Vintage Travel Trailer Remodel: Part 1

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A year or so ago my father sent me a text message with pictures of this adorable, vintage 1964  Arrow Little Chief travel trailer he’d discovered.

I knew that I wanted it immediately, and when the lady asked for a ridiculously low price, Daddy hauled it down off the mountain and home to their garage for me where it’s sat ever since.

I was so busy with the house and the wedding the last year I wasn’t really able to get down to work on it. Last weekend though, The Fellow and I spent the better part of Saturday starting to clean, disassemble, and work on what I’m calling Rosie Lee. (For those who don’t know, Rosie Lee is rhyming slang for a cup of tea.)

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While cleaning, we found an old paper hasp hive.

We swept out the camper and pulled out the old propane stove which Daddy will try to restore for me. I’m looking into re-porcelain or enameling options as I really would like blue appliances.

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The original icebox and propane cooktop

Next, we’ll take out the wooden boxes that form the seats/bed and rebuild them for better stability. I want to build up a toilet box in the little bathroom that will house a (Number 1 only) camp toilet. Our plan is to stay in campgrounds with facilities so the camper toilet would be for emergencies only.

We most likely won’t bother with a shower, but Daddy keeps talking about an outdoor showerhead which we may do just so we have the option of a shower if we really need one.

My goal is to make this project as low-cost as I can. We obviously could replace absolutely everything and make it pristine, but for now, I want to just go with functional. A lot of our friends have big fancy RVs and campers, and it would be fun to join in on the camping trips!

The hardest part has been deciding if I want to keep the original wood paneling or paint it. There are so many adorable travel trailers all over Pinterest which are white with teal or pink that I love. However, Daddy always leans towards original, and I think he may be right. Once you change something, it’s hard to go back.

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Gutted kitchen area

One big area of concern is that a center section of roof paneling needs to be replaced, and I’m concerned with getting it to match.

The other tricky part is the flooring. We want to go with a vinyl flooring which most readily comes in a hardwood or stone look. With the original paneling, that’s a lot of wood in a small, round space.

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I think I’ve almost landed at a decision, and I want your thoughts on it.

What I think I’ll do is replace the damaged roof section with additional paneling and maybe a patterned paper or paint in that section if I can’t get a true match. I’m leaning towards a white subway tile flooring to brighten it up, and then paint just the cabinets in the kitchen area to help tie it all together.

What do you think? I need some help!

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Pineapple Pork

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I’ve missed you guys! I hate to miss a post, but our summer is in full swing. Our past weekend was jammed packed with fun!

We left work on Friday and headed straight up the road to a friend’s river lot where we got a little Pennsic practice in as we hung out until the wee hours of the morning with friends and campfires.

Since it was a short trip, and I really hate to mess with putting the tent up, we “camped” in my Jeep.

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I figured that at this point I should be old enough to know better than to sleep in the back of my car. I was afraid my neck would hate me for it the next day, but it was convenient for a one-night stay.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as much of a rough night as I was anticipating. We put the back seat down, so we had a flat surface and tossed our Pennsic futon mattress down, grabbed a few blankets and pillows, and we were good to go.

If you remember from our Summer Project update, we purchased some curtains from Ikea to screen in our back porch which we quickly learned would not work with our brick. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to make the drive to return them, so they’ve been hanging around the house. We decided we may as well use one set as bug netting so we could leave the windows down and breathe.

The next morning we went on a 3-hour tube float which was amazing! I forget how much I enjoy things like that until I’m doing one!

I had double booked our Saturday, so after we got off of the river, we hurried home Saturday afternoon to host a beach party. Since I knew that I was going to be tight on time, I prepped almost everything in advance including our Pineapple Pork shoulder!

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I am the odd one out in my family as I love pineapple and pork. Hawaiian pizza? Sign me up! The rest of the family, not so much, so I don’t get this yummy combo too often. Since this was a friend not family gathering, I got to add a little tropical flair to our menu with the sliced pineapple rings. And really, they just make a hunk of pork look better.

You know how much The Fellow loves his new grill, and typically he handles the meat prep for our cookouts, but we just didn’t have time to slow smoke the meat with everything else we had going. I tried out a hybrid approach which thankfully worked amazingly well!

