- 1 bag of frozen hash browns
- 1 can of cream of chicken (or cream of mushroom)
- 2 Tbs of butter softened
- 1 Small thing of sour cream (8 oz)*
- 2 cup of cheese (halved)
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Garlic powder
- Small onion (optional)
Living full time in a camper is rough, here is my list of must haves to make it a little easier.
1. Good surge protectors outside & inside I can’t tell you how much we spent on replacing our microwave, TVs and my Keurig because our inverter blew up (not just once) so we definitely learned this one the hard way! Use a Surge protector as much as you can and make sure it can handle the load! Here is one similar to the one we use outside.
Ok, I’m like 90% sure you’ve heard of this and or you call it something different.
I grew up on Hamburger soup although, Mom isn’t too fond of it. My Dad, sister, and I loved it. I now make it in my crockpot, for my family. It’s cheap it’s easy and it just reminds me of my childhood. (Am I the only one that associates memories with food?!?)
- 1 lbs hamburger meat (get the one with the lowest fat ratio)
- 1/2 diced onion
- 1/2 tablespoons of seasoned salt
- 1 can corn
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can diced potatoes
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can carrots
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1/2 stick of butter (sorry y’all but that makes it better)
- Medium squirt of ketchup
Cook hamburger meat, onions, seasoned salt on low in crock pot for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Then add your can goods juices and all. Add the ketchup. Stir. Add all that butter (try not to cringe too much) Stir frequently until butter is melted and all vegetables are warm. Enjoy!
I normally make cornbread with it. But we also eat it with crackers occasionally.
Y’all this was one of my first concoctions.
In the middle of summer using the stove or oven (or both) really heats up your camper. Dillon works in the heat all day so he hates coming home to a hot camper. So I had to get creative! The crockpot is my favorite. It’s so easy and stress-free to just throw crap in the crockpot and let it cook all day with little to no work, and the best part Dillon has a cool camper and a hot dinner when he gets home.
So I was really craving lasagna. But dang I’ve never tried the lasagna noodles in the crockpot. (Still, haven’t) I had some Buitoni three cheese tortellini noodle hanging out in my fridge (I can’t even remember what I was gonna make with them) So I drug out all the fixings for my Lasagna and my tortellini noodles and went to throwing stuff together. Dillon and Logan loved it. Well, Logan picks out the mushrooms but he’s a strange kid.
I don’t even know what to call it because it’s not lasagna. I have started making it with turkey meat and I’ve tweaked the process since but the end result is delicious. Easy comfort food.
- 1 lbs of ground turkey (you can use beef* if you want)
- 1 jar of your favorite Spaghetti sauce
- 1 tbs minced garlic (I cheat I buy the squeeze jar)
- 1 tbs Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic & herb
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- Small tub of cottage cheese
- Mushrooms (optional)
- Half package of Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini noodles
- Grated Cheddar Cheese
- 1 can of tomato paste ( if needed)
Stir ground turkey, Italian seasoning, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms together in the crockpot. Add sauce and stir again. Cook on low for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Add cottage cheese and noodles. If it looks really dry add half a can of tomato sauce. Cook on low for another hour stirring occasionally. Again if it looks dry or you like it a little saucier, add more tomato sauce.
*if you are using beef make sure you get the lowest fat content or that you drain it before adding anything else
In the picture, I have Walmart tortellini noodles because I couldnt find Buitoni ones! (I didn’t like the walmart ones)
Please let me know if you try this. Also, questions and name ideas are always welcome!
Ohh Y’all I sound like a Stark! [sorry avid Game of Thrones fan right here and I’m totally team Stark! Or whatever John Snow is nowadays]
Anywho… I’m not here to talk about GOT but getting our fifth wheel ready for winter. What we have tried, what we have, and what we do.
Ok, so in case you didn’t know we’re full-timers. I’ve had a few people ask how we manage the winter. Now we’re mostly in the south central US but the weather here is crazy! [Like one day I’m wearing my Uggs and a hoodie, the next I’m ready to throw on a bathing suit and swim, only for the next day to be looking for my gloves and scarves!] or that can happen all in one day! Ya just never know in Oklahoma.
Anyways I’m rambling… I was trying to say the weather is unpredictable around us and we’re kinda prepared for all of it!
So without further rambling (well I hope anyway) what we do.
- We have a heated water hose. A Very fancy deal, not gonna lie it’s pricey. Pretty sure ours came from Walmart.
- PVC pipes for our sewer (we use the stretchy hoses on the summer and when we’re moving frequently) but Dillon says they freeze easy
- Reflective insulation [or as I call it Shiny bubble wrap stuff] on all of our windows and skylights. [This stuff drives me crazy because it’s basically blackout and I love the sunlight ] but it so helps keep the heat in
- Electric heater just small ones with thermostat [our favorite is this little Sunbeam] be smart unplug them when your not home and don’t cover them up with anything. [We have these at the cabin too]
- We leave our faucets dripping slowly when we think the temperatures may drop
- We don’t use the propane heater unless we have to. That stuff isn’t cheap. We pay for electricity at our sites already!
- We Insulate our water source. If it’s in the ground cover it. If it’s a water spicket put heat cord around it. Most places will do it or require you to do it.
- We open our cabinet doors at night when the temperatures get sketchy.
- We also love our electric blankets. [Well I love it, Dillon actually hates it]
- We also make sure our fresh water bulk tank isn’t completely full.
That’s pretty much it, I know that seems extreme and I guess it is but I didn’t want to miss a single helpful thing.
Ok, so I also get a lot of questions about the underpinning or skirting. We had one for the Seria [because Dillon’s parents got it] I put it on two years and said screw it after that! The main reason it was such a hassle and little to no effect inside. Y’all it’s practically just a tarp. The second reason was ours was all tore to hell because there were no tie downs (poor design) and it just flapped In the wind constantly. Also, they are on the pricey side. We have looked at other places and options and seen one we really liked on a neighbors camper. He said he got it here. We just can’t pack up and go anytime soon.
As you all have probably put two and two together. Dillon is Logan’s Step Dad. Logan’s Father is very much in the picture. He and I have known each other for around 15 years. We met through a cousin of mine (they are still good friends). We were young and dumb and “dated” on and off long distance forever. I won’t go into the whole story because I’d be here all day and it’s all water under the bridge now. When we found out we were pregnant, I wasn’t near old enough at 18 and he only 19! We were scared yet excited. We ended up breaking up for a while then married when Logan was around 1.
We tried our hardest to make it work for Logan. In the end, I decided I wanted to raise Logan in a loving relationship (not that it was just ugly and awful between us) We just both agreed that separation was best for Logan. We had the easiest divorce (ugh, Y’all I hate that word) we split everything, we each paid half, we didn’t fight over who was getting Logan when we didn’t fight over child support. We both knew we are doing what is best for Logan.
I do not say mean, or awful things about Logan’s father to or around Logan. I’m NOT going to say that we get along 100% and agree on everything (because we don’t, who does?) But in the end our arguments die pretty quickly because we start to realize what is best for Logan.
We co-parent Logan, and he also understands that Dillon is also a big part of Logan’s life. He knows Logan has to respect Dillon, as I know Logan will have to respect anyone he has in his life because of his father. [too many times I’ve heard of parents trying to teach their kids to disrespect the step parents. That makes me so angry]
Also, Dillon is under the same understanding, Logan’s father is a part of his life. We both support any conversation that Logan wants to have about his father and half-brother. We all work with each other on dates, schedules, and holidays. Y’all our schedule is crazy and he works with us a lot. Meeting times and spots change regularly because of us moving around.
When logan played baseball this past summer. We didn’t have to tell him. Dillon and I paid for everything. We were the ones taking him to practices and games. BUT, Y’all should have seen Logan’s face when most of his family was there to cheer him on for his final game. I know it sucked to drive 3 hours away on Tuesdays or Thursday to come watch him play, yet he did it regularly. Because it was best for Logan! [if you cant tell we are a goofy bunch]
Logan has a half-brother, from his father’s side. One day he’s going to want to spend the night with Logan (with us) or go with us where ever Logan is going. It wouldn’t bother us one bit to have him with us (his Mom probably wouldn’t allow it but, that I can’t change) it’s what is best for Logan. He is his brother after all.
Logan had a big birthday party this year and we worked together to make sure Logan’s Dad and his brother could come. Again It made the whole day better for Logan! (Look at Logan help him with the pinata)
I have one friend that is also able to have this relationship with her kid’s dads. (We met after both of her ex-husbands, yet I know both of them and they know me)
So my question is why? Why can so many parents not see this? Why do most step-parents want to cause friction? Why do so many parents spend thousands of dollars in court to fight? Why can’t they choose what’s best for their child?