Friday, October 19, 2012

A Townships Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend was spent in the Eastern Townships this year. Dan and I made the seven hour drive to my parents farm for a quick weekend visit and a yummy turkey meal. It was quieter than other years since most of the family were gone doing other things that weekend but we had some nice quality time with the family that was there and some moments to relax. Which doesn't happen too often there.

Happy ducks
There's something special about going "home", to that place you grew up, seeing all the familiar sights, reliving childhood memories. My parents have been in that house for almost 40 years. It has deep roots. My mom did up some fall decorations this year and was pleased as punch to show them off, "her creative side" she said. They were beautiful and I was slightly jealous of them. Since they grow everything there, it was free to put it all together. If I wanted to do it at my house, I would have to buy all the things and I'm much to cheap for that. Maybe one day I'll be able to throw together a fall display.

This adorned the front porch

Her stunning bouquet in a pumpkin vase
My sister Stacey hosted Thanksgiving dinner on her side of the farmhouse. As always, she did a fabulous job of cooking and decorating. She adorned the table with cute little acorns, candles and fun napkin holders. There were of course cute little helpers who assisted in the setting of the table.

Acorns and candles

Fabulous place setting
It's time to move on to the best part of the day. Food! We started with an appetize of kale chips to tide us over until all the last minutes preparations were done.

Kale Chips

I didn't capture any pictures of the meal. We just devoured it all without thinking of the camera. Oh well. Thanksgiving dinner consisted of:
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans and Carrots
  • Stuffing
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • French Bread
We stuffed ourselves full of the delicious food and then set about to cleaning up. We thought the longer we could give our tummies to settle, the more pie we could fit in. We had five pies for a total of ten people. Half a pie each sounds reasonable right?


Apple

Strawberry Rhubarb

Chocolate Pecan

Pumpkin Caramel
There was also a sugar pie (a very French Canadian thing) but I didn't get a picture of it. The pies weren't in the best lighting so I struggled to photograph the ones I did get. They all tasted so amazing though!

That concludes our Thanksgiving trip. Good times were had by all and many tummies were filled. Back to reality we came and I've been kept busy with school, work and life. Hence the delay in posting this.

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