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We cooked the pork shoulder in the Crock-Pot overnight; then smoked it in the grill for an hour to re-heat and serve. It was a win-win – quick, easy, and the meat still had that glorious smokey flavor.

I was really pleased with the simple seasoning we used as well: 1 can of pineapple rings, some salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste. It turned out sooo well!

What are your summer favorites?

Summer Update: SCA

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If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you know about my super-nerdy hobby: the SCA.

It’s July, and that means we’re gearing up for the biggest SCA event of the year, Pennsic.

Since I started playing, I’ve really just made any garb (clothing) that I wanted to try out regardless of country of origin or year just so long as it fell within the acceptable timeline of the SCA.

Well, I’ve finally settled on a name and persona at last and while I don’t know that I’ll stick with it forever, for right now I’m portraying a Viking woman. This is exciting for me because now I can begin to pinpoint my garb to a time, location, and style of dress.

  

While I’m not quite to that point yet, I do want to get my clothing situation more in order. I only have two Viking dress/underdress sets right now, and I’d like to have at least five full sets of  Viking garb so I can wear a different one each day of the week while at Pennsic. If need be, these outfits can be washed and re-worn in different color combinations for greater versatility. (Pennsic tends to be hot, and it would be nice to be able to change out of sweaty clothes.)

As August quickly approaches, I’m realizing that I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I was planning this year’s sewing projects.  I had intended to make three underdresses for me and three tunics for The Fellow.

I always seem to get into a mad, frantic sewing fest the month leading up to Pennsic, and that’s mainly because I haven’t had a functioning sewing machine. Each year I would drive the hour up to my mother-in-law’s and use her machine or borrow it to take home and then frantically sew while I had it.

This year, The Fellow encouraged me to buy both a new Brother’s sewing machine and a serger so we’re all set. I’m going to try to get all that I can sewn up on the machine in the next week or so, and then spend the rest of the time before hand-hemming the more visible pieces.

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I’m hoping the new machines will mean this is my last stressed sewing year. I should be able to work on new projects in the winter months.

I’m excited about this event as I plan to go to a ton of classes. I’ve been working on researching a few areas of interest and not getting very far. I’ve come to realize that I don’t learn well by reading alone, and I think it will be beneficial to be able to listen to someone explain and answer questions.

I’m also looking forward to working in the kitchen, warm summer nights walking by torchlight, naps in the midafternoon under the common tent, trying out random crafts, seeing friends, and slipping off to sleep to the sounds of drums in the distance.

I’m so ready to be there!

What are your vacation plans for this summer?

4th of July and My First Attempt at a Victoria Sponge

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Fourth of July!

The fellow and I  went down to my folks’ house for a picnic, and it just poured the entire afternoon.

The weather station said it was supposed to be a pretty, clear, albeit hot day. Thankfully, my dad had hurried out and put tarps over the picnic tables as soon as he saw storm clouds rolling in.

When we got there, The Fellow helped my father pull the tables into the garage, and we just moved the whole shindig inside. Despite it being a wet afternoon, we had fun.

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All of the neighbors came over and brought a dish to share. My father made some of his famous homemade ice cream (strawberry this time), and Mama asked that I bring something to complement it.

Now, I’ve been re-watching Downton Abbey lately, and I always keep an eye out for what Mrs. Patmore is putting onto those trays she sends upstairs. One thing I’ve noticed as a reoccurring treat are these sweet little layer cakes topped with powdered sugar. From where I’m sitting, it looks like a Victoria Sponge Cake

After watching the Great British Baking Show, I figured, why not? I would swap out the raspberry jam for strawberry, and it should go together nicely. I didn’t quite put together that I was making a British classic for our 4th of July celebration until it was too late (oops!).

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Sticking with the BBC theme, I went off of Paul Hollywood’s recipe which had been converted into U.S. measurements.

This was my first experience with a Victoria Sponge, and I’m not sure if it’s the way the cake is intended to be or if it was the conversions or maybe the temperature of my butter may have had a bit to do with it,  but my cake was more the consistency of a crumbly shortcake than a sponge.

