Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quebec Thanksgiving Weekend

As a lot of you know, this past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and we definitely did the holiday up right. We traveled to my parents house again (click here for last years post) and stuffed ourselves full of good food while spending quality time with family.

We arrived Friday afternoon and stayed until Monday afternoon, with a lot of fun smashed in between. On Saturday, we went to my 9-year-old nephew's hockey game and enjoyed watching him in action.

Jacob is the one in red and white closest to us
Even my Dad came along to watch and I took the opportunity to snap some pictures of the happy cheerleaders.

After the hockey game, we headed home to finish prepping for the big Thanksgiving dinner. While my sister Stacey did 99% of the work, I ran around trying to document the fabulous fall decorations that my mom and sister did all over the house.

My sister completely outdid herself this year. Again. Honestly, the food was to die for. Here is our menu, with pictures to follow.
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Carrots & Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Stuffing
  • Rolls

She even made special potatoes and gravy for me to enjoy. Seriously, she's the best.

Dinner was AMAZING but I think dessert may have been better. There were five different kinds of pies, pumpkin, apple, strawberry-rhubarb, chocolate-pecan and strawberry cheesecake. Yummy!

Soline made her very first pumpkin pie!

Unfortunately, I couldn't actually eat any of these pies. Being gluten-free and dairy-free kind of has its downfalls sometimes. But, Stacey totally won sister-of-the-weekend-award and made me my very own special dessert, apple-cranberry crisp. It was basically the best dessert I have ever eaten. Seriously.

She made me four little mini-crisps and I ate them all. Sometimes its better being special.

As for all the amazing foods she made me, check out this list and be jealous.
  • Apple-cranberry crisp
  • Corn scones
  • Tortiere
  • Monkey bread
  • Brownie ice cream sandwiches

Not to mention making all the meals totally GF/DF. Yup, she's the best.

Unfortunately, I didn't really get any pictures of people this past weekend, just food. Oops! At least all the food pictures distracted you from the lack of people pictures.

What about you guys? What did you do for Thanksgiving? And for my American friends, what are you planning on doing for Thanksgiving?


  1. Awesome! Dad looks good and the food and decor pics are fantastic! Thanks for sharing Jennie. :)

  2. food sounds delicious .. and looked it too. Missing the wonderful company ... a very special family. HUGS to all!!! Love ya all

  3. I seriously love your family. They need to drive 7 hours to decorate my house for me!

  4. Jackie - I thought that the pics of Dad were awesome, he's getting better at smiling on demand. :P I wish you could have been there with us, you were missed.

    Bunny - The food and the company are what made the weekend so amazing. Love you too!

    Vicky - I know eh? The coolest part is, all the decorations were done with their own stuff. I might be craftier if I didn't have to buy all the supplies...

  5. I am so, so jealous of all the deliciousness and of your awesome family! My mom has just started asking me about food to have at (American) Thanksgiving in the end of November. The only "necessities" for Jeff and me are sweet potatoes with marshmallow (me--Jeff hates it), cranberry sauce (Jeff--but I like it, too), and pumpkin pie (both of us). I'm sure my brother will make some crazy-gourmet food because he loves to cook.

    All the talk of Canadian Thanksgiving left my mouth watering this weekend, though, so I indulged in Boston Market not once but TWICE (the second time, I made Jeff come with me). Seriously, if I thought I could destroy the evidence before he got home, I'd be eating it again tonight. Amazing. ;-)

  6. Sounds great! You're lucky to have such a great family.

  7. Tory - You should be jealous of all the food I ate! :P But I'm glad that you're already prepping for your Thanksgiving, it's good to know what foods everyone "needs" to make it feel special. And I love that you splurged on some yummy food and helped celebrate our Thanksgiving!

    Furry Gnome - I am lucky to have such a great family, I'm truly blessed.