Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I was up bright and early this morning so I could get a jump on cooking. I am really looking forward to upcoming years when most of the food we have harvested will be eaten and enjoyed on Thanksgiving and during the holidays (and everyday!). At some point I’d also like to have a price comparison of purchasing all the food for Thanksgiving vs. growing it. This year we spent over $250 on foods for this day, and in the upcoming years I’m hoping that is reduced to about $20.
As I was shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday, I kept putting things into the cart and saying to myself “geez, we can grow that too!” It made me very grateful to know that we are in place where we can grow apples, pumpkins, squash, carrots, beets, scallions, oranges and lemons (in a greenhouse), cranberries, potatoes, turkey, chicken, goose, duck, beef, goat, lamb, milk, cheese and butter, eggs, salads, broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, honey, and so much more! We don’t have a big plot to grow different grains, but that won’t stop us from trying! I’m truly thankful to be on a plot of land that will allow us to grow all that we want and need…especially if we manage it properly.
I’ll be taking pictures of our feast today and maybe some video too and I’ll post it all tomorrow.
On the menu today at our house is:
- Turkey (of course)
- Glazed carrots
- Roasted potatoes, beets, onions and carrots
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Spinach balls
- Mashed potatoes
- Sweet potatoes with marshmallows (old classics die hard!)
- Fresh cranberry sauce
- Vegan lentil soup (for my Hannah bear)
- Vegan stuffed portabello mushrooms (for Hannah)
- Apple pie
- Pumpkin pie
All the favorites are here. I’m so thankful for our lives, my family and friends, and for the opportunities we now have to move forward into homesteading.
What are you thankful for this year?