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10 Oct, 2018


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Thanksgiving is a little different now that one of our chicks has flown the coop. She started her second year at Queen’s in September and took the bus home. Mark and I picked her up at the bus station on Friday and drove her home on Monday night, which made for a short visit that also had to include a bit of running around for things she’d been missing at school.

The weather wasn’t ideal over Thanksgiving weekend 2018, but it was very nice to hang out as a family of four again. We spent most of it indoors. We watched Solo: A Star Wars Story and Three Identical Strangers (I enjoyed both!) and ventured out on a short hike to an NCC trail near Wesley Clover Park. We get lost every time we go here, and yes, we got lost once again. Sigh. Piper, however, took it in stride:

Piper rides the rails

Hikes in Ottawa

On the Thanksgiving menu this weekend:

  • The turkey
  • Classic Stuffing (courtesy of my MIL)
  • Cranberry sauce, which I made the day before
  • a very decadent make-ahead mashed potato casserole. This was a new recipe and it got rave reviews! It’s a keeper for sure.
  • This cheesy leek recipe via Jamie Oliver. It was good but I’m not sure I’ll make it again. As it turns out there IS such a thing as too much cheese in one dish.
  • Green salad
  • We were supposed to have pull-apart rolls but I forgot to defrost them.
  • Dessert: Pumpkin pie by special request and apple crisp (courtesy of my MIL)

I bought a giant 2L bottle of cider and there was wine and chips and candy. It was a day of excess! In fact, we are still eating leftovers, although we’re finally getting to the end of it all.

Other than the jiggly feeling around my midsection, my DOMINANT feeling is one of gratitude. As we drove the eldest back to Kingtson I thought about all the good things in our lives right now, and there are many.

Thanksgiving weekend

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

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