We want to wish everyone out there the happiest of Thanksgivings.
We will be having an Instant Pot Thanksgiving on our own today. Linda is cooking a chicken in her Instant Pot, which she is now calling "Mr. Pot". Rather than typing it out, I'll just be using "IP" from this point on.
Right now, she is making homemade stuffing for the first time ever, and it will be cooked in the IP as well.
Last night she did a dozen eggs in the IP, and made a platter of deviled eggs.
The day before, she made a pecan pie cheesecake in the IP. Here is her phone photo.
And here is my photo (after we cut into yesterday). It's outstanding.
Before that, she made homemade cranberry sauce for the first time - also in the IP.
In between, she made her first batch of homemade yogurt.
It was a pretty good first attempt. She added vanilla and honey and the flavor is pretty good. It's a little thin, so she will work on that for the next batch. Yesterday, we had it with her homemade granola and this morning I spooned in some strawberry preserves. Not bad at all.
I was never a fan of yogurt until the taste improved over the years, and I heard a little blurb on some medical show that said some people have lost weight eating a little yogurt each day without any other changes to their diet. So, we started buying the small 70 - 90 calorie cups and I've been eating one a day for quite some time. So, the IP yogurt will save us a lot of money.
The IP has really stirred Linda's creative juices and I'm the beneficiary of her experimentation and motivation. We're both thankful for the Instant Pot.
Now, I have to mention that we are having Thanksgiving by ourselves because Cori & Greg had a tragedy in their family. When we arrived here, Greg was still in Colorado and Cori had flown down to be with her mother in the hospital in San Antonio. Unexpectedly, Cori's mother suddenly passed away a week ago today in the hospital. Everyone was shocked and their world has been turned upside down. Now they have to make decisions as to how to take care of her father.
Greg had just undergone knee replacement surgery, so his dad flew to Denver to drive with Greg to bring their rig down. I told them that I would have been happy to go to Denver to drive back with Greg, and it made my heart feel good to know that I was the next choice to call if Greg's dad couldn't go. Other RVing friends have made similar offers to us in the past, and we will be forever grateful.
Having recently gone through the loss of my mother and father, and having been in a situation where my mother surprisingly passed first and we needed to make similar decisions for my own father, we feel like we're supposed to be here to lend a hand, provide a shoulder or a hug, or just be a distraction when they need one.
The day Greg arrived, Linda had made a pan of baked spaghetti for the family. And then we've just stayed out of the way and made sure they know they don't need to think about us. We've just made it clear that we are here and willing to help in any way we can if the need arises.
Yesterday, we got to see Cori for the first time. We hugged her and words weren't necessary. Then, we spent the afternoon with them. They took us to lunch at the Gristmill River Restaurant in the cute little historic section of Gruene, TX. We chatted for a couple of hours before returning to the campground where Linda served us the pecan pie cheesecake, and we talked for another few hours. It was great spending time with both of them as we told stories and laughed and, hopefully, provided some relief from the sadness and stress for a little while. We know how uplifting that can be.
A common theme yesterday was how grateful we are to be in this lifestyle so that we have the ability to be there and concentrate on our friends and family in these tragic situations. In our old lives, we wouldn't have had the luxury to spend the time. And we all agreed we can never go back, so we have to continue to make life as full-time RVers work no matter what.
This morning, Greg stopped by has he was headed out to their Thanksgiving Day with their family. Greg is taking care of dinner, so Linda provided some deviled eggs and cranberry sauce to help him out. And she was willing to make a dessert or anything else they needed.
So, on this Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for so much. What a life we have. What a community we are part of. And Cori & Greg wanted us to emphasize the message to be thankful for each and every family member and friend you are spending time with today. You just never know.