Triple F Salad – Fast Frozen Fruit

If you know me in real life, you know that I don’t consider myself a foodie! You also know, if you know me in real life, I do like healthy food. I am also a fan of quick and easy!! I know those three things are not really compatible!! Although once in a while I stumble across a new way to do something that does actually fit all three,

Like my creation of 3F Salad!! Fast Frozen Fruit Salad is a big hit at our house and we almost always have some handy in the freezer.

See a Quick Demo here!! 3F Salad

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Ingredient list

Water, 3 cans of fruit cocktail, 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2-4 bananas.

 

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Laundry is Good Exercise (and so is counting blessings)!

Today I’m doing laundry, and counting my blessings! Both activities are giving me a workout, one physical and one mental! I am learning to wash my laundry like a pioneer women, a modern pioneer women who has running hot water! 🙂

I am here at my camper and laundry is piled up, it is calling my name and the boys are asking if its OK to wear their good jeans ( answer NO!) My #1 problem is in order to use the washers and dryers here at the campground you must be in possession of 10-12$ in quarters per week. Issue #2 My vehicle is not running correctly and my hubby is to busy to spend a day working on it,  ( issue 2b is we are in Texas and don’t know any reputable mechanics). I need the SUV to go get cash, to get the quarters. #3  I’d rather have the 50.00$ in my grocery budget.

Laundry Modern Pioneer Style

I was working on the first load in the tub this morning and feeling very grouchy. I was running fresh warm water for rinsing and gave myself a little talking-to! My attitude is my choice and I’m going to choose gratitude! I am grateful to have a back that doesn’t hurt now, a tub to wash in, warm water to use, and a nice awning to dry stuff from!

Laundry Day

I started listing my blessings while I worked.

#1 It cost less this way, the propane we already have is much more economical to heat the water, and water is included in our site rent we already pay!

#2 I don’t have to drag everything all the way over to the washroom, and then walk back and forth while waiting and changing loads.

#3 My tub is going to be so clean.

#4 The bathroom floor will get a good mopping

#5 I have wifi to use while I wait on items to dry. I haven’t had Wifi for 2 weeks.

#6 My feet and hands are getting quite a mani/pedi.

#7 This is a good prep for me if we ever decide to live on an “off the Grid” homestead someday.

#8 The humidity is so low that the clothing is all drying rather quickly.

#9 I am in possession of several sanity saving devices to help me! ( See this post)

#10 Maybe i’ll save enough to get me one of these cool clotheslines, (aff link) It looks very camper friendly!

It is amazing what choosing gratitude does for your perspective!

Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage

If you’d like to see some of our adventure pictures check out this post

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Same old, same old story!

We live in a camper and work on a harvest crew!! Sounds so cool and adventurous.

Harvest 2017 Camper train

Well I’m here to inform you it is the same old, same old story!!

There is still dishes, laundry, parenting, school work, parenting, cleaning, parenting, grocery shopping, laundry, entertaining children, … you get the picture! And you get to do all of it in a space the size of a storage unit.

Walk through it with me here

The new part of the old story is, when you live in a tiny house on wheels, there is less of the cleaning and more family togetherness and skill learning.

Family togetherness is all fun and games till you realize not everyone fits on the couch! But it has been good to learn to respect others personal space and privacy even in the small ways.

Three boys on the couch.
Close Neighbors
School under the awning

There are also lots of opportunities for teaching new skills like how to wash dishes in a small space, or take a bath without getting water on the floor, correct procedure for stabilizing the camper, helping check laundry (running over to the laundry room), and to never leaving an empty ice tray!

Dishes With a smile.
Filling Ice trays

New skills for mom also include, drying laundry on the awning edge to save money, cooking in my instant-pot, learning to dump the black tank (sewer), Cooking portable meals, and navigating small towns (thank goodness GPS knows where the P.O. is). My least favorite new skill is refrigerator Tetras.

All in all I’d say that the new part, of the old story, is mostly positive and is allowing for new growth in many areas of our family.

Dorcas For the Heatwole Clan

#thedelightfulcottage #wheatharvest17 #harvest2017

The Delightful Cottage

 

 

 

Texas is Different

Well we are in Texas folks!! We are learning to embrace the differences and to be grateful for the new experiences.

Big Tex

There are many differences like  Higher speed limits, More space, Straighter roads, Dryer climate, Laid back natives, and Unique wildlife, Oh and lots of trucks … trucks of all sizes and styles!!

I have lots of pictures to share, So I’ll let them do the talking.

Checking out Dad’s truck.
Dad headed out to the first Farm.
Wild FLowers
Laundry room Guard
High & Dry
Unique Wildlife
Canyon Scrub brush
Copper breaks state park
River through the canyon at sunset
Wind farms
Cacti Flowers
Texas Longhorn steers This Guy was 22 yrs old.
Texas Longhorn Steer

 

Wheat Harvest in Progress
Supper in the field
A rainy day view from my Front door.

Thanks for Visiting and enjoying a glimpse into our lives.

Dorcas for The Delightful Cottage.

If you would like to read more about our adventure, you may find this post interesting.

Things that saved my sanity (or at least space)

Our Little Cottage on Wheels

I have discovered several items that have been space savers for us here in a small space and that helps this claustrophobic mom stay sweet.

I am just going to list the items as well as links ( affiliate links) to them if possible! The links are the underlined words!!

I will say that I didn’t get all these items as new , I like me a good 2nd hand shopping day!!

Clip Hangers, I have found these to not be very handy in tight closets BUT they are wonderful for hanging items to dry both inside and out. I currently have my queen sheets flapping in the breeze thanks to these mighty little workers.

Norwex microfiber clothes, These brilliantly designed cloths self-sanitize in the sunshine and are very durable and absorb so much moisture.  Because they don’t stink I am able to go longer between washes.. Love the money savings on the laundry!! My friend Sara Sells this. (they are an awesome company with a great focus and great host rewards)

Tupperware Modular mates, If you know me you know I use and love tupperware. The Modular Mate system has come in very handy here in our camper.  My Friend Carol Sells This. (hint… having a party will get you the best deals)

 

Hot plate, It is very hot and dry here and we pay separately for our electric… So cooking outside helps keep the camper cooler and the ac running less. and that is were this friendly little gadget comes in.

Folding tables. These tables are space saving life savers and are much easier to move in any situation.

Woven Rugs, I love the nice woven rag rugs for catching dirt and making the space homey. I know you can get these at most any small Mennonite stores.

Outdoor rug. I have an inexpensive outdoor rug outside the camper and it stops so much dirt and sets the scene for a bit of out door living 🙂

Mini Freezer. This has been a true sanity and budget saver. The fridge freezer in the camper is so small I cant fit two loves of bread and 4 ice trays. Having this extra space has helped me be able to buy larger amounts of food at one time.

Rolling Storage shelving. This handy little rolling rack has been my right hand in my kitchen. I use the top to dry dishes, and the racks hold modular mates and cookbooks.

Hanging Drying rack. This is also very handy for laundry drying or for swimming trunks.

 

Extendable shower rod. This last item saves my bacon on rainy days. I put it in the center of the shower and hang my drying rack from it. Also works good for a random towel or wet item.

 

Thank you for taking time to read this , Check back, I may add more links as I remember or find new items I like.

Dorcas  at the Delightful Cottage

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Dream Big

Disclaimer for Affiliate links!    The links in my posts are links to items or articles I personally use and want to share. These items are not paid advertisement, I do get a bit of a percentage if you purchase through my links. The proceeds gained from the affiliate links help support my blog and our family on our adventure west.