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Redwood City Grease Singalong

A night away from our RV.  I dropped Peter off at work at 7.30 in the morning and I had the whole day to kill until we were to go out to our Great night out in Redwood City.  Redwood City is such a beautiful place and has so much going on the City seems to really care about its people with so many events happening every week.  Great place to live.

Denny’s in Redwood City

I first of all went to Denny’s for breakfast which I love and had some nice tea and breakfast.  Denny’s has always been a favorite ever since we came to America.

 Rouge Hair Salon

I then decided that my day would be a pampering day so I went to the hairdressers in Redwood city called Rouge I had my hair done and ended up having the best head massage I have ever had all while the young girl was washing my hair.  Oh my I was in heaven.  I decided then and there that what I would do is also have a manicure and pedicure and that it would be a treat Joyce day.  They also put makeup on me and when I left there felt like a million dollars.  The customer service and the way they treated me was amazing and was as if I had been to a day spa.

Always quilting

While I was in Redwood City I also visited a neighbouring town call San Mateo just so that I could visit the fabulous quilting shop while I was there.  Boy I was not disappointed.  I managed to buy the fabric that I needed for the quilt I will be making and also found out about some classes that they do to help you. It was such a fabulous store and I was in my element.  What a great day so far.  After I visited the quilt store I headed over to our hotel to get booked in.

Best Western Executive Suites

I booked us in as we were staying at the Best Western Executive Suites at Redwood City, it was a very nice room with a welcome breakfast for in the morning at a great price. We decided that because the film does not start till 8.45 that it would be a late finish and with Peter being at work the next day early it would be a great welcome to just have to drive 5 minutes to a hotel instead of 35 minutes home.  It meant he could get up a little later in the morning too.  We were glad that we did and it worked very well.

Redwood City Grease singalong

We arrived to get seated at 7.00 pm and our friends already had a spot waiting for us. We sat and chatted waiting for the film to start with the weather being so warm and welcoming.  We could not believe how many people were arriving every minute.  I would say that there were around 500 people who waited patiently outside in their camping chairs and lots of potlucks waiting for the film to start.  The film was Grease and was to be a sing along which meant all the words were at the bottom of the screen and if you wished you could sing along to it.  I didn’t see anyone when the film started who wasnt singing.  Everyone took part and after every song there was lots of clapping whistling and cheering. There were lines for the girls and boys to sing. The atmosphere was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of it not wanting it to end.

I was bought up with grease and have watched this film so many times with our children and friends over the years I just had one wish and that was that they were there with us to enjoy this great night.  I don’t think that Grease will ever go out of fashion.

The whole place was so picturesque all around us.  Redwood City is certainly a great place to visit.

Redwood City

Redwood City Grease sing along

Redwood City

Fox Theatre behind us

Redwood City

Beautiful Palm Tree

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Organizing tips for your RV

When you live in an RV full-time, it is important that you are organized and tidy.  Some of the things that you have when you live in a house really just sits in the cupboard, but when you live in an RV you have to choose what you really want and either sell the rest or give it away.  We regularly visit the good will store giving away things that we find that we don’t need or use.  It is hard to give things away but by doing that you live a very stress free life. It is very frustrating if you can’t find things that you want when you need them.  I have 10 tips for you to stay organized in your RV.

10 tips for organizing your RV

  1. Food

With your food, herbs and tins as soon as you open up a cupboard you should be able to see what is in there without moving things about.  Have food in clear containers like Rice, beans and Pasta and Oats.  You then know exactly when you need to buy more. Dont buy food that you don’t need there is not room.

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Cereals, rice, oats, pasta

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Herbs

Organized

Tins

2.   Dvds

Keep you DVD’s in their containers and keep relevant films together so you can find them easily and have a cupboard designated just for them.

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Dvds

3.   Office Draw

I work at my desk and I cannot work if it is not tidy.  Make sure your desk is clear and tidy as a tidy desk is a tidy mind this includes your draw so that you can find things when you need them. The RV draws are really deep and really need a tray that you can add-on the top I bought this tray from Michael’s and helps me stay organized with my office

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Office Draw accessory

4.   Cutlery Draw

It goes without saying that your cutlery draw should always be tidy so that you can find what you need purchasing a cutlery tray should be one of the first thing you purchase.

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Cutlery Draw

5.  underwear draw

Your Clothes have to be limited when living in a fifth wheel. By organizing them better though you can gave more than you think. To give you more room for underwear you should roll them so that you can get more in and they stay tidy.

You didn’t think I was gonna show you my underwear did you.?

