I daylight as a history teacher and so far there hasn't been much overlap between that and my blog. Today's Sunday Coffee Series however presented an opportunity to have a bit of a history nerd moment. You'll see what I mean in a bit.
New Orleans is on my bucket list and of course as a coffee lover, Cafe du Monde is going to be a must-do stop. This past February we were visiting friends in NYC who had recently returned from a trip there. We were treated to Chicory Coffee that they had brought back, and it was fantastic! It had never occurred to me that you could actually buy it outside of New Orelans....but you can! Let's take this Sunday Coffee to New Orleans, shall we?
I may or may not have told you this, but I'm getting married! I mentioned it on this blog's social media, but I'm not sure if I've actually written it on here. It is not an exaggeration to say we've been dating for quite some time. Actually remember the scene in the first SATC movie when Charlotte screams and makes the big "They've been dating for 10 years!" speech? It hasn't quite been 10 years, but it's pretty close, and that was the reaction of a lot of people we knew.
Anyway, why am I telling you this? Well as the wedding is getting closer I find myself in need of some clothing for all of those "events" associated with the wedding. Since I am getting married when I'm solidly in my 30's, I really wanted to find sophisticated clothing that was still fun. I'll be doing a few of these posts but today I'm rounding up four potential outfits, two from Vici, and two from Amazon (spoiler, my favorite is less than $35).
This is actually a "reblog" if you will. I get a lot of questions about our RV Remodel. I decided to use Tuesdays to do a new series, "Tiny Tuesdays" where I will go over different parts of the RV and talk about how we remodeled them and give sources. I thought I would start off with a space that I blogged about over a year ago. I have a lot of new readers here, so rather than have you dig through the "archives" I've undearthed the post for you! So here it is:
If you have spent any time looking into RV bedroom remodels, you know that there's not much you can with them. They kind of are what they are. There's not a lot of space to change up the layout, so you have to use decor and design to make a tiny room feel spacious and functional. When we bought Tippy: The Tiny Beach House, everything was brown. Yucky, ugly brown. I set out to change that.
For this week's Monday Meals, I thought I would tackle something a little bit different. If you follow me on Instagram (@graceandmaura) you saw that I picked up a new Amazon Meal Kit on a whim while grocery shopping. I didn't know what to expect. I had never tried a "meal kit" before. As promised, here is my review, more information about the meal kits and ultimately if I would order again.
There is nothing more luxurious to me than a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. Usually I use my Nespresso or my French Press. Saturdays though are usually spent cleaning, and they call for a more utilitarian cup of coffee. I need that thing to get me going and I need several refills. On those mornings I make a traditional pot of coffee with my drip coffee maker. I also do this if I'm having a large group of people over. Obviously you can buy a more expensive and high quality bean, but what if it's last minute and you're brewing a pot. How can you jazz it up a little and get some of that slow Sunday coffee indulgence? I have a few quick tricks to take your Folgers or Maxwell House up a level. If you have some tricks to add, please let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to try new things!
If you're looking to replace the jack knife sofa in your RV there are a lot of options out there. We decided to go with a futon in our space and after using it for over a year, I thought I'd offer a review and let you know how its held up.
I used to think elaborate cheese plates were difficult to make. I'm a big fan of charcuterie. In fact, I'd take a fancy cheese plate and glass of wine over a three course meal any day. However for years I assumed having cheese at home meant cutting up some cheddar and putting it next to crackers. Oh, I was so wrong! For the same effort and just a tad more expense, you can have a great cheese plate that will wow visually but even more importantly will be a fun way to keep the conversation flowing!
I never thought we'd be able to have a "summer home." What I now realize is that I had to adjust my idea of "home." Our little RV by the beach is everything I could want in a summer getaway. It's close enough to commute to work from in warmer weather, but far enough away that all of the day to day stresses melt away as soon as my car pulls off of the highway. My favorite feature of our RV is the giant rear window. In fact, it's why we purchased this particular rig. Creating a cozy sitting nook was a top priority.
Listening to the waves crash into the rocks while I have my morning coffee in the sitting area of our RV is unparallelled. On rainy days I can sit and read here, and on summer evenings the windows can be wide open and the smell of the sea fills the space. With just a few updates we were able to take the standard feel of an RV and give it a little cottage by the sea feeling. Today I'm going to talk about our sitting area, because I get a lot of sourcing questions about it.
Is there anything more adorable than a tiny kitchen? When you have an RV, the kitchen is viewable from everywhere in the rig. This means it truly is the center of your tiny home! When we started our kitchen remodel I was so excited to think about tile and counter combinations. I knew I wanted a beautiful space! However, equally as important to the look of an RV kitchen is its functionality.
After trial and error we decided to convert the propane appliances in our kitchen to electric. This means when we are hooked up to shore power we spend no extra money to cook! If you are in a stationary RV or camp with full hookups, you may want to ditch the propane tanks! Here's how we did it.
It's Sunday, which means... Sunday Coffee! It's no secret my Sunday morning coffee ritual is my favorite. I started a "Sunday Coffee Series" to talk coffee each week with you. Today I'm going to talk about 5 Coffee Bar Must Haves (except for coffee, we know that's a given)! If you don't have a designated coffee bar you could certainly create an area in your kitchen dedicated to your morning beverage. So pour a cup and join me for some java. Here we go...