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Link Love: 29

Link Love It’s been another snowy one this week, so I’ve had the chance to binge watch TV, binge read books and binge pin pins. Check out the best of the best:

This camper has an insane tub and a rabbit!

This couple has lived in their Winnebago for 7 years! Their story had originally inspired me to live in an Airstream and they are still going strong. I also adore their candle company!

One of Bambi’s favorite activities is visiting Lowe’s. But there’s so many other dog-friendly stores! I’ll be filing this away for when we are on the road.

The bottom cabinets in this picture are my inspiration for the van. (Originally seen in Elle magazine.) Now we only need to source a bunch of old barn wood.

Tiny home living without a tiny home.

How do you travel on a budget? A good discussion.

It sounds weird, but I’ve been getting back into knitting after binge-watching Outlander Season 1*. Claire (the main character) has the best knit ware!

Have you seen the sneak peak illustrations for the new illustrated Harry Potter? They are brilliant, of course. Preorder the illustrated edition: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1)*

Every kid in a park: Love this! I can’t wait to visit all our national parks.

Why am I not doing the thing I want to do? Gah, so relatable and such good advice.

An addict’s guide to overcoming the distraction habit.

*Affiliate links.

Happy Thursday! Stay warm out there!

love,
melanie

 

Road Trip Day 7, 8 & 9 : Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Camping

Hogwarts! And those clouds! No filter on this one!

Hogwarts! And those clouds! No filter on this one!

So this is the last round of road trip pictures, I promise. I don’t want this to turn into my road trip blog, although it probably could. I want to live in these pictures forever. Anyway, I was most excited for was our trip to Universal Studios. I had been to Universal before, but not since they opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Butterbeer!

Butterbeer!

I am a huge HP fan. Like so big. I may or may not have pushed some kids out of the way just to get into the park faster.  Hogwarts Express

The Wizarding World of HP is only part of the park, but really it’s the only part I cared about or took pictures of. The park designers are quite simply amazing and the park looks so similar to the movies. There are a ton of details and if it wasn’t 90 degrees and there weren’t an uncomfortable amount of people there, I’m sure I could have wandered around the World of HP all day.

Hogwarts!

The ride that is inside Hogwarts was definitely the highlight of the trip. It was a simulated ride, but you get to fly on a broom! Just waiting in line for the ride was pretty stunning. The line takes you through Hogwarts– there were talking pictures, Dumbledore’s office, the Herbology greenhouse and so much more.

The Sorting Hat!

The Sorting Hat!

I think I squealed when I saw the sorting hat.

Fawkes!

Fawkes!

Driving

But alas, I couldn’t stay in HP land forever. George had somehow convinced me to camp out with him at a chopper motorcycle fest. Not really my thing, but hey, he did take me to Harry Potter.

George blowing up the air mattress because he loves me :)

George blowing up the air mattress because he loves me 🙂

NC Mountains!

And the mountains of North Carolina are super pretty. I almost didn’t mind sleeping outside… almost.

I’m still waiting for my owl to tell me I was accepted at Hogwarts, but I’m happy to be home.

love,
melanie

Tips and Tricks for Campfire Cooking

Tips for campfire cooking We’re pretty much cave people now. Livin’ in the woods, not brushing our hair, makin’ jerky. Before we start picking bugs off each other to eat, I thought I’d share tips on my new favorite, cave (wo)man way to cook– AN OPEN FLAME!

The thought of a large open flame near my beautiful home still scares me a bit. I usually make George actually start the fire, but I’m not afraid to saute and grill like I’m Bobby Flay once the flame dies down.

Here’s some of the best tips I’ve learned from our campfire adventures.

1. You don’t have to go camping to cook over a fire. Building a fire in your backyard (if it’s permitted) is even more fun because you don’t have to lug all that stuff around. Plus, if you are cooking something a little stinky, like fish, it doesn’t smell up your house!

2. Build your fire with dry, untreated wood. You’ll never get a fire started with wet wood and you definitely don’t want to build a cooking fire with chemically treated wood. Umm, gross.

3. Learn how to correctly build a fire. We’re partial to the pyramid or tenting method.

4. Don’t limit yourself! Campfire cooking doesn’t have to be all hotdogs and hamburgers. I’m all for a good greasy burger and some Heb Natties, but campfire cooking can also be adventurous! If you have a cast iron skillet, you can cook almost anything on a fire! Which brings me to the next tip…

5. Have the right equipment. You don’t need a lot of stuff to cook on a fire. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Cave men cooked with sticks. A lighter, a cast iron skillet and an old oven or grill grate works great. (Get it?!) It’s what we use! You can make almost anything in a cast iron skillet. I should be their spokesperson, I love ’em so much. I’d also recommend a heat-proof oven mit, like the Ove Glove. I thought that thing was an infomercial joke, but, man it works!

6. Remember the oil and spices! Throw some olive oil, salt, pepper, your favorite spice and a potato or protein into a tin foil envelope. And voila! You’ve got a hobo packet. Really, that’s what they’re called and it’s delicious.

Cooking on Campfire Coals

7. Be patient. Don’t try to cook when the flame is still high. Wait until the flame dies down, or wait until there are only coals or wood chips left. You can even cook directly on the coals or wood chips! (See photo above!)

8. Be safe. If you are ready to go to bed or leave the area, be sure to douse your fire with water. Fires can get out of control real quick and “only you can prevent forest fires.”

9. Keep it fun. Campfire cooking is all about fun. It always requires marshmallows and maybe a few beers.

Have you been campfire cooking? Got any tips? Let me know in the comments.

love,
melanie

 

 

 

Love Weekends: October, Schmoctober

Airstream trailerAs much as I wax poetic about how much I love the fall and in particular, October, it always means things speed up. And let’s be real, I like to take it slow. October means something is happening every weekend and I’ve got a million social (and work-related) events. October means I need to prioritize or I end up getting sick.

I’ve already been feeling the heat (or cool?) of October and it isn’t even upon us. I’ve already fallen victim to a fall cold and I’ve been slacking on the blog. There’s just not enough hours in the day.

Woodchuck pumpkin But enough excuses. I did carve out a little time this weekend to eat dinner outside with friends. I even enjoyed the elusive Woodchuck Pumpkin flavor. Although, I wasn’t super impressed. Can someone PUH-LEASE make a gluten-free beer that tastes like pumpkin pie? My life would be complete.

Cookout

What did you do this past weekend?

love,
melanie

 

Love Weekends: Campfire Breakfasts

Whipping up some magicIt’s kind of sad that I know fall is here from the barrage of pumpkin spice lattes on my Instagram feed. But ya know what, I don’t care because I FREAKING LOVE FALL and I FREAKING LOVE PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. The holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year, fall is. So take that holiday season! I could wax poetic all day about how awesome/beautiful/amazing fall is, but instead I’m going to show you how we rang in the new season…

MMMMM SausageA campfire breakfast!

sausage and eggs!Seriously folks, campfire cooking is surprisingly easy and you can even do it in your backyard. Bonus, you don’t have to sleep outside! George got the fire going in our homemade fire pit, I threw some locally sourced sausage and eggs into a cast iron skillet and bam! We had a glorious outdoorsy breakfast in the newly-arrived fall weather. You can’t pay for these experiences, folks.

What have you done to ring in the new season? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie