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Cooking in the TARDIS

October 27, 2011

I think I’m finally getting the hang of it, but pictures of the entire process have been the hardest part.  I had been thinking about starting a camper cooking blog, because I haven’t found many that don’t rely on convenience foods.  While a little convenience is necessary due to the lack of storage space, I try to make things from scratch as much as possible, and plan around what the CSA has in season.  I hate buying chicken stock, for example, but I don’t have room for a pot’s worth of homemade stock in my freezer either.  I didn’t bring a single bottle of salad dressing, instead I made a balsamic vinaigrette in a little Mason jelly jar (former home of local honey) for my lunch salad.  Why take up more space with dressing when I have the ingredients on hand already?

I’ve been using the campsite grill a LOT, we need to get a portable one for the camper so that we can keep that up.  I’ve only gotten the toaster oven out from under the dinette once, and then when I cut open the spaghetti squash it was rotten (HATE that, it’s happened 3 times!) so I put it back.  When I got a new squash I ended up grilling it instead.  Seems that the cylon may be included on the next trip to drop excess baggage into storage, but I’m waiting until the weather has changed to make that decision.  Other than that, the only appliances I brought were a combo skillet/slow cooker (metal crock, so it can go on the stove for searing), mini food processor, stick blender, and coffee grinder.  I’m trying to be very Alton Brown and only have multitaskers since I have such limited space.

I’m going to share a fail meal, mainly because I got pictures of all but the final product plated.  It was not very appealing on paper plates anyway, we don’t have a grey water dump here and I only just now got a dish pan to do dishes outdoors, so the Corelle will get more use.   It’s a fail dish because the turnips and greens were SUPER bitter.  I love greens–kale, collards, spinach, you name it, so it wasn’t just me.  We ended up eating ham and strawberries, lol.

Pictures/descriptions here:

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First week

October 17, 2011

Well, we made it through our first week, it’s been great.  The weather finally cleared up at the end of the week and we were able to put up our awning.  We’ve taken the canoe out several times, exploring nearby coves and a nice little island just across the channel.  We also went fishing, it was a little complicated in our canoe, but Audrey managed to catch the first fish!  It was tiny, but she was thrilled.  The cats have both been outside on the harness, Callie likes it a little too much, while Nora just wants to get back to the camper as quickly as possible.  Adam put up the hammock we got in Mexico for the first time, it’s much too comfortable.  A new neighbor came by to give us some homegrown tomatoes (mmm) and said “You better not let him put that swing thing up, it’ll make him lazy!”

I think this weather is spoiling us a little too much though, these sunny 80-85 degree days aren’t going to last long, in fact the forecast is calling for rain starting tomorrow night and lower temps.  ::sigh::  I also find myself planning the week’s meals around the weather, having Adam cooking on the grill gives me more space to cook in the galley.  I have just slightly more than 1 square foot of counter space, but managed to make Indian chicken makhani the other night!  We’re still trying to work out a few kinks, it’s interesting living when you have to be constantly aware of your water usage, potty usage (feline and human), propane, trash production, and so forth.

Internet access has been surprisingly good here, hopefully that will continue when we move to another campsite next weekend.  I’m currently sitting outside using my cell as a hotspot for my netbook.  🙂 Here are pics from this week:

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Settling in?

October 12, 2011

While we’re not exactly “on the road” (we have to stay close to Adam’s work during the week), it’s strange to say “settling in” because we’ve already moved once in the same campground, and will only be staying here for another week and 1/2 before heading to a different campground.

We love our new campsite!  We lucked out on Sunday and snagged a perfect site–it is much more protected, has a little deck overlooking the lake, a trail to the beach, and is right across from a really nice bath house with a laundry room.  Audrey played with her sidewalk chalk while I folded laundry.  We are one of only two campers on this loop right now, so it seems super private.  We went on a walk along the beach the first day here and found persimmon trees, Audrey and Adam had never eaten one before.  Only one was ripe, but it was yummy!  The weather has been rather dreary, we haven’t been able to put our awning out because of the wind/storms, and I’m trying to work out a solution to the cold and damp that seems to be invading the trailer.  It’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend though, so hopefully a good airing out will help.

I’m in the process of making the TARDIS feel a little more home-y, I put a Van Gogh inspired Doctor Who poster above our bed, and added a magnetic board to the non-magnetic fridge.  I found a “Tardis Sweet Tardis” cross stitch pattern on Etsy, I haven’t cross stitched since I was a kid, so it should be fun to have a project.  We ran to town yesterday and Audrey had her first “real” haircut (she’s only had trims so far, mostly by me).  She had tangled it up really bad the day before and it took me at least 20 minutes to get the knots out of her tender head.  She was also having trouble keeping it out of her face with the lake winds, so she was happy about the new style.  I think it will be much lower maintenance, a boon with our new lifestyle.

A few more pictures:

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We did it!

October 9, 2011

Yesterday was our first day of living full-time in the TARDIS!  It’s been a rough week full of moving stuff to storage and cleaning, but we made it.  We’re spending the next two weeks at Mistletoe State Park, our site is waterfont but on a point so it’s extremely windy, so we’ll probably move tomorrow once all the weekenders have left.

Last night was tons of fun, despite our exhaustion we went to the state park’s fall festival!!  Audrey had a blast, they had a scavenger hunt for little ones and she got a little bag of candy.  We also went on a hayride just after dark, that was a lot of fun.

Here’s pictures!

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Possessions.

September 28, 2011

Sorting things and packing has been a bit of an eye-opener. We keep feeling the urge to just sell it all and be truly free. It’s like that saying, you don’t possess things, they possess you. Some things are easy to get rid of–the kitchen gadgets gathering dust, books we didn’t really like, clothes we only wore once, etc. Others, like that box of miscellaneous stuff from our past that we’ve carried around for 10+ years, not so easy. And we’ve wondered why the heck we lugged a box of outdated computer parts through 3+ moves, simply because we had room to keep them and might need them someday… Admittedly, we could just sell it all, but right now I don’t think we’re ready to make that kind of commitment to this “crazy” plan of ours. But looking around the house, we couldn’t help but wonder if we ever truly needed all this stuff, and what we could have done with that money instead. Which is more fulfilling–a house full of stuff and distractions, or photo albums full of memories from experiencing life instead? Thing is, creature comforts are nice when you don’t have enough time off from work to really travel that much…

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New Home.

September 28, 2011

Yes, I’ve already moved our blog and we’ve had it for less than two weeks!  I read more about Blogspot and decided that WordPress was a better fit.  So, hi again!

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We’re really doing it.

September 14, 2011

Ok, first of all, I must explain the blog title. When we got our travel trailer this spring, we were joking around about what to name her. Then, I extended the slide for the first time and BING – she’s the TARDIS! Bigger on the inside! If you’re not familiar with the BBC show Doctor Who this may be a bit confusing, but to make a long story short the Doctor travels through time and space in a time machine that looks like a phone box, but when you open the doors it’s bigger on the inside. Much, much bigger. If you’ve never watched Doctor Who before, I highly recommend it.http://doctorwho.bbcamerica.com/

So yes, we are now the owners of a travel trailer. But I wouldn’t be creating a blog simply about a recreational vehicle if there weren’t more to it than weekend trips or summer vacations. We are moving all of our worldly possessions that won’t fit in the TARDIS into a storage unit, and living in her full time. We’re not planning on leaving the local area right now, my husband will continue to work where he currently works, but we’ll be alternating between state parks and COE campgrounds on Clark’s Hill Lake (Strom Thurmond lake to South Carolinians).
Right now, I am still sitting in a rented house in suburbia, but the excitement really hit me this past weekend when we were checking out the parks that we have since reserved for our first month of freedom. The landlord has been notified of our upcoming departure, as have the utilities (goodbye $400 power bill!) and other services. It’s getting real now, and I probably should be packing instead of blogging, lol. Our daughter Audrey (3) is excited, she was disappointed that the trips to the campgrounds over the weekend weren’t actual camping trips.
Anyway, that’s it so far–we’re probably going to be busy preparing, so I may not have another post for a bit.
Here’s a picture from our first weekend trip this summer.
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