Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Road Ready with Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

My sweetie is about 350 miles south of home getting Ruby ready for the big trip of 2015-new tires and fixing the black tank and macerator hose. Yuk,not the things to talk about when I'm writing about food. Sorry.

And I'm sorry if I've bored you to death talking about the trip to the Canadian Maritimes-but I'm over the moon EXCITED !  Not only do we get to hook up with long lost friends and relatives but we get to spend  half of the year in Canada.  I think I must have been a Canadian in a previous life because every time we are in Canada it feels like home.

Our trip this year is taking us to parts undiscovered-at least by us-the East Side and the Maritimes. And we are making the least amount of reservations possible-we are planning on boon docking and stealth camping as we can and/or meeting wonderful people who will let us camp in the driveways,fields or any open space. So far the only reservations we have made are for the Tattoo International Music Festival in Halifax in July-yes we do have our priorities straight.  And as soon as the dates open up we will book our round trip ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.  Doesn't it sound exotic ?  Newfoundland for goodness sakes-it's almost the top of the world.  Get ready folks because I'm going to inundate you with photos !

Usually when we camp we avoid big cities, but this trip is going to be an exception. Toronto,Montreal,New York,Boston,Philly and I'm sure a lot more along the way. If you have any "shouldn't miss" suggestions of things to do or see between Florida and Newfoundland, let me know via email or the comments section.

Part of the readiness plan is Road Food and today I'm trying a spicy pulled pork recipe that should freeze well and make great tacos along the way.  Usually our first night of camping I don't like to get all wrapped up in cooking so it's nice to take something out of the freezer and just heat it up and these sounded so tasty I couldn't resist.

The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman.  I've tried lots of her recipes and have never  been disappointed, so I'm expecting great things from this one.  It's weird because the recipe calls for Dr. Pepper-Jim and I don't drink soda so I was a little leery but seriously -2 cans aren't going to kill us-heck the pulled pork is probably more dangerous to our health than a little Dr. Pepper! I like that we will be able to pick up lettuce and tomatoes at the Farmer's Markets along the way.  Since I've been preparing for this trip I have assembled a culinary tour of must eat food and restaurants. I don't plan on doing a great deal of cooking anyway.

 I've also assembled a list of must stop at Farmer's Markets ,so we will be eating a great deal of local fruit and veggies-our favorite way to travel. When we visited France and Italy 10 years ago (wow how time passes), we hardly hit any restaurants.  Instead we ate at most of the Farmer's Markets along the way-it's the best way to meet people and learn about the locals and the food. We plan on doing plenty of the same on this trip.

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork
Thanks to Ree-The Pioneer Woman
* 1 whole Large Onion
* 1 whole Pork Shoulder ("pork Butt") - 5 To 7 Pounds
*  Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
* 1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
* 2 cans Dr. Pepper
* 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.
Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.

Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it's not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.
Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. (You can also refrigerate the meat and liquid separately, then remove hardened fat once it's cold. Then heat up the liquid on the stove top and return the meat to the liquid to warm up.
Serve on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you'd like.( This is so good and tastes even better the 2nd day when the pork has had a chance to marinate in that adobo sauce-just a nice little bite)

PS. Talking about our trip to Europe has inspired me to renew a custom we established in Italy and that was ending each day sitting around with a glass of chilled Limoncello going over the highlights of the day.  Keep an eye on my blog and I will be re posting the directions and ingredients for the best homemade limoncello !  And watch for the pictures of us toasting the day as we travel along the way.
Happy Trails,Safe Travels and Cin Cin.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

To Those I Love-Happy New Year

"My Wish"
by Rascal Flatts

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Oh the Places We've Been in 2014

Who am I that I ache for places I have never seen? Who yearns for destinations I have never known. That wanderlust plagues me and carries part of my spirit in its outstretched hand. She who dreams of places yet unseen, of moments not yet occurring, of feelings long since felt. She who feels homesickness for distant adventures.  A far-sickness that gnaws on the core of who she is.  She has a need to find the place, the time, the where that she is meant to be. Fernweh is stamped upon her soul. -M.M.

