Indio, California: After being away four weekends in a row, we really need to buckle-down this week and get some work done around here! Catch up time. Concentrate on our casita design. Go through our mail. Pay some bills. Answer emails.

First order of business was to visit FedEx to overnight Lenny’s garage door opener (to the new house) to him – we realized it was still attached to the visor of our Honda about half-way back to Indio last night. Sorry, Lenny! We answered emails, shipped weekend Camping Journal orders and then went outside to watch our motorhome have a bath.

Paul, of Dynamic Mobile Detailing, came by with his crew to give the Magna Peregrinusa good scrubbing. (She was looking a bit dusty.) Paul charges about $2 per foot, depending on how many slide rooms, etc., on the RV, and he works in most of the RV parks throughout the Palm Springs area.

Dynamic Mobile Detailing always does a great job – they hose-off the awnings, polish the mirrors, treat the tires, wash the roof (and any satellite dishes up there) – and then they dry the RV by hand.

Paul’s crew are super friendly and always smiling. And posing.

The crew had a bit of a struggle, as the winds were pretty strong this morning.

They washed our dirty Honda too!

In the end, we had a beautiful shiny bus again.

I thought the NCAA Basketball Championship game would be the perfect opportunity to test the new Buffalo Wing Sauce from Tabasco. The sauce seems to be regular old Tabasco Sauce with a little garlic, but I’m game. What’s not to love? The ingredients are red cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, water, salt and garlic. Calories per serving? ZERO. Fat? ZERO. Sodium? Only 190mg.

Except then the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of melted butter and 2½ pounds of chicken wings. Blue Cheese dressing dip and celery sticks? Optional! At least the wings are baked, instead of the usual deep-fried. The instructions on the box call for baking the wings on a foil-lined pan for one hour at 425° and then tossing the hot wings in a bowl with the melted butter and 4 ounces of Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce.

Only thing? The bottle contains 5 ounces of sauce and the recipe calls for 4 ounces. Seriously? Come on, Tabasco, step it up. What is anyone going to do with one lousy ounce of the sauce?

Please, Sweet Reader, do not faint – but I followed the recipe exactly. 4 ounces Tabasco Buffalo Style Wing Sauce, 1/3 cup melted butter, 2.5 pounds wings. Cooked the chicken according to directions. (Served ’em with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing/sauce.)

Verdict? Delicious. Easy. Cheap. Spicy, but not overly so. This surprised me – I thought the wings would be spicier – they are made with Tabasco Sauce after all. A nice little lip numbing is a good thing.

I snapped four photographs of the finished product and I just could not decide which photo you would enjoy most, so I am posting all four.

Maybe I can convince you to get yourownself on down to the Winn-Dixie and purchase the ingredients? A few notes from me on this recipe: Use the whole bottle and just use three pounds of wings. What’s going to happen? If you are a passenger on the Lipitor Train, omit the butter. Sure, the wings won’t taste quite as good, but after the first few wings, your lips will be numb and you won’t miss the fat.

On a personal note: our little grandson is eight months today!

Until my next update, I remain, your “I did not win my NCAA bracket” correspondent.

SLOGGER REPORT:  I had to give myself another day of rest after helping the kids move. Who I am even kidding, thinking I am in such great shape because of all my jogging? My arms and legs ACHE today. Tomorrow, I will return to my usual program.

RV Park:  Motorcoach Country Club – The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites, three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, free wifi, planned activities, perfectly maintained. Sites for sale or rent.

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