Camp fire Apple Cider

Baby it’s cold outside and time for a nice big camp fire .

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Camp fire Apple Cider
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4 people 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Camp fire Apple Cider
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients. Combine Apple Juice, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cardamon, and Vanilla Extract. Heat on low to medium for about 20 minutes. Once all ingredients are mixed together lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for an additional 20-40 minutes. You can also simmer and make the cider in a crockpot. Add 1 Tsp of Honey per cup and ladel Apple Cider into cups.
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Fall Cleaning

I hope to be more persistent in writing. I need to make this my “job”.

Intentional writing.

Intentional thought in print.

Its a lifestyle. We cleaned all of our ” tent mess ” up. It was not a tent mess, nor a tent city. Those words still hurtful. Like a bullet for my child my family. It still hurts. Really less than one week. To leave up FUN for one week.

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So the stuff is taken down. We move forward. I am guessing that we as full- time medical can’t do the same things as those who are weekend warriors. We have been able to enjoy our neighbors. Really blessed to have some of the neighbors that we do have. Some great families and great kids. We also have grown attached to some of the work-campers here as well. Its nice to have that community while being displaced for a season. We are thankful to all those who have reached out to us.

You can tell that Fall is upon us. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There is a chill in the air. The leaves are falling and changing colors. Its like the leaves are on fire. Vibrant orange, yellow and browns. They flicker in the wind.

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The sweetness of Pumpkin pie and Apple cider blow in the wind. Roasted Marshmallows flickering in the fire. Lightly brown like cane sugar or Burnt like charcoal. Washing it down with that dark chocolate hinted with vanilla bean hot cocoa. Or that Cool crisp green apple cider hinted with cinnamon, allspice and an added hidden Vanilla bean pod scraped full of goodness.

The planning of the Thanksgiving table is upon us. The time for fellowship and being thankful. The time to share a bounty from the summer. Time to see children running, laughing and playing and not having a care of what the adults are sweating in life.

The adults time to sit back and forget about the stress and daily grind of emotions that sit on our hearts like a hotplate turned on high and out of control. The time to share with other women the recipes of holiday goodness. The men sharing their work warrior stories.

Try and forget the disparity of the political harshness upon this season. Its an agenda if you will of something that is worse than the worst musical. One of the the church singer who sings their heart out and things carrying a note means to pick up a quarter note on paper and carry it to their table. We have all been there and know what Im talking about.

Its time to pack it in soon. Indian Summer is right around that corner. One more week or semi week what ever God chooses for our weather. It will be warm, the north wind will come galloping on that cold, white horse and then the sharp contrast of wind, rain and cold is right at his hindquarter.

Ill be sharing some recipes of the Fall. These will be some quick and easy recipes. I hope you enjoy them.

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I have been very slow in sharing I’ve had some issues with my photos transferring. Lazy internet connections. You see being medical mobile I have Fall and Spring cleaning. It depends on how many seasons where we stay as to how many many clean – outs and cleanings we have. Yes it seems redundant. But it is necessary for growing and moving forward.

God had a different plan for us this Fall and Winter. We accept what He has for us. We take it as the next step of moving forward, growing more with Him.

Happy Fall

Day 3 Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp Resort Bremen, Georgia

Our second day we drove through Mississippi, Alabama and into Georgia.  I will say driving this way is a good way to get somewhere. You haven’t seen all the behind the scenes of what it takes to do this.

I made pre-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners for our daughter so all we had to do was heat and eat.

I will also go on record for saying that Birmingham honestly has some of the worst and scariest drivers ever.

We saw an unbelievable number of accidents. The weather was good though in that cloud cover and small showers actually kept our vehicles cooled off.

We saw some scary accidents like on I20 Westbound there was a tractor trailer that had a car who had spun out of control probably due to rain slick highways. The car was up under the truck. I could not find this on the news or anywhere on the internet. People should start questioning why it is so difficult to pull up a major accident.  Especially one that shuts down a Interstate. My prayers go out to all those involved and those who watched the accident unfold in front of them.

First stop – EZ Dayz Rv Park Southaven, Mississippi

I always have a back up plan because something seems to always inevitably happen.

This time we were planned a month ahead, however our batteries and other mechanicals that Allen started out with seemed to all fall through. It wasn’t the peoples fault we were working with but just a chain of events.  This chain of events led to it was really a challenge to leave but albeit at about 4 or 4:30 we left regardless. I was going to leave that place even if it meant parking at a campground down the road. We made it to Southaven Mississippi.  We normally stay at the Yogi Bear park but this time we weren’t sure where we would be leaving so late. We decided to forgo the Memphis, TN. Whole Foods where we normally stop to eat dinner and keep bussing.

