Thursday, July 29, 2021

Supporting Team USA in the Olympics with a Red, White, and Blue taste test

After taking an extra year, the Olympics are finally here! Even though we're on the road, we're subscribed to Peacock TV so we can watch all our favorite Olympic sports.

And to kick it off, we're going to celebrate with a Red, White, and Blue taste test! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Creativity with our on-the-go water thermoses

Way back when, Theresa was looking for some water thermoses for us, especially to take with us to Disneyland. I think the deal was that she could get 4 of the regular colors for $32, or she could get 12 of this green color for $31. Guess which one she picked? 

We've got no problems with the green color though. The goal all along has been to decorate these with Vinyl using the Cricut cutting machine. And along the way we get to show off some of our creativity! 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Crystal Springs Arkansas - 2021/07/12-15

Our fourth stop on this RV adventure is Crystal Springs Arkansas!

Just a short little 1 hour trip from our previous spot at Maumelle State Park. It's nice to have a short travel day. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Pizza at Home - Missouri Wild Blackberry Pizza

I've got a pretty special one today and it's the start of trying to theme the weekly pizza to life on the road. Plus we get to share it with family and friends which makes the whole experience even better!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Maumelle State Park in Arkansas - 2021/07/09-11

Our third stop on this RV Adventure is Maumelle State Park in Arkansas, right on the edge of the Arkansas River. Instead of being a one-night stop, we'll be here for 3 days. 

We're leaving Louisburg Kansas, driving through Missouri, and finishing at Maumelle Park near Little Rock Arkansas. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Tropical Froot Loops

Happy Saturday! It's time for another cereal taste test! 

Today we're having what Alli considers to be her favorite cereal, Froot Loops, but this time they've changed things around and they've got all tropical!

What tropical flavors are there? Pineapple, Banana, Orange, and Mango. Mmm. 
And since normally we compare things to what they're trying to represent, I bought real fruits for us to compare it all against. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Lost Trail Soda Company taste test

We're at the Louisburg Apple Cider Mill in Louisburg Kansas, but it's not just apples that are processed here. There's also a soda that is brewed and bottled right here, in small batches, just waiting for us to taste it. 

Let's give it a shot!

The Lost Trail Root Beer is the original, based on original recipe of the great-great-grandfather of one of the founder's of the cider mill. 
"I've been lookin' for the Santa Fe Trail for three days now. Met up with some good folks. They give me some grub and somthing to wet my whistle. Say they call it "Root Beer" - been a makin' this brew from root and herbs. Think I'll forget the trail and just settle down here." - Joe Marshall, May 15, 1848. 
In the 1990s, a whole line of sodas was created around that one original recipe. Now there's 8 different varieties! We're tasting the original Root Beer, plus a Cream Soda, and a Sarsaparilla Soda. Each costs $2 per bottle. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lemonade Stand Twinkies

It's our first taste test inside the RV! I was wondering where we might set up for this kind of thing and where I might set up a "product shot". Our dining room table looks like it'll work pretty well now that we've removed the booth dinette. 

My brother Patrick bought these Lemonade Stand Twinkies for me and I just didn't get a chance to do all the taste tests together that I wanted before it was time for us to hit the road. 

These look like Pink Lemonade to me, so I was trying to think of a good lemonade to compare it to. When we stopped at the Louisburg Apple Cider Mill I saw that they also had different juices and lemonades! Perfect! I can use that for my taste test!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Alli loses her first tooth! 2021-07-14

Alli is excited to finally have a loose tooth! Ian lost his first tooth when we were in Michigan visiting family, and she really wanted to wait to pull it out until more family was around. But this tooth is threatening to fall out on its own, so she's taking charge and today is the day it comes out. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pizza at Home - Breadstick Pizza

Sunday is pizza day! Today we're having one that was inspired by my brother.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Louisburg Apple Cider Mill - 2021/07/08

For our 2nd night in the RV we're driving through the rest of Kansas and into Louisburg. There we'll stop for the night at the Louisburg Cider Mill!

Continuing our trip, here's where we ended up next. Not too long of a travel day from the Atlas Ad Astra Harvest Host campground to the Louisburg Cider Mill Harvest Host camp ground. 
What is Harvest Host? For $99 a year, you get Unlimited Overnight Stays at lots of really cool places! Just like the Atlas Ad Astra facility and tonight's Cider Mill. There's just a couple catches. There's usually no hookups, it's for 1 night only, and you're encouraged to spend at least $20 at the place you're visiting as a gesture of goodwill to the place for letting you camp overnight on their spot. 
If this sounds good to you, sign up here and get 15% off (and we get a referral bonus too!). 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Scorchin Pringles Taste Test Comparison

Time for more Pringles! Ooh, this time they're all Scorchin! That means some heat, which means I'm really hoping I'm going to like these. 

