Thanksgiving 2017 is our 4th year celebrating Thanksgiving as Nomads. The first year we were in Georgia and spent Thanksgiving with our family in the area. The second year we were in Connecticut. The third year we were in Oregon. And this year, we are on the Emerald Coast on the Panhandle of Florida.
Taking lessons from last year, we went shopping for ingredients for our feast early. About a week and a half before Thanksgiving, Mama Nomad and I went out and bought some of the non-perishable items. The Nomad men, again, went out and braved the crowds closer to Thanksgiving in order to get the rest of the ingredients. We never mind doing it. We are thankful for the work Mama Nomad puts into our Thanksgiving Feast, so we do our part when asked.
As with Thanksgivings of the past, Mama Nomad was in the kitchen the day before chopping, stirring, mixing and preparing the food. She puts all of the food into containers with instructions on the lid. That way, on Thanksgiving morning, she can begin putting the items into the oven to cook in harmony and be ready for our lunchtime feast.
The evening before Thanksgiving I prepared and cooked the turkey. When it was ready, I carved it and placed the carved meat into a turkey dripping and celery base to keep it moist during the reheat on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving rolled around, all food was cooked or reheated exactly as planned. We all sat and ate a wonderful meal as a family and were thankful for our health, our lives and the ability to have this feast. Mama Nomad is additionally thankful that she cooked for one day and did not have to cook for a couple more. I am writing this post 3 days later and we just finished the leftovers this afternoon.
At the end of the day, Mama Nomad and I strolled down to the beach to see an unbelievable sunset. What a way to end the day!
Thanksgiving is a time of the year that most of us, in the United States, takes a day to celebrate with a feast and give thanks for a plethora of different things. We actually try to acknowledge and give thanks for things on a daily basis. We have learned, while on the road, not to take anything for granted and that every day is a gift.
However, keeping with the tone of Thanksgiving, I will say that The Nomads are thankful for each other, for our health and wellbeing, for our shelter and a reliable Ebony, for our wonderful extended family, supportive friends and fantastic fans and readers.
Next year we will likely be celebrating in a permanent home. But, our traditions and thankfulness will not change. Thank you for continuing to read, follow and support us. Safe Travels.