If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Plans

The first year we moved to SouthLite we realized it was warm enough to camp comfortably (well our version of comfort) in November. So we had our first camping Thanksgiving.

b is an amazing dutch oven cook and created an entire Thanksgiving meal at the campsite.

After eating way too much food, we sat around the campfire drinking hot cocoa and taking turns reading aloud from A Christmas Carol and David Sedaris' Holidays On Ice.

Last year we planned to continue this new tradition but SouthLite was in the middle of a long drought so there was a burn ban at the campgrounds. Camping in November without a fire is a far cry from comfortable.

b decided to create his Thanksgiving masterpiece in our backyard.

My favorite graduate assistant, DeeDee, came over and a fun time was had by all.

This year--no burn ban and no Angel--we're back to camping.

We'll be leaving, with Pupzilla, Wed afternoon and staying through Friday morning.

My student/adopted daughter and her boyfriend will be joining us Thanksgiving morning.

b has added a fourth dutch oven to his collection so we will be having turkey, stuffing, corn bread and apple cobbler.

He'll throw some sweet potatoes in the fire and cook up some veggies on the new camping stove.

He makes the cranberry sauce ahead of time and this year there is talk of dry ice to keep the vanilla ice cream frozen until the cobbler is ready.

We'll see how that one works out.


~profgrrrrl~ said...

Oh, that sounds like such fun!!!

Amanda said...

That sounds very yummy. I love dutch oven cooking!