There's three different flavors that have been released. Scorchin Cheddar, Scorchin Chili & Lime, and Scorchin BBQ. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Atlas Ad Astra Missile Silo - 2021/07/07

It's our very first stop on our very first night in the RV! When Theresa and I were repositioning the RV, we had the opportunity to stop by this Harvest Host site with a real Atlas Missile Silo! We would have arrived at 10pm which would have been really late, so we decided to skip it, but make it our very first stop with the kids!

After leaving Colorado earlier in the morning, we spent 5 hours in the car driving to Wilson, Kansas. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Pizza at Home - Pizza in the RV

It's been over a year of Pizza on Sundays, but the question is, now that we're in the RV can it continue? 

Yes it can!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Round Lake in Michigan

This one is from a couple weeks ago, but I don't want to forget about it. 

All week Uncle Ty has been working on these Jet Skis, just in case we got a chance to use them. 

And where are we? Some tropical island in the Caribbean where the waters are turquoise blue? Surprisingly, we're in Michigan, at a place call Round Lake in the town of Horton.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Please welcome two new members to the Flowers family - Beauty and The Beast!

Today is a big day for the Flowers Family.

Today we're officially kicking off a big lifestyle change that has been about a year in the making. Because of COVID, we'd been staying a home quite a bit more than usual. Doing so, we were seeing how much we were enjoying spending more time with the kids, and how quickly they were growing up. So, Theresa and I started making plans to leave all that behind and start something new. 

Let's go on an adventure by being a Full-Time RV family! 

As for those two new members of the family...

Meet Beauty! She's a 37' Grand Design 5th Wheel with two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, with a kitchen, dining area, and more. Theresa and I, along with help from others, have been getting it ready for the last few months. We've added a Washer and Dryer, Dishwasher, Solar, and a few other niceties to make it more enjoyable. She's really beautiful. Expect more pictures in a separate post. 

And meet The Beast! This Ford F350 has the power to haul everything we need as we explore the USA. 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Pizza at Home - July 4th - Chili Dog Pizza and Apple Pie Pizza

Happy 4th of July! I always like to try to theme my pizzas to special occasions. Today we're celebrating the birth of our nation and I wanted pizzas that would be "All-American". 

I made hamburgers for lunch, and besides I've already made 2 different burger pizzas before

You know what else I think about for a meal on July Fourth? Chili dogs and apple pie. I bet I could turn both of those into a decent pizza! 

Moa Burger Pringles

A new Pringles flavor? Yes please! I've never heard of a Moa Burger. I saw these on the shelf of Walmart and grabbed them without looking into the background of what they are. 

I thought Moa sounded like something Hawaiian. Maybe this is a Hawaiian themed burger from somewhere. Either way I'll figure something out! 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! We're in Colorado celebrating with my family!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pizza at Home - Coca Cola Pizza and Sprite Pizza

Sunday is Pizza day and we've got a fun one today! The idea for today's pizza came from Ian. He's been wanting to do this one since January, but we're just getting to it now. 

I asked him to come up with his own unique pizza and he decided he wanted to do Soda Pizza! This is the day Ian! On the menu is Coca-Cola marinade ham, Coke-caramelized onions, on a pizza with a Coca-Cola syrup glaze. And also a Sprite pan-fried chicken, with garlic, on an alfredo sauce pizza, topped with lemon-lime zest, and a Sprite syrup glaze. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Michigan - Fun times playing in water

The weather here in Michigan has been a little wild, but there's been some beautiful summer days. The kids love being in and playing in water, and their Michigan cousins were super happy to accommodate them! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

85C Cheese Bread

A few months ago, I made 85C breads at home, but I wasn't quite satisfied with how the sweet cream cheese bread turned out. Today I'm going to follow another recipe and try to remedy that. This is 85C cheese bread take 2. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Pizza at Home - Father's Day Favorites, Aubrey's Favorite MOD pizza

Happy Fathers Day! Despite being offered the opportunity to kick back and relax, Sundays are a day for pizza! And why not make some of our favorite pizzas!

We're in Michigan for Father's day and Aubrey has a favorite that she likes to get from a nearby pizza place, MOD pizza. You can think of MOD pizza like a Subway. Tons of available toppings, pick your favorites and then they'll cook it up for you. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Fathers Day!

 Happy Fathers Day!

Aww, I love these guys. They make life so exciting and fun. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Gold Mining in Colorado

It's a big world out there and we're on a mission to explore it. One of the things I've talked about doing for years now (ever since Discovery Channel started showing those gold shows) has been doing some gold mining. Well we're in Colorado and Colorado is a gold mining state! 

Known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, the 59ers as they were known, came about 10 years after the California 49ers gold rush. People had suspected there was gold in Colorado for a while, but no one could find a substantial deposit. On his way to California, Lewis Ralston stuck his pan in the Clear Creek River and found 1/4 of an ounce of gold ($475 today) in just one pan! From there the cry for going to Colorado was "Pikes Peak or Bust"!

That's where we're at today. Clear Creek. We're going to try our luck and see if we can find our fortune too! And it's not just us! My brother Jon and his whole family are joining us on this adventure!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Pizza at Home - Sweet Summer Corn Pizza

Every week, another new pizza! 

As I was walking through the supermarket with Theresa in the produce section, I saw that sweet corn is just coming into season. I bet I could make a pizza out of that! 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Visiting Michigan for Austin's Graduation

It's the time of year for graduations and we're finally to a point where we can travel again. Let's fly to Michigan!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Dunkaroos Cereal

"How do you do your Dunkaroos?"

I have mine as a cereal with milk! 

Happy Saturday! Time for another cereal taste test! This time we're taking a jump back in time to the mid 90s when Dunkaroos cookies were all the rage. 

Sydney the kangaroo would tell us that "Dunkaroos are the cookie you dunk with as much chocolate or vanilla frosting as you want!"

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cocoa Pebbles Ice Cream

Earlier we tried Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream, and now it's time for the Cocoa Pebbles counterpart! 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Kids Carnival

Part of Ian's online schooling involves some Carnival style games, so one afternoon, Ian and Alli decided they were going to make a carnival for everyone! Gram's basement has lots of stuff in it. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Pizza at Home - Ground Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza

Happy Sunday! It's Pizza Day! 

While we're in Colorado, I'm still making pizzas and I'm taking requests! I've made a bunch of pizzas over the last year so there's lots of options. 

This week Megan gets to pick. She saw the Ground Pepperoni pizza I made last year when we made the Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor at home, but had a special request. Make it with Stuffed Crust!


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Cinnamon Toast Crunch Chocolate Churros

What's this? A new Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal? Chocolate Churros huh? Well you know what we're going to do, right? 

When we tried Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I made my own homemade sandwich bread and we used it to make Cinnamon Toast to compare it to

For Chocolate Toast Crunch, similarly, I made a loaf of chocolate bread, toasted it, and dusted it with cinnamon and sugar

For French Toast Crunch, you guessed it, I made a brioche and we had french toast to eat along with it

The Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch, we made sugar cookies to eat with it

And when General Mills came out with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros, the kids and I made homemade churros for the very first time to try together with it

And so of course when I saw that these brand new Cinnamon Toast Crunch Chocolate Churros existed, I had to pick up a box, and I knew that we'd be making some chocolate churros to go along with them! 

Friday, June 4, 2021

The kids have fun with STEM and other build projects

Both Ian and Alli love to do science type experiments and build projects. Today we're going to do a little bit of both!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Welcome to Colorado!

 We're in Colorado! The first stop on our journey! Colorado Springs is beautiful, especially with Pikes Peak in the background. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Pebbles Cereal Comparison - 50th Pebbles Birthday!

Happy Saturday! 2021 is the 50th Birthday of Pebbles Cereal, both Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, being released! Post has started to release a lot of other interesting variants based on them this year. We've already tried the Fruity Pebbles Crisps and Cocoa Pebbles Crisps, and there's a few more things in the works. 

But today, in honor of the cereals 50th birthday, we're trying all the cereal flavors that are regularly available. 

That's Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, and Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Manitou Springs and their naturally carbonated Mineral Springs

Theresa, the kids, and I are ready to go on all sorts of new adventures! And why not start with something we've never explored in Colorado. Historic Manitou Springs!

Manitou Springs has all sorts of interesting things we could see, but today there's one thing we're going to focus on. Scattered around the town are different mineral springs, and they're naturally carbonated! Pop Pop comes to visit Manitou Springs almost daily, and when he told us about the water that comes out of the ground that is already fizzy, we knew we had to go check it out!
Jerome Wheeler is one of Manitou Springs most famous residents, and was instrumental in promoting the town's mineral water. People have been coming to this town for hundreds of years to take advantage of the healing properties of the waters.