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Stop 1 :

EZ Dayz Rv Park.

I called and spoke to Kristy and sent an email and it was right at their closing time.  I explained our long paraphernalia of equipment. We have a 40 ft motor coach, a 22 ft. handicap accessible van, and the van pulls a 10 ft cargo trailer that houses our daughters special needs equipment.

She said that she had spot that could accommodate us. Good. So on we went we didn’t even stop at Whole Foods it was too late.  The campground is really nice. Its huge. There are parts of the campground on both sides of the road.

Amenities:

Outdoor Swimming Pool

Cool off with an invigorating swim or just relax by the pool.

Indoor Hot Tub

Enjoy a refreshing dip in our indoor hot tub and soak your cares away.

Meeting Rooms

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The main meeting room offers air-conditioned comfort and access to the adjoining kitchen. The lobby provides a place to sit back and read a book, watch our big screen TV, or enjoy conversation with your fellow guests over a free cup of coffee. The covered outdoor verandah is located by the pool and hot tub and is an ideal place to enjoy a cook-out or other outdoor gathering.

Massage Therapist

Our on-site massage therapist will help you unwind after your day’s travels and activities.

Rates: Please verify on website for most recent rates.

EZ DAZE RV Park is dedicated to providing you with the best RV park sites in the Greater Memphis area. Big rigs are welcome. Drive just a few minutes south of the Tennessee border to Southaven, Mississippi and you’ll enjoy:

 

  • Full Hook-ups
    Full hook-ups include 20/30/50 Amp electricity, level concrete pads, water and sewer.
  • Pets Welcome!
    Your leashed pets aren’t just allowed – they are welcome at our park!
 

  • FREE Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet)
    Stay online and connected to your e-mail with our FREE Wi-Fi (wireless internet service).
  • FREE Cable TV
    Enjoy free cable TV service at your site.

Now the downside.

This is good for overnight parking and if you want to stay it is nice. It sort of reminds me of an apartment complex setting for RV’s.  There are a lot of spaces and a lot of those spaces were full but we didn’t see a lot of people.

It is well kept and very clean no trash.

We got to this campground at about 10:30 that night. We were tired but glad the campground was clean. It was very quiet.

We noticed that pulling the bus in there wasn’t enough space for the van or the trailer. This is a major deal since our van needs to remain plugged in and we usually plug it in to our bus.  This keep a cooler cooled for our daughters special dietary needs.

This is NOT what we want especially after calling and sending an email for a specific need. This is why we tend to camp at truck stops occasionally.

http://ezdazervpark.com/index.html  Here is the link for the park.

We ended up unhooking our trailer for the night.  We had to squeeze the trailer in front of the bus on the drivers side backed in. We then had to pull in the van next to trailer and passenger couldn’t even get out. Which is a nightmare for a child with special needs , We spent an hour and  half getting unloaded and getting equipment moved. We have had worse but its really disheartening with tired kids and we are tired from driving and we were forced to unhook. The next time we will stay again at Yogi Bear Southaven again.  http://memphisjellystone.com

Prices may be a little more but it is worth not having to unhook and hook back up.

It is needless to say with staying up so late that we were tired, we overslept and then our jacks got stuck and wouldn’t go up.

We were given the ” you need to leave call” . I think it needs to be known that check in we didn’t make and we were clearly late leaving because of staying up so late from moving around equipment.

We did keep with the 3 state rule for us though for traveling.  We did Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

I didn’t have time to take any photos to even show you the park.

 

Here we go….

Another Chapter

Another Song

Another Dance

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Thank you Arkansas – my home state for being so kind for all the kind and wonderful people who are here.

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Spring 2016 Conway Arkansas

Well it’s almost time to leave and say goodbye.  It has really been an interesting trip.

Fun it really hasn’t been.  It has been heart breaking in a lot of ways.  I guess everyone has their way of saying goodbye.  I had to deal with many things on this trip and to say that it hasn’t been emotional would certainly be a lie.

 

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Mossville Cemetery September 7, 2016 By my dads headstone where his soul lays sleeping.

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September 2016 She is letting all the ladybugs fly…..

It is time however to move on.  God is so good.  He is good if you let Him into your life and be good to you.  He needs to be your everything. Those things that we think are from the dark if you have God – we are just like the flowers asleep over the winter time. When the Spring sun hits the flowers and it starts to warm the flowers open with life.

