This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Monday is a statutory holiday for us (yeahhhhh!); and on Sunday, millions of us will sit with friends and family for a huge feast.
I prepare much the same food at Thanksgiving that I do at Christmas; but I enjoy the Thanksgiving meal more. Perhaps it's just because I haven't had turkey and stuffing since last December. But I think it's also because "giving thanks" is the focus of the entire holiday weekend. I love Xmas, don't get me wrong. But isn't it lovely to have one day that just revolves on thanking God for the blessings in our lives.
I shall thank God for my wonderful family -- the ones here and the ones absent -- for my health, my home, my job and for His presence and His provision in my life. And of course, for my friends ..... some of whom will be gathered round my own groaning table!
|Some of my more intimate Canadian friends who will, I'm sure, be thanking God for the invite to this Sunday's festivities!|
I made the mistake of asking my little Asian daughters what I should make for dessert, all the while envisioning pumpkin or apple pie.
"Cheesecake" was their immediate and unanimous reply. They know what they like.
So, I'm making chocolate/pumpkin cheesecake squares (which should resemble Martha's above).
I'll also thank God for my Saturday morning job at the Farmer's Market. AND I'll say goodbye to these new friends until spring of 2013. Tomorrow is our last market day as the dwindling harvest, our meeting outdoors and Nova Scotia's increasingly cold and damp days are all encouraging us to pack up for the season. It will be bittersweet. But there'll be no more rushing off at 7:20 am. I anticipate sweet Saturdays of lingering tea and newspapers and quiet mornings alone. And perhaps I'll finally get caught up on those little extras I've been meaning to get done.
I'm loving October. There are times that I drive home from work and I'm gob-smacked (as they say on Coronation Street) at the splendor of some of the trees. Yesterday we had brilliant sunshine; driving next to the river with a riot of gold, red, orange and brown on the other side was spectacular.
If you're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, what's on your menu? Are you trying anything new?
And as I anticipate the very unholy gluttony which will take place across the country, I leave you with this: