Category Archives: The Cabin

Soaking it in

Sorry it’s been pretty quiet here at RV There Yet. We’ve been at our family Cabin in Vermont, and we’ve been too busy just soaking it in. We were the first ones up this year – first ones to drive through the high grass to the front door…..
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First ones to see the pear trees in full bloom
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First ones to use our rustic “bathroom facilities”. (OK, so it’s an outhouse, and trust me, it’s always better to be the first of the season than the last of the season.)
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First one to see how high the pond was
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and then to walk down and be the first one to take my “official” cabin picture –
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and then a couple more pond pictures-
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We were the first to check out the wildflowers before the first mowing –
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First ones to sit by the fire for that first cup of the day (or the last one at night) –
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First ones to hear our hummingbirds scolding us until we got the feeder filled!
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First ones to mow the grass.
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(That was a little tricky this year. But after a new tire, a new battery and a new blade bearing assembly (?), the riding mower is good to go. Of course, we ended up doing the first mowing with the push mowers, and were reminded again that we aren’t as young as we used to be! So thankful my man was here to solve all those problems!)
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But I still managed to find a couple of buttercups that had escaped the blade!
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And we were the first to sit on the back porch and enjoy the evening sky –
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Being the “First up” has been great! We’ve been soaking in all that is The Cabin. The peace, the quiet, the naps and the chores. And have been blessed by all of it!
If you’d like to see more pictures from this last week – Here you go!
And if you’d like to read a little about the history this family treasure, check out this post.

Tomorrow we head to Pilgrim Pines Conference Center in Swanzey, NH, for our June SOWER project. But I’ll be back at the cabin next weekend for Girls’ Week. Ah…….

Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie – The Recipe

By popular demand, and with permission from my buddy Roy, here is the recipe for his Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie.

In a 10 inch Cast Iron Skillet melt 1 stick of Butter and add 1C Sugar and 5 diced apples (Original recipe recommends Golden Delicious, I used whatever it was I had, which was probably Gala.)
Add 1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice (Since I was at the cabin with a limited spice cabinet I only added some cinnamon. Just sayin’.)
Cook apples until golden and bubbly and thickened.
Yummmmm. Oh, I also added about 2Tbs of Vermont Maple Syrup because, well, we were in Vermont.

While the apples are getting golden and bubbly, mix together 1 1/2C Buttermilk Pancake Mix (I used Krusteaze), 1C Milk, 1/4C Sugar and 4 oz (or more – you never can have too much cheese, says Roy) Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

Spoon the batter over the bubbling apples, and put the skillet into a 350 degree oven.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Serve warm.
We enjoyed it just the way it came out of the pan, but I bet a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be just about perfect!

PS – this was pretty darn good for breakfast the next morning, too. 🙂

And catching our breath

We’ve put almost 6200 miles on Lizzie since we left California at the end of June. And they have been wonderful, fun, family and friend-filled miles. We’ve giggled with grandbabies, spent time with most of our kids, chilled out in our “hometown” for a week or so, and were refreshed at our cabin in Vermont. I’ve had time with my sisters and brother, cousins and uncles, nieces and nephews, new friends and old. We’ve been parked in front of houses, in driveways, in Walmart, Cabelas and church parking lots, and we’ve even managed to spend a couple of nights in campgrounds (but only 5 mind you!). It’s been a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful three months.
And I am, in a way, exhausted! Right now, for the first time in those three months, we are in a campground alone. Just us. Trying to remember just what “normal” looks like for us. Catching up with our expense reports (ouch! This moving about the country is expensive!) and catching up with each other. And catching our breath.
We still have a little bit of travel ahead (including some time with daughter Lara :)), but with mornings like this

Millwood Lake Camping

I know that “normal” is on its way. **Sigh**

A little more Cabin before we move on

We’ve been having a lovely time here in Cobourg, Ontario, visiting with my Canadian Family, but I wanted to share just a couple more (“couple” being a relative term) vingnettes/pictures from our time in Vermont. You know, just in case you were wondering if I REALLY liked the place!
First of all, you have to know that my dear husband LOVES the Cabin. Not just the food and the quiet and the utter restfulness of the place, but the fact that he can set up his tools on the screened-in porch and play with wood! The only defined chore that he had was to finish constructing the last three screens on said porch, but believe me, this guy just kept going until he ran out of wood! (And then we would just take a road trip to Home Depot and buy more!)
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New wood box, new sink “surround”, new bench at the pond,new screw box, new grill station. This was definatly a case of a man with too much time on his hands and too much wood available! (But I confess, I loved every last little bit of “stuff” that he made!)
Then there were the ATVs! My brother brought over his two ATVs for us to use during our time there. What a blast – and what a blessing! Whether we were exploring
or using it for hauling –
we surely loved having them at the Cabin. Thanks, Dewey and Sharon for sharing!

Ah, and the company!
Besides Josiah and Abigail, with whom we shared the first week –
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(loved that!!!!)
we also had Lynne and Roger for an overnight. More fun!!!!

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Plus we enjoyed several visits from family in the area!
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Here we are enjoying that blackberry pie with my SIL, brother, BIL, and sister. Great company to accompany that great cabin food!
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a late summer evening!

Oh, and a couple more pond shots –
OK, I know this is dark and fuzzy, but if you look very closely there is a Blue Heron standing at the edge of the pond (down from the left side of the boat). You can actually see his reflection more clearly. I’ve never seen one here before (although my niece reported a sighting earlier this summer), and we’re delighted that he graced us with his presence.
And the pond did have other activity too!
Josiah gave a brief stab at fishing
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And great-nephew Marshall went for a swim (joined by a couple of the dogs).
While Gary was busy doing the final construction on the new pond bench, I was busy with my camera. Imagine that!
Pond Shots

The Burn Pit –
One of the chores we had been assigned was burning the burn pit – which had accumulated an abundance of branches and trash over the last summer or two-
It took us several days of attempts before we got it to actually burn all the way –
Pit Fire
but by the time we left we felt we had it pretty much down to the basics.
Who knew there were actually stones at the bottom of the pit! I’m sure by next spring it will be filling up again (and the blackened edges will all be green!).

OK, OK, enough is enough!
We’re here in beautiful Cobourg, Ontario
but more on that later!
Thanks for hanging around for one last (for this year anyway!) post about The Cabin!

PS – if you’d like to see a couple more pictures of our time in Vermont (like one of Gary as a cow at the Cabot Creamery), feel free to browse the bunch HERE!

Cabin Food

Do you find that when you’re camping, the food tastes especially good? That’s how it is here at the Cabin :).
It might be because we can toast our English muffins by the fire –
Or it might be that I finally have a wonderful selection of cast iron pots (a little too heavy for RV life)
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so I can try out “Roy’s Cast Iron Pan Apple Pie” –
Oh, yeah, that was good! Thanks, Roy!
Or it might be the blackberry bounty of the surrounding hills
that enabled my first ever blackberry pie!
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Even if it’s the breadsticks and pizza
right out of the DiGiorno box in the freezer that our son left behind,
it still tastes better at the Cabin!