Spring Break and Camping At Home

The latest plans involving the RS2ndH include camping in our driveway. We have family visitors coming to spend their Spring Break with us, which is always fun to look forward to! To expand our experience and to give everyone a little more privacy, we park the Airstream on the driveway and treat it like our personal guest house. It’s really the ultimate camping experience, as my driveway is one of the best “campgrounds” I’ve visited. Of course I prefer it with some leaves on the trees, as the filtering effect they give are soft, colorful and inviting. Not this time of year however. Spring will be late this year, even though it was 83 degrees a few days ago. In fact, we’re expecting three more storms in less than a week. I’m hoping they don’t become EVENTS. In fact, timing for fetching our Guest House might be as tight as it was for taking it back to its underground home last time. Welcome to Kansas.

Last year, we washed our Rolling Home before putting it in the driveway. Airstream Gleam is a special sight! It made me so happy to look out the window, but only lasted about 45 minutes until the green pollen came down off the oak trees. EVERYWHERE. Like fine dust, that keeps on coming. That’s right. It’s always something, isn’t it?

In anticipating our visitors, I tested a new recipe. Shared on All Recipes as being served by the Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion in Atchison, Kansas, I had to try it. I’m so glad I did…it’s going on my regular breakfast menu! For Bacon Lovers!

SPICED BACON TWISTS

1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 T. dry mustard powder
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 pound sliced bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack over the foil. Use a rimmed baking sheet, to catch the grease.

Stir together the brown sugar, mustard powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Pour a little of the mixture onto a platter and press each slice of bacon into it until coated. If desired, twist each strip a few times into a spiral, or lie the strip flat and place onto the prepared baking rack. Cook the bacon for 30 minutes if thin sliced, 55-60 minutes for thick sliced, country style.

Note: Twisting the bacon not really necessary, but nice if presentation is important. I personally like lying it flat, as it fits really well on bread or an English Muffin for a bacon sandwich. It’s worth making more of this than you need, as leftovers are simply divine.