Monday, October 10, 2016

Thanksgiving...after the gathering.

Today is officially Thanksgiving Day in Canada.




Flowers from our son and DIL.

We had our family feast yesterday
I was busy in the kitchen for two days and had fun preparing the dishes...


a hodgepodge of chairs
a mix of napkins and glasses


Our fairy lights are turned on for special events here in The Humble Bungalow.


Lots of dishes to go with the prime rib of beef.


Carrots served with a mix of grated ginger, melted butter and parsley.


Balsamic glazed roasted Brussel Sprouts
(Barefoot Contessa Cookbook ~ Foolproof)


Tortellini with cheese sauce for the grand children and vegetarians.


Yorkshire pudding
(recipe from Joy of Cooking)
Scalloped Potatoes
Roast Prime rib of Beef
Gravy
Peas

Pumpkin Pie for dessert courtesy of Mother who baked them from scratch...
(she is 89 so I think that is quite impressive)


The window in my laundry room overlooks the back patio and garden.


Ironing done while gazing out the windows of the french door.


 Today I cleaned up the rest of the things, put away the good china, crystal and silverware. Washed and ironed the linens and went for a leisurely walk.

I will post pictures of the glorious walk in the autumn sunshine very soon but for now I am going to put my feet up, brew a pot of Lapsang Souchong Tea and browse through the newest UK Country Living magazine.

Hope that your week is off to a great start!

Thank you for stopping by...


~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

36 comments:

  1. Ah, your Thanksgiving table looks inviting! I do not doubt a good meal and good time was had by all. Don't you worry that gorgeous little elephant vase will tumble into the sink? (I confess I am accident prone when it comes to such things, therefore tend to worry on behalf of others.} Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Violet.

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    1. The family seemed to enjoy the meal...that wee elephant may fall into the sink but it has been on the sidelines of the sink for many years and so far the cats and the kids have not pushed it over the edge...last night the littles were "hiding" in the claw foot tub hoping their aunt Laura would not discover them! I had to pull the plug as their parents were about to leave!

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  2. We had our family dinner yesterday as well. My roasted brussels sprout recipe was a hit among the non-sprout crowd. I walked today with friends and we noticed that the snow geese are back. Another week to walk and to watch the points.

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    1. Hooray for new and tasty ways to cook those sprouts!
      I walked today too and the weather was amazing....I hear that there is a storm brewing for Thursday and it may be with us for several days.

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  3. Thank you for letting us share your family even through these photos. ALL of the food looks yummy. I will have to look up that brussels sprouts recipe.

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    1. The recipe has a meat component which I had to avoid to keep it veggie friendly for our non meat eaters ...it is delicious either way!

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  4. Hope the rest of your day was relaxing Leslie ...you deserve it :). Everything about your celebrations sounds wonderful. My favourite part is always family being together. I celebrated my birthday recently and as grateful as I was for presents I said to my children and their partners that the best present of all was that they came home to celebrate it with me.
    As always, I love to hear about your mum ...it's wonderful that she made her pumpkin pies from scratch and I bet they were delicious.
    Have a lovely day ...we had a very cold and frosty start but it's bright and sunny now ...hope it's the same for you.
    Rosie

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    1. Gatherings with family are my favourite things...I get teary when I think about these events as I never know if we will all be together again...Mom is aging and so are we...and I cling to these holidays with such ferocity.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your feast with us. It is a warming thought on a wet, chilly day here in northern England. Autumn has arrived with avenger! Time for hot chocolate and cosy sweaters. Short sleeved T-shirts are being put away and sweaters being rejuvenated. Time for tights and boots again.

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    1. We had a fabulous sunny day today, unfortunately the forecast is for torrential rain and storms for days...I need to gather my socks and sweaters...keeping warm can be a challenge in an old house!

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    2. We had a fabulous sunny day today, unfortunately the forecast is for torrential rain and storms for days...I need to gather my socks and sweaters...keeping warm can be a challenge in an old house!