I had way too much whipped cream left over after filling the two layers, so I went big and frosted the top and piled it with strawberries for decoration.

Overall, the recipe was still a success. It was a yummy summer dessert, if not what I was expecting. I think I may want to play around with this cake some. I’ll probably end up making a few versions before I settle on one I like.

Can anyone out there confirm the texture/consistency this should be? What are your favorite shortcake or Victoria Sponge recipes?!

4th of July

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Happy 4th of July, y’all!

I love the 4th of July because it’s such a low-key holiday. We’re heading down to my folks for some delicious picnic food and to catch up with the neighbors.

MiaT will resume normal posting on Friday. In the meantime, I hope that you all have a fun, safe holiday!

What are your 4th of July plans? Let me know in the comments!

 

My New Favorite Summer Drink – Mexican Mule

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It’s finally starting to feel like summer, and it’s looking like we’re not going to make it to the beach.  While it’s a bummer, there are plenty of summer activities to keep my spirits up!

As you know, The Fellow and I love to spend our evenings out on our porch grilling and relaxing. I’ve found that there are few things as enjoyable as sitting down, enjoying good food, and a warm summer breeze with a good drink in your hand.

The Fellow drinks beer, and since I reserve moonshine for special occasions and the holidays, I typically drink wine or cider when I’m not drinking tea. A while back a friend introduced me to a new drink that I think you’ll love too – a Mexican Mule!

Copper Mule Mugs have been all the rage for a year or two now, but I’ve never gotten into experimenting too much with them. The traditional drink you make in them is a Moscow Mule which uses Ginger Beer, vodka, and lime. The Mexican Mule is a variation on that as you switch out tequila for the vodka.

I love this drink because it’s simple and easy. (If you want to spice it up some, check out this recipe from I’m Bored, Let’s Go.)

I’ve been waiting for warmer weather to truly enjoy this. I’m sure that it’s a treat on a hot day.

My New Favorite Summer Drink- Mexican Mule

My New Favorite Summer Drink- Mexican Mule

Ingredients

  • Ginger Beer
  • Tequila
  • Lime

Instructions

  1. Pour ginger beer into a copper mule mug
  2. Add 1 shot of tequila
  3. Squeeze 1 lime edge into the cup
  4. Garnish with a lime slice
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The ginger is crisp and refreshing, a single shot of tequila cuts the ginger just a bit and is great for sipping, and the lime adds a nice little twist.

Perfect for cooling down on a warm summer day!

Try it and tell me what you think!

What are your favorite summer sipping’ drinks? Let me know in the comments!

UniTea Party

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I mentioned in last week’s post that I’d be making scones for my company’s UniTea party. I thought I’d take today to share some of the behind-the-scenes pictures with you!

Some of my favorite work ladies were the masterminds behind the event, and I was so honored to have been asked to help.

It was a nice excuse to reuse the tea things from our wedding. Between myself and two other ladies, we had enough teacups and saucers for the entire corporate building!

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One of the ladies happens to be a talented floral arranger, and she let me try my hand at helping arrange flowers into teapots for the centerpieces. (This is not a strong suit of mine which is why I firmly said no real flowers at my wedding.)

She was so sweet about it and just quietly went along after fixing up my sad little centerpieces. After the tea, we moved the centerpieces to the lobby and some friends’ desks to brighten the place up. I’m still enjoying the one on my desk!

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One of the fellows at work homebrews beer and brought in his large brew kettle and  propane tank to heat our water, and the ladies procured from some unknown source 3 carafes to hold the hot water.

All of the ladies baked homemade scones using JG’s Amazing Scone Recipe with different variations. There were apple cinnamon, caramel apple, white chocolate, white chocolate & orange cranberry, blackberry walnut, and my plain scones served with a mock Devonshire Cream.

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We also made a variation of a traditional cucumber tea sandwich by piping cream cheese onto a cracker and topped it with cucumber and dill. There was fresh fruit, biscotti, petite palmiers, and an assortment of teas.

We had two dedicated times slots, one at 2 and the other at 3 for our large wave of tea party goers, but individuals could also drop by throughout the hour for shorter 15 min. time slots as well. We set the food out in waves, and it went really smoothly for how many people we were serving!

