Happy Thanksgiving

619f324b4616b7c99c4b65e7325a17caThanksgiving is such a wonderful Holiday. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa, but since moving to Canada 13 years ago, I have fully embraced the tradition. Here are a few of my favourite things to make and do over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Pumpkin Pie
One of my favourite parts of the Thanksgiving feast is the pumpkin pie. There are so many pie recipes to choose from that it can be hard to pick the right one. Whenever I’m overwhelmed with which recipe to pick, I usually go with Martha Stewart’s version. Martha’s website has multiple recipes to choose from, but her classic pumpkin pie is my favourite.
There are also lots of video tutorials on Martha’s website featuring topics like ‘the trick to perfect pumpkin pie’ – which provides helpful tips to ensure your pie is perfect!

11607931276_f841434ba5_zVia Joy the Baker

Serving and Decorating
Thanksgiving is the ideal time to take advantage of all the beautiful Fall decor available. I love mixing wood and marble accents together with pumpkins and items we’ve foraged. We always celebrate Thanksgiving at our family home in Whistler. Since Whistler has the most beautiful forested areas, we have made it a tradition to go for a foraging walk before dinner to pick up pine cones, acorns and leaves to incorporate into our decor.
Indigo has a beautiful selection of Fall decor this season. Here are some of my favourites.

 

Beverages
What’s a Holiday get together without a few Beverages? We usually have a selection of sparkling, rose and red at our house. My favourites include:
1. Sparkling
Sumac Ridge – Steller Jay Brut. A lovely local sparkling wine, perfect to enjoy before dinner. The white peach and golden hues of this bubbly features aromas of the orchard fruit and ripe strawberries.
2. Rose
Aix en Provence Rose – The palate is surprisingly broad and rich, though not at all heavy, and finishes with mouth watering acidity.
2. Red
Wolftrap – My absolute favourite red from South Africa. Made from a trio of Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier, this red blend has characteristics of blackberry and pepper notes.

 

Scented Candles
There are so many delicious scents for Fall. These are three of my favourite Fall themed candles from Indigo. Cinnamon and Mulled Cider, Vanilla and Maple Syrup and Crackling Firewood & Ember

 

Mini Pumpkins
Another Thanksgiving tradition is visiting the farmers market to find mini pumpkins and gourds. They’ll add the perfect touch to your dinner table. You can use them after Thanksgiving as apart of your Fall decor.

BABY-PUMPKINS

Friends
Lastly, one of my favourite silly traditions my sister and I started years ago is to watch Friends Thanksgiving episodes while we help prepare dinner. If you were a fan of Friends, I would HIGHLY recommend this! The Thanksgiving episodes are some of the best. Remember  “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister”, “The One with the Football” or the one where Joey gets the Turkey stuck on his head?! Seriously, they are hilarious.

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Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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