We celebrated Thanksgiving early with Eric Kowalski and Jess Tidwell, Philip’s son and daughter-in-law as well as our neighbors the Duvalls. We brought a very special Thanksgiving guest.
Westin wasn’t sure of what to think of the turkey. he liked him much better in the cage rather than when Philip held the bird. The whole family took part in preparing the turkey for dinner.
I was pretty excited to reach Eric and Jess how to clean the turkey, only needing a bit of guidance myself. I usually lean on Philip’s guidance but I am getting the hang of it now and can pass on the skills to the next generation.
Picking off pin feathers is the worst job. We didn’t dunk this turkey in hot water as we had limited supplies on the homestead. Submerging the bird, melts the fat that holds the feathers in and makes the birds much easier to process.
We fried this very special Thanksgiving guest. I’ve never fried turkey that before, he barely fit in the pot.
Roxie is always close by… poor baby was shivering in the cold. It was quite a cold fall day on Kowalski Mountain.
Philip couldn’t have a cold baby girl. He wrapped her in a blanket as she stood by his side while he cooked the turkey. I love his tenderness.
Check out some of the other traditions we shared this autumn.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.