An Ameri-Can Thanksgiving

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This past weekend we celebrated a belated Canadian Thanksgiving… or perhaps an early American Thanksgiving! Either way, our Ameri-Can Thanksgiving was a fine feast that included the proverbial turkey with all the fixings. I don’t think anyone minded it being either late or early, depending on which side of the border you celebrate this holiday.

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Welcome to our Thanksgiving dinner

Gold and white Thanksgiving table, as featured in the blog post Autumn Gold.

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The feast!

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And best of all…… dessert!

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Chocolate peanut butter pie

Looking for great dessert recipes? As shown above, the Chocolate Decadence Cake is always a hit and everyone loves the classic Puffed Wheat Squares.

It was lovely gathering with loved ones… we felt blessed and THANKFUL. Whether you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving already or are still looking forward to it, I hope it will be a time well spent with friends and family, mindful of how many things we can all be truly thankful for.

 

A visit to Davison Orchards

IMG_6772No doubt… fall is truly here. I, for one, love this change in the season, especially when I get a chance to visit Davison Orchards in the Okanagan Valley.  Whether you simply love fruit, want to visit the pumpkin patch, love to shop, or simply want to relax over coffee and homemade treats at Auntie May’s Cafe, this is a place for the whole family to enjoy.IMG_6743

If you’re an apple lover (and who isn’t… really?) there are so many varieties to sample and purchase. Not to mention the caramel apples, freshly made apple juice, apple butter, and apple pie!

For those who love to shop, the gift shop at Davison Orchards is a visual & retail delight with items that include wonderful jams, jellies & sauces, fabulous cookbooks, candles, home decor products, toys, and much more.

And when you get back from the pumpkin patch, warm up with hot chocolate or coffee in Auntie May’s Cafe where you will have a tough time deciding which tempting treat to have.

Into its fourth generation of farming, the Davison family has been entrenched in the fruit industry in the Okangan Valley for decades and you can tell they love it. Check it out if you happen to be in the Vernon area. It will be the first of many visits, I guarantee!

 

Golden Autumn

22396621_1679035448773336_62557748_oAutumn is slowing me down
to an enforced slower pace.
It is nature’s way to ensure
that I savour every moment
left to me – no rush.
My life golden like the leaves.

Excerpt from the poem, “Golden Autumn” by Suzette Richards

I love decorating my home for each season and usually I incorporate a multitude of colours for my fall Thanksgiving table, including reds, oranges, browns, etc. This year, I opted for gold and white and I am delighted by the simplicity and beauty of this combination.

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Mini white pumpkins are readily accessible in most grocery stores or at the local farmers’ market. You might also want to use gourds or smaller sized pumpkins depending on the area you wish to decorate. All it took was a can of gold spray paint and 20 minutes of outdoor spray time (I recommend doing this outdoors or at least in your garage). In no time, I had a variety of sizes for the dining room table. I was able to find some beautiful gold and white napkins and also put out my gold charger plates, which are normally reserved for Christmas dinners.

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