Top 5 RV Must-Haves … My List

It's the one thing we always have a back up container of!

It’s the one thing we always have a back up container of!

I read a post the other day on Facebook asking group members to list what their favorite must-have itemsΒ for the RV are. I guess the longer you’re on the road the quicker your list of must-haves might be. We’ve only been on the road for a few years, so I suppose our list might be shorter than most. Or, perhaps we’re just learning that less is more. πŸ˜‰

I think if you asked the hubby he would give you a slightly different list. Probably having to do with more technical things. But for now, here’s my list.

#5 The Crockpot – For our first 3 years on the road we didn’t have a working oven. So, using the crockpot was a must. I have to tell you though, I still use it more often than our convection oven for chicken breasts and pork tenderloin.

*By the way, if you’re going to use the crockpot grab someΒ Slow Cooker Liners.
They make clean-up a breeze!*

#4 The Treager Smoker – This is a must for us because we use it for not only smoking but for grilling and even baking sometimes as well. The electronic temperature control works great and being able to get rid of the gas grill saves us some much-needed storage space.

#3 The Heated Hose – Although we do our best to stay out of areas where we need to worry about frozen water lines, every once in a while it’s inevitable. We’ve never had a problem while using this type of heated hose.

#2 Strongback Chairs – These chairs were a total surprise. We have a couple of zero gravity chairs as well. But the Strongbacks are super comfy and transportable. The carrying bag makes them easy to grab and take with you for an impromptu sunset with cocktails on the beach or to bring over to the community campfire in the park.

#1 Happy Camper Organic Black Tank Treatment – Hands down this is the BEST holding tank additive we have found! We’ve been using it for over a year and a half now and since starting we have never had any funky smells coming up from the bowl or comingΒ from the sewer hose when we dump. Seeing as I’m usually the one doing the black tank dumping and rinsing this is a big deal for me! LoL Seriously, if you haven’t used this stuff yet give it a try. As you can see in the pic above, it is the one thing I always make sure we never run out of! LoL Simply said … It works!

What are your top five RV Must-Haves?


Working Out on the Road Just Got Easier

Finally, no more dealing with old school DVDs for workouts anymore!

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Hi Guys!

I have a bit of a cross-post here today. I don’t usually do this between blogs but this is BIG news and I have to share! As some of you know, I’ve been developing a passion for health and fitness over the past few months. Yes, everything is still going strong with the new lifestyle. As a matter of fact, things just got a little easier … from technological and storage standpoints anyway. πŸ˜‰

Beachbody fitness just went digital this week and I am totally psyched about that! No more worrying about scratched and skipping DVDs, or worse yet trying to find a place to store them!

Check out my post on Fit By 50 with Wendy today for all the details. Seriously, for only $2.99 per week finding a better deal would be tough.

Click >>>HERE<<< to go to Fit By 50 with Wendy (shown below)



That’s all for now. If you have any questions about the Beachbody Club Membership feel free to contact me anytime. πŸ™‚



Do You Dutch Oven?

I’m talking about Dutch Oven cooking here folks!! Not the other kind.

Although … Β you know me, I can’t resist this guy! Β LoL

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I think the only thing worse than farting in bed would be farting in a hot steamy shower with your love. Just sayin’ …

Okay, seriously. I had a friend back in Connecticut (Hi Yancie!!) who used to cook in a Dutch Oven quite a bit. She had a couple different sizes of cast iron pieces and made the best meals in them! Sometimes she used them outside in the fire pit, but she also had a hook in her indoor fireplace where she could hang one. I always loved the way her house smelled when she was cooking something in the dutch oven.

The smell of the wood burning, the savory aromas coming from a venison stew in the pot, a bottle of Cabernet breathing on the counter. Ahhh … memories.

Anyway, I came across an article today from the folks at Camping Road Trip with some really tasty sounding recipes for cooking in a Dutch Oven in the great outdoors. I think it was the pic of what looks like pizza that caught my attention, but once I got reading everything was making me hungry. LoL

You can check out the recipes >>>HERE<<<

So here’s the thing. We don’t actually have a Dutch Oven yet. It’s been on our list for a while now. But in the Little H.O.W. it just seemed like something that would take up space and not really be worth sacrificing the little storage space we had. Now that were in the bigger rig, I want a Dutch Oven! LoL

We’ve looked at several over the years and just like everything else, there’s a pretty big price range. My question is – Do you have a favorite brand or size that you think works best?

I like the colored enamel one seen below, but I don’t know if it would hold up to campfire cooking … and Mr. G. would probably get hotter than the coals if I spent $300 on one pot. LoL

So I’m thinking something like this one is the best bet. Love the handle and the little feet. πŸ™‚

Any thoughts? Better suggestions? Good Dutch Oven recipes?

Let me know. πŸ™‚


Welcome to our new House on Wheels!

Well, it’s taken me almost a week to get settled enough to put a quick post together to welcome everyone to our new (to us) House on Wheels … But here she is! πŸ™‚


Bringing home our new HOW 1.10.15 (Washington)

Now, you would think that bumping up in size from the 26′ TT to a 38′ 5th Wheel would have been a piece of cake to get organized and find a place for everything. Not so much. I am making progress, but I still feel like I need to make some changes and additions to really make the most of the storage we have now. It’s probably just because everything is so spaced out. LoL

Here’s the quick nickel tour …

The kitchen – lots of counter space and cabinets. But the best part is the Sharpe Micro/Convection oven!! It’s been three years since I had on oven!! Woohoo! πŸ™‚


The living room – The recliners are actually very comfortable and there’s plenty of floor space to get our workouts done! πŸ™‚


The steps leading to bed and bath – It seems strange to have stairs in our home again.


