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Happy Thanksgiving

October 14, 2013

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada – and it’s been a glorious one. We had our first turkey dinner with Adam’s family Saturday night, and tonight we’re having our second turkey dinner with my family. I’ve made 3 dairy-free pumpkin pies, dairy-free pumpkin spice ice cream and 1 apple pie. Our kitchen has seen cleaner better days… 

This year as always I’m thankful for all of my friends and family & wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with theirs. 

Adam and I visited our regular pumpkin patch on Sunday, the Westham Island farm. This year we were extra prepared with our gumboots, bags for the pumpkins and a change of shoes. However, it was so hot and dry that the pumpkin patch wasn’t actually muddy, go figure. We even took off our jackets before heading out because it was so warm. We searched for the perfect pumpkin, and then some ;)

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend =) We’ll be in another turkey coma later today, then back to work tomorrow!PicMonkey Collagekdafd dfa ll




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Traditional Apple Pie

October 9, 2011

This weekend it’s Thanksgiving in Canada. Adam and I get to enjoy two thanksgiving dinners; one at my family’s house and one at his. It’s going to be really nice to see everyone and enjoy dinner, reminiscing, and of course dessert.

I made several small pumpkin tarts, pecan tarts and even mini pumpkin cheesecakes. But I had to make one large apple pie, as per some requests. I think I will also make a full sized pumpkin pie tomorrow for our second dinner.

This is my go to pie dough recipe, along with a simple apple filling. Check out my tips on preparing and baking an apple pie here.


For the filling:

mix together in large bowl:

  • 6-7 large tart apples, peeled and cored, sliced thin
  • 1-2 tbs. brown sugar
  • sprinkle of flour
  • splash of lemon juice
  • a few dashes of cinnamon

Combine, and pour into prepared pie crust. Top with second layer, cutting out vents on top. Brush with egg wash if desired, sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 for an hour, or until top is crisp.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadians! Hope you have a fantastic long weekend!




October 3, 2011

Man. I cannot believe it’s October. I mentioned this earlier. But I tell you, I won’t believe it. I can hardly grasp that it will be Thanksgiving (Canadian) this weekend!! The time has flown by.

I also cannot believe I have yet to purchase a single can of pumpkin puree. I know right?? What is this girl doing! Oh right, getting over a cold and trying to study for tests. Boy, school sure gets in the way of all the fun stuff. Like baking.

I absolutely love fall. Everything about it, from the first of September until Christmas day, just makes me feel so happy. Everything is crisp, leaves are turning that orangey-brown-y-yellow-y-red colour. Pumpkins have begun to make an appearance on grocery store shelves, and soon enough we’ll be making our way to the pumpkin patch. I honestly do not think one can ever out grow the love of going to the pumpkin patch, trotting around in the mud, and picking out that one, perfect, pumpkin.

Heck, I’m 23 and Adam’s 27 and I’m definitely going to be making a trip to the patch! And then we’ll come home, strategically plan our pumpkin carving, and then get excited when you place a candle inside and wait until it gets just dark enough so you can see how they look. Halloween is an all ages holiday.

Seeing as how I’ve been so busy with a cold, and school, I’ve had little time in planning this weekends dessert! I usually make the standard, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie or pecan pie. However, after perusing the internet I found some interesting non-traditional recipes that include pumpkin. I’ve collected a few that caught my eye, and hopefully I’ll be trying some out this weekend:

Raw Pumpkin Seed Cakes from Green Kitchen Stories, found here

Roasted Pumpkin Cupcakes with Mexican Chocolate Buttercream, from The Little Red House, found here

Pumpkin Souffles with Maple Pumpkin Ice-cream from Healthy Green Kitchen, found here

Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies from Recipe Girl, found here

Pumpkin Muffins from Sarahbeth’s Bakery by Sarabeth Levin, found here

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread with Butter Rum Glaze, by Willow Bird Baking, found here


Are you baking for Thanksgiving this weekend?
If you don’t live in Canada, what’s your favourite go-to pumpkin recipe? Any new or different recipe’s you’ve come across this year?
Do you still visit the pumpkin patch?!!?!