I spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend baking and relaxing. At Connor's request, on Saturday morning we made a cinnamon swirl cake that turned out beautifully to his complete delight. On Sunday morning I made a pumpkin tart with Bailey's Irish Cream before starting my dinner preparations.
We always have to eat our Thanksgiving meal on the weekend as Monday isn't a holiday here in the UK.
I've always thought it's a shame that only North Americans celebrate this holiday as it's such a lovely sentiment; families getting together to eat delicious food and be thankful for each other. Nothing else. It's not about presents or spending money, only being together. So I try to keep the tradition going with my English family and they don't seem to have any complaints.
(It's not the fanciest table setting, but I work with what I have access to. And you aren't seeing things - no wine glasses as the only alcoholic beverage consumed was a beer or two by Andy's dad.)
Both Alex and Bonnie unfortunately had to work this past weekend so we had the pleasure of having our baby boy with us as well as Connor, Wendy and Dave (my in-laws).
What I'm thankful for this year:
That everyone is healthy.
That we have the ability to provide such good food.
That we were able to have Thanksgiving Dinner with Wendy and Dave especially because this year we are fortunate enough to be going home for Christmas with our Canadian family.
That we are happy.
I'm especially thankful for this little guy:
(and Molly of course, who is only partially pictured.)
Despite the weather being horrible this weekend, it was a great Thanksgiving. I didn't get outside as much as I wanted for exercise so I had to forgo dessert. I also didn't eat any Yorkshire puddings or stuffing. While everyone else enjoyed raspberry roulade and cake (the pumpkin tart was for my work colleagues) I ate melon and was perfectly OK with that. It's only fair that if I don't exercise, I don't get a treat.
Oh and I've found what looks to be an amazing recipe for pumpkin, chickpea and lentil stew that I can't wait to try.
(This looks delicious)
I hope those of you who celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving had a lovely time with your family and loved ones as well.