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Underwear and hanky’s

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Sock Draw

6.  Filing Paperwork

We all have paperwork that we have to file away and keep.  Organizing this can still be in a file cabinet we have one that sits on the floor and we pick it up and just sit it on the couch when we move.  Keeps everything nice and tidy and is labelled so paperwork is easy to find.

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Filing cabinet

7.  Shoe Racks

We have two shoe racks.  One that we use when we come into the RV so that your shoes are taken off when you come in to help keep the RV clean and the other I have on the back of my bedroom door which holds all the rest of our shoes. The shoe rack by the door folds flat.

 

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Shoe rack by door

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Shoe rack on back of door

8.   Towels

There is no need to have tons of towels when you live in an RV organizing them can be difficult with little room.  Normally the cupboards allocated for towels are very small the best thing to do is not to fold them but the roll them and then you will get more in.  There are 4 large bath towels rolled into this small cupboard.

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4 rolled bath towels

 

9.   Pillows and extra Bedding

Use the space saver bags by Ziploc for extra Pillows and bedding for guests.  the picture below is 2 pillows that have been sucked down and then fit into a cupboard really easily.  A whole bedding set can be sucked down to a really small size and easily used and then put away again.  Organizing your bedding in this fashion saves so much space.

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Space Saver Bag

Here is link on Amazon

 

 

10.   Hangers for Clothes

If you’re like me then I don’t like two sets of items on one hanger in the wardrobe.  It makes your clothes hard to find and it is irritating.  To help you save space I found that just by switching out my hangers from rounded plastic hangers to the flock coat hangers.  One advantage is that it gave me double the room to be able to hang my clothes, the second is that the clothes do not fall off the hanger so easily.

My clothes are in order of my husbands and mine.  On the one side of the wardrobe, we keep things like suits and dresses that are not worn very often, and on the other side regular every day clothes. The white hanger is the one that we now use that gives us more room.

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RV Crafts – find out how I cope

The Crafts that I have made while living in my RV full time are sewing, quilting, crocheting and gift baskets.

RV Crafts

I have seen many people work from their RVs doing RV Crafts such as woodwork, embroidery, making gift baskets, sewing, quilting and painting.

I really like crafts especially, sewing and quilting.  When our children were small my husband and I would spend hours cutting out and sewing clothes for school for them. We had 5 children all at high school age and needed to save the pennies somewhere.  We would quite often make Christmas gifts like table mats and table runners to save money.  People that received our gifts have been very grateful.  There is something about having something handmade that makes it extra special.

RV Crafts, as opposed to crafting in your home, is a little different as you are limited on space.  The way that I have coped with this is to be very organized with my crafts.  I have an allocated a cupboard just for this and I put my material, ribbons, zippers, biased binding etc. all in clear boxes so I can see at a glance what is in the box.  I have stuffing material in bags behind my chairs and my sewing machine sits on our dining room table along with my sewing box with everything I need.

I am so lucky to have a husband who supports me to do crafting as he likes to sew and crochet too.  my husband is very talented as cutting out patterns and also crocheting.  Not many men admit to that.

Sewing Box

I have had my sewing box for a long time and I find it holds quite a bit like, thread, thimbles, buttons, sewing pins, measuring tapes, stitch rippers, scissors, rotary cutter, pencils, needles etc.

The only way I cope with this box is to keep it tidy, otherwise I can’t find what I need when I need it.  When I am sewing I have this out open on my table in the corner where it is out-of-the-way but I can easily get to it to obtain what I need. It closes down really small and fits into my cupboard.

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Sewing Box

 

RV crafts

Sewing Box

I am making a small quilt mat to put my sewing machine on at the moment.  I am waiting for fusible batting to come from amazon so I can sandwich it to start quilting.

I like the colors what do you think?

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Sewing machine mat

When you are living in an RV I don’t like to take up room with a large ironing board so I use a small one that fits onto my counter top to do the pressing.  When I am sewing I can leave it out and it is not in the way and does not infringe on any part of the RV. I put it on top of a towel so it doesn’t scratch the counter top.

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travel ironing board

When I am not using material and other items, I store them in a plastic bin in the overhead cupboard and again I keep things very tidy so I can easily find them.

Organization when doing RV crafts is key.

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Plastic bins in overhead compartment

I do not buy most of the time what I do not need, I really think about what I want to make and then use up most of the things I buy so that I do not have tons of stuff just for the sake of it.

I buy a lot of my items from Amazon, I saw a fabulous sewing machine on their yesterday that was only $134 crazy price.  Check it out on the link below.  I’m thinking I want an embroidery machine next.  Do you have one, any suggestions on what to get?.

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover

My sewing machine sits on the kitchen table and we move the table further towards the wall so that I have room to easily get in and out.  When I am not using it I just push it towards the back of the wall and when I am sewing I pull it to the front. I also pull out the side of the table which gives me extra room. We eat outside most of the time but when we eat in there is nothing in our way.  The only time I put it all away completely is if someone is coming to stay and we need all four chairs otherwise it is not in our way and does not look unsightly at all.

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Sewing machine and sewing box

My intention at the moment is to finish my mat tomorrow and then to start making a queen size quilt and I am excited to get started.

If you live in an RV and have any more tips on how you can do RV crafts then please let me know and I will let you write in my blog.

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Harry Potter visits Half Moon Bay

Daniel Radcliffe

 

We are staying at the RV Park at Half Moon Bay on the site of Camerons Inn and had a visit from the one and only Harry Potter.

Camerons Inn

Smoking Bus at Camerons Inn

Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the movies sang on the karaoke and surprised everyone by rapping on the mike.  I actually heard all the singing and clapping from my RV wondering what was going on as people were normally louder than usual. I sometimes hear the singing as we are only literally 50 footsteps away from the Pub.  Not like this though as it was much louder than normal.

It wasn’t until the very next day that I found out that he was the one singing.  I could hear him but just didn’t know it was him.  I was actually going to go over and see what was going on but decided not to.  I really wish I had now gutted.

Harry Potter

My husband and I watch DVDs and actually had just been watching Harry Potter which is kind of weird that he should then pay a visit to Camerons Inn.  Our daughter Frances is such a fan too maybe he will come again. I know if I had met him she woud have been jealous.  So close was I.

 

Harry Potter “Daniel Radcliffe” Rapping at Camerons Inn

 

Living at Half Moon Bay RV Park you never know who is going to visit.  It is such a great place, everyone loves England and it is just like you stepped into a pub in London.  I am from England so for me it is like being at home with English food and drinks available right on my doorstep.  When I am in the pub I feel like a celebrity myself because as soon as I speak to people they start asking lots of questions about England because of my accent.   I would have loved to have had a chat with Daniel Radcliffe             ” Harry Potter” as we would have had the same accent.

I am going to move onto the updates on previous blogs I have done on here and thought you may like to know how my Camping washing machine and Tower Garden was coming on.

Camping Washing Machine

I thought I would let you know that my washing machine that I purchased two weeks ago is working fabulously.  I am absolutely loving it and I am using it everyday.  I can’t believe how much money I am saving by not using the washers on site here at Half Moon Bay.  My clothes are really clean and it is so easy to use. You can buy the camping washing machine from Camping World on the link on this site.  Only $104.

Harry Potter

Camping washing machine

Tower Garden

My Tower garden is coming on fabulous and my lettuce is ready to use.  I can just take leaves from the back of the lettuce and it will continue to grow.  I don’t need to purchase anymore.  My herbs I have already been using and the rest of products are growing nicely.  They are liking the weather here in Half Moon Bay.

You can go to Tower Garden and buy yours today.

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Tower Garden

Harry Potter

Lettuce Ready to eat

Son In Law home from The Falklands

I wanted to take this opportunity first of all to tell you that my son-in-law Paul who serves in the Royal Air Force is home now in England from his 4 month tour in The Falklands.  I know my daughter and his two beautiful children are happy to see him home. Thank you Paul for serving to protect our country and for all those who work hard to protect us wherever you are.

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Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No!

Sharknado 3

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Today is the day that Sharknado 3 will be aired on Syfy at 9/8c.  You may wonder why I’m so excited and I’m going to tell you.  Although I live in my Fifth Wheel and that is what I normally talk about.  We all have family right.  Well I am no exception.  Today is about my son.

My son Michael Hardman is the Foley editor and ADR Recordist on this film along with Sharknado 1, Sharknado 2 and now Sharknado 3.  Michael is not just the least ad singer of the band Dinosaur Parade but also is an ADR and Foley Engineer working for the Asylum in Burbank, Los Angeles, which he enjoys very much.  I wouldn’t normally brag so much but I think as a parent I have the right to.  Michael is only 23 years of age and if you see all of the 72 projects he has worked on albeit mostly B movies,  I think I have the right to brag, Michael Hardman will be a name in the future that you will see winning awards I have no doubt.  He graduated from College with his Bachelors Degree at the age of 19 and was Valedictorian so it is no surprise that he has such a great job.  I am sure that in the future someone who works on A movies will want him to work for him and I really wish that for him.  He works very hard and is very dedicated to his craft.

Michael and his friends have written and performed a silly song about Sharknado 3 which I think you should all listen to.  The Best Worst Movie Sharknado 3.  You might want to have a few beers tonight, listen to their song and then watch Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No! on the Syfy Channel.

All the Sharknado films have had a lot of media attention as it is so silly and classed as the best worst movie.  When these films first came out there was so much media attention that twitter just blew up. They now have a cult following and I am no exception to that. Tonight I am sure will be no different as there are so many stars that are going to be in the movie you can watch the previews on Syfy.  The film Sharknado 3 was filmed on the east coast from Washington DC to Florida.  It will be great fun to watch and laugh about.

The one liners in past Sharknado films have just absolutely cracked me up.  I hope you enjoy the film tonight as I am sure you will.  I am excited and I hope you are as excited as I am.  I can’t wait to hear the one liners in the film tonight.

Enjoy! Don’t take life so seriously,  Life is about having fun.

 

 

Exploring West Coast Weekend

Fabulous weekend exploring the coast

What a great weekend we had exploring the coast around us both north and south.  We headed out on Saturday as there were a few things that we needed and we decided to go to West Lake City Shopping center The journey there and back was just fabulous.  If this is where I have to drive to go shopping then so be it.  There was no traffic on the way there but on the way back we were stuck in traffic but really with this view it didn’t bother us one bit.

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West Coast Near West lake

It certainly makes you think when your driving this close to the sea.  We were talking about what we would do in the event of a Tsunami and certainly this could be a possibility when you live so close and that you are in an earthquake zone as we are.  Seeing these sign posts along the way doesn’t help.  I think if there is a Tsunami then we will be kissing our A………. goodbye the hills will be really hard to get up in time.

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On our way back we stopped off at the fish market in Half Moon Bay for some fresh fish.  Oh! boy we were in for a treat.  It was absolutely fabulous.  We bought prawns, shrimp and salmon and it just looked wonderful, we could not wait to get home and get it on the barby.  Shrimp on the barby it was …. yum yum!

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Shrimp and prawns on the Barby

On Sunday we decided we would go to the The Ritz Carlton hotel, Half Moon Bay for lunch and when we got there we found out that to get a parking spot you need to have a reservation.  The hotel is literally 5 minutes driving distance away from us.  Well we were a little disappointed but may be our exploring in that direction can just wait till next week.  We can’t wait to go it looks fabulous.

We carried on driving down south towards Santa Cruz and found a little town just to the left about 15 mins down the hill called Pescadero.  It was such a cute little town that had a lot of history with pictures of people in stage waggons and cowboys.

We ate at the saloon restaurant there and we were so full when we left they had beef to die for.  The food was fabulous and cheap too.  We visited their shops which were very antique and interesting they even had items for the garden that had been made from old milk bottles that just looked amazing.  There were also a lot of home-made items like quilts and glassware.  We just loved the little town so much I think we will be visiting this one again.

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Local store in Pescadero

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Stage Road Shop

By the time we got back to our RV we were tired and just felt so blessed that we are staying in an area that is so amazing and that has so many nooks and crannies for us to still be exploring.

 

 

 

Dinosaur Parade Band Visit

Dinosaur Parade Band visits Half Moon Bay

Dinosaur Parade Band

Dinosaur Parade Band

Wow! what a whirlwind 3 days it has been.  I was visited by Dinosaur Parade while they were on tour.  They had a gig in Santa Cruz, Oakland and then last night in San Francisco.  I fed and watered them and gave them all a place to lay their heads all be it in a tent next to my fifth wheel.

I went with the for a nice walk down to the beach where they just loved the walk through the trees and even climbed them.  We went down to the cliffs and then onto the beach where Anthony jumped into the sea.  It was such fun.

James was periscoping our events through twitter on his phone while Anthony was climing the trees and we were being watched by a few people.

Dinosaur Parade Band

Anthony Climbing trees

 

When we all got to the gig at the Milk Bar in San Francisco last night one of the people who was watching us came to the gig and introduced himself.  Wow! how cool was that.  I am now a lover of periscope and have downloaded the app onto my phone.  Such fun.

Milk Bar San Francisco

Dinosaur Parade Band

Milk Bar in San Francisco

We all had lunch at Cameron’s Inn while they were here and mostly they had the fish n chips, except Michael and I had the bangers and mash and they even warmed up some mushy peas for me.  Yum Yum so delicious.

In San Francisco we all went to Boudins Bakery and had Sourdough bread bowls with clam chowder.  I havent had this before but it was amazing.  It was quite funny ad Michael really hates the smell of fish.  He had a burger of course.

Dinosaur Parade Band

Sour Dough and Clam Chowder

Dinosaur Parade Band

Thoughts about bread

Dinosaur Parade Band

Boudins Bread Factory

Afterwards Brittney, James and Anthony from Dinosaur Parade band all decided to try some oysters at the bar they all had two each and had one for me but I was too chicken to try it.  They all said it was delicious.  Michael and I declined.  They all really enjoyed the experience though it was quite cool watching their faces.

Dinosaur Parade Band has left now but I had such fun with them the last 3 days and I hope they come again soon.

 

 

 

 

Camping Washing Machine

New Camping washing machine

I am on a site in Half Moon bay and the washing machines here are $2.50 now you might think that is expensive and yes it is but the local washing launderette it $3.00 to wash. The Dryers are also $2.50 on my site and the dryers in town also the same.

Everywhere I have ever been in California I have only paid from $1.25 to $1.50 to wash and just $1.00 to dry.  San Francisco is way more expensive than everywhere else and that’s just the way it is.

I have space in my RV to have a full hook up Washer dryer fitted and have all the connections to do that, the problem with that is that I then lose more or less a whole cupboard where at the moment I have my clothes.  I really cannot afford to lose that space.

I came up with another solution and that is to have a portable camping washing machine, I looked at all the ones that were available and some were just a bit bigger than I would like, especially when we move it can cause problems if there is not enough space for it.

The one that I chose is made by Base Camp outdoor systems and is called a camping washing machine a lever portable.  It is only 21.9″ and is only 14.2″ wide.

I have used it today and I have done  6 full loads of normal washing and caught up with all my washing as I refused to pay another $2.50.  I actually managed to wash sheets, jeans and towels just in smaller loads is all.

Regular washing will help me keep on top and it works perfectly fine.  I think my whites came out better that the camp washing machine actually.  I just felt like I had gone back in time when I was a young girl helping my Mom do the washing with her twin tub only this was much easier.

If you would like to purchase a camping washing machine then you can click on the image below.

I am a very happy shopper today.

 

 

Video of my new camping washing machine

 

 

Cooking in a fifth wheel

Cooking Utensils

I use several items when cooking in my fifth wheel.

  1. 3 tiered steamer
  2. Nutribullet
  3. Wok
  4. Crockpot
  5. Outside grill
  6. Microwave
  7. Oven
  8. Top cooker
  9. Rice Cooker

I read someones blog recently that said that fifth wheel cooking or rv cooking was really hard to do.  My take on that is that if you just use the cooker that is available in the fifth wheel or rv then I can see that to be the case.  If however you have a few gadgets to help you then the cooking can be made much easier.

3 Tiered Steamer

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3 tiered steamer

This is probably one of my favorite cooking utensils. I actually bought this one from Bed Bath and Beyond it is so easy to use and I just love it.

One of the meals I would do in this is a Salmon dinner.  I would put the salmon on the bottom tier and I would put herbs sprinkled onto it.  I would then put potatoes on the second tier and they would be any type of potatoes I would also put carrots in this tier as well.  On the third tier I would put broccoli and cauliflower.  I don’t always need all three tiers sometimes I just use one tier just for vegetables of all sorts.

I put water into the bottom and then stack the food turn it on and then 35/40 mins later my meal is cooked.  No fuss but amazing tasty food.

The steamer collapses down and fits into a cupboard easily.

Nutribullet

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Nutribullet

This isnt obviously cooking but I use my nutribullet to make fruit smoothies that we would have and would add frozen bananas, kale, strawberries and summer fruits.  Very tasty and great for a sweet

Wok

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I use my wok on my top of my cooker sometimes in the RV and outside on the Grill.  I like to cook chicken or beef cubed along with vegetables like, onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and mushrooms. and I braise the meat first with the herbs for about 10 mins throw in the vegetables tossing the everything in the wok continually after about 15 minutes I throw in the bean sprouts for a few minutes and it is then cooked and ready to eat.  Could not be simpler, meal in one.

Crockpot

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Crockpot

I just love my crock pot for cooking.  Couldn’t be simpler.  I use this more in the winter but also in the summer as well.  I like to cook stews, curries or chilli in this.  When making a stew, the first thing I do night before is to always soak my pinto beans or mixed beans in water.  I then braise my meat in the pot first with celery and onions chopped along with herbs of my choice,  once all meat in browned I then add vegetables like, carrots, swede, potatoes and peas.  I would then add water turn it on and let it cook all day.  By the evening my dinner is all ready to eat.

 Outside Grill

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Outside Grill

I just love cooking outside sitting and just waiting for my lunch or dinner to cook.  some of the things I cook on my grill are fish, chicken, beef, pork chops.  I tend to cover my meat in the herbs of my choice and then cook them over a flame once they are browned I leave the flame on but move the meat on the side with no flame. I turn the flame down and then put down the lid and let it cook turning occasionally.  Just sit and relax sip a glass of wine and wait.  We would normally have this with a tossed salad or I would also put some vegetables on too into little packages of foil with some butter and place on the side where there is no flame also.  vegetable cook in about 20 mins like this.

Microwave

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Microwave

I only use my microwave for cooking bacon and warming up food.  I really don’t use it to cook anything.

Oven

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Oven

I really do not like my oven I very rarely use it.  It is hard to light and does not cook things well at all.

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Cooker

The only time I really use the top of my cooker is when I am cooking with my wok.  I don’t use it really for anything else.  It only has 3 burners and I would rather use other methods of cooking.

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Rice Cooker

I love love love my rice cooker.  It is so easy to use.  You put the rice in cover it with water where the water is about a thumb nail over the rice.  Turn it on and it cooks rice to perfection.  I would not be without it.

Most of the items I have mentioned you can get at amazon and have them delivered.  I recommend getting extra gadgets to help you cook easily in your RV as generally the RV cookers are really not the best at all.  I am not by any means a good cook but I find these ways of cooking nice and easy and anyone can do them.  Why work hard when you can work easy.

 

Amazon Links

  1. 3 tiered steamer
  2. Nutribullet
  3. Wok
  4. Crockpot
  5. Outside grill
  6. Rice Cooker

Tower Garden with my RV

Growing your own vegetables on the road

Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own fruit and vegetables.  I have a hydroponic tower garden that I take along with me and I grow my own salad.  Living healthy is very important to all of us.  My husband and I have changed the way that we eat massively over the last few years.  We have very limited wheat and dairy and we eat much more vegetables and fruit than have ever before.  It makes sense therefore to grow our own.  The excitement you get when your very own crop starts to grow is just amazing.

It takes up virtually no space at all.  The water usage is very little and recyclable.  This is what we are growing at the moment. The water comes up the middle of the tower garden and then trickles all over the roots of the plants inside and is on a timer where it comes on for 15 minutes at a time.

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Garlic Chives
  • Strawberries
  • Peppers – different types
  • Lettuce – different types
Tower Garden

Tower Garden

The tower garden seedlings above is only 2 weeks old.  I will give you an update in a couple of weeks and show you the growth.  After just 3 weeks I will have some lettuce and other produce available.

Tower Garden

Lettuce

Tower Garden

Tomatoes

Tower Garden

Strawberries

Tower Garden

Red Cherry Pepper

If you would like to know more about this then click the link below it will take you to you tube and explains everything.

Tower Garden

If something grows up out of the ground basically that is what you can grow in a tower garden.  I have had my tower garden for over a year now and I absolutely love it.  We are getting ready for our next crop and we are very excited to be able to just go outside and cook some chicken on the barbecue and just pick our salad right off the tower garden when we need it.

Looking after a Tower Garden is just like looking after a swimming pool really.  You just need to get the nutrients right and all the instructions are on the pack and very easy to do.  This crop is in the early stages so only needs water to be topped up once a week, once the crop is much larger then it may need topping up twice a week.

I find that when I have my tower garden in full bloom and that my crop is available, I save so much money.  I try to keep replanting as I go so that I can always have a crop available.  I do like to however wash my tower garden every 3 months and I take it apart wash it all and then put it all back together whether there is a crop in there or not.

Keeping it clean really does help to keep it healthy.  I check it every day for any butterflies that may have laid eggs or for any bugs and I get them off right away.  Checking for caterpillars can be hard on green leaves but if I see that some have been eaten I don’t give up until I find them.  This is my crop for dinner not theirs and I aim to keep it that way.  The brilliant thing about having a tower garden is the fact that it is nice and clean and no dirt is involved.

There are different ways that you can get your seedlings.

  1. You can buy them on-line at Living Tower Seedlings
  2. You can visit the live garden in Santa Barbara at Chapala Gardens
  3. You can grow your own from seeds
  4. You can buy seedlings in dirt then wash off all the dirt and plant them.

We are lazy and we like to purchase the seedlings.

If you would like to purchase a Tower Garden you can do so at Tower Garden Purchase

Chapala Gardens is an amazing place to visit and get your seedlings from.  The amount of fruit and vetables that they grow there is amazing.  You can also purchase produce fresh from them as well.

