Missing Interaction with Others

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It’s only been a few weeks since we changed locations, but I am already finding myself missing something…

True, I am keeping myself busy with my writing, photography and the like… but still, there is something missing in my life…

That something happens to be interaction with other people!

I miss going into work each day and hearing about my fellow workampers days…

I miss interacting with the guests traveling from near and far as well, and hearing about their travels!

Going in to work each day became my social life!

There was always someone to talk to! Someone who had something in common…

And to be honest, I find the lack of interacting with other people to be a bit disconcerting!

True, I have mom to talk with, but her days are the same as mine… we already know what’s going on in our lives!

No, what I miss is that connection with those who have the same interests and desires that I do… and I miss the chance to learn and grow from others experiences in traveling/living in an RV…

Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner

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Since we’ve recently moved to a new location, Mom and I decided to stay close to home and have a non-traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner!

Having grown up in a town not too far from Amish country, we always leaned towards good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking! It’s simple down-home cooking, and oh so very tasty!

One such dish was Ham and Green Beans!

Put the few ingredients in the slow cooker overnight and by morning, you wake up to a wonderful, mouth watering aroma!

I never actually measure my ingredients for this dish, so this recipe is an approximation! Usually, I simply layer all the ingredients in our slow cooker and cover with broth or water! And, when I don’t have ham broth, I’ve been known to use my homemade chicken bone broth! Yes! I said chicken!

For seasoning, we simply use salt and pepper to taste! But feel free to use any seasonings of your choosing to make the dish your own!

Ham and Green Beans

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (2 lb.) Ham steak cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1-1.5 lbs. potatoes
  • 1 lb. green beans
  • 1 stick butter
  • enough broth/water to cover all ingredients
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion sliced (optional)

Let’s put it all together:

  • Layer all ingredients into the slow cooker and cover with broth (or water).
  • Set slow cooker on low for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Before serving, give it a good stir.
  • Use dipper to ladle into soup bowls and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Until next time…

Peace, love and safe travels!

Strategy for a Structured Schedule

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Since I am not working this season, in the traditional sense, I am finding I have a lot of time on my hands!

Until recently, I’ve worked for other people. This meant I had a work schedule. And of course, my other activities had to fit in around that timetable!

I knew when I could go into town to get groceries… what days I would do laundry… and when I would be able to go and explore the local area!

Now that I am working from home, my schedule is my own. I can do what I want, when I want!

However, this is proving to be a challenge for me!

Since relocating, mom and I have new areas to explore! Which we’ve been doing just about everyday since we’ve arrived!

Although I’ve enjoyed this freedom, I am finding that I am not getting much else done!

Maybe this doesn’t make sense to anyone else, but I found that I got more done, when I knew exactly when I had to work… and when my schedule allowed me time for other things!

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Thus I began to strategize on how I can plan my work, and then work my plan!

Knowing that I am a morning person, and mom is not – she doesn’t get up until the crack of noon – I can schedule my time to work in the mornings before she gets up! This allows me to do my writing, check my emails, edit my photos, prepare some recipes and create some jewelry!

And so I don’t feel overloaded – trying to do everything, everyday – I have scheduled myself certain days to write, certain days to work on my photography, and yet other days for creating recipes or working on my jewelry pieces!

Then each day, once my work is done, I have the ability to stay at home and enjoy a meal I have created, or if neither of us feel like cooking, we can go out to eat!

I have even scheduled myself to have two days off each week! It is those days that we do laundry and go exploring!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Campground Etiquette: Please Be Considerate

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Living in an RV gives you all the comforts of home… yet it is not without its challenges!

When you decide to stay at a campground, 90% of the time, you make a reservation in advance. You reserve a spot that is your ‘home away from home’ until the end of your stay.

However, there are many who are not yet accustomed to the unwritten laws of the RV lifestyle.

Here’s my top four things to consider:

Please keep the noise to a minimum. While staying at a campground, you are getting away from the rest of the world. You left home and hearth behind to enjoy the great outdoors, not to hear the blaring thump, thump, thump of the neighbors music in the site next door! Most campgrounds have quiet hours, so please be considerate!

Please keep your pets on a leash and clean up after them! You will find that most campgrounds require you to keep your dog on a leash, and that you are to clean up after they’ve done their business. However, those who disregard these rules, make it an unenjoyable experience for others! Trust me, no one wants to step outside their RV and land in a pile of poo.

