January 2020 Budget

Sorry this took me so long to get out, but we always adjust the budget at the beginning of a new year, and this year in particular I wanted to take some time and really look at the targets.  I have five years worth of data to reference and in my mind it was time to stop pretending I didn’t know what I know.  For example, on average we have spent $685 a month in groceries and my target for the last four years was $600.  Obviously that isn’t going to happen so I should just own what it is.  Lee also wanted the spreadsheet to line up more with the categories he has in our Quicken account and he put them in alphabetical order because the other sort order has been driving him crazy.  So here’s the month.

We spent well over our budgeted amount, but we know where that came from. In short, when we get some money I like to eat out, and Lee likes to buy stuff for the RV.  That pattern is definitely reflected in these numbers.  See below for more details.

Bank Fee – Lee added this category which I previously had left out because he wanted to track it.  This is for credit card fees or a bank account fee if we don’t meet the deposit or activity requirements for an account. We are still digging ourselves out from the medical expenses and had a few new bills; we paid for the MRI of Lee’s shoulder and other related expenses.

Campground Fees – This was predominately the first ten days in January where we stayed in Charleston but were not paying a lower monthly rate, and the campgrounds we stayed in making our way to San Antonio.

Clothing – Lee and I both had to purchase some work clothes.

Dining Out – This category was absolutely insane and I actually had to go back and double check the entries.  Part of it was eating as we traveled and the other part was dining out once we got here.  $800 in eating out is insanely high and hit not just our wallet but also our waistlines. Normally I have a pretty good idea of where we are in this category but this totally got away from me.

Entertainment – This was high as well, but we did an Escape Room (more to come in the next post on that) and a few other fun things in Charleston before we left.

Groceries – Despite all the dining out we still spent a ton of money on food.  I always think if one category goes up the other category should go down but that’s not always the case.  I’ll be interested to see what happens in February.

Healthcare Out of Pocket Expenses – This is for co-pays and deductible payments.  In the past these expenses were not reported because they came out of an HSA account which is completely gone now.  I have been trying to start another one with my new company but I ran into a major issue with our address. Fidelity will not accept our mailing address to set up an HSA so I had to provide a physical address.  This has caused delays of several months and I still am waiting for the account to be set up properly.  This is becoming more prevalent, by the way.  Our bank recently requested a physical address and the voting board did as well.   Keep that in mind if you are choosing a mail service, because it is a major pain in the butt when these issues occur.

Home Equipment – We practically broke even in this category as compared to the new budget which was good. We are looking at replacing some carpet in February so we will see what happens to this category then 🙂

Pets – I added a category for Jack with a rough estimate of $50 a month.  We don’t have much data on our spend here so will see how this year goes.

Truck Fuel – This was high because we traveled from Charleston, SC to San Antonio, TX.  As usual this balances out well by the end of the year. Now that I am working again I have thought about getting a second vehicle, but at this point I just don’t want the extra expense and headache.  As Oliver gets older and we want to take him places this may be an issue because our truck only has two seats.  At this point I am leaning towards renting a second car for short periods rather than buying a second vehicle.  Still mulling it over though.

As you can see from the budget we did not adjust it to accommodate additional spending because we can.  I did make adjustments in some cases because of past data, but nothing in advance.  This year should be very interesting from a spend perspective and we will see how it all works out.


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First Dual Work Trips

Over the last several years Lee and I have both traveled for work, but up until last week we have never both been gone at the same time.  Before Jack this would have required some scheduling to make it work, but after Jack it also required some doggy daycare. Thankfully our friend Kelly stepped up and watched Jack for us or I would have had to find someplace to board, which is not the easiest thing to do when you are traveling.  I also might have been concerned about leaving the rig alone, but again with Kelly and Bill to keep an eye out no worries there.

Lee’s trip was much longer than mine (10 days) and he left first.  He had some quality Jack time before he left though and they both seemed a little sad the night before.

I was able to stay through the weekend which was nice, because Linda had her first dinner party.  Linda and Kelly were best friends in their previous sticks and bricks lives, and Linda recently bought Jo and Ben’s old RV and went out on the road full time.  I think solo women are badass in general, but Linda even more so because it is all new to her.  The party was really great and we all had a good time hanging out, although I think it was a little weird for Jo and Ben because it’s not their rig anymore.

