turkey day

Speaking of traditions…

My Dad and I carried on our Turkey Trot tradition.  It’s been a yearly ritual for at least the past 3 or 4 years.  This morning, we headed out for a breezy 3 miles.  FUN! 😀  And a great way to start the holiday.


The day before an important holiday always involves a whirlwind of activities.  My house is filled with every warm and comforting smell that you can possibly imagine.  Warm, buttery rolls.  Sweet and tangy cranberry sauce.  Spicy pumpkin pie.  Sweet gingerbread frosting. 

I love it.  All of the smells.  All of the activities.  All of the cooking!! 

When I was a little girl, I used to love watching my Memere and my mom bake bread.  Even more than that, I loved unraveling a hot crescent roll and biting into a warm roll of dough.  French Canadians know how to make bread. 😉

French Canadians also know how to make desserts.  My mom deserves credit for these!

Pumpkin Pie

Cherry Cheesecake

Most of the cooking was done yesterday, which meant today was reserved for last minute cleaning and table setting.

And with that complete, it was time to e-a-t!

The Menu

Homemade Stuffing with Fresh Herbs
Broccoli Casserole
Sauteed Green Beans
Smashed Turnips
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots


Everything was amazing.  I’m pretty sure I could have made a meal out of Nicole’s broccoli casserole alone. 😉

But, of course, it’s always necessary to save room for dessert.  I look forward to Mom’s Cherry Cheesecake every year.  Smooth and luscious, with just a hint of fresh lemon.  It’s lovely. 😀 

I love Thanksgiving for all of its simplicity.  A time to see family and to eat good food. 

I also love Black Friday.  And with an early morning in my future (4am!), I think it’s time I say good night. 😉

Hope you all had the most lovely Thanksgiving!

Question: Do you go Black Friday shopping?


8 thoughts on “turkey day

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Even though it’s 4am here and I’m already awake, I’m not a Black Friday shopper. The only reason I’m up is because my sisters needed someone to wake them up to go shopping. I am letting them fight the crowds!

    Have a blast shopping!

  2. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

    We don’t have Black Friday in Canada but I would observe Buy Nothing Day no matter where I lived.

    • I was about to say “no” when I decided to google it and realized that it’s my Memere’s Meat Pie! Only I’ve never heard it called by its actual French name of cipaille. I love it. And it’s a yearly Christmas tradition! 😀

  3. Wow what a beautiful menu! It sounds like you had a lot of fun! No Black Friday shopping for me. It’s just a little too early even for me, and I’m not much for competition in the stores. lol I hope you get everything you want!

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