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This past weekend, Canadians celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday . Our country has been celebrating Thanksgiving yearly, since 1879. It used to be held in November, but in 1957, it was proclaimed that Thanksgiving would occur every second Monday in October. And so it has been...
On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:
|"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October."
I am the daughter of immigrant parents. I came to Canada, from Portugal, with my parents, in 1978. I was a little over one year old. My parents came to this country in search of a better life for themselves and to give me the opportunities that they never had. One of the first "gifts" they gave me, was the gift of "Thanksgiving". Although it is not a holiday celebrated in Portugal, my parents took on their new role as "Canadians" and celebrated by making Thanksgiving day special. Every year, my Mom cooked a turkey lunch or dinner for us. This soon became our tradition. When I started dated Nuno, back in 1992, he too, became part of the tradition, and every year since, we have been celebrating Thanksgiving at my parents' home. That's 20 turkeys, since we met!
This year, of course, was no exception! When Fall arrives, we begin to anticipate the coming of Thanksgiving and the delicious turkey feast. My mom is always the chef that day. She makes the turkey, potatoes, and stuffing. I am the pie baker. I bring along the whipped cream and pumpkin pie!
I made a pumpkin pie on Saturday evening. It was the first time I made a crimped edge with the pie dough. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out.
On the morning of our Thanksgiving feast, I made popovers...
So simple to make these. Only four ingredients - eggs, flour, milk and salt!
And 30 minutes later, Ta-da!
Pumpkin pie and popovers!
While I was making popovers, our 20 lb turkey was already cooking in my Mom's oven, since 7:30 that morning! Lunch was for 1 pm. We got ourselves dressed and ready for the one hour drive to Toronto.
And this is what we saw on our drive to my parents' house. This photo was taken by me, while driving along the highway. The fall colors are stunning! And I forgot to add how beautiful the weather was. It was so warm, people were wearing shorts and flip flops. It was quite an unusual weather weekend for October! I don't remember ever celebrating Thanksgiving in such summer-like weather!
And here it is...the moment we had all been waiting for...
...the star of the show - the 20 pound turkey!
Here is my plate - sliced turkey breast, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, and a popover to dip in the gravy!
This year, we were happy to welcome a new face to our table, a friend of my Mom's who hadn't any family or friends to celebrate with. We all ate, enjoyed, laughed, talked, and felt thankful and blessed to be gathered here together, another year. We let our stomachs settle a bit before we had dessert.
A slice of pumpkin pie, with whipped cream on top - the perfect end to a delicious Thanksgiving feast!
It was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I give thanks for my family (parents, grandparents, in-laws, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles) my friends, my husband, my daughters, all of the special people in my life. I live in a world, full of life, beauty, and wonder. I am thankful to wake up to it each morning and celebrate it with YOU!
I thank the universe for all the blessings it has bestowed upon me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our American neighbours will soon be celebrating theirs! And I know one of my English friends will be celebrating a special Thanksgiving in America this year. Not everyone celebrates "Thanksgiving" as a holiday. We don't need it to be thankful. It is a wonderful reminder, however, to be thankful, always.
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