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  6. I agree with MabonMoon,your table looks inviting and delicious indeed.
    I know how much work is needed (you have a wonderful mum !),but it's such a pleasure ,too
    We have rain for last two days in Zagreb,it is cold,but I'm looking forward beautiful,sunny and fresh autumn days
    Dottoressa

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    1. Oh perhaps the sun will shine down on you in Zagreb...we are battening the hatches as the forecast is dire....wind and rain for the next 4 days...I might just hunker down!

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    2. Oh perhaps the sun will shine down on you in Zagreb...we are battening the hatches as the forecast is dire....wind and rain for the next 4 days...I might just hunker down!

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  7. You dinner looks absolutely delicious, and the table is so nice and friendly - perfect mix of homey and pretty. Hope a wonderful time was had by all.

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    1. I think we all had fun...Dinner was tasty. Mother was surprised that the 3 grandchildren had so much energy and she said she was tired just watching them!

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  8. It looks splendid. What a special and very delicious dinner and so beautifully served. I absolutely must look up the recipe for Brussels sprouts and your idea for the pasta for vegetarians is brilliant. Thank you.

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    1. The Barefoot Contessa has such greats recipes...I have almost all of her cookbooks and would love to see her TV shows but they are not currently available here...and I wonder why we cannot see them...

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  9. It looks splendid. What a special and very delicious dinner and so beautifully served. I absolutely must look up the recipe for Brussels sprouts and your idea for the pasta for vegetarians is brilliant. Thank you.

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  10. Your posts are so homey and comforting to me. I enjoy seeing your table settings and meals you prepare, with love and care it is obvious.

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    1. Thank you Mary...I enjoy cooking and life around here is very routine...since I retired I have come to love a quiet path.

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  11. Thank you for sharing your lovely meal. Love your home, furnishing and flowers. This Texas girl truly enjoys the warmth you convey with your blog!

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    1. Hello Texas Girl,
      I hope you will stay tuned and perhaps you will introduce yourself to me someday soon.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving Hostess and family ! My mouth watered as I read your menu and looked at the pics of the delicious dinner you served - Very impressive - you must be quite a cook ! I enjoy reading your lovely, gentle blog - always includes such lovely thoughts...

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    1. Patricia...I can follow a recipe and love to cook..Yorkshire pudding and Prime Rib are easy as I have been doing these dished for years!
      Thank you for your kind words.
      XO

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  13. It all looks so lovely and yummy, but my, Leslie, your yorkshires look the best!

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    1. I do so love a fluffy Yorkshire bathed in gravy...and i am counting my WW points! I am walking farther and trying to be mindful of my points...

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  14. Happy thanksgiving, your table looked wonderful xx

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    1. Thank you and all the best to you in England Cheryl...

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  15. Beautiful and delicious - Happy Thanksgiving....

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving! I just love the timing of Canadian Thanksgiving. Your day looks like it was beautiful! How wonderful that your mom made the pies! It's inspiring to hear that.

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    1. Mom is quite remarkable for her age...she always made the best pastry and she has not lost her touch. I am so grateful that she is in such good health.

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  17. My mom isn't quite as old as yours, but she is 80 and also makes the best pies. I wish I had her knack - believe me I've tried, but maybe not hard enough. Your comment about cherishing the times you have together as you don't know if you will be together again brought tears to my eyes. After losing our oldest son in March, things will never be the same for us. Do cherish those times you still have. Thanks, as always, for your kindness and sharing.

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    1. Mom gave me pastry making lessons when I was a teenager and I can replicate her recipe but I always think her pies taste better than mine.
      I cannot help but think about how precious life is...we have seen many losses in the family and the lives of our friends so one can never take things for granted...
      Understandably your lives will be different...my heart goes out to you in sympathy.

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  18. What a delicious meal - and your Thanksgiving was our 52nd wedding anniversary! Thank you for celebrating, har, har!
    Margaret P

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