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Well I still have a lot to do. We have been getting Beachnest ready for this day ( to leave that is ). Its a lot of work.  We have food and water and will check all the systems tonight to get ready to roll this week.

If you are trying to text me or to email me – we don’t really have email or text sometimes because of the cell towers. Please bear with us until we are parked.  I hope to be better at writing on the website this time. If I had done this when we started it would be amazing for you to see the sights we have seen. We have only done the free sights so our funds go mainly for camp sights, food, and fuel.  Occasionally we get a state park pass especially somewhere worthy like South Carolina.

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Arkansas Sunset

Until the next time. If you are out on the road hopefully we can see you sometime. If you are along our path out on the road stop by and say Hi.

We are on our way to sunny Florida for Dr. appointments.

I hope to get at least a few pictures while on the way there and then while we are there.

I just really hope it cools off some.

Happy trails everyone

and

God bless !

Time to move forward

Moving forward to the “Next Step”

  Life on the road for rehabilitation is not easy.  It’s funny how most people see
it as we are on some

kind of “full-time vacation”.  That could not be further from the truth actually.  I suppose if you have never had a special needs child or worked with a special needs child you couldn’t possibly understand

what is involved.

We have not had an actual vacation in over twelve years. No time off.

Someone please send us on a vacation- I’m tired of being an adult.

Most people associate someone staying in a RV with being retired or on vacation. In our case neither one stands true.

In fact it can be a lot more challenging.
This is what works for our daughter and to fit her needs.  We as a family have made many sacrifices. We will continue to make sacrifices when we need to in order to get this little girl better.
I really can’t expect people to understand this and thats ok.  You also can’t expect to understand something if you aren’t familiar.
Its time for therapy again and once again we are challenged with work, therapy, travel, repairs and costs associated with all of this.
Our daughters care has been highly successful with the therapies and treatments that we have done with her.  There are still many things we are working on.  There is a much larger puzzle.  Therapy, treatments, her daily care, education, daily life skills, and inclusion into our society are all some of the things we are faced with on a daily basis.
We will be trying a new therapy in September this year and are very excited about it.  In the
meantime we have lab work and a Dr. appt. with Dr. Jerry to get out of the way first.
What this involves is finding a “clean lab” not a hospital to get labs and a trip to either Florida or California to see the Doc.
( This expense involves travel – fuel for coach and accessible van, a campground to park while in Florida or California for Dr. appt. and fuel to the next therapy)
We start a new therapy in September. This is exciting. I actually researched conductive education early on. In 2010 there was only one facility in Miami which wasn’t financially possible at the time.
In 2010 at this point we had already lost our house. Not because of mismanaged funds but health insurance doesn’t make house payments or make up for time off from work missed to keep our child alive.
I personally would rather have my children alive and well than to have a house. Hence, this is why we are where we are. Yes we would all love to have a home to come to when we are not doing therapy and treatments. But tell me, how many of you can afford the upkeep and expenses of 2 homes? I’ll bet not very many. I know we can’t. Im just being realistic. It isn’t an option.
 ** Septembers therapy is in Texas. We will need fuel for coach and van as well as a campground while we are there for the month doing therapy. We need to be near the Lewisville, Grapevine or Carrolton, Denton areas.  
There are not a lot of campgrounds in North Texas where we are going. It is also sometimes difficult to find a campground that can fit all of our equipment. Im sure people think we are probably rock stars but we are not.
We have a 2000 LX Bluebird wander lodge motor coach http://beachnest.net  that we have been blessed to use.  We also have a handicap accessible van and a 10 ft cargo trailer that hold rehabilitation equipment and a freezer that contains her restricted meal plans and food. We have close to 80 feet of equipment or can side by side 45 feet.
We had hoped to then head to the west coast to do Physiotherapy at Polfit Wellness http://www.polfit.com/ourstory.html  if you look on the Testimonials page there is our Abigail.  We had planned to do this in October.  I just don’t see this right now. It may be financially impossible.
Hopefully one day I can devote more time to this blog and to our websites so that I can share photos and videos with you. Polfit therapy in Southern California http://www.polfit.com/ourstory.html
in conjunction with
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments also in Southern California http://cfnmedicine.com/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/ and the blessing of God helped Abigail to take her first steps.
I was going to post a photo of Abi doing hyperbaric therapy but with crashing my computer three times I have photos scattered everywhere in external drives. This is also why our web site is so far behind in being rebuilt.
None of these therapies or treatments is covered for our diagnosis on any insurance .  As you can tell this is a huge expense.
In the near future I will put everything together on Beachnest.net so it is accessible by one page.
We do have a special needs trust that is set up for Abigail’s medical expenses but it does not cover the amount of therapy that is needed.  We have to budget the funds we have and do the very minimum of therapy.  Otherwise we will run out of funds for her lifetime.
We have done fundraising and have a page set up on Coles pages to take donations.  http://www.colespages.org/AbigailesStory/pages/visit  We appreciate all donations. There is honestly no donation that is too small ever.  Coles pages does have a fee to cover their processing so that they can send the families a check to cover costs. Many people complain about this fee but in my opinion Coles pages has expenses as well and it does cost money to be able to run a non profit organization.
We have had to cancel the past 2 years Physiotherapy due to unforeseen circumstances and because of work and not being able to take time off.  We don’t want to cancel again this year as well. It is a lot less expensive to stay in Southern California during the winter months as opposed to summer. So many kids come during the summer break that we could not get in during that time if we needed to. We have seen tremendous progress from these therapies.
We are wrapping things up here and are praying for extra work in Texas while doing therapy, funds to get coach in order ( air conditioner that went out, batteries (6 of them) and our awning broke). We will also be praying for a place to stay in Texas while we do therapy. We are also praying for Abi to do well with this new therapy and for us to see progress. Progress is – not everyone sees the same results).
I honestly will just be thankful to leave this place. I love the state it is my home state. I am just ready to move forward and to get this little girl working again and on the road to recovery.
blessings to you all,
Paris xoxo

