Canadian Thanksgiving always falls on the second Monday of October. Monday is our actual Thanksgiving Day, but turkey dinners are enjoyed on any day throughout the long weekend.
This year, we had ours on Saturday night, to accommodate everyone's schedule.
I'm not a real fan of oranges and browns, so a couple of years ago I found this aubergine coloured tablecloth fabric and bought a length for our fall table. The centerpiece always has to be minimal, according to the man I married, because it's the food that is supposed to sit on the table. So a few miniature pumpkins, some dried and curling autumn leaves, candles and smooth stones decoupaged with words of things for which to give thanks comprised our centerpiece. I also used the stones as place cards, cutting letters out of magazines to form the names of all those who sat around the table.
And oh, what a lovely time we had. Surrounded by good food, laughter and the love of family - our hearts were full and the memories linger like warm chocolate puddles in my mind.
Salad greens with roasted cherry tomatoes
and crispy fried sage leaves
Yams with a pecan/brown sugar crust and a hint of orange
Paprika crumbed broccoli
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