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!

Falling in love with Claremore Oklahoma in a day…

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I recently had a chance to stroll down Main Street in the small town of Claremore, Ok.
I was immediately in awe of all the shops and character that it possessed. There was nowhere close to park, so I ended up in the public parking a little future down which wasn’t as bad as it sounds! I don’t mind walking and it was great that they had this overflow parking! As it turns out the town was having there Souper Saturday (more on this in just a bit) that’s why it was so busy. The weather was just perfect for a stroll down Main street.
IMG_5252I went into the first store, and was blown away! Farmhaus was not only beautiful and historic, but the farmhouse decor inside was to die for.

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 I literally wanted one of every inside. (Sometimes it stinks living in a camper 24/7) I got a chance to talk to the lovely lady who owns it and as it turns out we have mutual friends from Wagoner. (I’m always amazed by how large, yet small the world really is)

 

I continued on down store after store of wonderful and beautiful shops and boutiques with the friendliest workers.

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The District on Main had some beautiful clothes and some neat stuff. Very high-end stuff. I was just in love with their original brick wall inside the store and she told us the story behind finding the wall. (I’m Fascinated by old antique/historic-stuff)

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I went into a store that I had spotted on the drive in, LoliPop. I thought it was going to be a bakery and candy type store. Truth be told I was mildly disappointed that they didn’t have cupcakes. They do have candy, but it is also a boutique. They have some of the cutest clothes, and the sweetest girls working! I bought a cute sweater dress/shirt. I tied it up and the girls in there oohed and awwed on it and made me have an absolutely giant head (maybe I should start a fashion blog, ok just kidding)
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Next, I stopped in at She Brews Coffee House and treated my self to a coffee (The Misty) and a piece of delicious Lemon Ooey Gooey Cake. (Y’all I almost died and went to heaven. I love lemon flavored everything!) I was so glad I waited in line and studied their info. She Brews not only has coffee, wonderful desserts, and a lovely lunch menu but also helps women transition form negative/troublesome pasts into better futures. (I am a sucker for this stuff. I almost cried standing in line reading a success story on their wall.)
The Misty– cappuccino with half the espresso, but a generous serving of white chocolate and caramel and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of white chocolate.
OutWest Home Decor had everything you need to decorate in a cabin or western theme. Beautiful stuff and again the lady who owns it was super sweet. I bought a cute wooden state of Oklahoma ornament that said Claremore on it.
I had just enough time to run into Burlap Closet Boutique and check it out. I was in love with some of their tee shirts but didn’t have enough time to try them on and/or by anything. The lady working gave me a card and told me they ship. I’m definitely going to be getting me some cute new shirts.
I went in as many shops, boutiques, and antique stores as possible before I had to head back and pick up Dillon. But I’m telling you I was amazed at the charming and bustling Main Street. Everyone seemed to be helpful and friendly. Claremore really has the best downtown shopping district that I’ve ever been too. I love supporting small shops!
IMG_5247Y’all I parked my truck at 1:30 and walked into the Farmhaus a few minutes later. Some lady asked for soup. (It’s a home decor store) I was thrown for a loop! I kinda interrupted the lady’s talking and asked what was going on. She told me that 2 times a year they have Souper Saturday, to promote businesses on Main Street and as fundraisers for stuff the town needs. I was very intrigued and asked if she could explain more. (I later found out her husband is on the city council) she said the business on Main Street dish out soup if you get the ($8) package which includes a cup for your soup. I was so bummed to be coming in at the end of this! (11am-2pm) (Y’all know food and shopping and two of my favorite things)
She also told me about food truck Thursday’s during the summer months, where they practically close down Main Street for food trucks and shopping. (I’m telling y’all it sounds like heaven to me!)
She told me that Claremore had also passed a city ordinance that you may walk around with beer now also. (Which is a big deal here in the Bible Belt)
I am so marking my calendar for all the fun events coming up this year. If we didn’t already have a cabin in Arkansas, I’d be ready to move to Claremore!

