I can’t believe that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Friday! Well, for my Canadian friends I should say. I’m sitting here in the student run cafe at my school, isolated on the couch near the big windows, sprinkled with fresh raindrops, displaying a great view of campus. Long and wide sidewalks, luscious and towering evergreens, burnt orange and golden yellow leaves falling, leaving the trees half naked, and of course the people scurrying around to avoid the rain. Campus is rather empty due to the holiday, ‘University Day’, so everyone decided to take the day off [other than myself obviously].
Anyways… Thanksgiving! That’s this Monday! Or Sunday, depending on when you decide to celebrate, but if you don’t celebrate it, that’s totally cool too. I love Thanksgiving festivities because it gives me an excuse to bake with some of my favorite ingredients, and pull some new recipes out to test, and hopefully please everyone’s seasonal palette. I’ve come across some new autumnal recipes on the blogosphere that I’m going to share today[did I actually just say 'blogosphere'? don't ask].
Without further ado… here is my ‘Friday Finds: Thanksgiving Edition!’
Butternut squash stuffed shells. Think ricotta stuffed shells… but an autumnal spin on them with a bechamel sauce. If you like rich, luscious and cheesy dishes, this one is for you.
You know that ‘cranberry jelly’ that comes in a can, that jelly that just shlooops out of the can? I loved that stuff as a child but last year I couldn’t go near it. Why buy the canned godknowswhat’sinthat cranberry ‘stuff’ when you can make a homemade version that will leave your house smelling sweet and tart – like the perfect seasonal candle! Perhaps a recipe for Apple Cranberry Sauce with Crystallized Ginger is right up your alley.
Now, you’ll need a nice beverage to accompany your big meal, right? A 5 ingredient pumpkin frappuccino is a good idea [or great if you ask me]!
And for dessert… why not make a Halloween inspired cake? The girls over at ‘A Beautiful Mess’ put together a very simple n’ spooky ghost cake. If you’re not an expert cake decorator but you can wrap a cotton ball in some cheesecloth and stick a skewer in it, then this cake is an easy project for you.
You may have noticed that there is not turkey recipe. Turkey’s good, although my favorite are the side dishes that are on the table. Vegetables or all sorts, breads, deserts, etc. The possibilities are endless.
And last but certainly most not least, even if you are not celebrating this weekend, remember to count your blessings and reflect on the finer things in life. Think about what you’re grateful for, even the things that you are not grateful for and spin them around viewing them in a positive light. Positive and hopeful thinking is one thing my mother taught me, and that I am thankful for, along with many other things in life such as you guys for reading my blog :) A few years ago Joy came out with a post on being thankful. Check is out here, it’s a great read.
Q: What are you looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving? Do you have any baking favorites?What are you thankful for?