Tuna Salad With Avocado

When warmer weather moves in,my thoughts turn to quick, easy salads for lunch or dinner. Nothing could be any quicker to make than a tuna salad.  This salad is one that my Mother used to make, but I have made it mine with the addition of sliced avocado.  Serve it up with some warmed corn tortillas or some tortilla chips, and you have a delicious combination that will fill you up. 

Tuna Salad with Avocado
Serves 2
Liven up that tuna salad with avocado slices
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large can tuna
  2. 2 boiled eggs
  3. 1/2 onion, chopped
  4. 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1/3 cup mayonaise
  7. 1 Romaine lettuce
  8. 1 avocado
  9. 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Drain tuna, and place in a large bowl. Chop the boiled eggs and add to the bowl. Add the next four ingredients, and mix well. Tear the Romaine lettuce into bite size pieces and place on two plates.
  2. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and peel. Cut each half into slices. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice from one half onto the avocado slices.
  3. Place half of the tuna salad mix on each plate on top of the lettuce. Put half of the avocado slices over the top of the tuna salad on each plate. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.
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Originally posted 2009-03-16 17:19:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How To Drive In Snow

Snow is in the forecast!

I just looked at the weather forecast for west Georgia , northern Alabama and Tennessee for the next ten days, and shocked to see that ugly four letter “S” word on there for two days in a row! I know that those of you who live in places like Montana, and Colorado, and Nebraska are probably laughing at me right now. But you just don’t understand. We got snow so infrequently that when we do get it, people don’t know how to drive in it. We weren’t supposed to have snow down here. At least I don’t think so.

That’s 4-8 inches over 2 days! in Georgia!

So, here are some tips for my fellow southerners for driving in inclement weather. From snow, to black ice, to heavy rain, to tornados, we need to learn how to get from here to there when Mother Nature has a hissy fit!

First, let me say that if the authorities on the news and on The Weather Channel say to stay at home, then you really should listen to them.

What to do when driving in snow:

  1. If you really have to go out when it snows, do these things:
  2. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Take it easy when you start up and when you get ready to stop.
  3. Slow down. Drive slowly. Driving slower helps you keep better control if you start to skid or spin out.
  4. Keep a bag of sand or kitty litter and a small shovel in your trunk in case you get stuck in snow. Don’t push on the gas pedal if you are stuck. Get out of the car and move the snow out from in front of the tires. Pour sand or kitty litter under the tires. Get back in the car, and press lightly on the gas pedal , and slowly back up a little, then go forward a little, rocking the car back and forth, until the tires get traction and you can drive off.
  5. Leave at least three car lengths between your car and the car in front of you.
  6. If you start to skid, take your foot off the gas, and do not hit the brakes. Slowly turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go.
  7. If you are driving in mountainous terrain and there is significant snow, use tire chains. The chains help give your tires traction on the slippery snow and ice.

All of these things will hopefully help you get home safely, but wouldn’t it be much better to just stay home and have a cup of hot chocolate?

Six Great Apps To Use On Road Trips

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Google Maps

Having Google Maps on your phone eliminates the need for a GPS. You can put in your home address, or starting point, and the destination address, and Google Maps will tell you turn by turn how to get there. It will give you two or three routes you can take, such as shortest route, and scenic route. This app is free, and I use it all the time. Just be sure to have a car charger for your phone, because Google Apps uses up the battery quickly. Rated 4.3 by users.

Weather Underground

I also use Weather Underground. This app shows you at a glance what the weather is in the area you are in. It is helpful because you can see the weather radar, so you know if there are any storms around, and how far away they may be from you. Rated 4.5 by users. Free.

Flashlight

Just in case you don’t have a real flashlight in your car, Flashlight app uses the camera flash to send out a high beam of light, so you can see your way around in the dark, unlock the car, even signal oncoming traffic that you are on the side of the road.  Rated 4.6 by users. Free.

iExit

iExit tells you what is up ahead at the next exit. Whether you are looking for a restroom, a gas station, or somewhere to eat, iExit will let you know just how far away you are from the exit where you’ll find it.  Rated 3.6 by users. Free.

Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy helps you find the gas stations with the cheapest gas, no matter where you might be. The app shows you the gas prices for each station up ahead. Rated 4.6 stars by users. Free.

AAA Mobile

AAA Mobile is a free app for members of AAA. If you’re a member, you can use the app to call for road service , get maps and directions, and more. Rated 4.0 by users.

What other apps do you use when you travel? 

Seven Things To Have In Your Car During Winter

Whether you are  taking a road trips to get a peek at the fall colors in the mountains;  to the football stadium to watch your old college team play; or going to Grandma’s house, you need to make sure you are prepared for Winter like weather. What exactly do you need to be prepared for emergencies? Here is a list of things you should gather together to keep in your car “just in case” that light snow turns into a blizzard.

Tire Chains

I don’t need these in Georgia, but if I was traveling to Michigan or Indiana, I might look for some to keep in the trunk. I don’t want to be caught out on the highway standing still because I can’t get traction under my tires.

A Blanket

I usually keep a blanket in the trunk during the cold months, just in case I were to get stranded on the road. They also come in handy for covering up when you are the passenger and the driver wants the inside temperature to be cooler than you like.

A Water Bottle

If you get stranded, it is amazing how fast you get thirsty. Bottled water can freeze and burst, but if you keep a water bottle in the car, you’ll have a container to put snow or ice in so it can melt

Dried Foods

Dried foods like trail mix, nuts, granola, or dried fruit will keep your energy up even if you are stranded overnight. Other things you could have on hand are jerky, cereal, or rice krispy treats. 

An Ice Scraper

An ice scraper will work so much better than a drivers license or credit card to remove ice and snow from your windshield.

A Small Folding Shovel

You might need something to help you dig out of the snow or mud if you wind up in a ditch. Keep a shovel in the trunk and you’ll be prepared.

A Flare

A flare will help people find you if you are stranded in a storm. Make sure to replace it if you use it. 

What else can you think of that would be good to add to your winter emergency kit in your car?

My Most Frequently Asked Question: How Did You Get Started WorkCamping?

Our first campsite at Arrowhead Campground in Altanta.

Our first campsite at Arrowhead Campground in Altanta. Our first RV was a 2000 Starcraft Travel Trailer. 

Fabgrandpa and I lived in our RV for more than 13 years. Over the years, I have had many people email me or private message me on Facebook, asking me how we got started or how we prepared for our life on the road. So, because so many people want to know, I am going to try to answer that question today. 

Way back in 1995 or 96, I came across a news group online that was all about camping. In that newsgroup, there was a thread that came up about full time living in an RV. Before I saw that thread, it had never occurred to me that people actually did that. I was hooked immediately. I wanted to sell the house that day and go out to see the world. Well, at least the US. It took me a couple of years to convince my husband that we wouldn’t starve or go broke by doing that. 

Fabgrandpa and friends working in the campground at Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2005

Fabgrandpa and friends working in the campground at Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2005

So, in 1999, Fabgrandpa and I had an estate sale, and sold almost all of our “stuff”. That included furniture, household goods, yard equipment, and our pop-up camper. And then we just sat in the empty house for another year or so. In July of 2000, I was talking about just doing it again, and Fabgrandpa told me to shit or get off the pot. So, I called a real estate agent and put the house up for sale. I thought I would have a couple of months to get ready to go. Ten days after I put the house on the market, I was sitting at the closing table.

It happened so fast! When we got a contract signed on the house, we called the RV dealer we had been talking to for over a year, and told him we were ready to buy the Starcraft travel trailer we had been looking at. He said he had sold it. It would take sixty days to get another one in. I started calling Starcraft dealers around the southeast, looking for another one. We found one in Sylacaugha Alabama, about 90 miles from our house. We drover over there and put down our earnest money on that one. The day after we closed on our house, we drove back over to Sylacaugha to pick up our trailer. 

Camping in Flagstaff, Arizona on our way to our job at the North Rim Grand Canyon in 2008.

Camping in Flagstaff, Arizona on our way to our job at the North Rim Grand Canyon in 2008. We bought a Jayco Eagle with 2 slides in 2007.

