A couple of weekends ago we had a little “Meet Tweety”- trailer park party. Lots of friends and family had been watching the progress so we invited them over to see the finished product- trailer park style.
Everyone was instructed to wear there best camping gear or trailer park fashions they could find. We were all set with fake tattoos, corn hole, pink flamingos, a bonfire, lanterns, Eazy Cheese, Vienna Sausages, and Spam. What else could you need!?
My dear friend, Lauren showed up in her Gatlinburg wedding chapel shirt with these 2 great themed trays. Who knew there were 3 types of Spam and different types of Vienna Sausages.
I made these individual seven layer dips. I love that they are easy to carry around and eat and you don’t have to worry about double dipping. Click here for the recipe. We also had walking tacos with the best chilli ever! You can check out that recipe here.
The kids had a blast and turned Tweety into a play house.
My mom looked classy in her red and white polka dot moo-moo, curlers, blue eye-shadow and fake tattoos. I think she now has her Halloween costume ready to go!
Well, it has been a long process but Tweety Bird is ready for flight! We began renovations on this 1973 GMC motorhome back in April and we had hopes to be camping all summer. But as with any project, many things came up along the way like – rebuilding half of an engine, all new plumbing, electrical work and just life in general! At the beginning we had mechanics tell us it wasn’t worth fixing (only because they wanted to sell us another one) but we are glad we stuck with our gut and knew that Tweety Bird had lots of potential. Thankfully, my husband was able to do some of the repair work and we had a lot of other wonderful helpers along this journey. Check out past post about Tweety Bird: Meet Tweety Bird; Tweety Update 1; Tweety Update 2.
The outside didn’t need much work~ just a wash, wax and new tires. Of course I would love to have a new paint job at some point but that is way down the road! The time has come and I am so excited to finally show you “Before & After” pics!
And after lots of painting, new hardwood floors, cabinets removed, chairs steam cleaned, painting, new upholstery, new front carpet…. Drum roll please….
And now on to the kitchen and sleeping area. We were able to really open up the whole RV by painting everything white. The white washed hardwood floors also made the space look much larger.
and another drum roll…
We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I love having a vision and seeing it play out. We are looking forward to making many memories in Tweety Bird for years to come.
If you haven’t heard about the new Max Lucado & Randy Frazee book, The Story, you should check it out! It is the Bible in novel form- Genesis to Revelations in 31 chapters and 470 pages. It is a chance for many to read and understand the whole Bible who might not otherwise. Every year I try to read through the entire Bible and usually get stuck in Numbers or one of the other books in the Old Testament. This year I had decided I was just going to read and study just the New Testament and it has been going pretty well but with this book I will be able to read at least all of the key events from the Old Testament. My parents church is all reading this book together and studying it as a congregation. There are also kid and teen versions. My husband picked it up one day and couldn’t put it down. I have just read the first chapter but am loving the way it reads so far.
Have you heard of this book or ready it yet??? What did you think?
If you haven’t made it to the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale, there is still time! They will be open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm. It is located at 1272 Starlite Road, Hartsville, TN. Even if you don’t live in the area check out the pics below and web info for these talented artist!
Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to mention the precious Shasta camper that had been restored! Zach and I have been on the lookout for one for our next project. This one is absolutely adorable!
Look how adorable the inside is!
Here are links to several of the Artist who are participating in the sale:
My mom and I had a great “mother-daughter” night 🙂 ! She is always a fun shopping partner.
I am really excited about my handmade dress by Annie Loo Handmade and this awesome VW bus print from Me & My Canvas. It looks great with my collection. Stop by the sale or shop online. Lots of unique items!
The other night I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner. I checked Facebook and one of my favorite food blogs, Oven Love, said she was cooking Mahi Mahi with Bacon- Tomato Butter for the second time. She said it is unusual that she ever cooks something twice so I knew it would be good! I had everything on hand- even Frozen Mahi Mahi- so I decided to give it a try. It was a hit and I will be making it again probably when we have company over. Even if you don’t make the topping, just the way she says to cook the Mahi Mahi is worth trying~ it was so flaky an delicious.
The recipe calls for 4 fillets but I just cooked 2 but made the same amount of topping and we didn’t have much left over. I think the topping would also be good on Chicken. Here is her recipe below:
2 cups water
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 (6-ounce) mahimahi fillets
1/4 teaspoon table salt, divided
2 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika ( I used regular but I am sure the smoked would be really good!)
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons butter
1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish, stirring until sea salt and sugar dissolve; add fish. Let stand 20 minutes. Drain; pat dry.
2. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon table salt evenly over fish. Lightly coat fish with cooking spray. Place fish, skin side up on a cookie sheet. Broil 5 minutes, flip, and broil 5-7 minutes more or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
4. Heat a small skillet over medium heat; add bacon to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until bacon is almost crisp, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add paprika, and cook for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in butter. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon table salt. Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 2 tablespoons tomato mixture.
As a side dish I did a Zucchini & Corn medley because I already had the bacon drippings from the bacon-tomato butter. I got the recipe from the Dining with Pioneers cookbook. My great-aunt is on her second cook book like this. She wore the first one out! It really does have great recipes! If you are at a yard sale you might want to be on the look out for one.
1 Tbs. Bacon Drippings
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup red pepper ( I used red, yellow and orange)
1 clove garlic, minced
3 corn on the cobs or 1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen corn thawed
4 c. thinly sliced zucchini
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Heat bacon drippings in a large skillet; add remaining ingredients. Cover, cook over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes or until the zucchini is crisp-tender. (whatever that means 🙂 ) Stir occasionally.