Bill and Greg

 

Beautiful sunset at Canyon Lake

 

So much more space in the RV without Peyton in it 🙂

 

Kelly and Linda!

 

Next up was the super bowl, and since I was the person with the best TV signal I decided to host. I generally don’t have that many people in my RV, but it worked out well. Per my tradition I had a huge ribeye steak and did a good job cooking it myself, if I do say so.  Lee usually cooks the steaks so it’s been awhile.  As an FYI I split it into three separate meals so the calorie count was more than reasonable.

Watching the halftime show. We all liked it.

 

I also made this low cal desert which ended up being 170 calories each…not too shabby.

 

Later in the week I made my first ever spinach and chicken crepes and was really happy with how they tasted. They aren’t beautiful, but they were yummy delicious and very reasonable at 300 calories for the pair.

Finally it was time for me to leave on my trip.  It was Weds – Friday and for the first time ever I was in downtown Indianapolis.  It was actually really nice with tons of old buildings and statues.  The hotel was next to Memorial square right downtown.

Old style pizza place

 

It was a nice work trip and I was glad to be able to go but I will say keeping to my diet on the road was extremely difficulty.  Airports have tons of restaurants, but finding menu items under 800 calories was darn near impossible, and that included my general travel go to of Caesar salad.  Finally I just said screw it and ended up 2-1/2 pounds heavier when I got back.  Some of that was probably water weight but it was discouraging how hard it was to maintain the diet without my lean cuisines and low calories snack items.

Meanwhile Lee was in Orlando working as a freelance director for his old company and his best friend on the Safelite Auto Glass technician competition. 4 days of loading in and 2 days of shows, with a day of strike. It was a long week of long hours but he and his friend managed to squeeze out some time at the beginning and end of the work schedule to visit a few parks and have some fun.

 

 

 

I got back and then Lee came home two days later, so everyone is home now.  Jack and Kelly really bonded while we were gone so at least one really nice thing came out of it. Not much else going on, just working and hanging out with friends.  We’ve got an escape room planned next week, so that should be fun for all of us.

 


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Sammy and Peyton Come to Visit Jack

Lots going on here at the Center for Mental Wellness (that’s what we call our friends Greg and Cori’s place) so I’ll just jump right in and share whats been happening.  First and foremost we have been watching lots of Oliver TV in the mornings, and I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what that looks like.  Mostly our daughter just sets the camera up in the mornings and we watch him play, but at least once a week we jump on Skype and talk to him.  His face lights up and he smiles when he sees our faces which makes me very happy because that means he still remembers us.

Me watching Ollie TV

 

Here’s Oliver watching us back. Isn’t technology amazing!!

Jack does seem confused by it all though and doesn’t really know what to do, so it was good when Peyton and Sammy came to visit.  They even brought their owners Jo and Ben along, and it was great seeing them since it has been awhile.  Cori and Greg made a huge plate of ribs and chicken for everyone and we had a great fire that night as well.

Beautiful Peyton

 

Me with a lap full of puppies. From left: Hobbie, Jack, and Sammy; a beautiful ruby colored cavalier who is full of energy. Jack finally has someone who can keep up with him.

 

So much food!!!

 

From left: Ben, Bill, Kelly, Cori, Jo, Lee, and Greg’s leg 🙂

One day I even got to watch all the dogs and Aunt Tracy’s Daycare was open for business. Our RV layout isn’t great for lots of people but seems to work pretty well for dogs.  We learned that Peyton likes to watch cat videos and had a blast watching her watch them.

This picture was crazy hard to get. From left: Peyton, Jack, Sammy, and Hobie

It wasn’t all about the dogs though.  On Saturday morning Cori, Kelly, Jo, and I went to a farmers market.  It was a small one but was attached to an old general store and the products were really great.  I bought some fantastic vegetables and some goats milk lotion which is terrific.  Prices were reasonable, people were friendly, and it was a beautiful day.

 

There were only two booths but the one on the left was amazing

 

And there was tons of local product inside the store

 

My friend Deb turned me on to Goats milk lotion made at local farms and although it can be tough to find I am a huge fan. I grabbed one of these bottles for $12 which is a very reasonable price.

We also stopped by the local CRRC thrift store in Canyon Lake and made a donation.  I love this thrift store because the money goes back into the community and supports the local food bank and a community center where they offer reasonably priced classes.  Cori, Kellie, and I took a great Zumba class one evening for only $5 and they offer a ton of other activities as well.  I like to see where my donations are going, so feeling inspired I decided to do a mini purge and get rid of items I have not used in over two years.  For such a small space it’s surprising how many of those things I have tucked into corners collecting dust.

After we made the donation we went inside and I was thrilled to find a Bunn coffee pot for $2!!!  Mine broke a few months back and the same quality replacement was $35 online.  I bought a cheapie one instead and we don’t like it, so it was amazing to find one for only two bucks.  I have been shopping for clothes at thrift stores for years but am definitely going to start looking in the other aisles going forward.  You never know what you will find.

As great as it has been seeing everyone, I have had to make some adjustments to try and keep to my calorie limits.  As much as I enjoy community meals a few times I have opted out and had a lean cuisine instead and I really need to keep an eye on alcohol.  I haven’t drank at all since I started tracking calories and was a little shocked to learn how many calories were in alcohol.  A glass of wine is around 140 and a raspberry margarita I had was 300!!  Incorporating those extra calories into my 1500 a day has been darn near impossible for me, so largely I am trying to avoid drinking.

On the plus side, we did find Zumba classes I could make with my work schedule and I finally solved my breakfast problem.  I have been trying different breakfast foods and got lucky and found a way to microwave one scrambled egg in the morning in a square shape.  I have been trying to duplicate the square egg in a McDonalds bacon , egg, and cheese biscuit for months and I stumbled across a product that will allow me to make my own.

Scramble the egg in a separate bowl and pour in the right side then gently close the lid.  It does leak a little but look at the result. You can make “fried” egg too just don’t scramble it.

One egg and two pieces of bacon is the perfect amount of protein to start the day and only 181 calories!  Delicious!

So glad I found an easy solution to that problem and I definitely feel better starting the day off with some protein.  I seem to be stuck though on my 8 pound loss so really trying to stick to the calorie counting and adding back in some more exercise to move me to the nest level!

Till next time…Trace


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First Time at Hamilton Pool

For the last several years, every time we came to San Antonio I have wanted to go to Hamilton Pool.  Unfortunately the timing has just not worked out.  Part of that is they have restricted hours in the winter, and it’s also not really close to anything, requiring a several hour commitment.  Thankfully all the stars aligned for Memorial Day, and Cori made a reservation and off we went.

Yes, you heard that right.  Even though it is a county park the demand for use is so high they require a reservation to come and visit.  And they take it seriously.  We arrived 15 minutes early and the attendant made us leave and come back at.  Not park and wait…there was no place for that, but actually leave the property and come back.  Things were not starting out well.  The way it works is you can book either morning or afternoon and you have 9am -12:30pm or 2pm – 5:30pm to hang out in the area.  For us that was plenty of time since it was too cold to swim but that would definitely be a bummer if you wanted to stay and picnic and swim.

We left and drove around for our time and came back to a line of cars.  First we had to stop and give them our names and then Cori had to show her ID because she made the reservation.  Next we pulled up to a kiosk and we had to pay $15 cash for the carload.  Cori paid $10 online to reserve a spot and then we paid an extra $15.  Not horrible for 4 people, but not great either. When we got out I was relieved to see a few port-a-johns because it was not close to anything, and a long drive.  Unfortunately they were VERY dirty which really ticked me off.  I am not sure what they were doing with the time between groups but obviously they were not cleaning the restrooms.

Finally we set off and we saw that the trail was .25 miles with a steep downgrade.  There was a paved road going down to the bottom, but it was for maintenance vehicles and closed.  Not sure if they allow people to use it in season or not.  The trail was VERY rough and steep and I quickly regretted not wearing my hiking shoes.  I really had to pay attention to where I walked and the stones were wet in some areas which didn’t help.  It was pretty though and there were some nice benches along the way.

I’m not sure how bicycles go?? They had a fee for them. I was confused by this. No way could you get a stroller to work on that path.

