Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving, eh?

No, I'm haven't been drinking. Those of you in the know will remember that the crazy Canucks actually celebrate Thanksgiving in October. We had our dinner yesterday.

I was just totally not into rustling up a whole turkey this year. Neither did I feel like slaughtering one of our pumpkins for pumpkin pie, so we ended up enjoying a very simple meal: roast turkey breast with a rosemary, garlic and honey-mustard glaze accompanied by a bunch of vegetables. Some of us are trying to lose a few pounds so leaving out the gravy and stuffing seemed like a good idea.

For dessert I tried out a new recipe. These cranberry custard tarts really hit the spot.

As we were sitting around the dinner table I thought to myself how grateful I was to have my little family there with me.

I'm so thankful for my two beautiful, healthy children and for a loving husband who puts up with my moods and brings me flowers when I least deserve them.

This week I'm going to try to concentrate on appreciating what I DO have, rather than what I don't have. Won't you join me?



At October 08, 2007 1:38 p.m., Blogger J said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Christina! Wave your Canadian flag high and proud.

At October 08, 2007 2:22 p.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Happy Thanksgiving. My first thanksgiving (as an Australian, Thanksgiving is an alien concept) was in Istanbul some 15 years ago - invited by the American Trade Commissioner. It was lovely and I will never ever forget how touched I was by the process of everybody going around the table and declaring aloud their 'thankfulness'.

BTW - my hubby brings me flowers when I least deserve them too... and we have been going strong for 22 years now. Those flowers are always the best.

At October 08, 2007 3:55 p.m., Blogger V-Grrrl said...

Lovely post and the dinner plate looks so, so good.

At October 08, 2007 6:36 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Why wait until November? Happy Thanksgiving, Christina! That dinner looks great. I find the cranberry custard tarts a very nice change to the pumpkin pie (not that I don't like the latter;)).

Hope you feel better - somehow, I get the feeling that you're not quite up there, yet. I hope I'm wrong :)

At October 08, 2007 7:10 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You know I'm thinking of making the butter tart recipe that Hubby's Canadian cousin gave me when we were in Nova Scotia. Your post reminded me to do this.

At October 08, 2007 8:18 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Happy Thanksgiving from the newly married me. You'll be pleased to know that I used part of our 10-hour flight from Tahiti to L.A. to write Part II of my Spain trip blog (because it didn't feel right to blog about the honeymoon without finishing what I started nearly a year ago), and I started a blog entry about the wedding/honeymoon. Now I only need a few stolen moments to type them up and add pictures, and I'm back in the blogging game.

Hope you're feeling better! The flowers might be a good start. :) You can come fix a "simple" meal at my house any time, by the way.

At October 08, 2007 10:10 p.m., Anonymous ian in hamburg said...

Happy Thanksgiving! It's still Monday on the Wet Coast for another 11 hours...

At October 08, 2007 10:34 p.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Happy Thanksgiving Christina, we didn't have a turkey today, seems a bit hard to cook in our little apartment here in Athens. I'm going to do a catch up dinner when I get home. I am incredibly thankful for all the things I have including a great husband, son and 4 healthy grandchildren. We should all be so lucky to get flowers though...ciao:)

At October 09, 2007 5:55 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

shounds like you had a great thnaksgiving. WE had a great weekend of too much turkey but it was all yummy. Hubby cooked both turkeys and did an excellent job.
I of course totally forgot to take photos. oops.

At October 09, 2007 11:37 a.m., Blogger christina said...

J- Thanks! We had a nice day.

Lynda - Yes, it is nice to pause and think about all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for, isn't it? I like the idea of getting together with family and friends to do it, although it seems to turn into high drama sometimes.

V-grrl - Thank you!

canswiss - Well yeah, we want turkey NOW, right? The tarts were great and one is enough to fill you up. You're right, not quite back to "normal" yet but I'm giving it my best.

maribeth - ahh, I LOVE butter tarts, they are SO good. I was going to do a post on them sometime soon.

Angie - Well congratulations to you and Shane! I'm looking forward to your posts with great anticipation.

ian - To you too! No turkey dinner at your place?

rositta - I'm sure you'll appreciate that turkey so much more when you get back. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Andrea - Well, we'll just have to imagine those delicious turkeys. I'm sure Li did a wonderful job.

At October 09, 2007 2:06 p.m., Blogger .:mar said...

It seems you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Dinner looks delicious, I always skip the gravy anyways :)
Thanks for the bday wishes, I am thankful I survived that milestone!

At October 09, 2007 4:42 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

If I knew the words I would belt out "O Canada" for you! ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

At October 09, 2007 8:42 p.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

Yes, I will join you this week in concentrating on what I do have. Thanks for the invitation - I think it's a good idea.
I'm thinking about going to Canada next year for Thanksgiving. Actually, I don't think I've EVER been in Canada for Thanksgiving. I was close a few years ago (missed it by a few days), but not close enough. Always the second Monday in October, right?

At October 09, 2007 8:53 p.m., Blogger christina said...

mar - Thanks! The gravy I can take or leave but I do like stuffing a whole bunch.

Betsy - Aww, thanks. You could have just made up the words like the rest of us do. :-)

TBF - It's not quite as big an affair as in the U.S. but still worth a visit. And yeah, second Monday in October.

At October 11, 2007 2:58 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

Dinner looks wonderful! Can you send me some over the Net? ;)

At October 11, 2007 8:49 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Christina! And LOL at CS. Yes, why wait till November! I love it. :)

At October 11, 2007 7:01 p.m., Blogger Laura said...

Absolutely amazing photo of the 3 tarts!!

At October 12, 2007 3:09 p.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Happy late Thanksgiving!


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