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Airstream Thanksgiving

As Published In Airstream Live Riveted
Airstream Thanksgiving

You may remember earlier this month when we introduced you to full-time Airstreamer Ramona Creel. Like we mentioned, she’ll be sharing her travel experiences and organization tips to helps us create the best ‘Live Riveted’ lives we possibly can. Today she’s got some sage advice for cooking a big meal and entertaining a crowd in an Airstream — just in time for Thanksgiving next week!

Do you feel that Thanksgiving is “doable” in an RV?

Absolutely! Just because you’re enjoying the biggest chow-down holiday of the year in a smaller space, that doesn’t mean you have to eat a microwave meal. You can make as fancy a spread as anyone else — although you might need to spend a little more time planning ahead than brick-and-mortar folks do.

How can folks cut down on prep-work?

Tasks like chopping vegetables, thawing/marinating meats, mashing taters, measuring out quantities of dry goods, whipping together sauces/gravies, mixing up (then freezing) soup stock or dough, even baking pies and getting your made-from-scratch stuffing ingredients together — these don’t have to wait until the last flipping minute.

If you do a search on the web for “prepare-ahead ___(insert holiday or occasion or genre of food here)___ recipes,” you’ll find a ton of yummy dishes with steps that can be completed in advance. As long as what you’re prepping isn’t going to get gross by the time you put it in the oven, you’re good to go — and little tricks like blanching veggies then “shocking” them in iced lemon water will keep everything fresh and tasty. I know you don’t have a ton of climate-controlled storage space, but do the best you can (even if it means clearing out most of the regular food from the fridge or setting up a temporary cooler so you have enough room to work). Of course, you can also buy pre-prepared foods — chopped bagged veggies, seasoned meats, ready-to-go main/side dishes, but you’ll spend a lot more. It’s all just a matter of which side you want to win in that age-old battle between time and money.

Is there any way to reduce cooking time?

Sure thing — just choose quicker cooking methods. You can always make things easier by choosing quicker cooking methods like using your crock pot, throwing a few things on the grill, and even nuking dinner in the microwave. Some folks think that not getting up at 3 AM to roast your bird the way mom did is committing sacrilege — but I say don’t waste time and energy (mental, physical, or those tanks of LP gas) by overcooking the old-fashioned way when you don’t have to.

Any other advice?

Be reasonable about what you can (and can’t) offer guests when you’re serving dinner in a trailer. While a 23-course meal may have been the norm at brick-and-mortar-house meals, it’s less feasible in tighter surroundings. How about a reality check on the old menu, this year? Do you really need 2 dozen dishes on the table for it to feel like a holiday? Not so much! Especially when there are some really amazing combo recipes floating around out there on the interwebz (like turkey/green-bean/stuffing/gravy casserole and mixed cranberry/yam/potato mash) — I promise you won’t go to hell, even if you opt for a one-dish Thanksgiving-in-a-pan arrangement!

Great suggestions for taking the stress out of your November holiday! If you’d like Ramona’s help creating a manageable Thanksgiving meal/entertaining plan, contact her!

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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