 

This explained the reservation hours

 

 

 

 

I don’t mind signs I really don’t but they were everywhere and not great in tone. That being said I did see a guy step right over a stay on trail sign and get talked to by the attendant that stayed in the pool area.

 

The benches were nice along the way

 

This was the friendliest thing I saw. It had pieces of wood that people could use as walking sticks I really liked this.

When we got to the end of the trail we saw another nice feature.  They had life jackets that people could use to swim.  The water was really cold the day we went but we did see one guy swimming.  That would be really fun actually as the water is beautiful.

The path did have some cool features

 

Anyone know what these purple berries are? I’ve never seen these before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we turned that last corner though I have to say it was really beautiful.  Several small waterfalls dripping from the cliff and a gorgeous pond.  We took our time walking around it and although it was crowded people were respectful of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rocks were really cool as well.  Many of them had moss growing on them and you could just feel how old they were as you walked around.  There is one place that was a super tight squeeze though.  Lee had a bit of trouble getting through it 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took us about an hour to complete the walk, and although it was pretty I don’t really think it was worth all the fuss.  The people who worked there were borderline rude and it was overpriced for the hike alone.  We even tried to extend it a bit by walking along the creek, but the path you have to stay on doesn’t get close to the water so you really can’t see it.  We turned around and came back.  I’m glad we got out and hiked, and its always great being with our friends, but I cant really recommend this unless you have have the time and don’t mind the aggravation.

 


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Quick Update

Sorry it’s been so long since I have posted but things have been pretty busy.  First our daughter Kat came to visit her sister in Charleston, and we got to meet her new significant other.  For those who are keeping track, Kat was married but last year she got divorced.  I generally don’t post about my kids’ lives as it is their business, but when it converges with the story narrative I need to give at least some background.  We really liked Adrian, and it was nice seeing all my kids in the same month.

From left: Me, Lee, Adrian, and Kat

As soon as Adrian and Kat left we left as well, and it was VERY difficult saying goodbye to Oliver, Kyrston, and Jeremy.  My only solace was Lee and Kyrston worked out how to Skype and how she could point a camera at the baby, so most mornings we wake up to some Oliver TV.  Here are a few pictures of the last couple of weeks we were together.

We got to feed the baby before w left. He just started solid foods and sleeping through the night

 

Jack’s not sure about the Johnny Jump up but Oliver loves it. If you ever want to buy a baby present this is a MUST have. He will spend up to an hour jumping and laughing and gives his mom a nice break

 

The last day he came to visit was super sad.

 

But we figured out a place to put the baby on our travels so we were all set 🙂

 

Jack was licking him goodbye

 

I loved that they both stuck out their tongues at the same time

The only good part of leaving was we were headed back to San Antonio to see Greg, Cori, Kelly, and Bill.  As much as Jack likes Finn he missed Hobie, and they fell back into the swing of things immediately.  Bill and Kelly also got a new kitten, Simba, and Jack and he were getting used to each other.  We had a great fire one night and as much as I miss Ollie it was great to be back with friends.

I bought the same food that Hobie eats so they can share a bowl now

 

Simba is a cutie

 

One more thing.  My diet has been going well, and since December 1st I have lost 8 pounds.  I am doing this by tracking my calories and sticking to 1500 a day.  This is helping me lose around one pound a week and I am pretty satisfied as long as I eat moderately throughout the day.  The few times I have splurged and tried to make it back up I regretted it.

Since there is no workout facility close to where we are staying I decided to try a couple of at home options.  From Target I purchased an inexpensive jump rope and I also bought a Simply Fit Board which is surprisingly inexpensive and fun.  It’s harder to be on a schedule with these home items but I need to build some time into my routine.

Just like the jump ropes in elementary school

 

This was a Shark Tank item and only $20. That’s a steal in my mind. Target had them in a display that I was able to try out.

 

Twisting…shake it shake it shake it baby!

 

The best exercise though is hiking and we were able to squeeze in a long awaited hike to Hamilton Pool.  I’ll share that experience with you next time.

Oh, and one last thing.  People want to know how the job is going and the short answer is: great.  I have a project going live today and another on Thursday.  It feels great to be doing what I love again and being fairly compensated for it.

