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

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!

Thick & Hearty Tomato Sauce

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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