It made me smile to see how reluctant people were to let us take and wash their teacups for them. Several people refused altogether and insisted on cleaning their own cup!

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To help people mix and mingle, we had origami set out on the tables so people could chat and help each other. It was such a fun event! I didn’t stop moving from 12 when we began setting up until my shift was over at 5. The food was delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out and serving with some of my favorite people while I met others within our organization. I’m thinking there’s talk about this being an annual occurrence, and considering how much I love a proper cup of tea and how much time we spend at work, I hope it is!

What are your favorite work mixers you’ve attended? Let me know in the comments!

5 Cheap Summer Must-Dos

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Happy summer solstice!

It seems crazy to me that summer doesn’t start until this far into June. That’s probably because as a kid I considered the start of summer when my mother let me (finally) start going barefoot!

Since summer is officially here, I wanted to share with you some of my summer must-dos!

1. Sit out on the porch and watch fireflies.

 

Call them fireflies or lightning bugs, either way, nothing says summer to me like sitting in the dark surrounded by the still, warm summer air watching those tiny lights go bobbing through the darkness. There’s something so magical about it – like you are getting to watch a fairy dance.

2. Get ice cream at a local ice cream joint.

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I know your area has one, and if it doesn’t you can head my way to try one of ours! Locals know the place for the best ice cream. Once you find it, everything else just falls a little shy of the mark. Memories are made sitting in booths, licking ice cream cones. Some of my favorite places in the Tri-state area are:

Pack’s Dairy Corner – Winchester, VA

There are a few Pack’s around, but my favorite is the little frozen custard stand on Route 50. It’s soft serve, and they have a phenomenal waffle cone. Order Mama and I’s favorite – chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles in a waffle cone and thank us later!

Nutter’s – Shepherdstown, WV

Nutter’s is the ice cream go-to for all of the Shepherd University kids. It’s on a side street in historic Sharpsburg, Maryland and has Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream. The best part? The prices! Serving their college market well, they give you a big serving of your favorite sweet treat for a reasonable price!

Mikie’s – Greencastle, PA

Mikie’s also has some awesome food to go with your ice cream. My favorite is a chicken tenders platter with curly fries while Mama loves their pizza burgers. Mikey’s is a neat place because not only do they have ice cream and food, they also have an arcade and a gift shop! Something for the entire family!

Antietam Dairy – Waynesboro, PA

Farm fresh, creamy, delicious ice cream. Here you will find something unique that both The Fellow and my Father love – grapenut ice cream. Yupp – like the cereal. While you’d think this wouldn’t be appealing, it is an absolute must try. Now, I will say that Antietam Dairy’s isn’t quiiiite as good as Daddy’s homemade ice cream, but it’s as close as you can get for sale to the public!

3. Have a campfire (and eat a s’more).

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You know I’m all about a good s’more, and nowadays with Pinterest there are so many other yummy campfire treats to whip up! There’s something I truly love about waking up in the morning with the smell of campfire smoke in my hair. I truly believe that some of the strongest bonds are formed by firelight.

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Seriously, it’s not summer without a little bit of celebration. It’s American summer at its finest watching the kids in their band uniforms, firetrucks, 4-H groups, and pageant queens ride by as you wave and cheer. Go ahead, run, and grab one of those Tootsie Rolls they just tossed while you’re at it. You know you want to.

5. Read a good book.

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Be it on the porch, by the pool, or on the beach, summer is for relaxing and doing some light fun reading. Head to your local library or order something online and fall into a magical world. Summer is also the perfect time to get the kids involved in a summer reading program!

Bonus 6. Star gaze.

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Just as summer starts to wind down and the air gets the tiniest bit of a chill to it is when I love to star gaze best. It’s the most magical time of the year  for me.  I like to lay out in a hammock and try to pick out constellations.  If you can get a hold of a star-gazing book, the history/stories behind the stars are truly fascinating. If you get a chance, check out a planetarium, and then star gaze at home!

Let me know your favorite summer activities!

 

 

 

 

JG’s Amazing Scone Recipe!