 


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Year Five Budget and Five Year Totals

Well, here we are at the five year mark, and I am pretty excited.  I love data and finally we have plenty of it, so it’s time to really look at what this lifestyle is costing us. But before we get into that let’s start with 2019 and see how the year went.

As you can see in 2019 we totally blew our budget.  This was largely intentional as we were making more money at the end of the year, but we also had some unforeseen costs.  The biggest negative variances were Dining Out, Truck Maintenance, Gifts, and Home Repairs.  Some of that was discretionary and some was not. I am not going to going to go through every category this year because I want to focus on the five year numbers.    If you would like to delve into the details please see each individual month’s report out for that information.    

Here are the Mins, Maxes, and Averages versus budget for 2019 only.  It is interesting that most of the categories on average were just a little bit over.  That does add up of course but the big variance is in Home repair, where we were over on average by almost $500 a month.  Some of that was discretionary and some was mandatory.  I will say that at the five year mark stuff starts to wear out or break.  Just like in a sticks and bricks home where all your appliances seem to break at the same time, we had several things that needed replaced or fixed this year. Since we have almost 50,000 miles on our RV and our truck hit 100,000 miles that makes sense I suppose.

OK, so let’s talk about the five year numbers. In order to give people a means of comparison I have removed all the items that I consider “one-offs”.  The reason I did this is everyone needs to eat, have fuel, etc, but not everyone pays for a Mor-Ryde system or their daughter’s wedding.  I also left out health insurance because this is extremely variable for people.  Essentially I am presenting five years worth of our BASE COSTS.  In no way should you assume these will be your only costs.  First of all, everyone is different.  Secondly, stuff happens.  No matter who you are or how you travel you will have extra costs come your way in a five year period.  That’s why a savings account is so important.  We started the lifestyle with $40K in savings and five years later have $17K left.  That $23K is what we spent above and beyond what we made on the road and our regular expenses.

Let’s jump in! Can you tell I am excited?  I’m such a nerd.

 

A couple of things really jumped out at me when I put this together.

  1. The annual totals were far less than I would have thought.  Prior to going on the road we were making around $160k a year in total and spending every penny of it.  I had serious doubts that we could ever lower our spending to a level we could support while working non-corporate jobs but it turned out we could.  The combination of having a free place to stay and spending less money while we were working had results.  The downside was we had to work way more than we originally thought to even make this much money, but it was possible.  The money we made did not cover any extras though, which is why our savings was slowly depleted.  In particular I was proud of 2017 where we really focused on cutting costs and 2016 where we managed to go to Alaska and still control our spending.
  2. The categories were largely consistent year to year. We both thought we would see a steady decrease as we learned how to live on less, but that didn’t really happen.  For us it was a bit like playing whack-a-mole.  We would make progress in one category and another category would pop up its head and increase.  We would focus on that and something else would happen. To be honest, the biggest downward trends were due to external forces (ie:  AT&T offered a less expensive cellular plan) rather than any big changes we made. The one area we saw a MAJOR trend upwards was home repair.  This was significant but it is not all due to things breaking.  Lots of those expenses were discretionary.

Let’s look at some trending graphs:

This went down as we learned to boondock and spent more time working at places that included sites. It will be going back up now that I am working a corporate job again and our campsite wont always be included in where Lee works.

 

This was pretty steady although it has spiked now that I am working again. We will see what happens here now that we are making more money.

 

The low point in 2017 is because we worked so much we didn’t have much time for entertainment. We also focused on things to do that were free or near free.

 

The spike in truck fuel was when we went to Alaska. In 2018 we intentionally did not go back east to see family, but most years we have crossed the country in miles. We like the west but family is back east so 2017 will probably be our norm.

 

2017 was the year of really watching costs and again groceries were at an all time low. Despite that our grocery bills have been pretty consistent and the other years are a better indicator of our costs. One thing I wanted to mention here is we like remote areas and groceries are more expensive. It’s one of the costs of being away from big cities.

 

As I talked about before our cell costs went down due to a change in the plans AT&T is offering. Also we have noticed in the last five years the networks are MUCH better nationwide. That’s been a nice bonus for us.

