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Taco Tuesday at the Sail Inn

Taco Tuesday at the Sail Inn

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Havasu Landing doesn’t have a lot going on. Unless you count the small casino. (If you want serious action, take the ferry to Lake Havasu, Arizona.)

So Taco Tuesday at the Sail Inn is a big deal. In fact, the Sail Inn is a big deal. This local bar/restaurant is one of only two in the area, with the other one being in the casino.

Every Tuesday, the Sail Inn serves up $1 tacos, and it’s best to get there early because the tables fill up fast.

These are pretty basic tacos, but they’re not bad, especially for the price. And there’s unlimited chips and salsa. Which is ALWAYS a good thing. Plus, you can walk there from your campsite—which is good if you’ve had one too many $2 margaritas.

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Touring with Project LiveWire: Pineapple M&M Cake

Touring with Project LiveWire: Pineapple M&M Cake

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Truck stop food isn’t always the greatest, but every now and then, there’s something especially yummy. At the Iron Skillet at the Petro in Ontario, California, I found a gem: Pineapple M&M Cake. It was so pretty with colorful mini M&Ms on top and plenty of sweet pineapple filling between layers of yellow cake. John, the semi truck driver, got a piece and kindly allowed me to have a single, luscious bite.

Heavenly! I instantly had a very strong urge to dash to the buffet and haul the entire cake over to our table. Good manners kept me from doing it, but it was a close call! Here’s a recipe to try at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk (to increase the pineapple flavor, sub 1/4 cup pineapple juice for part of the milk)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple filling
  • 1 can whipped white frosting (or your favorite homemade frosting)
  • 1 bag mini M&Ms

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour two round nine-inch cake pans.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and continue beating. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  • When well incorporated, add the baking powder, and then the flour and milk a little at a time, alternating the two.
  • On medium speed, beat the batter for about 2 minutes, until thick and creamy.
  • Split the batter evenly between the two cake cake pans.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Set aside cakes to cool.
  • Spread about 1/2 a cup of frosting on the bottom layer of the cake, to about a 1/2 inch from the edge. Then top with the same amount of pineapple filling.
  • Carefully place the top layer on, and frost the top and sides of the cake.
  • Sprinkle the top with mini M&Ms.

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Easy Pesto Sauce

Easy Pesto Sauce
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Gluten-free angel hair pasta with homemade pesto sauce, topped with halved grape tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese

While Mike was holding down the RV last week, I was doing a tour of Spain, enjoying all the sights, sounds and food of the country. I never knew I liked pesto until I had it freshly made and served on the side in a gravy boat at Los Alfonsinos in Barcelona. As soon as I got back to the States and our coach, I knew I had to make it for Mike.

The two primary ingredients in pesto offer a lot of health benefits. Basil’s flavonoids and volatile oils have unique anti-bacterial properties and health-protecting effects on cell structure. Olive oil protects against heart disease, lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood clotting, and benefits insulin levels and blood sugar control.

To make this super easy, super healthy meal a snap, I used the RV-sized Magic Bullet Blender to make my own pesto sauce. I love, love, love the Magic Bullet because it handles all of our blending needs without taking up valuable countertop real estate. It also makes the perfect amount for two people.

Because Mike is slightly gluten-intolerant, we used gluten-free angel hair, but you could make this with any kind of pasta or even ravioli. I left out the pine nuts, but feel free to add a couple of tablespoons if you like. A little pesto goes a long way, so this batch should be enough for a half box of angel hair, cooked.

Ingredients:

  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Place all the ingredients in your Magic Bullet or blender.
  • Process to a paste.
  • Stir through cooked pasta and top with sliced grape tomatoes and more parmesan cheese.

Kayaking on the Gulf Coast

Kayaking on the Gulf Coast

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We only stayed in Cedar Key, Florida, for a week, but we packed it full of fun stuff. One of our favorite things was kayaking out to Atsena Otie (which means cedar island in a tribal language). Mike and I shared a kayak and accompanied guide Mandy Davis and three of her friends on an awesome daylong adventure.

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Mandy is an accomplished, seasoned naturalist and guide who’s recently set up shop in Cedar Key. She runs Hidden Coast Outdoors, and the Atsena Otie adventure is one of many tours she offers. Not only did Mandy show us how to kayak, but she also educated us on the history of Cedar Key. We learned that the city of Cedar Key was located on Atsena Otie Island. Cedar Key was an important port. Two mills on the island produced ‘cedar’ slats for shipment to northern pencil factories. Economic decline began when Henry Plant’s railroad to Tampa began service in 1886, and a devastating Atlantic hurricane in 1896 was the final blow.

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We made the short hike to the now-closed pier and the cemetery. Mandy brought along paper and crayons so we could take headstone rubbings. I chose a grave marker with my name (except with a Z instead of an S). What a unique souvenir! We then kayaked further east for lunch. Mandy prepared a homemade, gourmet Mexican meal for us, and we ate on the beach near eaglets and other water birds.

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It was a glorious experience, so much fun and a wonderful workout.  $90 (per person) VERY well spent!!

Hey Cupcake!

Hey Cupcake!

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When we saw this super cute cupcake trailer on the side of the road, we had to stop. How could we resist a sweet treat from an Airstream-esque bakery on wheels?!?!

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The irreverent sense of fun didn’t stop there; the flavor combos were hilarious. A Michael Jackson, anyone?? Mike went with plain vanilla (of course!) while I noshed on a Sweetberry.  This mobile cupcakery isn’t far from our campground on the outskirts of Austin, so I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be back!

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Simple roasted potatoes

Simple roasted potatoes

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When we’re boondocking, we keep the slide in, the jacks up, and conserve our water as much as possible.  We often eat out during those times, but occasionally, after a a long day of driving, it’s nice to have a home-cooked meal.  I handle water rationing by coming up with something semi-homemade that doesn’t take a lot of pots and pans.

These roasted potatoes are a great accompaniment to a store-bought meatloaf.  I got both at Trader Joe’s.  The meatloaf was in its own microwavable package, and the potato medley came in a mesh bag that let the colors shine through.  I loved the multi-hued small spuds!  Mike was a little thrown off at first because he thought the purple potatoes were rotten.  

The bag held about 16 potatoes, so we had leftovers for breakfast potatoes the next morning.  Dip into a bagged blend of greens from the fridge for a side salad, and you’ve got a complete meal that doesn’t dirty every dish in the rig.

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Ingredients:

  • Medley of small potatoes (My bag had about 16 potatoes in it.)
  • coconut oil, melted (about 1/8 cup, just enough to coat)
  • Minced garlic, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash potatoes and cut into rough slices.
  • In a medium bowl, toss potatoes with coconut oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Roast uncovered for about 30 minutes in the oven until they’re fork tender.
  • Serve with a slice of meatloaf and a side salad.

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Brunch at the diner

Brunch at the diner
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Lemon Curd Pancakes

There’s something decidedly decadent about brunch.  The late hour, the combination of breakfast and lunch dishes, the leisurely pace.  If you count it as two meals in one, you can forgive yourself for eating too much, especially if you’ve gotten some exercise beforehand.  That’s why I was able to nosh without guilt when we brunched at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls’ historic downtown after our chilly walk in Falls Park.

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Of course, I helped things along by thoughtful ordering.  A spinach and tomato eggwhite omelet was accompanied by a side of fresh fruit in place of toast or potatoes.  I simply had to try the lemon curd pancakes, though.  Normally, they come in stacks of three, but that would’ve been over the top.  So, I asked if I could have just one, and our waitress happily obliged, charging me an extra buck for the privilege.  The pancake was infused with lemon essence.  Juice, I think, not extract.  Instead of syrup, it was crisscrossed with glaze, a dollop of lemon curd and some raspberries to add color and a flavorful contrast.  Nummy!  The omelet was good, too.

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The neat thing about downtown Sioux Falls, besides its history, is the SculptureWalk.

SculptureWalk is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year, and all sculptures are aggressively promoted to the public for sale. Artists are eligible to win any one or more of the 14 awards in the Best of Show, People’s Choice voting and the random drawings. Awards total to $15,000.

Two impressive pieces are on the corner near the diner.  My favorite?  ‘Look and You Will Find It’ by artist Kate Christopher.  It’s so simple but so striking.  The group of standing men, all with heads downcast except one, has a compelling message: the path to discovery reveals itself when we lift our eyes.  I learn the truth of that every day on this amazing journey.

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The Great Tomato Massacre

The Great Tomato Massacre

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RVs are called “rolling earthquakes” for a reason.  The vibration and swaying wreak havoc with things like door latches and pictures and knick-knacks that aren’t properly secured.

Even when you think you’ve successfully battened down the hatches, there are still things you didn’t count on.  Like the swing of an overstuffed mesh produce basket and its proximity to the kitchen wall.  Piles of fresh, juicy tomatoes do not fare well in a situation like that.   Two words: Produce. Bloodbath.

The basket was easy enough to take down and wash.  The wall, however, was more problematic.  I am still finding tomato seeds encrusted in unwelcome places.

Lesson learned.

Lazy Lasagna

Lazy Lasagna

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Pasta, red sauce, ground beef and lots of ooey-gooey cheese.  Yum!  Lasagna is always delicious, but sometimes it’s a pain to make.  That’s why I was excited to find a shortcut recipe over at Iowa Girl Eats.   It takes all the hassle out of making this classic Italian dish but leaves all the scrumptious flavor in!  Use reduced fat shredded cheese and lean ground beef for a healthier twist on comfort food.

Since we have no dishwasher in the RV (unless you count me!), I appreciate that this entree uses only two pans.  Clean-up is a lot easier!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 24-ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen cheese ravioli (Do not thaw.)
  • Shredded reduced-fat Italian or Fiesta cheese blend (Mike is a cheese fanatic, so we use beaucoup fromage.  Adjust for your tastes.)

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink.  (You can season with garlic salt and pepper if you’d like.  I didn’t, though, and it was still very tasty.)  Drain and set aside.
  • Spread 1/4 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.
  • Add 1/2 the frozen ravioli, ground beef, sauce, and cheese. Repeat layers one more time.
  • Cover with a sheet of foil (spritzed with non-stick olive oil spray); then bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove foil and then bake for 10 more minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

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Baking it to the streets

Baking it to the streets

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Vegas’ food trucks have been plentiful and celebrated for the last couple of years, so I’m not new to the food truck phenomenon.  However, I was intrigued by the lines of food trucks on the National Mall in D.C.  In Vegas, they’re usually only gathered in one spot for special events.

FroYo.  Popcorn.  Pretty standard fare.  American food?  Burgers and onion rings apparently qualify.  Lebanese food out of a truck?  Interesting!

The one I liked the best, though, was Curbside Cupcakes.  First, it was a pink truck.  Love it!  Then, the clever alliteration.  Too cute!  It was also a relief that only three flavors were offered: Red Velvet, Chocolate Delight, and Vanilla Bean.  Too many options equal too much time spent deciding on the side of the road.

After the heat of the jalapenos in my lunch at Elephant & Castle, I thought Vanilla Bean would be a refreshing choice, and I was right.  The vanilla flavor was spot on, and the dark flecks in the frosting made me feel fancy.  The ratio of frosting to cake was ideal.

It was gone by the time we finished our walk back to the parking garage.

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