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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

Christmas Day at Christmas Cove 
Dec. 29, 2009 4:36 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2010 7:32 pm

It doesn't quite feel like Christmas when the weather is 85 and sunny, so husband and I usually celebrate island style. Go to the beach, take a swim, work on our tans. Shortly before Christmas this year, we added another boat to our "fleet". In addition to the sailboat that we live on, and the dinghy, we bought a 24-foot run-around power boat. This is mainly for T's spearfishing charters, but we've been having fun visiting neighboring islands a lot faster than on the sailboat!

One of these islands is Great St. James, with a cove named Christmas Cove. Supposedly Columbus stopped here on Christmas day while discovering the Virgin Islands. Is there a better place to christen the boat than at Christmas Cove on Christmas Day? We packed a light brunch, bread and cheese and fruit, and headed out early.

Dog must wear her lifejacket! Yes, she is mostly lab, but she's also 11 and not the most confident swimmer.

We had a pleasant ride out and found a nice place to anchor. Time to christen the boat! A little champagne for her...

and a little champagne for me!

We spent a very nice morning just relaxing and enjoying the scenery...then something hit our boat- hard! Turned out to be a someone...a snorkeler from another boat was so engrossed with the underwater view that he ran head first smack into our boat! Luckily he wasn't injured, but it sure was funny!

We decided to spend the whole day by ourselves, so we begged off the various invitations from friends and neighbors for lunch and dinner. What did I cook for Christmas dinner? T's favorite, blueberry pancakes!

We did pretty well on the budget for the week, $16 under, and this is what we ate:
Sunday I made a turkey breast in the slow cooker with sweet potatoes and stuffing
Monday we had homemade mushroom calzones
Tuesday was turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots
Wednesday was leftovers
Thursday we had dinner with friends, I brought an appetizer tray- crab dip, cheeses, olives, and homemade focaccia bread
Friday was the pancakes, and
Saturday was stuffed squash

I hope everyone had as nice of a Christmas as we did, and see you in the New Year!

Dec. 29, 2009 5:54 am
Living in Florida, we have had a few 85 degree Christmases too, but not this year! BRRR! I wasn't sure I'd ever get used to it being warm for Christmas, and now if it drops below 70 I'm cold and complaining! Hope your New Year is everything you wish it to be.
Dec. 29, 2009 9:09 am
Mushroom calzones sound so good! I wish I could keep my food budget that low.
Dec. 29, 2009 9:37 am
What a great Christmas! Your dog is a cutie...scratch her on the beak for me, ok?
Dec. 29, 2009 11:48 am
It seems you had a really fun Christmas, Barbara! I live in South Florida and have always dreamed about having a white Christmas.
Dec. 29, 2009 2:44 pm
sounds great barb! keep up the good work! sounds like you will be able to get about more quickly with the new addition, good luck with that. i bet that snorkler was just as surprised as you two! :-)
Dec. 30, 2009 4:18 am
A white Christmas would be great once in a while...I hate to travel over the holidays, though. Maybe someday we'll win that Weather Channel contest where they bring the snow to you!
Jan. 25, 2010 7:32 pm
A number of yrs ago, when I was driving my first convertible, I began jumping in the car after every Christmas dinner, drop the top, play the (tired) usual holiday music on the radio, and would just cruise around town for a couple of hours! Not quite the adventure you just experienced, but I sure did enjoy!
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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