Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Thanksgiving Surprise (and a plea for recipes!)

No, I'm not referring to U.S. Thanksgiving next month, but rather Canadian Thanksgiving next week!

My husband is Canadian (which makes our son a Canadian, as well). So to keep the traditions alive (even though we live in the U.S.), I'm making Thanksgiving dinner to surprise them both this weekend.

It's nice for me because it's like a rehearsal for the next Thanksgiving meal and gives me a chance to experiment with different recipes.  So... I'm looking to all of my friends in Blogland for help

Anyone have any outstanding Thanksgiving recipes to share?!  Even something that you've been thinking of trying?  How about my Canadian blog friends?  Any scrumptious dessert or side dish recipes??

I'd love to make it an extra special dinner and have plenty of new recipes to try next month, too!!

Thanks in advance!!

** And a very special thank you to sassymonkey on
for mentioning my post! 
I really appreciate all of the recipes and suggestions!!  **


  1. I don't have outstanding recipes. But being a Canadian and having prepared Thanksgiving for the past 25 years, I'll tell you. There must be roast turkey with stuffing & gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots and roast & mashed squash. Then there must be apple pie and pumpkin pie &/or cheesecake.

    It's a lot to take on, I know. But it's so divine! Good luck; I'm sure whatever you cook, they'll love it!

  2. Terri sent me over.

    I love to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, too. (My mother and my grandmother are Canadian. I'm just now learning that I could've been a dual citizen all these years.) An early Thanksgiving is very restful and relaxing. I hope that you enjoy yours and I know those Canadians of yours will appreciate your efforts.

  3. Well, goodness, my friend, I will have to think about this! I am a bit slow with getting my act together this year for everything...just enjoying the process....:-)

    Let me think and I will get back with ya!

    Barb ♥

    PS...Andrew is a doll!

  4. Ok, first, I am totally in love with the family photo. ADORABLE!!

    Check out my recipe blog: We post our favorites there.

  5. You could also include a sugar pie - very Canadian!

    Don't forget the cranberry sauce either! We are fond of the canned variety, but you can make your own very scrumptious sauce too. Recipes are everywhere, but the easiest is just to put the fresh berries into a pot on the stove with some water and add sugar to taste once they have cooked and popped - fun to watch!

    I'd suggest this one in particular if you want step-by-step instructions:

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  6. Thank you all for the comments, suggestions, and recipe ideas! I appreciate them all!

    canadiandebtgirl - just when I thought I'd had every Canadian dessert, I don't think I've ever heard of a sugar pie! Sounds intriguing! I'll have to Google it and see if I can find a recipe! Thank you!!

  7. Well, I am not Canadian...but living here, I have seen some different things that we don't normally do in the states...
    I have a friend who insists that Yorkshire Pudding be put on the table at Thanksgiving. You are pretty inventive, so I am sure you could pull that off. Also, my mil always serve brussle sprouts...never considered that one before! :) Of course, if you really want to spoil Tom, you could tempt him with Nanaimo Bars...and if there was more time, I could have sent you some Tim Hortons coffee/tea as I was just there this mornign! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Love the new pictures by the way!

  8. I just bought all the ingredients to make Pumpkin bread that I found on one of my favorite blogs...


  9. I have lots of recipes we love for the holidays-special things we only make at Thanksgiving and christmas. Send me an e-mai to remind me to post to this url and I will be sure and get some to you.



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