Cookie Obsession

I have become absolutely smitten with cake mix cookies! They are simple, delicious, and RV friendly. So far, I’ve enjoyed the likes of Red Velvet, Butter Pecan, Lemon, Chocolate Chip and today’s baked goodness, Strawberry Coconut.

To make cake cookies, you simply need one box of cake mix, two eggs and a 1/2 cup of oil. You can add any “extras” that you choose.

For my strawberry cookies, I used Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix, 1 cup of flaked coconut, and a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your ingredients. Place mixture on a cookie sheet by the spoonful (I like to roll mine into balls,) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to seven days. Yields approximately two dozen cookies.

Other examples of add-ins: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, M&M candies, or Reese’s Pieces to yellow cake mix; 1/2 cup of Andes Mint chips or crushed peppermint to chocolate cake mix; or 1 cup of coconut to lemon cake mix — yummy!

For variation, you can use frosting if serving immediately. Hint: cream cheese frosting is always wonderful on carrot or red velvet cookies!

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The Way Grandma Used to Do It!

This morning, I met my new neighbors for the first time.  They are a wonderful couple – – white and fluffy with orange features.  They are the cutest ducks you’ll ever see! The gentleman in the RV next to mine raises them.  It saves him money, gives him fresh eggs and also provides a hobby.  My little Lola has been fascinated by them all day.

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These little duckies (both of them are named, “Crackle”) made me think of full time RVing in another light.  We certainly live a simpler life and we’re closer to nature on a regular basis.  I had never even explored the fact, however, that we’re not always as dependent on modern day, “luxuries” as others.  I met my feathery friends and their owner as I was heading outside to fill my water tank after completing laundry duty.  I realized, at that point, that as RVers, we do several things the way our grandparents and great-grandparents did.  While the fulltimer, “next door” was collecting his eggs, I had just finished using my washboard to do the wash.

When I was just a little girl, my Grandma Teamor taught me how to use a washboard.  In fact, between my two grandmas and the one great-grandmother that I was blessed to have until I was 17, I learned many ways of the past.  I have an extremely extensive formal education that cost me an arm and a leg, but the education that has been provided by my parents and other family members is invaluable.  I digressed…

I love the idea of raising foul for eggs, but I still opt to just buy them at the market.  I will not, however, be without my washboard.  I like the fresh smell of the laundry, I get a great upper body and abdominal workout, and each time I’m washing, I think of my family and quietly pay homage to those who used “elbow grease” in all that they did.  I would implore everyone to make it a practice to carry out at least one task “the old fashioned way.”  Although it may require a bit more work, I promise, you will find that somehow your mind is at ease and you’re a bit more emotionally relaxed while you’re doing it.

Here’s to the simple life!

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How to Use a Washboard

1. Fill a bucket with approximately one gallon of water.

2. Wet your washboard and rub your bar of soap against the board to create a lather (I use white Zote – – it’s 99 cents a bar at Walmart and smells very fresh.)

3. Dip your garment in the bucket and then scrub it against the board.

4. Rinse and wring your garment, and hang to dry.

5. Repeat process for each article of clothing and that’s it!

Healthy RV Eating

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Who says you can’t maintain a healthy diet while RVing? I’ve gone through several RV recipe books and most of the foods presented are made with processed meats and lots of salty canned goods. I’ve had a few people ask me to share some of my recipes, so I’ll start with my lunch this afternoon.

I cut up one cucumber, two small tomatoes, and one avocado in a bowl. I sprinkled a little basil on top, used about a half teaspoon of lime juice and topped it with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was easy, DELICIOUS, economical, only 250 calories, and I’m stuffed!

I just came in from a lovely walk around the campground, and I’m ready to start writing again. Here’s to a happy, healthy, simple life!

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RV Kitchen Progress

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Those that have followed my journey to RV life know that before I purchased my first motorhome, I really wanted a convection oven. When I decided on the Rialta, I compromised by purchasing the Omnia stovetop oven. When I bought my latest Gypsy Rider, I was ecstatic because it has the convection oven that I wanted so badly. Well, when it came to using it, I was just as afraid to light the pilot as I was when I needed to light it on the Rialta stove! Today, I made progress. 🙂

I will admit, it wasn’t because I became so brave that I used the oven today. Admittedly, it was because my desire for chocolate cake outweighed my trepidation. Chocolate will always win in my world, regardless of the obstacle attempting to block our undying love for one another!

And so it goes, I lit the pilot, baked the cake, and I now sit in a state of complete contentment. I’m enjoying a hot cup of cinnamon tea and a huge hunk of warm cake, and I’m looking at the lovely trees outside my window. Ahhh, how I love the simple life!

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