Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trailer Trash Turkey Chili

I love to cook but transitioning to a full time RVer has tested my cuisine creativity. Here is one of my favorite recipes. Trailer Trash Turkey Chili is easy to prepare, healthy and freezes nicely.

Ingredients:

One sweet onion (chopped)
Two jalapeno peppers (seeded and chopped)
One garlic clove (minced)
One pound of ground turkey breast
One can Rotel tomatoes and chiles
One can of diced green chiles
One can of tomato sauce
Avocado
Salt
Pepper
Chili Powder
Cayenne Powder


 Two of the best purchases I have made for RV cooking are a induction cooktop and crockpot.


Step One: Brown ground turkey breast on stove top.

Step Two: Chop veggies.

Step Three: Add onions, jalapenos and garlic and heat until vegetables are translucent.

Step Four: Transfer browned turkey breast and veggies to the crockpot then add one can of RoTel diced tomatoes & green chiles.
Step Five: Add additional can of green chiles and tomato sauce. Season to taste.

Step Six: Set crockpot on high and cook for four to six hours.

Step Seven: Add chopped avocado and onion to the chili and ENJOY!








Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Living on the Road with Pets

Through a series of circumstances ( some good and some not-so-good ) , I transitioned from a 4000 square foot home in the suburbs of Austin to a 34 foot motor coach in the country. Being an avid glamper, I thought it would be fun to go full -time.  I was also realistic about what I would need to let go of (a house full of stuff) and what I could not give up (four dogs & a cat).







Must haves for sharing an RV with furry friends:

Leather furniture - keeps the fur to a minimum and makes for easy cleaning not to mention it is much more durable.
This is Max on the old RV sofa. I had to do a full fur removal daily.
This is the new leather sofa. Saves me lots of time on clean up!









Furminator - an awesome little brush that gets rid of excess fur. Works well on cats and dogs.



Hardwood Floors - first thing I did is remove all of the carpet in my motor coach and replace it with hardwood floors. I prefer the look much better and did I mention I have 4 dogs and a cat.
Little dogs are a big reason to have hardwards in the RV. Bitsy and Tootsy are accident prone :-)
 
The Roomba - love, love, love my roomba. This best way to keep the dust bunnies from reproducing. Great way to entertain the critters too!




Couch Cover and Room Dividers - If you've ever stayed in an RV for any length of time, you know there is limited floor space for dog beds, crates, etc. I purchased a heavy duty couch cover specifically made for dogs. My big dog will not stay off the couch at night and this way I know the furniture is protected. Instead of using crates, I bought baby guard room dividers to isolate the critters when I am away.
Miss Picasso's dog bed took up most of the RV floor space.

Window Bird Feeder - I call it Max's (the cat) home entertainment center. He loves watching the little birds and is entertained for hours.
Birdseye views for Max the cat.

Handheld shower nozzle - Easy way to keep the dirty dogs clean.  
Taz and Miss Picasso love to play outside and need regular baths to share space with me.

Happy Glamping!







Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Springtime Glamping

Another fun week-end of exploring the Texas Hill Country. Just a quick back roads trip winding the hills to Pedernales State Park, then over to Johnson City for a little junking, across to Marble Falls for some fun shops and coconut pie at Bluebonnet Cafe.  

Blessing to you and yours. Now get out there and enjoy the spring time sights!

Happy Glamping my dears!

Miss LaMerle Grace earned her wings this week-end!




Sweet mama and baby calf on the banks of the Blanco River.


Love this idea of converting an old half door into a message board. Chalk on top and cork on the bottom.


Now that's a stylish birdhouse! Made from an old oil can and scrap wrought iron.


Clever idea for displaying birdhouses on a porch!

Miss Tootsie purchased some bling on this trip!  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Texas Hill Country Shopping

It's springtime in the Texas Hill Country and the beautiful weather is perfect for a drive through the hills in search of wildflowers and out-of-the-way shops. Just had to share this cute trailer art with you. I found it at Revival Designs, a fabulous little shop in Bee Caves with loads of vintage Architectural, Restoration and Wrought Iron items.
This little jewel is actually a re-purposed vintage window with the artwork on the old glass. It is diaphanous which adds to its appeal. Would look great mounted over your vintage trailer window with the light shining through.
While drinking in all of the fabulousness of the store, I had the added benefit of my own porky personal shopper. Hamlet, an adorable little pot belly pig has the run of the place and helped me root out a couple of fun finds to take back to Miss LaMerle Grace.
I will be sharing photos of my purchases in my next post.

Happy Glamping!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Glampfire View

Just one of the many hardships one must endure for the glamping lifestyle. This is a view from my "home" campsite. Another great example of living small to live large!
Springtime Sunset from Miss LaMerle Grace's (My Vintage RV) Front Door
Keep Calm and Glamp On!

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Hill Country Breakfast with Glamper Style

One of my favorite things about camping is breakfast. No matter how fancy your camper might be, there is nothing better than cooking breakfast outside and enjoying the view. On a recent camping trip to Inks Lake State Park, the dogs and I enjoyed a lovely campsite breakfast with a few glamper touches. Although dinner jackets were not required, Taz opted to dress up a bit for pancakes and bacon.

Did Someone Say Pancakes?

 
Adding a few special touches can make glamping even more fun. Being a lady glamper on my own, I have found that setting your camp up with a few glamper touches attracts your curious neighbors. I can't tell you how many nice people I have met on my adventures.

Happy glamping dear friends!