I had plans, but Mother Nature had other plans. And while I have a respectable amount of power in the kitchen, when Mother Nature decides to intervene, there’s not much I can do.
I’m up at the cabin with Dan and the boys and we are having our first white Thanksgiving. Without power. Without turkey. And without pumpkin pie.
[Doesn’t that look like a small car parked on top of our grill?]
We’ll make up for it later. For now we are enjoying the snow and keeping warm around the fireplace and cuddled up under a bunch of blankets. Luckily we have a gas stove so I can still cook a little, but I haven’t yet figured out how to roast a turkey or bake a pie on the stove top.
I decided to make potato leek soup yesterday. I was so excited; there may not be any electricity but I could still cook something good. Then on the way home from the store, while I inhaled the aromas from the fresh leeks, I realized: no power = no blender. Typically I blend potato-leek soup so that it is smooth. Hmm.
In the end, we had a slightly chunky soup but it was good. I chopped everything as small as my patience and knife allowed and then used a potato masher to break it up a little bit. Turns out I like it better a little chunky.
One of the best things about our cabin: it’s the kind of place where neighbors are neighborly. One of our neighbors came over with his snow blower and cleared our driveway yesterday. So Dan took him a bowl of soup for lunch.
We may not have electricity, and our Thanksgiving may be sans turkey, but we have so much to be thankful for.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are.
By the way, I’m writing this from the local coffee shop that thankfully does have power and wifi. I’m not sure when I’ll get back here to write more so here are a few things from the archives in case your T-day menu isn’t yet complete or you just want some more to read… :