PANCAKES!!

We have been on a low-carb high-fat lifestyle for some time now.  We have found mock up recipes and replacements for carby food favorites. I had all but given up on pancakes. On a whim, I picked up a package of “Birch Benders Paleo” pancake mix.

The last pre-mix I had tried was very grainy and almost impossible to clean up. It even left a grainy crust in the dishwasher.

Birch Benders is nothing short of amazing. You do have to let it thicken a bit, but honestly no more of a hassle than your typical pancake 1 step mix.

I cooked them in coconut oil then served them with some Kerrygold butter and a drizzle of Pahrump Honey.

 

 

Tire Pressure: Great to see it, but what should it be set to?

A couple months back, we posted about how a TPMS saved our bacon (link to that post).  A TPMS is great, but what should your tires be inflated to?  This is a question that many new RV’ers have because, in their regular drive around town car, they just inflate to the pressure listed on the door post of your car (you do.. right?).

The right answer for RV’s is a bit more complicated.
Warning: Lots of words ahead!
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Buying a Tesla S or X? Here’s a quick perk.

If you’re looking to buy a New Tesla Model S or Model X, either by ordering a custom unit or getting one from new inventory, you can use our referral link to get:

  • $1000 off of the price of your Model S or X
  • Unlimited Supercharging for your new S or X

How do you get it?  Be one of the first 5 people to use this link (http://ts.la/michael3561) to place your order.  Already have an order in and need to apply it?  Easy peasy.. call your local Tesla studio or delivery specialist, and tell them you have a referral code you need to have applied: michael3561

What do we get if you use our code?  Each referral nets another reward, but no cash incentive.  Here’s a link with the full details: Tesla Referral Program Details.

Any questions?  Feel free to ask. We’re excited to share the knowledge of Tesla vehicles!

The Homeowner Blues

In 2007 we lived in Portsmouth, VA and owned a brick ranch with a half-an-acre. A large yard for the dogs, fenced, so they were safe, but we could still enjoy the view. We were backed up to a tidal marsh and across the street from a wildlife refuge. Michael was 5 minutes from work, and we could walk two blocks to the river. But, we were miserable. We always had something to fix or do around the house. Yard work, cleaning, repairs and it never seemed to end.

Michael took a job in Kentucky, and we borrowed my Aunt’s motorhome while we looked for a place to rent while the house in VA sold. After staying in her coach for a few weeks, we decided that the money we would spend on renting a place would go further buying an RV. We began looking, thinking we could live in it until the house in VA sold, then purchase a home in KY and use the RV for weekends or holidays. A solid plan. After six months in the Heartland Landmark 5th wheel, we came to the conclusion that going back to a house was not for us.

That was ten years ago, and we have never regretted it.

If you have any questions or you would like to know more about our full-time experience drop us a line.

We Be Grillin’*

Spoiled from the built-in grill at our Las Vegas Lot, we found ourselves wanting a portable grill setup. I started, as always, researching the bejeebus out of things (Lehnanne’s words, not mine).

Here are the thoughts that went into the decision:

  • We have an all-electric coach, so I didn’t want to deal with little (or big) propane bottles.  The smell, need for inspection ( at certain bridges & tunnels ), the cost of propane, yet another fossil fuel, etc..  Thus, propane was out.
  • Natural Wood grills seem to need a LOT of tending to maintain temperature. They also take a while to get up to temperature and are large and/or heavy. Sure, there are add-ons and modifications to ease this temperature maintenance chore, but what if there was something.. smarter.. and more integrated that just works out of the box?
  • This lead me to Pellet fired grills, of which Traeger  Grills seem to be the reigning champ.  However, their portable unit doesn’t get very good marks compared to the rest and the grill isn’t particularly “smart”.  The Traeger also require 120v AC power to operate.

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23andMe

We sent in our DNA to 23andMe a few weeks ago, and I’ve received mine and we are anxiously awaiting Michael’s.  I am so impressed. It is amazing to see all of the detailed reports, fascinating.

To see where my story started,  looking over the “TRAITS” reports. And yes, there is a reason why I drink so much caffeine.  GENES.

If you are interested in learning about your ancestry, your health markers or just curious about DNA — check them out.

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*The referral link will get us a $10 Amazon gift card.

A road to snowhere

As posted last Friday, we left Fort McDowell ( Eagle View RV Resort  — Warning: they no longer accept USPS deliveries ) and decided to make the drive to Ruidoso, NM a 2 day affair.  The thinking for this was that the weather peeps were calling for rain / snow on Saturday in Ruidoso, so I wanted to be highly functional upon arriving ( 4 hrs x 2 days and early arrival, vs 8 hr and late evening arrival ).

We didn’t really anticipate much as the forecast was for less than an inch accumulation, and it had been over 60 F the day before.  OH BOY, were we in for a SURPRISE. Continue reading “A road to snowhere”

Before You Leap: Downsizing

September 2017 marks our 10-year full-time anniversary.  Here are some thoughts on making the transition to RVing.

Try downsizing BEFORE you make the leap into RVing. About the most you can hope for is around 400 sq ft of space (living and storage combined). If you are used to and enjoy 2000 square feet or more of living space, this idea may cause you to break out in hives.  Do what works for you to downsize, if you have a lot of STUFF try boxing up things and write the date on the box.  If it has not been open in 6 months  – you don’t need it – donate it. If you have family and friends that could use things that you have multiples of – give it away.  You could even sell it all off to help pay for your next adventure! In our house in Virginia, I had a home office and a reading room. Now, I have a laptop and a Kindle and that works for me.  You may find it liberating to let go of the THINGS that own you. Items that held memories for me I kept for a while.  However, after a few years of being boxed up in storage and me not having space to display them, I realized they weren’t getting the love they deserved;  so I gave them away too.  First, I took photographs of the items and then family heirlooms went to family and the rest donated. If I am feeling nostalgic, I load up those pictures as a slideshow and just let the memories wash over me without the need to display them on a shelf where I would lose space and end up dusting them twice a week or risk them breaking in travel.

 

Before You Leap: Location

September 2017 marks our 10-year full-time anniversary.  Here are some thoughts on making the transition to RVing.

Where you want to travel can impact your choice of RV. If you fancy the bustle of city life and lots of amenities you are going to probably need a different set up than you would if you like off-grid travel and roughing it. Our coach has a dishwasher and heated tile floors, so you know which I prefer.  While the size of your coach doesn’t keep you from visiting places, it can be a logistical nightmare. The State and National Park systems don’t have a lot of options for coaches longer than 35 feet, a lot of them don’t have full hook-ups (water, electric and sewer). Even more, have roads that were built in the 50s and make traveling with a big coach unsafe. That is not to say that you can’t visit the parks – you just have to do a lot of prep work, research and most likely find a park nearby and drive in with your towed vehicle.

If you’d rather just wing it, you are probably better off with a smaller RV. If stopping at a friends house and parking in their driveway or taking the older less traveled roads a Class B or Class C may work better for you. If you want to set up camp and go Jeeping, then a towable trailer might do the trick. The point is, there are a lot of options and doing the research based on what you want and how you want to go forth is your best bet.

Another option that a lot of people take is seasonal camping. For whatever reason, visiting family, escaping inclement weather, keeping up residency or medical visits; staying in one spot for part of the year has advantages.

Google Maps is fantastic for planning out your bucket list.  You can create trip maps and lists. If you find a place you want to visit, say every NHL arena, add each destination with a “star,” and you can plan a route accordingly.

There are also many apps that can help you plan your route. Safely guiding you away from low clearance and to fuel stops. But, more on that later.