I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving has snuck up on me like a black cat in an alleyway! I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking when I said “YES” to a party for some of the kids’ friends. Seriously though, it was a ton of fun!! We had game stations set up all around our property, one of which was Corn Hole (the college kids love it). You really need to get a corn hole setup for Thanksgiving Day! It’s great for all ages.
Time seemed to fly by—the party started at noon and lasted until around 7 pm. Great food, walks by the pond, fun-filled games, great conversations and s’mores by the fire pit, and taking rides in the back of the pick-up while watching the wildlife took up most of the day.
We’ve been testing recipes with wild boar for the past year or so and I have fallen in love with it! I’m as surprised as you are. I’d heard that wild boar was tough, gamey, and just not fit for eating, but boy was that wrong information. Our property was overtaken with them, and they are pretty much destroyers. Our fences were broken, the land got rooted up, and I’m sure some of our young wildlife was being killed. Harvesting these beasts has been a must for proper land management and conservation.
Smoking the wild boar made the main dish super easy. In case there were kids that didn’t eat pork, Chili was also on the menu. Pork sliders, ribs, slaw, chili with all the toppings, peanut pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and hot chocolate were all on the menu. I set it up bar-style so people could arrive late and still eat great food.
Truly my favorite part of the party was getting to know some of the kids’ friends I hadn’t met—real movers and shakers! The creative, exciting minds of these young people inspired me beyond measure!
I’m thinking a quarterly party is a must for next year!