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    Family camping. Southwestern US. Vintage Lazy Daze Motorhomes. Motorhome modifications. Camp cooking. Learning more about our motorhome and driving it.

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  1. Knepfla Hotdish Ingredients 3 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 egg 1 c. water sausage, ham or meat of your choosing 1/2 pint cream 1 tsp. chicken bouillon Mix flour, salt, egg and water, until dough ball forms. Cut dough into a kettle of boiling water (I use a kitchen scissors). Boil until done (they will float), about 5-10 minutes. Rinse under cold water. Yummy, scrumptious deliciousness. Prepare meat in a skillet (fry the sausage, heat the ham, brown the burger, etc.). Combine 1/2 pint of cream, 1 tsp. chicken bouillon and pepper in a small bowl. Add knepfla to meat and pour cream mixture over the top. Heat through. It’s yummy, it’s great and it doesn’t take a lot of time. ENJOY!
  2. lol Carolaow. It's a matter of survival, two teenage girls, food, WiFi and keep em' busy. Works for us. And let us know if you're traveling up 395 in CA.
  3. I agree about not much warning. Have been in Washington State, Idaho, Big Island Hawaii and California during earthquakes. Only one time have I heard a sound like a train before a quake hit. Shake, rolling or just abrupt up and down, they all haven't lasted long and sure make you aware of things not battened down.
  4. Wow Pieere, that sounds good too! Thanks! I found recipe today for: Sweet Texas Caviar 1 can black beans, rinsed 1 can pinto beans, drained 1 can black eye peas, drained 1 can shoepeg corn, drained 1 can green chiles, drained 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup pepper of choice ~1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup vegetable oil (not olive oil!) 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt Mix the first 9 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil to create the dressing. Let it cool. Pour over the bean mixture, stir, and let it marinade overnight. Serve with chips. **Keeps good for couple days. Found on: http://www.dianarambles.com/2015/06/sweet-texas-caviar.html if you want to see the pictures.
  5. Thank you Jimalberta! Good to know, we decided to do that.
  6. I've seen bunks secured thru floor and storage area direct to the coach frame with heavy duty web straps. Seemed a good solid way to go. Kind of like the hookups to secure vehicles in a toyhouse trailer. He also had hook/eye latch on walls to stabalize.
  7. Yes, the auto stop won't allow filling. Looked at tanks on wrecked rigs but decided the cost of removal and the older tanks not worth it. We may remove the old tank at future date. The tank for the extend a stay sits outside on ground for us. We don't have alot of basement storage. The hose is secured inside the LP storage for easy pull out to use on arrival. We keep the LP Tank in the shower with bath window open for venting. Plan to add a back bumper hitch storage soon that will hold the tank so we won't have to cart it around at all, just hook up the hose. When traveling our frig goes to auto mode as soon as LP is turned off and will run on battery. Since we aren't fulltimers, most of the time we shut the frig off for travel and things stay cool as long as we don't open the door much. On travel days I usually have something I'm defrosting for supper in deep dish in frig that helps with cooling as well. So far we're just so glad to have propane on board again we work around the challenge of where to carry it.
  8. Thank you! I forgot about using the crockpot outside. And if my husband had his way Ice Cream would be on the menu every night! lol
  9. We went with a Grover Rocket Stove for outside cooking along with our Baby Q BBQ. The rocket stove will burn charcoal, wood, paper, pellets anything that burns. For boondocking it means not running out of fuel. We set it on a old cookie sheet and enjoy the speed it cooks things at alot more than our old camp stove.
  10. Great info! Living in California, I think it's a good darn idea to have the RV for emergencies. Part of our preparations is maintenance on it. I think alot of folks let things slide to long, then when the emergency comes along they wonder why everything isn't working. To be ready involves camping often to use the equipment and in between travel, do the maintenance. We carry 72 hour kits in all of our vehicles. Printed maps in case cell phones go down too. I do find it interesting that even FEMA now says "supplies for MULTIPLE DAYS" when just a year ago they would say 3 days. After hurricanes in US they admit the time for response may take alot longer. The 7-10 days suggested in this link information might even be too short. I also have one other suggestion. Please take pictures of everything with your cell, email to yourself. Find time to download all of them to a flash drive and put that with your GRAB FIRST bag. Include pictures of your RV inside and outside, ID, bank cards, medicine information and insurance. That way, if you don't have time to grab your paperwork the info is available. Even if you don't download, just move the emails to a file. It will be there on the cloud if you need it. Worth the time. I used to work at claims center for Insurance Company. It really broke my heart when taking a claim on a RV fulltimer, asking them to send us receipts or pictures for everything inside the RV to enable assignment of value. Most things weren't new, so no handy pictures online. Things fall onto RV's all the time. Seeing a before picture is worth 1000 words to describe your well cared for RV. Remember the roof too! Hail can cause alot of damage. And if you don't have glass damage coverage for RV windshield you should add a rider. Some windshields can be VERY expensive and not all policies cover all glass claims. OK, off my soap box. lol Thanks for sharing the link Linda!
