Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
It's that time again. The time when my American friends say, "Huh? Oh, that's right, you crazy Canucks celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Go figure." Yep, second Monday in October and don't you forget it.
But I'm not in Canada any more so why bother celebrating at all? Well, because tradition is important to me and I want my kids to be aware of their heritage. And besides, there's nothing they like better than to sit down to a special dinner with our little family. We do eat together every day, of course, but they look forward to the fancy meals the most.
This year's feast which we had last night since Boy10 is away on a field trip this week. I try to keep it small because there are only four of us, but I like to have a lot of variety.
The bird is surrounded by brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash with brown sugar and nutmeg, red cabbage and bacon-wrapped green beans. Fiber and beta-carotene, baby! Yeah! Stuffing was vetoed long ago by three out of four family members (not me! I love stuffing but my hips don't!) and none of us really care for gravy, so I dispensed with both of those. And can you believe it? This year will go down in history as the first year that I forgot to make cranberry sauce. I must be getting old - I can't remember a thing anymore if I don't write it down.
For dessert we had, what else, pumpkin pie, made from scratch with that lovely Hokaido pumpkin I bought on Saturday.
I had a bit of extra pie filling so I poured it into some little ramekins and baked it like that. The recipe for the pie and for the green beans (which are REALLY good and must be tried) can be found at last year's Thanksgiving post.
I know I whine sometimes, but I do have SO much to be thankful for, including the many wonderful friends who have come into my life, especially in the past few years. You all know who you are and I thank you.