RV LIVING WITH KIDS

It’s one thing to consider RV living. It’s a whole other ball game to consider RV living with kids. Here are a few things, call it food for thought, when taking on #rvlife with the kiddos:

IT WILL FEEL CRAMPED

RV living will likely be much smaller than what you are currently living in. Pair that with not one, two, but three or more bodies in a small space can feel overwhelming at first.

Making sure not to bring too much into your rig will help it feel less cluttered. Getting items to help organize your items strategically in cupboards and on walls will help tremendously!

If everyone gets up at the same time you will likely all share one tiny bathroom that barely fits you comfortably. The walkway also may not accommodate more than one, maybe two bodies passing by at once. So, having everyone moving at one time could get intense. Consider staggering your wake up times if this is a concern to you!

IT WILL GET LOUD

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I am sensitive to noise. Possibly overly sensitive so it was quite the adjustment to always hearing EVERYTHING my children do at all times.

I suggest you get used to it, and fast that children need time to be loud and play. Matter of fact, play with them and it won’t be so bad. This will help when there is a time for them to be quiet. Remember they are children, not robots.

THEY NEED TO GET OUT

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Kick em’ out. JK. Depending on the age let them play outside in front of the RV door! We personally are always outside with our kids, but if you don’t have a problem then let them loose with expectations.

If you have teenagers you may even let them walk to the cabana if your at an resort.

HOMESCHOOL?

If you are RV living with kids full-time or considering it, homeschool is probably something you need to look into or are doing already. That can mean that you teach your children or that they do online school.

Either way try to make homeschool just as fun as your lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be overly difficult or boring. It also doesn’t have to be overly artsy fartsy if your not into that much.

Want to know how we homeschool and what curriculum we use? Check it out here.

INTIMACY WITH YOUR PARTNER

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We’re friends right? RIGHT! So let me be frank with you.

Intimacy can be a difficult challenge while full time RV living with children. No amount of distance, thin walls or hollow doors can hide what’s going on especially as they get older and start understanding what sex is. Don’t kid yourself.

I suggest setting boundaries with your children that can understand “you need to knock” or “don’t interrupt unless it’s an emergency”. Waiting until the kids are asleep will be best for the ones that are too little to understand.

As for the neighbors or guests, this is the advice I read and really liked. “If the trailers rockin’ don’t come knockin'”. Seriously, though. Don’t let this lifestyle cramp your style. Figure out what works for each of you and stay intimate!

MEDICAL/DENTAL

Kids, kids, kids. They do foolish things without thinking and break bones, gash faces and who know what the heck else. Make sure you have medical for them and always know where the nearest hospital is or where to get help!

Also, keep up on your children’s dental hygiene so they don’t get cavities requiring an expensive dental visit. If their teeth start growing in kinda funky or you know that you have genetic issue (impacted teeth, missing adult teeth, peg teeth) early orthodontic intervention can save thousands of dollars later.

LOCATION MATTERS

This subject can get frustrating. There are places that do not allow children. Some make it expensive to stay with children. Be aware of these places and their rules before you show up.

If they don’t want your babes, try not to stay there. It’ll suck!

ENTERTAINMENT

Kids and teenagers can get bored pretty easily! Consider having plenty of family games an instrument or two, movies, video games, books or e-books, and/or puzzles.

More importantly make time to spend with them without distraction of any technology! They’ll remember they time you prioritized just for them.

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This list is not complete by all means. I will be adding more as I learn. Feel free to drop what it looks like living in an RV with kids or what your concerns would be!

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CARROT CAKE

CARROT CAKE

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: CARROT CAKE

Ingredients

CAKE

  • 1 ½ cups + 2 tbsp avocado oil or vegetable oil, or any mild-flavored oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pound finely-grated* fresh carrots
  • optional: 1 cup chopped nuts or ½ cup raisins

CREAM CHEESE

  • 3 8-oz bricks cream cheese room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar (or more, if needed to thicken)
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. (Or to save a step, you can coat them with baking spray, which already contains flour.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined and smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves) until combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture into the egg mixture, and stir until smooth.
  • Fold in the grated carrots and stir until combined. If you would like to add nuts and/or raisins, stir them in at this time as well.
  • Portion the batter evenly into the prepared baking pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Transfer the baking pans to a wire cooling rack and let the cakes cool until they reach room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, to make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined and smooth. (You can either do this with a spatula, or with a hand or stand mixer.)
  • Gradually stir in the powdered sugar and mix until it is completely combined. Feel free to add more/less powdered sugar to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Once the cakes reach room temperature,* use a cake leveler or a bread knife to slice off the rounded tops of the cakes so that they are completely flat on top.
  • Place the first cake on your serving platter, add a large scoop of frosting on top of it, and spread the frosting so that it covers the cake evenly and extends a bit over the edges.
  • Repeat with the second and third layers of the cake. Then use the remainder of the frosting to frost all around the side edges of the cake.
  • Once you’re ready to serve the cake, slice it up and enjoy! Or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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CHEESECAKE

CHEESECAKE

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Refrigeration1 d
Total Time1 d 2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: CHEESCAKE

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 ¼ cup cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 ¼ cup cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 ¼ cup cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 ¼ cup finely chopped vanilla wafer

FILLING

  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 ½ lbs cream cheese
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

CRUST

  • Mix all nuts and vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter and press into a 9 inch buttered springform pan, trying to line the sides as much as possible about 1 1/2" up the sides of the pan, set aside.

FILLING

  • All above ingredients should be at room temperature before your begin.
  • Start by beating the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Keep the mixer on a low setting throughout the beating and mixing process.
  • Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy.
  • Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg.
  • When eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add flour, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well.
  • Add the sour cream last and beat well.
  • Pour cream cheese into the spring pan.
  • Place on the top rack in the middle of a 325 degrees preheated oven for one hour and 15 minutes.
  • When time is up, turn oven off, prop open oven door and leave in oven for one hour.
  • After one hour, remove from oven.
  • Let cool enough before the cheesecake is put into the refrigerator for 24 hours.

A cheesecake should season. The wait is worth it as the flavor ripens and becomes enriched. Add some fresh or caramelized fruit for that little extraaaa.

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BELGIAN WAFFLES

BELGIAN WAFFLES

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: BELGIAN WAFFLES
Author: Ebonie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Oil the waffle maker.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, separate egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks, milk, oil , and vanilla, stir slightly.
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Cook in waffle iron on medium-high heat for around 5-10 minutes.

Add some fresh or caramelized fruit for that little extraaaa.

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denver omelet

DENVER OMELET

Whenever I go out to eat for breakfast this is almost exclusively what I order! No lie. I love love love me a Denver Omelet. I have had my fair share of not so good ones so I decided, why wait? I can make the recipe I love every day if I wanted. So here it is:

DENVER OMELET

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: DENVER OMELET

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green and red bell peppers
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper optional

Instructions

  • Beat eggs until just combined; do not over-beat.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over high heat.
  • Add ham, onion, and bell pepper.
  • Sprinkle in a nice pinch of salt and a touch of pepper.
  • Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions start to soften and ham begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in the eggs.
  • Mix briefly with a spatula while shaking the pan to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Quickly run the spatula along the edges of the omelet.
  • Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and cayenne pepper (optional) over the omelet.
  • Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the top is still wet but not runny, about 5 minutes.
  • Fold omelet in half with your spatula and transfer to a plate.

There you have it! A simple, easy delicious Denver Omelet in the comfort of your home or RV! Never wait for your favorite restaurant to open just so you can snag an awesome egg breakfast. Do you make your Denver Omelet differently? Don’t be greedy, comment below and share your recipe so I can give it a try too!

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