No Horsing Around Here

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It’s was a busy weekend here at the campground! Lots of guests come in with their horses, looking forward to spending time on the trails and celebrating the new year with friends and family!

The horses came in all sorts of shapes and sizes and breeds, but one thing they all had in common: they were all beautiful!

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One young boy however, had some unexpected excitement!

While he was on his horse, it decided to rear up on its hind legs!

He cried out to make his family aware of what was happening, and his mother flew to the rescue! Handling the young horse with confidence and skill, she got her boy to safety. However, the young horse was not through being feisty!

She mounted the horse and as she continued to deal with its attitude, it was clear the horse was not having it and kept trying to nip at her legs.

It was obvious though, that she was used to handling a temperamental horse and was quickly adept at getting the horse to settle down.

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In the background, the boy stood nearby, physically upset at what had just happened… but his aunt who was with them, told him that she was proud of the way he handled the situation. He wanted to know what she meant and she told him that he now holds the title of best cowboy on earth, and that he should be proud and feel very good about how he handled the situation by holding on and not letting the horse get the better of him!

Through his sobs, you could hear him say, “I didn’t know what to do, I just held on for dear life!”

Between you and me, I say kudos to this young aspiring cowboy! I think he did very well in such a scary situation! Lord knows I would have been thrown off and had to change my underwear!

Happy New Years everyone!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

New Years Resolutions…

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With 2022 coming to an end, many people are making new New Years Resolutions! Whether those resolutions are to eat healthier… travel more… spend more time with family… we all have one thing in common… we view the new year as a chance for a fresh start!

I too, have made some resolutions… some of which are to feed my soul spiritually and strengthen my faith in God… to focus more on eating healthier… and to get in some much needed exercise… but I also plan to write more…. and to encourage others… and finally to enjoy this life that God has given me!

So what resolutions do you have for the New Year?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

See you in the New Year!

~ Sheri

Challenges with Food

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Do you have challenges with food?

I sure do!

I find that since I decided to get back to a healthy eating plan, I am sorely tempted with foods that I should not eat!

Especially sweets!

But how do I avoid those temptations?!?

First, I keep healthy snacks on hand in my pantry…

One person I know keeps healthy snacks in her workplace, purse and even her car!

I also keep ingredients on hand for quick and easy meals…

And although it is a struggle for me to plan a weeks meals ahead, I do try to plan for at least a few days in advance. I find this helps me to know what I will be eating for the next day or two. Plus it gives me options when temptation comes knocking at my door!

So, how do you keep from breaking your healthy eating habits? I would love to hear about them!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Driving On Sand is Like…

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Here in the south, you will find lots of sand!

Not only is it at the beach, it’s everywhere! Even the roads at the campground are packed sand! Well, almost all of them!

Guess who found the one area of loose sand – and guess who got stuck!

Thankfully, my vehicle comes with 4-wheel drive!

Once I realized I was stuck, I flipped it into 4-wheel drive and followed the same principles as when I’d get stuck in the snow back home!

I kept rocking the vehicle back and forth until I felt one of the wheels had found solid ground and turned into it…

It took a few minutes, but eventually I was able to get my truck out of the loose sand and unto solid road!

My little adventure became the talk of the campground. I even impressed a few people, having been able to get ‘unstuck’ without having to be pulled out!

And it’s not so different after a rain…

The roadway becomes softer… almost like driving on packed snow… you know, after it starts snowing, and the snowplow has yet to clear the roads… sort of like that!

However, there is a big difference! It doesn’t get so cold in the south… at least not yet!

Since having dealt with driving on sand, I have come to realize one thing – I’m thankful for having learned to drive in the snow!

Sand and snow – it’s almost the same thing! Just not so cold!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

We’re Houseless, Not Homeless

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Some people just don’t understand…

Recently, I was talking with someone who was curious about our lifestyle…

It soon became evident that she thought we were homeless and started treating us very differently… as if she were better than us, and also pitying us… she even went as far as to give me a phone number to a local womans shelter!

I was offended!

We are houseless, not homeless!

I work for a living… I have a home… my home just happens to be on wheels!

I simply choose to travel from job to job as openings in campgrounds arise! And, I take all the comforts of home with me wherever I go!

It sure beats staying in hotels everywhere, or staying in the same place all the time!

Yet while I was offended by her words and actions, I did not react as I was feeling!

Our conversation reminded me of how our friends and family reacted when we decided to leave the city to live on a farm!

They didn’t understand our desire to grow and raise our own food!

It’s the same way with our choice to live on the open road!

People just don’t understand our desire to travel!

Not everybody gets it… and that’s okay!

I don’t always understand other peoples choices!

We walk to the beat of a different drum!

It’s what makes us unique and interesting as people!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels

~ Sheri

Planning My Meals Ahead of Time is a Challenge

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Relying on our pantry supplies for the time being, I am trying to plan out my meals using what we have on hand – it’s either that, or we make the daily trek into down for our meats and veggies!

While I do enjoy getting out of the camper and going into town, this is not a cost-effective strategy! First, we simply have no way of keeping our foods cold for the time being, and second, our fuel budget would take a serious hit!

In planning meals, I have to think about both our tastes. Mom prefers to have her foods separated… for example, she likes sitting down to a plate of roast beef, potatoes and a veggie… while I don’t mind having soup or stew on a regular basis!

What we could do, is buy a roast, makes some ‘taters and a veggie – this way mom gets her separates on the plate for one meal – and then we can put the leftovers in the slow-cooker to make a pot roast or a stew for the next meal!

So far, so good!

