Growing Plants in an RV

Growing Plants in an RV

When people make the transition from a house with a yard to a RV, many miss their plants and gardens. What some don’t realize is that it is possible to live fulltime on the road with plants. You simply grow smaller plants in pots or hanging baskets. In our RV, we use pots.

Near our kitchen sink, we have a Venus Fly Trap and a Peace Lily. I have noticed a decrease in gnats or other bugs. Also the Peace Lily purifies our air. There is a noticable difference in our air quality since bringing it home.
Try one or more of these to keep your air purified in your RV.
We keep an Aloe Vera plant beside our bathroom sink. We cut a section off when we need to treat burns.

When we are traveling, we stick these small potted plants in the sink. What about growing a graden? We actually have a small garden growing in our bedroom. When traveling, we stick these pots on the toilet room floor or in the shower.

Our garden for this year is just starting out. When the plants get bigger, I will start taking them outside to soak up some direct sun while we are parked in one spot. For now they enjoy plenty of sun through the window. I have to rotate these throughout the day so they grow straight.
I taped extra seeds and instructions on the wall nearby. We have pots for mixed greens, small tomatoes, mini mixed peppers, green onions, and cilantro. I can’t wait to watch these grow!

If you RV, do you have plants in your rig? If you live in a house with no yard, do you have a potted garden on a patio, window sill, or counter? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.

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RV Cooking Part 4: My Cabinet Below the Sink

RV Cooking Part 4: My Cabinet Below the Sink

I have slowly been revealing the contents in the minimalist RV Kitchen. You can read more at the link above. Today I want to share what is in the big corner cabinet underneath my sink. This cabinet is accessible from the sink side or beside the rv door.

I wanted to show this picture so you can get an idea of the size of this cabinet!

Sink Side

All of this is easy to grab while cooking in the kitchen.

Top Shelf:

  • Flat Cast Iron Skillet
  • Medium Sized Cast Iron Skillet (I believe it is 10″ or 12″)
  • Medium Pan
  • 2-Small Pans
  • 4-Lids, 3 for the pans and 1 for the pot on the bottom shelf.

Bottom Shelf:

  • Skillet, maybe get donated soon if I don’t use it soon.
  • Big Pot
  • Big Stainless Steel Strainer
  • Kettle
  • Small Metal Strainer
  • Glass Pitcher

RV Door Side

Top Shelf:

  • Lean Mean Grill Machine with tray
  • Waffler Maker-I don’t use it very often but we love waffles.
  • Not Pictured: Igloo Lunchbox fits in the middle and waffle maker is stood up to make it fit. Only time it is in here is over the weekend when my husband is off work.

Bottom Shelf:

  • Toaster, hardly used so stored in the back.
  • Crockpot 
  • Dutch Oven

Well, that is it for this post. I will be sharing what is in my upper cabinets real soon. What pots, pans, and small appliances do you have in your RV or minimalist kitchen? I’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with my adventures.

14 Pounds Gone!

14 Pounds Gone!

Tonight I was able to alter my favorite shirt. I have been needing to do it for a while. After taking this picture this morning, I knew it was time.

I was able to take it in quite a bit! I am so excited to have my favorite shirt fit me again. I am looking forward to the next 14 lbs coming off!

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Cooking in an RV Kitchen Part 2: My Spice Cabinet

Cooking in an RV Kitchen Part 2: My Spice Cabinet

When I tell people we live in an RV, most picture a small cramped space with a tiny kitchen. It almost always makes me want to laugh. Our kitchen is actually larger than some apartment kitchens and has more storage space than I can fill!

I love to cook and we purposely picked an RV with a good sized kitchen space. I use a lot of spices in our meals and I refuse to downsize in this area of my life. I might be a minimalist but I don’t minimize on the things I love! 

I have seen many RVers ask how to store spices and there are so many great ideas out there! We live a frugal life and ended up just using what we had. The RV we purchased had this corner cabinet with a lazy Susan already installed.

This corner cabinet is actually above the sink and out of reach from the stove.

Since my spices are out of reach from the stove, I decided to store them in a wide container. I place the whole container on the counter while I am cooking and have easy clean up when I am done. No more putting away spices one at a time!

This container is so convenient!
I also use a tiny container for Caraway Seeds, Pepper, and Ground Clove, which I hardly ever use but still like on hand.
Other items in my pantry.
I use Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt when I can find it.

