Thanksgiving Dinner, Fall Leaves and Eunice

In my last post I mentioned that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend and that I was under the weather.
Thank you to those blogging friends who prayed for me. I am feeling better and am on the mend.


I mentioned also that I was to make dinner for family. I did and took my time. It was a relaxing day and we enjoyed a quiet celebration.

My brother pronounced the turkey as the best I've ever made.
I think what he really liked was the crispy, golden skin. 

You can see all the liquid at the bottom of the roasting pan. It isn't all grease from the bird.
When I was growing up my mother always added water to the roasting pan.  I copy her approach. It helps to steam cook the bird and keep it moist. It also provides more drippings and liquid for making the gravy.

Roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots tossed in olive oil and coarse sea salt.I didn't make so much of this because I didn't want them as left overs. I also omitted green salad because no one ever eats it at the holiday meals.

No matter who cooks the bird I always go for the wings when it's time to eat. The wings are my favourite whether I'm eating turkey or chicken.  I stuffed the bird with bread stuffing and made extra for cooking on the side. I ignore all the expert opinions about stuffing the bird as a big 'no no'.  No one ever got sick in all the years my family and extended family and friends cooked a stuffed bird.
To round out the main meal we had mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce.

We had pumpkin pie and/or bread pudding topped with whipped cream for dessert.
The pie was not home made but the pudding was.

There were plenty of leftovers to eat during the week and I've saved some bones for soup stock.
I hope to make some turkey pot pies soon too.


We've been having so much rain off and on for well over a month.  We did have a break in the rain for about a week and a half.  It is so beautiful here when the sun shines and the glorious blue sky and the red leaves of autumn abound.

I love the canopy made by the leaves in the above photo.

Looking at and taking photos of the sky through leaves is one of my favourite things to do.


In other news,
my friend Eunice was tested to see how well her body is absorbing and utilizing the medicine she is on. The test results are now in and there has been improvement in the oxygen in the blood.
I'm so thankful for that.
She has improved but there is still a ways to go with her recovery.
Medicine and special food as well as oxygen and blood when needed (less frequently now) is very expensive.
I am still trying to raise awareness and raise funds. Take up is very slow but there isn't a deadline. I will keep
trying until there is a definite outcome for Eunice

Please take a moment to share it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or email. 
It only takes a moment and you will be helping to save a life.
If you are able to contribute that is even better and we thank you so much for your giving.
Whatever you do, please do something.

I have added a photo of Eunice and  a link to the side bar for anyone who would like to come back later and link to the campaign.

Thank you 
and have a wonderful weekend.

Joining in with Skywatch Friday this week.


  1. Oh, I love your thanksgiving pictures..making me drool! Your turkey looks so perfect and delicious! And those brussel sprouts with carrots...what a delightful looking dish. We are not big brussel sprout fans here, but I do love them and maybe our family would like this dish. I must look up how you did that. I also love the wings of chicken and turkey. I guess because as a mom that was all that was left after everyone else got their favorite pieces, and so I just naturally said, "I'll take the wings"...and actually I do love them so I don't mind at all! Praying for your friend Eunice still. I am sorry I am not able to contribute financially, but I can pray for God to send those who can. He is able, and we will keep praying. Thank you for your faithfulness to your friends. I also love the autumn leaf pictures. Such a treat for us Floridians! Thank you for this lovely post. So glad you are feeling better.

  2. Pamela, thank you for all your kind words. I think you would like the roasted brussel sprouts and carrots. Just put a little olive oil and some coarse sea salt on them and toss them before roasting. If you like herbs you could also add something like Provencal herbs which I used to use a lot of for chicken but I think would be nice on the vegetables. Or perhaps garlic or onion powder if you like that. I appreciate your prayers for Eunice. That is a sacrifice of your time and it is so important. Thank you so much.

  3. Lovely pictures! Happy new week!

  4. Your photos have my mouth watering. If I could step into each and every one, I would devour every single morsel! They look just delicious and I know everyone at your table was totally stuffed! The leaves are beautiful too -- far lovelier than here yet. And of course, Prayers for Eunice.

  5. Good things to eat along with great color. You've got it made.

  6. Your dinner looks delicious.
    I love roasted vegetables.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better.

  7. Roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots, mjammie.

  8. That turkey dinner looks truly delicious, and beautiful captures of the fall colors!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and delicious looking dinner ~ gorgeous autumn leaves shot!

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Dinner looks great! I love those gorgeous fall colors. You took some wonderful photos my friend.

  11. What a lovely dinner to give thanks.

  12. Your turkey is beautiful!
    So is the sky and your photos.
    Glad Eunice is showing a bit of improvement. You are a good friend.

  13. Hello, I am glad you are feeling better and that you had a happy Thanksgiving. Your turkey and dinner looks delicious. I love turkey and roasted veggies. Beautiful skies and lovely fall colors. I am glad your friend is doing better. Enjoy your day, happy weekend to you!

  14. The go fund me has been shared on Facebook and Twitter.

    1. Thank you dear Annie. May God bless you for that gesture of love.

  15. Yum! Those Roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots tossed in olive oil and coarse sea salt look delicious.

    All the best Jan


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