Do not walk in someone elses campsite. We expect to be able to enjoy our site without having a complete stranger using our site as a walk way to get from one place to another! I don’t come to your home and walk through your yard, so please don’t walk through my campsite!

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Be friendly and courteous to your neighbors. At one time, we have all started as beginners. We need to keep in mind that others are just starting their RV adventure and may struggle from time to time! Perhaps they are still getting used to backing up their travel trailer… or find it difficult to set up camp! By being friendly and offering help to a neighbor who might be struggling, not only do you help them feel less stressed, but you have created a bond with a fellow RVer, thus making the whole camping experience a lot more enjoyable for everybody!

I would love to hear if you have any unwritten rules of the RV lifestyle that would helpful!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

How I’ve Made Money While Traveling in an RV

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Many people often ask me how I earn an income living on the road.

Well, there are a number of ways to do so. You can become a workamper… which usually means you are working in a campground.

Depending on your experience, you can work in the campgrounds store/office. Which means you will answer phones, take reservations, share with guests all the fun attractions of the local area, plus mind the store by stocking shelves, counting inventory, and the like…

However, you could also work outside and escort the guests and their RVs to the sites they’ve reserved, take out the trash, fill their propane tanks, maintain the pool, and trim the trees among other things!

However, the true definition of being a workamper is this: If you have chosen to be adventurous and hit the open road and combine your travels with ANY kind of part time (or full time) work while RV camping, you, my friend, are a workamper!

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The possibilities of workamping depends on what you would like to do!

Do you think you would enjoy working in a campground doing those things I’ve already mentioned? If so, you will find that most campground jobs usually last about 4-6 months at a time. However, if you do your research, you can find jobs that last longer or shorter if that’s what you prefer. Many employers are willing to work with you on the time frame!

The biggest perk to working in a campground is that while you’re there, you can use your free time to explore, and at the end of job, you are off to your next destination!

But where should you begin? Two of my favorite resources for employment at campgrounds are: workatkoa.com and workamper.com.

Or perhaps you would you like to donate your time as a volunteer? Mind you, this would only be a good fit if you already have another source of income coming in… if not, you will still need to earn a paycheck to provide for your daily needs such as food, fuel and the like.

Another option is to run and operate your own business from the comforts of home… your RV!

But where to begin?!?

For me, I started with direct sales companies. I also work with my photography, and in my spare time, I create jewelry!

For example: since the last campground where I was working closed for the season… instead of working at another campground, I decided to relocate to a place near family so we can spend the coming holidays together!

However, although I am “officially unemployed,” this does not mean I am not working!

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One of my business ventures is as an independent consultant, sharing cooking tips and offering my favorite kitchen products that you can find here.,

Another way I earn my keep is with my favorite freeze-dried food business, which you can find here. I actually got into this business because I wanted access to REAL food, but needed to be cautious about weight limits while traveling!

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So, as you can see, their are a number of ways to earn while on the road! The possibilities depend on what you want to do!

And just what do I enjoy most about this lifestyle?

That’s easy!

It’s the chance to meet so many interesting people who have the same desire as I do… the desire to travel!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

Sheri

It’s Scary to Start a New Lifestyle!

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It’s scary to start a new lifestyle… it’s even scarier to begin that new lifestyle in a new place!

Back in 2018, when mom and I decided to travel, we had no idea about what to do, or where to begin… we just knew we had the desire to travel!

But where to begin!

We posted on social media about our desire to hit the open road! Turned out we already knew people who traveled full-time in their RV! One couple had been traveling full-time for more than 19 years!

So, we set up times to meet with them and asked them all kinds of questions! Things we didn’t know to ask… they shared their years of experience with us!

The best places to stay… the least expensive ways to travel… things to consider such as keeping a budget so we wouldn’t overspend… businesses that offered discounts… and yes, even ways to earn an income while on the road!

And, when we didn’t have any idea where we wanted to go… we were told to think of places we’d like to visit, and plan our route in that direction! This not only allowed us to plan our travels, we realized we could include other interesting places along the way!

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At the beginning, we were excited about the possibilities! But we were also scared! It’s scary starting a new lifestyle!

There were lots of things we needed to learn… and things we would learn along the way… such as how to fix stuff… how to handle driving or pulling an RV… backing a trailer into a campsite… finding the best routes that were RV friendly – just to name a few things!

But, we’d taken the step and hit the road! We put out fears in check by focusing on where we wanted to go, not on our fears! And we put our faith in our Creator to get us there safely!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

How to Make a Basic Omelet

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There’s nothing better than farm fresh eggs, straight from the hen, for breakfast!

