A couple of my blog readers raised their own turkeys this year. We did not. I have never raised a turkey although I've been tempted to shoot one at the bug-out place. This Thanksgiving is unusual for me. We aren't heading down to Southern California to celebrate with my brothers, sisters, or mother. I'm not having it at my house. Army daughter is holding the celebration at her house with my kids and grand kids in attendance. Oh yeah, I have to bring the tables and chairs or we will be sitting on the floor!
One of the things we look forward to at Thanksgiving besides the family and football is GOOD food. Fortunately, I am making the turkey and bringing it over. Son is making sweet potatoes. He usually puts too much sweetening in it but with marshmallows it's sweet anyway. Oldest daughter is making the pies. She is a fantastic pie maker. Grandson came over today to collect all my pie plates. Seems she is on a roll and ran out of pie plates! Army daughter is responsible for the green beans and rolls. The rolls are store bought. The green bean casserole can't be messed up, can it? Army daughter said she is making stuffing. OK, but I always thought stuffing is part of turkey making. I'll make the stuffing anyway because stuffing made inside the bird is always better than the extra you make outside the bird. I don't think she thought about potatoes but she did buy jars of gravy. Looking forward to it but it's just strange that it's not at my house.
With all the good food that we eat at Thanksgiving, and no, I'm not forgetting about being thankful even though I'm just focusing on food, I was wondering what it would be like if TSHTF and we were celebrating without electricity, running to the grocery store, everyone easily able to travel over here, or even pondering about Black Friday. (Run on sentence, I know!) What about the turkey? So even if there's not much semblance of society as we know it, keeping holidays is one way to keep some sort of state of tranquillity in our lives. So, what about the turkey? What would Thanksgiving be like if you had a chicken or fish? When we celebrate with my sister-in-law we always have a vegetable lasagna in addition to the turkey because she doesn't eat meat. So lasagna has become part of our tradition.
All the side dishes we eat are easy to replicate if you can't get to the store. It's really a very easy meal to grow or make from scratch. All except the turkey. What about at your house? How would you keep the holiday without the main attraction of the holiday (the turkey)? Would you think about raising turkeys? I never really thought about it. I just assumed that I'd shoot one, but then so would everyone else who has property by the bug-out place.