Jan 9, 2010

Survival in TX

We are passed the cold weather and it wasn’t so bad. We learned a lot from it, being the first time camping below freezing. I added a new corner to the blog – a recipe from my Chef friend Serena. Enjoy!

Weather Report

Friday, January 8, 2010 – Shortly after I published the previous blog the water started to flow again in our little home. We even had hot water. I had a nice lunch – leftovers from last night – Sea-Food-Burgers (Scallop and Shrimp) with rice, and took a nice shower. Already feels so much better! The temperatures climbed all the way to 35, but the wind is still blowing, and will not stop until tomorrow morning. I hope tonight will be much better.
OK  enough about the weather. I am getting tired of it too.

You’ve got mail

We got couple packages in the mail today, closing some open edges – I got my new thumb lock for the side storage doors (remember I bought ones but they were too short?) We also got a new tray for the espresso machine – so it looks like new again, we got our mail from MN with 99% junk, and we got our DirecTV DVR that Crystal my daughter sent to us.

Happy B’day Jazz

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Today my granddaughter Jasmine turned 4 – Happy Birthday! Crystal who is practicing on cake decoration, made her a gorgeous cake. She worked on it 2 days straight. Crystal wants to become a professional cake decorator – and I think she has a future there – she has the talent – that’s for sure.

We have DirecTV

I installed the DirecTV receiver in the bedroom for Patti, and for the first time today we got to test the antenna that came with the RV. Pretty easy – all you have to do is push a button and voila – you have a picture. That was cool and Patti is very happy (I don’t care too much for TV)

Where is our Home State?

What else is new? We got our Good Sam welcome package in the mail, so now we have a decal to put up. We are also members of Passport America and we used this discount club couple times so far, which saved us over the annual membership already. We are thinking of joining the Escapees club and maybe change our home state and use Mail Forwarding service. We don’t know for sure which is the best for RVers in general and particularly for us. There are so many different criteria we need to consider such as – Sales Tax, Income Tax, Insurance cost, Car registration and Driver License regulations, Residency rules and I am sure there are more issues we did not even think about. Tips are welcome! For now we are still registered in MN, and my daughter sends us the mail every few weeks from our PO Box.

Some advice from experience

We received today a very nice email from Laurie, a fulltimer for many years now. Laurie and Odel have their own blog Semi-True Tales of Our Life on the Road – I love reading their blog – once you read you will know why :) a great sense of humor with flowing stories that bring a smile to your face. So what was that email about – she sent me some advice on some of the many beginner mistakes I made and wrote about, and boy, is she right. Some of the lessons we already learned the hard way, but some are great advice. Simple things like – always leave your fresh water tank at least half full. In cold weather use water from your fresh water tank and drain and store the water hose. stuff like that. Thank you Laurie. I think we need some easy to read, easy to find, rules of thumbs from experienced RVers.

We survived a cold night

Saturday, January 9, 2010 – Great night followed by a great morning! I think we figured it out! 2 Electrical heaters backed up by the RV Furnace kept us nice and warm all night. We left the water running in the kitchen sink – and although the temperature was 25 when we woke up, the water was still running. The sky is clear and blue and the sun is shining, even the wind has calmed down. I think the cold weather is behind us.
We are going to buy some ingredients for some recipe Patti is going to try. but the special thing about it is that I am going to publish this recipe here, with some pictures. I won’t tell you what it is, you will have to wait and see ;)
Speaking about recipes - Serena has sent us few recipes, and I will publish them here in the blog, hope you like them:

Serena Chef Serena’s Recipe of the week:

Apple Cranberry Bread
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Lightly grease a 9x5 inch baking pan.
  2. Stir together apples, sugar, milk and oil. Add egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moist. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
Bon Appetite!

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