It's that time of the year again.  Time to look back and remember what a wonderful year we have had. And more importantly to be thankful for that time.  Magical moments (like the moonrise over Joshua Tree); funny hysterical moments (like the frog on my face); meeting new friends moments  like Scooter; yes even those challenging medical moments.  We know how blessed we are and we thank God and the Universe every single day.

Having these views to come home to-seriously how lucky are we ?  Very very very.... I love putting together the end of the year video.  It's so much fun to look back and remember the beauty we experienced; the friends we made along the way and the food !  It was very hard to narrow down the photos for this one-so many were cut that I wish I could have saved.  And wait until 2015 and our trip to the Canadian Maritimes.  I'm warning you now, It will probably take at least 3 videos to wrap up 2015.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Get yourself a drink and sit back and share our adventures from 2015..enjoy.  And Happy Trails to all my travels.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday Favorites

I would much rather be on the road right now instead of browsing the Internet !  But since I'm browsing I thought I would look for some little things to make our time in Ruby a little sweeter ♥

Everyone likes to personalize their own space and I'm no different.  When we first dressed Ruby up it was with a beachy, aqua colored theme.  But my cute little flip flop design quilt needed washing way too often-and that got old very quickly.  So now we are going for a grey and red color scheme. Once I finish with my little personal touches I'll share the finished product with you.  Until then, these are a few of my favorite things that I have discovered while looking for ideas for  Ruby !  Enjoy.

Love these hooks from West Elm-sweet outdoor theme 

Gorgeous glaze on these rice bowls from Blue Sky Pottery Company. I confess, I bought a set and love them,eating stir fry has never been more luxurious !

This would look great hanging somewhere in Ruby ! Beautiful work by maechevrette ,find it at her Etsy shop

How sweet this would be for your picnic table ? They have matching napkins too at Anthropologie

And I'm lusting after this blanket for those cold winter camping nights !  From one of my favorite catalogs: Sundance

Or this one from West Elm:

And last but not least,these beautiful earrings made by my friend Monica from Just 5 More Minutes. She's so talented and has now opened her Etsy Shop

To my fellow campers and Trekkers, what are you doing to personalize your little space ?  Share your ideas.  And to those of you out on the road...Happy Trails and Safe Travels.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's Been Quite a Ride

Ruby's last night in Washington

I don't know where the time goes.  I remember when I was 12 years old,sitting on the hammock with our next door neighbor,desperately wishing to be 21.  At 12years old, 21 seemed a whole lifetime away.  And now in the blink of an eye 3 years has passed so quickly.  It was 3 years ago that we started our journey with Ruby.  A lifestyle change we have embraced with our heart and soul and one we wouldn't change for anything (well only to have our family with us ! ).

When I signed into my Roadtrek Facebook group this morning, Mike Wendland (our fearless leader)  had posted a montage of his travels in 2014-take a look at it, it's beautiful.  But it reminded me that I had forgotten to post our 2013 adventures and here we are almost at the end of 2014.  It's always so much fun and so heartwarming to look back on our time together.  And I love sharing so here  is 2013.

If you missed the original video of our first year-2012, here it is:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wharariki Beach, New Zealand-Throwback Thursday

A little of the gorgeous scenery we passed on the way to the beach.

What great memories I have of New Zealand.  And this was one of my favorite hikes while we were there.  The owners of the inn we stayed at recommended this hike, Wharariki Beach to Cape Farewell, to us and I shall be ever grateful for that recommendation. ,

When we first arrived we couldn't believe we were going to end up on the beach.  The hike started out through the green grassy hills.  Honestly, I felt like we were in Scotland.  We saw no other hikers-only the sheep.  And for a  little bit there we thought we were going to get blown away-the winds were so strong, it was hard to keep your balance on the pathway.

But oh the rewards !  One of the most beautiful deserted beaches we have ever seen.  The sand was swept all over from the winds still going strong and the waves were crashing on the shore. Just breathtaking.

Our dream is to return to New Zealand some day, rent a camper van for 2 to 3 months and drive all over both islands. Until then, I look back with fond memories.

Happy Trails my fellow daydreamers.