Our Thanksgiving-on-a-Budget

So, I don’t know about you, but we are NOT liking the looks of airline prices for cross-country flights. And seeing that both my husband’s family and my family live a good 2-3 days’ drive from where we live, and we are not going to take any vacation time (other than what our work gives us for the holiday), we decided that unfortunately we will not be visiting our families for Thanksgiving. 😦

But we still wanted to do something fun. My husband just took his boards exam for his medicine specialty, and he’s been spending lots of time studying, so we are going to go to some national parks for Thanksgiving vacation (he gets off work on Wednesday evening, so we’ll leave home after he gets off, and drive back on Sunday afternoon).

It helps that earlier this year, we bought a national parks pass for $80. We’ve already been to one park, which would have charged us $20 for entry. And there will be two national parks within driving distance of the place where we’re going for Thanksgiving, so we can go to both parks for free. Plus, since this national parks pass is an “inter-agency” pass, we can also go to any state parks or forests for free, too! 

So, we’ll be saving on travel expenses. Thankfully, the gas prices have been plummeting. We will be spending on lodging since it will be cold where we’re going (it might even snow – nice treat for us!) so we’re staying in a motel which has a microwave and mini-fridge. Oh yes, and the motel has a complementary breakfast.

This means that we’re going to have a simplified menu – and it will just be for the two of us. 

I’m thinking that for our Thanksgiving dinner, we’ll have the following:

  1. Touchere pie triangles (a vege-meat-filled pie square or triangle with potatoes inside)
  2. Pumpkin pie squares (similar to this recipe at Heavenly Homemakers, I think)
  3. A cranberry-relish salad (similar to this recipe)
  4. Instant mashed potatoes and gravy
  5. I dunno what else. Maybe some rolls or something.

Anyway, you can see I’ve been trying to brainstorm ideas for a creative, healthy, economical Thanksgiving-on-the-road. 

For the rest of our meals, I’m planning to do some baking ahead of time (banana nut muffins), bring some cold cereal and powdered milk (in case the complementary breakfast doesn’t turn out to be very good), make haystacks for one dinner, and bring sandwich fixings for our sandwiches which we’ll eat out at the parks, I suppose.

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Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 9:28 am  Comments (1)  
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