finally back at it

finally loaded up and ready to go!

Our beast was finally released from purgatory on Tuesday afternoon, and we immediately began cleaning, loading, organizing and making reservations. Wednesday, we hit up all the stores – Costco, Trader Joe’s, Vons – and stocked up the fridge and pantry. Some friends are thinking of making a cross-country trip in an RV, so they came over to learn the ropes while we were moving back into our coach. It was satisfying to be able to unload a lot of the knowledge we’ve gained!

The coach’s generator needed one last oil change before we hit the road, so we dropped it at the mechanic again on Thursday (only for an hour this time) while we packed up the last bits of our stuff and cleaned the house we’d been staying in. Then at 1pm, we headed out of town!! After a (purposely) short (but traffic-filled) drive we landed in Orange County. I’m happy to say we all (even the pups) quickly reacclimated to riding in the coach, and our first overnight back in the RV was great! So nice to be “home”!

Friday’s drive was much longer, with more traffic, but more scenic, as we got out of Los Angeles and drove up the coast much of the way to Paso Robles for two nights at the beautiful Wine Country RV Resort. Today we enjoyed a nice lunch out, took care of a couple chores, and RELAXED! Tomorrow we continue north for a night in Petaluma.

I hope our “tribe” understands how truly grateful we are to those who came alongside us during this crazy season. We are so looking forward to someday being able to repay the love by opening our new home to visiting friends and family. Until then, please know we truly, truly appreciate you all!

for the foodies…

So I’ve had people tell me they really enjoy seeing what we cook and where we eat out, and some have even requested recipes – so I’m starting this new section with those peeps in mind.

home-cooked goodness
slow-cooked pot roast
with mushrooms and carrots
over rigatoni


3 lb chuck roast
Deron’s spice rub (if not available, use steak seasoning or salt, pepper and garlic)
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1 (8-oz) package sliced white mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, cut into large slices
1 (10.75-oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning


Season chuck roast with the spice rub. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown all sides of chuck roast. Place in a slow cooker. Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together condensed mushroom soup, onion soup mix, broth, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

About 1 hour before completion, add the carrots.

Just before serving, cook rigatoni per instructions on package. Serve pot roast over the pasta.

restaurant fare

Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar

I had the Cubano sandwich (with both smoked pork loin and roasted pork belly), and Deron had the pork belly sandwich

Deron had the chocolate mousse bombe and I had the flourless chocolate torte with Chantilly cream and honey-lavender gelato

praise & prayer

These last 2.5 months (this whole last year!) have been one big praise and one big prayer.

Thanks to all who prayed with us and for us.

God is good.

travel teaser

  • Tillamook, OR
  • Coeur D’Alene, ID
  • Kalispell, MT
  • Whitefish, MT
  • Yellowstone
  • Grand Tetons
  • Alpine, WY
  • Eagle, ID
  • Boise, ID

One thought on “finally back at it

  1. Hey you two,

    We just stopped at Tillamook on the way up. Make reservations for your tasting/tour couple days in advance. We didn’t know and I just ran in and bought some cheese and wine for the road but, I wish we would have had more time for the tasting and to try the reserve cheeses.

    There is an upstairs and I didn’t make it that far.

    They say to try the ice cream is a must but, I wasn’t in the mood for the line and I’m not a huge ice cream fan.

    They also had pizza inside which I also didn’t try.

    Have fun and drive safe. Beware of all the crack houses in OR. Sad sight.

    Stephanie 310-409-3322


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