Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January's #RVing Expenses for January '17




Just did up the "usual expenses" for our January's RVing in the USA. Here'll you see the comparisons over the past months. ( Dollar figures shown in USD)
Note: in November a trip to Las Vegas, Nv. was included
          in December a trip to Anaheim ,Ca
          in January trip to Lake Havasu City, Az.





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The #DIY Valentine's Day Box of #Chocolates

For ages we’ve heard the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so, we’ve made this easy, DIY chocolate box—filled with all his favorite sweet treats! Simply make our favorite truffle recipe (included below) and add in his favorite dipped chocolate goodies and treats. Place inside of a parchment-lined Reynolds Kitchens  bakeware dish (so nothing sticks to the bottom) lock on the top, seal with a bow and top with a cute love note!




Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Prep Time: 30 Minutes    Chill Time: 1 hour               
Makes: 30, truffles

Ingredients
1 pound dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
  1. PLACE the dark chocolate in a large bowl.
  2. HEAT the cream in a saucepan until it just about reaches a simmer.
  3. POUR the cream over the melted chocolate. Add the vanilla extract and let set for 1 minute. 
  4. STIR the cream and chocolate tougher until fully incorporated and smooth. 
  5. TRANSFER to refrigerator until firm enough to roll into balls, about 1 hour. Stir the mixture occasionally while cooling.  
  6. LINE a baking sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper.
  7. ROLL chocolate into 1-inch truffles. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Toss in one of the toppings below.

Reynolds Kitchen Tip: Chocolate truffles should be rolled into topping mixture while still slightly wet on the outside. If truffles have hardened, reroll using your hands just before tossing into the topping mixture.

Strawberry Truffles
Ingredients
1 package (1.2 oz) freeze-dried strawberries (about 2 cups)

Instructions
  1. PLACE freeze-dried strawberries in a blender. Pulse until powdered. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. ROLL prepared truffles into strawberry powder.
  3. TRANSFER to parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until 1-hour before serving.

Coconut Match Truffles
Ingredients
2/3 cup sweetened coconut, finely chopped
1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)

Instructions
  1. PLACE all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Toss and stir to incorporate.
  2. ROLL prepared truffles into mixture. 
  3. TRANSFER to parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until 1-hour before serving.

Hazelnut Truffles with Turmeric and Ginger
Ingredients
1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ginger
Pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. PLACE all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Toss and stir to incorporate.
  2. ROLL prepared truffles into mixture. 
  3. TRANSFER to parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until 1-hour before serving.

Road Trip! Arizona


We're heading on a road trip to Sedona, Arizona which will provide us with plenty of time and opportunity to spend quality time together while bonding and making special memories as we hit the open road.  Arizona is breathtakingly beautiful so we plan on taking our time along the way through some very unique and interesting places that only Arizona has to offer to our final destination in Sedona where we hope to indulge in some other sight seeing along the way as well.

Sedona is home to the most amazing red sandstone formations that glisten shades of red and orange with the rising and setting sun. Sedona is truly a magnificent little city with so many things to do and experience that offers something for everyone from arts and culture to excellent outdoor activities such as balloon and helicopter rides to just take in some breathtaking beauty from above, including national parks for outdoor adventures and explorers to amazing resorts and spas.

We've done our research and plan on stopping at Camp Verde Historic State Park to enjoy its natural unspoiled beauty. 



Camp Verde is located at the Southern tip of Verde Valley and surrounded by beautiful 6000 to 7000-foot peaks. Camp Verde is a wonderful place to explore either by hiking the most awesome picturesque trail, boating, and kayaking or just standing idly by and fishing the day away. The Verde River runs through the camp, right in the middle of the dessert bringing added beauty to the landscape with it lush and unique foliage. 



We also plan on visiting the Montezuma Castle (a 20 room, 5 story castle built 70 feet above ground level which lays north of Camp Verde which should provide us with some extraordinary photo ops including Montezuma Well nearby which is actually a 55 feet deep limestone sink-hole that is fed by underground springs! It looks like a wonderful place to rest and picnic and enjoy the scenery. 



                                                                                                       
While on our road trip we just can't miss out on visiting the Out Of Africa Park Wildlife Park either, which should provide us with the opportunity to get up close and personal experience with the animals.  It will be a thrill to get up close and personal with our favorite animals. According to the photos, we've seen the park looks like it has a Serengeti look to it where the animals are free to roam the giant park. We hope to learn more about the animals in their care and hopefully we'll even get the opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience too! The park offers this amazing Full Zip Line Tour where you can zip line over the animals from tower to tower; seven towers in all for the ultimate thrilling experience which sounds exciting and scary at the same time. We'll just have to see who has enough courage and bravery to try it out but I doubt it will be either of us! LOL

We're definitely looking forward to this getaway as we head out this week.


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4 Instruments Every Pilot Needs to Assist with Everyday Tasks




Being a pilot is an amazing, thrilling experience. However, it’s also incredibly stressful. Being responsible for the passengers on your aircraft can be extremely daunting, so it’s vital you have the right equipment to help manage your day to day tasks. Here you’ll discover 4 instruments every pilot should have to make their lives that little bit easier and their passengers safer.

1. Aviation charts

Aviation charts are essential, helping you to safely navigate the aircraft, much like a road map for cars. They are used alongside other essential tools to determine safe alternative landing areas and to plan alternate routes in case of emergency. They also show you exactly where you need to go. It’s important to make sure you’re using the most current aviation charts and you know exactly how to use them.  

2. Transceivers

Another essential instrument you’re going to need is a high-quality transceiver. Making sure you’re buying from a reliable brand such as Flightstore Pilot Supplies Ltd is extremely important. Enabling you to stay in constant communication, transceivers help to avoid potentially deadly crashes. Every year, dozens of pilots are involved in crashes due to poor communication with air traffic control which could have been avoided with a top-quality transceiver.

3. Flight bags

Don’t underestimate the usefulness of a flight bag. Helping you to keep essential tools and equipment safely in one place, a good flight bag can make your life so much easier as you fly between destinations. In terms of what to put in the bag, a torch, bike pump and even tiger balm have been listed as important must-have essentials.

4. Logbook

Logbooks are not only useful, but they’re also a requirement in most countries. Used to list each flight you have flown, along with training completed and hours accumulated, they help to prove your experience and certification. On a day-to-day basis they help you to stay organised and see exactly how many miles you are doing each week.

These are just 4 of the top instruments you’re going to need. The most important thing is to ensure you are buying the best quality instruments. There’s a lot of pressure placed upon you as a pilot, so anything which makes your job a little easier and improves the safety of you and your passengers should be fully utilized.

Overall, it helps to research the different instruments available and compare them before choosing the right ones to fit your needs.