Monday, October 8, 2018

Thanksgiving at Quarter Deck Cottage

We've been cozy here at Quarter Deck Cottage this past weekend.
The weather has been mixed with some sunshine, rain and fog...

we sat on the deck one afternoon in the sunshine 
admiring the views and sipped a Corona.

Excuse the grainy picture 
 I wanted to share the sighting of the two whales as they swam past the deck.

Fresh from the Flower Shop

We pick flowers up from the florist as soon as we get settled in at the cottage.
Then we go grocery shopping.

A simple Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey, mashed potatoes and parsnips, with peas and gravy 
topped with a generous dollop of homemade cranberry sauce.
Dessert was a small store bought pie with ice cream.

I made turkey soup...
when I posted this on Instagram one of the readers asked for the recipe.

Quarter Deck Cottage Turkey Soup

In a large pot
Saute 1 large diced onion in a wee bit of oil until soft.
pour in chicken stock
( I used 1 can and 2 cans full of water)
Add a large cubed carrot about 1 1/2 cups
Then add chopped up the turkey meat approximately 1 1/2 cups
3/4 cup of frozen peas
1 cup short skinny noodles
(I used the No Yokes noodles)
a generous amount of fresh ground pepper
( do not add salt as there is plenty in the chicken stock already)
Parsley is optional
Boil and then reduce heat and simmer until carrots are cooked.

Hope you enjoy it!

The cottage smelled so wonderful as the soup simmered...

we had a bowl and then went for a walk in the rain.

A peaceful walk along the beach...
in moody light
a few pieces of sea glass were gathered.

Time now to finish French Exit by Patrick deWitt.

His book "Sisters, Brothers" has just been made into a film and has been released.
I read the book sometime in the last two years and found it rather shocking!
Filled with violence with a rough rawness that kept me on the edge of my chair!

I have no doubt that the film will be powerful.

French Exit has interesting and quirky characters
with a plausible storyline...
I enjoy Patrick's wry edgy writing.

(The book has been short listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Award.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

 ~ Be Well and Be Kind ~


  1. Such a beautiful vista you have. A perfect view to say one's thanks. I am glad you have such a sweet and cozy ritual.

    1. I am interested in reading your book...I hope you will share more about it soon.
      We are in awe of the my husband says "they never get old!"
      Our neighbours also agree...and they have been coming here since the cottages were built.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Your dinner looks delicious, and the turkey soup recipe is most definitely promising. It must be such a joy to visit your cottage, and I love the idea that you buy flowers first each time :)

    1. Your blog post this morning was so uplifting...I love that wee maidenhair fern...I tried growing one but it did not thrive so I will stick with orchids indoors and the established flowers and plants in our garden.
      Hope you have a lovely week!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! It was a weekend of very mixed weather, that's for certain! Lovely flowers, interesting views, and delicious food in your post. Turkey soup is on the menu here tonight.

    1. The weather has improved dramatically these past few days and the forecast is for sunshine into the weekend! Turkey soup is such a comforting lunch or dinner...I like to think of it as an exercise in frugality...just need to add a few vegetables.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving (although belated)
    It is so nice to be at your cottage with the amazing view
    I love to spend some time at the seaside out of season,it has a special charm-this prolongated weekend was too short for me

    1. I'd love to see some pictures of your seaside...I can only imagine its beauty.

  5. The views almost make me homesick. We are in France, Brittany to be exact. it’s lovely to see photos of the islands. It does make it easier to know what a gorgeous place we have to return to.

    1. Oh my! Brittany sounds wonderful! To be back in France enjoying the culture and charming villages...the food and must be a sublime! Savour every minute!

  6. So peaceful and beautiful...just as Thanksgiving should be. Your views are amazing.

  7. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. What beautiful views! I love that you go and get flowers before anything else. Have to have your priorities straight, right? xo Deborah