But here’s where things get a bit tricky!

I’ve always been told that planning meals ahead of time helps you find quick options – especially if you want it to be compatible with your eating plan!

In theory, I think it’s a good idea! However, planning meals ahead has always been a challenge for me!

I mean seriously, how can I plan my meals ahead of time, when I don’t know what I will be hungry for?!?

To my thinking, if I go ahead and plan a weeks’ worth of meals… say Wednesday, I plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon… but Wednesday comes, and now I’m not hungry for Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!

Then what?!? Do I go ahead and eat what was previously planned, simply because I need to eat?

Shouldn’t I be at least interested in what I am going to eat – that way I can enjoy my meal?

Isn’t that part of what makes you successful in a healthy eating plan? If I enjoy what I am eating, I am more likely to continue following my healthy eating plan, right?!?

Okay, so I could adapt, and use something else that was planned for the week – say Saturday, I plan to have Roasted Bell Peppers – I could have that, in place of Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon…

but then… the time comes in the week when I planned to eat the Roasted Bell Peppers! However, I’ve already eaten the Roasted Bell Peppers back on Wednesday! Now, I am stuck eating the Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon that I didn’t want back on Wednesday! Why did I ever plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!

See my dilemma?!?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Freeze Dried Eggs – Pass or Fail?!?

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If you remember, our eggs did not survive our refrigerator breaking down… and while I was hungry for sausage and eggs, I pondered if our container of freeze-dried eggs would be a hit, or would they fail miserably!

Once I knew I wanted to experiment with the scrambled egg mix, I needed to figure out how I wanted to prepare them…

I located our sausage crumbles and some red bell peppers and got to working…. since I’d never worked with the eggs before in this fashion, I wondered how I would make them.

Freeze-dried foods usually need to be reconstituted with water, however, they can simply be tossed into your favorite recipe!

I prefer to cook outside, having more room to move around, than I do in our small 22 foot travel trailer, but alas, it was too cold and windy to use our propane camp stove, so I opted to use the microwave.

I’ve used our microwave to make scrambled eggs before, but my regular eggs always wound up on the rubbery side. Not very pleasing to the palate, but I was willing to give it a try!

In a small mixing bowl, I added 1 cup of our sausage crumbles, 1 cup of our red bell peppers, and 6 Tbsp. of the scrambled egg mix. I then added 1 and 2/3 cups of water, plus an additional 8 Tbsp. of water to cover the dried ingredients. Then, I let them sit, covered for 10 minutes so they could do their thing!

After giving the contents of the bowl a good stir, I added in a half stick of butter and microwaved it for 5 minutes.

Removing the bowl from the microwave, I found it to look like a big unappetizing lump… however, after giving it a stir, I was pleasantly surprised! The scrambled egg mix took on the look of regular scrambled eggs!

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True, it doesn’t look quite as good as my normal eggs and sausage scramble would look, but it did have a good flavor, and in a pinch I would eat it again!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Thankful for Freeze-Dried Goodness

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Well, our fridge is down indefinitely! We’re having a hard time finding someone to come to fix it – it doesn’t help that we are so far from town!

No one is willing to travel… at least not without charging us an arm and a leg! And with me on a tightened budget since I now work from home, I can’t afford it at the moment!

Since our fridge is out of commission, I find that I am very thankful for our surplus of freeze-dried foods!

We actually began using freeze-dried foods, four years ago, simply because our RV fridge is so small! Because it doesn’t hold much, we had to take advantage of other ways of stocking our pantry!

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However, with all the additives and preservatives in so many of the grocery store canned goods, I needed a healthier option! And of course with weight restrictions while traveling, we didn’t need all the added water weight the traditional canned goods have!

So, after finding our now favorite foods, we started eating healthier meals at home, without having to worry about food going bad in the fridge after a few days!

This morning, I find myself hungry for some sausage and eggs, but alas our eggs did not survive!! Will our supply of freeze-dried eggs hit the mark, or fail miserably!

I’ll keep you posted!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Dealing with a Faulty Fridge

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Just like a traditional homestead, from time to time, things need be fixed or replaced.

Our RV is no different!

Yesterday, our fridge decided to start making a clicking noise. Usually, this particular sound tells me that it’s trying to switch over to propane. (our RV fridge has the ability to either work on electric or propane).

Since we are hooked up to shore power, there was no need for it to automatically switch over to propane.

We had electricity every else in the camper, so what could be causing this issue?

After some investigation, I checked the fuse box and reset all the switches. It seemed to work overnight – but by mid-morning, our refrigerator was once again making that clicking noise!

I decided to check with some fellow RVers to get their opinions… several thoughts focused on a fuse or the main board… both of which I know nothing about when it comes to replacing or fixing. Therefore, once I tried what I could, I reset everything. It seemed to be working, so I headed to bed!

However, during the night something woke me up! I heard a loud cracking noise coming from the fridge. I completely turned it off and waited for morning so I could call a Mobile RV Repair Person…

We’re in a remote area, so finding someone who will come out this far is daunting!

So, what will we do in the meantime?

Start eating everything before it goes bad!

Good thing we have a small under the counter model!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Sausage and Spinach Pasta

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This tasty Sausage & Spinach Pasta recipe can be made in a 12 inch skillet on the stovetop or in a Dutch oven over the campfire! If you are going to cook over the firepit, just be sure your cookware is made to be used over the fire!

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What you need:

Let’s put it all together:

  1. Cook pasta al dente.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, lightly toast onions, garlic and sausage.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add pasta, spinach and water. Simmer until water is absorbed.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!