Friday, July 22, 2016

Tri Tip on the Grill

For a delicious, quick and easy summer dinner, you can have this beauty ready in about 30 minutes (or a little longer if you like your meat more well-done). You cook the meat on the outdoor grill so no heating up the house. And the zucchini are so easy to make, even my 11 and 8-year-olds love to cook them. Win, win, win! Let's get cooking!

Roasted Chicken, Artichoke and Pasta

This is a great summer dinner that the kids love. Artichokes are in season right now, and they are very popular at our house. I usually steam them on the stove, but I wanted to try them roasted this time. I loved them this way, but 2 of my kids slightly prefer them steamed. That didn't stop them from devouring these ones!

French Bread Pizza

My kids (and my) favorite meal is homemade pizza. But making the crust does take time. This recipe is a great shortcut to a pizza-ish meal! It's one of our few, quick, easy dinner recipes, so it's great to keep in the kitchen arsenal.
French Bread Pizza
One loaf (we use this one) French Bread
Sausage (we use Mulay's Mild Italian)  or ground beef (Costco has a great organic option)
Mozzerella Cheese (we buy organic whole milk mozzerella at our local grocery-it's delish!)
Tomatoes (dice)
Fresh Basil
Other ingredients we often add include: bell peppers, red onions, olives, zucchini, shredded romano cheese. 

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Slice baked (and cooled) bread and place on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
3. Top with grated mozzerella and sausage (if you are using other veggies, you can add now too). 
4. Bake in 375 degree oven for just a few minutes, until cheese is melted.
5. Remove from oven and top with fresh diced tomatoes and chopped basil. 

Serve to some very happy people and enjoy!

Ingredients

Just sharing some of our favorite ingredients for baking:
We now use mostly organic ingredients in our baking, and I really can taste the difference (plus my daughter no longer has hives, so that's a huge bonus!). This flour has been especially great in every single recipe we make. I just took a quick picture because people often ask what I use to cook with. These are many of my baking staples.

Summer Blondies

These cookies are named after my sweet daughter who first made these delicious nuggets for us this summer. She used to be a little blondie, running around outside with her tiny bare feet, and wispy golden hair. Sigh. I miss those days. Sort of. But anyway, about the cookies...we couldn't get enough of them. Try them. Seriously. The recipe is exactly the same as our Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but with the white chocolate swap, they taste totally different! These are my absolute favorites (today).

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our favorite chocolate chip cookies (right now) are a tiny bit crisp on the bottom, but soft, chewy and delicious when you bite into them. These are the best ones I've ever tasted, and I'm not normally a chocolate chip cookie fan (GASP...I know...I know). So here goes-

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Where does all that water go? Conserving water while RV-ing

One of our biggest challenges when rv-ing with three kids is water conservation. We teach our kids how to use water conservatively, but we still want them to practice good hygiene. And with 5 people, and one little rv, that means we use our water tank up quickly. Being new to rv-ing, the first thing I had to learn was where the water from each faucet, shower, toilet came from and went.

Fresh Water Fill without hookups- Winterization Valve Siphon

We love our rv's small size. It's easy to drive, maneuver and park almost anywhere. We knew it would be a small space for five of us, but our View is so well designed that we always have plenty of room (for us). Despite teaching our kids how to conserve and use "camping water" when washing their hands, or flushing, it's almost inevitable that we will use our fresh water tank up within 2-3 days of camping. These kids get DIRTY!! And I like my RV kept (relatively) clean! So nightly (quick) showers are a must for us. 
I mean this is the face of a happy, dirty kid that NEEDS a shower.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Airplane Food

As an rv-ing family, we drive to about 99.9% of our destinations, but sometimes driving just isn't very practical. And on those occasions, we fly. I like to travel in the rv for so many reasons...sleeping in our own beds, eating our own food, saving money on airfare and hotel and (extra bonus) I just love a great road-trip. But some things are worth the hassle of flying, one of those things....HAWAII!! Yes, Hawaii is definitely worth the airfare and all of travel prep.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Travel First Aid Kit(s)

Over the past few years of travel with kids, my first aid kit has evolved a bit (goodbye teething tablets, hello ace bandages!) But it's definitely a necessity. I use a 2-kit system. My Travel kit is always packed with what I feel are our normal necessities for an everyday injury. I prefer this kit to be bag-style with handles, because I throw it in our regular car when I'm driving around town, and at the house while we're home. I considered keeping a separate travel kit in the rv, so it wouldn't be forgotten, but I don't like to keep the liquid medication or sunscreen in the heat of the rv storage. So this was added to my pre-trip prep list and (knock wood) it hasn't been forgotten yet! I can't tell you how many times I've used this for my kids (or others) while out and about. Just make sure to replenish supplies as you use them.