Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thanksgiving Round-Up

This is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and we celebrated today, so that we could have tomorrow free.  My mother-in-law goes back home on Tuesday, so we wanted her last day in Canada to be relaxing and not full of activity.

We began the day with a trip to Southbrook Pumpkin Patch.  It's been an October tradition for us over the past couple of years.  We like it because although there is a Halloween theme, it's not too scary for little kids.

  We also like the rides and activities they offer.  This year was no different, although it was the first time we've had to pay a one dollar admission fee to get in.  We spent a good two hours there, and there were still many activities that we didn't get to before heading home to get the turkey in the oven.

This is one of those things that we couldn't have done if I was cooking a whole turkey.  We got home from the farm at almost 3 pm, but I was still able to get dinner on the table by five.  Everything except the turkey was prepared ahead of time, and the turkey roast took a little less than two hours to cook.  Here's a photo recap of our dinner:

Turkey Roast with Gravy
The Roast, before being sliced

After being sliced (I actually got 2 platters of meat, this was just 1/2 the roast

Gravy, in my fancy-schmancy gravy boat that comes out once a year

Cranberry Sauce, Apple Sauce, Roasted Red Peppers and Caramelized Onion Sauce:

Butternut Squash with Sage and Mashed Potatoes (no one thought to take a picture of the potatoes):

Zucchini Muffins (gluten free, of course):

Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad:

A few more food photos:

Gluten Free Cupcakes

This meal was actually pretty simple to put together.  I made the cranberry and apple sauces ahead of time, and bought the caramelized onion sauce.  The roasted red peppers are from our personal stock of jarred peppers that we do every year.  I prepared the potatoes and the squash yesterday, and the salad was tossed right before dinner.  Only the turkey and the gravy were cooked today, taking a lot of stress off.  My son and I also baked the cupcakes this morning before heading out to the farm,  but that was fun! 
I wanted to give my mother-in-law a taste of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss of cooking a whole turkey, and I think I succeeded.  I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with happiness.
My parents with my mother-in-law

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