Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Small Celebration

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. I've decided this is my favourite holiday of the year. It has so many great things going for it - good food, family, and almost no hype. I'm almost afraid to add this final item to the attribute list. No gifts are exchanged. I realize that makes me sound like a total scrooge. The truth is I like giving and receiving gifts, but still...there's something really freeing about a holiday that doesn't require buying or making Stuff.

This year there were only five of us gathered together to celebrate. By Hammond standards that is a very small group! But I think it worked out really well. Alexandra and her partner Josh came down from Kamloops for the day, and Josh brought his three year old daughter Nevaeh to meet us. Had all of us been squeezed into this cottage I think she might have felt a bit overwhelmed.




You know how much I love fall. And I know I already showed you some fall pictures in my last post, but I just can't seem to stop myself from adding some more.




Empty parks after a very busy summer...




Fall reflections...




Fallen leaves...




Mashed neeps, tatties and carrots...




Pumpkin butter...




Roasted pumpkin seeds...




And pumpkin scones (I sub gluten free flour for the wheat flour)...

I promise my next blog post will be a crafty one, without even a hint of a fall theme to it. Have a great week!

24 comments:

  1. It was 99 degrees here yesterday, in Austin, so I'm thrilled to be heading to NYC on Friday, where it is properly autumn. And up to the Catskills Saturday morning to see some of those gorgeous red and orange leaves. Autumn is the best, and I love your photos!

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  2. I'm so glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday, Kristie. Your food looks delicious! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, for the same reasons. I love giving (especially handmade) gifts and receiving them too, but it's nice to have that pressure off too. I hope you're having a good week so far!

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  3. Neveah looked cold - did you measure her up for a new sweater?

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  4. I am so glad you took more pictures of the fall. I have always thought that it would be a wonderful tome of the year to visit Canada. Your thanksgiving day sounded lovely and it is so nice to do it without the hype. Sarah x

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate this here in Scotland, a shame really. I enjoy the autumn very much, the only thing I don't like is the wet Scottish winter that follows. It is lovely to see your happy children and partners. x

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving Kristie - I wish I was in Canada for it too! Your pictures make me want to go back, Right Now :) Autumn is my favourite season for over there, such beautiful colours and scenery. We received some nice photos of our grandsons playing in the golden leaves. Even tho it's Spring here, I am looking for a big orange pumpkin to put out front before Halloween - but I always have my Canadian paper pumpkin too :) Lovely post, and nice to have family visits for Thanksgiving.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I love seeing your Fall pictures, so you can post all you want!

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  8. A great family gathering, beautiful Autumn pictures. Nevaeh is such a pretty name, one that I have never come across before and yet when I just looked up its meaning it originates from England.

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  9. I love seeing photos of your place and you can never have too many photos of colourful leaves! Is that a Herdy mug and coaster next to your delicious-looking scone? Is there a Canadian equivalent or did you get it in Cumbria?

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  10. Your cottage amidst that wonderful scenery and water looks like heaven on earth. Autumn is only just starting so I for one am looking forward to seeing lots more photos of your gorgeous neck of the woods.

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  11. I never get tired of your beautiful scenery, you should include at least one in each post!

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  12. Fall is definitely the best season. We went with the grandkids to the Chilliwack corn maze last and brought back a great Cinderella pumpkin. So there's been pumpkin loaf and pudding already, and pumpkin soup on the near horizon. Lovely photos!

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  13. I love the non commercialism of thanksgiving, we don't have it here - thanksgiving - but many churches have a harvest festival that too is about giving thanks for what we have and sharing with others. It is a good thing isn't it! xx

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving Kristie. Nice looking carrot...don't you just love pulling up carrots and not knowing if they'll be long, stumpy, or just weird shaped? We had wonderful weather here in Ontario and the leaves have just started to fall too. Great pics BTW.

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  15. Did the appliances behave? A holiday devoted to being thankful deserves to at least be in the top two of holidays--it runs neck-and-neck with Christmas for me. Halloween is 3rd. No wonder fall is my favorite season. Although I'm pretty sure it would be even without the holiday magic. Your pictures show fall has a magic all its own.

    I hope Josh has been making a good impression on the family and that A is happy.

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    1. PS - belated happy Thanksgiving! Maybe if I say it twice, being late won't be so bad. :)

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving a bit late. It is one of my very favorite times of the year for all the reasons you mentioned. Christmas is just so stressful, my heart is palpitating right now just thinking of it. I LOVE your Fall photos, as we are not experiencing it here I so appreciate the beauty you shared.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. A late Happy Thanksgiving! Kristie, I don't always comment, but I ALWAYS soak up every word and ooh and aah over every beautiful picture! Your family is lovely and it's a joy to read your posts! Blessings to you, my friend!

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  18. You can never show too many fall photos for me! I have to agree with you whole heartedly on the lack of hype for Thanksgiving. Except for cooking the big dinner, it's totally stress free, allowing us all to enjoy each other's company rather than the overblown mayhem that comes with Christmas. And you've gotta admit that the Canadian Thanksgiving is much better timed early in October when the leaves are at their peak and we are not in a countdown to Christmas! I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with your family, even if the whole clan wasn't able to make it. Ours was quiet too with just my four ... still nice :)
    Wendy

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  19. so glad you had enough from for some of your family! I love Thanksgiving and Christmas :) I have been in the tiniest of houses with big gatherings and they are FUN. So jam pack that cottage :)

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  20. Fall is such a beautiful time of year with all the colourful leaves...nice to have family gathered around to celebrate Thanksgiving. Holiday memories in the making!

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  21. Just got back from New England, the fall is most definitely beautiful. We do have some of the colours here but nowhere near the quantity. Just glorious, you are so lucky!

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  22. Love your fall photos, so serene.
    Thanksgiving is definitely one of the most low key holidays in Canada. In fact we often don't do anything special, just enjoy a family long week-end with the three of us.

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  23. You never need to apologise for pics of trees in fall ... things are pretty dire here at the moment but the sight of those trees really lifted my heart.

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