My Thanksgiving Cooking In An RV
Nov. 25, 2009 5:25 pm
Updated: Jan. 16, 2010 7:29 pm
Ok, I started that rv blog a while back and it was amazing that I had so many responses. I know several posters asked me to keep doing it, so I decided I would blog about the wonders of trying to get my portion of a Thanksgiving dinner done. Last week, my friend Sarah and I decided we would do Thanksgiving at her huge beautiful house and that she wanted to cook the majority of the dinner. I thought that sounded ok and asked her what she wanted me to do. She said to take care of the pies. So, I have whole pumpkins in storage in the front of the rv here and thought I would cook one down for a pie. Then I scratched that idea and didn't think about it until Monday. Then I posted for help to make my feeble mind up on the RE and got awesome suggestions and seriously considered some of them and came up with what I would do: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from this site, a classic apple pie, and my own recipe of Blueberry Pie with an Oatmeal Crunch Topping (no, it's not posted yet, sorry), and 2 no-bake cheesecakes. I also decided to do a hurkin' big bowl full of layers of jello. I'm not thinking this is going to make in my yearly list of must-have's on Thanksgiving ever again! And, of course, the Blue Cranberry Sauce recipe from this site and a sweet potato casserole of some type. I didn't even start any of this until around 3 pm yesterday! I'm a procrastinater, big time!! And also, more rv park drama...the Methhead meets Tommy Chong...I was sitting here looking out my window for once, the blinds were open, things have been pretty tame the last couple of weeks. The methhead was out in his car (big suprise) doing whatever it is that methheads do and this guy (FOR REAL) walks up and he looks like Tommy Chong from the Cheech & Chong movies. I thought...whoa! So I sat here for a few and then you could totally tell they were in a fight. So what did I do? I cracked open my window, of course...I don't have cable or satellite...and they were really getting into it. Then I heard the Chong-looking guy start talking to the methhead and HE SOUNDED LIKE CHONG, TOO!! I'm thinking "no way" but seriously. It was one of those times that I couldn't remember to grab the camera. Anyhow, I went out there and told them to knock it off or I was calling the cops, so they quit. So around 3, I started on the first layer of jello. An hour later the manager, who we have decided not to buy his truck but, rather, go look for another park to reside in, called me and asked me if I had seen the altercation. Altercation? Looked more like a p!ssing match to me, but, ok, altercation...and I told him yes, that the methhead was minding his own business and Chong wanted to pick a fight because he wouldn't leave. And then the manager told me it was his son...I know, I want to see his brother and see if it's Cheech, for real...and he wasn't in the wrong. That made me kinda mad. And I let him have it and told him not to try to involve me in the ongoing soap opera, I just wanted to observe. And I told him I was really getting uncomfortable with the whole push to buy his truck deal so we were going to back out of it all together.
After all that, I was ready to bake something. I made the apple pie first, then I baked off the sweet potatoes for the casserole (which one at this point, I still hadn't figured out) and made the Blue Cranberry Sauce. After waiting until 7 pm for the first layer of jello to set, I had also made the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. I was kinda furious. I think I also managed to post an off topic rant on the RE and want to send a big thank you out to all that helped me calm down. I think I finally went to bed around midnight waiting to add another layer to that dang jello thing. Then I woke to my husband calling at 5:30 am and getting into an arguement with him to dropping a whole bottle of coffee creamer in the dogs' water and getting some beautiful morning pictures to finally getting around to baking that blueberry pie for our friends at around 11 am and trying to watch the live webcast from AllRecipes and trying to win a prize, and then finally winning a prize...I don't know what yet...to dealing with dogs that want to throw up on the bed, my husband late in coming home, ohhhh...how about just looking at the pictures of what I did to relieve my stress.....and p.s. the sweet potato casserole is: 4 large roasted, peeled sweet potatoes, 1 can of drained crushed pineapple, reserve around 2 tablespoons, 1 airplane shot bottle of Jack Daniels, a handful of sweetened flaked coconut, I'm guessing around 1/4 cup honey, a couple of dashes each: coarse ground black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts. I drizzled extra honey on the top and a light sprinkle of cinnamon and baked at 350 for about 35 minutes in a propane oven. And, by the way, I think I finally got the oven figured out ;P
My pies and sweet potato casserole
The Pain in the Backside Jello Layered Thing
Blue Cranberry Sauce
My beautiful morning!
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Un-named Sweet Potato Casserole
Morning Fog--the color of the sky this morning was amazing with fog from the Columbia River
storm damage from Sunday...thank God it wasn't worse