While it all sounds so quick and spur of the moment, it really did take some planning to get there. We had talked about how to get rid of our things for over a year. When we finally decided to actually do it, we called an estate sale company to handle selling the things in our house. They said we were their first “live” customers. The estate sale people had us put the things we wanted to keep in one room of our house, so that they wouldn’t be sold. We had to go through all the closets, drawers, and storage places in the house to pull those things out. Going through family photos and Christmas ornaments took the longest time. It was so sentimental, and hard to do. 

On the day before the sale started, the estate sale people came to our house. They set up lots of folding tables and put all of our things on them throughout the house. On the day of the sale, they asked us to leave, because it would be easier on us if we did. I think they were right, too. The sale went on for two or three days. At the end of the sale, the estate sale company kept a percentage of all the sales, and gave us the rest. 

Stopped in Marble Canyon Arizona leaving the Grand Canyon in 2010

Stopped in Marble Canyon Arizona leaving the Grand Canyon in 2010

Even though the estate sale got rid of a lot of things, there was still a lot left in the house. We had two moving sales after that. And then were there was still stuff left in the house. We called The Kidney Foundation, who came out and picked up everything except an upright piano. I called several churches in the area, offering the piano as a donation, but no one would come to get it. I finally decided to just leave it in the house, and told the buyer if they did not want it, they could roll it outside and burn it. Finally, everything was gone that needed to be gone. 

Before we put the house up for sale, we went to visit a campground that was ten miles from the house. We asked if they had a monthly rent plan, and if they ever used workcampers. They told us how much the rent would be by the month, and said that they did use workcampers. They hired Fabgrandpa, and he started to work there the day after we moved in. They paid him an hourly salary, and comped the rent for us as well. It was a pretty good start to our workcamping career. 

We stayed at that first campground for about eleven months. I had a job in Atlanta, so I just continued to work at that job until I was laid off. 

If you are thinking of living full time in an RV, I know you must have questions. You can leave them in comments, and I will answer them in the next How to Get Started Workcamping post. Do you see yourself living in an RV fulltime? When do you want to do it? Do you have a plan yet?

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Unicoi Lodge, Helen, Georgia

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Fabgrandpa and I recently spent the night at Unicoi Lodge, at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia. In the past, we have camped at Unicoi State Park many times, and spent four winters during our workcamping “career” as volunteer campground hosts. We had never stayed at the lodge before, though.

The lodge has 100 guest rooms, a dining room, and several meeting rooms that  you can reserve for your functions like corporate retreats, weddings, or reunions. I once attended a quilting retreat there. I reserved our room online and received a lower rate than I would have if I had called the reservation desk. We went during Oktoberfest, which I had forgot about, so it was a peak demand weekend in the area, but we only paid $176 for a Saturday night in a tourist area.

Our room was handicap accessible

Our room was handicap accessible

We were lucky in that we got the last available room. It had two double beds, and was handicap accessible.

The TV and Dresser

The TV and Dresser

There was a desk, a large dresser, a flat screen TV, a chair and a side table. This room was comfortable, as were the beds. There was plenty of room to move around in, and I imagine someone in a wheelchair would have enough room. Wifi and cable TV were both available in the room.

The bathroom

The bathroom

The bathroom is where I really need for a hotel room to be handicap accessible. This one was really great, with a shower that had no barrier: you just walk in. There was a shower seat and grab bars, and a hand held shower head.

The sink

The sink

The lodge provided plenty of towels and washcloths. The sink area was a bit cramped but functional. Our room was clean, and did not have a smell like some older hotel rooms can have.

Map of the area

Map of the area

Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located at 1788 Highway 356, in Helen, Georgia. There is a buffet restaurant on the premises, and many restaurants nearby in Helen. Visitors to the state park can hike, bird watch, ride bikes, fish for trout, and take part in ranger programs provided by the staff. There are many other attractions located in surrounding areas, including the Appalachian Trail, Brasstown Bald, Babyland General Hospital (the home of the original Cabbage Patch Kids), the Dahlonega Gold Museum, and a Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee.