my (#1) Pocket Rocket Stove.  Small but incredibly mighty it’s capable of boiling two cups of water in less than 30 seconds.  We fired it up on many occasions during our recent trip along the Washington Coast with the the sole purpose of warming our chilly bones after days spent on windswept beaches.  I am here to tell you, if you don’t already know, a cup of hot tea or cocoa on demand, whenever you wish is quite a treat.  That cute little stove wouldn’t be complete without my little adventure cook set that I now proudly own by (#2) Stanley.  Those two green cups you see there stack together and fit inside of the stainless steel canister and travel in my pack ever so conveniently.  Speaking of my beloved pack, it is the (#3) LowePro Camera Backpack.  It sports a dedicated side padded compartment specifically for a DSLR camera which keeps mine nice and secure until I need to use it.  If you’re a photographer who loves outside adventuring, I can’t recommend it enough (plus hello built-in rain jacket, how perfect).  Lastly I wanted to share Oliver’s new sweater with you.  It’s from the canine sweater company called (#4) Chilly Dog Sweaters.  In this photo, Oliver is sporting the “Retro Ski Sweater,” complete with a pom-pom decorated hoodie.  His lead is a another fun design by (#4) Fab Dog and I think it matches his sweater perfectly.  I also want to mention that I never thought I would have a dog with such a wardrobe of sweaters, but they are necessary.  Absolutely necessary.  Even the slightest chill in the air and my little scruffy pup starts shivering.  Don’t be fooled by all that fancy hair because that’s just about all he has — he lacks a good sturdy undercoat so the sweaters must prevail.  He’s a rather good sport about it too (or at least I’d like to think so).

Thank you for being here,
Monica xoxo

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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 ❤

Love Lives Here via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

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 »