Posts tagged: slow cooker

Odor Be Gone!

By , December 30, 2009 9:34 am

As with any brick and mortar place (aka house), it may take some time after you have moved in before you can call it “home”. There is always cleaning (again!), some painting and maybe some remodeling. The same applies to living in an RV. 

This RV has the layout and scheme we wanted. It has good “bones”. But it stunk! There was cigarette smoke, stale air, gaseous odor and a “funky” smell we couldn’t put a finger on. It was a challenge!

So we took action to root out the smell. After some time and effort, we finally got the cigarette smoke, stale air and the gaseous odor out. But the “funky” smell was still there!

We have done the following:

Jonathan realized I was going to ‘drive him crazy’ or ‘break his home’ by rooting behind things I shouldn’t if we didn’t find the “funky” smell.

So, he set to work. He removed the tool rack behind the holding tank bay and inspected the area for leakage and cracking. Nothing was amiss, no leakage or cracking. Excellent! There was a seal or caulking around one of the tube that could use some resealing so Jonathan took care of that.

While Jonathan was working outside, I set to working inside. I found in the washer/dryer manual under "maintenance” about the checking the ‘pump in the pre-chamber area’.  It stated that this area can occasionally get clogged. I opened the pump and it smelled to high heaven! I cleaned the areaimage and wiped it dry.

So, that  “funky” smell was the smell of sour water. I am leaping for joy that we no longer have that “funky” smell. The “funky” odor is GONE! It’s finally “home sweet home”. 

Here is the pump in the pre-chamber area.

 PreChamber2 Pump


For good measure, we have ordered Xtreme Vents from Coiln’ Wrap to replace the old roof vents.  We are also going to replace both vent caps under the sinks (one under the galley, one under the bathroom) with the Studor Mini-Vent cap.

We have already replaced the cap under the bathroom. The one under the galley/kitchen sink will have one soon.

 vent_New Vent_Old 

Here is to an odor free home! Odor be gone! 🙂

New Slow Cooker for New RV

By , December 22, 2009 5:41 pm

Since we have more space in the Star, I am now able to I have a slow cooker (again!). 🙂

I enjoy cooking with the slow cooker. They are just awesome. Easy and delicious. It takes a little planning & preparation and the slow cooker does the rest.SCVC651-F Crock-Pot® Countdown Slow Cooker

The old slow cooker was an oval programmable 6-quart from Crock-pot. Jonathan said I had to give it up because there was no room for it in the the Storm (our previous RV). 

This slow cooker has found a happy home with the “parentals” (that’s one of the many monikers Jonathan uses to refer to his parents, I think it’s funny).  

I have had a number of opportunities to use that same slow cooker with the “parentals” (in their house!).  🙂

The new slow cooker is a round manual 4-quart from Crock-pot

SCR450-B Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

One of my favorite slow cooker recipe is a pork dish from It’s called “Slow Cooker Pineapple Port Roast”. It’s has five ingredients:

  • 1 (3 pound) boneless pork roast
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dried cranberries

    Put it all together in the crock-pot, cook it on low for 7 hours and you have got a fantastic meal. Add a side salad to round it up.


  • The first dish I made in the new slow cooker is a lentils and ham soup. It has just completed cooking. It smells great. 🙂

    Lentils_HamSlowCooker  Lentils_HamBowl

    Bon appétit!

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