On Christmas day we had a big “family” get-together of all the vandwelling folks who are camping with us. There were a total of 16 including myself. We were a truly motley crew!! We were a broad range of ages and backgrounds. The youngest was in her 20s and the oldest was in his 70s, but the majority were in their 50s. There were 5 women and 11 men and we came from 13 different states.
Just like Thanksgiving, Steve did nearly all the cooking and, as usual, did a really great job of it! We had:
- Turkey (cooked in foil on the barbecue)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Yams (I brought those)
- Green Bean Casserole (Thanks to Judy for bringing those!)
- Green Salad (Thanks to Sayward!)
- Potato Salad (Thanks again to Sayward!)
- Cranberry Sauce
- Dinner Rolls and Butter
- Apple and Pumpkin Pie with Cool-Whip
But I must tell you the big hit of the party was Michael! He brought 3 gallons of egg-nog and the alcohol that goes with it. I think the spiced Rum was the most popular, but you can’t go wrong with beer either!
You might be wondering how one guy cooked up such a delicious feast, but boondocking in the desert out of your van doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. Steve makes it look easy! Everything was canned except for the potatoes which were instant, and yet it all tasted really good. So he was able to cook it all on his Coleman 2-burner propane stove very easily.
I bought a 15 pound turkey and Steve let it thaw and de-boned it. To cook it he laid a bed of onions on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and then laid the turkey over the top of it and seasoned it to taste. Finally he sealed the aluminum foil and got it ready to put in the “oven.” He had already started the Weber Go-Anywhere Barbecues (he has one and I brought mine over) and preheated them on the High setting for 15 minutes. He laid the foil packets with the turkey in them on the grate and closed the lid on them. With the lid on, it essentially becomes an oven. He turned the heat down to half way between Low and Medium and left them to cook for 45 minutes. When the turkey went in, he started preparing the rest of the meal. His timing was perfect because everything came out hot and delicious at the same time!
Where we are camped is in a really large open area. But one side is along a gully that has quite a few nice trees in it and some of us liked it best over there. Steve and a two of the other guys (Bryce and Joey) set up camp over there and dubbed it “Man Camp”. Since Steve was doing the cooking we held the party in Man Camp and they generously provided a fire and very good company! And yes, I can tell you, they are indeed Manly Men!!
All in all we all had a great time and enjoyed great food, great company and all in a beautiful and wonderful natural setting. Life doesn’t get any better than that!!
I hope you enjoy these pictures (thanks to Sayward for most of them!!). The setting really was just as beautiful as it seems and the company was even more wonderful than the pictures can show!!