So, what better way to eat those eggs, than by enjoying your basic omelet?!?

And, if you want, you can change it up by adding a few of your favorite meats and veggies! I like to add some spinach, feta cheese and tomatoes!

For the perfect, basic omelet, all you need are butter, eggs, salt and pepper, a pan (I prefer a good non-stick such as this one). That’s it! So let’s get started!

Basic Omelet

Here’s what you need:

  •  2 eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add these ingredients to make the Spinach and Feta Omelet

  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped spinach leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled Feta cheese

Now, let’s put it all together:

  • Whisk together, the eggs, salt and pepper.
  • Melt the butter in the pan. Swirl the butter around in the pan to coat the bottom and sides.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Let it sit for a minute undisturbed, allowing it to begin to set.
  • With a rubber scraper, gently push one edge of the egg into the center of the pan, tilting slightly, allowing the still liquid egg to flow underneath. Repeat with the other edges until there is no liquid left. It it begins to stick, simply loosen the bottom with a spatula.
  • If you’re making the Spinach and Feta Omelet, here’s where you’ll want to add the spinach, tomato and cheese to one half of the egg.
  • Using a spatula or rubber scraper, fold the egg onto itself and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Finish, by sliding the omelet onto a plate and enjoy!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

The Great Adventure Homestead… Beginning Again!

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I am a homesteader! However, I am not your traditional homesteader!

We don’t have chickens, goats, cows or pigs!

We don’t even have our own land to grow vegetables!

Nope!

In truth, mom and I have been traveling in our RV for just about 4 years!

I have been working at different campgrounds in the office, checking in guests, taking reservations, and answering phones, among other things!

When allowed, we plant a garden in containers…

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We buy fresh, organic foods from local farmers..

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and we have learned how to preserve our foods through dehydrating and canning…

But somewhere along the line, we got off track!

We started eating out more often, because it seemed to fit my hectic schedule! Burger joints became the norm and my health took a nosedive!

My most recent ‘job’ came to an end because the campground closed for the season, so now I am ‘officially unemployed.’ Well, in the traditional sense anyhow…

I am still working! I’m just self-employed!

I have my freeze-dried food business, which you can find HERE… as well as my photography! Yes, I found a company that is willing to pay me to do something I enjoy! How cool is that?!?

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Since I am working for myself, I can work the hours I want, so I should be able to find the time to focus more on the homesteading side of things… with permission, I will once again grow a garden… start up preserving our foods, and focus on a more organic, homesteading lifestyle!

Therefore, moving forward, this homestead of ours has a renewed purpose, even if not in the traditional sense!

Here’s to new beginnings!

Peace, Love and Safe Travels!

~ Sheri

Strawberry, Pineapple and Banana Compote

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We’ve been having chillier weather here in the north, thus making me hungry for some pancakes.

I could use my favorite maple syrup, but then I remembered that we have a surplus of freeze-dried fruits in our pantry! So I decided to try this recipe and it was a hit!

This ‘oh so easy to make compote’ can be used to top pancakes, crepes, and desserts such as ice cream!

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What you need:

Let’s put it all together:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan and boil until thick and syrupy (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Yields about 1.5 cups

Hope you enjoy this as much as we have!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

 

Memories of my first time fishing!

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The other day at work, a few of my coworkers got to talking about fishing at the campgrounds pond… this reminded me of a time when my best friend took me fishing for the first time…

It was a beautiful day outside! My best friend John was taking me out to his favorite fishing spot! He was going to teach me how to fish!

I remember the walk to the creek. He’d found a place to park off the road. And as we walked through a cornfield, I stumbled into a gopher hole. John had to help me climb out!

We finally reached the creek, and as he pulled out all his fishing gear, he showed me how to put the bait on the hook!

Since I don’t really like anything creepy, crawly, I was proud of myself for being able to bait the hook.

I even felt honored that he allowed me to use his brand new rod!

We talked quietly as we waited for the fish to bite, and eventually one bit!

I followed his instructions to the tea!

When I pulled the line out of the water, I saw a small bass on the hook!

John told me to grab the fish to unhook it!

Without thinking, I put the rod down. The fish wound up back in the water, along with Johns brand new rod!

He yelled “MY NEW ROD!”

He jumped into the creek to save the rod, and came out soaking wet!

I can’t understand why he never invited me to go fishing again!  (LOL)

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri