Fighting a loosing battle…

It’s been a while since I posted, because I was loosing my battle with self doubt for a while. Self doubt has caused me to quit a lot of things in my life. I’m pretty good at quitting. So why can’t I quit self doubt?!?

I was struggling with being a single dandelion in a field of wild flowers! I asked my self, what’s the point? Why should someone read my blog? Blogs are a dime a dozen! We are not the first/only people who travel in a camper for work. (My instagram Is full of them) Most of them have better posts, are more organized, and never seem to have a shortage of topics to post about.

So I slacked off because I couldn’t answer those questions.

My sister/therapist told me we have a crazy/interesting life full of all kinds of stuff. (Sewing, racing, traveling, the cabin, the camper, the razors, and work)

I was still struggling to find something to write about our camper life. (After all that’s what my blog was mostly supposed to be about) I researched a lot when I was dreaming about blogging. I can’t tell you the amount of times I read “stick with one main topic” and that’s what was killing any kind of writing spark I had. It wasn’t relevant enough to what I wanted my blog to be about.

I’ve never dreamed of being a Ree Drummond in the blogging world. But I’d like to at least have a small following and maybe help people or entertain them for a while.

I may not win all battles against self doubt, but I plan on winning the war!

So I freshened up my page and I’ll be sharing more. More on life as a line wife. More on life as a racer wife. More on the places we have been, and more recipes for sure.

Do you have any tips or stories on battling self doubt? I want to hear them!

We’re moving…

We just found out that we are finally leaving Duncan. I couldn’t be happier we been here for too long. I just about tried every food place, I can try and shopped everywhere, I can shop.

My husband is not so happy about he move. He would rather stay close to his race car. It’s so far away from our cabin (11hrs) and where both sets of our parents (8hrs). It’s further than we’ve ever been from home, but it’s not for very long.

I am excited to be going someplace new. I’m ready for a change as I said before I’m not good at settling in one spot, I get a weird anxious like feeling and I start planning random trips and all I wanna do is go go go! I was planning a trip to Nashville. (Oh believe me we are still going) It’s just going to have to get pushed back a few months.

So we’re headed to Cuero, Texas tomorrow. (It’s in south Tx, close to San Antonio) I’m excited it’s only an hour or so to the beach and there is tons to do all around! Do you have any ideas for us? We’re only going to be there for about 2 months and Dillon even has the weekends off so I need lots of ideas. He’s not good at setting around the camper!

I’d love to have feed back. We need tons of new sights to see, new food to try, and new things to do!

Turkey Burritos in the slow cooker…

This was a concoction that kinda developed over time. I really love taco salad but I live with two picky butt heads! (I love them)

I started off making taco meat in the crockpot since I’m the only one who eats raw tomatoes I decided to add them to the mix. Then one time I got too lazy to make refried beans so I added a can pinto beans. (which I later switched to black beans) Dillon doesn’t like hard tacos or chips to much so he just had to have a burrito. One time making this last minute Dillon informs me he has a friend coming over. Well I hurried and made some rice and added to the mix so there would be a little more. Turns out everyone loves it that way! Now this is a staple in our house. Sometimes I just eat it as a burrito bowl! I’ve shared the recipes multiple times.

  • 1 lbs of ground turkey
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can Bushes seasoned black beans
  • 1 pack taco seasoning
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Stir ground turkey, onion, beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, and half the tomato sauce into crockpot on low for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked rice or quinoa. Before serving if it looks dry add more tomato sauce. We use Mission carb smart whole wheat tortilla. (When Walmart has them) Make sure you add cheese and top with your favorites.

* When I double this recipe I normally use 1 can Bushes black beans and 1 can of pinto beans just to give it a little more variety!

Who designs these things…

IMG_5409.JPGSo today Logan told me that his carpet in his bedroom was wet. After much searching, we found out that under his tub has been leaking for a while now. Well since the weather here has been below freezing we have been letting the water drip. Well, all that water has just been soaking up into Logan’s carpet.  So I called Dillon and told him we had a leak and they let him come home and see what was going on.  There is a tiny little access hole with the toilet set right in front of it. So we had to tear down the whole wall in front of the tub. It’s still, not the easiest thing to reach. We managed to figure out that they cross threaded the dang thing and we now get to replace all that good stuff.

But my here is my question who designs these things? Lets the put the toilet in front of the access hole for the tub. Lets put the little corners in that are impossible to sweep. Let’s not put a silverware drawer or a closet bar in the back bedroom. I personally think its someone who never swept, or had a water leak in a tight spot behind a toilet. I clean the dang thing but gah who wants to hug a toilet? Also, who built the dang thing? Who was in charge of sewing down the all the stuff? This makes the fourth thing we have have had to fix in this camper we have had less than 6 months.

My must-have list for our camper…

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.

2. Folding step stool Right now I have a cheap one from TJ Maxx but I don’t know how many times a day I use it. (FYI don’t stand directly in the center of those!)
3. Electric weed eater So many places just mow. The easiest way to keep critters away is to keep the grass short around and under your camper. We got weed eater at Lowe’s, and I love using it!
4. Rug for outside I swear by an outdoor rug, carpet, or whatever you want to throw down! I’m so tired of sweeping 3-4 times a day! Also, it helps to keep from tracking in those painful grass stickers! Here is a good one they have a Walmart, just make sure you stake it down!
5. Command hooks and strips in various sizes I should buy stock in Command Strips! I have them everywhere. I have lots of pictures hung with them, and our baseball caps! My Swiffer & broom are hung by these fancy things we picked up at Office Depot.
6. Moth balls We throw them under our camper to help keep mice away! We normally throw some under the camper every 2-3 months. Mostly it depends on the precipitation.
7. Slow cooker I have probably cooked at least 1/3 of our meals in a slow cooker. It’s amazing in the summer it doesn’t heat up your camper.
8. Organizational totes or bins The key for me to keeping our camper clean is making sure everything has a place. and everything goes in its place. (Logan is currently grounded from numerous things because he can’t remember to put the stuff up when he is done.
If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to add.

Hamburger soup

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?!?)

Ingredients 

  • 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. 

Tortellini Lasagna-ish

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. 

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Ingredients

  • 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!