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Simple Homemade Deodorant

Six years ago, HoneyBear and I lived in Texas. We were very tight on money and could barely afford food, much less basic necessities  like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste or deodorant. So, I started a search for a way to make these things by myself, to save us money. It’s when I really started looking into frugal options for many things in our life. I came across this wonderfully easy recipe for deodorant. It seemed very simple and I had almost everything I needed. I managed to scrape together the money for some coconut oil and made the recipe.

HoneyBear was not excited and thought it was totally weird. However, with some persuasion, I managed to get him to at least try it out. To both of our surprise, it actually worked! This working in hot, humid Texas heat in the middle of summer! To say the least, it made a wonderful impression and off I was into the world of DIY, which now has become a little hobby of mine. It’s amazing to think that a simple recipe for deodorant could change everything so much!

This recipe works amazingly well. It offers full body odor coverage for a good 12 hours, even exercising in hot and humid weather.
Just a word to the wise, this recipe will stop body odor, but it is not an antiperspirant. So you will still sweat, just smell good while doing so! This works great for Honeybear and I as we live in the cool, moist climate of the Pacific Northwest and rarely sweat as we go about our normal life. However, HoneyBear does work at a labor intensive job, but since sweat is a normal part of the job (even with commercial deodorants) neither of us mind. I do like it when he comes home and doesn’t smell though! 

One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes this can be irritating to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, you can lower the amount of baking soda and substitute more arrowroot powder or cornstarch. It just won’t work as well, but if you don’t tend to be outside and sweat a lot, it should work just fine.

I’m also providing a very basic recipe today. You can essential oils of your choice to help with sensitive skin or just to make it smell nice. I recommend tea tree oil or lavender for sensitive skin, pine or fir for the men in your life, or a flower variety like rose, lavender or geranium for the ladies. This would also make a good present for the people in your life, add a sugar scrub for the ladies or a beard oil for the men and you’ve got a great gift. 

So I encourage you to try this! If it works in the hot, humid summers of Texas, it should work great for you. I think you’ll like it!

Simple Homemade Deodorant
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. baking soda
  2. 1/2 arrowroot power
  3. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients.
  2. Continually mash the mixture together (like you are creaming butter), until all the ingredients come together in a soft paste.
  3. Store in an airtight jar.
To Use
  1. Scoop out a small amount from jar and rub on armpits.
  2. This works best right after a shower and if you let the deodorant soak in a bit before you get dressed.
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco seasoning is one of the main seasonings that gets used in this house. Between regular tacos, inside out taco skillet, and taco nachos, we go through a lot. As a result, we can’t ever seem to keep enough taco seasoning in the house. It seems that every time that we go to make something taco flavored, we’re out. So we eventually decided to start making our own. We always seem to have the ingredients to make this seasoning mix, so we make this instead of running out to buy one ingredient. 

This mix is a bit spicy, and absolutely delicious. If spicy is not your thing, you can tone down the cayenne to 1/8 tsp. and it should be mild enough. When we make taco meat with this mix, we usually brown the ground beef (1 lb.) first, then add a cup of water and this mix. It seems like a ton of water, but with the arrowroot powder in the mix, it thickens up in a couple minutes (as shown below). 

It’s a great recipe that we use constantly in the house and I’m so greatful for my wonderful husband who came up with this recipe for us. If you need a good taco seasoning mix, you should try it out. What would you use this taco seasoning mix for?

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  2. 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  3. 2 tsp. arrowroot
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  6. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small seasoning jar. Shake to mix.
Notes
  1. Seasons 1 lb. ground beef. To make taco ground beef, brown the ground beef, then add one cup water and this seasoning mix. Cook until the liquid thickens.
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7 Tips to Wintering Full-Time in a RV

We have lived in our RV for a little over a year now and are in our second winter living in this RV. It ended up freezing many times while living in here and even snowed a few times too, in fact, we have snow right now! So today I’ve got some great tips for wintering full-time in a RV, taken from our personal experience last year and what we’ve been through this year. We definitely learned this the hard way. Keep in mind that we also have three young children (Little Bear was born last year in October), so our efforts were on keeping this RV as warm as a normal house, as we have children who don’t sleep under blankets or like to wear warm clothes constantly. So here are our top seven tips to wintering full time in a RV.

1.Buy a dehumidifier!

This is hugely important for the health of the family! We live in the Pacific Northwest, where it is moist and humid constantly. Add in the warm interior of the RV, the cold weather outside and poor insulation, lets just say it was dripping constantly inside the RV. We had mold and water damage to books, clothes and even our mattress! Buying this dehumidifier was a game changer! No more do we have water dripping everywhere and damaging our possessions. We are happily water and mold free.

2. Purchase extra propane tanks.

Our RV came with two 7 gallon propane tanks for the RV. While these are great, in the winter, they don’t last long. We ended up having to fill up both tanks twice a week. This quickly gets expensive; we were spending over $200 a month just on propane. I know a lot of full RV couples use a small portable propane heater, saving lots of money, but for us that just doesn’t work. We have toddlers, which means we couldn’t put it on the floor, and no place that was tall enough to be out of reach had the space to hold one. So while we can’t avoid the cost of heating our home with the built-in propane furnace, we can reduce the amount of times we had to go get propane in a week. This is also helpful for when a winter storm comes along; if you keep up on filling the propane tanks, you can usually outlast the storm, rather than needing to go buy propane in the middle of one (not great when it’s snowing and you live up on a steep mountain like we did last year).

3. If you’re leaving for overnight or weekend visit, leave the heat on!

We learned this the hard way! We were spending a night or two away from the RV and decided to turn off the heater. We weren’t going to be there, so why waste the money on all that propane? Big mistake. When we came back, we had no water available (all the water had frozen in the RV pipes) and the kitchen water pump wasn’t working (the water in the pump froze as well). Thankfully, our RV has an enclosed underbelly, so we just fired up the heater in the RV and the next day, everything unfroze. But we learned our lesson, leave the heat on when you leave in the winter! If we didn’t have the enclosed underbelly to our RV, it would have been a nightmare to unfreeze all those pipes and the pump. 

4. Leave water running, disconnect water hose, or purchase heat tape if freezing at night.

This is also very important. The hose that is outside the RV will freeze solid if the weather gets cold enough. So you have three options, leave water running in all the sinks at night, disconnect the water hose and drain it, or buy heat tape. Where we were living last winter was on a private property and whenever the water ran, the people living in their house could hear it. Apparently, it was very loud and obnoxious. So running the water all night was out. Our only other option was that my husband disconnected the water hose from both ends and drained the hose. It was annoying, but necessary, because if we didn’t, the hose would freeze solid and sometimes it took days to unfreeze. At our place this winter, we bought some heat cable, wrapped our water hose with it and it’s working wonderfully. I highly recommend the heat tape if you can!

5. Wear warm clothes!

Now, this may seem silly, as I already have explained that we keep our house pretty warm during the winter. However, whenever I sit on our couch, I can feel a draft. The couch is situated in a slide out, so this makes sense. To cope with it still being cold, even with the heat on, I wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. I also have my couch decorated with two blankets, in case someone gets really cold. The children were always dressed in pants and long sleeve with slippers or socks on as well to combat any drafts on the floor.

6. Keep a tea kettle filled with water on the stove.

Whatever your brand of hot drink, this is one of the quickest ways to warm up when it cold outside. We always keep coffee (instant or using a French press), a wide assortment of tea and hot cocoa on hand. Our tea kettle was used all the time last winter. When I would get an unexplained chill and knew that the heat was warm enough and I was wearing warm clothes, I always turned to a hot drink next. It became one of my favorite things to have on hand.

7. Use a slow cooker or Instant Pot to cook meals. 

With keeping warm so important, I’m reluctant to use our stove for anything other than heating up water. I don’t want to waste propane if I don’t have too. Enter in a slow cooker and/or Instant Pot. I can make warm, comforting and filling meals using electricity rather than the precious propane. I made the majority of our meals last winter using a slow cooker, which made me feel less guilty about using the stove for hot water or the occasional baked good.

So for us, extra propane on hand to keep warm, a few basic tips to keep the water from freezing, warm water for a hot drink, warm clothes to combat drafts and crockpots for warm filling meals completes my collection of winter tips to living in a RV. I hope these tips help you keep warm if you end up living or even just camping in a RV during the winter time. It’s completely doable and makes this full time RV living journey possible.

Would you stay in a RV during the winter?

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Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

A little bit ago, I had a massive craving for chicken pot pie. I was feeling lazy and not wanting to cook, so I picked up a pre-made chicken pot pie from Trader Joe’s. After waiting for a bit, I finally decided to eat my prize. Yuck! I had forgotten how much I disliked their chicken pot pie! The flavors aren’t what I’m used too and honestly, it was just gross to my palate. 

So what to do? Well, we had two recipes for chicken pot pie in the family. One was simple, since it was made with canned vegetables, a can of cream of chicken soup and pre-made pie dough. Now this was a really good recipe and great for when you’re short on time. However, a little while ago, my mom had tried a new recipe, I think from Taste of Home. It was for a completely from-scratch cheesy chicken pot pie. It looked insanely good! So we took the extra time and made it. My goodness, was that ever a good chicken pot pie! 

So even though I didn’t feel like cooking, my cravings were leading me to the from-scratch recipe. On Saturday, while my husband watched the kids play outside, I made this recipe. I was not happy about all the work, but I did it anyway. (It really isn’t that much work. I was just being lazy. It does take some time but is fairly simple.) When it finally came out of the oven, we all dove in eagerly. 

Wow, it was so worth the extra effort! It’s a creamy, cheesy, saucy recipe that is chock full of veggies and chicken. The homemade crust was flaky and delicious. I don’t think I’ll ever complain about the work again, because it was worth it!

Try this recipe! It is totally worth it, a cheap meal and simple to do. I’m sure your family will love it as much as ours does! (Even our picky children ate every bite.) 

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie
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CRUST
  1. 1 c. flour
  2. 1/2 tsp. salt
  3. 5 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  4. 3 Tbsp. cold water
FILLING
  1. 1 1/2 c. chicken broth
  2. 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  3. 1 c. sliced carrots
  4. 1/2 c. sliced celery
  5. 1/2 c. chopped onion
  6. 1/4 c. flour
  7. 1 1/2 c. milk
  8. 2 c. shredded cheese
  9. 1 lb. chicken thighs (or breasts), cooked and cubed
  10. 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
CRUST
  1. Combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resmebles coarse crumbs. Slowly add water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork. Gather the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Filling
  1. Bring broth to a boil and add in carrots, celery and onion. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes and continue simmering for another 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Shake the flour and milk together, add to the pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture is bubbly and slightly thickened. Add cheese, chicken and poultry seasoning. Cook and stir until all the cheese melts. Pour mixture into a 7x11 pan (or a 10 in. or 2.5 to 3 qt. dish).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to fit the pan. Place on casserole, seal edges and patch any holes. Make several slits in the center.
  3. Cook at 425 for 40 minutes or until crust is browned.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Get Well Diffuser Blend

It started! The season where the littles end up with the sniffles and coughs. In our RV, with space so limited, when one gets sick, the others soon follow. There just seems no way to avoid it. However, today I’m sharing one of my little secrets that help my children bounce back quickly. As soon as I notice the sniffles or a cough, I start running this diffuser blend in the RV. 

This recipe came from a moment of desperation last year. We didn’t have our dehumidifier last winter and the children and I were constantly sick (the moisture in the air was causing mold in the RV). I had the essential oil diffuser and some basic essential oils. So I was looking up recipes for a blend that would help us get better. There was one main problem, almost every blend called for eucalyptus essential oil, something that is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Now, all my kids were under the age of 4, so I couldn’t use any of the blends that were called for. So I came up with a safe blend for infants, young children and pregnant mommies.

First off, I chose tea tree essential oil, since it has many benefits, such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, etc. However, I’m not a huge fan of the smell, so I decided to make the base an orange essential oil. This helps in cleansing the air, reducing the chance of re-infecting anyone or making someone even more sick. Last of all, I chose to add a drop of lavender essential oil,  to help the children calm down and sleep well during the night and nap times. 

This blend is a huge help for us at home! The children start getting better quickly, they sleep well and I have peace of mind with the orange essential oil helping cleanse the air. Plus, the smell is actually pretty nice! I’m not a fan of the smell of lavender and tea tree essential oil, but they are all I had on hand. The orange essential oil’s smell blends well with the other essential oils, making it something I like and masking the smell of the lavender and tea tree essential oil.

So, the next time you or your children get sick, put this blend on. I think you’ll be surprised at how well this works out. 

Get Well Diffuser Blend
An infant safe essential oil diffuser blend.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 drops orange essential oil
  2. 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  3. 1 drop lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Add essential oils to your diffuser with the amount of water your diffuser requires.
  2. Use as needed while sick.
Notes
  1. My diffuser calls for 7-9 drops of essential oil. Your diffuser may call for something different. Adjust amount of essential oils as needed.
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Vegan Banana Snickerdoodles

 

This recipe is definitely an odd one out for me! It is well known in my family that I never could become a vegan. I have a love of butter and cheese that outweighs any attempt to eat “healthy”. Now, I personally don’t believe that eating vegan is good for the body, but kudos to those who put in that effort! So why am I posting a vegan recipe? 

Well, for a little bit, my sister-in-law was vegan. She was coming over to visit and I wanted to provide a meal that she could eat. I made a black bean soup and another side dish (I’ve forgotten what I made). Both dishes were nasty. Vegan cooking is an art form! Without much hope for success, I made these cookies. To my (and especially my husband’s) surprise, they were absolutely delicious! In fact, there was lots of disappointment the next morning when all the cookies were gone (somebody snitched the last two cookies for breakfast)!

Recently, we made them again with the same successful results. They disappeared like crazy! These cookies are so yummy with a strong banana flavor that the cinnamon coating only enhanced. They are moist and soft, thanks to the oil added (we used avocado, but olive oil would work too). This recipe will stay a family favorite, even with them being vegan! It’s great for those times when I’m out of butter or eggs, but still want a sweet treat. 

I hope you enjoy these delicious cookies! Now the real question is, would you eat vegan?

Vegan Banana Snickerdoodles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 c. flour
  2. 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 3/4 c. oil
  5. 1 1/3 c. sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp. molasses
  7. 2 large bananas, mashed
  8. 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
TOPPING
  1. 3/4 c. sugar
  2. 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Beat the oil, sugar and molasses until light, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add bananas; beat well. Add vanilla; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat until just blended. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes (or up to one week.)
  2. On a plate, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 1 in. balls. Roll in sugar mixture until completely coated. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet, 2 in. apart. Flatten cookies. Bake 14-18 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
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One Year of Living in a RV – Pros & Cons

 

The end of August marks the one year anniversary of living full time in our RV. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year! When we went into this, I had two little girls, was pregnant with our son, and we had no idea what we were doing! Now, our girls are 4 and 2, our son is 10 months, and we’ve learned quite a bit about this fun lifestyle. We love living this way and we’ve even managed to inspire other families to live in a RV. 

However, it’s all not rainbow and roses. There have been some snags along the way and some learning curves. So in celebrating our one year anniversary, here are the pros and cons for living full time in a RV.

PROS

1. Change of scenery!

I get restless constantly, no matter where I live. I was getting tired of being forced to live in a place for a year minimum. Life was too unpredictable and I didn’t like not having the option of moving. In a RV, our home stays the same, but we’re constantly moving. I love being able to move around whenever we want to. 

2. Less cleaning

I was tired of constantly cleaning our last place, even though it was only 800 sq. Ft. While this place does get dirtier sooner, it also takes way less time to clean. It leaves me more time to actually live life and enjoy time with my family.

3. Cheap traveling

We didn’t travel often in the past, because hotels were just too expensive for us. However, with a RV, we take our home with us and we can find places that are 1/3 to 1/2 cheaper than most hotel rooms (and that’s the cheaper hotel rooms we’re talking about.) It saves us tons of money when we travel that can be used for way more useful or fun things. 

4. Less spending

I used to love to window shop many stores. Now, I no longer do it as much, because where on earth would I store it in this trailer? With 5 people living in 350 sq. Ft., there isn’t much room for decorations. Looking at furniture is out too. Almost all the furniture is already provided, so there’s no point in even looking. Besides, that money needs to go to way more important things, like everyday basics! 

5. Cheaper living

Notice I said cheaper, not cheap.  There are definitely ways to save money while living in a RV. Our rent right now is about $850 a month, which is amazing for this area! So it can be done!

CONS

1. Rent can be expensive.

So how is this category be in both pros and cons? If we were paying full price in the Pacific Northwest area, our total “rent” would come out to between $1300-$1700 a month. For that price, I could easily rent a small two or three bedroom apartment or house. However, if you can find the right place, you can get that number lowered significantly (as our $850 a month proves.)

2. Heating costs are ridiculously expensive

Well, for an RV. In the winter time, this RV can get freezing cold. We figured out our average propane cost for the winter months is about $200. In the summer, our propane costs are about $25.

3. No washer and dryer.

There is no washer and dryer in this RV, so this can make the laundry complicated. There’s pretty much two options, hand washing or a laundromat. Hand washing is hard work and I would be doing it constantly for 5 people. The laundromat isn’t cheap. Whatever is your preference works. Doesn’t make is any easier though.

4. The black tank

Having to deal with your own waste is a little gross, but part of the RV lifestyle. Thankfully, the whole system is simple and easy. I’m just glad my husband does it for me! 

5. Plastic sinks

Seriously, this is a no go. The sinks stain like crazy, collect a grimy, dirty layer of scum and require this soft scrub to even clean it. One of the main things I have on my list is switching the sinks (especially the bathroom one) to a much easier material to clean, probably metal for it’s lightness. 

6. Not enough room for my books.

Seriously, not enough room. When we moved, I managed to downsize just about everything. Except books. I could never get rid of my books. However, I do have a majority of them in storage until we find a way to stash more books in this place. Surprisingly, my books aren’t the ones causing trouble. It’s the kid’s books that are overflowing and honestly, its getting really annoying. It’s at the top of our to do list to get this problem fixed! (Mostly so I can raid my books in storage and bring a bunch into the RV. I’ve missed them!)

NEUTRAL

1. No dishwasher

I’ve found out I actually don’t mind washing dishes by hand. I find it much more efficient for a RV, since unless the dishes are washed consistently (several times a day), we tend to run out of dishes very quickly. 

2. Packing up the whole RV to move

While sometimes this can get annoying, we’ve managed to streamline this process and really, it is necessary to move the RV. So I don’t pay much attention and it has the added bonus of forcing me to keep the place clean and picked up.

So here are the pros, cons and even neutrals about living in a RV for me. However, I’m loving this life and am so grateful that we’ve had this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the next year and seeing what it brings!

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6 Tips to Survive a Rough Pospartum Period

Oftentimes, a woman has very little support after a baby is born. This can make the postpartum period a challenging time.

I’ll use the birth of my third child as an example. I had a rough few last months of my pregnancy and then a traumatic birthing experience. It was also my third kid in three years and I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I was released from the hospital 24 hours later. From there, I was taken to my parents house and cared for the next 4 days, but I got little rest as I was adjusting to this new life. On day 6, I was left alone with my two children all day and had to pack everything to go home. We got home that night, exhausted. Now I was home all day with the girls (18 month and 3) for 12 hours.

Thank God my parents sent me home with some leftovers. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. That was my next three days. Then was Sunday, with church, eating out and shopping. Monday brought another full day of shopping. Then back to being home by myself for 12 hours a day, except my oldest daughter was now really sick. I then watched my husband get sick and then my other daughter. My husband still worked his 12 hour days, but I was left nursing all the sick ones in the house. I was only 2 weeks postpartum when everyone was sick. Going into the third week, I got sick. Let’s just say that things got really tough then. Now the postpartum period is usually considered to be six weeks. I was still supposed to resting and not doing much of anything but taking care of baby. I never really even had that kind of resting with my third child at all. 

Along the way, I picked up some valuable tips to surviving a rough postpartum period. I’m sharing them with you, in case you ever have to face a situation like that one. 

1. Free Food

If you can get any kind of help at all, having meals delivered is the most helpful thing, especially if the mom has more than one kid. I didn’t have to think about feeding my family. It was already done for me. If there is no help to be had, using a mail subscription meal service, like Blue Apron, can really help as well. You don’t have to worry about thinking up meals and shopping. All that is done for you and the recipe and ingredients are delivered to your door. 

2. Rest

When you can’t stay in bed for hours on end, rest when you can. And yes, that means ignoring the dirty floors, the piles of dirty clothes and dishes, and the toys scattered everywhere. While it’s not the most fun to sit in a messy house, rest is vital to your recovery!

3. One Chore a Day

On the other hand, yes, the chores need to be done. If you can’t get any help with these, then choose one chore a day to do. No, the house won’t be spotless, but what is necessary to live is getting done. I had a rotating schedule between dishes, laundry and some basic cleaning (kitchen, floors, and bathroom.) It wasn’t until much later, that I was able to clean in any depth.

4. Keep Distractions on Hand

When you have other children in the house, especially younger children, having distractions will help retain your sanity and help you reset. In our house, we don’t have cable and rarely watch movies. However, an exception was made for this time. Their grandma bought them Frozen and my girls watched this daily until we all had the movie memorized. But it gave me a two hour gap to rest and kept the little ones resting when they were sick.

5. Have Adult Visitors

If you spend your days alone and/or with kids all day, you need a break! Whether it is finding a babysitter for the older children and going out with a friend (with baby of course!) or just having someone drop in for a chat, being with another adult can really be a breathe of fresh air.

6. Ask for Help

Now granted, this one I’m still working on, but asking for help is important. I even asked my sick husband who worked 12 hour days to occasionally put a child to bed or take out the trash. It can be hard to ask for any kind of help, but there is no shame in needing help in this vulnerable and overwhelming time of your life.

I know that a rough pregnancy, birth and low/no support during postpartum can be a really rough time. I pray that you don’t have to go through that. However, if you are ever in that unfortunate situation, I hope these tips help you survive. I know they helped me survive and I also know that I will be much more insistent on help with the next child and will be asking people ahead of time for the specific help I need.

Have you ever had to survive a rough postpartum period? 

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Indoor S’mores

Have you ever sat there on a rainy fall day, where the air is cool and crisp, and wanted s’mores? How about any time of the year, when where you live doesn’t have any access to a fire for s’mores? We’ve managed to find the perfect solution!

So, when my parents took me camping when I was young, they always packed all the fixin’s for s’mores; but they were for me. We found a similar recipe on a box of cereal and ever since then, my mom always made these for every camping trip. I loved both and still to this day, love this recipe. It’s the perfect recipe when I’m craving s’mores on those cold winter days. It always brings a bit of summer weather feeling into the house.

Indulge in a bit of outdoorsy life brought to the indoor life. You’ll enjoy these and wonder why these aren’t more popular!

Indoor S'mores
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Ingredients
  1. 8 c. graham cereal
  2. 1 bag (10 oz.) mini marshmallows
  3. 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
  4. 5 Tbsp. butter
  5. 1/4 c. sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp. water
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13x9 pan. Pour cereal in a large bowl. Reserve 1 cup marshmallows.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the remaining marshmallows, chocolate chips, butter, sugar and water over low heat until completely melted. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until completely coated. Mix in remaining marshmallows.
  3. Pour into greased pan and press firmly. Let cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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8 Tips for Preparing Three Meals a Day in a RV

Living in a RV means your kitchen space is tiny. While I do have a bigger than average kitchen than most RV’s, it’s still really small compared to most kitchens in a house. So how do I cook for a family of five in a tiny RV kitchen? I’ll tell you how!

1.The fridge is bigger than you think!

I was worried about our fridge at first. It seemed so small compared to our previous full-sized fridge. By the end of the first month, I was pleasantly surprised! While space was tight, by careful arranging of the fridge, I was able to store a week’s worth of groceries, which included 2+ gallons of milk, a gallon of water and a gallon of juice.

2. Clean as you go!

With space so limited, there’s just not a lot of room to spread while you’re cooking. Putting away ingredients that have been used and placing the dirty dishes in the sink really helps keep the counter free.

3. Size your meals correctly.

Most meals we had would give us only one container of leftovers. However, we had some meals that drowned us in leftovers. I had to learn how to cut some recipes down, so we weren’t overwhelmed with food. 

4. Take advantage of the nice weather.

During the summer, lots of meals were cooked on our outdoor grill or stove-top in the outdoor kitchen. This gave us extra room to cook and keep the heat out of the RV. Another fun idea (especially with children) is to make a campfire and make hot dogs over the fire and s’mores for dessert!

5. Keep meals simple.

While possible, cooking a five course meal in a RV is not very practical. Why, you’d drown in dishes alone! So keep it simple. One or two dishes is all you need for a good meal.

6. Keep up on your dishes.

There’s not many dishes you can pile in the sink before they overflow. Plus, every meal you make adds more dishes. Getting the dishes cleaned consistently is one of the best tips I can offer. There are many times I haven’t wanted to make dinner because it would just add more dishes to an already huge dirty dish pile. 

7. Buy only what you need.

Buying something “just because” will fill up your pantry/refrigerator space faster than anything else. It can make it difficult to keep your kitchen organized and may keep you out of the kitchen because of how hard everything is to access.

8. Make simple meals from scratch.

One of the biggest space wasters in any kitchen is prepackaged goods, like bread, crackers, chips, etc. I’m not saying get rid of them all together, but try to narrow them down into the ones most used. I’m trying to narrow down my pantry to two types of bread, tortilla chips and crackers for my kids. Everything else is just an ingredient. 

So here are some tips to prepare multiple meals a day in a small RV kitchen. While the space might be tiny, it is definitely possible and even just as enjoyable as a regular kitchen. I hope this has helped you!

What are some tips that you’ve used to cook in a small kitchen?

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