Thursday, October 27, 2011

Better Late Than Never…

Well hello!

So glad you enjoyed the Salmon Chowder recipe. It turned out better than I expected and  I really enjoyed the creaminess of it (I miss creamy being dairy free)! 

Well as many of you know, it was Thanksgiving here awhile back – and I have yet to do a post about it!!  I didn’t take tooo many pictures since I was busy cooking, but I thought I’d show you the ones that I did – (and attach some recipes!)

While cooking – I decided to play with my camera a bit, and thought these pears were a great subject!!  I wish their was a better background – but this picture totally makes me say “awwwh”!



The table was set for 8 of us (and a sweet little baby girl)!!



Dinner was prepped as much as possible before.

I made homemade cranberry sauce.


Cranberry Sauce

1 bag of fresh cranberries

1 cup of water (or orange juice for more flavour)

1/2 cup sugar

cinnamon and orange zest to taste

Boil all ingredients for 1/2 hour or until desired consistency!!  It will gel up more once cooled!


Our friends were in charge of appies, bread, and dessert!

The appie was incredible!!  Artichoke and Green Olive Dip!   I wish I could have eaten more it was awesome, but I was too busy cooking!!  It was gone FAST though!! Smile 


Then there was the rest of the menu.

Turkey (of course)

2 types of bread pudding – cranberry spice and onion

Stuffing (may have been from a box? I haven’t ever tried to make it from scratch!)

Mashed Potatoes (I used chicken broth instead of milk!)

Sweet Potato Casserole.


I sort of used Angela’s recipe – but I tweaked it a bunch – it was fantastic!!

There were soda biscuits and fresh bread brought by friends too!

I also made a salad, roasted veggies and pan fried Brussels sprouts!

I’m sure I am missing something – but it was quite the feast!

For dessert (no picture Sad smile) a friend made a vegan blackberry and a vegan pumpkin pie!! (I don’t like pie – but the blackberry was to die for!).

It was a fantastic night with fantastic friends!


Thanksgiving is such a great time – it’s always fun to  have a big group of people enjoying a big huge meal!!


Also as promised – I finally got some picture of the Northern Lights – they are very rare around here (I’d never seen them before)!! Thank you to Y. for these pics!   We were at an end of summer beach fire and all of a sudden the sky lit up!

Northern Lights 2

Northern Lights 3

Northern Lights 4

Northern Lights 5

Northern Lights

Beautiful hey? I’d never seen anything like it!!

Hope your day is going fantastic!! 

More recipes coming from me next week!

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PS.  Dairy Free Caramel Apple Recipe?  Yes please!


  1. That sweet potato dish looks yummy - can you share the changes you made?

  2. yummy!! the sweet potato casserole & that artichoke olive dip look so tasty!! :D

  3. Great thanksgiving food!!
    And the northern cool!

  4. Hi Jessica~

    Looks like a great time. I love that someone brought a vegan pie. How fantastic.

    Those last picture are simply amazing! WOW!

    Be Well,

  5. Looks like a great thanksgiving :-)

    I have never had sweet potato casserole before, but I have wanted to try it for quite a while.


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