stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

THE MAIN COURSE, CROWN PORK ROAST WITH SAUSAGE & APPLE STUFFING!

OUR HAPPY THANKSGIVING DINNER IN "LA CASITA"!

A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET, A FITTING END TO A GREAT DAY!

LOVE THE FORMATIONS IN THE DRAGOON MOUNTAINS!

KNOB HILL!

"PEARCE DAYS" CELEBRATION!

VINTAGE ENTERTAINMENT!

VINTAGE TRACTORS!

VINTAGE RV & ENGINE!

HIKING AT COCHISE STRONGHOLD!

HOWARD FLAUNTS OUR NEW ETREX VISTA & THE GEOCACHE!

SHARON MODELS THE EXTREME SPORT OF GEOCACHING AMONG LARGE ROCKS!

HIKING NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!


Thanksgiving was stupendous, delicious and great fun! I had always wanted to prepare a stuffed crown pork roast. Not only do they present nicely in cooking magazines, I really like good roast pork. When we were shopping at Costco in Tucson and saw them for the first time, the deal was sealed!

I then surfed several internet cooking sites and finally took bits and pieces from a couple on the Food Network. It took two roasts for the crown which Howard formed and tied together. The stuffing recipe I liked best, with Italian sausage, toasted pecans and Granny Smith apples, called for wild rice so I just substituted bread and added lots of onion, celery and herbs such as thyme and sage. When all was prepared the real hurdle was fitting it into our convection/microwave oven which normally calls for a rack when in roasting mode. Well, the rack plus the roast would not fit vertically so we had to improvise without the rack, and then worried that the normal air flow used in the convection process would not cook the pork properly. Worry for naught! It turned out great!

Sharon and Rodger provided the beautiful casita setting, festively decorated, allowing us to dine in style on a large table with lots of room to spread out. Sharon fixed all the side dishes and desserts which were many, varied and delicious! We had garlic mashed potatoes, baby yams, multi-colored cauliflower, asparagus spears, and homemade cranberry sauce (mine). For dessert there was poached pears and pecan pie!

We finished off the evening with a rip-roaring game of Mexican Train, played with a whole bunch of dominoes in sets from twelves down to blanks; most RVers know this game! And then we repeated the whole eating process and games the following evening with no-stress leftovers!

We enjoyed the "Pearce Days" celebration with Sharon and Rodger followed by a great hike and picnic lunch at (we finally found it...) Cochise Stronghold! This beautiful woodland area lies within the Coronado Nat'l Forest in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft., surrounded by castles of granite domes and sheer cliffs which were once the refuge of the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people.

In the spirit of the holiday season, since I now know there really is a "Santa Claus", and with renewed respect for the power of the internet and the "beauty of the blog", I will relay a great story:

I had written in the previous update that our Garmin eTrex Legend had died making geocaching somewhat hard to handle but thankfully we're here with friends who have a GPS, enjoy looking for caches and eaten by catsclaw, and don't mind us tagging along. Well, the truth is they don't like riding in our jeep but one of these days they'll wish they had, though their CRV goes most anywhere! Anyway, I digress.....

Our good buddy Beth, and my new "Facebook Friend", emailed that she had read our blog and just happened to have a Garmin eTrex Vista CX that they never use and hence was occupying space in a closet while still in its little bag with accoutrement in tact. Her price was ridiculously cheap and included immediate shipping from Yuma to Benson via Priority! We threw in a rack of lamb dinner for good measure when we meet up again in a couple of weeks. They are now lolling along the beaches of San Felipe!

Please know that we have been shopping and bidding on eBay with no luck for just such a unit! We actually bought one and then had to return as it would not function unless the batteries were removed and reinserted each time we started it up. So this was one of those "ask and ye shall receive, synchronistic, good vibrations" kind of experiences! Beth just said "Merry Christmas" - Understated indeed!



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