Road Trip!

Welcome  I LOVE a road trip!  Don’t you?  I think a road trip brings out the adventure in all of us.  I am so excited that my daughter is old enough to join me on road trips.  Read on today, to find out more about my road trip adventures, what verses I read or pray before travel, and a couple kid-friendly road trip snacks.  After all, summer won’t last forever!

Road Trip Snacks in Bags
Storing individual portions in snack-size zip-top bags is convenient, tidy, and economical for road trip snacking.

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Food For Thought  I have not flown on an airplane in over 20 years.  Yes, the few times I did fly, I liked it.  It has its own sense of adventure.  But I much prefer the “open road.”  Almost every family vacation I went on as a kid was a road trip.  There were several times we would take the thousand-plus mile road trip from Missouri to Massachusetts to visit my dad’s side of the family, and did we have some adventures.  I know that type of trip can be very stressful on families, too, but without that experience, you miss a lot.  I remember stopping in various states to see attractions…that was my favorite part.  If we had flown I would never have been to the Hershey factory in Pennsylvania or toured the battlefields of Gettysburg or many other things I experienced.  I liked stopping at rest areas along the interstate.  My family would have picnic lunches at these stops and I liked gathering all of the little travel pamphlets in the lobby and “plan” our next trip.  It was fun spending the night in a different spot every night and our family’s routine became very lax, eating dinner at restaurants each night and watching TV after the lights were out in the room.  And I remember getting to take turns sitting in the front seat with my dad.  He still thinks it’s hilarious that he yelled out the window toward a baseball stadium “Hit a home run for Robin!” and my embarrassment, thinking, at that age, that they could actually hear him!

I’m now grown with my own family and I still love road trips.  My husband and I have known each other 15 years and we have taken at least one road trip for almost every year we’ve been together.  Some road trips are big, like going to Colorado or North Carolina.  Others are just across the state or to the next state over.  Even though we have a destination in mind, the road time offers almost as much excitement as when we reach our final location.  My husband and I have some great conversations during these trips.  We are both more relaxed during these travels and we don’t have distractions of home or work.  It allows us to really be open and honest.  We also have a lot of laughs.  We make up new song lyrics with the radio, find intriguing signs along the route, discuss the vehicles passing by and what adventures they might be taking, and we’re always on the lookout for places that may offer new waterfall and hiking spots for us to visit.  We always come back from these trips feeling more connected and renewed.  I know when we are old and beyond our driving years, we will still have great memories from our road trips together.

Selfies at Ha Ha Tonka
New traditions being made…taking selfies on phones during all of our trips. I couldn’t do that when I was a kid!

I am excited to continue this tradition on with our daughter.  She’s had a few road trips with us, but most of her car experiences have been the long drive to grandparents’ homes.  This coming week I get to share a road trip with her.  My husband is going to stay home and “hold down the fort” while we get to take a girls trip.  I am finally reaching a stage in my life where I don’t feel I have to be in control or plan every single detail of my life.  And it’s exciting, because I don’t even know what all adventures await the two of us on this journey.  I have some friends I know I get to visit, but we have some days built in for surprises too.  I hope she will look back some day and remember these trips as fondly as I do.

Today’s Scriptures  As you all know, prayer is very important to me and my family.  Prayer before traveling is certainly a necessity.  I always pray for safety, especially with traffic and car functions.  I also pray for enjoyment of my time with the people I am traveling with and people I am planning to visit.  I also pray for patience and flexibility, because I know there have been a couple of trips my husband didn’t enjoy so much when I became rigid in my planning or expectations.  In the excitement of the trips, we sometimes forget to continue praying and studying, but I try to always remember to spend a little time communing with God while traveling.  Today I have three verses I would like share for your travels.

Psalm 121:7-8 “The Lord will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life, the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Luke 4:10 “For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully”

Proverbs 3:23 “Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble”

Today’s Recipes  What’s a road trip without snacks?  When my husband and I travel, he is the gas station convenience store connoisseur!  And, since I don’t like using restrooms in businesses without also being a customer, I oblige.  But, there’s a much more economical, healthy, and kid-friendly alternative to road trip snacking.  Today I have two VERY SIMPLE snacks that literally throw together in a bowl to accompany your travels.  To be a top-notch road trip snack, it needs to meet the following criteria: economical (most anything is, as compared to a convenience store or vending machine), portable, not messy, family-friendly, and meet a variety of tastes with sweet and salty elements.  Today’s recipes are Kiddie Favorites Road Trip Snack Mix and Edible (no egg) Monster Cookie Dough Bites.

  • Kiddie Favorites Road Trip Mix

    Kids Favorite Road Trip Mix
    Combine the sweet and salty favorites the kids and adults love in these easy-to-transport mix.
  • 2 Cups Each-pretzel sticks, Goldfish crackers, raw almonds, yogurt raisins PLUS 1 cup peanut M&M’s
  • Place in large bowl; toss to mix.  Place 1 cup of the mix in 9 snack-size zip-top bags.  My price per individual snack bag was 1.40, which is not bad for a healthier-than-a-gas-station snack, but you could even get this price a little lower if you grab your ingredients from the dollar store or Aldi.  Also, the kids can throw this snack together while you work on some of the other packing, it’s so easy!
  • Edible (no egg) Monster Cookie Dough Bites

    Monster Cookie Dough Bites
    5 Simple Ingredients make a sweet and portable road trip snack.
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, stirring with a large spoon.  Using a medium cookie scoop, shape cookie dough balls and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet.  Chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.  I wrap each one in a piece of wax paper and place them in a large zip-top bag for travel.  Makes 18 “bites” if using a medium scoop to shape, but you can also use a mini scoop to make them smaller.

A shout-out of thanks to SportsMomSurvivalGuide.com and OneLittleProject.com for their great snacking ideas.  Safe travels, everyone!

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