Monday, October 11, 2010


(It's way after midnight here but I'm pretending it's still Monday)

To a Canadian, the second Monday in October can only mean one thing - Canadian Thanksgiving. We celebrated today with our usual turkey dinner. A ten pound bird served with apple and sage and cranberry stuffing, bacon-wrapped green beans, maple-glazed carrots and roasted potatoes. Leftovers await.

For dessert I made two pies, one pumpkin, one apple. Can you believe there are some people who don't care for pumpkin pie?

I'm one of those people who LOVES pumpkin pie and I had a little extra pie filling left so I put it in these ramekins and called it pumpkin custard. Guess what's for breakfast tomorrow?

As most of you know, I've been having kind of a rough year, but I also have so much to be thankful for. Here's just a small selection of things that have been on my mind today.

I'm thankful that my health issues turned out to be not quite as serious at they had originally though (more on that in another post, I need to get it out of my system but now is not the time)

I'm thankful for my family who continue to put up with me during this difficult time. What would I do without you?

I'm thankful that my mother is doing so much better on her new medication.

I'm thankful that we got all six cousins/grandchildren together this summer. Who knows when that will happen again.

I'm thankful for a wonderful holiday in Vancouver.

I'm thankful that I got to talk to my youngest brother and my niece and nephew on the phone today for an hour. I wish I could be four again like S. so I could dress up as a unicorn for Hallowe'en.

I'm thankful for the roof over our heads and the food on our table.

I'm thankful for these. Are they cute or what?

I'm thankful for the changing of the seasons and a place to sit and watch the leaves turn colour. So beautiful.

And...I'm thankful for YOU guys who keep on reading even though I've become what some would call a 'sporadic blogger'. Must try to improve, I've still got such an awful lot to say.

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At October 12, 2010 1:48 a.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

It's so nice to see you back! Your pies look wonderful -- Happy Thanksgiving! Now ... tell us more! ;-)

At October 12, 2010 1:50 a.m., Blogger Lilian said...

I'm really, really glad to hear that your health issues are not as serious as you originally thought. I'd been thinking of you the other day and wondering how you were doing.

It sounds like you had a good Thanksgiving celebration with your family. Really, really yummy food! We're pumpkin (and butternut squash) "pie" enthusiasts here at our house too, but we don't much care for the crust, so I bake custards every year. ;-)

Thanks for the beautiful photos (as always) and for being thankful for blog readers. I love being a blog reader and commenter, I think even more than blogging! ;-)

At October 12, 2010 8:23 a.m., Blogger ditdit said...

Yay a post! I'm glad that your health is getting better and that you still have time for making those glorious pies! I just bought a pumpkin to cook into purée for exactly that kind of food.

At October 12, 2010 9:05 a.m., Blogger Global Librarian said...

I'm thankful for people who do not like pumpkin pie. More for me!

Glad you are feeling a bit better and getting back into the swing of things.

At October 12, 2010 12:48 p.m., Blogger Snooker said...

Mausi posted!! YEA!
AND the health issues aren't as serious as originally thought... double YEA!!

I know I'm a bit late, but happy Thanksgiving to you!

Oh, and I know it is very American of me, but shouldn't the leaves on the pie be maple leaves?

At October 12, 2010 3:05 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I too LOVE pumpkin pie! I'm making it this year for sure!

At October 12, 2010 4:43 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

Happy Thanksgiving! It's nice to sit and remember what we are thankful for. I'm not Canadian but can I get in on that pie?

I'm thankful for you!

At October 12, 2010 4:48 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Good to have you back. Now I really need to get going on my blog again. I can't believe how busy I've been here! :)

At October 12, 2010 5:45 p.m., Blogger Lost in Translation said...

Pies look great. I have never made a pie but would love to make both sweet potato and pumpkin pies.

I doubt I will do a big thanksgiving this year at 8 and a half months pregnant.

But I would like to next year and maybe in combination with another family, would be fun :)

At October 12, 2010 6:43 p.m., Blogger G in Berlin said...

Glad things are better and that you are feeling better.
The pies look wonderful: when you have time, tell us how you made the pumpkin filling using a real pumpkin? Last year I tried Hokkaido pumpkins and didn't like them, this year I bought some pumpkins that look better, but I'm not certain how to best use them?

At October 12, 2010 7:09 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

I'm still here! Am so glad to hear that your health issues have turned out to be less serious than you thought! Hope you're back to being your happy, healthy self again very soon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

At October 12, 2010 8:22 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to have you back. Like everyone else who has already posted I am glad your health issues are not as bad as previously thought. Always look forward to your yummy culinary creations. Oh, and yes, I am thankful for being able to read your blog.

At October 12, 2010 9:23 p.m., Blogger J said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you saw my tweet about it :)

Glad you're on the mend and still have a lot to say too. Go for it when you feel up to it.

At October 12, 2010 10:42 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thimbleanna - Thanks! I just need to find a bit more energy and then you'll never be able to shut me up! :-)

Lilian-Thanks so much, Lilian. I haven't been keeping up with my blog reading at all lately but I really want to catch up with eveyone.

ditdit - So many pumpkins out there right now. I usually make a whole bunch of puree and freeze it for future reference.

Global Librarian - Pie is gone already but I still have two little custards left. So good!

Snooker - I know! Can you believe it? If it weren't for Facebook people would think I'd fallen off the face of the earth.
I decided to go wild this year and use my *other* leaf cookie cutter since it was looking all lonely. The maple leaf always gets all the attention. :-)

Maribeth - Thanks! The pie turned out really well. There's just nothing like that nice pumpkin-y flavour, is there?

Andrea - I'm thankful for you too! Sorry, no pie left but I might just have to make another one while the pumpkins are plentiful.

Canadian Swiss - Can't wait to hear about your new life! You must have so much to tell.

Lost in Translation - The pastry is the hardest part. Sometimes mine works, sometimes it doesn't. And yeah, take it easy with the entertaining right now. I hosted a New Year's Eve party for 12 when I was 7 months pregnant - big mistake! :-)

G in Berlin - Thanks! I used a Hokkaido this year and it was fine. I think you can use any old pumpkin but you need to peel it first if it's not a Hokkaido. I just remove the seeds and strings, cut it into chunks and boil/steam it in a tiny bit of water until it's soft and then puree it. After that you can use it in any pumpkin pie recipe. Mine has eggs, condensed milk, sugar and spices in it.

Betsy - Thanks for being here! Health isn't perfect, but getting much better.

Gerda - Thank you so much! I'm grateful to have you as a reader.

J - Thanks, J! I rarely log into Twitter but I just went to take a look. Feeling more and more like blogging (and cooking!) every day so be prepared to be hungry!

At October 13, 2010 3:30 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh it is so wonderful to see your post!!! And I love all of the pics and delicious food! We didn't do a traditional feast as usual. Maybe one day when we have more people and mouths to feed!

Great fall pics! :)

At October 13, 2010 10:53 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Mausi Posted!
I'm so happy to hear you're on the mend and thankful too! I missed you and so happy to hear good news from you. As always, your pies make me jealous. Never done it! Love the colors of autumn. I take photos everyday.
Happy Belated Thanksgiving.
Lisa in Indy

At October 15, 2010 4:54 p.m., Blogger Silvia said...

It's great to find you back and doing alot better! I missed you blogging!:)

At October 16, 2010 12:19 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it's more fun when you can cook for a bunch of people.

Lisa in Indy - Aww, thanks for being such a faithful reader.

Silvia - I miss blogging too! It's nice to be back again.

At October 19, 2010 3:09 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I know you're in your element when it comes to holidays and cooking, Christina, but I hate it for you that you've had such a tough year. I know you DO have a lot to share. One day...take your time. But you do know we care, and that's what's important.

Right now Astrid and I are in Atlanta for a week more before heading back to your side of the Pond. So far so good.....

At October 19, 2010 9:43 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - Hello, hello! I'm so behind in my blog reading but I did know you were in Atlanta. And yes, you KNOW how I love to talk. Just need to get my voice back. :-)

At October 23, 2010 8:09 a.m., Blogger essie said...


i am thankful that you are cooking, baking, writing, and BACK!!

stay thoughtful, happy, and well my blogging friend-you have a crew of cyber folk who think good thoughts for you every day

At October 25, 2010 12:36 p.m., Anonymous Expat in Germany by Laurel said...

It's great that inspite of a difficult year you still have a lot of things to be thankful for. Unfortunately we didn't celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in Germany this year. I wasn't sure where to buy a turkey (I've since found out) and besides I think my oven is too small for a turkey anyway. I guess I could have made pumpkin pie, but I'm one of those people who could take it or leave it.

At October 27, 2010 2:02 a.m., Blogger ReluctantYankee said...

Hope you enjoyed your celebration! Looking forward to the next post...Oh, I'm THANKFUL I found your blog :)

At October 27, 2010 7:51 a.m., Blogger christina said...

essie - Thank you! What a sweetheart you are.

Laurel - A belated welcome to Germany! I always get a "Baby-Pute", about 10 lbs and it fits nicely into my small oven and still gives us some leftovers.

Reluctant Yankee - And I am thankful that you stopped by!

At October 31, 2010 10:23 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the time has come for you to post your Pie recipes.. especially for those of us that live in Germany... Do you make your own pumpkin pie filling? Your menu sounds delicious!

At October 31, 2010 9:38 p.m., Blogger Windrose said...

Yeah, a Mausi post! What a wonderful surprise to see you back. All the best for you healthwise!

At November 30, 2010 12:58 a.m., Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

I'm glad you're doing better, and I'm sorry I haven't been around.

Came to check what you're up to and what cute things you've been making.

Btw, everyone I know loves pumpkin pie, in fact I need to make two. But I have heard from others that their families and friends won't eat it. What's up with that?


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