For the past many years, Chris and I have headed back east for holidays with the family. While we love our families, and spending time with them – we wanted to experience a different winter and decided to stick around the desert southwest this year.
We’ve been caravanning with our WheelingIt buddies the past month, and discovered that both Nina and Chris would be celebrating birthdays this week. We opted to make it their holiday, and downplay Thanksgiving a bit.
Last evening instead of trying to figure out how to make a turkey and trimmings in our RV homes, we decided on a meal we’d all love creating & sharing together. Our nomadic buddy Kerri has caught back up with us here in the desert, and we invited her along too.
We all converged on a smorgasbord of grilled fish tacos, guacamole, salsa, chile rellanos, margaritas and Cuban flan.
All RV-homemade to the sounds of salsa music!
We have been the fortunate beta testers of Nina & Paul’s recent experiments in making homemade corn tortillas, and last evening Paul decided to take it a step further – making them on the grill. They came out just as yummy, just were a bit slower in the making – which added to the social fun.
Nina mixed up the intoxicating drinks, hand squeezing the limes.
We did a mixed grill of wild caught Mahi Mahi and Salmon, topped off with greek yogurt broccoli slaw with almonds & apples. There was pre-dinner nomming on some of Chris’ amazing guacamole.
Kerri impressed us with her yummy chili rellanos.
And then Paul surprised us with a birthday flan he whipped up from an old family recipe.
Yum, I’m still salivating from all the delicious flavors!
Our menu may not have been overly traditionally Thanksgiving, but the sentiment was definitely there. Us nomads have much to be thankful for – conscious choice in our lives, wonderful communities we’ve made on the road and the adventurous attitude to look beyond and make things our own.
We could not be more thankful to be surrounded by so many like minds, and share in such a special day together in the warmth of the desert southwest.
And of course we also miss our families, who are so loving and supportive of our life choices. Thankfully, there is technology that makes the distance seem a little less and time was spent in video chat sharing the love.