Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving for Canadians and, I must say, I am so grateful to be a Canadian who is married to an American. It just makes me extra grateful to have my Canadian Thanksgiving in October, and then a month later, we get another Thanksgiving. Best of both worlds!

So, my turkey is slowly roasting in the oven, the potatoes are about to be peeled, the stuffing and pies are on the counter waiting for me to finish prepping them, the Jello salad is done, and I'm debating whether to try a sweet potato pie this year. We'll see. Out of curiosity, do you have a traditional Thanksgiving dish?

When I think about Thanksgiving and the things I'm grateful for, I first think of my husband and children, my family and my friends. I'm also grateful for the freedoms I enjoy, for the opportunities I have to pursue a career in writing and teaching because those are the things I love to do. I'm grateful for a warm home, food to eat, and for indoor plumbing. I'm grateful for the experiences in my life so far, both good and bad, because they made me the person I am today.

And, of course, I'm grateful for this blog, and the people who read it because I've met so many wonderful friends because of your kind comments to me. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Jon Spell said...

Traditional dish out here seems to be my father-in-law's whipped mashed potatoes. It's not finely whipped, so you still get small chunks of potatoes, and of course, butter melted on top. =)

The one I miss was my wife's apple-cranberry pie. Yum!

Primarymary said...

One of our traditional Thanksgiving dishes is Homemeaade cranberry sauce. My Dad used to make it every year. We had to bypass some of the traditional foods in favor of Gluten Free substitutes, for Dad. This year will be the 1st Thanksgiving since my Dad passed away, so we will have to start new traditions. I guess I will learn to make his cranberry sauce.

Melanie Goldmund said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I lived in America, my favourite thing was pecan pie. I don't remember if my family had a traditional dish or not, so we probably didn't. Just the usual Thanksgiving fare of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, bread rolls, often in crescent shape, Jello, and various pies. I didn't like apple or pumpkin pie in those days, so I often begged my mom to make banana cream, and later I discovered pecan pie. Yum! I think there might have been some kind of vegetable involved, but I can't recall what it was. Frozen mixed vegetables, maybe. I don't think we ever had that sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on top, though. Man it's been so long since I've had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that I just can't remember all the details. I do recall that we once tried to go around the table and have everybody say at least one thing that they were grateful for. Being a moody teenager, I could only think of being grateful for chocolate.

I'm still grateful for chocolate, but I've grown up a lot since then, and among the many other things that I am thankful for, this blog is one of them. I look forward to it every day. :-)

~T~ said...

Indoor plumbing, particularly the hot kind, is always pretty high on my list, too!

Debra Erfert said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Julie!

Brittany said...

sweet potato casserole. so, so yummy, I look forward to it all year long.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm sorry I missed this yesterday. Happy Thanksgiving for then, I hope you had a wonderful time :-)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Jon, I love whipped potatoes and they were the first things to go yesterday!

Mary, I'm so sorry about your dad. I bet if you make his cranberry sauce, you will feel closer to him.

Melanie, you totally made my day. I look forward to your comments, too, and I'm so glad we're friends!

T, I don't know what I'd do without indoor plumbing!

Thanks, Deb and Sarah.

Brittany, I love it, too. Although I didn't make it yesterday, I think I will try it for American Thanksgiving. :)

Thank you everyone for making my day extra special! :)

Tracy Krauss said...

Two Thanksgiving dinners! Lucky!!!