Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cut-out Cookies~~~~~

Got those done yesterday evening and they turned out like they always do.....Great!  It is the best recipe I have found for them and very simple.  I do Christmas trees, horses of course and big stars.  Emilee doesn't know it but she will be helping me decorate them when we get to Phoenix....

Here is the recipe for my cookies:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 teas baking soda
1/2 teas vanilla

Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together while beating lightly, add vanilla.  Add flour and baking soda.  Slowly roll 1/4 inch thick and then cut out.  Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.

I use a very simple frosting as well.

1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 teas vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar
1 - 2 tble milk
1 egg white (beaten)

Mix butter and vanilla.  Gradually add powdered sugar and egg white.  Add milk to achieve desired consistency.  Add food coloring to bowls of divided frosting and have fun.

Today I plan to do a little shopping, hoping that the crowds have settled down.  Don't plan to do much but need to get a few things yet.  Hope everyone enjoys their day of rest.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hope everyone had a Great Day~~~~~

Happy Thanksgiving!

I ate to much but my goodness it was wonderful like always.  Got to see lots of family too.

We always have plenty of delicious dishes compliments of all us ladies.  The guys do clean up though so that is nice.

I am home now and getting ready to spend a quiet evening watching TV.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Monday, November 22, 2010

All I can say is 3 days ~~~~~

This week....woohoo!  and no I do not go shopping on Black Friday!  I do most of my shopping on line.  My grandkids want gift cards so it makes it very easy for me.

Been trying to come up with some menus for our visit with Emilee at Christmas in Phoenix.  I love to cook and she has requested one item and that is cheesy potatoes.  Need a protein and a salad of some kind and that's one meal.  She is not a breakfast eater but my wonderful momma makes great cinnamon rolls and said she would send a pan of those with us. Emilee also loves my frosted cut-out cookies so I am going to try and get some of those made to take out with us.  I think what I may do is plan some menu items and then just go to the store after we get there.

It was 4 years the end of August that I helped her drive out to Scottsdale.  Sooooo it has been that many years since I have been with her at Christmas.  No wonder I am very happy to be going out with DH and our four puppies to spend 5 days with her this year.  We will have alot of laughs and tip a few glasses of wine.  She likes wine as well as I do.  I may take some Martini making stuff with me too.

I need to start a list......LOL

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Saturday, November 20, 2010

On the road again~~~~~

DH that is...he left this morning for a run to California so he won't be here for Thanksgiving.  Oh well, such is the life of a trucker.  He will be such a seasoned highway driver when we are getting out there on the road together in our Fiver and Crewzer.  He was home this last time for almost a week due to freight not moving but he got alot of "honey dos" done and alot of things done towards getting the Fiver and Crewzer ready for our "big" trip to Phoenix for Christmas.  He even cleaned the house and that was really appreciated.  My work lately has been stressful so that was a nice surprise to come home to yesterday.  I am a very lucky DW.  heehee

Enough said............

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Birthday~~~~~

It was a great day today!  Just means I am getting closer to that age when we can hit the road for good!  And what a great birthday gift with the purchase of our retirement home....yep life is good!

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Our first meal~~~~~

We spent our second night in our new home.  It is very comfy and homey.

I cooked supper for the first time and was very pleased with how it turned out since I have never used gas before.  We had tenderized pork loin lightly dusted with seasoned flour, sauted in olive oil until golden brown.  Then I added a can of low fat cream of mushroom soup and simmered until fork tender.  Yummmmm.  It was delightful served with a nice salad and baked potatoes.

The other really great thing is my DH, who is soooo handy, was able to take one of our Dish receivers out of the S & B and he installed it in the Fiver and low and behold we had TV.  We watched RV and no matter how often we see it we still get a good laugh or two or three.  LOL

We are planning our first trip in it in December.  We are taking off for two weeks and going out to Phoenix to spend Christmas with Em.  For the past few years DH has been going out in his "Big Rig" but this time we are taking our new home.  We will have lots of things to blog about so stay tuned!

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Friday one and all~~~~~

Hope you all have a grand weekend!!  We plan to stay in the Fiver again and I may do some cooking in it as well.  Woohoo!  I love to cook so I need to get a list for the store.  All my life I have used electric cook tops so this will definately be a new adventure.......LOL

I think we will watch the movie RV too.  I never get tired of seeing that one.  heehee

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We got lights~~~~~

DH left a basement light on in the Fiver a couple days ago and when I went over there last night no lights and no way to start the generator. Soooooooooo, he talked me through hooking up the generator to our charger and low and behold I did it right because tonight I have lights again and there is a good strong charge on the batteries.  I made sure all the lights and frig are off now and he will be home Friday late so we will hopefully get the 50 amp hook up at the horse barn and we won't have to worry about that again.  At the very least, I did learn from this experience.  Knowledge is a good thing.......right?  Ladies

You never know when you will need to do some things that you take for granted because your DH does them.  I plan to learn as much as he does about our new home so if need be I will be capable of handling any situation which is including driving the big truck pulling the big rig.  I pulled around a three horse goose neck trailer with living quarters behind a 3/4 ton GMC diesel for several years by myself and CJ my Corgi.  Gosh we had a good time, he and I.  We would meet my horse trainer and her Doby, Maggie at the horse shows and those two dogs were the best of friends....just like Nancy and I.   Ahhhhhh.....great memories those are!

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday I got the blues day~~~~~

Isn't it hard to get back into the swing of things at work when you have just experienced a nice loooonnnnggg weekend.  Nothing much new tonight except I am beat.  I hope all my traveling friends have a grand week and so look forward to doing this traveling as well.  To not have to worry about the work week on Sunday night will be a true joy to me.  I am really tired of working for a living!  LOL  and I bet I am not alone in this feeling.

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood~~~~~

Today is absolutely one of those fall days that I do love here in Iowa in that the temp is right around 55+, sun is shining with a slight breeze.  The river is gleaming this morning very pretty.

I spent the night with my mother last night because she has been sick with the flu and now a head cold.  She took a hot shower and I rolled up her hair and now she is napping which is the best thing for this illness.  I hate those darn viruses that jump on ya at any given moment.  I had just gotten my flu shot on Thursday so hopefully whatever she does have I won't get.  If I do I do....she was not going to be alone last night due to how weak she has become.  I will run back over there in a bit to take her a bite to eat.  Not sure what yet but will figure that out too.

Not much else to report today.  Except, when I go over to the barn to feed the horses (this is where our Fiver and Truck are parked) I climb in and sit for a bit and just look around and admire this unbelievable home on wheels.  It is amazing the storage space...I mean they fill every nook and cranny with a storage space of some sort in these things.  I bet we won't have any trouble filling it up though.  LOL

Until next time~~~~Travel safely

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oh heavenly bed~~~~~

It is wonderful as DH had assured me it was.  LOL

We are still having issues figuring a few things out but this too shall pass.  Our puppies our still a bit confused but they will adjust as well.  We are still in awe at how much room we have in this unit.  I was concerned about this when we were looking at MH vs Fiver's.  We felt (our opinion only) that the fiver living room was more like what would be in a small apartment.  However, the MH's we were looking at were very homey as well.  Believe me when I tell you we have gone back and forth on our decision with which one to buy and we know now that we made the right decision for us.  The cost difference alone was the main reason we went this way.  We did not want to spend our entire equity on a home on wheels, we wanted to have a little more of a nest egg besides our 401K's when we finally do hit the road full timing.

DH has to head back out on the road we won't be able to camp in it again for a while but I am sure I will have lots of folks over to show it off yet this weekend.

Until next time~~~~Travel Safely

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oh My Goodness~~~~~

I can't explain the feelings when I saw this new home on wheels.  We are so proud showing it off...a few of the neighbors and Craig's Mom and friend Bob were in total shock at how much room and the beauty of the interior.  Here are some sneak peak pictures for your viewing pleasure (believe me when I tell you the pictures do not reveal the true beauty).....

Our daughter and her fiance came over to see it after dark and the lighting is unreal along with the sound system.  We rocked it out for a bit .....  LOL  We are still discovering new gadgets but this fiver is exactly what I had hoped for and more.  The truck is beyond words.  I have a very happy DH.  heehee

The wine flowed in celebration of our new beginnings....we look forward now to meeting up with and/or making new traveling friends as we get started with Our Fiver Adventures.

Oh I almost forgot, the puppies were all right at home and found their favorite spots immediately....they too approve of our purchase!

Until next time~~~~Travel Safely

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fiver Open House~~~~~

DH is making his way home.  Bed is very very comfortable, he reports.  Emilee's reaction was Mom you are gonna $#$#.  It is huge, she said.  I am very happy with her reaction and am looking forward to seeing it in person in a few days myself.  (goosebumps and butterflies)

I plan to have an open "fiver" house warming so all of our family and friends can have a look.  Has anyone else done this?  I can't wait to get it, decorating it, etc.  Can't believe I said I can't wait to clean something?!?! That's a first.  LOL  We want to let all of those nay sayers see what our future holds and I truly believe they will change their opinions once they see our "new" RV home.  Some folk can't believe we are giving up our "River" home. 

While we have many wonderful memories in this home, we plan to have just as many in our home on wheels.  They will see especially if they follow our blog.  We would like to welcome our new followers Bill and Cap.