Thanksgiving 2014

So Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone...but it's American Thanksgiving today so I thought I would retreat back and share some snaps from our Canadian Thanksgiving celebration! thanksgiving 2014

I reckon having people over for dinner is one of my most favourite things to do.  The preparation, pouring over recipe books & food blogs, buying in food, setting the table, the smells, the steamy kitchen, welcoming guests, the buzz, the quiet during the eating, the satisfaction, food-tiredness at the end.  It's a little slice of heaven.  In fact, I'm reading a beautiful book at the minute called Bread & Wine:  A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist, that my friend Nina let me borrow and it is perfection.  Stories, recipes, the sacredness of eating and friendship and family.  There is such significance in the sharing of food with people.  It's where the magic happens.

As tradition, we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving every year here at our house.  It helps me feel connected to the culture and rhythm that was such a big part of my growing up in Canada.  We invite our friends round, we divide out recipes to make and bring, we eat til we're full (and then some more) and then we kick back by the fire.

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Butter is butter, right?  WRONG.  Abernethy butter is THE butter.

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It was the perfect excuse to bust out the Oh Joy homeware - those plates!

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I took the easy route and ordered a turkey crown (stuffed & rolled) to make things a bit less hectic - it was from local butchers The Meat Cleaver and was incredibly tasty.

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The food is always the star of the show at Thanksgiving - we switched the sides up a bit this year - here's what we scoffed (WARNING - excess usage of butter is normal & necessary):

Starter:

-  CHEESEBALL!  It's become a real theme that a cheeseball of some variety shows up at most of our dinner parties with friends.  It's easy, DELICIOUS and always a huge hit. Serve with different crackers and try not to lick the plate clean.  Here's a good recipe.  

Mains:

-  Turkey.  Obvs.

Sides:

-  Creamed Baked Mashed Potatoes

-  Pioneer Woman Crash Hot Potatoes

-  Cauliflower Au Gratin

-  Bacon Glazed Carrots

-  Shredded Brussels w/ Chorizo & Paprika

-  Sweet Potato Casserole

Dessert:

-  AMAZING Maple Pecan Baked Cheesecake 

-  Homemade maple ice cream

ANNNND collapse.

I hope you have unlimited amounts of things to be thankful for today.

Mel