Salt Sugar Sea

A guy, a girl, baby and a pup permanently on the scenic route, converting a Sprinter Van as we go, seeking adventure & simplicity to remind ourselves how little we need to be happy - in route as of December 2015

Hiatus from #Vanlife


Starting Location: MT Hood, OR Destination: Austin, TX Miles: 2,314 Days: 7 Season: Summer Temperature: 77 lows – 104 highs Vessel: Converted 158 WB Sprinter Van Passengers: Husband, Wife, dog, baby Night 1 – Medford, OR The Van Night 2 – Indio, CA Best Western  Night 3/4 – Phoenix, AZ Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Night 5 – Demming, NM Comfort Inn  Night 6 – Fort Worth, TX Marriott  Night 7 – Destination Austin, TX.. Read More

Rainbow Crunch Salad


Rainbow crunch salad is full of fresh crunchy veggies and delicious kelp noodles. It’s completely raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo, and so good you won’t notice the other 4.  Alone, the salad is good, but this sauce, this jalapeño ginger peanut sauce, this is what does it.  With spice from the jalapeño, subtle sweet from the peanut butter, and a hidden heat you get from true ginger, it’s a total flavor overload.  You.. Read More

Chia Seed Pudding with coconut & raspberries


Chia Seed pudding with coconut and raspberries is packed full of insanely healthy micronutrients.  This whole grain holds fiber, protein and omega 3s.  Chia Seeds may seem on the expensive side, but you’ll get your money’s worth.  When soaked in a liquid, chia seeds can expand up to about 8 times their size!  I used Flax Milk for an extra boost of protein power, but any milk will work just as well. This.. Read More

Happy VANniversary!


It has been a year since we purchased the van, which makes it our Vanniversary!  In light of this celebration, I did the ice bucket challenge.  No, I didn’t.  I mean, the ice bucket challenge did happen, but it wasn’t to celebrate the Vanniversary, it was out of pure necessity.  More on that later. For the Vanniversary, we took the little Sprinter out for a spin.  Just a little road trip from the.. Read More

Ginger Molasses Walnut cookies


It was a day when full access to a complete kitchen was all mine.  Taking a break from the van, we were visiting my sister ‘n law’s family in Southern California, at their beautifully remodled near-the-beach home.  They were gone for the day, saving the world from fire and sickness, and baby was napping comfortably in her travel swing.  The Husband was diligently plugging away at the computer, updating spreadsheets and taking angry.. Read More

Sweet Potato Hash with avocado


For an egg-free breakfast, try naturally sweet sweet potato, savory caramelized red onions, melted mozzarella, and fresh avocado, all wrapped in a warm tortilla.  You won’t miss the eggs, not even a little bit.  Serve with chargrilled garlic salsa or raw heirloom tomato salsa or simple cilantro pesto.  Ingredients  1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped 1/2 red onion, sliced 1 avocado  2 string cheese sticks Sea Salt  Avocado oil 3-4 Tortillas Salsa or pesto.. Read More

Free Places to freshen up on the road


I wake up in a parking lot, my arm numb from cuddling baby back to sleep in the early hours. The Husband sitting on the spare bus seat (wedged between the dog and infant car seat) staring into the glowing light of laptop glory. The once vacant floor space, occupied with a way-too-big-for-the-van baby jumper, a large heavy roll of sandy fake grass, a table top BBQ grill, and a couple pieces of.. Read More

Cashew Dal with Jasmine Rice


This cashew dal of red lentils and fresh immunity boosting spices is an excellent recipe for camping and travel, as all ingredients are dry ingredients and can be stored without refrigeration.  The cilantro will wilt faster if not kept cool, but refrigeration is not a total must.  The Husbands sister is an amazing cook, and has especially wonderful ideas for vegan recipes.  She introduced us to this dal when we were doing this.. Read More

1st Birthday Cake & Party for under $25!


The 1st Birthday, the big number 1!  For some good simple baby fun, focus on the 5 senses to create a total sensory experience for baby.    Sound. Sight. Touch. Smell. Taste.   Sound Play music, clap for baby, provide lots of fun crinkly wrapping paper to tear and shake Sight Use bright colors and eye catching patterns for wrapping paper, ribbons, balloons, and plastic table cloth Touch Let baby explore the cake,.. Read More

DIY Travel Air Conditioner


DIY AC unit is energy efficient, takes just 10 min to build, and costs less then $35!  It is perfect for garages, RVs, converted van’s and road trips.  It’s cooling power comes directly from frozen ice.  Depending on which type of fan you choose, it can be battery powered or electric powered.  We used a small personal fan that runs off just 1.5 amps, and plugs directly into our 300 watt solar system.. Read More