Off in the RV

We’re Back From Our Northeast RV Adventure And I Might Actually Post About Each State This Time

We went on a Northeast RV adventure for the first two weeks of August!

Off in the RV
Off we go with no screens and some snot and adventure in our hearts.

We all started out sick, which has never happened on a trip before, but we took our days slow and the weather was perfect and everyone got better quickly. Thank you eight pound baby Jesus for such wonderful children.

I was excited as I grew up in Connecticut, but I didn’t know what I truly missed until we went on our trip. Once we got past Maryland, the cool breeze of a summer night forced me into sweatpants with tank tops and I was in heaven. I also felt so relieved when I saw a proper cemetery with stones of all shapes and sizes haphazardly put inside a fence. I didn’t know how much the plaques and vases of a southern cemetery bothered me. Maybe growing up near one of the most haunted ones made me particular.

Of course, the people were stoic and rude and wonderful. Seriously, every person who talked to us beyond one word answers were not from the northeast — Wisconsin, Maryland, Louisiana, Quebec — never natives. But I remembered when my parents moved to Richmond over 15 years ago and I was so frustrated with how nosy everyone was down South. “Stop talking to me and focus on checking out my groceries/mowing your lawn/driving. Why do you want to know where I’m from anyway?” {insert suspicious eyes}

After over a decade of living below the Mason-Dixon line, I’m so used to random small talk that I kept wondering what I had said to make them stop talking to us. I also realized how rude I must seem at times because those Northern responses came back right quick — if I grown man wouldn’t hold the door for me and my three kids, I would squeeze right through with him and his beer belly and would not bless his heart once.

No matter what, we had a grand time with lots of laughter and love. I tried to take less photos in part so I could actually write a piece on each state and finish the entire trip unlike our RV trip out west when I got so overwhelmed with the photo editing that I quit trying to write each state up or printing out any photos for our walls.

Wish me luck — I’ll start with Maryland this week!

PS. If you read my happy birthday cats post, this photo Scott sent me just before we left on our trip will make you happy, too.

Scott on tiny bed
Scott looking cute on a tiny bed. Happy belated birthday, baby.

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Cat in bed

Living a Cat-tastic Life

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUGGET AND HUCKLE!!

Cat in bed
Huckle living the life in a bed fancier than mine.
Cat in tent
Nugget ready of my kind of tent camping – in a house.

In honor of my youngest cats turning 4 and 5 years old, I will be taking some long anticipated vacation. Or it’s just a complete coincidence. Either way, I’ll see you guys online in a few weeks. xoxo

PS. It’s Scott’s birthday, too, but I didn’t have any pictures of him in a tiny bed. He is, however, excited for birthday vacation time.

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Ingredients

Irreverent Reviews: Homemade Ice Cream Is As Easy As Rolling A Ball (sponsored)

Thanks to my partnership with Stonyfield Organic, we made ice cream with YayLab!’s SoftShell Ice Cream Ball™ 

We’ve always wanted to make homemade ice cream, but I’m terrible at desserts beyond my kids’ birthday cakes. Scott had seen these ice cream balls online, but we hadn’t made the plunge because we couldn’t imagine ice cream being as easy as rolling a ball for 15 minutes. Luckily, Stonyfield rescued us from our lack of homemade ice cream and faith in balls.

For our first time, we decided to make vanilla frozen yogurt in honor of Stonyfield.

Ingredients:

  • Stonyfield Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt
  • Ice Cream (Rock) Salt
  • Ice
Ingredients
Ingredients – easy to find at the grocery store.
Putting them together
Working together to fill the ball. One side with yummy yogurt and one side with ice and rock salt.
Making ice cream
Next time, I would put the rock salt then ice because everything overflowed and not in a good way.
Start rolling for ice crem
We put the tops back on and start rolling for ice cream. (Definitely review the rules of no kicking or throwing before playing with the ball or overflowing rock salt will be the least of your mess)
Rolling the ice cream
Five minutes later: More rolling? Seriously?
Dog making ice cream
Only the dog stayed interested during the ten minutes. I’m thinking of enrolling him in a gifted dog program.
Add more ice
Add more ice after ten minutes and scrape the sides (which we did a poor job on and paid for it!)
Ice cream scrapings
After another 5-10 minutes, we had frozen yogurt although scraping the sides was not fun. I would’ve checked every few minutes after the 10 minute mark had I known the workout in store for me. I hate working out.
Yummy homemade ice cream
All worth it! No one was lost interest in the ice cream.

You can purchase YayLabs! ice cream ball here or on Amazon (currently with a $5 coupon). I’ve also seen it at LL Bean and REI.

Disclaimer: Stonyfield teamed up with YayLabs! to provide Stonyfield’s blogger team with them for free plus a coupon for Stonyfield yogurt. I was not told what to say or eat.

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