Shower – Much bigger than we’re used to and no cold shower curtain rubbing up against us! Even better than the extra elbow room, I don’t have to squat down at all to wash/rinse my hair!! LoL πŸ™‚


Separate Lav – Believe it or not, we had a hard time finding a separate lav with a basin in the room. I don’t really get that set up at all, but it’s quite common. Thankfully, this unit has a sink!


Laundry room – This was sort of unexpected and not an item on our must have list. But now that we have them I’m glad they’re here.


And finally, the bedroom – Look, there’s room on all three sides of the bed! I have to admit, it took me a minute to remember how to use lingerie draws again. LoL But, the built-ins are awesome. πŸ™‚


20150113_142627I wasn’t too sure about having a vanity and sink in the bedroom. But it actually works out great. It makes getting ready at the same time much easier. πŸ™‚


We are absolutely in love with our new home. Going from a 26′ travel trailer to this is obviously a big improvement. But honestly, we were so happy together in the little HOW it wasn’t as uncomfortable as some might think. Sure, it was a little cramped at times, but it was an awesome “bonding experience”. πŸ˜‰ Hey, we didn’t kill each other in less than 100 square feet, so we should be good for the long haul in this one now! LoL πŸ˜‰

Here’s one more look at the old HOW … thanks for the memories little one!

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The slide was in when I took these pics. It isn’t quite that cramped inside!

One week from today it will be three years to the day since we left Connecticut with everything we wanted to take with us stuffed into the F150. (A look back on that day)

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

It seems hard to believe we’ve come so far in such a short time. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices along the way. Traveling thousands of miles with short lead times for projects, working crazy long days for weeks at a time, limiting our trips to see family to once a year, and going without many of the things we were accustomed to having in our sticks & bricks lifestyle, just to name a few.

While the sacrifices have been many, the truth is the experience has brought us closer together than I ever thought possible. Through the good times and scary times (Yes, there were a few – living in a tent and eating PB&J comes to mind. lol) we’ve conquered every challenge and weathered every storm. I am so proud of the man I chose to be my partner in this incredible adventure of life! He truly is the captain that leads our little team to victory day in and day out. I love you Babe!!

Naturally we will still face obstacles as we continue to live our nomadic lifestyle. But we are so excited to be facing them together with an even stronger foundation to build upon as we move forward. πŸ™‚

A toast to the future and the many happy miles and memories we have ahead!!




Nooksack Falls … and Blueberry Happens

I thought yesterday was going to be one of those days you wait for all week. You know the kind I mean? Hit the snooze button a few too many times. Grab coffee and snuggle back under the covers for a while, leisurely planning your day off. Yeah, one of those days.

It started off well enough, snooze button and all. Coffee was great, but not really a leisurely affair. Hubby was excited to check things out on our new (to us) truck (More about that later.) and I was excited about doing a little exploring toward Mt. Baker. I figured we’d find a place to take a nice long hike seeing as it was a rest day from P90 for me. πŸ™‚

Quick shower done, play clothes on, our Shakeology ready almost ready to take with us… and this happened.

I don't say "M*@* F*@*" very often ... What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But today I said it LOUD and with conviction this morning! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that's gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm ... speaking of beer ... I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

I don’t say “M*@* F*@*” very often … What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But I said it LOUD and with conviction yesterday! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that’s gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm … speaking of beer … I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

Uggg… I’ll admit it. Part of me wanted to climb back under the covers with my laptop and a cup pot of coffee. But I took my own advice of “Suck it up butter cup!” used about a roll of paper towels and a half of bottle of windex but got the job done. I’m glad I didn’t stick my head back under the covers because this was my reward.


Even with the overcast and sprinkles (that we’ve come to love here in the Pacific Northwest πŸ˜‰ ) it was a beautiful day.


We didn’t get in the hike I was hoping for, but we did get to check out a raging waterfall. Nooksack Falls is located off WA State Highway 542. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the falls here were featured in the movie The Dear Hunter. Cool bit of trivia. πŸ™‚


I think I was shivering a bit here.

The Nooksack River making its way to flow over the 88 foot drop …

Nooksack River

Pooling up just a bit before the plunge …


And there she goes …



Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’ …


It took a left turn and it just kept going. πŸ˜‰ Are you humming along to Bruce Springsteen now? You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

Anyway, we ended up making an early day of our exploration because we had shopping and errands to run. But we had fun!

Oh yeah, before I forget. Here’s a quick pic of the newest member of the Gibberish Clan! We haven’t named him yet but hope to soon. We still have Lil Ms. White with us. There’s just way too much sentimental value there to put her out to pasture just yet and I love having her to myself. Well, I should rephrase that. I will love having her to myself once we get the registration processed through South Dakota. Our friends at America’s Mailbox are handling it for us so I’m sure it will all go smoothly. πŸ™‚

Now, back to names for the new guy … does anything come to mind? The only thing we know for sure is that is has to be a rough and rowdy boy’s name. Because as you can see, he’s pretty bad ass looking. Right??


He’s almost as tall as our H.O.W. and has really big “hips”. I don’t think a female persona would be too happy with us talking about her big hips all the time. LoL So a guy’s name it will be.


That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Don’t forget to send me a name idea if you have one! πŸ™‚