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Orange Blossom Pie

Orange Blossom Pie


 Orange and ginger lovers will gobble up this orange blossom pie. Make it vegan-friendly by using plant-based butter and cream cheese. Way back in the 1990s, someone brought an orange blossom pie to work for some sort of celebration. Everyone loved it, and I asked for the recipe. The crust […]

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Meal Planning


 This Meal Planning article was originally published in the September 2020 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  Meal Planning to Make a Single Shopping Trip Last Two Weeks As an enthusiastic motorhome owner since 2002, I found that one of the things I love most about the RV lifestyle is creating great […]

Grapefruit Martinis

Grapefruit Martinis


 If you like grapefruit juice for breakfast, you’ll love grapefruit martinis for happy hour. I’ve been a fan of grapefruit juice forever, but I’d never had a grapefruit martini until that fateful day. It all started with a broken refrigerator… At 6:40 a.m. on May 2, 2021, we were ready […]

Sausage Egg Muffins

Sausage Egg Muffins


 On a recent motorhome trip to Arizona, not only did we park in our friends’ driveway for several days, but Edna and Coke fed us some delicious meals. One of my favorites was a sausage egg casserole. This post contains a recipe for the casserole, as well as an adaptation […]

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10 Must-Have Items for Your RV


 Here’s a list of 10 must-have items for your RV, just in time for Amazon Prime Day! It’s actually two days — June 21 and 22 — of great deals. My husband, Jim, and I order a lot from Amazon, so it makes sense for us to be Amazon Prime […]

Beet salad

Beet Salad


 I fell in love with beet salads long ago when the best way to prepare a beet was to steam it for an hour.  Since that salad took so long to prepare, we only ate it on special occasions. Several years ago I noticed something new (to me): packages of […]

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Sweet and Spicy Pecans


 If you are looking for a satisfying snack, try these Sweet and Spicy Pecans. I also keep some on hand as an addition to salads and veggie dishes. My dear friend, Bonnie Hildebrandt, created this recipe decades ago. Every time I read her recipe, I laugh. The heading on my […]




 Calabacitas, a tasty Mexican squash and corn dish, is the perfect complement to tacos, burritos, and other Mexican entrees. My brother-in-law, Mark Zalmanek, developed this recipe after eating it in a Mexican restaurant many years ago.  Thank you, Mark, for another delicious recipe. The trickiest part of preparing calabacitas is cutting the […]

Herb Butter Salmon

Salmon with Herb Butter


 Recently the brother of a dear friend reminded me of the first time we met decades ago. Hank said, “You grilled salmon with herb butter, and it was amazing!” I vaguely remembered a recipe like that, but I had no idea where I’d found it. Shortly after that I noticed tubes […]

Fried tacos

Grilled Tacos


 Made with carnitas, diced chipotles, corn tortillas, and cheese, grilled tacos have  flavors similar to birria tacos, with a fraction of the effort. (They are grilled in a skillet or griddle like grilled cheese, not over a charcoal fire.) On a recent motorhome trip to Albuquerque, I struck up a […]