  11. It's getting HOT! And RV cooking without an A/C or heating up your RV by cooking are both the pitts. So this is one recipe we like that can be grilled outside: Easy Fish Toastada 1 pound fresh tilapia or cod fillets 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 lime, halved 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 8 6 inches tostada shells 2 cups shredded cabbage mix 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced (optional) 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered (optional) Salsa or Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional) Directions Preheat broiler. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon of the chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. For chili-lime cream, in bowl squeeze 2 teaspoons juice from half the lime. Stir in sour cream, garlic powder, and remaining chili powder; set aside. Cut remaining lime half in wedges for serving. Place fish on unheated greased broiler rack; tuck under thin edges. Place shells on baking sheet on lowest rack. Broil fish 4 inches from heat 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness, until fish flakes with fork. Break in chunks. Serve tostadas with cabbage, chili-lime cream, avocado, tomatoes, lime, and pepper sauce. Serves 4. **We grill on rack in BBQ. Nutrition Facts (Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream) Per serving: 278 kcal cal., 14 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 67 mg chol., 303 mg sodium, 17 g carb., 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 25 g pro. What are your favorite hot weather recipes? We have 95' today, forecast of 100' on friday when we leave for camping and 104' on Saturday. It's hotpads for the steering wheel weather. lol
  12. Our girls love homemade Egg MeMuffins. We buy Jimmy Dean sausage patties in large bag freezer section. I take them from freezer, put into ziploc bags. We toast the english muffins over burners/campfire on forks, or in the Toastation toaster oven. Heat the sausage patty, flip, cook an egg on top of patty and slide onto the muffin, add cheese slice if wanted. Also easy to make and wrap in foil for reheating on grill or over campfire. Another favorite is Flap Meat Quesadilla's. Flap Meat is really thin, cooks fast on BBQ or forks over campfire. Put onto Tortilla, add any fixings you like and chow down. Kids like this! I put fixins in a multi section tupperware container. Cheese, onions, salsa, green chiles, olives, canned mushrooms, kidney or black beans, etc. The heat from the meat will melt the cheese, or we wrap in foil and grill just a bit. Breakfast Burritos: Mix eggs with bacon bits (I buy cooked real bacon bits in small bag). Can also add hashbrown taters, onions, etc. Cook and scramble. Put on tortilla with shredded cheese and optional salsa. Easy and kids like to make their own. Baked Potato Bar: Wrap oiled taters in foil, bake or toss on BBQ or hot coals. Cook thru. Serve with butter, cheese, chili, etc. Hobo Dinner: Hamburger, chopped taters, peas & carrots, onions, little corns or kernal corn, whatever they want. We put out good size pieces of foil, put raw veggies and cover with the meat. Salt, pepper and catsup on too. Fold and seal foil by rolling ends together. Cook on grill or campfire. Pancake rollups: Leftover pancakes, cooled. Cool whip, strawberries that are hulled and crushed (or any berries, peaches etc.). Mix the berries with the cool whip. Spread on the pancakes and roll up. Stick with toothpick to hold. Muffin Pizza's: English muffins, cheddar cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni or cooked sausage , motzarella cheese. The cheddar cheese keeps the sauce from soaking into the muffins. We grill on BBQ grill pan or heat in oven. Love that the kids do most of the cooking. Fun to watch them and I get to relax too!
  13. Propane at Gateway Hardware in Inyokern, CA $2.99 gallon. Inyokern just outside of Ridgecrest with Highway 395 a short 1/4 mile from the Hardware Store. If you are coming from Death Valley heading for 395 it's pretty quick to just cross over the highway overpass, fill up and hop back onto the highway. Large pulloff dirt lot just past store, also can pull around thru back so no need to back up if tanks permanent. Sorry, tried to update on altfuel website but not working.
  14. We have a old propane tank with an Auto Stop Valve on it. The Valve is shot, and they don't make them any more. Gad, another challenge. lol After checking into price for new valve we were advised our tank (horizontal permanent fixed tank) was to old to fill. Needless to say we decided against putting in the new valve. After checking into price for complete new tank we also decided to go another route, after we got up off the floor from the price shock. We attached an Extend a Stay propane valve. Then bought a 5 gallon tank and hooked it up. We be cookin! Total cost for kit on Amazon and tank from local hardware store less than $100. Gotta love thinking outside the box. Best part is the valve has another connection for an additional propane outlet. Since the kit came with an additional 12' hose, we can hook up either our BBQ or the Big Buddy Heater. This works out great for us! If we planned to stay in one spot in future we can also use a larger external tank. We will still use our Rocket Stove for outside cooking, but the gas stove inside is sure nice and convenient.
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