I’m not really sure if this is a product review or a travel tip; both I guess.
Our little one has done lots of traveling! Which has made it both effortless and second nature to me, as well as something I am always over prepared for. I would rather do as much work as possible upfront for any trip to make things go as smoothly as possible and to have as little work as possible once we leave home and set out on our adventure. I recently came across something to makes that a little easier, Annie’s Snack Packs.
Thanksgiving without an oven! – Part I
Thanksgiving without an oven! – Part II
So from here on out things should be easy right. Yes, well they could have been easy. Most of the vegetables and starches could be cooked on the stove top. The problem being my apparent desire to make things as difficult as possible. Many of the recipes I like to use for my holiday cooking require cooking in the oven before serving. So under normal conditions I would cook the turkey in the oven and while the turkey is cooking I would get all the vegetables and starches ready and when the turkey came out I would put everything else in the oven to cook or be warmed. This year’s challenge of course was the fact that our “oven” would only fit one dish at a time and would take twice as long to cook as it should. No problem, maybe… This was going to take some thought.
We were looking for a stroller to work for our 15-18 month old while we traveled Europe and parts of Asia via train and other types of public transportation for 3 months. And, if it could be our “car stroller” (compact stroller to live in the trunk of the car to be available when needed) all the better.
Good recline – it would be used for 1 nap a day during our trip
Easy fold – this was a must for hopping on and off trains and going up and down stairs.
Moderate weight – we weren’t looking for a lightweight stroller, but we didn’t want the weight of a luxury stroller, we needed something we could easily carry.
Sturdy (wheels) – this stroller was going to spend a lot of cobble stone streets or bumpier
Thanksgiving without an oven! – Part I
What did we have to work with? To be clear, we did have a small oven. It was similar to a small toaster oven and could fit a small to medium size casserole dish, (or pie plate). We also had a grill, not a full size grill, but still pretty large.
I started the planning with how to cook the turkey. My first thought was to deep fry it! I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve eaten it and it makes a great turkey. We did not have a turkey deep fryer so I started looking into buying one or making one. Both were options, but I wasn’t really excited about spending too much money on this. The second concern was that we were living in Morocco at the time, and while they had propane tanks in abundance they were not the most reliable. They use propane for almost everything; we had 4 tanks the size that you would use for your backyard grill, 1 for hot water, 1 for our stove, 1 for our grill, and 1 extra; (because the hot water one was guaranteed to go out whenever we had a house guest taking a shower). My concern with the propane tank and the turkey fryer was that its connection would be a very makeshift method, and the tank itself would not be all that reliable to begin with and it would be used in close proximity to a large vat of hot oil. From a safety standpoint it was not the best plan out there.
History: (our personal history, not the history of the stroller) We started off with a stroller that our infant car seat clipped in to. I was not planning on getting one of these because it was an extra piece of gear that we would only use for a limited time; and whatever our other stroller world be would have an add on piece to hold the car seat. A friend with 2 children recommended a couple things and a separate infant car seat stroller was one of them. That combined with the fact that getting the add-on piece was almost as much money as getting the full stroller we decided to make the leap; and have had no regrets. We went with a Maclaren because it had an umbrella fold and wouldn’t have changed a thing, (they no longer make this stroller).
I love it! I know that sounds crazy. A couple things. First, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It’s about all the good things- food, family, entertaining, and most importantly relaxing. Which of course means I’m always up for hosting Thanksgiving! I’m willing, if not eager, to be up late baking pies and up early preparing a turkey.
The second is that many people without an oven would not pick that year to host Thanksgiving. I on the other hand was possibly even more excited about hosting Thanksgiving this way because it was a challenge. How are we going to pull this off?!?! I know it’s a little a ridiculous.
Tis the season of too much candy – I’m not trying to keep all the candy from my little one, but I am trying to make sure at the end of October she hasn’t eaten her weight in candy. We are focusing on apple recipes and Halloween crafts instead. I’m also busy preparing Halloween treats to share with the other little ones in our life; to share some Halloween sprite, but not Halloween candy.