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Remember my amazing woodland tea-themed wedding reception? Well, I’m so excited to get to use some of my tea things again this Thursday!

We’re having a tea party at work to celebrate moving into our new building. It’s been super exciting to move all of our separate corporate locations into one amazing space, and we’re having a Uni-tea party!

While helping out with this party, one of the girls gifted me with her scone recipe so we can bulk-batch some scrummy scones for everyone to enjoy.

I’ve made over 100 scones for this event and sampled quiiiite a few.

Guys, this is the best scone I’ve ever had. I gave one to The Fellow, and he tried to so hard to be loyal and say he liked other scones I’ve made, but he couldn’t hide how much he loved them. He finally admitted, “You make good scones, and they’ve tasted similar, but they’ve never had this texture.”

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The best part about this recipe? She said I can share it with you!

Now, the recipe she gave does involve additional items like white chocolate and a lemon glaze. However, for this round, I opted for just plain scones since I’m also providing a Devonshire cream.

I’m going to start you out with the plain version just like I made. We’ll get crazy with it in a later post.

Without further ado – JG’s Amazing Scones!

JG's Amazing Scones

JG's Amazing Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour
  • 1/3 C Sugar + a little extra for glazing
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 3/4 C Heavy Whipping Cream + a little extra for glazing

Instructions

  1. Heat Oven to 385 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Rub in butter and vanilla until it resembles crumbs.
  4. Add Heavy Whipping cream and form into a ball.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  6. Pat out lightly into a flattened disc. Cut out scones using a biscuit cutter.
  7. Brush extra heavy whipping cream over top of scones and then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 9-11 min. or until corners turn golden.

Notes

Alternate Directions: Form dough into a rough log and slice or cut into triangles.

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Extra tip:

You can scrunch back together the leftover pieces from cutting out your scones and cut additional ones, but these won’t raise as high.

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Let me know if you try this and whom you share them with!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Bun!

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If you read the past few posts, you’ll remember that I hosted a Mother’s Day brunch. You may also have noticed that I like to cut a few corners when serving a group.

Each time when I was setting something on the table, my cousin kept asking, “Ooh, are those homemade?” Well, kinda? It seems definitions of “homemade” vary. For me, if I didn’t sift the cocoa powder for the brownies myself, it’s not homemade.

That conversation got me thinking about a book I used to love as a kid – Everything on a Waffle . It had recipes sprinkled throughout, and one of them was for homemade cinnamon rolls!

This also is the first of my Baking Through Literature series. Don’t worry, you’ll get some Anne of Green Gables Recipes soon!

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Since I served cinnamon buns at my brunch, I had a hankering for some homemade ones and thought I’d share with you!

This recipe was intended for kids with adult supervision, so we can handle it, right?!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Buns!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Buns!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C Warm Water
  • 1/2 C apls 1t Sugar
  • 2t Yeast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 3 C Flour
  • 1t Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Butter (1 Stick)
  • Additional 2 T melted butter
  • Cinnamon/Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 C warm water, 1t sugar and 2t yeast.
  2. Let stand for 10 min to activate the yeast.
  3. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, and the remaining sugar and add to bowl with the yeast mixture.
  4. Add an additional 1/2 C Flour and mix.
  5. Turn out dough onto floured surface and work in the stick of butter.
  6. Continue to knead and add flour as needed for roughly 10 min.
  7. Let rise in a greased bowl until double in size.
  8. Punch down dough and using your hands roll into a long log before rolling out flat.
  9. Melt the additional 2T of butter and spread over dough.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar until coated.
  11. Roll up longways (into a narrow tube)and slice into 1" wide discs.
  12. Set on a cookie sheet (I always use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat) and let rise a second time.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour.

Notes

Icing: The books calls for 1/4 C butter, 2 C sugar and a few drops of milk, but I'm going to stick to an easy powdered sugar icing instead. This is really an eye it up scenario, so pour some powdered sugar into a bowl and add a tiny bit of water or milk to start. Mix and add tiny bits of water or milk as you go to thin it down to icing consistency.

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I made these the other day, and The Fellow took them in to work. They were a hit!
What are your favorite made-from-scratch baked goods? Let me know in the comments!