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I found this awesome recipe on http://Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes .  We are gluten intolerant and I had stopped making pancakes and waffles just because they would make us sick every time we ate them. Even if they were home made. So, I gave these a try. They are so easy I make them in a measuring cup ( a tall one from my juicer) and then I pour them into the pan. I don’t always fry them on the stove top I sometimes even bake them and they are great! I am so addicted to these pancakes they are really fantastic! Be sure to thank Amanda at Running with Spoons for this great recipe.
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Author: Amanda @ Running with Spoons http://Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Yields: 1 serving, 6-7 pancakes
Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats*
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 medium-size ripe banana, sliced (about 50g)
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 1/4 cup (60 g) plain Greek yogurt**
    • 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and coat it with cooking spray or oil. You want to make sure that it’s very hot before you start cooking your pancakes.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender in the order listed and blend until the oats have broken down and batter is frothy.
  3. Using a ladle or 1/4 cup (60 ml) measuring cup, drop batter onto skillet until desired size of pancakes is reached. Cook until the edges begin to look dry and bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake, about 1 minute. Using a spatula, flip and cook about 2 more minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to coat your skillet again with oil between each batch.
  4. Remove from heat and serve with your favourite toppings.
Notes
* Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need these to be gluten-free.
** You can also use a flavoured Greek yogurt.
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Seasons of life

Do you hate me because I disagree with you?

Do you call me a biggot because I disagree with you?

I have been watching the things of this world for some time now and it really saddens me to know that our society has fallen so far from God.  It’s no wonder we are a confused, depressed, and angry population.

It saddens me to know that if I disagree with someone about “my beliefs” I am called a biggot.

I still have a right to my belief. I don’t even have to leave me house – you call me on the phone and attack me.  What is wrong with this picture. How do we determine who has a right to their beliefs and who doesn’t?

I don’t believe that anyone has a right to force anyone to do anything against their beliefs. Since when do people start planning a hate agenda because someone thinks or believes differently?

In my situation jealousy, envy and coveting has been the root of the hate and hostility toward me.

I have chosen to believe what I believe because of what I have gone through, research, and how I choose to live my life.

I am not rich. I don’t own anything except a few clothes. I choose not to live of this world but right now I am in it. I serve a loving God whom I choose to follow His ways not distorted of this world.

Do not cast your anger and hate toward me. I have a family that I love and am dedicated to and have been since I married my husband and even God is above them.

It really burdens my heart to see people speak to others and treat others out of hate and spite. It is cruelty.

If you do not believe in the same God I do. That is okay it is your belief. If you do not choose to live your life the way I do, that is okay.

I don’t care what you do it is your choice but please my family has enough on our plate and no resources or family to help with it. Please just leave us out of it.

Celebration of Life

This post has been transferred from Abigaile’s Story Journal.

It is a rather bittersweet time. My husbands birthday is today. I remember his birthday not only because it is the same day as mine but mine is February.

I also remember this day because 13 years ago on April the 7th my daughter Abigaile was not doing so well.

We had some friends over and were doing a Bible study. We were playing music and having a really nice time. Abigaile was 5 months old.