Pay it Forward…

Tonight we had a sweet lady in a white FJ pay for our food while going through the drive through at Taco Bell here in Duncan, OK. I was shocked. Dillon was like huh? What? Stop pulling my leg? There is noway someone just paid for our food? You are joking, right? But she did and the guy in the window says she does it once a week. She even wrote on our receipt “Have A Blessed Day.” I think it was so sweet. We will definitely be paying it forward.

I’ve decided that I’m going to adopt her out look on this. Now I can’t go super crazy but we are a little more fortunate than others and I’d like to make people feel just the way I did tonight.

If only everyone could adopt a pay it forward method. It’s not all about money. You can do all kinds of things to help some one out, with out spending a dime. Now, it’s still a scary place out their so don’t go putting your self in a bad spot because your trying to help some one out!

You can do little things like: Return a store cart for someone, turn in that lost wallet with someone’s hard earned money in it, buy a stranger a coffee or soda, give someone your seat, just tell someone they look nice, tell our military personnel thank you, hold the door a little longer just so the next person can get in outta the cold, let the person behind you with only a few items go ahead, let someone go even if the light is green . It doesn’t take much if you just be conscious and considerate. It will make your day better and someone else’s.

Logan found a wallet the other day at a gas station on our way home. It had quite a bit of cash in it. It had no ID, only 2 phone numbers. (It looked like a little kids wallet, with Christmas money in it) we called and text the numbers and took it in to the lady’s behind the cash register. They said “We can’t believe you brought this in honestly most people would have just kept it.” I was baffled, (I mean I’ve lost a few wallets, phones, and a camera only to never see them again) at the fact that the lady was shocked at someone doing the right thing. That is so sad. I hope the owner gets his money back! I’d hate to loose my Christmas money.

Pay it Forward, Chain of Love, Kindness, or anything else you want to call it y’all just practice it! I promise you’ll feel better and so will someone else!

Winter Is Coming…

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.

Small Town Oklahoma [Locust Grove & Salina]…

kissI would have to say if I have ever missed an RV Park it would be the one nestled between Locust Grove and Salina here in Oklahoma. Lakesides Terrace Loop. Yea yea, I may be a little sentimental about it. Being as that Is where Dillon and I first met, and also where we had our last first kiss. 

[That is not our first kiss but it is in the same spot]

20151024_184607        Any-who, sorry for the sappy moment! But It was a great RV park by the lake. We stayed on the other side of the road tho which was very secluded, shady, and quite. It backed up to a wooded area. The lots weren’t super huge but the owner tried to space us all out a bit and since it was mostly the crew we are all pretty used to living close anyways. The owner was really laid back, and he was great with the upkeep! 

As far as the towns around, I’ll start with Locust Grove, Oklahoma. [Population 1,404] It’s the first town we came through, and it’s a little bigger! Locust Grove has a Neighborhood Market, (which is newish it went in while we were there, thank goodness!) Dollar General,  Harps, Sonic, Dollar Tree, Mazzios, and a few other places I can’t think of at this moment. [I’ve been to a lot of places give me a break] It has a Very nice Best Western. (We stayed in it a few times, you’ll understand shortly) There is a Mexican restaurant, La Mansion, we ate there once wasn’t a huge fan. (I’ll tell you a better one, give me a few minutes) The Country Cottage was good, it’s a buffet style restaurant. Good home cooked meals. On Saturday and Sunday, they also do a breakfast buffet. The laundromat in Locust is a place I could never miss. Turner’s Laundry, that place needs a name like Root Canal or Menstrual Cramps. Yea Y’all, it’s that awful. It was clean, it had new washers, and they all worked. It wasn’t the laundromat its self, was the people who run it. They watch everything you do, so don’t breath wrong, don’t even try to take their baskets outside even if you have a broken arm [I know from experience] 

Ok, I’m going to reign my self in here because I could go on and on about how awful those old women are. But consider yourself fair warned.

IMG_0370I’m moving on to Salina, Oklahoma. [Population 1,384] Oh man where to start, it’s a little town with big heart. It has a Harps, Dollar General, and I think that there is a laundromat there now. It has the best Mexican Restaurant I’ve ever eaten at, and the owner, Hector is great. Los Coco’s, OMG if you ever go there get the combo Fajita Chimichangas, and try their Charo Beans, oh and I also like the Pollo Cameron. [Ok I’m officially hungry now! Sorry, talking about food makes me excited!]                 Here is one of our many family get-togethers At Los Coco’s →

 They have two small (Mom & Pop) DQ type burger/ice cream places. Dairy Deal, and Pig-N-Out, we have gotten ice cream from Pig-N-Out a few times because they are open later that Dairy Deal. And then there is

… (drum roll please)…

Salina Highbanks Speedway, and the Finishline Restaurant! [Now do you get it, we still go to Salina a lot] The owners are friends of the family now, good people! The restaurant is good, overlooks the racetrack, sweet waitress in there too! (Best steak I’ve ever at a restaurant) The racetrack is very well managed lots of fun. My only complaint is the beer is a little expensive there, but as I understand that keeps people from getting to wasted. [I spend lot of time here and can’t see it changing anytime soon]

Both of these towns are fairly close to Pryor, Ok. [Population 9,520] It’s the closest bigger town. It’s got a little bit of everything. That’s where the normal Walmart is. It’s about a 20 min drive. 

I know this was a long post, it is about two towns tho. They are small, but we did spend the longest time there and still head back quite often. It’s kinda like another home for us. It’s not too far from where I grew up in Wagoner, Ok.

Duncan, Oklahoma…

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I wouldn’t really say Duncan is one of those towns you go to, to vacation. [If you do, that is awesome you probably know more than I do about it then] It’s medium-sized town with no big name attractions, but Duncan has some cute little charming places.  If you are stuck there as we were, it’s not the worst place to be. It has a Walmart, Ross Dress For Less, a couple of other departments stores, and the regular big name restaurants Chilis, RibCrib, Applebee’s, and so on.  It’s got all the same stuff as almost all good sized towns have them, BORING! 

I like little, I like local, I like friendly, I like different, and I like a good deal! 

I got to check out downtown and it’s adorable. I’m also a sucker for murals and graffiti. There were a couple of nice murals downtown. My favorite had to be the crape myrtle, done by Palmers Murals (check out more Here)

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The Prairies Rose is a little boutique on Main Street. A local suggested it when I complimented her outfit! [Y’all, we need more compliments and less hate] I really enjoyed it, the lady working was as sweet and helpful as can be. We talked like I’d been in there a hundred times and she’d known me for years. I picked out a couple of cute things. [splurged a little] I always love these little local boutiques and regret having to move away from them. 

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We ate at Jonny’s one night. Now, I only had a grilled chicken salad [we ate a lot of junk this week] but the chicken salad was good. Dillon had a Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries. Lo had chicken strips and fries. They both loved it. It was clean, and we didn’t wait forever for good food. I also loved their decor. 

On our last day there Logan and I checked out the Rock Island 905 Railroad Depot Museum. It was free, neat, and interesting. There is also a little gift shop inside. The lady working was super nice and chatty! [poor Logan he just has to hang out because his mom doesn’t know a stranger] She gave Logan a train whistle and turned on the trains for him, and let him ring the bell! You can walk up in the different train cars and it’s super neat. It’s in the Fuqua Park!  [I love to say that] There is a wonderful play area and a cute little Kiddie Land with rides that are open on the weekends. We also checked out the memorial park. 

We were in Duncan last year for a job and I’ll be honest I mostly went over to the neighboring town Lawton. I had a friend that was stationed at Fort Sill. I’m also obsessed with TJ MAXX [I know it’s not little, local, or friendly] but I was either there or hiding out in my camper being unsociable. 

We did eat at Tastee’s it was a delicious hole in the wall! It’s not big but the food was Tastee! We went skating with some friends, at the skating rink! [wow what a throw back] We ate at Eduardo’s Mexican restaurant, [I’m picky about what I will call good Mexican food] but it wasn’t bad! I went to Debs Sew Biz, I bought some unique fabrics there. Deb was really sweet, I will continue to order fabric from her. 

If you do travel to Duncan. Let me know what you thought and if you went these places.