Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thankful and camping

This year for Thanksgivig we decided to do something a little different...Friendsgiving camping style. We headed to Lake Somerville Thursday morning which is 70 miles from the house. 

It is far enough but close enough and is a pretty area of Texas. 

Everyone decided that even though we were going untraditional in our location, we still wanted the traditional food fixings. So the menu consisted of everyone's must haves and favorites. 

- Fried Turkey
- Mac and cheese
- Hashbrown casserole
- Green bean casserole
- Corn soufflĂ© 

The turkey obviously was fried in a turkey fryer. We injected it with Tony Cacheres and put a whole stick of butter under the skin. We had never fried a turkey and it turned out delicious. Jarad did a good job cooking it and carving it. 

The sides we fixed were all done in a crockpot. I mixed them up the night before and put in large plastic containers ready to put in the crockpots once we arrived. Between all of us there we had enough crockpots to cook everything. It was a sea of crockpots. 

The weather was nice and clear but quite chilly. We went through 10+ bundles of wood in only 2 days. Spent a lot of time just hanging out, playing games and relaxing. 

Petey did not like the cold at night. He shivered so bad even under mounds of blankets. He probably just wanted extra loving and attention. 

Friday night we had chili dogs and wings. We decided to reuse the oil to fry the wing rather than grill them. Peanut oil is expensive and we wanted to get a lot of use out of it. Natalie was our resident wing fryer and did a phenomenal job. They were pretty delicious and we may even fry wings this weekend too. Katrina was her cheerleader. 

Overall it was a great time and something that may become a tradition if I have a say so. Now I have to rest up and get ready for the "Olson" sister invasion of Houston this weekend. 


  1. Totes fun! And can't wait for another fun weekend obvi!

  2. Looks like you all accommodated quite well for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to this weekend.