She was in her little bouncy seat with a pacificer and was jumping around a bit to the music. I was glad to see her in such a good mood because just a couple of days before I had taken her for her well-baby visit. At that visit she had her immunizations.

She had been crying and not in the best mood she also wasn’t sleeping well.

I attributed this to getting her shots and felt in a couple of days with motrin or infant Tylenol it should go away.

While I was playing on the piano I heard this strange noise. I asked my husband to check on her on the sofa she was just a few feet away.

When he looked at her she was stiff and rocking back and forth and making a gurgling sound. Initially we thought maybe she got choked on her pacifier. We looked and the pacifier was intact. We looked around to see what she could have gotten choked on and couldnt find anything. She was gurgling even more. Her skin started turning grey. Then she turned blue. I had her on my left arm doing CPR and had the phone in my right hand calling (9-1-1) the EMS came and she was fine. We decided to take her to the hospital anyways to make sure she was okay.

Of course when we got to the hospital she was fine.

Oh my goodness, what just happened?

I started charting everything that she did, the things she wasnt doing.

Two days later the same episode played over again and her eyes started darting. Again, she went by ambulance after stopping breathing.  This time the ER Dr. that was on call asked if he could pray for her.  He was the clinic owner of where our Pediatrician was at. He knew Abigaile was serious. We had the gamut of labs, then straight to the Trauma room.

Our Abigaile wasn’t there, she was out of it. She had her eyes open. Her eyes darting back and forth. Her little body rigid. They did nothing. They observed her. The next ER Dr. came in. He shook his head and said there is nothing that can be done right now. He left the room.

We said that we put our trust, our faith and everything we had in God. We dropped to our knees in the middle of that dirty ER Trauma room floor. Im sure we were sobbing. Our oldest daughter 5 at the time started running a temperature when we checked it, her temperature was 104.F.

We kept praying.   Eventually the ER nurse on duty came in and said they would be admitting our daughter. That she was having seizures.

A few hours later we were assigned a private room. We called every pastor and member of every church that we knew. We called missionaries we called every one and asked them for their prayers over our little girl. We were heartbroken. We really didnt know what to do. We just knew we needed to pray.

Our little Abigaile her body was swollen. She didn’t really seem to come out of the seizure. They gave her Phenobarbitol by IV and it made her worse. More seizures. Uncontrollable seizures.

We were discharged 2 days later.  We had orders to continue the Phenobarbitol that wasn’t working as well as a couple of other meds I don’t remember.

Our orders included from her Pediatrician were to be admitted to Arkansas Childrens Hospital.  With our daughter in a constant seizure pattern we know realize they should have air-lifted her. God was protecting her.

This was back in the day when the constant road work was being done on the I40 Interstate between Alma and Little Rock. We drove from Northwest Arkansas over the mountain the only place where the John Paul Hammerschmidt Highwas was complete.

We got to I40 and this was after my husband had worked all day so then we ate dinner and I drove it seemed all night. I mapped on the Rand Mcnally ( we didn’t have GPS then) the little hospitals along the way. They may as well have been nursing homes. I thought if we got stuck and our daughter was not well I would stop at the hospitals and at least they could air lift her to childrens.

It took almost 4 hours because of construction. We got a hotel that night and then the next morning went to our visit with Dr. Lange at Arkansas Childrens. She saw our little girl, held her and then had the Geneticist to look at her. She ordered an MRI and had her admitted. They took her vitals, weight and height. They were astonished at the size of her head.

We went through multiple tests. She even had a spinal that I was told to leave the room.

She was admitted to ICU and they sedated her brain to stop her seizing.  She was sedated for over three days when they concluded she was able to come out of sedation and was put on a different seizure medication called Topomax. A day later she was discharged. While we were driving back to the hotel she got choked on a teething ring. We stopped at another hotel and called 9-1-1.  By the time the EMS got there it was already dislodged and she spit out the bloody piece that had choked her. We thought initially she was having another seizure but instead she was choking.

One day I will write a book about this little girl of ours. She is a truly a miracle from God.

The Dr.s said that she would never walk, she would never talk, and she would likely be in a “vegetative state”.

One thing I can say about Abigaile is she loves everyone, she loves everything and she even loves her “vegetables”. ( cheeky grin)

Doing Physiotherapy

I am thankful my husband has another year has been blessed by God. Im thankful my Abigaile has lived another year that has been blessed by God.

She still has a very long way to go but I am certain that God has brought us this far and I know that God says He will never leave us or forsake us.

I take God at His Word.

God bless you all thank you for your prayers.

Paris ( mommy of Abigaile ) xoxoxo