Preparing for Travel

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Although it’s true we’ve decided it’s time to get off the road, we do have plans to travel at least one more time before settling down for good! And since we plan to travel, we need to prepare!

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will take the truck in to be serviced and check to see that everything on the RV is in working order as well!

First, we’ll pack up those things we don’t use every day, donating that which we no longer need or use anymore!

The packing part is my biggest challenge! Figuring out what to keep, and what goes is difficult – especially since I have a minimalists point of few, and I live with a mother who is a bit of a pack rat!

Todays challenge: clear out the cupboard above our sink!

I recently found a set of 4 plastic wine goblets we have yet to use in our 3 plus years on the road! Seriously?!? Out they go!

So, with that said, I’m off to clear out a cupboard!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Taking Care of Me… Part 2

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It’s no secret, eating healthy is a challenge for me! Especially living with a mother who, in her old age, is becoming a finicky eater! But, taking care of myself is something I’ve begun to take very seriously!

However there is a down side to this new change…

Since I am no longer feeding my body all the sugary sweets or fatty fried foods, I am beginning to feel tired and lethargic. I don’t seem to have the strength to do much of anything!

My body is going through withdrawal!

Talking with my doctor, I’m told that every time we change our eating habits – good, or bad – our bodies react to these changes! He also went on to say that this tiredness will pass… it may take a few days… but it will pass… and, as my body adapts to my healthier eating habits, it will begin to work as it should, thus the fatigue will lift! That’s good to hear!

In the meantime, I will press on through this feeling of weariness, and rest when I can, knowing that this too shall pass!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Taking Care Of Me… Part 1

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Recently, I shared with you that I was Giving Myself Permission to Take Care Of Me! You’d think this should be an easy task! But with work obligations and familial ones as well, I find myself torn with the idea that I need to take care of others first!

For example… Mom and I share our little homestead on wheels. She doesn’t get around as well as she used to. She’s 80. That’s understandable! However, making sure she is eating properly and making meals that she likes is becoming more and more difficult! She’s set in her ways! She likes certain foods… foods that aren’t exactly healthy!

I don’t want to be one of those persons who makes one dish me for her, and another one for me! Call me crazy, but I feel that this is too much like work! Yet when I put together a meal in the slow-cooker, she comes up with the excuse that she doesn’t like all her food to be touching! And I thought kids could be picky eaters!

Therefore, instead of making something in the slow-cooker, I wait till I get home to make dinner. I am usually so hungry, that we wind up going to the closest burger joint, instead of taking the time to make a proper, healthy meal!

This has to stop!

As I plan for meals that we can both enjoy, I find myself remembering the days of my youth… when mom made a dinner for us, she did NOT make two different meals… she made one meal for everybody, and if you didn’t like it, you didn’t eat until the next meal!

You’d think with our roles reversing, I could get away with that line! Nope! She informs me that she’ll just make something herself… but then, she usually just snacks on whatever we have in the pantry – usually chips and soda! Sigh!

This too, has to stop!

So, the challenge continues in trying to eat a healthy diet!

I know deep down, that by taking care of myself, I am showing my gratitude to God, yet I continue to battle with the thought that I need to take care of her first, and me last!

Therefore, the challenge to eat healthy continues, but I will prevail! I will not give up!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

It’s All About Attitude

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Attitude is an inward feeling expressed by outward behavior.

Recently, during my morning quiet times, I’ve been reading a book called Battlefield of the Mind. In a chapter called Be Positive, I came to realize that I am a very negative person…

You know, the glass is half empty… an always waiting for the other shoe to drop kind of person.

This sort of thinking is very negative! And as I just expressed, our attitude… our mindset… our feeling on the inside… it’s expressed by our outward behavior.

Sometimes, what we are thinking or feeling, if we don’t share it with others, we assume, they don’t know what’s going on in our lives.

However, what we think in our heart, we become. So, if we are negative in our thinking, we become negative… our characteristics tend toward the negative… and it shows by what we say or what we do.

Even scriptures tell us ‘as we think in our hearts, so we become.’ (See Proverbs 23:7)

Moreover, our attitudes (good or bad) can be seen without ever speaking a word!

Our attitudes color our experiences, Happiness and depression… these are issues of the heart. What we are on the inside has more impact on our emotional state than our circumstances!

However, if you are like me, it takes effort to think positively… I have to think about what I am thinking about!

There is a verse in the bible that says ‘a merry heart does good like medicine.’ Therefore wouldn’t it do me good to put in the effort it takes to think positive… to have a good attitude.

Consequently, if I have a great attitude about things inwardly, this will begin to show on the outside!

For example: The campground where I am currently working will be closing down for the season in just under two months. Usually, I already have the next job planned, and know where I will be going!

That’s not the case this year!

As a single workamper, I am finding it harder and harder to find jobs, simply due to the fact that more and more campgrounds would rather hire couples. The reasoning? Why not hire two workers for the price of 1 site?!? Or simply, some of those same campgrounds would rather hire locals and utilize a site for paying guests rather than a workamper.

I get it… but it does make finding a job, and a place to park my unit more difficult.

So, I could look at this situation 1 of 2 ways… My negative side could say “Whoa is me! I can’t seem to find a job! What am I ever going to do! I’ll never find a job in time!

Or, I could look at it with a positive attitude and see it as an adventure! Which, by the way, is what mom and I had originally intended!

So, no crying over spilled milk here!

It’s all about the attitude!

Let’s see where the road takes us next!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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I’ve Become a Part Time Prepper

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If you’ve ever been in the scouts as a young kid, then I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘Be prepared!”

In essence, a prepper is someone that is prepared.  A prepper creates a plan for emergencies by gathering resources such as food and medical supplies.

They’ll even gain skills in case they don’t have access to power and water… or even a grocery store… remember 2020 when all the grocery stores were empty?!?

Basically, what it all boils down to is that a prepper will try to reduce their reliance on others for their survival in a crisis situation!

To that end, I have become a part-time prepper.

Although living in a small 22 foot RV, it’s difficult to have a large stockpile of supplies at the ready, but I do what I can!

When I go to the store, I will purchase an extra can of veggies, or fruit… or those bags of dried beans, peas and lentils…

However, when traveling, I need to be conscience of the weight our truck can haul, so I have begun to rely on freeze-dried foods.

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They’re lighter in weight, therefore I have access to more food, and less water weight in canned goods from the store. Want to know where I get my freeze-dried foods? Click here!

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I’m also honing my skills so that I can preserve the foods that come from our container garden… and I cook from scratch whenever possible! Would you know how to make your own pasta?!?

I’m always willing to learn a new skill, so that I too can be prepared in a crisis situation… to that end, I am doing what I can as a part-time prepper!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

I think I May Be Obsessed with Old Barns

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On my days off, mom and I like to go exploring!

One of the things I like to do, is drive through ‘farm country’ in search of old barns!

I think I may be obsessed with them!

Unfortunately, as we explore, I am seeing the traditional wood and stone barns going by the wayside.

Gradually, I see newer barns being built of aluminum or steel… for this reason, I am always pleased when I come across an old barn – especially one that is still in use and well taken care of!

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Barns come in all shapes and sizes! Some big, some little…

Like this little yellow barn I christened ‘the happy barn!’

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Or this lovely white barn I found…

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Barns are used by farmers for a number of things… housing for livestock… storage of food, such as this big ‘dehydrator’ that is used to cure tobacco after its been brought in from the field.

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As I explore the local area in search of these old, beautiful barns, I can’t help but think about the families that live on the farm… the memories that are being made… and the stories they hold…  yes, I truly do think I am obsessed with old barns!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~Sheri

Changing My Mindset

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What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?

As you lay in bed, do you think things like:

  • I have to get up.
  • I have to go to work.
  • I have to make healthy meals.
  • I have to exercise.

I know I am certainly guilty of this!

And to be quite honest, by saying such things, I have procrastinated… so much so, that I have had to rush out the door to get to work! And I live at the campground!

Moreover, I have ignored the whole exercise thing completely!

But what would happen, if instead of saying “I have to…” we started saying “I get to?”

  • I get to wake up in the morning.
  • I get to go to work.
  • I get to make healthy meals.
  • I get to exercise.

By using the words ‘I get to,’ we can start to see how truly blessed we are, and how much we have to be thankful for!

So, what do you get to do today?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Lemon Artichoke Pasta

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Between my schedule at work, taking mom on outings, writing, working on my photography, and all the other ‘stuff’ that needs doing, I am as busy as a beaver!

With all that I have to do, and still take care of myself, having time to make a healthy meal can be challenging! Therefore, I am always on the look out for quick meals that are not just healthy, but also quick and easy to make!

This Lemon Artichoke Pasta not only fits the bill, it can also be made in the microwave! For me, this is a no-brainer! Not only is it quick to make, it also keeps me from heating up the whole camper! With all the muggy, high temperatures we have been having lately, this is a win in my book!

Lemon Artichoke Pasta

Here’s what you need:

  • 12 oz. uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
  • 4 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp Lemon Garlic Rub
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 oz. fresh Parmesan cheese, finely grated (roughly 1/2 cup)
  • salt, optional

Let’s put it all together:

  1. Add the spaghetti, broth and lemon juice to a microwave safe dish. I use my Pampered Chef 4 quart Dutch Oven. Microwave covered for 8 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop the parsley. Add the artichokes, oil, rub and garlic. Process again, scraping down the sides of the bowl until the artichokes are coarsely chopped.
  3. Carefully remove the Dutch Oven from the microwave and stir. Return to the microwave, covered, for an additional 8 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  4. Trim the ends off the zucchini and cut into 3 inch julienne strips (about 2 cups).
  5. Add the artichoke mixture, zucchini and parmesan to the Dutch Oven. Toss to coat, Let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Season with salt if you want, and serve.

Kitchen Tips:

  • If you would like to make this recipe vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken broth.
  • For added protein, serve with grilled chicken, shrimp or cannellini beans.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

~ Sheri

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Thick & Hearty Tomato Sauce

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Lately, I’ve had a hankerin’ for some spaghetti, but our container garden has yet to bring in enough tomatoes to make my favorite recipe! So once again, I am experimenting with the freeze-dried foods in my pantry!

I prefer a thicker sauce… and, when I want to bulk it up, I add in some of my favorite veggies! The usual peppers and onions can be find in my recipe, but I will sometimes add in carrots as well! Got to get my veggies in!

This particularly satisfying recipe includes ground beef! Making this dish so thick and hearty! But if you don’t do meat, simply leave it out!

The farm stand where I usually get my meats isn’t open today, but I just so happen to have some freeze-dried ground beef on hand in my pantry!

I really love this recipe because it’s so quick and easy, and kid-friendly to boot! You can spread this sauce over your favorite pasta… use it in lasagna… or simply dip your favorite crusty garlic bread into this tasty sauce!

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Here’s what you need:

Let’s put it all together!

  1. First, heat a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat with a small amount of oil.
  2. Briefly sauté’ the ground beef, mushrooms and onions. (remember, I am using freeze-dried foods from my pantry, so this part doesn’t take long)
  3. Add water and beef broth.
  4. Slowly whisk in the tomato powder then add in the tomato dices, and seasonings.
  5. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Pour onto your favorite pasta and serve!

There you have it! A great dish that is easy to make for the kids, and for the whole family!

Okay, eat now, talk later!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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