Another Week...Another Thanksgiving Dinner!

Monday October 13th was Thanksgiving Day in Canada, but we find most people have their celebration on the Sunday before...and so we were with friends on the 12th. More friends invited us to their "Alternative Thanksgiving" on the 18th! I have lots of "pretty pictures" of food and table settings, but this shows the interior of one of Lunenburg's older homes. It sits on property that was a land grant in 1753 and the house was built in the very early 1800s. (OK, you folks in England, for us, this IS old!) They've restored it to a lovely, comfortable living space, and filled it with bright and colourful pieces of folk art. The gathering was "quite eclectic", and we were meeting half the group for the first time. Just for fun, I don't think I'd be remiss in saying that the makeup was of: "a former hippie-still- who recently ran for Mayor", a renowned artist, two psychologists, a shop owner for the past 15 years, a thespian,a musician, three active town volunteers, two lawyers, a woodworker/furniture builder/also a landscape photographer, a man, new to the neighbourhood, whose MIL passed away recently (he's refurbishing her home while his wife remains at her job on a major magazine in Toronto.)...and then there was Ken and me. Oh, there were only 10 of us at the table, but people here wear multiple hats!

Did I mention that we also had ten exceptional cooks at the table?! We feasted on turkey, dressing & gravy,a vegan mushroom dish, Ginger-Squash soup, mashed potatoes, roasted small potatoes, and a beautiful platter of fresh peas & carrots (NOT the BirdsEye mixture I hated as a child!) There was the requesite pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert and a slice of banana bread, made by a recently-divorced gentleman guest. It was spectacular! We gathered at 4, and walked back to our homes after 11...

The wheels are turning in our minds as to what sort of American Thanksgiving to offer our friends next month... *Love* those turkey dinners!
Aren't you the lucky ones with 2 Thanksgiving feasts "under your belt" and at least one more to come in the US! Although knowing your sociability, I wouldn't be surprised if you don't have a few extra on your way back to California!
BTW, love Ken's "classic" shirt.
posted October 19th, 2014  
@allie912 LOL...had to convince Ken that he "needed" that shirt, and he gets comments and compliments every time he wears it! We both laugh! We aren't heading to the states until Dec 10, so my hope is to have an open house on Am Thanksgiving and treat our friends before we head back...sound like a plan?
posted October 20th, 2014  
@Weezilou Definitely! Although how can you top the menu of your Canadian hosts??
posted October 20th, 2014  
Oh you guys. Love your descriptions that go with your photos, Louise. It definitely sounds like small town Lunenburg agrees with you..... No wonder you can't wait to get there each year.
posted October 20th, 2014  
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
posted October 20th, 2014  
Thanksgiving dinners are terrific ... always nice to have more than one :)
posted October 20th, 2014  
@allie912 You don't try "to top it"...just invite those people and ask them to bring the fabulous dishes they prepared! At a brunch this morning with our neighbours, one suggested lamb, so it would be fun to set out both turkey & lamb... (If I write it down like this in public, I'm more likely to feel committed to the idea!) Perhaps Linda @linah and her husband would come...
posted October 20th, 2014  
I just love the warmth of this photo. Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. It's cool that you chose to celebrate on an alternate day because of conflicts. I like how this is so different from our homes and Thanksgivings in S. Florida!
posted October 20th, 2014  
Lovely
posted October 20th, 2014  
I was invited to a Thanksgiving at the home of a chef one year. She prepared 3 different turkeys, 3 different types of potatoes, 3 different cranberry sauces, etc. She asked guests to bring wine and desserts. Guests also did dishes bc - holy hell - all that cooking created a mountain of chaos in the kitchen/pantry area. It was AMAZING!!! Just fabulous!! Dishes were a small price to pay for the delectable food I enjoyed.
posted October 20th, 2014  
Oh wow!!! We don't do Thanksgiving. Thank goodness. I hate cleaning up!!
posted October 20th, 2014  
@voiceprintz Everyone should have some ultra-memorable holidays like that one! The meal sounds sensational, and the camaraderie, just as good, I would imagine! When we first moved to Lunenburg, being the social town that it is, I'd be invited to many dinners, so I had to learn to throw dinner parties and reciprocate... My hesitation was that I had no dishwasher here for a number of years! Many nights, after midnight, my guests wouldn't leave until we'd (altogether)l washed the dishes! See how it is I have so many good friends here?! "All for one and one for all"!
posted October 20th, 2014  
@golftragic See my note above! I'm like you, hate the clean-up part, but it's more fun when everyone pitches in to help!
posted October 20th, 2014  
Wow! Sounds like a wonderful get-together!
posted October 20th, 2014  
It looks and sounds exceedingly convivial - good company and good fare!
posted October 21st, 2014  
Thanks for sharing you wonderful moments of life.
posted October 21st, 2014  
Sounds great! Luckily I have an American friend living in Finland, so I have eaten turkey with dressing and gravy and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Yummy!
posted October 22nd, 2014  
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