When I purchased my tower garden I paid over a 12 month period and now my tower garden is paid for in full.  You can have a tower garden of your own for $525 which works out to $45.25 per month.  I acatually paid $64 and had the extension which gave me 28 spaces for seedlings and was 7 ft tall the original one would have been 5ft.

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Tower Garden Purchase

 

 

4th July Half Moon Bay

The Day Before 4th July

We needed to go shopping so that we had food and goodies for the weekend of the 4th July and we found Safeway just down the road about 5 mins away.  We went around the shops and we were spoken to by many of their employees asking us if they could help.  One lady who was demonstrating some drinks told us some places that we could visit while we were here.  We were helped with our sales at the till and they were so friendly and laughing and having fun the whole time we were being served.  We signed up for their card which gives you benefits and the lady that dealt with that for us was also really jolly and having fun while she worked.  We fell in love with Safeway and just thought their customer service was fabulous.  When I took the trolley back I was even greeted with a smile by someone then.  I asked if I could take his picture and told him how we just had a great experience shopping there.  He turned out to be the Customer Service Specialist and he was just helping with the trolleys.  Love that.  Here he is and his name is Michael.

4th July

Michael from Safeway

Half Moon Bay Parade

Peter and I were all prepared nice and early to watch the 4th July parade.  We love parades and get very excited with all the wonderful American Culture that is displayed at these events even in a small town. America is celebrated by everyone and we just love the way that the American People just love their Country.

4th July

Peter and Joyce

What a great parade at Half Moon Bay on 4th July 2015.  We have only been in San Francisco for a week and already we are seeing what is on offer in the town.  Everyone from the Town was there and the parade promoted all the local interests such as Yacht Clubs and even the local sheriffs were out in force.

4th July

The Sheriff

 

The Sheriffs were so much fun and we even saw them on their bikes as well and they were zig zagging up the street.

4th July

Police

Half Moon Bay is known really well for their pumpkins so you couldn’t have a parade without Mr Pumpkin could you.  They have a pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay in October, check out the link below.

October Pumpkin Festival

4th July

Mr Pumpkin Head

It is obviously America celebrating 4th July so it was great to see lady liberties in all their glory. Makes you feel very patriotic.  Love it.

4th July

Lady Liberties

 

You can’t have a parade without the bikers now can you .  They were out in force and the noise of their engines was fabulous.  We got pictures a video and even got a picture of a couple of the bikers back at Cameron’s Inn where they went afterwards for something to eat.

4th July

The Bikers at Cameron’s Inn

 

4th July

Bikers on Parade

To hear the bikes was great.

You can’t have a parade without the old veterans either, Bless xx

4th July

Veteran

I just love the dancing horses and they were sepectavular.  So clever to have them dancing like that.

4th July

Dancing Horses

 

The one disappointment for me in the 4th July Parade at Half Moon Bay was that they had no band. Every parade I have ever been to in america always had a band.  The Local High School band was probably away playing somewhere else.  Such a shame.  The floats and effort that had gone into them were great though and the spirits were really high.  Cameron the owner of Cameron Inn was the compare and it was great to hear him on the mike.  He is obviously a big part of this community.

All in all it was a great weekend, we had a few bevvys on Saturday and on Sunday went for a walk to the beach.  The only downside to this weekend was that the park was full and the noise levels were a little high.  I didnt mind 4th July but on Sunday evening a large group of people opposite just had no concern for anyone else and at 10.50pm when we were trying to get to sleep kids were still screaming and shouting.  I did have to go over and ask politely to be a little quieter.  They did actually oblige and we were grateful for that as Peter had to up at 5 am.  It is the first time I have ever had to ask someone to be a little quieter in 3 years of living in our fifth wheel.

Great night sleep and a new week to begin.  Happy 4th July. xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillar Point Harbor

Exercise

First thing this morning Peter was helping me with my exercises with my new hula hoop that we purchased while Susie my friend was visiting from England.  I am trying to lose a few pounds by exercising at least 3/4 times per week and drinking some shakes by Isagenix and my Javita weight Loss Coffee to curb my appitite.  I will tell you more about that on Monday as I am running out of time today for my blog to go out on time.

I had to run to the Loo on a few occasions during our exercise as Peter was making me laugh so hard.  I actually got a little video of him doing his hula hooping such fun, I will try to up loud it a bit later.  Mr Bean has nothing on Peter Tatler.

Today we had to take down our flags and put them back up again as they had fallen down a little and looked like they were at half mast.  Didnt want to upset the neighbours now did we, just before 4th July.

Pillar Point Harbor

Happy 4th July

 

We then sorted out our Ariel which really need to go onto the other side of the RV as the clips were a little at a level where you could easily hit your head.  All done now and so we decided we would go on a trip to Pillar Point Harbor.

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Great place with plenty of free parking.  It was a very interesting site to visit with fishing boats and sailing boats all around, lots of restaurants to eat at and shops to purchase sweets, fishing utensils and holiday gifts.  There were so many people trying to get served at one of the restaurants and seemed to be the place to eat.

Pillar Point Harbor

Popular Restaurant

 

We walked across to the fishing boats and they were selling fish right there on the dockside.  It was amazing a chinese lady bought 4 massive fishes which I think were called Rock fish.  The guy got the fish out of his barrel with a bucket and put them into see through plastic bags while they were still alive and wiggling hard.  The plastic bags were shaking around soon to be still.  It was weird to see them still purchasing other products while the fish they just purchased were now dying on the floor by their feet.  Weird to see it all happened before our very eyes.  Another fisherman threw some dead fish into the sea over the fence and tons of birds came flying from nowhere and were darting down into the water.  We were ducking and diving so they didn’t fly into us.

Pillar Point Harbor

Birds

Pillar Point also has some great hotels right there on the Harbor and they look very newly built and have a very good quality look about them.

Right next to Pillar Point Harbor there was an RV park called Pillar Point.  I thought it actually just looked like a parking lot and the RVs did not look as though they had much room between each other at all.

 

San Francisco Driving Trip

Settling In

We are getting all settled into our new spot on the RV Park at Camerons Inn.  We love it here, so close to walk to the cliffs to see the views of the ocean, Driving distance to a local harbor which we will visit this week and so much locally to see.

Flags are up and blowing in the wind nicely,  think they need to go a bit higher but Peter was a little scared on the ladder. Bless him he was balancing the pole and trying hard to get it as high as possible.  It will be good just as it is.

 

San Francisco

American and British Flag

 

We decided we would drive into San Francisco to see the sights before Susie goes back to England and was given directions by Lucy the fabulous Manager here at the park.  The address we used to find the parking was 900 North Point Street, San Francisco.  We had great scenery on our drive into San Francisco and it only took half an hour.

The roads that we took were a little hilly to say the least but then we took a wrong turn and Waze our navigation system we like to use directed us along some quiet roads to carry on.  The only problem though was that the hills were now even steeper.  No wonder no one wanted to go that way and obviously the reason they didn’t have hundreds of people on them.  The road we were on was called Leavenworth Street, which then came down to the end of Lombard street.  The street in San Francisco that has the zig zag road on it.  It did get a picture of that as we were driving past.

San Francisco Roads

San Francisco

San Francisco Road

San Francisco

Lombard Street

 

We were coming up a steep hill, which wasn’t to bad we got to the top and I had glanced down at my phone, as I had been taking a picture and when I looked up we were on top of a hill with the steepest downgrade I have ever seen.  We felt like we were at the top of a roller coaster.  I remember shouting the F word quite loudly I think along with Peter and Susie.  We wet our pants and started to go down the hill. It really was scary and I don’t think we will be driving into San Francisco again because of it.  We were laughing when we got to the bottom but – oh my!  Not funny, I thought I was going to throw up.  Well I guess it was funny ha ha!

We carried on along the route to find a parking lot that Lisa had told us about and was expecting to pay quite a bit for our parking, as it happens the parking was free for 4 hours.  Yeah! how cool was that, we felt we had found the only free parking in San Francisco,  probably not true but hey great news.

 

After we parked we strolled along the front and went for something to eat at an italian restaurant, peter and I shared a pizza and had a nice cup of tea and Suzie had a sweet.  It was a lovely break after the scary roads.

Susie wanted to go to the shops which were up the hill so we waited for the tram which actually took 45 minutes to wait our turn and cost $12 each .  We went to the shops and time was catching up with us and the wait back down was apparently going to take us another hour wait.  We caught a taxi instead which actually only cost $10 for 3 of us.  Time was of the essence as parking was only 4 hours and we were running out of time.  We were not bothered as we had been to San Francisco a few years before and caught the tram them also.  It is worth the wait if you have time.  We did though want to go to Alcatraz prison but tickets were not available when I checked online so we decided we would do that next time.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco Tram

 

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

 

After getting back to the car it actually took us 1 and half hours to get home as the traffic was now horrendous.  I think we will  find a different way to go next time.