 

In 2018 and 2019 we spent quite a bit on home improvements that we had been putting off for several years.   There was something about getting close to the five year mark that made us both want to address long term issues. Not sure exactly why that was but both of us said enough already on multiple things.

 

My absolute favorite data view was the five year monthly averages.  Averages with minimal data can be dangerous, but we now had 60 data points which is plenty to finally say this is what living in an RV costs us.  Of course there are things we can do to lower individual costs, but we have largely shown at this point we have done what we were willing to do.  I was personally thrilled that the monthly BASE COSTS are only $3827.  Again that is without any large, one-off expenditures or health insurance, but it is way better than I ever thought it could be. I did leave in cigarettes because we have very little alcohol in our budget.  Substitute your vice of choice for this amount.  Overall,  I am really proud of how we have controlled our spending these last five years and we have proved to ourselves at least that this lifestyle is sustainable.  That’s a big deal for us!

 

If you made it this far good for you!  Please keep in mind your mileage will definitely vary.  I hope this five year look was helpful though.


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First Time at Botany Bay

On New Year’s Day we woke up and decided to give Botany Bay one more try.  It was closed the previous day for hunting, but we hoped it was open today.  Jack was really disgruntled about not being able to come with us two days in a row, but the website was very clear that dogs were not allowed.  We were both relieved when we pulled in and saw the gate was open.  They also had some volunteers helping at the entrance who gave us a very nice map and instructions on the driving tour.  The nature preserve is actually two former plantations and there are some ruins throughout that you can look at.  We decided to do the driving tour first and save the beach for last, which I recommend,  or you can skip the driving tour which really wasn’t that interesting. Here’s the pictures of the driving tour.

The remains of an old ice house from one of the plantations

 

The ice was kept in the hole in the ground which was cool to see

 

This section ran along the marsh which was beautiful and we were lucky enough to run across this woman who brought her horses to take a picture. I love moments like that.

 

The roads really weren’t in great shape but we managed ok

 

For many years there was a caretaker on the property and this tree had a stone set in memoriam

 

There are worse ways to be remembered

 

The reason this is perfect for a nature preserve is this natural dam which divides the body of water into smaller sections for the birds

 

One interesting relic was this beehive well which was created by slaves in the 1800’s

 

My favorite spot of the entire driving tour was this beautiful area with overlapping oaks. I tried but my picture couldn’t really capture the depth and beauty of it

Finally we made it back to the beach and were surprised by the number of cars.  It’s a half mile pleasant walk to the beach area and we saw lots of families with small children making the trek.

At low tide these oyster beds are uncovered and the birds come out to feed. It was a bit chilly so we didn’t see many but the beds were neat.

 

I also had a chance to try out my new magnetic Pocket Plus.  I have tried so many water holders I can’t even count them but this is really cool.  It allows those of us who go beltless to use magnets to hold the pouch and it didn’t hurt me at all.  I really liked it and highly recommend it.

It was a pleasant walk but so far nothing really special, but it was free and it was a beautiful day.  Then we came out on the beach and wow, just wow.  There are places that you see things you have never seen anywhere before and this was one of them. Here are the pictures and yes it really looked like this although the scope was impossible to capture.  This area was at least a mile long and because you can’t take shells there were tons of them.

The beach is full of huge oak trees. Too many to count

 

When I say huge I mean huge. This is the root system of one of them. 

 

 

It’s important that you come close to low tide if you want to see these trees all jumbled up and exposed, although we’ve seen some great pictures of the standing trees surrounded by water at high tide. 

 

Many of them have been there so long they are covered with barnacles and there is surprisingly little trash as you walk along

 

We did see this one huge metal piece from a ship which was cool in and of itself because who knows how old it is.

 

I loved the gorgeous shells people stacked up places. It was a statement. I saw the shell, but I am not taking it. I stacked a few as well. You would never see this at a regular beach.

We walked for a couple of hours and could have stayed longer but I started getting hungry.  It’s a really special place, totally free, and I hope you get to see it on your travels.  Just don’t go on Tuesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some pictures Lee took!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • You can purchase our recipe book filled with 80 recipes we have cooked in our RV and taste tested by Lee himself. You can purchase the kindle or paperback version on Amazon or buy the Apple version on iTunes.