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(Flashback to November 27, 2009)

A Special Thanksgiving Meal

turkey over campfireAre you camping out during Thanksgiving this year? Do you live Full-Time in a skoolie and need another option to the traditional Thanksgiving Meal? Continue reading for a tasty option that is easy with a little planning and preparation. You will be able to enjoy this special meal by 6:00 in the evening and talk about it for years to come.

First, let me tell you how we came up with this meal.

If you know me well, you know that I LOVE A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL. You know the kind... turkey, dressing and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans.... do I need to keep going? Because we live in our skoolie, Jeff suggested that we go out and eat or pick up a meal at a grocery store. WHAT!?! I told him that I thought about cooking the meal over the campfire. "REALLY!?!", he said. After a little persuasion and talk of a meal that would be mouth-watering, Jeff agreed that he would cook if I prepared everything. So, our plans were to prepare a authentic cowboy Thanksgiving meal. (Well, it was going to be what I would have prepared for Thanksgiving if I was a cowgirl 100 years ago.)

Now, let's get started with how you can prepare this special campfire Thanksgiving meal.

1. Decided on the items you want to serve.

We decided that we were going to serve turkey, sweet potatoes, cowboy beans, cornbread stuffing, gravy, fresh creamed corn, red potatoes (Jeff doesn't like sweet potatoes.), and Cranberry Sauce. (Because it would not be Thanksgiving to me without it.) What would be on your Thanksgiving menu?

2. Gather recipes and purchase all items.

Make sure you have a dutch oven, a rotisserie, meat thermometer, and pans to cook over the campfire. Be sure to purchase aluminum foil. Do not forget the firewood!

3. Brine the Turkey and soak the beans the night before.

You are going to need a big pot with a lid.

4. Start cooking around 9:00 Thanksgiving morning.

(Jeff and I cooked one pan of cornbread over the campfire the night before just to experiment. I am extremely glad we did. The cornbread turned out hard as a brick. Let's just say, we learned a few things.) 1. Do not coat the pan with butter. 2. Reduce the coals under the pan. 3. Put a piece of wood between the fire and the pan. In the morning, we tried again. AHH - Success!!

5. Get the cornbread on the fire first. Wrap the potatoes. Put the beans in the dutch oven. Then, put the turkey on the rotisserie.

Here is how we got our food on the fire and the time it was done: *By 11:00, the beans were on the fire, the potatoes were in the coals, and the cornbread was done. *By 12:00, the turkey was on the rotisserie over the campfire and the first pan of cornbread stuffing was on the coals. *At 4:00, the sweet potatoes were topped with brown sugar and pecans, the second pan of stuffing was almost ready, the corn, the beans, and the red potatoes were ready. The turkey was looking good. *The entire meal was on the table around 5:45. OH! Let me tell you, this was the best Thanksgiving meal that I have EVER eaten.

6. Give Thanks and enjoy your meal.

After thanking God for our food and family, we all shared things we were thankful for with each other. The meal was amazing!!