For those of you curious readers, here is a list of all the items in my pantry:

Large Container

  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Curry Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper ×2
  • Bay Leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Marjoram

Small Container

  • Caraway Seeds
  • Pepper
  • Ground Clove

Oils and Vinegars

  • Olive Oil 
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar 
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Salad Vinegar

Other Items

  • Sea Salt 
  • Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • Chicken Broth Base ×2
  • Raw Honey
  • Baking Powder
  • Active Yeast
  • Popcorn 
  • Strawberry Watermelon Drink Mix

What do you have in your spice cabinet? How do you store your spices? Leave your comments below. Don’t forget to follow my blog to be keep up with future articles.

Olive Oil and Marjoram: A Tale of Letting Go

The RV life is unpredictable. I suppose all life is unpredictable actually. How you react to life’s ups and downs makes all the difference! How do you respond to the unexpected misfortunes of life? Let me tell you a little tale about olive oil and marjoram.

You see, we live in a fifth wheel fulltime. I love our home and I love the lifestyle. Yet, we live in a home on wheels. The truck and fifth wheel hits holes and sometimes they are big ones! My husband is colorblind to the brown/tan color family and has difficulty seeing how deep dirt holes are.Well, he hit a dirt hole while pulling off the road yesterday. The truck got air time and the fifth wheel looked like a bucking bronco!

Yes, the vehicles are ok but the inside looked a mess! The spice and tupperware cabinets had opened and threw items all over the place. My handheld mixer, which was in the tupperware cabinet, ended up about 5 feet away and a lid made it all the way next to my bed, about 10 feet away! A lower cabinet had opened and the screws in the lower hinge came out. I was thankful my glass tubberware bowls didn’t break but not everything made it.

My olive oil had fell and popped the lid off and my marjoram spice jar had shattered. I opened the door to broken glass, marjoram, and olive oil mixed among tubberware containers, spices, some paperwork, and other odd and ends. My heart sank a bit. I still had oil left in the bottle and I eventually found the lid. But the glass marjoram jar was swept up and disposed.

So why did I have a glass spice jar in my rv in the first place? Because the organic, glass jar was the only marjoram we could find in the store…only two days before. I never got to use my hard-to-find spice. I was disappointed but I reminded myself that people are more important than things. My family was safe and I can always but more olive oil and marjoram.

Have you had moments in life that reminded you that people are more important than things? I’d love to hear your stories!

 

Cooking in an RV Kitchen Part 1: Making Meals Stretch

Cooking in an RV Kitchen Part 1: Making Meals Stretch

Recently, I asked people in RV groups on Facebook what they were interested in learning more about. Cooking was a topic mentioned so this week I took pictures of different meals I made. I will make more posts in the future on what items I have in my kitchen and what we normally eat when food is plentious.

I cook a mostly whole foods diet for my family with occasional convenient foods when we have the money. We don’t buy groceries every week but whenever our budget allows it. Our meals are plentious and varied after shopping trips but after a week or two, I am making some simple or very creative dishes. Towards the beginning of the week, I made this meal:

Ground beef cooked with onions, green peppers, and tomatoes served covered in ketchup with mashed potatoes on the side.

We only ate some of the meat for lunch so I used the leftovers to make dinner. I used my crockpot to make chili using the leftover meat, canned tomato sauce, canned black beans, and different spices. It was quite tasty and I enjoyed the chili on the cooler Florida evening.

My handy crockpot!

Wednesday was mostly leftovers and some rice and beans. Thursday I used my crock pot to make beef stew with chuck roast, onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, and spices. We finished the stew today, Friday, but we had leftover broth from the stew. I made this tonight:

These fresh biscuits from scratch and gravy made from the stew broth were delicious!

I have some food leftovers for tomorrow. I will use the rest of the broth when cooking rice to give it a rich beef flavor. I will serve scrambled eggs and biscuits with butter and jelly for breakfast. The leftover gravy will go great over mashed potatoes for lunch. 

I love being frugal and turning these leftovers into two seperate, new meals.

As far as cooking goes in our fifth wheel, I don’t feel much hindrance compared to our last house. My kitchen is about the size of an apartment kitchen. Sometimes more counter space is desired but I have learned to use it wisely and keep the kitchen more tidy. 

This is my kitchen counter space after dishes where finished tonight. The lower counter section on the left folds down.

I know some RVs, especially travel trailers, have drastically less space. When we picked out our home, a bigger kitchen was a deal breaker for us since I enjoy cooking a lot. Obviously, a smaller kitchen than ours would have less equipment but I don’t feel limited in ours. I actually have a little extra room since our first RV we had a few months back.

My beloved, larger RV kitchen. ❤

So that is our cooking for this week. I hope that gave you a little insight to some frugal, RV cooking. We really don’t live much different, just in a smaller home. Now baking is a different story! Do you have anything questions on our RVing living or minimalism? Please leave your comments below!